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Three Stars of the Night: Two guys from Los Angeles and a Frenchman

Mar 1, 2013, 1:29 AM EDT

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There were three games Thursday night and each one had a clear star. Actually, each was an All-Star.

Third Star: Kobe Bryant (33 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists)

Kobe Bryant played like a guy trying to will his team into the playoffs — he returned to scoring mode on Thursday night, but it was hard to blame him early as the Timberwolves gave him good looks. Then he got in a rhythm and by the third quarter he was three feet behind he three point line with a hand in his face and it didn’t matter. He got his 33 points on 22 shots. It’s what Los Angeles needed — the Lakers can’t afford any more nights off and have to take advantage of every break that comes their way (such as Monta Ellis hitting a prayer to beat the Rockets). For a night Kobe made sure they did that.

Second Star: Chris Paul (29 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds)

Chris Paul looked like the best point guard in the game pretty much all night, making shots, setting guys up. But when it really showed was in the games final minutes — just when the game seemed over the Pacers went on a 15-2 run to make it a four-point game. So CP3 took over, went into hero mode a little and scored the Clippers final eight points to secure a quality road win for Los Angeles.

First Star: Joakim Noah (23 points 21 rebounds, 11 blocked shots)

When you get a triple-double with 11 blocks, you get to be the First Star of the night. Noah absolutely owned the paint all game, looking like a guy who wants to be named Defensive Player of the Year. At the offensive end he brings that same hustle plus an ability to finish. But mostly the Bulls beat the Sixers because Noah wasn’t going to let them lose. Well, that and the Sixers are pretty bad right now. But mostly it was Noah’s will power forcing a Bulls team that has had some ugly games lately to pick up a win.

  1. asublimeday - Mar 1, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    How do Bull balls taste, Filthadelphia?

  2. losanginsight - Mar 1, 2013 at 3:13 AM

    Utah, GS, Houston are falling like flies.
    #countonkobe

  3. themagicfanguy - Mar 1, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    @losanginsight #countonkobeeventhoughtheycanybeatthethunderorspursorclippersnomatterwhatkobedoes

    • dannymac17 - Mar 1, 2013 at 11:23 AM

      they cant beat the Clippers, Spurs, or Thunder.

  4. mat9844 - Mar 1, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    CP3 for MVP

  5. decimusprime - Mar 1, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Noah was a beast last night. Had a monster game in a win. Then he gets the post game interview with D.A. and instead of asking him how it feels to be in the company of the greats with his trip-dub, he asks Noah about Rose and his return. Jo’s face was classic…closes his eyes, takes a deep breath, reminds himself he’s on national t.v. But you could tell he pissed at that question. Great composure!

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