LA Lakers 119, Houston 108: Every Laker starter scored in double figures and shot better than 50 percent, and LA finally got to the .500 mark (5-5). Kobe: 22 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists in just 35 minutes. James Harden scored 20 and Chandler Parsons added 24, but Jeremy Lin’s shooting struggles continued – 2-of-9, but he did have 10 assists. He’s shooting 34 percent on the season. Nice to see Terrence Jones getting some burn. This was filthy.
Detroit 103, Boston 83: The Celtics got blitzed in the second half and were routed by a team that came into the game with one win. Greg Monroe scored 20 points and collected 13 rebounds, which is difficult to do while sending out SOS signals.
Oklahoma City 119, Golden State 109: Kevin Durant had his first career triple double – 25 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists, and the Thunder shot 13-of-20 from deep to beat the pesky Warriors. Stephen Curry scored 22 points for Golden State (5-5), but he should have gotten out of the way when Westbrook (30 points) took flight.
Philadelphia 86, Cleveland 79: The pass-happy 76ers had 27 assists, Nick Young scored 13 points in 15 minutes off the bench, and Philly contained Cleveland’s young backcourt to improve to 6-4. Irving and Waiters shot a combined 6-of-27 and the Cavs are now 2-8 with six straight losses. Tyler Zeller provided the lone Cleveland highlight – this rejection of a Jason Richardson dunk attempt.
New York 88, Indiana 76: Shhhhh, the Knicks are 7-1. When you can win despite shooting 36 percent from the field, things are going your way.