Tip-Off for 12/17/12 (featuring Miguel): Jose Calderon grabs another Oscar; Kobe, Lakers shoot down 76ers

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Unheralded veteran Jose Calderon handily outplayed free agent big fish Jeremy Lin last night.

For years Toronto Raptors point guard has been one of the NBA’s most underrated point guards. Blame it on his quiet disposition and playing for a Raptors team that has little star-power. Last night against the Houston Rockets, Calderon became the first player to notch his second triple-double of the season.

Kobe Bryant always it as hard on the 76ers when he returns to Philly as the fans are hard on him. Whether it tearing their hearts out in the NBA Finals or grabbing the All-Star MVP on Philly’s home floor. Bryant led all scorers in the Lakers 111-98 win over the 76ers.

Lakers 111 – 76ers 98 – Kobe Bryant finished with 34 points and Metta World Peace had 19 points and 16 rebounds for the Lakers. Thaddeus Young led the Sixers with 30 points.

Raptors 103 – Raptors 96 (no video) – Jose Calderon led the Raptors with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists. Alan Anderson led Toronto’s scoring with 24 points. Houston’s James Harden led all scorers with 28 points.

Nuggets 122 – Kings 97 (no video) – JaVale McGee led the Nuggets with 19 points. Isaiah Thomas led the Kings with 20 points and 4 assists.

Blazers 95 – Hornets 94 – J.J. Hickson finished with 24 points and 16 boards for the Blazers. Ryan Anderson led the Hornets with 26 points.

The Lineup:

Two Kansas police officers killed in shooting outside of supermarket (In Flex We Trust).

Nike Air Jordan I (Nike Blog).

Birth control bill passed in Philippines (CNN).

Here is the up to date look at the NFL playoff race (Pro Football Talk).

Mental illness is not always the reason (Poynter).

My friend Jamie Lloyd make delicious cupcakes (InstaGram).

Jeremy Lin returns to NYC tonight (USA Today).

New investigation into death of Amy Winehouse (CNN).

Full transcript of President Barack Obama’s speech at prayer vigil (Washington Post).

Prepare for Meek Mill/Cassidy beef (In Flex We Trust).

 

This brutha is movin’ up the charts…

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