Wednesday night’s hoops action was nuttier than squirrel turds. Second-ranked Syracuse needed overtime to defeat Big East rival Georgetown, Duke pulled a 13-2 run and an Austin Rivers three-point buzzer beater out of its ass to beat North Carolina in the ACC rivals’ 233rd match-up, and New York Knicks’ sensational new starting point guard Jeremy Lin broke John Wall’s ankles on the way to a third straight win without superstars Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire.
The on-court basketball itself was marvelous. And yet the highlight of the night still wasn’t what happened during game time, but what happened right before one of the Wednesday night’s contests. Down in New Orleans filming Dog Fight with Zach Galifianakis, Will Ferrell showed up to the Bulls/Hornets game to announce the starting lineups. Show of hands: How many of you knew Derrick Rose loves The Notebook this much? Who still listens to Bell Biv DeVoe? This is fantastic:
Then there’s Jeremy Lin, who on Wednesday night became the first NBA player since LeBron James in 2003 to record 20+ points and 8+ assists in first two NBA starts. Not bad for an undrafted Harvard alum who was cut by the Warriors and Rockets since making his NBA debut in 2010. Lin led the Knicks to its third straight win — a Linning Streak, towncries the New York Post — over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, and the Asian-American superstar-in-the-making lit the Internets on fire with this crossover of John Wall (for the second time in two years actually):
Here’s a highlight reel of The Jeremy Lin Show in DC:
And the fans love him (with casual racism, to boot):
Finally, some context to the Duke/UNC madness in Chapel Hill. There’s a crazy stat circulating — in the last 75 meetings between the ACC rivals, Duke has outscored UNC by one point, 5,858-5,857. UNC was poised to open that up a bit, but Duke finished with a 13-2 run with 2:35 to play and Doc Rivers’ freshman son drained a three-pointer to win it at the buzzer. Make it Duke by 2 over the last 76 meetings.
Wild night. Give that to us all the time and we’ll forget to be sad about football being over.