Cleveland 105, Indiana 95
Studs: LeBron James led the Cavaliers with 40 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists; and Anthony Parker and Anderson Varejao were each 5-for-6 from the field. Danny Granger had 19 points, nine rebounds, five assists, and three blocks in the loss.
Duds: Granger shot just 7-for-21 and Roy Hibbert picked up five quick fouls in just 16 minutes of action. Zydrunas Ilgauskas was 1-for-12 and Mo Williams was 3-for-11 with five turnovers for Cleveland.
Game Notes: Pacers' power forward Troy Murphy came off the bench after missing the last six games with a lower back bruise. He posted 12 points and 10 rebounds in 24 minutes… Cleveland shot an equal 46.2% from the field and 3-point range…Indiana outscored the Cavs 21-11 in the third quarter and had a five-point lead to start the fourth, but James scored 10 points over the final 7:07 to secure the win… Varejao had missed the prior to games for Cleveland, who is still without center Shaquille O'Neal.
Memphis 102, Philadelphia 97
Studs: Rudy Gay had 33 points, 10 rebounds, two steals, and two blocks; and Zach Randolph notched a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds as Memphis got their third straight win. Lou Williams led the 76ers with a career-high 31 points and Elton Brand had another strong game, with 22 points, four steals, and four blocks in the loss.
Duds: Iguodala was just 5-for-17 for Philadelphia, who only got more than seven points from three players (Iguodala, Williams, and Brand). Mike Conley shot 1-for-6 for the Grizzlies, and his backup, Marcus Williams committed six turnovers in just 19 minutes.
Game Notes: The win was the Grizzlies' first in Philadelphia since February 2005… Memphis outrebounded the 76ers 48-28… The three-game winning streak is Memphis' first since 2005. Marc Gasol was 21-for-24 in the three wins… 76ers' center Primoz Brezec made his first appearance of the season, missing all three of his shots, while gathering two offensive rebounds and a block in four minutes.
Toronto 120, Miami 113
Studs: Chris Bosh had 29 points, 12 rebounds, and four blocks; and Andrea Bargnani added 24 points, 10 rebounds, and two blocks as Toronto got a big win over Miami. Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers had 30 points each for the Heat.
Duds: Starter James Jones was just 2-for-7 and Miami's bench combined to shoot 3-for-13 with just 10 points. Bargnani, Hedo Turkoglu, and DeMar DeRozan had four turnovers apiece for the Raptors.
Game Notes: Toronto shot 57.1% from the field and 60% from 3-point range, and won the game despite committing 20 turnovers compared to just 9 for the Heat… The Raptors entered the game on a three-game losing streak that saw them 2 games below .500 at 5-7… Toronto shot 19-for-24 and scored 43 points in the second quarter… Miami played without two of their top six players, as Quentin Richardson (back) and Udonis Haslem (shoulder) missed the game.
Atlanta 105, Houston 103
Studs: Atlanta continued their impressive start with a win over Houston, led by 29 points from Marvin Williams and 21 from Jamal Crawford. Carl Landry had 18 points and eight rebounds, and Luis Scola had 17 points and 10 boards for the Rockets.
Duds: Houston's centers, Chuck Hayes and David Anderson combined to shoot 5-for-12, with nine fouls in just 30 minutes. Mike Bibby was 3-for-9 shooting, and Josh Smith played just 24 minutes due to foul trouble, shooting 3-for-7 from the field and 3-for-6 from the line.
Game Notes: Houston had the edge in turnovers (15-12) and rebounding (42-39), and attempted 14 more field goals, but only converted 42.4% of their attempts, compared to 50% for the Hawks… The Rockets won the battle for the paint 52-40… Atlanta is now 11-2 thanks to Josh Smith's game-winning tip-in with .7 seconds remaining… Williams's 29 points came on 13-for-19 shooting.
Orlando 83, Boston 78
Studs: Vince Carter had 26 points, six rebounds, and six assists; and Dwight Howard added nine points and 15 rebounds as the magic left Boston with a win. Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 21 points.
Duds: Eddie House was 1-for-7, Rajon Rondo was 3-for-11, and Rasheed Wallace was 4-for-16, as Boston shot just 34.5% as a team and 10.5% from 3-point range. Carter's 26 points came on 10-for-29 shooting, while Orlando's bench chipped in just 11 points.
Game Notes: Boston's offense couldn't take advantage of a golden opportunity, as Orlando shot 41.4% from the field and 57.7% from the line, committed 20 turnovers, and managed just 24 points in the paint… Boston is now 1-3 on Fridays this season and 8-1 for the rest of the week… Celtics' coach Doc Rivers called his team's performance "awful".
Oklahoma City 127, Washington 108
Studs: Oklahoma City played 10 men, six of who scored, and had five players in double figures, led by 35 from Kevin Durant, 26 from Russell Westbrook, and 25 from rookie James Harden. The trio combined to shoot 26-for-45 (57.8%). Jeff Green added 19 and Thabo Sefolosha chipped in with 16. Caron Butler led the Wizards with 24 points, and Antawn Jamison (22 points and 12 rebounds) and Brendan Haywood (14 points and 16 rebounds) notched double-doubles.
Duds: Gilbert Arenas scored 23 points, but shot just 7-for-20 and committed three turnovers for Washington, who turned it over 20 times as a team. Only two Oklahoma City players shot below 50% from the field- Kevin Ollie and Etan Thomas were each 0-for-2.
Game Notes: The 127-point performance was a season high for the Thunder… Harden has now scored 49 points in his last two games after scoring just 64 in his first 11 games as a pro. He also added a game-high four steals in 26 minutes… Mike Miller went to the locker room in the first quarter after injuring his left arm (the same arm he injured against Cleveland earlier this moth), but returned to the game.
Dallas 104, Sacramento 102
Studs: Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry scored 20 points apiece, and Jason Kidd and Kris Humphries added 15 each as Dallas survived with a win over the surprising Kings. Rookie Tyreke Evans led Sacramento with 29 points, seven rebounds, and 10 assists.
Duds: Sacramento's bench was just 3-for-13 with 14 points. The Kings also committed 21 turnovers, including five by Evans and four by Jason Thompson.
Game Notes: The Kings shot 53.1% from the floor, compared to just 45.2% for Dallas, but attempted 12 less shots because of their turnover problems… The Mavericks' reserves scored 25 of the team's 36 fourth-quarter points, led by 12 in the frame by Jason Terry… Twenty-six of Sacramento's first 28 points came from the painted area… Evans has now scored 20 points or more in six straight games.
Milwaukee 95, Charlotte 88
Studs: Brandon Jennings led all scorers with 29 points on 12-for-23 shooting, and Hakim Warrick added 16 points and nine rebounds off the Bucks' bench. Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson had 22 points apiece for the Bobcats.
Duds: Raymond Felton and D.J. Agustin combined to shoot 1-for-8 with four points, two assists, and four turnovers in 43 minutes. Carlos Delfino was 3-for-12 for Milwaukee.
Game Notes: Charlotte shot 50.8% from the field, compared to just 41.5% for the Bucks. However, the Bobcats missed 17 free throws on their way to shooting 60.5% (26-for-43) from the charity stripe… Milwaukee attempted 82 field goals compared to 59 for Charlotte… The 7-3 Bucks are off to their best start since 2001. Charlotte, on the other hand, has lost seven straight games after a 3-2 start… Andrew Bogut missed the game with a strained left leg, and is expected to miss two-to-four weeks.
Golden State 108, Portland 94
Studs: Monta Ellis had 34 points, eight assists, and six steals; and Anthony Morrow made 8-of-13 shots on his way to 23 points as Golden State pulled an upset against the Blazers. Rudy Fernandez led Portland with 19 points off the bench. Brandon Roy had 17 points and Greg Oden added 16 in a losing effort.
Duds: Roy was just 6-for-17 and LaMarcus Aldridge was 4-for-10, as the Trail Blazers shot just 41.8% as a team. Stephen Curry fouled out after shooting just 3-for-9 for the short-handed Warriors.
Game Notes: Morrow and Ellis each played all 48 minutes, and Curry logged 46 minutes before fouling out… Golden State outscored the Blazers on the fast break to the tune of 36-9… Golden State signed orward Steven Hunter from the Developmental League before the game to make the NBA minimum of eight players. Hunter made both of his shots, posting four points, three rebounds, a steal, and a block in 14 minutes… Portland hasn't won at Golden State since November 3, 2004.
LA Clippers 106, Denver 99
Studs: The Clippers made it 2-for-2 in West Coast upsets on Friday night behind a season-high 27 points from Rasual Butler and 18 points from Al Thornton. Carmelo Anthony led all scorers with 37 points, and Nene added 18 points, 12 rebounds, and three steals for the Nuggets.
Duds: Starters Chauncey Billups and Aaron Afflalo made just one field goal apiece, combining to shoot 2-for-9. Sixth man J.R. Smith was just 4-for-13 and 1-for-7 from 3-point range. Baron Davis was 3-for-11 and Chris Kaman was 4-for-10 with four turnovers for the Clippers.Game Notes: Both teams shot 27-for-33 from the free throw line, and the Clippers shot 49.3% from the field, compared to 48.6% for Denver. The difference was from the outside. Each side attempted 17 3-pointers, with the L.A. connected on seven and the Nuggets only netting three… The Clippers recorded 28 assists on 36 made field goals… Anthony has scored above 20 points in each game this season, and has reached 30 points in eight of 12 games.