Around the Rim: Night of blowouts
A look around Wednesday night in the NBA while nothing else was on the tube.
Spurs 101 Warriors 95: The Warriors looked like they had this game until the fourth quarter where the Spurs took charge. Tony Parker stepped up, scoring 10 of his 21 points then to lead the charge. With Manu Ginobili out for the next few months, the Spurs are going to need Parker to have more efforts like this one. Monta Ellis went off for 38 points but all for nothing. More bad news for the Warriors as Stephen Curry left the game after spraining his right ankle again.
Heat 118 Pacers 83: Dwayne Wade sat this one out with a sore left foot and the Heat didn’t miss a beat without him. Lebron James dominated with 33 points and 13 assists as his team got just about shot they wanted, connecting on almost 53% from the field. Meanwhile, the Pacers got locked down and only shot 35% and were done by halftime. A scare for the Heat as Lebron twisted his left ankle late in the third quarter and he is now listed as questionable for Thursday night’s game against the Hawks which is the first of the five game road trip for the Heat.
Clippers 117 Rockets 89: Now this was the exciting run-and-gun Clippers that everyone expected. Lob City was on full force, scoring 41 in the first quarter and in control throughout with the Rockets wondering what hit them. Chris Paul had 20 points and 10 rebounds and the Clippers blitzed a sluggish Rockets team that simply couldn’t keep up.
Bobcats 118 Knicks 110: Yes, it’s still early in the season but the Knicks look anything like title contenders right now. They let the Bobcats go nuts on them at the Garden with Boris Diaw looking unstoppable with a season-high 27 points. And this was with both Amar’e Stoudamire and Iman Shumpert back in the lineup. The Raptors had six players in double digits and shot over 55% for the game. Carmelo Anthony had a game-high 32 but the Knicks need a lot of work on defense.
Grizzlies 90 Timberwolves 86: The Timberwolves had to be licking their lips going into this one with Zach Randolph out. But the Grizzlies buckled down on defense and got a balanced scoring attack for the road win. Kevin Love had another double-double – 27 and 14 – while Ricky Rubio looked strong with 10 assists. But Minnesota has to find a way to win close games, something they haven’t been able to do yet this season.
Magic 103 Wizards 85: The Wizards are just awful. They were never in this game, trailing by 17 after the first quarter. The Magic just cruised through this one with Dwight Howard going for 28 points and 20 rebounds while hitting on 11-of-13 shots. Ryan Anderson had yet another big game with 23 points and 15 rebounds. He has been arguably the biggest surprise of the season in the league, averaging 19.7 points and 7.4 rebounds for Orlando.
Bulls 99 Pistons 83: Tom Thibodeau had to pleased with his team holding the Pistons to just 41% shooting on the night and just 14 points in the first quarter. Rip Hamilton had 14 points and 5 assists in his return to Detroit while Derrick Rose had a pedestrian (for him) 17 points and 10 assists.
Nuggets 110 Kings 83: The Nuggets have been taking advantage of their depth so far this season and did again, getting 62 points off the bench in the blowout win. The team didn’t miss Nene who sat this one out with a strained heel. None of the Nuggets starters played more that 26 minutes and didn’t need to. Marcus Thornton led the Kings with 23 but Tyreke Evans looked out of sorts and had just 8 points.
76ers 101 Hornets 93: It looked like the Sixers were going to run out of gas heading into the fourth quarter and down by six on the road. But Jrue Holiday came to live, scoring 14 of his 23 points including three shots from downtown. Eric Gordon was back from the Hornets after missing four games with a bruised knee and scored 22 while Jarrett Jack had another good game with 19 points and 11 assists.
Raptors 92 Cavaliers 77: Andrea Bargnani had another big game with 31 points but it was the Raptors defense that got it done, holding the Cavs to under 30% shooting. DeMar DeRozan had 25 while Jose Calderon put up 13 points and 11 assists. The Raptors are 3-3 so far and have some life, especially if they continue to play defense like this.
Celtics 89 Nets 70: No Deron Williams, no Kris Humphries for the Nets so no problem for the Celtics chalking up a win. In fact, they seemed to be sleepwalking through the first half with just 34 points at halftime. But they clamped down, holding the Nets to just 12 points in the third quarter and put this one away. After losing their first three games, Boston has now won four straight.
Mavericks 98 Suns 89: Dirk Nowitzki scored 20 points in what was his 1,000 game while Lamar Odom showed up for the first time in a Mavs uniform with 15 points and five rebounds. Dallas owned the Suns on the glass and seem to be coming together having won three of their last four. Steve Nash had 15 points and 12 assists in the loss for a team going nowhere. In fact, it sure seems like the right time to move the all-star point guard while you can still get something for him.
Brian Fritz is a contributor for Pro Basketball News. Follow him on Twitter @BrianFritz.