The world will continue revolving after a 13-game slate of shocking NBA action turned into one heck of an intense Friday night.
But only barely.
Following a furious fourth-quarter rally that came up just one point short, the Miami Heat are now below .500 for the first time since LeBron James' first game in a Miami uniform, and their resume now features losses to both the Brooklyn Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers. And speaking of the Sixers, how surprising is their unblemished 2-0 record now that they've also taken down the Washington Wizards?
Plus, is tanking already a thing of the past?
The teams that were supposed to be bad keep winning games and, perhaps even more shockingly, look like they want to be winning games. How else do you explain the outbursts from Thaddeus Young and Evan Turner? What about the game-winning shot from Eric Bledsoe? And the 30-point showing from Arron Afflalo?
Somehow, someway, the NBA world is being turned on its head. But not every part is going to hell in a handbasket.
The Houston Rockets did what they were supposed to do, taking care of the Dallas Mavericks, and Blake Griffin finally looked like a superduperstar again. Oh, and the Los Angeles Lakers tested the Tim Duncan-less San Antonio Spurs but ultimately came up short.
Twenty-six teams took to the hardwood on Friday night, and we're emerging with the dozen biggest takeaways. You won't want to miss these.