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Anthony Bennett’s 19-point game gets the Wilt Chamberlain treatment

Anthony Bennett 19 point game

Anthony Bennett was a reach as a No. 1 overall pick and is looking like he may go down as one of the worst No. 1 picks of all time. But at least he’s shown some signs of positive life for the Cavs in the last few games.

On Tuesday, Bennett scored a career-high 19 points and added 10 rebounds for his first career double-double in the Cavs’ 109-99 win over the Sacramento Kings. He also went 3-for-3 on 3-pointers.

To commemorate the landmark moment for the rookie, @nbamemes created that funny Photoshop pic seen at the top. Of course, that pic is a take off on the classic image of Wilt Chamberlain following his 100-point game in 1962:

Wilt Chamberlain 100 point game

Congrats, Anthony, you’ve made it!

H/T Colin

JR Smith crosses up Tristian Thompson and Anthony Bennett, throws down dunk (Video)

JR-Smith-windmill-dunkYou see what happens when New York Knicks swingman JR Smith actually feels like playing? Smith put on a show in his team’s 117-86 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night. The first of his highlight-reel plays came in the first quarter, when he blew past Cavs rookie Anthony Bennett and threw down a nasty windmill dunk. Kyrie Irving was the victim at the back end of the play.

While the dunk was impressive, you could argue that Smith’s best play of the night came in the third quarter when he embarrassed Tristian Thompson with a step-back crossover. Smith literally made Thompson tweak his ankle and fall to the floor.

Since Smith was inexplicably benched for a game against the Charlotte Bobcats on Jan. 14, he has averaged 16.4 points per game and is shooting 44% from 3-point range. He may sound like an idiot when he admits that defense isn’t exactly his expertise, but I think it’s safe to say JR’s play has improved overall.

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Jimmy Kimmel illegally tweets prep hoops star Anthony Bennett to sign with UNLV

Earlier this week, high school hoops standout Anthony Bennett irked many in Big Blue Nation when he eliminated Kentucky from his list of prospective schools. Bennett, the seventh-ranked prospect in the class of 2013 according to Rivals, briefly made news after the decision for being berated with negative, often vulgar, tweets from scorned Wildcats fans. Now, Bennett, who’s presently deciding between Oregon and UNLV, and his Twitter account have caught the spotlight again, and this time it involves a popular late-night TV host.

On Tuesday, funnyman Jimmy Kimmel, who grew up in Vegas and briefly attended UNLV but did not graduate, reached out to Bennett on Twitter, trying to convince the Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) power forward to sign with their hometown Rebels:

While the tweet seems harmless, it still counts as an NCAA recruiting violation, believe it or not. As College Basketball Talk pointed out last month, anybody who attempts to persuade a recruit to sign with a certain school classifies as that scary B-word in college athletics: a booster. And, obviously, boosters aren’t allowed to recruit prospective student-athletes (which, honestly, sounds like circular logic, but what else do you expect from the NCAA?). We highly doubt Kimmel knew he was in the wrong by sending that tweet.

It seems like such a petty violation for the NCAA to attempt to monitor, with the thousands on top of thousands of shameless fans on Twitter who are guilty of this. But given Kimmel’s prominence, this totally egregious violation of the NCAA’s sacred recruiting rules will probably lead to him being slapped with a 10-year show-cause penalty for late-night TV.

H/T The Big Lead
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