The San Antonio Spurs had the misfortune of drawing the Milwaukee Bucks in Andrew Bogut's return to the court after the Australian center missed four games due to personal matters. Bogut was in fact his typical self, working as a secondary scorer with 14 points and picking up 11 rebounds. But his biggest contribution was a late charge drawn against legend Tim Duncan that should have sealed the game.
With 35 seconds left and the Bucks leading 106-103, Duncan worked on the left block against Bogut, with his back to the basket. Duncan made his move into the lane, and the Aussie held his ground before going down flat on his back. Duncan and the San Antonio bench pleaded that Bogut flopped, but the refs gave him the charge and the Bucks took over.
Stephen Jackson lost the ball, though, giving the Spurs a chance with 14 seconds left, but Richard Jefferson's three-point attempt missed and Milwaukee sealed the game 106-103 to move to 3-6 on the season. The Spurs fell to 6-3.
Duncan had a great game overall with 20 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and three blocks. Tony Parker scored 22 points and had eight assists, but committed seven turnovers including two in the final four minutes of the game. Stephen Jackson had a brilliant game for Milwaukee with 34 points on 12-17 shooting and eight assists.
In other action:
Wizards 93, Raptors 78: The 'Zards are on the board! Washington moved to 1-8 with a victory over the struggling Raps. Andrea Bargnani scored 22, but not much else went right for Toronto. Andray Blatche came off the bench, and it seemed to work well for Washington, and not only because that meant Blatche played fewer minutes than usual.
76ers 112, Kings 85: Another win for the streaking Sixers, another blowout road loss for the Kings. Sacramento is now 0-5 on the road with an average margin of -23. Philadelphia had stretched out a 10-point lead by halftime, and blew this game open in the third.
Rockets 82, Bobcats 70: Charlotte was playing another defensive team, but the offense was as we'd always expected it to be: too ugly to bear. Byron "Not B.J." Mullens was your Bobcats high scorer with 15 off of the bench; Charlotte's starters combined to shoot 15-47 against the NBA's No. 30 defense. Impressive.
Mavericks 100, Pistons 86: Dirk Nowitzki, who shot 9-10 for the floor for 18 points, was a +42 in 28 minutes. His back-up Brian Cardinal was a -28 in 20 minutes. There might be a small drop-off there. Brandon Knight had a very Rookie Point Guard game with 12 points on 4-9 shooting, five assists and six turnovers.
Jazz 113, Cavaliers 105: The Utah Jazz are 6-3. Amazingly, Utah has won five straight; that nationally televised 25-point loss to the Lakers on opening night seems like a faded memory. Derrick Favors returned to the bench, allowing Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap to combine for 49 points on 22-27 shooting.