As you guys are gonna find out, there were a lot of foul calls tonight.
BOBCATS 92, HORNETS 89
Chris Paul (NOH) 20 points, 10 assists, 6 steals
Peja Stojakovic (NOH) 20 points (6-12 3PT)
Felton/Richardson (CHA) 40 points (59 mins)
D.J. Augustin (CHA) 11 points, 4 assists (20 mins)
David West (NOH) 11 points, 5 rebounds, 6 fouls (40 mins)
Jared Dudley (CHA) 0 points, 1 rebound (0-5 FG, 16 mins)
Charlotte went on a 14-2 run in the 4th quarter with an Augustin-Carroll-Morrison lineup. David West failed to capitalize against the Bobcats frontcourt.
KNICKS 114, WIZARDS 108
Caron Butler (WAS) 30 points, 7 rebounds (11-24 FG, 7-11 FT)
Antawn Jamison (WAS) 24 points, 12 rebounds (11-21 FG, 2-7 3PT)
Zach Randolph (NYK) 22 points, 13 rebounds (8-16 FG, 1-2 3PT, 5-7 FT)
JaVale McGee (WAS) 12 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks (5-8 FG)
Chris Duhon (NYK) 6 points, 7 rebounds, 12 assists, 0 turnovers (2-5 3PT)
Juan Dixon (WAS) 5 points, 11 assists, 1 turnover
Knicks interior defense - once again failed to block a shot.
Wilson Chandler is the new starting PF in NY! He finished with 17 pts and 4 rebs. David Lee came off the bench and played all the backup PF and C minutes, which kept Malik Rose off the court. Dixon, Young, and McGee played heavy minutes compared to starters Daniels, Stevenson, and Thomas, so there could be a lineup change or two down the line.
HAWKS 110, RAPTORS 92
Chris Bosh (TOR) 26 points, 8 rebounds
Mike Bibby (ATL) 19 points, 12 assists
Evans/Murray (ATL) 31 points (5-8 3PT, 46 mins)
Josh Smith (ATL) 6 points (11 mins) Suffered ankle injury that will keep him out 2-4 weeks
Vintage Bibby tonight. Lots of Bosh and not much else for Toronto. J-Smoove's injury is only 2-4 weeks, but for a team with no frontcourt depth, they could be under .500 by the time he comes back, which would be devastating for a team off to it's best start in over a decade. Atlanta could run small with Marvin at the four and Evans at the three, or run big with Horford at the four and Pachulia at the five.
CAVALIERS 101, PACERS 97
Danny Granger (IND) 33 points, 6 rebounds (13-21 FG, 5-10 3pT)
LeBron James (CLE) 27 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists, 4 blocks
Anderson Varejao (CLE) 18 points, 8 rebounds (+18 in +/-)
Marquis Daniels (IND) 17 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists
Ben Wallace (CLE) 0 points, 1 rebound (19 mins, -17 in +/-)
I hate talking about LeBron James. He's the same story every game, putting up nearly 30/10/10 every night. The repetition gets old after awhile. Oh wait, this time he added 4 blocks to his usual line. Thanks for keeping it fresh LBJ!
NETS 103, PISTONS 96
Devin Harris (NJN) 38 points (9-15 FG, 20-24 FT)
Allen Iverson (DET) 24 points, 6 assists (6-12 FG, 11-13 FT)
Josh Boone (NJN) 18 points, 14 rebounds
Wow. Raise your hand if you thought Devin Harris would be the story of the game in Iverson's debut with Detroit? His previous career high in scoring was 27 points against a soft Indiana defense. Another measurment of his explosion: Harris had scored 37 points through his first three games this year. His scoring average jumps from 12.3 to 18.8.
CELTICS 101, BUCKS 89
Paul Pierce (BOS) 18 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists
Ramon Sessions (MIL) 11 points, 0 assists, 5 turnovers (19 mins)
Milwaukee didn't have much of a chance without Michael Redd.
HEAT 99, SPURS 83
Dwyane Wade (MIA) 33 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 steals (14-25 FG, 5-6 FT)
Michael Beasley (MIA) 20 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists (5-10 FG, 10-10 FT)
Roger Mason (SAS) 18 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists (6-17 FG)
Bruce Bowen (SAS) 2 points, 2 turnovers (12 mins)
Michael Finley (SAS)
Tony Parker followed up his double nickel with an ankle injury and will miss 2-4 weeks. San Antonio should be in full blown panic mode right now. It's time for them to bench Bowen, as it's clear they can't afford to sacrifice any offense right now. Roger Mason got the start over Michael Finley and it could be permanent.
Hey Spurs fans, you know how we talk about your team being too old to be a legit contender? This is why. Parker's been overworked this year and they finally paid for it. This pretty much kills the Spurs chances of home court advantage in the playoffs, if not their playoff chances, as the November hole they're going to dig could be insurmountable in this conference. The last time the Spurs started this badly, they ended up with the #1 pick thanks to David Robinson missing the entire year with an injury. By the time Parker/Ginobili come back you almost have to wonder whether the Spurs would be better off just tanking and calling it a year.
BULLS 100, SUNS 83
Amare Stoudemire (PHX) 26 points, 7 rebounds (5-10 FG, 16-18 FT)
Ben Gordon (CHI) 23 points, 6 assists
Derrick Rose (CHI) 18 points, 6 assists (8-11 FG)
Robin Lopez (PHX) 14 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks (6-9 FG)
Kirk Hinrich (CHI) 5 points, 5 assists, 5 steals (16 mins)
Steve Nash (PHX) 6 points, 5 assists, 3 turnovers (2-7 FG)
Leandro Barbosa (PHX) 2 points (1-8 FG)
Shaq didn't play in the 2nd game of a back to back and while rookie Robin Lopez thrived, the rest of the team struggled. Hill got the start for Barnes whose wife is giving birth to twins. Leandro Barbosa should change his name to Dow Jones. Derrick Rose continues to impress and the Bulls should return to the playoffs this season. Aaron Gray got the start at C with Gooden moving to PF and Tyrus Thomas moving back to the bench. Hinrich also got the start over Sefolosha who didn't play until garbage time.
JAZZ 104, THUNDER 97
Kevin Durant (OKC) 22 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists (9-15 FG, 5-6 FT)
Jeff Green (OKC) 22 points, 5 rebounds (3-3 3PT)
Carlos Boozer (UTA) 21 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists
Demond Mason (OKC) 18 points, 5 rebounds (26 mins)
Andrei Kirilenko (UTA) 16 points, 12 rebounds, 2 blocks
Brevin Knight (UTA) 4 points, 11 assists, 3 steals
Chris Wilcox (OKC) 2 points, 6 rebounds, 3 turnovers (1-7 FG)
KINGS 121, WOLVES 109
Kevin Martin (SAC) 26 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists
John Salmons (SAC) 23 points (9-15 FG)
Kevin Love (MIN) 20 points, 8 rebounds (6-7 FG, 8-10 FT)
Sebastian Telfair (MIN) 15 points, 7 assists, 0 turnovers
Brad Miller (SAC) 11 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks (26 mins)
Spencer Hawes (SAC) 13 points, 8 rebounds (22 mins)
Corey Brewer (MIN) 0 points, 0-5 FG
Brad Miller returned from suspension and had a double-double while starting over Hawes. They combined for 24-18-5 with 3 blocks and 10 fouls. Love and Telfair were inserted into the starting lineup and both responded well.
ROCKETS 92, CLIPPERS 83
Baron Davis (LAC) 23 points, 8 assists
Chris Kaman (LAC) 23 points, 11 rebounds, 2 blocks (11-18 FG)
Ron Artest (HOU) 23 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists
Carl Landry (HOU) 20 points, 9 rebounds (7-14 FG, 6-6 FT)
Yao Ming (HOU) 16 points, 9 rebounds, 5 blocks
Ricky Davis (LAC) 7 points, 3 assists (3-10 FG, 27 mins)
Tracy McGrady (HOU) 2 points (0-5 FG)
Even with Baron Davis, the Clippers are a poor offensive team. He and Kaman had over half of the teams points tonight. There isn't a single player on the team you can rely on from game to game.
After being the main man in game one, T-Mac struggled badly in the second night of a back to back. While this is concerning for Houston, it's a good sign that they still convincingly won despite an 0-5 performance from him.
NUGGETS 108, MAVERICKS 105
Carmelo Anthony (DEN) 28 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists (7-18 FG, 14-14 FT)
Jason Kidd (DAL) 22 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 blocks (8-14 FG, 6-12 3PT)
Nene (DEN) 19 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks (8-12 FG, 3-4 FT)
Linas Kleiza (DEN) 14 points (5-10 FG, 15 mins)
Gerald Green (DAL) 13 points (5-9 FG, 14 mins)
Jerry Stackhouse (DAL) 2 points (1-8 FG)
Erick Dampier (DAL) 0 points, 2 rebounds, 4 fouls (9 mins)
Like Iverson, Billups second debut in Denver was overshadowed by a great game from the opposing PG. In a creepy coincidence, Kidd and Harris were the big PGs traded for each other last year. Denver overcame poor shooting by going 37-40 from the FT line.
GRIZZLIES 109, WARRIORS 104
Stephen Jackson (GSW) 27 points, 4 assists (9-21 FG, 44 mins)
Andris Biedrins (GSW) 23 points, 12 rebounds (7-13 FG, 9-10 FT)
Rudy Gay (MEM) 23 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists
O.J. Mayo (MEM) 20 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists
Hakim Warrick (MEM) 19 points, 10 rebounds
Darrell Arthur (MEM) 13 points, 12 rebounds, 3 blocks (26 mins)
C.J. Watson (GSW) 9 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists (1-7 FG, 7-11 FT)
Anthony Randolph (GSW) 8 points, 7 rebounds, 1 block (4-8 FG, 17 mins)
Brandan Wright (GSW) 6 points, 3 blocks, but only 2 rebounds in 20 mins
(on a night the Warriors were outrebounded 55-41, they needed more with Harrington/Maggette out of the lineup.)
The winds of change are in Golden State. Watson replaced Nelson in the starting lineup. Harrington is out with a back injury/trade demand and was replaced by Wright, with Randolph moving to the reserve role. Belinelli and Marcus Williams even played an unconventional 10 mins each off the bench (for Don Nelson at least). Oh yeah, and Memphis played a good game albeit against a short handed Warriors team. Mayo and Rose are going to fight for ROY all year long. Warrick/Arthur combined for 32 points, and 22 rebounds against the skinny Wright/Randolph duo.