What I Saw, where New Orleans stayed perfect

Fresh off watching the amazing New Orleans-Miami match-up, here’s a recap of that, and the other 11 games:

New Jersey 90, Orlando 105: Dwight was all over this thing, 30 points and 16 rebounds on 9-13 from the floor, 12-16 at the line. The Magic dominated the boards 50-31 and made 26-32 free throws, compared to just 8-9 for the Nets. Travis Outlaw led the way for New Jersey with 17; Terrence Williams added 15 off the bench.

Milwaukee 94, Indiana 90: Good win for the Bucks, with Salmons shaking off a wobbly start to the season to score 22 points, 6-12, 2-5, 8-10, to go along with 5 boards and 5 assists. Bogut sat out with a migraine and back-up forward Mbah a Moute (at just 6’8) got the start at center. He played very well, 10 points and 15 boards while bothering Roy Hibbert into 6 turnovers. Still, Hibbert was impressive, 14/12 with 6 blocks, along with Collison and Granger scoring 19 apiece. It wasn’t enough, though.

Cleveland 123, Philadelphia 116: Both teams shot 55% in this game, while taking 73 free throws combined (25 for Philly, a whopping 48 for the Cavs). Cleveland was led by Vara, 23 points and 12 boards on a perfect 10-10 from the floor and 3-5 from the stripe. Mo Williams added 22, as did Boobie Gibson, with 17 of his 22 coming in the final quarter. Jrue Holiday had 29/2/8 to lead the 6ers.

Charlotte 90, Detroit 97: BG leads the Pistons with 20 as Detroit picks up their first win of the season. Jack had 28 for the Bobcats.

Washington 91, New York 112: The Wiz turned the ball over 23 times and allowed the Knicks to shoot 51% from the floor. 6 Knicks scored in double-figures, a product of the 23 assists on 44 made field goals. Andray Blatche led Washington with 22, 18 of those coming in the first half.

Atlanta 113, Minnesota 103: 54% shooting for Atlanta while holding Minny to just 42%, with 6 guys scoring double-figures, lead by Jamal Crawford’s 22. Josh Smith had 20/8/6 along with 2 steals, 5 blocks and all sorts of nasty dunks. Kevin Love had 18 points and 12 boards for the Wolves, but shot just 6-19 from the floor.

Chicago 105, Boston 110 OT: The Celtics shoot 51% and 7 guys have double-figures as Boston assists on 27 of 42 field goals. The Bulls were led by Jo Noah, 26 points and 12 rebounds on 8-13 from the floor, 10-10 from the line.

Miami 93, New Orleans 96: Got to see all of this game, and it was a doozy. Chris Paul continues to play out if his mind, 13 points and 19 assists, 5 steals with just 3 turnovers, on 5-13, 0-2 and 3-3 shooting. There was a bunch of times throughout the game where he seemed to jump in the air with nowhere to go, but then would deliver a great pass to someone (usually Emeka Okafor). Speaking of ‘Mek, he’s also playing well in the middle for the Hornets. Averaging 12.6 points and 8.6 rebounds on the season, he had 26/13 in this game and seemingly tipped in every miss for New Orleans (4 offensive rebounds, but it felt like a lot more). The other star was Trevor Ariza, 13 points (on 13 shots), but wasn’t hesitating on shooting the three and made the big corner triple to put New Orleans up 94-90. Also, with David West in early foul trouble, Jason Smith came off the bench and played a big part, hitting the elbow jumper and even making a nice drive for the dunk. He finished with 12 points and 6 rebounds.

For Miami, the usual guys did their thing, Wade had 28 points and 10 rebounds on 7-16 from the floor, 1-5 from three and 13-13 from the line. He earned those free-throws too, making the drive often because he couldn’t get his J to fall early. LeBron flirted with a triple-double with 20/7/10, but New Orleans did a good job making him shoot jumpers. Chris Bosh had 15, and hit the top-of-the-key three with 7 seconds remaining to make it 93-94.

The Heat fouled, with D-West making both. Miami then had a chance to tie, with Wade passing over to Eddie House for the triple, but he couldn’t convert. He finished 0-7 from distance on the game.

Memphis 118, Phoenix 123 2OT: The Grizzlies nearly won this game in regulation, with Rudy Gay inbounding off Grant Hill’s back with Memphis up 98-97. The clock ran out, but the refs determined that Gay was fouled with 0.4 remaining. He missed the first, made the second, Grizz up 99-97. Then J-Rich made an alley-oop lay-up to force OT.

Memphis was hurt by 3s, with Phoenix hitting 14-35 from deep. Also, J-Rich had 38, 14-29, 6-8 from 3, and 4-5 free throws, along with 8 boards. Nash had 25 points and 9 assists, and Turkoglu had 18 on 5-10 threes.

Rudy and Marc Gasol scored 26 apiece for Memphis, with O.J. adding 23. Zach Randolph returned and had a double-double, 12 points and 14 rebounds, while Darrell Arthur came off the bench with a double-double, 10 points and 11 rebounds. Still, Memphis’ bench production leaves a lot to be desired, with only Arthur and Tony Allen getting more than 10 minutes off the pine.

Toronto 103, L.A. Lakers 108: Toronto had more attempts than the Lakers, despite turning the ball over 21 times to L.A.’s 12. How? Rebounding. The Raptors just crushed the Lakers on the boards, 49-31, including 19 offensive rebounds to 7. Amir Johnson had 15 rebounds off the bench for Toronto, while Reggie Evans had 14 in his starting role. 6 guys in double figures for Toronto, which is how it’s gunna need to work without a true go-to guy. Pau Gasol played a great game for the Lake Show, 30 points on 12-22 from the floor and 6-6 at the line. And Kobe did his thing, 23 points, including 11-12 free throws.

L.A. Clippers 104, Denver 111: Blake Griffin beat up on a Denver frontline missing Martin, Anderson and now Nene (who sat out with a groin strain). 26 points and 10 boards for the young fella on 11-18 from the floor and 4-4 at the line. Eric Gordon chipped in 21 points, 5 boards and 5 assists, while the rookie Eric Bledsoe, still starting, had 12 points and 13 assists. For Denver, ‘Melo had 30 points, 14-20, 0-1, 2-2, while the Nuggets had 6 guys overall score in double-figures.

Utah 78, Golden State 85: Poor shooting for both teams, with Utah at 40%, while the Warriors shot just 38%. With all those misses, there’d be a few rebounds available, no? Well, yeah, with Andris Biedrins grabbing 20 and David Lee 15 for Golden State, while Al Jefferson got 15 and Paul Millsap pulled in 11 for Utah. Deron Williams scored 23, but was matched by Monta Ellis, who continues to have a great season so far with 23 of his own. Steph Curry returned after sitting a couple with an ankle sprain and had 20 points and 6 assists, including this ridiculous dish to David Lee. It’s early, but Curry has a couple of my favourite dishes of the season.

And that’ll do it, thanks for reading.

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