The Morning After: Dallas and the Lakers fall to 0-2

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

Last year’s Champs, the Dallas Mavericks, were embarrassed for the second straight game, losing by 23 to Denver.  The LA Lakers, meanwhile, were out-gunned by the Sacramento Kings as both teams dropped to 0-2 on the season.

The Big Performer

Kevin Durant dropped 33 points on the Minnesota Timberwolves on 12-23 shooting.  He added 5 rebounds and 3 assists

The Big Highlight

Ricky Rubio and Derrick Williams made their debuts last night… in spectacular fashion.


The Big Games

Kings 100 – Lakers 91
Box      Score      Recap
SAC: Marcus Thornton – 27 pts, 5 reb.  Tyreke Evans – 20 pts
LAL: Kobe Bryant – 29 pts (10-24 fg).  Metta World Peace – 19 pts

OC Register: Lakers lack consistent defense… and a victory

Nuggets 115 – Dallas 93

Box Score     Recap
DEN:  Ty Lawson – 27 pts, 4 reb, 4 ast. Andre Miller, Al Harrington – 18 pts each
DAL:  Dirk Nowitzki – 20 pts, 4 reb.  Other 4 Mavs starters: 23 points combined

So what exactly is going on here? – Dallas Mavericks Blog – ESPN Dallas via kwout

The Rest Of The Games

Warriors 99 – Bulls 91
Box Score     Recap

Stephen Curry had 21 points, 10 assista and 7 rebounds, and Monta Ellis added 26 points and seven assists.  Derrick Rose was held to 13

Hornets 85 – Suns 84
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Eric Gordon hit the game winning basket with 4.2 seconds left

Trailblazers 107 – Sixers 103
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LaMarcus Aldridge and Gerald Wallace combined for 46 points

Spurs 95 – Grizzlies 82
Box Score     Recap

Manu Ginobili’s 24 points pace Spurs as a huge 3rd quarter leads to a win over Memphis

Bobcats 96 –  Bucks 95
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Kemba Walker’s 2 free throws with 9.9 seconds left cap a 14 point comeback win

Thunder 104 – Timberwolves 100
Box Score     Recap

Kevin Durant’s 33 points hold off young Timberwolves squad led by Kevin Love’s 22 point, 12 rebound effort

Raptors 104 – Cavaliers 96
Box Score     Recap

Jose Calderon leads a balanced scoring attack while #1 pick Kyrie Irving struggles

Pacers 91 – Pistons 79
Box Score     Recap

Three Pacers had double-doubles, led by Roy Hibbert’s 16 points and 14 rebounds

Magic 104 – Rockets 95
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Orlando scores 56 points in the paint and Hedo Turkoglu goes off for 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists

Nets 90 – Wizards 84
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The Nets come back from 21 points down to win behind Kris Humphries 21 points and 16 rebounds