Los Angeles Lakers 103, Washington Wizards 89
Andrew Bynum didn’t do much in his first game of the season. Just seven points on 1-5 shooting, with four rebounds, an assist and two blocks. Nothing to write blogs about. However, Pau Gasol only had to play 30 minutes after playing 40 each in the past four games. That’s huge.
Philadelphia 76ers 82, New Jersey Nets 77
New Jersey Netsers Kris Humphries (1-10), Travis Outlaw (6-17), Jordan Farmar (3-10), Devin Harris (4-11) and Ben Uzoh (2-9) all missed a lot of shot but wouldn’t stop shooting. So yeah, Sasha Vujacic is going to fit right in.
Charlotte Bobcats 97, Toronto Raptors 91
Nazr Mohammed was the leading in scorer in this game. Glitch in the Matrix, I’m guessing.
Detroit Pistons 103, Atlanta Hawks 80
The Hawks have been held to 80 or fewer points in three of the eight games Joe Johnson has missed due to arm reattachment surgery. Weird way to prove he’s worth that massive contract, but pretty effective all things considered.
Houston Rockets 118, Sacramento Kings 105
Seven players in double figures for the Rockets, including Chuck Hayes. No offense to the Kings, but that’s only the third time that’s happened this season and the other two were against the Warriors. So actually, kind of some offense to the Kings.
Denver Nuggets 111, Orlando Magic 94
35 for Carmelo Anthony, which would be a pretty chill way to leave Denver. Well, not the forcing a trade from the only team he’s ever played for while carefully orchestrating the terms of the transaction and subsequent extension part, but definitely the scoring a lot and leading his team to a win part. Very cool. Ice cold. The movie “Out Cold” starring Zach Galifianakis. You get the picture.
Golden State Warriors 108, Minnesota Timberwolves 99
In two games against the Timberwolves this season, Monta Ellis has played 96 minutes. If you’re doing the math, that’s every single second of both games and more than 75 different NBA players have played this entire season. I’m not a doctor of kinesiology, but I’d bet his legs are tired.