Golden State 101, Detroit 97: Despite their best efforts to blow a 23-point halftime lead, the Warriors are 7-4. How good has Dorrell Wright opened the season? He had 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists last night and is averaging 15 ppg for the season while shooting 44 percent from deep. Also, he throws a nice half-court alley-oop pass. Is it too late to replace that Clippers playoff prediction pick with the Warriors? Can I use the injuries to the Paper Clips as an excuse?
Dallas 98, New Orleans 95: The Mavs dealt the Hornets their first loss of the season after Jason Terry broke a tie with a jumper with less than 30 seconds left. Trevor Ariza, who had just tied the game with a three-pointer, missed two good looks from deep in the final 10 seconds.
Phoenix 101, Denver 94: The Nuggets were close to snapping a 12-game skid in Phoenix … and then collapsed in the 4th quarter and lost. Hakim Warrick (21 points) was clutch during a pivotal 14-1 rally to wrest the lead from the Nuggets, who led by 15 at halftime. With JR Smith benched for showing up late to the shootaround, and Kenyon Martin & Birdman down with injuries, the Nuggets leaned heavily on ‘Melo (20 points, 22 rebounds), but he disappeared in the 4th due to suffocating defense from Hedo Turkoglu.
Orlando 89, Memphis 72: When Rudy Gay and Zach Randolph combine to shoot 25 percent (8-for-32) the Grizz have no chance. Or, the Magic played great defense! In Stan Van Gundy’s quest to use 30 different starting lineups this year … Q Rich started at SF. Rashard Lewis (4-for-13) started at PF. The 31-year-old – making $20 million this year – is off to an awful start (37 percent shooting, 31 percent from three, just 10 ppg; all of those are the worst he’s done in the last decade).
Oklahoma City 115, Utah 108: Serge Ibaka scored a career-high 22 points and Kevin Durant went 16-for-16 from the foul line (as a team, the Thunder were 33-of-34). Ronnie Price of the Jazz has crazy hops.