What I Saw, where we had a massive night of hoops

As promised, here’s what happened in today’s 13 games:

Detroit 98, New Jersey 101: Nice way to start the season for the new-look Nets, opening with a win over the Pistons. Brook Lopez contributed 25 and 9, and as I mentioned here, here, and here, this is what to expect from him all season long. He may even end this season as the league’s Most Improved. The rookie Favors had a pretty solid debut with 8 points and 10 rebounds. For Detroit, Charlie-V was good, getting 14 points and hitting 4-9 3s. Ben Gordon was decent too.

New York 98, Toronto 93: Good win for the Knicks going away, with Amar’e getting 19/10 in his debut (although he narrowly avoided a dubious triple-double with 9 turnovers). Wilson Chandler was solid off the bench with 22 points and 8 rebounds on 10-18 shooting. The second-rounder Landry Fields got the start, somewhat surprisingly, at the 2 and contributed 11, hitting 3-6 triples. Not too much went right for the Raptors, Jarrett Jack played well; he got to the rim and finished with 16.

Miami 97, Philadelphia 87: The Heat got their first win of the season, with Wade leading the way with 30 (10-20, 1-2, 9-12) and LeBron adding 16/6/7. James Jones was feeling it, with 20 points, 6-9 from 3-land. LeBron is struggling with turnovers at the moment, 9 tonight after racking up 8 in his Heat debut. Evan Turner had a promising debut for Philly, with 16 points, 7 boards and 4 assists for the number 2 overall pick.

Boston 87, Cleveland 95: Well, that was a surprise. J.J. Hickson led the Cavs to victory over the Celtics, with 21 points and 6 rebounds on 8-11 from the field and 5-6 at the line. Anderson Varejao grabbed 10 boards and Boobie Gibson was pretty good with 16 points and 8 assists. Rajon Rondo was his usual self for Boston, with 18 points and 9 assists. KG grabbed 15 rebounds but the Celtics only hit 3-12 3s, with Ray going 0-5.

Chicago 95, Oklahoma City 106: Thunder basketball is in real solid hands with Durant and Westbrook leading the way, it would seem, with the pair combining for 58 in Oklahoma City’s season opening victory. Durant struggled from the field, hitting just 9-24 attempts, but got to the line for 11-13 free throws. Westbrook had no struggles however, with his 28 coming off 8-15 from the floor and 12-13 from the stripe. He added 10 rebounds and 6 assists along with a stupid-ridiculous end-to-end slam early on. Derrick Rose got 28 points for the Bulls, although he did take 31 shots, making 12. Noah had added 18 points and 19 rebounds, while Taj Gibson had 16/11 filling on for the injured Carlos Boozer.

Sacramento 117, Minnesota 116: Tough win for the Kings to start the season, getting the victory despite missing Tyreke Evans. Carl Landry led them with 22 points and 11 rebounds, while DeMarcus Cousins was solid in his league debut with 14/8/5 and 2 blocks. The Wolves were led by Ridnour, 20 points on 8-13, 2-2, 2-2, while Beasley scored 17 points and grabbed 7 boards.

Atlanta 119, Memphis 104: The Hawks were all over this one, shooting 52% from the floor and 50% from distance for the easy win. JJ had 22 points and 7 assist with Bibby adding 19 points on a remarkably efficient 7-9 from the floor (4-4 from deep). Zaza Pachulia had a double-double off the bench, with 17/11 on 5-7 from the field and 7-7 at the line. For the Grizz, they lost Zach Randolph after he fell hard on his back early in the game. It’s being called a lower back contusion, and it’s not real good news for the Grizz as Randolph was starting at center in place of the injured Marc Gasol. There were positives, however, with Darrell Arthur getting the start and contributing a (apparent) career-high with 19 points. Memphis’ new max-guy Rudy Gay added a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Conley’s solid preseason form continued with 23 points and 8 assists.

Milwaukee 91, New Orleans 95: Chris Paul. 17 points, 16 assists. David West added 22 points and the Hornets come away with a season-opening victory. Ariza shot just 4-13 in his Hornets debut, including 1-6 from the great beyond. Brandon Jennings countered CP with a 15/10 double-double of his own, while Bogut was very good in his return from that unfortunate arm injury, contributing 15 points and 15 boards along with a block. However, he did shoot just 3-10 from the foul line. Drew Gooden added a double-double of his own with 15/11 while another new Buck Corey Maggette had 16 points.

Indiana 109, San Antonio 122: Tim Duncan can still ball, 23 points, 12 boards, 3 assists, 3 steals and 4 blocks on 10-12 from the field and 3-5 from the stripe – a pretty nice way to start the season. Manu and TP added 22 and 20, respectively, with the Spurs shooting 45% from deep and assisting on 29 of 42 made field goals. Roy Hibbert was the standout for the Pacers, with 28/9/3 to go with 3 blocks, while Danny Granger scored 26 and hit 3-6 from downtown.

Charlotte 86, Dallas 101: Dallas takes this one easy-like, shooting 55% from the floor while holding Charlotte to just 40%. Dirk was simply brilliant, 28 points and 13 rebound on 11-13, 6-6, while Kidd threw 18 assists to go along with his 12 points. Jet Terry helped with the scoring adding 22 points. The bright spot for the Bobcats would be Tyrus Thomas, 22 points and 6 boards off the bench.

Utah 88, Denver 110: Big win for the Nuggets, with ‘Melo scoring 23, Arron Afflalo adding 22 on 8-11, 3-5, 3-3 and Sheldon Williams grabbing 16 rebounds. Deron Williams led the way for the Jazz with 17 points and 6 assists, but Utah shot just 39% and committed 22 turnovers.

Portland 98, LA Clippers 88: Portland grabbed their second victory of the young season, despite shooting just 41%. Brandon Roy had 22 points and 10 rebounds while LMA also had a double-double with 19/10. The Blazers out-rebounded LA 51-41, despite Blake Griffin getting 14 boards for the Clips. Speaking of Griffin, the young fella finally making his rookie debut was superb, adding 20 points on 8-14 shooting, 4-6 from the line. EG added 22 for the Clippers.

Houston 128, Golden State 132: The final game of the night, and Monta Ellis was just ridiculous, pouring in 46 points on 18-24, 1-2 and 9-12 shooting. That’s not all though, as Steph Curry had himself a double-double with 25 points and 11 assists and David Lee had an excellent Warriors debut with 17 points, 15 boards and 6 assists. GSW shot 55%, which is crazy for an opening game. For the Rockets, Luis Scola was beasting, 36 points and 16 rebounds in this game, with Kevin Martin adding 28 points including 17-17 from the foul line. However, Houston shot ‘only’ 47%.

As for yesterday’s games, I was able to see the Miami-Boston and Houston-LA Lakers match-ups, while I only saw highlights of Phoenix-Portland. First off, Miami looked pretty terrible, and you can read about it here, here or here if you wanted to know more. Houston was pretty impressive, and probably should have won it on the back of Scola’s 18/16 and Martin’s 26. However, the Lakers came roaring back in the final period and Shannon Brown’s 16 points, including 4-5 triples, came out of nowhere. Gasol was really good with 29/11 and Kobe was Kobe. In the Phoenix-Portland game, the Blazers absolutely demolished the Suns on the glass with a 48-30 advantage, while assisting on 31 of their 43 made field goals. Nic Batum was probably the standout for the Blazers, with 19 points and 11 boards, while Steve Nash had 26 points and 6 assists for the Suns.

Well, I think that’s about it. It’s been a massive day of hoops and this has been an equally enormous post, so cheers for sticking with me. Two games tomorrow, Washington at Orlando and Phoenix at Utah, both games are on ONEHD. Awesome.

I’m out peeps.

 

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