Charlotte Bobcats 101, Cleveland Cavaliers 92
The Bobcats are 2-0 since Paul Silas took over for Larry Brown, and from hearing the players talk, they think Paul Silas is the best coach in the history of basketball. Are they right? (Hint: no.)
Atlanta Hawks 103, Golden State Warriors 93
Are you seriously trying to tell me that Dorell Wright scored 32 points in a single game? I don’t believe you. Just not possible.
Washington Wizards 104, Indiana Pacers 90
Nine straight games of double figures scoring from Nick Young, including another 25 last night. That’s pretty cool, but not as cool as the fact that his Basketball-Reference page is sponsored by a website for senior living in California. Good fit, I’d say — both entities have shown a preference for very curly, very round haircuts.
Detroit Pistons 104, Boston Celtics 92
This is what happens when Kevin Garnett is out, as he was for all but nine minutes of the first quarter after suffering what’s being called a leg injury. Very descriptive, modern medicine.
Denver Nuggets 119, Minnesota Timberwolves 113
Really good win for the Nuggets, as they were missing Carmelo Anthony, Nene, Kenyon Martin and Al Harrington. Though, when you really think about it, taking away four starting-caliber players from Denver just about puts them on the same talent level as the Timberwolves.
Oklahoma City Thunder 114, New Jersey Nets 93
OKC bench bros D.J. White (5 points) and Royal Ivey (5) outscored Nets starters Stephen Graham (4) and Kris Humphries (4), which is basically all you need to know.
Los Angeles Lakers 103, New Orleans Hornets 88
Lamar Odom came off the bench for the first time this season and the Lakers won, thanks in large part to Odom’s 24 points. Sounds like this Sixth Man of the Year race that everyone cares so much about is really heating up.
Miami Heat 125, Houston Rockets 119
Two straight nights of 40 or more points for Dwyane Wade, which has made him the Heat’s leading scorer by 0.1 points per game. In other words, don’t be surprised if LeBron goes off for 50 soon.
Philadelphia 76ers 123, Phoenix Suns 110
Those 123 points look amazing, especially when you consider the 76ers’ previous season high was 117. But what’s more amazing is that they did it while only making three three-pointers. That’s a lot of layups, free throws and playing against the Suns.
Utah Jazz 103, Los Angeles Clippers 95
Kinda worried about Blake Griffin. No, not that he grabbed his left knee late in the game after getting a rebound — he did immediately jet straight to the basket after realizing it was OK — but more that Baron Davis is going to kill him. He needs to stop throwing those alley-oops so close to the rim or Blake is going to end up decapitating himself.