What I Saw, where Detroit capitulated

The down-low on today’s 9 games:

Washington 95, Atlanta 99: After a solid but unspectacular debut, John Wall was crazy on this night. 28 points (9-17, 2-3, 8-10), 5 rebounds and 9 assists for the rookie, who looked like a seasoned pro out there. Unfortunately his team would lose, despite shooting 50% from the floor. Their problem was rebounding, losing the battle of the boards 34-43. Al Horford was the star for Atlanta, 21 points and 10 rebounds on 6-10 from the floor and 9-10 at the charity stripe. JJ scored 25, but needed 23 shots to get there.

Sacramento 107, Cleveland 104: The Kings hold on to win a close one, shooting 52% from the floor and 60% from distance compared to 49 and 32%, respectively, for the Cavs. Tyreke led the way with 21/7/6 on 6-20, 2-3, 7-9. DMC chipped in with a double-double, 14/10, while Casspi contributed 20, making 6-7 triples. Boobie Gibson was excellent for Cleveland, 20 on 8-16, 3-6, 1-1 along with 7 assists.

Portland 100, New York 95: Brandon Roy led the way, 29 points on 10-23, 2-4, 7-8 shooting, as the Blazers shoot 49% compared to 42% for the Knicks. LMA had 20 points and 10 boards; however he shot just 8-20 from the field and 4-10 from the foul line. For New York, Wilson Chandler had 22 points (on 22 shots) and a whopping 16 boards. Amar’e had 18 in his home debut; however he also had 6 turnovers.

Detroit 91, Chicago 101: Detroit were well in control of this game, leading by 19 at the half. Chicago then went ahead and outscored the Pistons 57-28 in the second half. Derrick Rose led the charge, scoring an insane 39 points, shooting 13-27 from the floor, 3-7 from distance and 10-13 from the stripe. He was sharing too, dropping 7 dimes, while grabbing 6 boards. Jo Noah was nice, with 15 points and 17 rebounds. BG tormented his former team in the first half, scoring 21 on 5-10, 1-2 and 10-10 shooting, however would not score in the second half.

Minnesota 89, Memphis 109: Big win for my Grizz (oh yeah, for those that don’t know, I’m sick of Miami), with O.J. Mayo leading the charge. 29/7/5 on 11-21, 5-9, 2-2 for the former Trojan. Max-guy Rudy scored 25 on 11-22, 2-4, 1-1 shooting to go along with 6 boards and 5 (!) assists, and a much-improved Darrell Arthur had 18 on 7-13 from the floor, 4-4 from the line, filling in for the injured Z-Bo. Another vastly improved fella Mike Conley had 14 points, 7 rebounds, 11 assists and 7 steals, which is a pretty nice night out. Make no mistake, though. As good as the Grizz were, the Wolves were awful. 35% shooting along with 29 turnovers is never going to win ballgames. The only thing keeping them within 20 was rebounding, with Minny out-rebounding Memphis 57-43, including 19-9 on the offensive end. I’ll take this time now to talk yet again about how awesome Kevin Love is, he had 14 points and 13 boards in just 24 minutes of action. What a star (cough, give him more minutes, cough-cough).

Philadelphia 86, Indiana 99: Indy wins this one by getting to the foul line, 18-25 for the Pacers compared to just 8-16 for the 6ers. Granger led Indy with 22 points, with Roy Hibbert chipping in with 14 points, 13 boards and 5 assists. Hibbert actually looked real good down on the low block, at one point even busting out a KG-esque shoulder-shake to freeze the D. Indy’s shot distribution was very balanced, with each of the 5 starters taking at least 12 attempts. Lou Williams was Philly’s best, 18 points on just 8 attempts from the field (7-8, 2-2, 2-3).

Denver 107, Houston 94: Despite shooting just 38% to the Rockets 46%, the Nuggets come away with the win by shooting 10-27 from deep and 29-33 from the line, compared to just 3-19 and 17-21, respectively, for Houston. Harrington led the Nuggets with 28 off the bench, while ‘Melo had 24 points. Scola continues to be dominant to start this season; he had himself 28 points and 10 boards on 12-16 from the floor and 4-5 from the line.

New Orleans 99, San Antonio 90: Just as I wrote in the last post, it’s easy to forget just how good the Hornets are when CP’s running around wreaking havoc. 25/7/5 for the little guy, shooting 8-15, 2-2 and 7-7. That’s pretty damn good. He had some help, with Marcus Thornton coming in off the bench and scoring 17 points to go along with 7 boards. Ginobili was the Spurs best, 23 points; however he was just 2-11 from distance. Tony Parker, coming off a newly-signed 4 year, $50 million extension, went 13/4/4.

Charlotte 88, Milwaukee 98: Yung Buck messed around and got a triple-double in this one, Jennings with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists on 6-8 from the floor, 3-3 from distance and 5-6 from the stripe. He had plenty of help, Delfino chipping in with 23 (8-17, 5-11, 2-2) and Bogut contributing 14/8 along with 4 blocks. For the Bobcats, D.J. Augustin was real nice, going for 26 on 9-13, 5-6 and 3-3 shooting. The Bucks win this one by out-rebounding the Cats 40-28, and shooting 50% from 3-land.

That’s it from me, peeps and freaks.

 

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