LA Lakers 101, Charlotte 100: The Lakers only used eight players, Kobe logged 43 minutes, but all anyone wants to talk about is this Gerald Henderson dunk on Dwight Howard. It’s not a true poster because Howard didn’t jump, but it is still impressive. The Lakers, who trailed by 18 in the third quarter, rallied behind Benjamin Button (30 points on 24 shots), Jodie Meeks (five 3-pointers) and Ron Artest (17 points). The Bobcats had four chances to win the game late. Kemba Walker scored 28 for the Bobcats, who have lost 13 straight games.
Toronto 113, Cleveland 99: DeMar DeRozan is explosive, huh? The Raptors must have gotten a wakeup call from Bargnani over the weekend – they’ve won three in a row. Despite Kyrie Iring’s greatness – 9-of-16, 23 points – the Cavaliers still have a lot of work to do. At 5-21, they’re looking at another Top 5 pick.
Utah 92, Brooklyn 90: The Nets blew a 13-point halftime lead and fell to 13-11. What happened to the great bench? Why is Deron Williams shooting 38 percent from the field and 29 percent from deep?
Miami 103, Minnesota 92: LeBron, in 41 minutes: 22 points, 11 assists, six rebounds, no turnovers. Miami, which made 13-of-25 three-pointers, and out-rebounded 53-24, is 16-6.
Golden State 103, New Orleans 96: At 17-8, my Warriors are off to their best start since 1991. What’s not to like about them this year? Jack (16 points, 10 assists) and Carl Landry (16 points, nine rebounds) provide pop off the bench, and rookie Draymond Green is doing everything he did at Michigan State – a little bit of everything (three steals, six rebounds in 23 minutes). Toss in Curry, Klay and Lee … yes, there’s reason to be excited about this team when Bogut returns.
Denver 112, San Antonio 106: Go up and get it, Gallo! Didn’t know he had that rise in him. Tim Duncan’s 31 points, 18 rebounds, six assists and five blocks weren’t enough.