Sorry about how late these are coming in. The games tonight are starting in half an hour, but here’s what happened last night when everyone—including myself—was watching election coverage.
Home teams in CAPS.
CHICAGO BULLS 99 - Orlando Magic 93
Luol Deng had 23 points and Chicago came back strong from their loss to New Orleans at home on Saturday night. Aaron Afflalo led Orlando with 28. Chicago actually trailed after three quarters, but Deng, Taj and Nasty Nate Robinson helped the Bulls outscore Orlando 31-23 in the final quartrer for a win.
OKLAHOMA CITY 108 - Toronto Raptors 88
A 19-point halftime lead meant this game was never really in doubt. Westbrook led OKC with 19, but not a single starter played more than 30 minutes as they abused a Raptors team down Kyle Lowry (he sprained his right ankle and won’t play tonight against Dallas). One bright side for Toronto fans: Jonas Valanaciunas (whose name I’ll be able to spell soon), led Toronto in scoring with 18 points on 6/8 shooting from the floor with 6 rebounds in just 32 minutes.
DENVER NUGGETS 109 - Detroit Pistons 97
Iguodala led 6 Denver players in double-figues with 17. Greg Monroe was the lone bright spot for Detroit, scoring 27 points on 10/20 shooting. Denver took a lead by the end of the 1st quarter, and won every subsequent quarter until the game mercifully ended for Detroit, who is now 0-4. Denver is looking to rebound from a rough opening week of play where their much-heralded offense was pretty terrible. This was a good start.