Lakers 93, Blazers 86 – Kobe scores 30 as the Lakers come back from 15 down against the Trail Blazers, who reflect the youth on their squad by not being able to close out with a big lead. Jordan Farmar had 21; LaMarcus Aldredge led the Blazers with 24.
Bucks 105, Cavs 102 – Michael Redd nails the final three with the buzzer sounding, as LeBron’s new supporting cast struggles in its first road game — shooting 4 for 13 combined. James had 35, while the Bucks’ Mo Williams led all scorers with 37.
Rockets 94, Wizards 69 – No Yao, no problem…for now. It helps when your opponent scores only 21 points in the first half to help spot you a 28-point lead, y’know? Luther Head led the Rockets with 18.
Suns 127, Grizzlies 113 – Six Suns finished in double figures, with Steve Nash, Amare Stoudamire, and Grant Hill all pumping in 20+. Shaq had 13 and 11 boards, his best game in a Suns uniform so far. Rudy Gay led Memphis in the losing effort with 36 — the Grizzlies let the Suns pull away late.
Vanderbilt 72, Tennessee 69 – What a comedown. Shan Foster had 32 for the Commodores, who upset the Vols a day after UT tops the men’s hoops poll for the first time ever. Maybe they’re better when Chris Lofton barely scores; he had 25 (no, probably not better when that happens.)
Indiana 72, Ohio State 69 – The Hoosiers keep on playing with win #2 for interim coach Dan Dakich. Armon Bassett led with 23, Eric Gordon had 17, and Kosta Koufos ralled the Buckeyes close with his 21. Dakich says all the right things, brushing off the extra (and unwarranted plaudits) from the IU faithful.
Missouri State 83, Drake 68 – Keno Davis’ squad isn’t immune to the letdown, as the Bears shot 59 percent in the game in order to knock off the 20th ranked squad.
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