A quarter of the NBA season has come and gone, and there have been some pretty memorable individual moments.

Here's a list of the 10 most memorable individual moments in the first 21 games of the season.


10 Wizards beat Heat

Jordan Crawford scored 22 to lead the worst team in the NBA to a win over the best team in the NBA.

Despite losing to the worst team in the league, LeBron James had a triple double, and Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh both scored over 20 points.

The Wizards improved to 2-13 after starting the season a franchise worst 0-12.

"This ain't a lesson for us. We just lost," James explained. "We've seen and been through everything, so we don't need a loss to be like, 'Oh, let's catch ourselves.' It happens."

The Wizards victory was the third regular season win in a row against the Heat, including two wins against Miami last season.

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9 Popovich rests stars

San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich's controversial decision to rest his three biggest stars before a nationally televised game against the Miami Heat drew the ire of the league and its fans.

The Spurs were fined $250,000 by the league after Popovich, the reigning NBA coach of the year, elected to not have Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili or Tony Parker travel with the team to Miami despite none of them having any reported injuries.

The league in a statement said the the fine was justified because Poppovich had acted "contrary to the best interests of the NBA."

The Heat nearly lost to the short-handed Spurs but ended up winning the game, 105-100.

"If I was taking my 6-year-old son or daughter to the game, I'd want him or her to see everybody. And if they weren't there, I'd be disappointed. So I understand that perspective," Popovich told reporters before the game. "Hopefully, people in that position will understand my perspective, what my priority is - the basketball team and what's best for it."

8 Tinsley scoreless with 14 assists

Jazz starting point guard Mo Williams was a late scratch because of a strained muscle in his thigh, putting Jamaal Tinsley in the starting point guard spot against the Suns.

Tinsley played 41 minutes, up from his average of 13 minutes last season, and dished out 14 assists.

“I had the opportunity to play more minutes,’’ Tinsley said. “It always feels good to win a game, whether I have two or three assists.’’

Coach Tyrone Corbin praised the nine-year NBA vetran.

“I just respect his professionalism,’’ Corbin said. “Of all the time he’s been here, he has always been ready when we have called on him and he has done everything we have asked him to do and I really appreciate that.’’

7 Harden drops 37 in Rockets debut

James Harden posted 37 points enroute to a double-double in his first game with the Houston Rockets. Hardens debut largely overshadowed the hype behind Jeremy Lin and Linsanity.

Lin had 12 points, eight assists, four steals and four rebounds in his return to the Rockets.

The rening sixth-man of the year was three points shy of his career high 40 points. His 12 assists were a career best.

"Harden is an immensely talented player with an incredibly well-rounded skillset," CBSSports.com's Royce Young wrote after Harden signed an $80 million contract with the Rockets. "He can score, he can shoot, he can handle, he can create. He's still an average defender, but in terms of the money, he's worth the max.

Harden, traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder, signed a five-year, $80 million contract extension.

"I think I just wanted to get out there and play," Harden said. "All the talking and all the craziness that has been happening this last week — I just wanted to go out there and play basketball."

6 Melo scores 30 on Heat

In the first professional sporting event in New York after Hurricane Sandy struck, Carmelo Anthony dropped 30 on the defending champion Miami Heat in a 104-80 throttling.

"Today was something to give New York a couple hours of some peace," Anthony said. "They come to the game, support us and we gave them a good show out there. That's the least we could do."

16 of Anthony's 30 points came in the first quarter. He also had 10 rebounds on the night.

"We know a lot of lives and a lot of families have been deeply impacted by the tragedy of Hurricane Sandy," Anthony told the fans before the game. "We just want to say thank you for coming out in hard times and supporting our New York Knicks. This is the most important time for the city of New York to come together as one and help rebuild the city."

5 The New Orleans Pelicans?

According to reports, The New Orleans Hornets could become the New Orleans Pelicans as early as next season.

According to Yahoo! Sports, "The Hornets planned to change their nickname since Tom Benson, owner of the New Orleans Saints, purchased the team on April 14. Benson also owns the rights to the nickname Pelicans."

Reportedly, The Hornets also considered the nicknames Krewe and Brass.

Benson's wife Gayle told Fox Sports New Orleans recently her preference for new team colors was navy blue, red and gold.

4 Al Jefferson carries Jazz with injured back

The Utah Jazz pounded the ball inside to Big Al Jefferson who had a season high 31 points and 15 rebounds against the Orlando Magic.

With 1:29 left in the game Jefferson came down awkwardly and injured his back, having to leave the game.

“He was going very well,’’ Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said of Jefferson. “When he’s getting the ball in his spots and making some perimeter shots, you know what he’s going to do in one-on-one situations in the post. When he’s going like he was tonight, he’s pretty difficult to deal with.’’

Jefferson's performance helped the Jazz avoid a second straight loss at home.

“I don't miss games,’’ Jefferson said. “I'll be ready to play Friday. (Unless) I just can't walk, I don't miss too many games if I can help.’’

3 Bucks come back from 27 down

Ersan Ilyasova scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half, including 12 in the fourth quarter when Milwaukee outscored Chicago 30-12 to overcome a 27 point deficit for the win.

"It can happen fast," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. "You can lose 10 points in an NBA game in a minute. Everyone says that doesn't happen, but you see it all the time. If you don't play tough with a lead, this is what happens."

The Bucks had lost 5 straight against Chicago coming into the game and hadn't beaten them since April 6, 2010.

"We got different guys in the game," Skiles said. "They played very well together, played with a lot of energy, played some good defense."

Richard Hamilton scored a season-high 30 points for the Bulls but missed a shot at the buzzer that would have won it.

2 Lakers fire Mike Brown

After Starting the season 1-4 the Lakers fired coach Mike Brown.

Brown was mostly criticized for his implementation of the Princeton offense which appeared to yield few results.

Brown was fired despite having to deal with injuries to newly acquired stars Dwight Howard and Steve Nash.

"We're not looking five or 10 years down the road. This team was built to contend this year," general manager Mitch Kupchak said. "There's no guarantee that this team can win a championship, but we feel they can be deeply in the hunt. We also are aware that players are under contract for another year or two, players are getting older, so our feeling is we could contend at this level for a couple years. So that's our focus right now."

Nash only played one full game under Brown, after suffering a leg injury, and Howard missed most of the preseason after undergoing back surgery.

The Lakers eventually hired Mike D'Antoni to replace Brown.

1 Kobe reaches 30,000 points

On Dec. 5, Kobe Bryant became the youngest player ever to score 30,000 points, and only the fifth to do so.

Heading into the game against New Orleans, he was just 13 points shy of 30,000 for his career and eclipsed that mark on a jumper with less than two minutes to go in the first half.

Ironically, Brant was drafted 13th overall by the Charlotte Hornets in 1996 who then traded him to the Lakers.

Bryant, who is 34, became the youngest player to eclipse 30,000. Wilt Chamberlain was 35, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone were each 36 and Michael Jordan didn't reach that mark until he was 38.