Every night there are some stupendous, silly, stupid, or downright outlandish individual
Folks, when people talk about great players making everyone around them better, they're talking about Chauncey Billups.
He led the Nuggets in a 132-93 romp over the Raptors last night, scoring 24 points with 14 assists and just one turnover. That's an impressive line, but it's hardly mind-boggling given the score. But you know what is mind-boggling? How about the +48 Billups tallied in the new-fangled plus/minus column! He was efficient, too, racking up those gaudy numbers in just 32 minutes.
With the win, the Nuggets improved to 13-6 on the season, tying the franchise record for the most wins through 19 games. Yeah, I suppose you could say Denver came out ahead in last month's trade with Detroit. Even Cheikh Samb, who came over with Billups from the Pistons, got some burn last night, scoring four points with six boards and a pair of blocks in eight minutes.
New York's other PG:Stephon Marbury may garner most of the headlines, but for at least a few hours last night fans in New York were talking about a point guard actually in uniform. Chris Duhon had an absolutely Billups-eque performance, scoring 23 points with 14 dimes, five boards and just one turnover. Unfortunately it came in a losing effort to the Trail Blazers (and didn't quite measure up to his game on Saturday with 22 assists), but C-Du was a huge reason why the Knicks led for most of the game.
Iggy wakes up:Andre Iguodala has been in a tremendous slump for most of the season, but on Tuesday he came through with 25 points, nine boards and five assists. After giving him an $80 million contract this summer, the Sixers were probably hoping games like this would become commonplace; instead, this was the first time all season he's scored more than 18 points in a game, and he's still the team's fourth-leading scorer behind Elton Brand, Thaddeus Young and Andre Miller.