Nuggets 120, Sonics 103 – Bound to be a few hiccups for the young fellas KD and Jeff Green in their first game. Durant got 18, but shot only 7-22 (if it was nerves, completely understand; no one’s gonna look super solid in the pro debut). Melo went for 32, AI for 25, and a 28-11 run, including 4 threes from Linas Klieza, helped put that game away. There were flashes of — GASP — defense from the Nuggets; always a good sign.
Mavericks 92, Cavaliers 74 – The Cavs are in the same funk that got them swept at the end of last season, and without Sasha Pavlovic or Anderson Varejao, there’s no help for LeBron — 10 points total and none in the first half, since he was fighting foul trouble. Jason Terry was high man for the Mavs with 24 points, 18 coming on three-pointers.
Nets 112, Bulls 103 – Going to OT early via the late play of both Luol Deng and Ben Gordon, who chipped in 20+ apiece. But an unlikely hero — the Nets’ Antoine Wright — threw in 21, a career high, to go with 29 from Richard Jefferson, 24 from Vince Carter, and 13 assists from J-Kidd.
Hornets 104, Kings 90 – I might be totally wrong about the Hornets not making the playoffs if they play like this against the better teams. 22 and 12 dimes for Chris Paul, 15 with 13 boards for Tyson Chandler, and 19 from Peja helped beat an already-down Kings team feeling the loss of Mike Bibby and Ron Artest (Bibby to injury, Artest to a suspension.)
Magic 102, Bucks 93 – Rashard Lewis is going to have do a lot of 20+ to justify that max contract. He’s off to a good start with 26 against the Bucks. He and Hedo Turkoglu (24 points) were nailing threes. Michael Redd led Milwaukee with 25, 12 in the first quarter.
Spurs 104, Grizzlies 101 – Closer than probably anyone expected, but Manu Ginobili showed just why he’s Manu — 30 points total including the final basket with less than 30 seconds to go. The new look Grizzlies played it close, though — with Pau Gasol leading the way as the team broke out up tempo.
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