Overtime! Brooklyn Nets 100, Phoenix Suns 98
Joe Johnson scored just 11 points on 5-of-18 shooting before hitting a game-winning fast break floater as time expired in overtime. Has there ever been a more Joe Johnson way to win a game?
Weird Box Score Finding: Suns forward Channing Frye started this game, played 28 minutes and recorded a plus-19 plus-minus ratio. That doesn't seem possible.
Indiana Pacers 104, Milwaukee Bucks 77
Think about this: the Bucks trotted out a starting lineup of Nate Wolters, O.J. Mayo, Khris Middleton, Ekpe Udoh and Zaza Pachulia. In an NBA game. Against the best team in the NBA. The score is pretty indicative of those conditions.
This Pacers team is pretty good, eh?
Chicago Bulls 96, Toronto Raptors 80
Derrick Rose sat out this game but the Bulls still steamrolled on the road. The Raptors, for their part, are a full time eye sore. Derozan and Gay combined for 57 of the team's 80, it only took them 37 shots to get there and Toronto still lose by 16. No one else on the team scored over six points which feels a tad unreal.
Atlanta Hawks 113, Philadelphia 76ers 103
The 76ers are back to .500 and their championship hopes are probably shattered. How sad. I want to live in a world where Michael Carter-Williams is Rookie of the Year, Tony Wroten is Most Improved, Thad Young is Defensive Player of the Year and Evan Turner is Finals MVP. That's a tad unrealistic to wish for, right? Probably. Oh well. They're my dreams, not yours!
Portland Trail Blazers 109, Boston Celtics 96
Don't look now but the Blazers are 7-2 and have won their last five games. Seven of Portland's next nine games are on the road so reality may be on the horizon but this team is pretty good. The Damian Lillard-LaMarcus Aldridge duo is one of the very best young duos in the league and coach Terry Stotts has the group running the third best offense, via Basketball-Reference.
The Bobcats' quest for an NBA title continues with a six-point win over the slow-footed Cavaliers who are 3-7 in the first 10 games with no real signs that suggest they will be much better than 30 win team. We were all talking about Cleveland's chances as a playoff team, but it's probably time to tamper those expectations. The Bobcats, however, look poised to make a run at the No. 1 seed! Just hope the other team misses every shot all the time! Go Charlotte!
Tonight's Ben Wallace Award goes to: Bismack Bioyombo! B shoots one shot from the floor, misses, and finishes with zero points but he grabs 12 rebounds and blocks three shots. Biyombooooooo!
Miami Heat 110, Dallas Mavericks 104
LeBron totally LeBronned the Mavericks, to the tune of 39 points on 18 shots from the field. Dirk Nowitzki, for his part, was fantastic scoring 28 points on 12 shots and hitting 9-of-10 from the charity stripe.
Sneaky best part of the young season? Monta Ellis' reformed offensive game. His True Shooting Percentage (57) is the highest it's been since 2007-08 and he's forming a real nice feel alongside Nowitizki. Monta Have It All.
Denver Nuggets 117, Minnesota Timberwolves 113
Remember when we all wrote Denver off four games into the season? Well the Nuggets have dug (Miner joke, get it??) their way out of an early hole to win three straight and knot back up at .500. The Kenneth Faried-J.J. Hickson front court pairing has all the energy and Ty Lawson is averaging a smooth 21 points, seven assists, four rebounds and two steals.
Also: Minnesota is much watch League Pass material. That offense is damn near flawless and the team is never really out of a game because of it.
San Antonio Spurs 91, Utah Jazz 82
The Spurs are doing this pretty cool thing where no one can score on them. They've won nine of their first 10 games and only one team has scored over 100 points in that span. The Jazz shot 38.5 percent and turned the ball over 18 times. Utah got a bit of a breakout game from Derrick Favors who dropped 20 points and pulled in 18 rebounds.
The Lakers, in dire need of an interior defender, were bamboozled by Zach Randolph who scored 28 points and collect 11 rebounds. Marc Gasol, last year's Defensive Player of the Year, nearly clocked in a triple double, with 18 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.
Jodie Meeks led the Lakers with 25. If you read that sentence, it means the Lakers lost.
Detroit Pistons 97, Sacramento Kings 90
Josh Smith was one steal away from completing the coveted 5-by-5 against the Kings. He was everywhere on defense, blocking shots, recording steals for easy transition baskets. Smith can be frustrating to watch, but Friday night was not the case. He was great.