San Antonio 95, Charlotte 91: Wonder if Next Town Brown is regretting his decision to stay? The Bobcats are 1-6 and got a combined 9-for-39 shooting from starters Gerald Wallace, Captain Jack and DJ Augustin. Manu’s driving layup with :04 locked up the win for the 5-1 Spurs. Reserve Gary Neal continues to connect from deep (5-of-7, 15 points).
Golden State 109, Toronto 102: Perhaps the most dynamic backcourt in the NBA – Curry & Ellis – combined for 62 points and the Warriors held off a late surge from the 1-6 Raptors. Ellis injured his back, though, and x-rays were taken afterward. He could miss the Knicks game Wednesday. It must have pained Toronto fans to see Curry killin’ it while their 2009 pick, DeMar DeRozan (8 points) had another pedestrian game. He’s off to a decent start this season (13 ppg) and he’s only 21, but several other young kids taken after him in the draft have already become very good players (Jennings, T-Will, Holiday, Lawson, Collison, and Beaubois to name a few).
Dallas 89, Boston 87: The Celtics led by five with 1:45 left, but never scored again. Dirk scored twice and Jason Terry hit a three, and the Celtics suffered their 2nd loss of the season (both on the 2nd night of back-to-backs, both on the road). Boston attempted and made as many free throws (7) as Dirk did.
Chicago 94, Denver 92: Derrick Rose scored eight of his 18 in the fourth and Joakim Noah had his sixth straight double-double to open the season as the Bulls improved to 3-3. ‘Melo scored 32 and made it look effortless; they sure could use a finisher like that in New York.
Orlando 93, Atlanta 89: Oh, boy, what’s Stan Van Gundy up to? Mickael Pietrus, who is feuding with SVG (over minutes, of course), didn’t play. The Ryan Anderson-Rashard Lewis PF/SF combo shot a pathetic 3-of-12. Brandon Bass, who we been hoping would get the starting PF job since last season, had 6 points and 5 rebounds in just 18 minutes. Anderson’s too soft. Lewis likes to float to the perimeter. Bass knows his role – rebound, defend, block shots, get Dwight Howard’s back when necessary. We’d go with Pietrus at SF and Vince Carter at SG. Anyway, without their starting PG, the Magic shot 4-for-22 from deep, 62 percent from the line, and still rallied beat the Hawks, who were without Marvin Williams (knee). Orlando can thank the bench and Vince Carter.