San Antonio 120, New York 89: A laugher that was over after one quarter, when the Spurs surged to an 18-point lead. Danny Green played like he was in the Finals, making 6-of-9 three pointers (the Spurs were 12-for-28 from deep) and finishing with 24 points. While everyone picked the Clippers, Rockets, Warriors or Thunder in the West … ho hum, the Spurs are 6-1. Mike Woodson got called to the Principal’s Office after the blowout.
Washington 105, Oklahoma City 106, OT: The Wizards led by 10 with 3:26 left in regulation, but collapsed in a heap of missed free throws and Nene’s ejection. Kevin Durant (33 points) sent the game to OT with a triple, and then made his free throws in overtime. For 44 minutes, this is one of those games when folks wonder where OKC finds a third scorer (Ibaka finished with 25). Durant got his but Westbrook was just 4-of-16. Bradley Beal played his best game as a pro for the Wizards: 34 points, including 6-of-8 from deep.
Phoenix 101, New Orleans 94: What everyone is finding out – Eric Bledsoe is going to be a star. Buried behind Chris Paul in LA, Bledsoe has blown up in the desert, and his 24 points and six assists kept the surprising Suns (5-2) unbeaten at home (4-0). Also, check out that block on Anthony Davis below. And did the Pacers give up on Miles Plumlee too quickly? He had eight points, 12 rebounds and five blocks, and after barely getting off the bench last season with the Pacers, the former Duke center is averaging 11.7 ppg and 9.6 rpg and is 6th in the NBA in blocks (2.3 bpg). Oh, and Markieff Morris added 23 points and nine rebounds.
Minnesota 113, LA Lakers 90: Kevin Love had 18 points and 8 rebounds – in the first quarter – and Minnesota rolled over the hapless Lakers. Remember all the Xavier Henry hype after he scored double figures in three of LA’s first four games, including 22 on opening night? He’s 6-for-26 in the last four games and scored just two points in the loss to the Timberwolves. I think the question about Minnesota all season will be 3-point shooting: 10-for-20 in LA.
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