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8 Takeaways from Sunday Night's NBA Action
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NBA Sundays in late February don't often produce legitimately historical events, but we certainly saw one take place when Jason Collins suited up for the Brooklyn Nets in Los Angeles.

When he checked in for Mason Plumlee at the 10:27 mark in the second quarter, Collins became the first openly gay athlete to compete in the NBA. And while he'll now forever be known as a symbol for important social progress, Collins quickly reassured everybody watching that his place in history wouldn't alter his game.

He piled up five fouls in 11 minutes. Welcome back, Jason! Keep doing what you do.

There's no deft way to transition from a genuinely meaningful moment like that one to run-of-the-mill NBA takeaways, so please accept this clumsy transition for what it is.

Elsewhere in the league (told you it'd be clumsy), the Miami Heat showed off remarkable consistency without their biggest star, Jamal Crawford expanded his range and the Toronto Raptors played 12 really good minutes.

Plus, Thomas Robinson helped the Portland Trail Blazers make a statement, the Sacramento Kings saw their foundation solidify and the Cleveland Cavaliers took yet another step backward.

It was a big night in the NBA, one that would have qualified as exciting and intriguing even without Collins' big moment. But with his contributions to the cause, this particular Sunday was one most NBA fans will remember forever.

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