What I Saw, where ex-Heatmen be jammin’

Hey everybody, here’s a catch-up on yesterday’s 12-game schedule:

Cleveland 81, Toronto 101: Just a really bad game for the Cavs after their surprising victory over the Celtics. Sub-40% shooting, crushed on the boards and turned the ball over 19 times. Still, the Raptors played very well, with Linas Kleiza looking like the go-to scorer the Raps brought him in to be, 19 on 7-15, 3-7 and 2-2 shooting. He got plenty of help, Bargs had 20, DeRozan 14, and Barbosa and Weems had 13 apiece of the bench. The shots were shared around, with all five of those guys getting at least 10 attempts.

Atlanta 104, Philadelphia 101: Josh Smith had himself a block party in this one, swatting away 6 attempts including the game-tying attempt from three by Nocioni. Horford was solid with 20/12 and the $124m man scored 22. Iguodala was good for the 6ers with 27/6/10, even hitting a couple of threes. However, the Hawks shot over 50% from the field and the only thing that kept Philly was Atlanta’s 20 turnovers, to just 8 for the 6ers.

Sacramento 100, New Jersey 106: Brook Lopez is, like, real good. 29 points and 6 boards on 8-16 from the floor and 13-15 from the line. Devin Harris made big shots down the stretch and finished with 21/5/10 on 7-10, 2-2 and 5-8 shooting. New Jersey shot 53% from the floor and 55% from distance while getting to the line a massive 45 times. However, they did turn the ball over 26 times, which is a lot. Sacramento unfortunately couldn’t capitalise on all those turnovers, however, shooting just 42%. Tyreke looked good in his first action of the season, 18 points for him.

Indiana 104, Charlotte 101: Danny Granger was on fire, 33 on 12-23, 6-11, 3-4 shooting. Charlotte countered with Gerald Wallace’s 29 on 8-13, 1-1 and 12-18 shooting, but it wasn’t enough. The Bobcats turned the ball over far too often and allowed Indy a heap of easy shots on the break.

New York 101, Boston 105: Rajon. Rondo. 10 points, 10 rebounds and 24 assists. That is all. Well, not really, with Paul Pierce getting 25 points and 14 boards and KG going for 24/10. The Knicks hung in this game by getting to the foul line, and riding Amar’e’s 27 (8-17, 2-3, 9-13).

Orlando 70, Miami 96: Pretty much what’s gunna happen when the Heat’s playing at their best, their opponent shoots below 40% (in this game, well below, the Magic only managed to hit on 30%) and turn the ball over a lot, again in this case it was 14 Orlando turnovers against just 5 assists. Wade led the way with 26, while LeBron had 15/6/7 in 30 minutes of burn. Dwight was Orlando’s best, 19 points while showing off a couple of the moves he learned over the summer.

Denver 95, New Orleans 101: The Hornets are a heaps better ballclub with a healthy CP. 18/7/7 for the league’s best point, with his big men combining for 30 points and 15 boards. Pretty close game this one, the Hornets ended up just making a couple more shots than the Nuggets. For Denver, ‘Melo was good as usual, 24 points and 10 boards on 10-17, 1-2, 3-4 shooting.

Oklahoma City 105, Detroit 104: The Thunder escape with a win in this one, a nice Jeff Green lay-up the gamewinner. Durant hit 30 (9-24, 1-2, 11-13), while Westbrook continued his great start to the year with 17/6/11. Green added 21 and Serge Ibaka came off the bench and had himself a double-double (16 points, 10 rebounds). Ben Gordon had probably his best outing as a Piston, 32 points on 11-16, 2-3 and 8-9 shooting, while Rodney Stuckey was aggressive and finished with 24/5/9. Although Detroit held OKC to just 39% shooting, they sent the Thunder to the line 44 times compared to just 20 themselves.

Milwaukee 85, Minnesota 96: The Wolves just absolutely smashed the Bucks on the boards, grabbing 62 to 39. Kevin Love grabbed 16, along with his 17 points (he shot just 3-13 from the field, however made 11-12 attempts from the foul line), while Beasley had 10 boards along with his 21 points (8-14, 2-3, 3-5). He also had this ridiculous putback slam. Milwaukee’s best was Maggette, came off the bench to hit 23 points, and making 8-8 from the foul line (exactly what they brought him in to do).

Memphis 91, Dallas 90: The Grizzlies overcame Dirk’s 27 (11-15, 1-1, 4-6) and pulled out the win despite shooting just 39%. Dallas shot 47%, however they turned the ball over 18 times and let the Grizzlies attempt 12 more free throws. The standouts for Memphis were Rudy with 21/8 on 9-19, 0-3, 3-4, and O.J. with 20 points. Marc Gasol contributed 15 boards in his first game of the season.

L.A. Lakers 114, Phoenix 106: This was a close one, with the Lakers getting the win behind Kobe’s 25, Gasol’s 21/8/9 and Odom’s 18/17. Robin Lopez had a nice double-double for the Suns with 18 points and 14 boards.

L.A. Clippers 91, Golden State 109: Golden State has started the season really well, they demolish the Clippers in this one shooting 53% from the floor and a ridiculous 58% from 3-land, while out-rebounding L.A. 46-40 and assisting on 32 of 43 made field goals. Dorell Wright, looking very good in a starting role after leaving the Heat this summer, led the way with 24 points on 9-13 from the field, including 6-8 (!) from distance. Monta Ellis had a double-double with 15 points and 11 assists, while GSW’s $80m man David Lee also had a double-double, 15 points and 12 boards. Stephen Curry had 16 points and 6 assists in 26 minutes, along with this sick-wicked dish, before being forced to leave the game with a sprained ankle. The Clippers shot just 39%, and were led by the rook Griffin with 14/10.

I’m out freaks.


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