Monday, October 19, 2009

NBA Preseason-October 19th

Atlanta 113, Washington 95

The Good
: The Hawks had six players in double-figures, led by 16 points apiece from Marvin Williams and rookie Jeff Teague. Williams made six of his 7 field goal attempts, and added 6 rebounds, while Teague tallied 5 assists and 2 steals. Jamal Crawford led had a game-high 9 assists off the bench for Atlanta, who shot 55.8% from the floor and 57.1% from beyond the arc as a team. The Wizards played without Gilbert Arenas (rest) and Antawn Jamison (injury), and were led by 19 points from Randy Foye, 15 from Nick Young, and 14 from Caron Butler.
The Bad: Washington shot 42.2% from the floor as a team, and only two Wizards shot above 50% for the game- Fabricio Oberto and Paul Davis combined to score 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting in 25 minutes.
The Ugly: JaVale McGee scored 8 points and gathered 7 rebounds in 21 minutes. The ugly part? He didn't collect one single defensive rebound.

Orlando 101, Chicago 98

The Good
: The Magic won their sixth straight game to open the preseason behind a balanced offensive attack. Playing without Rashard Lewis, Orlando saw seven players attain double-digits, led by 18 from Ryan Anderson and Dwight Howard. John Salmons and Kirk Hinrich led the Bulls, with 19 and 18 points, respectively.
The Bad: J.J. Redick shot 0-for-7 for Orlando and Jannero Pargo continued to have a rough preseason, posting a 3-for-11 effort for the Bulls.
The Ugly: Chicago shot better from the field and the free throw stripe, tallied more assists, steals, and blocks, and committed fewer turnovers. However, the difference in the game was 3-point shooting, as the Magic outscored the Bulls by 15 points from beyond the arc.

Houston 105, Oklahoma City 85

The Good
: The Rockets made 11-of-20 from 3-point range and got double-digit scoring nights from five players on their way to a win over the Thunder. Chase Budinger led the way off the bench with 17 points, and Trevor Ariza added 16 points and 3 steals. Kevin Durant scored 20 points for Oklahoma City, who also 11 points apiece from a trio of players: Jeff Green, Thabo Sefolosha, and rookie James Harden.
The Bad: The Thunder's center rotation of Nenad Kristic, B.J. Mullens, and Serge Ibaka combined to score just 8 points on 3-of-15 from the field and 2-of-7 from the free throw line.
The Ugly: Each team missed 10 free throws and neither was able to crack 66% from the charity stripe.

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