7 Takeaways from Friday Night's NBA Action

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7 Takeaways from Friday Night's NBA Action
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Friday night's slate of games wasn't the sexiest the NBA has seen this season, at least not on paper.

But it provided for plenty of entertaining fare nonetheless. Two buzzer-beaters, a nail-biter between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Memphis Grizzlies and an eye-popping performance from DeMarcus Cousins made the end of New Year's week well worth watching for any hoop head.

And that doesn't even include another big game for Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook and a pair of grudge matches that made the grade on ESPN.

The second of which—between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers—went from a surefire blowout to an instant classic, thanks in no small part to the 20th 30-point game of the season for Twitter newbie Kobe Bryant.

Here, for your reading pleasure, are seven things that stood out from the evening on the hardwood.

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