Unsurprisingly, Pierce’s highlight video from Friday night also put up a gaudy number — it’s six minutes long:
After the game, BrewHoop.com wrote:
Drew somehow flailed, chucked, and stumbed his way to a strong overall performance. Going 10-10 from the free throw line to offset 6-14 shooting, Gooden scored 23 points, grabbed 15 boards, and dished 6 assists (which led the team). He committed his fair share of Goodenisms, throwing passes 4 feet above teammates heads and rocketing shots off the backboard, but he pleased his fantasy owners if nothing else.
According to reports Friday, Bogut could be out 8 to 12 weeks, guaranteeing Gooden solid playing time for the foreseeable future and possibly the rest of the season.
After the game, Hinrich admitted he was worn out by the extended minutes (he played just 13 in his first game back before playing 20 straight on Friday). From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
“I was just gassed,” he said. “I just didn’t have any legs. Offensively, I think I’ve got a little ways to go obviously.”
A couple of other notes from the AJC:
Hinrich couldn’t find his shot but he had nine assists, including five over the final quarter and OT. Five of his assists resulted in scores within six feet of the basket and two others led to 3s.
Hinrich also took some pressure off Joe defensively. “He played with a lot of intensity, a lot of energy,” (Hawks coach Larry) Drew said. “He got on the floor for some loose balls. He gave us a big lift.”
Xavier Henry (New Orleans Hornets) played eight minutes against the Orlando Magic on Friday and made his only shot — a 20-foot jumper with 1:35 left in the game (full stats here). It was Henry’s second game of the season, and the Hornets obliterated the Magic, 93-67.
Markieff Morris (Phoenix Suns) started again for the Suns on Friday, but he played just 18 minutes as the Portland Trailblazers ran away with the game, 109-71. Markieff scored three points (off a three-pointer) and collected four rebounds, an assist and a block (full stats here).
Nick Collison (Oklahoma City Thunder) scored six points with seven rebounds, three assists and a block in 25 minutes on Friday as the Thunder beat the Golden State Warriors, 120-109. Collison hit two of his three shots, but sank only 2 of 5 free throws (full stats here).
Brandon Rush (Golden State Warriors) played 26 minutes and scored seven points against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night. Rush added three rebounds, two assists, a block and a three (full stats here).
Cole Aldrich (Oklahoma City Thunder) did not play (coach’s decision) on Friday against the Golden State Warriors.
Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics) scored 24 points with six rebounds and ten assists in 44 minutes on Thursday, and the Celtics came back from a 27-point deficit to beat the Orlando Magic, 91-83. Pierce had just five points at halftime and caught fire with 19 points, five rebounds and seven assists in the final two quarters (full stats here).
Josh Selby (Memphis Grizzlies) scored six points with a steal, an assist and two turnovers in 13 minutes on Thursday. The Grizzlies lost to the Los Angeles Clippers, 98-91 (full stats here).
7:30 p.m., Drew Gooden and the Milwaukee Bucks vs. the Los Angeles Lakers
8 p.m., Markieff Morris and the Phoenix Suns vs. Josh Selby and the Memphis Grizzlies