The Philadelphia 76ers are flying high at 10-3 after Monday's matinee 94-82 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. Jrue Holiday led the Sixers with 24 points on 11-17 shooting, five assists and five steals. Those pilfers were a big part of the game as Milwaukee actually outshot Philadelphia, but turned the ball over 16 times to just nine for the Sixers. Philly also did much better from beyond the arc, hitting 11-23 compared 3-14 for the Bucks.
In other action:
Cavaliers 102, Bobcats 94: Have we mentioned that Kyrie Irving looks amazing recently? Because he does. He had 25 points and seven assists on Monday, and his NBA career is 12 games old. What a joy to watch [highlights of, because, you know, the Cavs, man].
Blazers 84, Hornets 77: New Orleans goaded Portland into a slowdown, bare-knuckle game on Monday, but the Blazers prevailed behind LaMarcus Aldridge's 22 points. New Orleans went 0-9 on three pointers, which is not terribly surprising given that they came in shooting 28 percent from long-range.
Clippers 101, Nets 91: The Nets couldn't capitalize on missing Chris Paul, and that's really sad when you think about it. Blake Griffin had 23 points and 14 rebounds, and Caron Butler and Chauncey Billups each scored 20 for L.A.
Hawks 93, Raptors 84: Toronto made a real game of this, and didn't fall behind until late. Josh Smith was a monster all night, but especially in the first half. He finished with 28 points and 15 rebounds. Leandro Barbosa led the Raps with 22 off of the bench.
Timberwolves 99, Kings 86: Tyreke Evans and Ricky Rubio essentially played each other to a stalemate in the first meeting of their careers. Ricky had nine points, eight assists and eight rebounds. Tyreke had nine points, eight rebounds and 10 assists. But Ricky had Kevin Love (33 points, 11 rebounds).