Scores from last night:
10 games last night, and plenty of happenings.
Orlando came back after their awful showing the night before to beat the suddenly vulnerable Phoenix Suns. Ryan Andersen led the way for Orlando with a 3-point barrage.
New York moved to 5-0 under Mike Woodson’s tutelage beating a tough Sixers team in Philly. Jeremy Lin had 16 of his 18 points in the 4th quarter to help overcome a poor shooting night. Melo shot poorly as well, but Amar’e is playing much better. I might have more to say on this later.
Chicago got a strong showing from John Lucas III and Luol Deng as they came back against the Toronto Raptors to keep the top record in the league with Derrick Rose on the sidelines. They outscored Toronto 32-14 in the 4th quarter and Deng finished with 17 and 10.
Josh Smith’s huge game, 32 and 17, and Joe Johnson’s timely shooting gave Atlanta an overtime victory. Johnson hit the shot to send the game to OT, and eventually hit the game-winner in OT against Kyrie Irving and Cleveland.
The new-look Wizards beat a increasingly depressed Nets franchise behind the addition of Nene. He had 22 points and 10 rebounds in his debut, and hopefully fans in the DC area will be happier with him than McGee.
The Golden State Warriors beat the New Orleans Hornets in the Big Easy behind a career night from Klay Thompson. He had 27 points to overcome a triple-double from Jarret Jack of New Orleans.
Oklahoma City rode Durant (32 points) to victory against the visiting Los Angeles Clippers. Derek Fisher was picked up by OKC in time to make the game and play. OKC just ran all over them like LA did earlier in the season. What is up with the Clippers?
Timmy Duncan had an OG game with 21 points and 15 rebounds, but bad news for Spurs fans, Tony Parker tweaked a hammy, which in sports parlance means he might sit for a game or two. Hamstrings are incredibly important for any lateral movement, and Parker relies on those movements more than most. We’ll see how he looks going forward. Poor Minneosta. JJ Barea had a good game though :)
JAVALE MCGEE! with the game-winning tip-in at the buzzer ruined an incredible night from Ben Gordon. Gordon poured in 45 points, but was 9 for 9 from 3-point land, which ties the NBA record. He also had 8 assists. That’s a monster night for Gordon, but MCGEE strikes again. After one game, the Nene/McGee deal is working out for both teams.
Kobe and the Lakers went on a run in the second quarter and Dallas couldn’t recover. If you don’t think Kobe remembers getting swept last year, you are smoking crack. I’m pretty sure Kobe remembers the kid who stole the ball from him on a playground in Italy when he was 8.
Home teams in CAPS
- ORLANDO MAGIC 103 - Phoenix Suns 93
- New York Knicks 82 - PHILADELPHIA 76ERS 79
- Chicago Bulls 94 - TORONTO RAPTORS 82
- ATLANTA HAWKS 103 - Cleveland Cavaliers 102 in OT
- Washington Wizards 108 - NEW JERSEY NETS 89
- Golden State Warriors 101 - NEW ORLEANS HORNETS 92
- OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER 114 - Los Angeles Clippers 91
- SAN ANTONIO SPURS 116 - Minnesota Timberwolves 100
- DENVER NUGGETS 116 - Detroit Pistons 115
- Los Angeles Lakers 109 - DALLAS MAVERICKS 93