And with a busy six-match slate, the probability of unseen forces disrupting the game is much more likely. Here are five bizarre circumstances that transpired during Sunday's game day.
With triple-doubles being thrown left and right, this kind of outing (36 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds) from The Beard shouldn't really be that incredible. But having pulled it off against the Cleveland Cavaliers, versus another stat monster (LeBron James), merits "the other James" a spot in this list. Maybe this performance makes his case for Most Valuable Player.
With how consistent the New York Knicks has been at being horrible this year, count on the unicorn to provide a bright spot to another rather dismal campaign. He snatched the game ball and Spencer Dinwiddie's soul at the same time.
Y'all trippin' (especially you, D'Angelo)
Pretty much sums up the Los Angeles Lakers' season.
In the Battle of the Boroughs, Brooklyn shot down New York in the first half, 67-49 (12-15 from 3PT), led by an unlikely sniper in Brook Lopez, who waxed hot early from deep (5-5). In fairness to the Knicks, they almost rallied with strong play in the next 24 minutes, if not for nine points from Jeremy Lin in the last five minutes.
Houston, we have a problem
Another fan managed to streak down the court during a Cleveland game; maybe he wants to recruit LeBron.