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Portland's Jerryd Bayless had a night to remember, while Greg Oden had one to forget in New Jersey, writes Chris Sheridan.

Updated: January 16, 2009, 3:07 AM ET
By Chris Sheridan | ESPN.com
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Having a breakout NBA game felt better than making a hole-in-one in golf. In fact, it felt better than making two holes-in-one. That was the opinion of Jerryd Bayless, and he knows of that which he speaks. There are three distinct athletic exploit memories that'll forever stick in Bayless' head, the third of which happened Thursday night as the rookie third-string point scored a career-high 23 points in a 105-99 victory over the New Jersey Nets. "I'm a basketball player, so I think I have to say this is a better feeling. Golf is something I rarely do, I used to do it a lot with my father when I was younger, but I really don't do it anymore. Playing in the NBA and having a good game here is something I'd much rather have than that."

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