Washington 108, Philadelphia 107
Studs: Antawn Jamison had game-highs with 32 points and 14 rebounds and Nick Young made 8-of-16 field goals on his way to a season-high 20 points as Washington eked out a win over Philadelphia. Lou Williams had a team-high 26 points and Thaddeus Young had 23 for the 76ers. Rookie Jrue Holiday also showed a flash of his vast potential, posting 11 points, six rebounds, two steals, and a block in just 10 minutes off the bench in the loss.
Duds: Elton Brand shot just 1-for-9 and reserve Willie Green was 1-for-6 in his 17 minutes for Philadelphia. Gilbert Arenas committed six turnovers for the Wizards.
Game Notes: Long-time Wizards owner Abe Pollin passed away earlier in the day at the age of 85… The 76ers led by one at the half, but allowed Washington to run out to a 10-point lead after a 40-29 third quarter, before closing to one in the final seconds… Williams missed the potential game winner at the buzzer… Wizards' center JaVale McGee had a career-high six blocks in just 14 minutes… Caron Butler missed the game with a sore right ankle.
Toronto 123, Indiana 112
Studs: Toronto had seven players in double figures led by their point guards, as Jose Calderon posted 21 points and seven assists and Jarrett Jack added 18 points and six assists off the bench. Danny Granger led all scorers with 36 points, and added nine rebounds and five assists; and Troy Murphy made his return to the starting lineup with 11 points, eight rebounds, five assists, and two blocks for Indiana.
Duds: Brandon Rush was 4-for-11 and just 1-for-7 from inside the 3-point line for the Pacers. Chris Bosh started the game 2-for-12 and ended up 5-for-19 overall in the win.
Game Notes: Indiana allowed 74 first-half points and trailed by 21 at the intermission… Aside from Bosh, the rest of the Raptors shot 38-for-58 from the field (65.5%)… Calderon and Jack each recorded season highs in scoring. Jack's 18 points came on perfect 7-for-7 shooting… The Pacers made 12 3-pointers, including seven by Granger… A couple of lineup notes- Jeff Foster made his first start of the season for Indiana, while Marco Belinelli and Antoine Wright returned from injuries for the Raptors.
Golden State 111, Dallas 103
Studs: The short-handed Warriors got a big win in Dallas behind 37 points, eight assists, and four steals from Monta Ellis; and 27 points, nine rebounds, five assists, and three steals from Anthony Morrow. Both outings were season-highs in scoring. Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks with 28 points and 10 rebounds, and Drew Gooden added 14 points and 12 boards. Jason Kidd was five points short of a triple double after tallying 10 rebounds and 13 assists.
Duds: Nowitzki had five turnovers and Jason Terry had four for Dallas, who shot a respectable 46.3% from the field. Ellis committed a career-worst 11 turnovers for Golden State.
Game Notes: Golden State used just six players, but showed no signs of fatigue, shooting 11-for-17 in the fourth quarter (64.7%), led by 13 points by Ellis in the frame, and 11 points by Stephen Curry over the final four minutes… Warriors' coach Don Nelson missed the game with pneumonia. A timetable for his return is still unclear. Assistant coach Keith Smart will run the team in Nelson's absence… Mavericks' forward Shawn Marion had his return to the team delayed after experiencing pain during pre-game warm-ups.
Denver 101, New Jersey 87
Studs: Carmelo Anthony led the Nuggets with 27 points, six rebounds, and four steals; and Nene added 17 points, nine rebounds, and five steals. Aaron Afflalo chipped in with 15 points, eight rebounds, and four assists in the win. Point guards Rafer Alston and Devin Harris had 19 points apiece for the Nets. Harris also added seven rebounds and six assists.
Duds: Harris shot just 4-for-14, Courtney Lee was 2-for-7, and Chris Douglas-Roberts, New Jersey's leading scorer, was just 1-for-6 with four points. Kenyon Martin was 2-for-10 and Chauncey Billups was 1-for-8 for Denver.
Game Notes: The teams combined for 45 turnovers (22 by Denver and 23 by New Jersey)… The Nuggets outscored the Nets 60-32 in the paint… The Nets are now three losses away from tying the all time record of 17 straight to start a season. Their next three games are all on the west coast, against Portland, Sacramento, and the Lakers. Their 18th game is at home against the Mavericks… Anthony is leading the league in scoring and the only player to hit 20 points in every game this season… Denver follows up the game against winless New Jersey with a road contest against 1-13 Minnesota on Wednesday.
Oklahoma City 104, Utah 94
Studs: The Thunder got 64 points from their big three, led by 28 points, five rebounds, and eight assists from Kevin Durant; and 19 points, six rebounds, five assists, and four steals from Jeff Green. Carlos Boozer had a team-high 26 points for the Jazz, who also got 19 points and seven rebounds on 8-for-11 shooting from Paul Milsap.
Duds: Deron Williams was 5-for-14 with seven turnovers, and Mehmet Okur was 5-for-13 in his return to the lineup from the flu. Boozer and Milsap also had five turnovers each, as the Jazz gave it away 24 times in the loss. Thabo Sefolosha was 1-for-6 for the Thunder.
Game Notes: Utah outscored the Thunder 54-30 in the paint, but Oklahoma City had a +15 advantage from 3-point range and a seven-point edge at the free throw line… Okur made his 439th 3-pointer for the Jazz, breaking Jeff Hornacek's franchise record… The win was the first for the Thunder organization since April 2007, when they were still the Seattle Supersonics.
LA Lakers 100, New York 90
Studs: The Lakers got a balanced effort from their starters, as each player ended in double figures, led by 34 points from Kobe Bryant, 11 points and 16 rebounds from Pau Gasol, and 17 points each from Ron Artest and Andrew Bynum. Nate Robinson and Wilson Chandler led the Knicks with 15 points apiece.
Duds: Chandler was 5-for-20 shooting for the Knicks, while fellow starters Chris Duhon and Larry Hughes combined to go 5-for-18 from the floor. The Lakers' bench combined to shoot 4-for-22 with just 9 points, and the team committed 25 turnovers, including six by Artest and four apiece by Bryant and Bynum.Game Notes: L.A. went on a 17-0 run in the third quarter, holding New York scoreless for well over seven minutes… The Lakers used their noticeable size advantage to win the rebounding battle 60-36… The Knicks were called for 23 fouls, compared to just 12 for the Lakers… Knicks' center Eddy Curry left the game with a twisted knee and is considered day-to-day.