I lucked out and got invited to the Jazz vs. Cavaliers game last night. I saw some amazing things:
Lebron James making at one point 3/4 shots from half court during pre-game warm up. Seriously, what other player on any other team would the coach allow to take about 25 shots from half court while the rest of the players are practicing shots they'll take in the game and stretching.
A white guy blocking King Jame's dunk attempt. It happened in the first half when Kyle Korver rejected Lebron on a fast break.
An amazing run by the Jazz bench to take a 12 point lead with less than 4 1/2 minutes left.
Lebron James scoring 36 points including 18 in the fourth quarter when he single handed took over the game and led his team on a 22-4 run, turning a 12 point deficit into a six point lead in less than three minutes.
Lebron's fourth quarter dominance included two deep three point shots (maybe those half court shots help) and dunk and foul in traffic.
What I didn't see was the Jazz's rally from six points with 25 seconds left. Seriously, who would think it a risk to beat the traffic. I mean what are the odds that an undrafted rookie on the last day of a ten day contract is going to hit his first ever three point shot to win the game at the buzzer. Exactly what I thought.
Don't let it be said that we don't know how to have a good time celebrating the new year. After considering such options as a drunken party, salsa dancing, mud wrestling, etc. we settled on going to a movie and putting together a 2,000 piece puzzle. Before you minimize our accomplishments you should know that the movie started at 10:00 pm and we actually stayed up until midnight (in our time zone). We took the kids to see Avatar in 3D at the local IMAX theater. If you haven't seen it - its got to be in 3D and preferably at an IMAX.
We went to dinner with Mom and Dad at Johnny Carino's over the holiday break.
As a warm up to our 2,000 piece puzzle, we completed this 750 puzzle of Time Square.
This puzzle of Las Vegas took all of us nearly two full days. Even the dogs helped, eating seven pieces before we were able to finish. Since no one was willing to follow the dogs around the yard to retrieve the pieces, we ended up with a 1,992 piece puzzle.