About Last Night: Fireworks For 2012

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – We’ve barely been at this thing for a week and already there are tons of fireworks. And we get them on a daily basis.

The Timberwolves, armed with a Kevin Love-led young crew and the dazzling magicianship (made that word up) of young Ricky Rubio, stunned the reigning champs to kick off the New Year (ending an 18-game slide in the process). The Heat steamrolled their way to 5-0 for the first time in franchise history, capping a huge weekend for LeBron James in style. The Nuggets beat back the Lakers in a rematch of their New Year’s Eve tilt despite Kobe Bryant reaching the 28,000-point club. And the Clippers lived up to their “Lob City” moniker (see the handy work of Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin below) while handing the Trail Blazers their first defeat of the young season.

You can see all of that and more in the Daily Zap:

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There is at least one notable absence from this morning’s delivery of highlights from last night. Second-year Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins was sent home before Sunday’s game against the Hornets after demanding a trade. No worries, though, as both Jason Thompson and Tyreke Evans made up his absence in the Top 10 plays:

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Whatever issues the Celtics have this year, it won’t be the play at the point guard position. Rajon Rondo was as splendid Sunday, notching a triple double in a win over the Wizards:

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