Above The Rim: Why You Get Ray Allen.

Celtics 98, Raptors 95 (OT) – When you trade for a sharpshooter like Ray Allen, having him nail a game-winning 3 with less than three ticks to go in OT is what you hope to get out of it. Jesus Shuttlesworth threw down 33, KG had 10 of his 23 in extra time, and Paul Pierce and James Posey tossed in double digits.  T.J. Ford made it competitive (dude is skilled) with  32, including the game tying shot in OT before Allen one-upped him.

Lakers 119, Jazz 109 – I was actually able to watch the last quarter of this one post-football, and to see what Kobe Bryant did to Andrei Kirilenko when AK-47 thought he had an easy slam — DAMN. Kobe denied him, tossed up 33 of his own. The younguns Andrew Bynum and Jordan Farmar made key contributions in the game late, and Derek Fisher hit 13 free throws as part of his 19. Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer both got their 20+, but the Lakers seem to be feeding off Kobe and the controversy surrounding him early.

Hornets 93, Nuggets 88 – That is an ugly game, both teams shooting 4-for-24 combined to start the game.  New Orleans managed to struggle out of that start while keeping the Nuggets away from the baske on defense.;

Suns 103, Cavs 92 – Cleveland cannot dominate inside like that for the first half and then let teams like the Suns back in, because it will just mean a very long season is on the way. Steve Nash and Shawn Marion got it going in the second half as Phoenix came back from a double digit halftime deficit.

Knicks 97, Wolves 93 – It’s been six years since New York won its home opener at MSG, and they finally broke that streak against a Timberwolves team that looks promising but has no shot at all this season. Jamal Crawford led the way with 24, and Zach Randolph made a decent home debut with his new team with 15 and 10 boards.

Pistons 92, Hawks 91 – When Tayshaun Prince, Rasheed Wallace, and Antonio McDyess can’t get it together on the O, the Pistons need help — and they got it from Jason Maxiell and Jarvis Hayes, who combined for 23 bench points to help Detroit get over a couple of late three points by Joe Johnson, who led the Hawks with 23.

Photo: AP/Canadian Press/Frank Gunn

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