Five years ago, this would have been a dunk, but Kobe—plus Metta W____ P____—have helped give the Lakers a 51-49 lead after 24 minutes. ‘Melo has 10 points, but it’s taken 11 shots, including 0/4 from beyond the arc. J.R. Smith drained a 3-pointer with the shot clock expiring and a defender drapped all over him to start the second quarter, and he has 15 points to lead the Knicks (he’s 2/3 from long range).
Two 14-week-old clouded leopard cubs, Riki-san and Haui-san, were spotted pouncing, climbing and using each other as trampolines in the Children’s Zoo nursery. The cubs arrived earlier this week from the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, where a very successful breeding program has helped to increase the population of this critically endangered species.