The Morning After: Boston is 0-3

Every morning, we’ll have a look at the previous night’s action in a round up of recaps and reactions from around the web.

The Big Headline

The Boston Celtics fell to 0-3 after a blowout loss to the New Orleans Hornets, who were playing without Eric Gordon and the The New York Knicks faded in Golden State.  The Miami Heat almost completed the “disappointing loss by good teams” theme, but Dwyane Wade bailed them out (thanks to a travel that wasn’t called) in the last second win.

The Big Performers

Kevin Durant dropped 32 points (10-17 fg) and grabbed eight rebounds in a three point win over the Memphis Grizzlies.  LeBron James had 35 points, six rebounds and seven assists in Miami’s win.

The Big Highlight

Chris Bosh with the block, LeBron James with the save that he, somehow, sends 3/4 of the way down the floor, where Dwyane Wade finishes with the easy dunk.


The Big Games

Thunder 98 – Grizzlies 95
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OKC:  Russell Westbrook – 4 pts (0-13 fg), 6 ast, 4 TO.  James Harden – 20 pts, 7 reb
MEM:  Zach Randolph – 24 pts, 12 reb.  Rudy Gay – 19 pts, 12 reb.  Marc Gasol – 16 pts, 12 reb

Grizzlies Can’t Match Durant, Thunder in Home Opener – Straight Outta Vancouver via kwout

Kevin Durant does it again as Thunder edges Grizzlies | via kwout

Spurs 115 – Clippers 90
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SAS:  Manu Ginobili – 24 pts, 6 ast.  DeJuan Blair – 20 pts, 6 reb
LAC:  Blake Griffin – 28 pts, 9 reb.  Chris Paul – 10 pts (3-10 fg) 9 ast

Ginobili, Blair help Spurs hand Clippers first loss in dominating fashion | December via kwout

The Rest of the Games

Warriors 92 – Knicks 78
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After starting the game 4-17, Monta Ellis shoots 4-5 in the 4th quarter to polish off the Knicks

Nuggets 117 – Jazz 100
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Nene had 25 points and 7 rebounds as five Nuggets hit double figures.

Sixers 103 – Suns 83
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Philly outsocred the Suns by 12 in the 3rd quarter to turn a 14 point lead into a blowout

Hornets 97 – Celtics 78
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The Hornets took advantage of 21 second chance points to put the sloppy Celtics away.  Jarret Jack and Carl Landry combined for 41.

Cavaliers 105 – Pistons 89
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Six Cavs hit double figures, including rookie Kyrie Irving’s 14 points and 7 assists

Hawks 101 – Wizards 83
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Every Hawks starter hit double figures and Josh Smith and Al Horford pitched in double-doubles in the easy win.

Heat 96 – Bobcats 95
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LeBron James and Chris Bosh combined for 60 points, and Dwyane Wade made up for a 10 point performance by banking in the game winner with 2.9 seconds left in the game.

Pacers 90 – Raptors 85
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Nine of Danny Granger’s 21 points came in the 4th quarter and all five Pacers starters scored double figures as Indy held off the Raptors.