9 games, here we go:

Houston 102, Indiana 99: The Rockets get their first road win of the season, defeating the Pacers on this night. Brad Miller started in place of an injured Yao; he had 23 points on 9-16 shooting, including all three of his 3s, with 2-3 free throws. He also added 8 rebounds and 5 assists, just for good measure. Kevin Martin helped out with 20 points, but only hit 1 of his 6 threes. Indiana was led by Roy Hibbert, 18/8 for the big fella.

Charlotte 93, Washington 85: The Bobcats pretty much smashed the Wizards, shooting 49% to 42% and grabbing 48 boards to 30; however, they turned the ball over 22 times to the Wizards 12 to help Washington hang in it. Gerald Wallace was big, 25 points and 14 boards, 9-15, 1-1 and 6-8, while Boris Diaw turned in a rather efficient 19, 8-10, 2-2 and 1-2 shooting. D.J. Agustin continued his nice start to the season with 17 points and 10 assists, taking just 8 shots (making 5, including 3-5 from deep and 4-5 free throws). D.J.’s averaging 13ppg and 6.9apg so far this season, which is certainly an improvement from the 6.4/2.4 he posted last season. Meanwhile, Blatche led the Wizards with 22 points – from 21 shots – and John Wall had 13 points and 11 assists.

Utah 90, Atlanta 86: The Jazz did it again on this night, coming back from being down 11 in the 4th to take it. Deron Williams once again led the charge, 24 points and 10 assists, along with 5 rebounds. Al Jefferson had a nice game for Utah, 15/10/6, although he needed 15 shots to get those 15 points. AK came up big also, 14 points and 12 boards on 5-11, 2-3 and 2-2 shooting. Josh Smith led ATL with 20 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists, along with 2 blocks, shooting just 8-11 from the floor, 1-1 from the great beyond and 3-6 at the line. Free-throw shooting hurt the Hawks, just 11-21 on the night, with Horford missing two key FT late; he finished 2-6 at the line.

Toronto 110, Orlando 106: The Raps crashed the boards, snagging 12 offensive boards in the game, while taking advantage of Orlando’s poor free-throw shooting to come away with the win. While the Magic were shooting 16-29 from the stripe, the Raptors made 24-31. I know he works on it a great deal, but as long as Dwight is a poor free-throw shooter, the Magic are going to struggle at the line overall. 7-17 at the line for Dwight in this one, and he needs to make more than that. With the amount of time he spends practicing his FTs, it must be mental at this point. Also, it’s rather impressive to out-rebound the Magic when they have Dwight manning the middle; however his frontcourt partners Lewin and Richardson aren’t particularly good rebounders, so that explains a bit. What must be even more frustrating for Orlando, apart from getting beat on the glass and struggling at the line, is that the dagger 3 was made by Sonny Weems; it was only the 4th for his career.

New York 103, Minnesota 112: Kevin Love had 31 points and 31 rebounds. If that doesn’t impress you, then why are you reading an NBA blog? 31-31? Utterly stupid filthy ridiculous numbers right there. The last guy to have a 30-30 game? Moses Malone, in 1982, when he dropped 38-32. It’s at this point I link back to my post on Love, written back in August, or remind people that yes, I did pick Love to be the Most Improved Player this season. Also, I might take some time to talk about my other main man, Mike Beasley. 35 points in the game, and he’s averaging 38.5ppg in his last two games, and 20ppg for the season. I hated that Miami gave him away for two second-round picks, as this is the talent I knew he had. It looks like he’s flourishing in a go-to scorer role; he’s being put in a position where he knows which position he’s getting his minutes (small forward, after two years of people debating which position he should play), where he doesn’t have to worry about getting boards or playing great D. He’s just being asked to score, and scoring’s what he’s always been good at.

Philadelphia 90, Dallas 99: The Mavericks made as many free-throws as the 6ers attempted, and Dallas had 6 guys score in double-digits. The center combo for Dallas was beasting, Chandler with 12 boards as the starter, while Haywood came off the bench to grab 17 rebounds of his own. Amazingly, though, these two 7-footers combined still could not grab as many rebounds as Kevin Love.

Sacramento 89, Phoenix 103: Nash got 28 points, 7 rebounds, 14 assists and his first son on this day, and isn’t all that fantastic?

Portland 108, Oklahoma City 110: I watched this game, and for the second time in eight days, I watched the Thunder come from behind to defeat the Blazers, doing it in regulation this time. Pretty high scoring game, considering it was relatively slow-paced. I was pretty sure there were only 6 fast-break points in the game, 4 for OKC and 2 for POR; apparently there were 15 fast-break points, 8 and 7 respectively. Both teams worked their half-court offences to perfection and combined to shoot roughly 55%, 41-76 for the Blazers, 40-73 for the Thunder.

This was a very tight game, with Portland’s biggest lead 9 points. However, the Thunder just had too much firepower for the Blazers to deal with, with KD scoring 34, 13-21, 3-6 and 5-6 shooting, while Russel Westbrook added a career-high 36 points, on 12-22 from the floor, 1-1 from deep and 11-12 from the line, while adding 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Although Westbrook was bamboozled early by a fair few Andre Miller fakes, Portland had absolutely no answer for him on the other end, with Russ using his quickness to get to the rim at will. He also added 3 steals and 2 blocks for what was a truly outstanding all-round game on his 22nd birthday.

Detroit 113, L.A. Clippers 107: Blake Griffin has crazy insane hops, throwing down a nasty reverse/360 dunk on the break in this game, along with a couple of other highlight plays that we’ve come to expect. The Clippers played this game with the sort of line-up that could make the fans slightly optimistic about the future – Bledsoe, Gordon, Aminu and Griffin were all among the starters, with Jordon having some decent minutes off the bench. Bledsoe looked poised and real quick, and finished with 18/6/5; Gordon played with a heavily strapped shoulder but still poured in 28 on 9-20 from the floor and 10-11 from the line; while Blake had 18 points and 18 rebounds, which would probably have been really impressive if Love hadn’t gone for 31-31 on the same night. However, all the young talent couldn’t bring home the W, with Charlie-V scoring 30 points off the bench to lead Detroit. Also, Charlie-V likes shooting from the corner, not unlike Richard Jefferson. Got that, NBA?

Well, that’s all from me. Long post, it’s late, I’m out. Thanks for reading as always.

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  • […] New Jersey 110, L.A. Clippers 96: Jordon Farmar came up big for the Nets in this one, after they lost Devin Harris for a Flagrant 2 foul on Blake Griffin early in the game. 15 points and 12 assists off the bench for the former Laker, while Brook Lopez had 24 and Trav Outlaw added 23. The Clippers were led by Eric Gordon, 30 points, just 6-20 from the floor and 2-7 from deep, but he made 16-20 freebies. The Clippers started their youngest line-up in franchise history, including all the guys I discussed the other day. […]

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