Washington 101, Detroit 98
The Good: Gilbert Arenas scored 24 points on 9-of-11 field goal shooting and led the Wizards past the Pistons in Flip Saunders' first game against his former team. Detroit's fourth guard, Will Bynum, scored 23 points in 32 minutes off the bench for the Pistons.
The Bad: Rodney Stuckey and Ben Gordon combined to shoot just 6-of-26 for the Pistons, who shot better from 3-point range (41.9%) than they did from 2-point range (40.3%).
The Ugly: Nick Young posted a 2-for-10 performance against Detroit, and is now 4-for-21 in his last two games.
Boston 91, New Jersey 88
The Good: Rasheed Wallace got the start and led Boston with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Rajon Rondo had a performance reminiscent of his run in the 2009 playoffs, posting 18 points, 9 rebounds, and 13 assists in the win. Glen 'Big Baby' Davis also added 18 off the bench. Courtney Lee led the Nets with 21 points, who also got 19 points from Chris Douglas-Roberts and 17 points and 10 rebounds from Brook Lopez.
The Bad: New Jersey's reserves were on the court for a total of 102 minutes, and only accounted for 20 points against a short-handed Celtics team, playing without all the members of their Big 3.
The Ugly: Boston only shot 53.8% from the free throw line as a team, including a dubious 6-of-14 effort by Rondo.
Philadelphia 93, New York 85
The Good: Philadelphia moved to 4-0 on the preseason for the first time in over 3o years behind 26 points from Thaddeus Young and 20 points and 8 rebounds from Elton Brand. The 76ers also got double-digit showings from Andre Iguodala and Lou Williams. Al Harrington scored 18 points and David Lee collected 12 rebounds to keep the Knicks close.
The Bad: Former first-rounder Danilo Gallinari posted just 4 points and 4 rebounds on 1-of-6 shooting in his 19 minutes for New York, while Iguodala committed 8 turnovers for the 76ers.
The Ugly: Nate Robinson (15 points) outscored Philadelphia's bench (14 points) all by himself.
Orlando 121, New Orleans 86
The Good: Orlando moved to a perfect 5-0 with an offensive explosion against the Hornets. The Magic had eclipsed the 100-point plateau by the end of the third quarter behind 60.9% field goal shooting, paced by 22 points from Ryan Anderson in just 19 minutes (including 16 points in a 3:30 span in the third quarter). Mickael Pietrus scored 19 points in his 25 minutes, a span in which Orlando outscored the Hornets by an astounding 48 points!
The Bad: New Orleans shot only 38.9% from the field and trailed by 16 points after one quarter, 26 points at halftime, and 36 at the end of the third quarter.
The Ugly: Hornets' guard Bobby Brown shot just 1-of-7 from the field and the team was outscored by 33 points in his 18 minutes.
Chicago 87, Milwaukee 86
The Good: Chicago survived to beat Milwaukee, as the Bucks missed two potential game winning shots in the final 14 seconds. Joakim Noah had 20 points and 16 rebounds and Taj Gibson had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Chicago, while Hakim Warrick countered with a game-high 25 points for Milwaukee before fouling out of the game.
The Bad: Jannero Pargo shot 3-for-11 from the field for Chicago and rookie Brandon Jennings was only 2-for-13 from the floor for Milwaukee. (Jennings did add 6 rebounds and 12 assists, in addition to his 10 points.)
The Ugly: This game felt like a preseason game. The teams combined to shoot 57.1% (32-for-56) from the free throw line and 29% (11-for-38) from 3-point range.