The story here is Brooklyn's long range proficiency. Eight Nets players hit a shot from behind the arc and four of those guys hit three. Preseason, regular season, postseason, doesn't matter. You're going to win most of the time if you knock down 17-of-27 from long range.
Miami's Big 2--Mario Chalmers and Udonis Haslem--combined for 28 points on 14-of-16 shooting but was unable to keep the Heat afloat. Dwyane Wade struggled, scoring just eight points on 11 shots and finished the game with five turnovers. The Heat have now lost to the Nets twice in the preseason.
Charlotte Bobcats 85, New York Knicks 83: Kemba Walker made the tiebreaking basket with 1:31 left remaining in the game. He finished with 18 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Bismack Biyombo didn't shoot well from the floor--2-of-10--but gobbled up every rebound in sight, collecting 20 total.
The Knicks scored just 28 points in the second half and finished the game shooting 37.3 percent from the floor.
Carmelo Anthony had a shot to win or tie but was unable to finish as his pull-up mid-range jumper rimmed out as time expired.
The game was cancelled with 5:58 left in the first quarter because the floor was too slippery. Apparently fans who attended the game will to redeem their tickets for one-regular season game in November. Also, they got to shoot free throws on the slippery floor.
New Orleans Pelicans 101, Orlando Magic 82: The Pelicans shot 61.1 percent from range, hitting 11 three-pointers while Orlando shot just 4-of-20 from behind the arc. New Orleans was led by Brian Roberts who scored 21 points on 7-of-11 from the field off the bench.
With 41 combined turnovers, this game was as sloppy as you're bound to see. The Magic shot just 34.9 percent from the field, with no individual player scoring over 12 points.
With less than 25 seconds left, Derrick Rose drove to his left, forced the Nuggets defense to collapse on him, then dumped the ball off to a cutting Carlos Boozer for a wide open dunk to go ahead 90-87.
An errant Nate Robinson three-pointer on the ensuing possession led to a pair of game clinching Bulls free-throws from Boozer and Deng. The Bulls finished the preseason 8-0, foreshadowing what should be a terrific year in Chicago.
Houston Rockets 92, Memphis Grizzlies 73: Fourteen different players in Rockets jerseys scored Friday night with no single player scoring more than 11 points. That's really the story right there. Also, Memphis shot 31.9 percent from the floor which is never good enough to win a basketball game.
No one player played more than 28 minutes in this game. Preseason basketball!
Indiana Pacers 98, Dallas Mavericks 77: Paul George looked like a $90 million player, scoring 28 points, grabbing 6 rebounds and dishing out 6 dimes in Friday night's preseason finale. The Mavericks looked like they were playing a preseason game, shooting 37 percent from the field.
Crazy box score stat: DeJuan Blair finished with a plus/minus of minus-29 for the game.
Los Angeles Lakers 111, Utah Jazz 106: Three different players scored at least 16 points for the Jazz but it wasn't enough to upend the Lakers who had seven guys score in double figures. Superstar Steve Blake shot a perfect 7-of-7 from the field, hitting all five three-point attempts while grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out four assists.
Byron Mullens did the best he could to get this game close, hitting a trio of three-pointers in the fourth quarter. In the end, it didn't matter as the Kings were able to milk the 89-71 lead they built through three quarters.
Awesome-fun box score stat: Greivis Vasquez had no points or turners, but 12 assists. He missed all five shots he took.