LA Lakers 99, Philadelphia 103: Andrew Bynum’s return to LA wasn’t anything special, since he didn’t play. But Jrue Holiday scored 26 points, had 10 assists and just one turnover and the Lakers fell under .500 again (15-16). Evan Turner at his best is very good – 22 points, 13 rebounds, five assists. Kobe scored 36 points on 29 shots, but when Ron Artest is taking nearly as many shots (17) as Howard (7) and Gasol (12) combined …
Atlanta 95, New Orleans 86: Noteworthy because Eric Gordon played his second game with the Hornets, (5-of-17 in 23 minutes, 11 points, four turnovers). The Hawks are 20-10.
Dallas 103, Washington 94: Vince Carter scored 23 points, including two impressive dunks, and the Wizards are now 4-25. Stan Van Gundy is essentially laughing at them. Nobody will want this job with this abysmal roster. The lottery-bound Mavericks are 13-19.
Detroit 103, Sacramento 97: Quietly climbing out of the early-season funk: The Pistons, who have won three in a row. At 12-22, they still won’t sniff the playoffs, but at least they’re not the dregs in the East, anymore. Rookie Andre Drummond in 21 minutes: 7 points, 11 rebounds, 3 blocks. The Kings still haven’t traded DeMarcus Cousins (or Jimmer). Cousins had 21 points and 14 rebounds; Jimmer scored 14 points.
Portland 105, New York 100: The Knicks missed 27 three-pointers, and couldn’t find offense outside of Carmelo Anthony and JR Smith. Anthony (45 points) and Smith (28 points) did their part, taking 46 of the team’s 84 shots. Will this be life without Raymond Felton? Here’s a dunk by Amare following nice hustle from Smith. Amare scored six points in 16 minutes in his first game of the season.