What I Saw, where New Orleans nearly improved to 9-0

7 games today:

Memphis 72, Orlando 89: There were a lot of turnovers in this game, 19 for the Magic while the Grizz had 18. However, Orlando held Memphis to just 36% shooting and made 27-34 free throws, turning the game into a blow-out. 18 points, 14 rebounds and 2 blocks for Dwight.

Minnesota 110, Charlotte 113: Gerald Wallace managed 26 points in the game despite shooting just 4-10 from the floor, courtesy of a franchise-record 17-19 from the free throw line. Stephen Jackson also added a fairly efficient  26, 9-16 from the floor, 5-6 threes and 3-3 at the stripe, while Tyrus Thomas came off the bench with a  double-double (20/10). Mike Beasley continues to tear it up, 28 in this one, 12-25 from the floor, 3-3 triples and 1-3 free throws. Kevin Love had 20 points and (only) 9 rebounds.

New Orleans 95, Dallas 98: The Hornets could have won this one, but neither of Ariza’s three-point attempts late would drop, leading to New Orleans’ first loss of the season. Dirk led Dallas with 25/10 (7-12, 1-2, 10-13).

Denver 94, Phoenix 100: Big game for ‘Melo, 20 points and a career-high 22 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as 6 Suns scored in double-figures, led by Hakim Warrick’s 21 on just 9 shots (7-9 from the floor, 7-8 from the line).

Oklahoma City 115, Utah 108: 30 points for KD, just 6-17 from the floor and 2-8 from distance, but made 16-16 free throws, while Westbrook added 22 points and Serge Ibaka had 22 points and 11 boards in a starting role (9-13 from the floor, 4-4 from the line, and he showed off that jumper of his in the game). Deron Williams continues to play out of his mind, 31 points and 11 assists in the game to go along with 5 boards, 12-18 from the floor, 4-7 from deep and 3-3 free throws. Paul Millsap added 20/6/6 and made a clutch 3 late to finish 1-1 from distance.

Detroit 97, Golden State 101: Monta and Steph combined for 48 points, and the Dubs get the win over the Pistons on this night. 6 guys scored in double-figures for Detroit, but it wasn’t enough. A host of errors cost the Pistons late, with my man Dorell Wright hustling for the steal on one Detroit possession with the Warriors up by just 2.

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.

Thanks guys, bed-time now. ‘Til next time.

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