The Rockets didn't have James Harden; the Grizzlies didn't have Marc Gasol. But despite just 12 assists for the entire game, Houston managed to pull away with a 38-point fourth quarter in a 93-86 win.
Zach Randolph had just 13 points and six boards in his first game without Gasol, and the Grizzles shot just 42 percent. Tayshaun Prince led Memphis with 16 points, and Kosta Koufos, Gasol's replacement, snagged 13 boards in 31 minutes.
The Trail Blazers just keep right on rolling through their schedule, knocking off the Knicks, 102-91, in New York on Monday. For Portland, it was their eleventh consecutive win. For the Knicks, well ...
New York got 34 points and 15 rebounds from Carmelo Anthony, but once again, it wasn't enough. The Knicks fell to 3-10 on the season and have now lost six straight. Things are spiraling in Madison Square Garden right now, and that team needs Tyson Chandler back in a bad way.
But on the flip side, the Blazers continue beat up on everyone in their way. Damian Lillard and Nicolas Batum each went for 23 points, and LaMarcus Aldridge had 18 and 14 rebounds in the win. Portland is staying in that second spot in the West, just one loss behind the Spurs for best record in the conference.
It's difficult to score on the Pacers these days, something the Timberwolves found out for themselves on Monday in Indiana's 98-84 win on their home court.
Minnesota managed to shoot just 32.6 percent from the floor — including 3-of-19 from three — against Indy's suffocating, league-best defense. The Pacers, on the other hand, shot 50 percent from the floor and 53 percent from three in another convincing win.
Kevin Love had 20 points and 17 boards for the'Wolves.
Pistons 113, Bucks 94
The Milwaukee Bucks put together a lineup over the offseason they had hoped would help them contend for a playoff spot. But after the Detroit Pistons beat them, 113-94, on Monday, they're looking more and more like a contender for the top pick in the 2014 NBA draft.
All five Detroit starters scored in double figures, and Rodney Stuckey led the way with 17 off the bench. Brandon Jennings went for 15 points and 13 dimes, and the Pistons pushed their record to 6-8, inching closer toward the .500-mark for the season.
The Bucks are going the opposite way. Milwaukee is now 2-11 and is still without newly paid big man Larry Sanders, who injured himself in a bar fight.
The Suns have been a great story this season, but that doesn't necessarily get you too far when you're playing the Heat. Miami shelled Phoenix, 107-92, on Monday to push its record to 11-3, just two games behind the Pacers at the end of the night.
LeBron James was decent, too. He scored 35 points on 14 shots in just 33 minutes, which was more than the entire Suns bench (32). Dwyane Wade put in 21 and 12 assists in 33 minutes as well. Miami shot just under 50 percent from the game, and despite being outrebounded 45-38 still managed to win by 15 points.
The Heat are good. They had a lot of fun in the process:
The Suns had six players in double figures in the loss, led by Channing Frye with 16 points. They managed to shoot just 39.8 percent from the floor, however.
Of course the Celtics miss Rajon Rondo, but his absence has perhaps given Jordan Crawford his time to shine. The fourth-year man out of Xavier went for 21 points on 11 shots in just 28 minutes, and Boston beat Charlotte, 96-86, on Monday night.
Gerald Wallace rose from the dead to score 17 points in the win, and the Celtics had a good night from the three-point line, going 9-for-20 in the game.
The Bobcats wasted a great performance from Kemba Walker and Gerald Henderson, however. The two combined for 48 of the team's 86 points on the night, and Charlotte managed just 17 assists and committed 16 turnovers.
Spurs 112, Pelicans 93
Ho-hum, the Spurs win again. San Antonio outscored New Orleans, 30-16, in the second quarter and coasted to their eleventh consecutive victory, 112-93, at the AT&T Center on Monday.
Manu Ginobili led the was for the Spurs with 16 points, five rebounds and six assists in just 19 minutes, and not one Spurs starter played more than 24 minutes. As a team, San Antonio shot 54.3 percent from the floor — 40 percent from three — and notched 30 assists for the second straight game.
With the win they've tied a franchise-best record of 13-1 to start a season. As always, San Antonio's passing was on-point:
The Pelicans shot just 38 percent from the floor, committed 16 turnovers that led to 21 points and went just 2-for-15 from the three-point line.
The Mavericks been solid to start the season, but the Nuggets seem to have their number as of late. Denver defeated the Mavs for the second time in the last week, this time by a 110-96 score in Dallas.
J.J. Hickson put in 22 points on just 11 shots and grabbed eight rebounds in his 34 minutes, Denver shot 54 percent from the floor and the Mavs hit just five of their 19 threes on the night.
Monta Ellis had 22 points on just 15 shots to continue his efficient early season, and Dirk pitched in 18 of his own.
This was not the most entertaining game. Utah is now 2-14 as things just got worse for Chicago in an 89-83 overtime victory for the Jazz.
The entire starting lineup for Utah scored in double figures, including 17 points from Marvin Williams and 15 from Richard Jefferson. But this one was about Chicago's futility.
The Bulls shot 39.2 percent from the floor, hit just one three-pointer and had 11 assists to their 18 turnovers. Carlos Boozer went for 26 points and 16 rebounds, Luol Deng registered 24 and 10, and they still lost to the Jazz in overtime.