Oklahoma City 95, Atlanta 104: Without Josh Smith, the Hawks went on the road and stunned the Thunder in the 4th quarter thanks to late-game heroics from Lou Williams (14 of his 19 points in the final quarter). Westbrook and Durant were a combined 12-of-35 shooting, but Kevin Martin played the role of James Harden, scoring 28 points (6-of-8 three-pointers).
New York 100, Philadelphia 84: The Knicks are 2-0 and both victories have been surprisingly easy. After making 19 three-pointers in routing the Heat Friday, New York made 11 against the 76ers (1-1). JR Smith scored 20 points off the bench; Carmelo Anthony led the team with 27. Philly lost Jason Richardson to an ankle sprain less than two minutes into the game.
Minnesota 86, Toronto 105: Just be happy you got the Timberwolves without Love and Rubio. DeRozan and Lowry, a fun backcourt, split 44 points for the 1-2 Raptors.
Phoenix 94, Orlando 115: The Suns wasted a 10-point halftime lead, the Magic dominated the 2nd half (69-38), shot 9-of-11 on three-pointers and improved to 2-0 in the post-Dwight Howard era. In case you weren’t aware, here’s the Magic starting lineup with Jameer, Al Harrington and The Michael Jordan of Turkey, who are all injured: Afflalo and E’Twaun Moore in the backcourt; Big Baby Davis and undrafted DeQuan Jones at forward and Nikola Vucevic at center. Phoenix rookie point guard Kendall Marshall has played 1:23 in three games.
LA Lakers 108, Detroit 79: The first win of the Dwight Howard era came with potentially bad news – Steve Nash, who sat out his 2nd straight game, could be out for up to four weeks. Steve Blake didn’t cuss anyone out. Kobe had eight assists. Dwight Howard scored 28 points. The Pistons are 0-3.