New York 98, New Jersey 91
Studs: Al Harrington and Danilo Gallinari had 17 points each and David Lee added 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Knicks. Chris Douglas-Roberts led all scorers with 24 points and Brook Lopez tallied 18 points, 12 rebounds, and four blocks for New Jersey.
Duds: Rafer Alston was 1-for-7 and Sean Williams missed all five shot attempts and fouled out in just 16 minutes in the loss.
Game Notes: Devin Harris returned to action for the lowly Nets after missing the past 10 games with a strained groin. He posted 12 points and seven assists in 26 minutes off the bench… According to STATS LLC, this was the worst matchup at this point in the season since the 2-13 Timberwolves hosted the 0-14 Clippers in 1994.
Cleveland 97, Philadelphia 91
Studs: LeBron James had 32 points, seven rebounds, and nine assists and Mo Williams chipped in 18 points and eight assists to lead Cleveland to victory. Lou Williams (22) and Thaddeus Young (21) reached the 20-point plateau for the 76ers, and Elton Brand continued his hot streak with 18 points and 14 rebounds in defeat.
Duds: Andre Iguodala was 6-for-22 for Philadelphia and the 76ers bench totaled just 14 points, 12 of which came from Rodney Carney. Cleveland's bench wasn't much better, combining for 16 points on 4-for-15 shooting.
Game Notes: Cleveland clamped down defensively in the fourth quarter, holding Philadelphia to just 10 points on 4-for-23 shooting over the final 12 minutes… Jason Kapono missed the game for the 76ers with a sprained ankle… Zydrunas Ilgauskas played his 721st career game with the Cavaliers, trailing only Danny Ferry's franchise record of 723.
New Orleans 96, Atlanta 88
Studs: New Orleans got a huge win over the NBA's best team behind two rookies. Darren Collison looked downright Chris Paul-like with 22 points and 11 assists, and fellow rookie Marcus Thornton added 21 points off the bench. Jamal Crawford had a team-high 20 points off the Hawks' bench.
Duds: Crawford was just 8-for-21 from the floor and Josh Smith and Joe Johnson each shot 33.3% from the field. David West was 6-for-20 for the Hornets.
Game Notes: The Hawks had won seven straight games before the loss, while New Orleans has now won three straight… The Hornets made 12-of-17 3-point attempts (70.6%), but only 10-of-17 free throw attempts (58.8%) … Atlanta shot just 37.2%, but stayed in the game thanks to a season-low six turnovers… The Hawks' Mike Bibby left in the first quarter with a sprained ankle.
Milwaukee 103, Memphis 98
Studs: Brandon Jennings led all scorers with 26 points and Ersan Ilyasova added 18 points and 12 rebounds as the Bucks improved to 8-3. Rudy Gay (24 points and 10 rebounds) and Marc Gasol (14 points and 14 rebounds) had double-doubles to lead the Grizzlies.
Duds: O.J. Mayo was just 6-for-18 and reserves Marcus Williams and DeMarre Carroll combined to go 0-for-9 in 39 minutes for Memphis.
Game Notes: Jennings scored 24 of his 26 points in the second half against Memphis, one of the eight teams that passed over him in the 2009 NBA Draft… The Bucks' Charlie Bell had a season-high with 19 points, while teammate Luke Ridnour had a season-best 12 assists… Andrew Bogut missed his first game of the season suffering from a strained left leg… Memphis' bench has been outscored in every game this season… The Grizzlies' Marc Gasol went 6-for-8, and is now 27-for-32in his last four games (84.4%).
Houston 113, Sacramento 106
Studs: Luis Scola led the Rockets with 22 points and 12 rebounds, and reserve Carl Landry added 20 points and seven rebounds. Spencer Hawes led all scorers with 24 points and added nine rebounds and two blocks for the Kings, who also got 18 points and eight rebounds from Beno Udrih.
Duds: Andres Nocioni returned from injury to shoot just 6-for-16 for Sacramento and Kenny Thomas picked up four fouls in 14 minutes, while shooting just 1-for-4 from the free throw line. Houston shot just 3-for-18 as a team from behind the 3-point line.
Game Notes: The Rockets played fundamentally sound, making 24-of-26 free throw attempts (92.3%) and committing just eight turnovers… The teams combined for 122 points in the paint… Sacramento has scored over 100 points in seven of their last eight games… The Kings' prized rookie Tyreke Evans missed the game with a sprained finger.
San Antonio 106, Washington 84
Studs: Tony Parker returned from injury and looked rejuvenated, tallying 17 points, six rebounds, and eight assists in the win. Tim Duncan added 16 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists for the Spurs. Gilbert Arenas had a team-high 18 points for Washington, and Antawn Jamison added 15 points and seven rebounds.
Duds: The Wizards' top reserves, Randy Foye (2-for-10), Andray Blatche (2-for-8), DeShawn Stevenson (0-for-4), and Earl Boykins (3-for-10), combined to shoot just 21.9% from the field, as the team shot 33.3%. George Hill was 3-for-10 off San Antonio's bench.
Game Notes: The teams combined for just 17 turnovers (eight by San Antonio and nine by Washington)… The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Spurs, while the Wizards have now lost 8-of-9… After the game, Arenas complained that teammates had "individual goals" and "hidden agendas", claiming that he had "converted [his] game to get people involved". He had two assists and 18 field goal attempts… Washington's Mike Miller strained his right calf and could miss up to a month.
Denver 112, Chicago 93
Studs: Carmelo Anthony had 30 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, and two steals; and Chauncey Billups got back on the right track for the Nuggets, adding 21 points of his own on 5-for-9 shooting. Derrick Rose had a season-high 28 points for the Bulls, while Luol Deng added 22 points and four blocks in the loss.
Duds: John Salmons was 3-for-11, and Rose's backup, Kirk Hinrich was 3-for-10. Aaron Afflalo missed six shots and contributed just one rebound, with three fouls and two turnovers in 19 minutes for Denver.
Game Notes: Chicago committed only 16 team fouls, leading to 26 Denver free throw attempts. Conversely, the Nuggets committed 21 fouls, which led to 24 Chicago free throws… Denver reserves J.R. Smith and Ty Lawson combined for a +/- ratio of +47… Denver outscored the Bulls in the paint by a margin of 52-34… Anthony reached the 30-point mark for the ninth time in 13 games.
Utah 100, Detroit 97 (OT)
Studs: Carlos Boozer and Andrei Kirilenko had 22 points apiece and Deron Williams added 14 points, 11 assists, and three blocks as the Jazz got a big overtime win against Detroit. Ben Gordon led the Pistons with 25 points on 10-for-20 shooting and Will Bynum led Detroit's reserves with 16.
Duds: Charlie Villanueva and Rodney Stuckey combined to shoot 13-for-33 for the Pistons. Williams and Ronnie Brewer combined to shoot 6-for-13 from the free throw line in the win.
Game Notes: Utah has won four games in a row and now sits above .500 at 7-6… Gordon, Bynum, Villanueva, and Stuckey combined to score 76 of Detroit's 97 points… Gordon missed a 3-pointer that would have sent the game into double overtime.
Portland 106, Minnesota 78
Studs: Martell Webster had season-highs with 21 points and 13 rebounds in his return to Portland's starting lineup, and Steve Blake chipped in with 14 points and nine assists in the win. Al Jefferson looked more like his old self, posting 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Duds: Jonny Flynn had another off night, shooting just 3-for-11 for the Timberwolves, who struggled as a team offensively. Oleksiy Pecherov (12 points) joined Jefferson as the only Wolves in double figures. Rudy Fernandez was 1-for-9 for Portland.Game Notes: Portland is 2-0 against Minnesota this season, with both wins coming by 23 points… The Timberwolves have now lost 12 straight after a season-opening win against winless New Jersey… Minnesota made all 18 of their free throw attempts… Webster made three consecutive 3-pointers in the third quarter to put the game away for the Blazers.