Washington 123, New Jersey 104
Studs: Gilbert Arenas looked like his old self in this one, scoring 32 points on 9-for-13 shooting, and adding 7 assists. Hibachi had 11 points in the opening quarter, topped off by a 38-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer. Andray Blatche also flourished, dropping 30 points on 15-for-18 shooting off the Wizards' bench. Crhis Douglas-Roberts had 25 points, to lead the Nets, who also got 20 points and 8 assists from Rafer Alston, who started in place of Devin Harris, who missed the game with a sore groin.
Duds: Yi Jianlian shot just 2-for-10 and scored 6 points, and rookie Terrence Williams was just 3-for-12 from the field.
Game Notes: New Jersey moved to 0-3 on the young season, despite only committing 11 turnovers against Washington and only 20 over their past two games… Randy Foye got the start for the Wizards in place of the injured Caron Butler.
Cleveland 90, Charlotte 79
Studs: Mo Williams had a break out performance, with 24 points and LeBron James posted 14 points, 7 rebounds, and 9 assists as Cleveland reached the .500-mark for the first time this season. Vlad Radmanovic led the Bobcats with 12 points off the bench.
Duds: Shaquille O'Neal is yet to assert his dominance as a Cavalier. He posted another ho-hum line of 8 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists. No one had a particularly poor game for Charlotte, but only one player (Raymond Felton, who shot 5-for-12) made more than 4 field goals for the Bobcats.
Game Notes: Charlotte's starting 5 only accounted for 42 points, and the Bobcats only had 2 fast break points… Cleveland shot 58.1% from the field and 56.3% from 3-point range, but only 64.3% from the free throw line, making only 9-of-14 attempts.
Philadelphia 141, New York 127
Studs: Andre Iguodala (32 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists), Lou Williams (27 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists), and Marresse Speights (20 points and 10 rebounds) notched double-doubles and Thaddeus Young added 25 points for the 76ers. Al Harrington dropped 42 points, as he came off the bench for the first time this season, and Danilo Gallinari, getting his first start, made 8 3-pointers on his way to 30 points. Larry Hughes also added 18 for the Knicks.
Duds: Jared Jeffries got another inexplicable start ahead of Harrington and contributed all of 1 rebound and 1 assist in shooting 0-for-3.
Game Notes: Where to begin? Philadelphia shot 60.7% from the field as a team, and scored 21 transition points and 54 points in the paint…The Knicks made 14 3-pointers, and scored 41 fourth quarter points to erase a lead of 19 at halftime and 15 at the start of the fourth quarter… The Knicks, playing their second straight overtime game, began the extra period with a 5-0 run, but Philadelphia countered with a 19-0 run to end the game.
Houston 111, Portland 107
Studs: Trevor Ariza had 33 points and Aaron Brooks added 28, as the Rockets' two-headed monster combined to shoot 21-for-35 (60%). Carl Landry added 16 off the bench. Brandon Roy had a game-high 42 points, to go along with 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the losing effort, and LaMarcus Aldridge had 27 points on 13-of-16 shooting.
Duds: Aside from Roy and Aldridge, the Blazers' other starters (Greg Oden, Steve Blake, Martell Webster) combined for just 10 points. Oden was in foul trouble again, picking up 5 personals in just 22 minutes of action. Shane Battier continued to struggle from the field, posting just 6 points on 1-for-6 shooting.
Game Notes: Both teams shot over 50% from the field, and the Rockets made half over their 3-point attempts (12-of-24)… Portland only converted one basket in transition, and lost despite rebounding and free throw adavantages.
Milwaukee 96, Detroit 85
Studs: Bradon Jennings had a slow first half, but exploded in the second to finish with 24 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals. Hakim Warrick had 21 points off the Bucks' bench. The Pistons played without Richard Hamilton for the second straight game, and lost again, despite 26 points from Ben Gordon.
Duds: Aside from Jennings, the Bucks' starters combined to shoot 6-for-22 on their way to just 20 points. Rodney Stuckey started out strong, but went scoreless in the second half, and shot just 6-for-19 for the game.
Game Notes: Detroit led by 11 at halftime, but was outscored 36-14 in the third… The Pistons' big men were slightly more productive against the Bucks, combining for 24 points… Rookie forward Jonas Jerebko became the first Swedish-born player to see NBA action, as he grabbed 2 rebounds and committed 2 fouls in 6 minutes.
San Antonio 113, Sacramento 94
Studs: Tony Parker led the Spurs with 24 points and 7 assists and Richard Jefferson broke out of his slump, to score 21 points on 7-for-8 from the field. San Antonio's reserves saw a lot of action, and were led by 15 points from George Hill and 13 points from Manu Ginobili. Kevin Martin led Sacramento with 26 points and Spencer Hawes came off the bench to add 22 points and 10 rebounds, mostly in garbage time.
Duds: Andres Nocioni shot just 1-for-7, and no one besides Martin and Hawes scored more than 7 points for the Kings. Tim Duncan posted just 7 points and 10 rebounds, but played only 22 minutes.
Game Notes: San Antonio led by 16 at halftime and 21 at the end of the third. The Spurs' starters only played a combined 114 of 240 minutes… San Antonio shot 58.1% from the floor an 50% from the free throw line and had 52 points in the paint.
Dallas 93, LA Clippers 84
Studs: Dirk Nowitzki posted 24 points and 9 rebounds, and Shawn Marion had his first double-double with the Mavericks, adding 16 points and 11 rebounds. Erick Dampier also had 12 points and 10 boards, and Jason Terry had 16 off the bench for the second straight game. Chris Kaman did what he could for the Clippers, posting 27 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal, and 2 blocks.
Duds: Donald Sterling- the Clippers fall to 0-4 with the loss.Game Notes: The Clippers committed 19 turnovers, which turned into 24 points at the other end and, compared with 11 Dallas turnovers, creating 11 Clipper points, in an otherwise close game.