Bronze Award: A pair of Magic big men went off on the lowly Cavaliers last night in Orlando. Dwight Howard had 20 points, 20 rebounds, two blocks and a steal in only 26 minutes last night while Ryan Anderson came off the bench and lit them up for 23 points, 16 rebounds and a block himself.
Just how bad are the Cavs? I mean it's one thing to let Dwight Howard do this to you but Ryan Anderson? Yikes. I'm surprised they didn't let Chris Duhon go off for 40 while they were at it.
Silver Award: One of the ultimate compliments you can give a basketball player is to say that they can dominate a game without scoring. And while LeBron James managed to pour in 23 points in a win over the Thunder during yesterdays marquee afternoon match-up, it was the rest of his body of work that was the most arguably the most impressive.
14 assists, four rebounds, four steals, three blocks and a brand of physical defense on Kevin Durant that had him handcuffed for large stretches of the game.
Gold Award: In the Boston Celtics first trip back to Staples Center since blowing a double digit third quarter lead in game seven of last year's NBA finals, Paul Pierce ensured that the flight home this time around would be a more pleasurable affair.
Pitted in a duel with Kobe Bryant (41 points, three rebounds) for most of the second half, Paul Pierce ended up with the victory and a more complete stat line as well when it was all said and done. The Truth's 32 points, five rebounds, three assists, one block and a steal was the driving force behind the C's 109-96 win.
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