What I Saw, where Paul Millsap happened

I know it’s probably a bit late, but here’s what happened in yesterday’s 7 games:

Cleveland 93, New Jersey 91: The Cavs continue to play hard, and it payed off again in this game. They made 9-17 threes and assisted on 27 of 36 field goals, which is usually a pretty good way to win a ballgame. J.J. Hickson led with a double-double, 18 points and 10 boards, while Boobie Gibson continued his fast start to the season with 14 off the bench, on just 10 attempts (5-10 from the floor, 4-5 from three); this a nice contrast from Mo Williams shooting 1-12 from the floor, and 0-4 from three. The Nets were led by Trav Outlaw, who had himself a nice night with 27 points and 7 boards, 11-22 from the floor, 4-7 from distance and 1-1 from the line.

Denver 113, Indiana 144: Now, the Nuggets can be bad defensively, at times, and especially while they’re missing a couple of their best defenders, Martin and Anderson. But 144 points bad? Denver was 7th in the league defensively coming into the game, but Indiana was just white-hot. This was most evident in the third, when the Pacers scored 54 points while making their first 20 shots (they ended up 20-21 in the period, missing a late three). Indiana shot 64%, 53% (16-30) from distance and made 16-21 free throws. Mike Dunleavy scored 31 points in 24 minutes, making 9-13 field goals, 6-10 threes and 7-8 free throws; 5 others scored in double-figures.

Utah 116, Miami 114 OT: Utah were down 19 at the half, but came roaring back to force this one to overtime and take it. Deron Williams becomes yet another star guard to pick the Heat apart (Rondo, CP) with 21 points and 14 assists, while Paul Millsap was absolutely ridiculous, a career-high 46 points along with 9 rebounds, nailing 19-28, 3-3 threes and 5-7 from the line. Millsap, by the way, had only made 2-20 three-pointers in his ENTIRE CAREER before hitting the 3-3 threes he did in this one. Those Miami guys weren’t to shabby either, with Wade getting 39 on 12-23, 3-5, 12-16 shooting, while LeBron got his first triple-double in a Heat uni, 20/11/14 along with 3 blocks.

New York 80, Milwaukee 107: The Bucks shot 51% from the floor and 7 guys scored in double-figures, and Milwaukee absolutely has the talent to defeat teams by 20+ points. Once all the new faces get comfortable, they’ll get real good.

L.A. Clippers 82, New Orleans 101: Yeah, the Hornets are undefeated while the Clippers are among the worst in the league, so a 19-point victory should be expected. The play of back-up guards Willie Green and Jerryd Bayless would be encouraging for a Hornets team that’s often lacking in depth, 19 points for Green on 7-10 from the floor, while Bayless had 15 points and 9 assists while shooting 5-10, 1-3 and 4-5. Al-Farouq Aminu had his best game as a pro for the Clippers, with the rookie getting 20 points on 7-10, 2-3 and 4-5 shooting while adding 8 rebounds. I’m just guessing, but surely he’s a better option to start at small forward than Ryan Gomes?

Detroit 78, Portland 100: The Blazers shot 50% while holding the Pistons to just 43%, out-rebounded Detroit 45-33 and assisted on 26 of their 40 field goals. LMA was huge for Portland, 19 points and 17 rebounds. Detroit was led by Austin Daye; 15 points on just 5 field goal attempts (4-5, 3-3, 4-4) while adding 8 rebounds.

Minnesota 94, L.A. Lakers 99: Kevin Love gets 38 minutes in this game, and what does he do? Oh, only 23 points and 24 rebounds to go with 5 assists. Gee, he could have seen that coming? Only everyone not named Kurt Rambis, apparently. Anyway, Kobe scored 33 (28 shots) as the Lakers flexed their championship muscle and did away with the lowly Wolves, despite Minny playing ridiculously hard to hang with the champs. Pau Gasol added 18/10 as he continues to be awesome this season.

Before I wrap things up, I want to link to this neat article I found, which has a look at 10 of the most unusual statistics that have cropped up to begin the season. It’s pretty cool, so take a look.

Thanks for reading.

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