Studs: Andre Iguodala bounced back with 19 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists and Elton Brand followed suit, adding 17 points, 3 steals, and 2 blocks, as the 76ers got into the win column. Samuel Dalembert notched his first double-double of the season in the win, with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Brandon Jennings made a huge splash in his first NBA game. The 10th pick in the 2009 draft posted 17 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists in a performance eerily reminiscent of LeBron James' NBA debut.
Duds: Willie Green shot 0-for-5 for Philly, who also got only 6 rebounds from Brand, a perennial double-double guy.
Game Notes: Milwaukee led by 6 at halftime, but was outscored 35-20 in the third quarter, and never got back into the game… The teams showed some rust, combining for 39 turnovers (20 by Milwaukee and 19 by Philadelphia)… The Bucks shot just 57.9% from the free throw line.
Charlotte 102, New York 100 (2 OT)
Studs: Raymond Felton had 22 points, and Gerald Wallace (18 points and 15 rebounds) and Boris Diaw (17 points and 11 rebounds) notched double-doubles for the Bobcats. Al Harrington, David Lee, and Nate Robinson had 17 apiece for New York, and Danilo Gallinari added 16. Lee posted a double-double, adding 18 rebounds in 50 minutes.
Duds: It's hard to find a dud in a game that went to two overtimes, but there were some ghastly shooting performances in this one. Wallace shot just 4-for-20 from the floor, while teammate Vlad Radmanovic was just 2-for-9, as Charlotte shot just 38% as a team. Harrington was 7-for-20 and Chris Duhon and Wilson Chandler combined to shoot 7-for-26, as the Knicks posted 38.8% as a team.
Game Notes: Charlotte only recorded 19 fouls as a team in the 58-minute affair, despite 6 quick ones for Tyson Chandler, who fouled out after just 18 minutes… The Knicks posted just 8 fast break points for the game, and were outscored 56-42 in the paint.
Atlanta 100, Washington 89
Studs: Josh Smith led the Hawks with 20 points, Al Horford posted a double-double with 10 points and 12 boards, and Jamal Crawford added 16 points off the bench. Gilbert Arenas had 23 points for the Wizards, who also got 19 points and 9 rebounds from Brandon Haywood, and 7 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists from Mike Miller.
Duds: Randy Foye shot just 3-for-12, but was overshadowed by Nick Young, who had by far the worst game of the day in the NBA. Young played 13 minutes, and had 1 rebound, 1 foul, and 8 missed shots.
Game Notes: The Hawks were +17 points at the free throw line, despite committing one more foul than the Wizards. Atlanta was 91.2% at the charity stripe, compared with 63.6% for Washington… Caron Butler played just 17 minutes before leaving the game with an injury. He will be re-evaluated in the next few days, and will likely miss a few games.
Boston 118, Chicago 90
Studs: Paul Pierce and Eddie House had 22 points each, Ray Allen added 20, and Rajon Rondo handed out 16 assists, as Boston asserted their dominance over Chicago in a rematch of the best first-round playoff series from last season. Joakim Noah posted a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, both team highs.
Duds: Derrick Rose had just 10 points and 2 assists, and John Salmons shot just 2-for-14 for Chicago. Rasheed Wallace was just 2-for-9 from the floor and 1-for-6 from behind the arc for the Celts.
Game Notes: Chicago was stifled by Boston's defense, connecting on only 2-for-15 3-pointers and managing only 4 fast break points… Boston posted 33 team assists on 43 made field goals.
New Orleans 97, Sacramento 92
Studs: Chris Paul shot 8-for-14 for 31 points, and the Hornets got double figure outing from 4 other players, as they survived against Sacramento. Rookie Tyreke Evans led the Kings with 22 points, and Kevin Martin added 20, as Sacramento fell to 0-2.
Duds: Martin shot just 9-for-29 and the Kings' young frontcourt duo of Jason Thompson and Spencer Hawes combined to shoot just 5-for-22, as both came off the bench. Paul managed only 4 assists, as New Orleans only connected on 5-of-16 3-point attempts.
Game Notes: New Orleans came from 2 behind at the start of the fourth quarter to win by 6… Sacramento won the rebounding battle 52-43 and the assist category 21-16. They also recorded 1 less turnover (11 to 10), but were outscored by 13 at the free throw line.
Oklahoma City 91, Detroit 83
Studs: Kevin Durant kept the Thunder among the ranks of the unbeaten with 25 points and 12 rebounds, and Russell Westbrook added 10 points, 5 rebounds, and 10 assists for Oklahoma City. Nick Collison had 8 points and 8 rebounds in just 16 minutes off the bench. Ben Gordon had 25 and Rodney Stuckey added 21, as Detroit played without Richard Hamilton, who sat out with an ankle injury.
Duds: Gordon, Stuckey, and Charlie Villanueva combined to shoot just 15-for-47 (31.9%), and the Pistons managed just 37.1% as a team. Westbrook was just 2-for-11 and rookie James Harden managed only 2 points on 1-for-6 shooting.
Game Notes: Detroit got only 22 points in the paint and only 15 total points from their big men, and this time died by the jump shot- they made only 26 field goals in the game… Ben Wallace had a vintage performance, totaling 2 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks.
Miami 96, Indiana 83
Studs: Dwyane Wade had 32 points and Jermaine O'Neal had another strong game, with 22 points and 12 rebounds, as the Heat improved to 2-0. Indiana was led by 22 points from Danny Granger and 12 points and 13 rebounds from Troy Murphy. Solomon Jones and Luther Head added 12 points each off the bench.
Duds: Jones and Head were the only two Pacers at or above 50% from the field, as the team shot 36.7% for the game. Daequan Cook was 1-for-9 for the Heat.
Game Notes: Both teams shot poorly from the outside, but the Heat attempted only 7 3-pointers (and made 1), while Indiana attempted 23 (and made 4). Granger was 3-for-12 from the outside by himself… Indiana only managed 5 fast break points and collected 31 team fouls, on their way to being outscored by 14 at the free throw line.
Cleveland 104, Minnesota 87
Studs: LeBron James tallied 24 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists in limited minutes and Anderson Varejao had 13 points and 11 rebounds. Daniel Gibson drained 4 3-pointers on his way to 14 points off the Cavs' bench. Jonny Flynn led Minnesota in scoring for the second straight game with 17 points.
Duds: Minnesota's go-to-guy, Al Jefferson, showed little lift and is clearly not 100% after tearing his ACL last season. Jefferson shot just 5-for-14 on his way to 12 points and 8 boards, and sits at an even 30% shooting for the season. Wayne Ellington shot 1-for-8 off the Wolves' bench.
Game Notes: Minnesota's subs made a strong push in the second quarter and Nathan Jawai got his first action as a Timberwolf, as Minnesota played all 12 men in the loss. Jawai had a promising effort, playing good defense and knocking down a 16-foot jump shot.
Orlando 95, New Jersey 85
Studs: Orlando went unbeaten in the preseason and carried that momentum into the regular season, improving to 2-0 behind 20 points and 22 rebounds from Dwight Howard, and 16 points each from Ryan Anderson and Vince Carter. Courtney Lee led New Jersey with 18 points and Devin Harris added 16 points and 7 assists in a losing effort.
Duds: Harris and Lee led their team in scoring, but combined to shoot just 12-for-35 from the floor, as the Nets shot just 38.3% as a team. Howard was just 4-for-11 from the line, as the Magic shot just 60% as a team.
Game Notes: New Jersey committed just 6 turnovers, and rookie Terrence Williams (2 TO) was the only Net with more than 1… Howard recorded 1 steal and 4 blocks, but the rest of the Magic managed 1 block and no steals.
Memphis 115, Toronto 107
Studs: Zach Randolph had 30 points; Rudy Gay had 17 and 9 rebounds; and Mike Conley had 10 points and 10 assists as Memphis got into the win column. Rookie DeMarre Carroll also had a nice game, adding 12 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 steals off the Memphis' bench. Chris Bosh led Toronto with 37 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 blocks.
Duds: Andrea Bargnani shot just 4-for-12 and fouled out after 36 minutes for the Raptors. The Grizzlies' top pick, Hasheem Thabeet, failed to see the floor.
Game Notes: Memphis shot 51.2% from the floor and 80% from the free throw line in the win…Toronto managed only 6 fast break points…Each team posted a respectable 52 points in the paint.
Utah 111, LA Clippers 98
Studs: Carlos Boozer had 20 points, 12 rebounds, and 7 assists for Utah, who also got 23 points and 9 rebounds from Paul Milsap and 21 points and 9 assists from Deron Williams. Eric Gordon, Baron Davis, and Chris Kaman each broke the 20-point plateau for the Clippers, and Marcus Camby recorded 6 points, 13 rebounds, and 3 blocks.
Duds: Al Thornton shot just 2-for-10 from the field and Camby was just 3-for-9 for the Clips. Andrei Kirilenko was 1-for-7 for the Jazz.
Game Notes: Utah made 45 field goals for the game and scored an NBA-season-high 68 points in the paint, while the Clippers did their damage in transition, scoring 28 fast break points… The teams combined for just 19 turnovers, and L.A. only converted Utah turnovers into 4 points at the other end.
Phoenix 123, Golden State 101
Studs: Leandro Barbosa had 24 points, Channing Frye had 22 points and 8 rebounds, and Steve Nash had 18 points and 20 assists, as Phoenix looked like the Suns-of-old in beating Golden State. Monta Ellis led the Warriors with 19 points and rookie Stephen Curry had another solid showing, posting 12 points and 4 assists on 5-of-9 shooting.
Duds: Anthony Randolph got his first start of the season for Don Nelson's team and responded by shooting 2-for-9, while teammate Corey Maggette's struggles continued. Maggette shot just 2-for7.
Game Notes: Phoenix tallied 30 fast break points and 50 points in the paint in the victory. They also made 12-of-22 3-point attempts… The teams combined for 45 turnovers and 55 fouls.
Dallas 94, LA Lakers 80
Studs: Dirk Nowitzki (21), Shawn Marion (18), Jason Terry (16), and J.J. Barea (12) reached double figures in scoring, Nowitki and Erick Dampier (10 each) saw double digit rebounds, and Jason Kidd (11) surpassed 10 assists, as Dallas beat the Lakers in L.A. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 20 points, and Andrew Bynum added a double-double, with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Duds: Ron Artest was just 1-for-6 from the field and 0-for-2 from the line, with 4 turnovers and 5 fouls in 23 minutes. Nowitzki had another tough shooting night, as his 21 came on 5-for-14 from the field.
Game Notes: The Lakers shot just 64.3% from the line and 39.5% from the field, while committing 19 turnovers and 29 fouls… The game featured only 6 fast break points (2 by Dallas and 4 by L.A.).