They did what?
It was that kind of Friday night in the NBA, one in which the unexpected became reality.
Myles Turner makes a first impression
Turner had played 662 career minutes without making a 3-pointer, but he had a timely one in the final minute of the Pacers' comeback win over the Thunder.
It was part of an unlikely 17-7 Pacers run over the final three minutes of the fourth quarter, one in which they went 4-of-4 from 3-point range. They were 5-of-18 from 3-point range in the first 45 minutes of the game.
Turner had 16 points and six blocked shots. It was his first game against the Thunder and his favorite player growing up, Kevin Durant.
Luol Deng turns back the clock
On a night in which the Heat were playing without Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, Deng had one of the best games of his career. He had 30 points and 11 rebounds, his first 30-10 game since Feb. 23, 2007 for the Bulls against the Wizards.
The Elias Sports Bureau notes that the Heat are 13-3 in games missed by both Wade and Bosh since the start of the 2010-11 season.
The return of Dougie McBuckets
Doug McDermott had a career-high 30 points on 13-of-17 shooting in the Bulls' win over the Raptors. McDermott, who entered averaging 8.2 points, last scored 30 in the 2014 NCAA tournament for Creighton against Louisiana-Lafayette.
The last Bulls player to shoot at that high a success rate (76.5 percent) in that many shots and make at least four 3-pointers (as McDermott did) was Scottie Pippen against the Suns in 1994.
Shot of the night: Vince Carter from way downtown
Carter's 73-foot shot was the longest made shot in the NBA this season. In fact, it's the longest in the league since LeBron James made an 82-footer in 2007. The longest shot in the league this season before Carter’s was the 71-footer by Andre Drummond on Feb. 8.
From the land of the odd
The Timberwolves lost a game in which they shot 31-of-31 from the free throw line. The last team to be perfect from the foul line and make that many free throws in a loss was the 1982 Jazz, who went 39-of-39 in a loss to the Trail Blazers.
The Magic won a game in which they were outscored 51-22 in one 16-minute stretch by the Mavericks. Orlando's win ended a nine-game home losing streak against Dallas. Nikola Vucevic had 21 points and 12 rebounds. He has 33 games with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds over the last two seasons, the fifth-most in the NBA in that span.