Buzz That Was: Disorder on the courts
In case you were too busy wondering why Miley Cyrus copied your first-grade haircut and missed out on sports, we've got you covered. Here's everything you missed last night.
The Los Angeles Clippers rallied from a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Dallas Mavericks 129-127. J.J. Reddick had a career-high 33 points and Matt Barnes added 25 points in the victory.
The atmosphere felt like a playoff game as tensions ran high late in the game. With 3:21 to go, Blake Griffin and Samuel Dalembert nearly came to blows. After getting knocked down under the basket going for a rebound, Griffin jumped to his feet and collided with a referee while trying to get Dalembert. The two exchanged words that were likely not about the weather or the health of family members.
Dalembert was called for a technical foul. But he was apparently not done. Moments later, he stepped on Reddick's head, which caused a cut on his ear. Somehow, the physicality helped rally the Clippers, and they took the lead with 1:10 to play and never looked back.
Mavs owner Mark Cuban was decidedly not thrilled with the game's outcome and ran onto the court after its conclusion to chastise the officials. And while in many ways that's more routine than a Britney Spears' Starbucks run, it turns out it could actually have been a purposeful attempt by Cuban to get fined by his favorite frenemy David Stern. With Stern set to retire as NBA commissioner next month, Cuban told reporters Wednesday he has to get "one final fine before he leaves." You know, for old times' sake. Awww, millionaire humor! Adorable!
Long time no see
The Miami Heat lost their third-straight game on Wednesday night. A day after hanging out with the president at the White House, the defending champs were blown out by the Washington Wizards 114-97. And yet somehow the head-scratching score wasn't even the craziest part of the evening. Heat center Greg Oden ('member him?) made his first appearance in a regular-season game since 2009, prompting all those in attendance to likely scream, "WHAT YEAR IS THIS?" as he took the floor.
The 1,502-day break seemed to do him well. He dunked the ball in his first 30 seconds of action. I can't believe this isn't a work of a fan fiction. This actually happened. I am providing video evidence for those who don't believe me.
Oden finished the game with six points and two rebounds in eight minutes of play. And perhaps most surprisingly, he suffered no apparent injuries.
Beagle on the court
The sweltering heat in Melbourne this week has been a major storyline for players at the Australian Open. While play was briefly halted on Thursday due to temperatures topping 109 degrees, the decision came too late for other players who struggled in the extreme conditions. On Tuesday, Canadian Frank Dancevic blacked out and suffered hallucinations during his match against Benoit Paire. He told reporters on Wednesday that he started to see Snoopy from "Peanuts" on the court during the first set.
"I was dizzy from the middle of the first set and then I saw Snoopy and I thought, 'Wow, Snoopy, that's weird,' " he shared. "I couldn't keep my balance anymore, and I leaned over the fence and when I woke up people were all around me."
I'm not a doctor but it's probably never a good sign when a cartoon starts to appear in your daily life. But at least it wasn't that sketch of Clark the Cub that showed up. Now THAT would be frightening. Matt Golding, the editorial cartoonist at Melbourne's Sunday Age, summed up the scary yet slightly comical event.
Dancevic managed to finish his match but lost in three sets. With the heat forecast through Friday night, don't be surprised if someone at Rod Laver actually finds Waldo.
A face in the crowd
Thankfully for the tens and tens of LMFAO fans out there, the triple-digit temperatures are no match for RedFoo. Victoria Azarenka's boyfriend -- and apparent president of her fan club -- has been a fixture at her matches all week. How can we be sure he's been there? Um, just look at him. He's pretty tough to miss.
Anything for a vote
Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson wants your vote for the NBA All-Star Game. And if his averages of 13.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists aren't convincing enough for you, please allow his alter ego, Sir Lancealot, to persuade you.
Anyone who is willing to wear that wig on the campaign trail definitely gets my vote. Even Miley Cyrus wouldn't go that far for attention.
They're on a role
Liked the Oscar-nominated "August: Osage County" but thought it would be significantly improved if Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep were replaced by CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira? Somehow, you are not alone.
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