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November 8, 2010
PBP Roundup
Nov. 5-7

by Bradford Doolittle

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As the season begins to hit its stride, we're down to two unbeaten teams and every NBA team has now broken into the win column. One programming note: Today turned out to be not the best day to implement the changes to the box scores I noted the other day, not with three days' worth of games to work up. We'll get it done for tomorrow.

LIVE AT BASKETBALL PROSPECTUS

1. John Gasaway checks in with a with a team to watch in the upcoming season, and it's not a school that immediately leaps to mind.

2. John Perrotto touches on the Hornets' fast start, some Isiah Thomas chatter, which we always love, and Charlotte's problems with the new technical foul guidelines.

3. In his latest Around the Rim, John Perrotto unveils his preseason version of The List.

4. In On the Beat, John Perrotto says a certain No. 6 might do things differently if he had his free-agent situation to do over.

5. Kevin Pelton focused his 'Every Play Counts' eye on rookies John Wall and Evan Turner, who hooked last week in the nation's capital.

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HOT FIVES

POWER RATING (POW)        GR (11/5-11/7)          WP82 - -ALL          WP82 -- ROOKIES
heat,miami, 71.7          james,lebron (s), 42.6  gay,rudy, 28.5       wall,john, 11.5
lakers,losangeles, 67.6   anthony,car. (f), 42.3  gasol,pau, 22.2      griffin,blake, 9.6
hornets,neworleans, 66.4  wade,dwyane (f), 39.5   james,lebron, 21.8   johnson,wesley, 5.4
celtics,boston, 60.0      gasol,pau (f), 39.4     roy,brandon, 21.3    bledsoe,eric, 3.1
suns,phoenix, 57.7        johnson,joe (u), 38.4   rondo,rajon, 19.2    turner,evan, 2.9
Note: GR leaders are from the weekend with the day noted in parenthesis..

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BOX SCORES & RECAPS

NOTE: Glossary is at bottom of page.
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FRIDAY'S GAMES
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BUCKS 94, PACERS 90 (box): The Bucks held Indiana to 5-of-19 shooting while outscoring the Pacers 24-14 in the fourth quarter, picking up a much-needed win. Milwaukee's Andrew Bogut missed game the game with a migraine, leaving Luc Mbah a Moute to start at center. Mbah a Moute responded with 10 points and 15 rebounds in 39 minutes. Roy Hibbert stuffed another box score line with 14 points, 12 boards, four assists and six blocks, but also committed six turnovers.

MIL                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   IND                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
salmons,john        83  20%  1.28  - 5 22.7   granger,danny       87  29%  0.61  + 3 24.9
dooling,keyon       31  13%  2.43  +11 15.0   collison,darren     67  27%  0.94  + 1 16.7
jennings,brandon    68  30%  0.81  - 7 14.2   hibbert,roy         71  26%  0.86  - 1 14.0
delfino,carlos      77  19%  0.66  + 7 12.4   george,paul         29  28%  1.10  - 4  9.7
mbahamoute,luc      81  12%  1.15  - 5 12.1   posey,james         57  10%  1.53  + 4  8.4
gooden,drew         26  34%  0.56  - 2  7.4   hansbrough,tyler    20  18%  1.30  - 7  7.8
maggette,corey      37  33%  0.76  + 6  6.0   dunleavy jr.,mike   79  13%  0.98  - 4  7.2
ilyasova,ersan      56  15%  0.98  +15  5.4   ford,t.j.           32  11%  1.03  - 5  2.6
sanders,larry        8  12%  0.24  - 7  0.2   mcroberts,josh      24   7%  0.00  - 4  0.0
brockman,jon        26   1%  0.00  + 7  0.0   jones,solomon (DNP)
bogut,andrew (DNP)                            jones,dahntay (DNP)
boykins,earl (DNP)                            rush,brandon (DNP)
PACE: 98.6         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 98.6         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%
bucks,milwaukee    95.3 .434 .184 .152 .134   pacers,indiana     91.3 .427 .100 .193 .134

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MAGIC 105, NETS 90 (box): Dwight Howard dominated his matchup with Brook Lopez, who is off to a shaky start. On Friday, Howard had 30 points (on 13 shots) and 16 rebounds, while Lopez was 3-of-17 from the floor. Lopez has a .398 eFG% in six games (including Saturday) on the season. Jameer Nelson sprained ankle late in the game.

NJN                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   ORL                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
farmar,jordan       50  23%  0.98  -13 19.6   howard,dwight       69  32%  1.19  +21 38.2
humphries,kris      31  22%  1.53  - 6 17.0   carter,vince        68  16%  1.62  +31 26.4
outlaw,travis       71   9%  2.49  -29 15.9   nelson,jameer       59  26%  1.30  +25 21.2
murphy,troy         52  17%  0.89  - 8 13.3   bass,brandon        33  14%  1.60  - 1 10.6
williams,terrence   47  31%  1.07  -12 11.9   lewis,rashard       61  24%  0.90  +14  8.1
harris,devin        56  22%  1.03  - 1 11.1   pietrus,mickael     33  17%  1.62  +20  8.1
lopez,brook         57  32%  0.45  -11  7.5   redick,j.j.         37  12%  1.24  -15  3.5
morrow,anthony      43  11%  0.70  + 7  3.6   duhon,chris         28  14%  0.42  -10  1.4
favors,derrick      31   7%  1.11  - 2  3.0   gortat,marcin       18   2%  4.92  - 6  1.3
james,damion (DNP)                            anderson,ryan       13  20%  0.42  + 4  0.9
petro,johan (DNP)                             richardson,quentin  16   3%  0.98  - 8  0.4
ross,quinton (DNP)                            williams,jason (DNP)
PACE: 87.4         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 87.4         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%
nets,newjersey    103.0 .488 .159 .137 .045   magic,orlando     120.2 .556 .351 .195 .161

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CAVALIERS 123, 76ERS 116 (box): The Sixers came back from a 19-point deficit, went up by eight and still lost by seven as the Cavaliers scored 44 points in the final period. Daniel Gibson scored 15 points on four shots in that last quarter. Cleveland's Anderson Varejao went 10-of-10 the floor. Philadelphia's Andre Iguodala missed the second half with an Achilles injury.

CLE                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   PHI                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
gibson,daniel       55  23%  1.51  +12 34.7   holiday,jrue        77  23%  1.52  + 2 28.4
varejao,anderson    71  15%  1.96  +14 21.5   brand,elton         60  24%  1.06  -20 18.0
williams,maurice    59  35%  0.99  +13 15.7   battie,tony         52  10%  1.49  +14 15.0
hickson,j.j.        61  23%  0.97  +11 14.3   nocioni,andres      63  17%  1.37  - 8 14.5
sessions,ramon      37  24%  1.25  - 6 13.1   iguodala,andre      36  24%  0.89  - 9 13.8
graham,joey         29  24%  1.07  - 5 10.9   williams,lou        51  30%  0.95  -16 11.4
moon,jamario        50   8%  1.78  + 3  6.9   speights,marreese   25  24%  1.00  + 9 10.4
parker,anthony      56  12%  0.81  + 7  6.1   turner,evan         50  16%  0.52  + 9  3.7
williams,jawad      34  19%  0.45  - 7  3.1   young,thaddeus      28  14%  1.04  - 4  3.3
hollins,ryan        24  12%  1.01  - 7  2.4   hawes,spencer       13  12%  1.23  -18  1.4
harris,manny (DNP)                            kapono,jason        14   7%  1.25  + 1  1.3
powe,leon (DNP)                               songaila,darius     10   7%  0.12  + 5  0.1
PACE: 95.6         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 95.6         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%
cavaliers,cleve   128.7 .567 .394 .178 .221   76ers,philadelphi 121.4 .590 .263 .157 .115

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PISTONS 97, BOBCATS 90 (box): The Bobcats shot a .619 eFG% but still managed to fall short in the Pistons' first win of the season. The Bobcats were outscored 26-7 from the line and their turnover woes continued. Richard Hamilton was back from injury and scored 16 points off the bench for the Pistons, who played without point guard Rodney Stuckey. Stuckey was held out for disciplinary reasons after twice refusing to re-enter Detroit's previous game because of a spat with head coach John Kuester. Tracy McGray started at the point in Stuckey's absence.

CHA                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   DET                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
jackson,stephen     73  31%  1.11  - 5 31.9   hamilton,richard    49  25%  1.07  + 6 24.7
wallace,gerald      66  17%  1.20  - 7 14.8   monroe,greg         35  17%  1.39  - 2 16.4
brown,derrick       52  17%  1.29  +18 13.2   prince,tayshaun     66  23%  0.77  + 2 16.0
thomas,tyrus        39  20%  1.32  -13 11.7   gordon,ben          72  23%  1.02  + 3 14.5
augustin,d.j.       55  15%  1.70  - 5 11.7   villanueva,charlie  42  15%  1.58  - 5  9.8
diaw,boris          69  18%  0.98  - 7  9.9   mcgrady,tracy       41  15%  1.48  - 1  9.7
livingston,shaun    37   6%  2.02  - 5  5.8   daye,austin         32  21%  1.13  +17  9.5
mohammed,nazr       15  42%  0.88  - 9  5.2   wallace,ben         50   9%  1.80  + 7  6.9
diop,desagana        7  24%  0.67  + 2  1.3   bynum,will          40  23%  0.66  + 8  6.3
collins,sherron      0   -%  0.00    0  0.0   maxiell,jason (DNP)
diop,desagana (DNP)                           stuckey,rodney (DNP)
carroll,matt (DNP)                            summers,dajuan (DNP)
PACE: 85.3         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 85.3         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%
bobcats,charlotte 105.5 .619 .267 .270 .057   pistons,detroit   113.7 .473 .231 .152 .139

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KNICKS 112, WIZARDS 91 (box): Toney Douglas followed up his outburst in Chicago on Thursday with 19 points, 10 boards and five steals for the Knicks. Turnovers continue to plague the Wizards, who got Gilbert Arenas back from his ankle injury. Washington turned the ball over 35 times--nine from rookie John Wall--leading to 29 points for the Knicks. New York also blocked 11 more shots and lead the lead in that category.

WAS                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   NYK                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
blatche,andray      77  25%  1.00  -14 23.7   gallinari,danilo    67  18%  1.40  +24 22.1
wall,john           70  29%  0.70  -16 16.0   felton,raymond      62  18%  1.51  + 9 18.2
arenas,gilbert      53  24%  1.29  -13 15.3   douglas,toney       61  29%  1.25  +19 17.0
hinrich,kirk        67  16%  0.60  - 5 10.7   chandler,wilson     48  20%  1.29  +13 16.9
thornton,al         53  18%  0.71  - 3  6.9   stoudemire,amare    66  20%  1.18  +11 11.7
armstrong,hilton    36   8%  1.55  - 1  6.5   walker,bill         30  16%  1.53  + 1 10.4
mcgee,javale        50  11%  1.24  -12  6.2   fields,landry       39   9%  1.39  + 8  7.2
jianlian,yi         27  30%  0.83  - 9  5.9   mozgov,timofey      28  27%  0.84  - 2  5.3
young,nick          30   9%  0.87  -18  3.0   turiaf,ronny        61   8%  1.67  +23  4.9
hudson,lester        4  25%  0.00  - 6  0.0   randolph,anthony    20  49%  0.34  - 1  2.0
young,nick (DNP)                              mason,roger (DNP)
martin,cartier (DNP)                          rautins,andy (DNP)
PACE: 96.8         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 96.8         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%
wizards,washington 94.0 .480 .243 .258 .100   knicks,newyork    115.7 .575 .317 .196 .082

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CELTICS 110, BULLS 105, OT (box): The Bulls came within a botched late possession of bouncing back from their home loss to New York on Thursday. Luol Deng hit a late three to knot the game, then Keith Bogans out hustled Ray Allen for a loose ball, securing possession for the Bulls with a chance to win in regulation. However, Derrick Rose dribbled the clock down, waited too long to start his move, and got the ball poked away by the long reach of Rajon Rondo. Rondo may have gotten away with a reach on the play, but it was too close to be whistled in that situation.

CHI                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   BOS                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
deng,luol           81  26%  0.84    0 27.2   rondo,rajon         77  16%  1.26  +14 22.0
rose,derrick        87  26%  0.86  - 8 22.3   daniels,marquis     37  22%  1.46  +11 17.2
noah,joakim         94  18%  1.36  + 3 15.1   garnett,kevin       75  23%  1.00  + 5 16.6
gibson,taj          77  17%  1.20  - 4 13.8   davis,glen          71  20%  0.78  + 1 16.2
brewer,ronnie       29  14%  1.45  + 3  9.2   allen,ray           78  20%  1.49  -12 14.4
bogans,keith        43  11%  1.59  + 6  5.6   pierce,paul         81  18%  0.78  + 5 10.8
watson,c.j.         14  12%  3.72  + 3  5.2   o'neal,jermaine     37  18%  1.29  + 2  6.7
korver,kyle         39  13%  0.93  - 8  3.1   robinson,nate       24  31%  0.67  - 9  3.1
asik,omer           22  15%  0.29  + 3  1.5   erden,semih         20   8%  0.68  + 2  1.6
johnson,james       11  42%  0.13  -11  0.7   wafer,von            6  15%  0.00  + 6  0.0
scalabrine,brian     6  16%  0.00  - 7  0.0   harangody,luke (DNP)
thomas,kurt (DNP)                             o'neal,shaquille (DNP)
PACE: 101.2         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 101.2         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%
bulls,chicago      103.7 .518 .200 .198 .078  celtics,boston     108.7 .537 .077 .148 .109

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HAWKS 113, TIMBERWOLVES 103 (box): Josh Smith had 20 points, eight boards, six assists and five blocks and leads the league in the latter category. Atlanta stayed perfect (for the time being) despite playing without Marvin Williams, who has a gimpy knee. The Hawks outscored up-tempo Minnesota 24-9 on fastbreak points.

ATL                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   MIN                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
smith,josh          80  15%  1.78  +15 26.6   johnson,wesley      70  11%  2.12  - 2 29.1
crawford,jamal      63  32%  0.92    0 21.8   love,kevin          54  36%  0.91  -17 18.1
bibby,mike          58  25%  1.18  +15 16.3   brewer,corey        50  31%  1.07  + 3 16.6
horford,al          49  23%  1.22  +16 12.9   beasley,michael     71  26%  0.75  - 9 12.8
pachulia,zaza       37  15%  1.08  - 4 10.6   telfair,sebastian   54  12%  1.79  + 1  8.8
johnson,joe         73  18%  0.89  + 4  9.2   ridnour,luke        42  12%  1.67  -11  6.6
teague,jeff         30  17%  1.58  - 3  7.9   tolliver,anthony    44  11%  1.41  + 3  5.3
powell,josh         26  23%  1.21  - 6  7.7   milicic,darko       42  15%  0.98  - 8  5.1
collins,jason       42   7%  1.95  +13  4.4   pekovic,nikola      27  22%  0.42    0  2.9
crawford,jordan     19  13%  0.57    0  1.1   ellington,wayne     24  12%  1.05  -10  2.8
thomas,etan (DNP)                             hayward,lazar (DNP)
williams,marvin (DNP)                         koufos,kosta (DNP)
PACE: 95.4         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 95.4         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%
hawks,atlanta     118.5 .568 .235 .157 .120   timberwolves,minn 108.0 .465 .314 .115 .055

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HORNETS 96, HEAT 93 (box): You could look at this result in two ways. The Heat are vulnerable, with no point guard who can contain the elite at that position from other teams. They also are lacking in the paint, where New Orleans' Emeka Okafor put up a career night (26 points on 12-of-13 shooting). You could also observe that the Heat nearly beat the league's hottest team on the road despite these extreme performances. Chris Paul was in charge in this one, with 13 points, 19 assists and five steals. New Orleans outscored Miami 50-30 in the paint.

MIA                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   NWO                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
wade,dwyane         73  35%  0.99  - 7 39.5   paul,chris          67  23%  1.47  + 9 36.7
james,lebron        76  26%  1.24  - 6 21.3   okafor,emeka        64  21%  1.68    0 15.8
bosh,chris          62  19%  1.02  - 2 13.7   ariza,trevor        67  19%  0.98  + 9 13.1
house,eddie         34  29%  0.54  - 2  8.4   west,david          52  29%  0.80  - 8 12.7
jones,james         52   9%  1.41  +15  7.8   smith,jason         45  24%  0.95  +19 11.4
ilgauskas,zydrunas  41  12%  1.43  + 3  6.5   belinelli,marco     57  13%  0.97  + 4  7.2
haslem,udonis       47  13%  0.96  + 5  5.3   green,willie        33  12%  1.01  - 5  6.7
anthony,joel        26   5%  2.01  -10  2.0   thornton,marcus     19  13%  1.92    0  4.7
arroyo,carlos       31   8%  0.26  -11  0.7   ilungambenga,didier 15  11%  0.30  - 7  0.5
chalmers,mario (DNP)                          bayless,jerryd      22  16%  0.00  - 6  0.0
howard,juwan (DNP)                            mensahbonsu,pops (DNP)
stackhouse,jerry (DNP)                        pondexter,quincy (DNP)
PACE: 88.3         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 88.3         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%
heat,miami        105.3 .455 .200 .147 .120   hornets,neworlean 108.7 .519 .263 .158 .085

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SUNS 123, GRIZZLIES 118, 2OT (box): This was a missed opportunity for the Grizzlies. Memphis had a one-point lead and the ball out of bounds with :01.1 to play. Rudy Gay inbounded the ball off of Grant Hill's back, a clever move sniffed out by Steve Nash, who fouled Gay. Initially, the clock ran out, but an official's review reset the clock at :00.4. Gay missed the first free throw and tried to miss the second intentionally. He failed, putting Memphis up two. After a timeout, Jason Richardson broke free on the weak side and tipped in a lob pass to send the game to overtime.

MEM                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   PHX                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
gasol,marc          95  16%  1.44  - 4 26.9   richardson,jason    87  32%  1.30  + 1 28.7
gay,rudy           104  25%  0.84  - 1 25.6   nash,steve          80  30%  1.04  + 5 24.2
conley,mike         94  20%  0.92  - 5 12.6   turkoglu,hedo       73  13%  1.78  + 4 16.3
mayo,o.j.          103  20%  1.02  - 1 11.9   warrick,hakim       76  10%  1.52  + 4  8.1
arthur,darrell      51  19%  1.11  - 1  9.3   childress,josh      33  16%  1.19  + 8  7.9
randolph,zach       83  18%  0.92  - 4  8.3   dragic,goran        36  38%  0.81    0  5.8
allen,tony          28  24%  0.74  - 4  4.6   hill,grant          47  20%  0.54  - 3  5.3
law,acie            17   2%  6.02    0  2.0   dudley,jared        39  15%  1.01  + 2  4.3
thabeet,hasheem      4  23%  0.00  - 1  0.0   frye,channing       65   6%  0.79  + 4  3.8
young,sam (DNP)                                siler,garret       20  15%  0.31  + 5  0.7
henry,xavier (DNP)                             lopez,robin        26  10%  0.09  - 5  0.1
vasquez,greivis (DNP)                          clark,earl (DNP)
PACE: 116.7         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 116.7         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%
grizzlies,memphis  101.1 .500 .320 .223 .128   suns,phoenix       105.4 .495 .396 .240 .121

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NUGGETS 111, CLIPPERS 104 (box): Carmelo Anthony had an efficient night, scoring 30 points on 20 shots and adding six assists with no turnovers. The Nuggets played again without NenÍ Hilario, while the Clippers played without Baron Davis, who is getting more unpopular by the day. His replacement Eric Bledsoe (12 points, 13 assists) played well once again.

LAC                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   DEN                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
griffin,blake       64  28%  1.29  - 5 25.2   anthony,carmelo     73  26%  1.39  +14 42.3
bledsoe,eric        72  15%  1.60  - 8 20.6   afflalo,arron       71  22%  1.08  + 4 19.3
gordon,eric         76  23%  1.15  -15 19.2   williams,shelden    57  18%  0.96  + 1 13.0
smith,craig         41  21%  1.59  + 6 16.1   harrington,al       60  22%  1.24  + 1 12.7
butler,rasual       36  25%  1.14  - 2 12.6   billups,chauncey    54  24%  1.05  +14 11.9
kaman,chris         66  25%  0.67  - 6 11.3   lawson,ty           38  19%  1.05  - 5  8.5
gomes,ryan          72   9%  0.91  -10  6.0   smith,j.r.          49  17%  1.15  - 3  7.3
aminu,alfarouq      17   9%  1.17  + 9  2.0   ely,melvin          57   6%  1.94  + 9  5.6
jordan,deandre      15  10%  0.00  - 4  0.0   balkman,renaldo (DNP)
collins,jarron (DNP)                          carter,anthony (DNP)
cook,brian (DNP)                              forbes,gary (DNP)
warren,willie (DNP)                           hilario,nenÍ (DNP)
PACE: 92.0         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 92.0         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%
clippers,losangel 113.0 .512 .275 .130 .120   nuggets,denver    120.6 .548 .211 .098 .105

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WARRIORS 85, JAZZ 78 (box): Stephon Curry was back for the Warriors, who dominated the offensive glass in dispatching of the Jazz in a strangely low-possession game. Golden State chalked up 21 offensive boards in 57 opportunities, leading to a 26-8 edge in second-chance points. Andris Biedrins and David Lee combined for 35 rebounds to lead the Warriors.

UTA                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   GSW                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
williams,deron      74  36%  0.80  -10 19.3   ellis,monta         78  31%  0.85  + 9 21.6
millsap,paul        76  15%  1.17  - 1 13.8   lee,david           83  15%  1.20  + 6 18.3
miles,c.j.          43  31%  0.81  + 4 13.1   curry,stephen       64  31%  0.92  + 8 15.2
jefferson,al        70  24%  0.90  -16 12.8   wright,dorell       71  16%  0.97  + 8 15.2
kirilenko,andrei    53  10%  1.02  -13  8.1   biedrins,andris     70  11%  1.34  + 8  8.5
price,ronnie        40  10%  1.14  - 2  7.0   gadzuric,dan        23  20%  1.17  - 1  7.7
bell,raja           54  21%  0.55  - 5  6.9   williams,reggie     29  15%  0.92  + 6  2.7
elson,francisco     30   4%  1.42  + 8  1.2   carney,rodney       31  18%  0.23  - 6  1.6
watson,earl         19   3%  1.38  + 3  1.2   radmanovic,vladimir 10  14%  0.00  + 1  0.0
hayward,gordon       8  12%  0.00  - 3  0.0   bell,charlie (DNP)
evans,jeremy (DNP)   adrien,jeff (DNP)
fesenko,kyrylo (DNP)   wright,brandan (DNP)
PACE: 93.6         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 93.6         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%
jazz,utah          83.4 .414 .244 .224 .099   warriors,goldenst  90.8 .387 .368 .182 .103

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LAKERS 108, RAPTORS 103 (box): The Raptors actually kept the game close against an L.A. squad that looked like it was on cruise control. Pau Gasol continuted his early season tear for the Lakers. For the Raptors, Linas Kleiza continues to struggle in his expanded role. Also, Jose Calderon has been outplaying Jarrett Jack at point guard so far this season, though the latter has the playing time edge and the starting role. As the Raptors continue to struggle, we'll see if Jay Triano shakes up his lineup.

TOR                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   LAL                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
barbosa,leandro     48  29%  1.16  + 7 16.4   gasol,pau           85  27%  1.07  +13 39.4
bargnani,andrea     73  19%  0.88  - 5 13.8   bryant,kobe         66  28%  1.19  + 1 26.4
evans,reggie        42   9%  1.90  -11 13.1   artest,ron          49  12%  1.30    0 10.9
jack,jarrett        45  17%  1.64  -11 12.4   blake,steve         35  20%  2.01  + 7 10.8
calderon,jose       51  20%  1.55  + 9 12.0   fisher,derek        58  15%  1.30  - 2  9.5
derozan,demar       66  27%  0.59  -10 11.7   brown,shannon       39  21%  1.14  + 6  7.0
johnson,amir        48  15%  1.77  + 3 11.4   odom,lamar          77  17%  0.67    0  6.5
kleiza,linas        44  22%  0.65  - 6  7.6   barnes,matt         32  13%  0.78  + 3  2.6
weems,sonny         11  42%  0.77  - 1  6.4   ratliff,theo         8  10%  2.12  - 4  1.8
wright,julian       17   1%  6.42    0  3.4   caracter,derrick     4  22%  1.00  - 1  0.7
andersen,david      20   9%  1.81    0  2.7   walton,luke         12   6%  0.40  + 2  0.5
dorsey,joey (DNP)                             vujacic,sasha (DNP)
PACE: 92.9         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 92.9         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%
raptors,toronto   110.9 .500 .442 .226 .090   lakers,losangeles 116.3 .526 .189 .129 .152

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MAGIC 91, BOBCATS 88 (box): Chris Duhon started for the injured Jameer Nelson and played reasonably well, though the Magic barely eked out the win. Boris Diaw and D.J. Augustin missed threes in final seconds for Charlotte. A turnover disparity once again killed Charlotte, which committed 16 miscues to Orlando's seven.

ORL                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   CHA                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
lewis,rashard       64  18%  1.76  + 4 32.2   jackson,stephen     77  28%  0.83    0 28.6
howard,dwight       58  34%  0.99  + 9 17.6   wallace,gerald      79  19%  1.67  - 7 23.2
carter,vince        67  18%  0.96  +14 12.1   augustin,d.j.       60  14%  1.37  - 8 10.7
duhon,chris         63   7%  2.08  + 8 11.0   mohammed,nazr       42  26%  0.86  -12 10.3
richardson,quentin  66  26%  0.79  + 8  9.2   hendersonjr,gerald  20  13%  1.66  + 4  8.0
bass,brandon        25  20%  1.27  - 1  5.6   thomas,tyrus        28  29%  0.92  + 5  7.3
pietrus,mickael     32  13%  0.83  - 9  5.5   diaw,boris          69  13%  0.72  - 2  4.9
gortat,marcin       31  20%  0.94  - 6  5.2   brown,derrick       17  15%  0.53  + 6  2.3
williams,jason      25  13%  1.11  - 5  3.9   livingston,shaun    31  17%  0.55  + 2  2.3
redick,j.j.         13  21%  0.14  - 7  0.2   diop,desagana       22  16%  0.40  - 3  1.4
allen,malik (DNP)                             carroll,matt (DNP)
anderson,ryan (DNP)                           collins,sherron (DNP)
PACE: 88.8         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 88.8         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%
magic,orlando     102.4 .476 .159 .090 .104   bobcats,charlotte  99.1 .520 .091 .180 .054

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CAVALIERS 107, WIZARDS 102 (box): The Cavaliers evened their record, mostly thanks to a 41-18 edge in bench points. Among the starters, Mo Williams enjoyed his first big game of the season for the Cavs.

CLE                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   WAS                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
williams,maurice    64  38%  0.97  - 3 35.3   blatche,andray      68  24%  1.01  + 9 25.1
hollins,ryan        35  14%  1.73  + 9 14.5   arenas,gilbert      51  28%  0.98  -21 16.6
gibson,daniel       57  23%  1.31  +10 13.3   hinrich,kirk        75  18%  1.52  +12 16.0
parker,anthony      60  16%  1.25  - 4  9.1   thornton,al         67  24%  1.28  + 7 13.4
hickson,j.j.        62  20%  0.69  - 4  8.1   mcgee,javale        66  12%  1.52  +12 13.3
varejao,anderson    71   8%  1.58  + 1  7.7   wall,john           88  22%  0.85  - 1 13.0
moon,jamario        50  16%  1.19  -16  7.0   jianlian,yi         31  13%  0.64  -11  4.0
sessions,ramon      37  22%  0.74  +15  6.5   young,nick          12  22%  1.09  -12  2.4
williams,jawad      31  20%  0.86  + 9  5.7   armstrong,hilton    31   7%  0.47  -20  0.8
graham,joey         20  13%  0.54  + 8  2.4   booker,trevor (DNP)
harris,manny (DNP)                            hudson,lester (DNP)
powe,leon (DNP)                               martin,cartier (DNP)
PACE: 97.6         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 97.6         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%
cavaliers,clevel  109.7 .524 .132 .133 .117   wizards,washingto 104.6 .489 .256 .164 .090

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HEAT 101, NETS 89 (box): The mainstream storyline was that this was the first time the Heat had 20 point-outings in the same contest from its vaunted big three. Well, that was pretty much the storyline, though Brook Lopez played poorly for the second straight game, leading you to wonder if there is something wrong. Terrence Williams had nine assists off the bench for the Nets.

NJN                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   MIA                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
morrow,anthony      65  27%  1.36  -11 21.3   james,lebron        64  32%  1.21  +11 42.6
williams,terrence   49  17%  1.53    0 20.9   wade,dwyane         67  34%  1.20  +15 20.8
favors,derrick      54  13%  1.20  - 3 11.0   bosh,chris          63  24%  1.21  +11 14.1
farmar,jordan       34  24%  0.76  -10 10.1   haslem,udonis       57  19%  0.59  + 8  8.6
harris,devin        44  12%  0.92  -10  8.1   jones,james         45   7%  2.60  +19  6.6
lopez,brook         59  28%  0.63  -11  7.3   arroyo,carlos       37  11%  0.74  + 6  5.8
james,damion        16  45%  0.78  + 9  6.0   ilgauskas,zydrunas  32  10%  1.26  +11  5.0
murphy,troy         43  25%  0.77  -13  6.0   anthony,joel        22   2%  3.56  + 2  3.0
outlaw,travis       54   8%  1.20  -20  4.5   house,eddie         43   7%  0.91  + 1  2.7
humphries,kris      14  11%  1.33  - 3  2.7   magloire,jamaal      8  33%  0.72  - 8  2.1
petro,johan         12  14%  0.00  + 6  0.0   stackhouse,jerry     8  10%  0.00  - 8  0.0
ross,quinton (DNP)                            chalmers,mario (DNP)
PACE: 90.8         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 90.8         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%
nets,newjersey     98.0 .459 .224 .154 .082   heat,miami        111.2 .527 .167 .143 .140

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HORNETS 87, BUCKS 81 (box): In some ways, this was even more impressive than Friday's win over Miami for the undefeated Hornets. To beat Miami in a high-profile game at home, then turn around and outlast a tough Milwaukee squad on the road the next night is a dandy little feat.

NWO                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   MIL                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
west,david          65  23%  1.50  +22 22.4   bogut,andrew        63  21%  1.43  -14 23.5
ariza,trevor        62  21%  0.97  +19 21.8   jennings,brandon    58  20%  1.15  -12 16.7
paul,chris          60  22%  1.26  +15 17.6   salmons,john        71  17%  1.18  - 3 11.5
belinelli,marco     54  23%  1.13  +14 12.8   mbahamoute,luc      57  18%  0.61  -13 10.7
smith,jason         34  17%  1.09  - 9 11.2   dooling,keyon       26  28%  0.63  + 4  6.9
okafor,emeka        53  12%  1.32  + 9  6.9   maggette,corey      31  30%  0.68  + 8  6.4
pondexter,quincy    20   2%  5.57  -14  4.0   boykins,earl        14  17%  1.53  + 1  6.4
green,willie        37  29%  0.35  - 2  3.4   gooden,drew         35  24%  0.82  - 8  5.4
mensahbonsu,pops    19   8%  0.17  -13  0.3   ilyasova,ersan      40  11%  0.60  + 9  3.0
bayless,jerryd      20  21%  0.00  - 5  0.0   delfino,carlos      31  16%  0.54  - 8  2.3
thornton,marcus (DNP)                         brockman,jon         7  11%  0.39  + 6  0.5
ilungambenga,didier (DNP)                     sanders,larry (DNP)
PACE: 86.6         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 86.6         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%
hornets,neworlean 100.4 .500 .244 .219 .112   bucks,milwaukee    93.5 .410 .229 .139 .102

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SPURS 124, ROCKETS 121, OT (box): A bad start got worse for the Rockets as Aaron Brooks had to leave with a badly sprained ankle. Courtney Lee missed two free throws late in regulation that could have wrapped up Houston's first win. Manu Ginobili tied the game and Ishmael Smith missed a runner, sending the game to overtime. In the extra period, Shane Battier, Luis Scola and Smith missed all missed threes that could have tied the score. The Rockets got a DNP from Yao Ming as the team opted to save him for Sunday's game against Minnesota.

HOU                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   SAS                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
martin,kevin        45  32%  1.44  - 7 18.3   duncan,tim          77  20%  1.24  +11 24.3
scola,luis          66  23%  1.08  - 6 16.7   ginobili,manu       80  32%  1.04    0 20.9
battier,shane       78  11%  1.66  - 8 15.9   parker,tony         83  25%  1.26  +12 20.3
hayes,chuck         55  12%  1.42  + 5 13.8   jefferson,richard   79  16%  1.53  +13 16.5
smith,ishmael       69  22%  0.90  - 3 13.1   mcdyess,antonio     69  12%  1.35  - 9  9.2
brooks,aaron        35  44%  1.04  + 2 12.5   blair,dejuan        43  15%  0.99  +13  9.1
lee,courtney        61  19%  0.90  + 4  9.9   neal,gary           32  24%  0.52  - 8  7.5
miller,brad         36  18%  1.26  + 5  7.6   hill,george         46  11%  1.71  - 6  7.2
hill,jordan         55   8%  1.29  -10  4.3   splitter,tiago      23   5%  1.46  -11  1.7
budinger,chase      30  16%  0.24  + 3  1.8   gee,alonzo (DNP)
jeffries,jared (DNP)                          quinn,chris (DNP)
taylor,jermaine (DNP)                         temple,garrett (DNP)
PACE: 106.2         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 106.2         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%
rockets,houston    113.9 .520 .292 .151 .087  spurs,sanantonio   116.8 .530 .277 .113 .104

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NUGGETS 103, MAVERICKS 92 (box): The Nuggets evened the score from Dallas' win in Denver on Friday. The normally careful Mavericks committed 21 turnovers, mostly due to a frenzied Denver help defense which came up with 16 steals.

DEN                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   DAL                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
anthony,carmelo     72  27%  1.36  + 4 25.5   terry,jason         72  23%  1.27  - 6 37.2
harrington,al       65  22%  1.14  +24 21.1   nowitzki,dirk       71  32%  0.81  - 9 15.8
lawson,ty           48  26%  0.98  +14 16.1   kidd,jason          64  12%  1.70  +11 13.8
billups,chauncey    65  28%  0.88  + 2 15.9   marion,shawn        54  18%  1.21  -22 12.2
ely,melvin          42   9%  1.66  +22  8.5   butler,caron        64  31%  0.64  + 5 11.0
williams,shelden    42  12%  1.27  -11  8.4   chandler,tyson      51   5%  1.10  + 8  3.5
smith,j.r.          64  15%  1.52  +22  8.3   jones,dominique     14  16%  1.19  - 6  2.6
forbes,gary         23  19%  1.64  - 9  6.4   mahinmi,ian          1  61%  2.29  + 2  2.1
afflalo,arron       38   8%  0.68  -13  1.6   barea,jose          33  11%  0.37  -21  1.2
balkman,renaldo (DNP)                         haywood,brendan     31   6%  0.48  -21  0.8
carter,anthony (DNP)                          cardinal,brian       1  65%  0.00  + 2  0.0
hilario,nenÍ (DNP)                            stevenson,deshawn (DNP)
PACE: 92.0         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 92.0         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%
nuggets,denver    111.9 .530 .205 .130 .100   mavericks,dallas  100.0 .474 .275 .228 .124

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JAZZ 109, CLIPPERS 107, 2OT (box): The Jazz overcame a big halftime deficit to get what was as close to a must win as team can have at this point in the season. Utah evened its record at 3-3, but now heads out on a four-game trip with stops in Miami, Orlando, Atlanta and Charlotte. No thanks to C.J. Miles, who went 1-of-13 from the floor. Eric Gordon continued his fast start as the Clippers morph more and more into the Gordon & Griffin show.

LAC                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   UTA                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
gordon,eric         95  30%  0.83  - 1 24.1   williams,deron      96  31%  1.00  + 5 32.8
kaman,chris         74  23%  1.06  + 3 20.9   millsap,paul        74  25%  1.21  - 1 22.5
griffin,blake       66  24%  1.01  + 8 15.1   kirilenko,andrei    85   8%  2.03  - 3 16.0
bledsoe,eric        79  16%  1.08  - 2 13.1   jefferson,al        90  25%  0.77  + 3 13.1
gomes,ryan          88  14%  0.79  - 6 11.4   bell,raja           51  11%  1.34  + 4  8.4
smith,craig         38   6%  1.22  - 7  5.6   miles,c.j.          60  18%  0.44  + 2  3.2
butler,rasual       34  19%  1.10    0  5.3   hayward,gordon      19  12%  1.67  - 5  3.2
aminu,alfarouq      10  16%  1.62  + 2  4.5   fesenko,kyrylo      11  14%  1.88    0  2.6
jordan,deandre      29  10%  1.69  - 5  3.7   price,ronnie         7  51%  0.39  - 3  2.3
collins,jarron       2  54%  0.00  - 2  0.0   elson,francisco     23   0%  9.13  + 8  1.5
cook,brian (DNP)                              evans,jeremy (DNP)
warren,willie (DNP)                           watson,earl (DNP)
PACE: 103.1         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 103.1         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%
clippers,losangel  103.8 .459 .350 .223 .137  jazz,utah          105.8 .443 .315 .116 .132

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GRIZZLIES 100, KINGS 91 (box): Rudy Gay had 32 points as the Grizzlies won in in their fourth game in five nights.

MEM                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   SAC                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
gay,rudy            89  24%  1.33  +13 30.6   evans,tyreke        73  33%  1.16  -15 30.9
randolph,zach       56  33%  0.99  + 7 28.5   garcia,francisco    62  22%  1.26  + 6 25.8
conley,mike         69  23%  0.85  +11 21.3   dalembert,samuel    62  18%  0.99  -14 16.3
mayo,o.j.           68  20%  0.92  + 9  9.1   udrih,beno          62  15%  0.79  -10  7.8
arthur,darrell      28  17%  0.94  + 7  7.2   casspi,omri         49  18%  0.90  -14  6.4
henry,xavier        29  22%  1.08  - 5  5.4   thompson,jason      31  13%  1.62  + 7  4.4
gasol,marc          74   5%  1.84  +14  4.6   jackson,darnell     38   9%  1.02  +11  3.6
thabeet,hasheem     24   8%  0.70  - 9  2.3   cousins,demarcus    44  20%  0.35  - 6  2.6
law,acie            22  14%  0.11  - 4  0.3   landry,carl         37  15%  0.50  -10  1.7
vasquez,greivis      1  80%  0.00  + 2  0.0   greene,donte (DNP)
allen,tony (DNP)                              jeter,pooh (DNP)
young,sam (DNP)                               whiteside,hassan (DNP)
PACE: 91.5         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 91.5         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%
grizzlies,memphis 109.3 .500 .333 .164 .111   kings,sacramento   99.4 .462 .333 .229 .115

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TRAIL BLAZERS 97, RAPTORS 84 (box): If the Blazers had this kind of role dilineation every game, they'd be tough to beat. Nicholas Batum, LaMarcus Aldridge and Brandon Roy all had 14 shots or more, while the other starters (Marcus Camby--16 boards, Andre Miller--13 assists) chipped in with outstanding non-shooting performances.

TOR                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   POR                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
calderon,jose       39  15%  2.07  - 5 22.3   roy,brandon         68  29%  0.99  +29 29.7
jack,jarrett        53  25%  1.03  -15 17.4   batum,nicolas       64  20%  1.53  +24 29.6
barbosa,leandro     39  25%  0.94  - 2 16.9   aldridge,lamarcus   61  32%  0.97  +28 17.0
bargnani,andrea     57  29%  0.60  -27 10.3   camby,marcus        54  14%  1.27  +15 13.0
johnson,alexander   41  20%  0.71  - 6  7.1   miller,andre        62  10%  2.28  +19 11.2
wright,julian       31  28%  0.97  + 3  6.6   cunningham,dante    41  10%  1.33  +12  5.1
evans,reggie        40   0% 14.33  -19  3.5   babbitt,luke        19  11%  1.75  - 2  2.4
kleiza,linas        43  22%  0.43  -12  3.4   matthews,wesley     25  27%  0.32  -23  1.9
andersen,david      30   5%  1.78  +16  3.3   mills,patrick        6  27%  0.27  -10  0.6
banks,marcus         6  25%  1.55  +10  2.4   johnson,armon       23  21%  0.09  - 4  0.3
derozan,demar       52  18%  0.26  -18  2.4   marks,sean          15   6%  0.00  -23  0.0
dorsey,joey          7  13%  0.24  +10  0.2   fernandez,rudy (DNP)
PACE: 87.5         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 87.5         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%
raptors,toronto    96.0 .375 .370 .194 .171   trailblazers,port 110.9 .480 .341 .206 .141

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SIXERS 106, KNICKS 96 (box): Andre Iguodala sat out for Philadelphia, snapping his consecutive games streak at 253. The Sixers ended the game on a 16-4 run. That marked the second time in a little over a week that the 3-3 Knicks collapsed down the stretch of a home game. Suffice to say, a 5-1 start would have fans at Madison Square Garden buzzing. Rookie Evan Turner started in Iguodala's place and had 14 points, 10 rebounds and three assists.

PHI                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   NYK                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
holiday,jrue        87  18%  1.43  +22 27.2   stoudemire,amare    74  26%  1.02  - 9 20.9
williams,lou        54  36%  0.85  +12 18.1   chandler,wilson     49  33%  0.58  -19 16.0
brand,elton         75  22%  1.03  + 8 14.9   gallinari,danilo    68  16%  1.30  - 3 13.7
turner,evan         72  21%  0.90    0 12.0   douglas,toney       53  31%  0.78  -19 13.6
meeks,jodie         33  16%  1.13  - 1  9.3   felton,raymond      67  19%  1.06  -11 12.3
nocioni,andres      39  15%  1.35    0  7.8   fields,landry       42  11%  1.83  +15  7.5
young,thaddeus      34  12%  0.89  - 4  4.9   turiaf,ronny        58   7%  1.72  - 5  5.5
speights,marreese   21  17%  1.26  +12  4.9   mozgov,timofey      30  29%  0.74  + 8  5.2
battie,tony         32   7%  2.28  +15  4.8   randolph,anthony    24   8%  1.55  - 1  2.8
hawes,spencer       34  24%  0.73  -13  3.9   walker,bill         26   4%  0.19  - 6  0.2
kapono,jason        11   7%  0.00  - 1  0.0   mason,roger (DNP)
songaila,darius (DNP)                         rautins,andy (DNP)
PACE: 98.3         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 98.3         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%
76ers,philadelphi 107.8 .519 .186 .163 .157   knicks,newyork     97.7 .418 .275 .173 .157

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SUNS 118, HAWKS 114 (box): Phoenix jumped out to an 18-point lead, then survived a three-point barrage in the third quarter and held on for the win. It was the first loss for Atlanta, who hung in until the final minute when Joe Johnson missed a runner that would have tied game. Phoenix had a 46-19 edge in bench points.

PHX                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   ATL                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
nash,steve          63  20%  2.02  + 6 25.6   johnson,joe         83  31%  1.20  - 1 38.4
dudley,jared        39  25%  1.35  +12 17.7   horford,al          79  20%  1.80  + 6 28.7
hill,grant          43  30%  1.00  -10 14.5   smith,josh          80  18%  1.29  + 8 16.2
childress,josh      42  24%  0.99  + 6 14.3   bibby,mike          59  14%  1.53    0 12.9
frye,channing       54  10%  1.51  - 8 14.0   teague,jeff         32   9%  2.37  - 6 11.8
richardson,jason    58  25%  1.23  - 4 14.0   crawford,jamal      57  22%  0.90  + 4 10.1
turkoglu,hedo       51  14%  1.76  + 9 10.9   powell,josh         22  18%  0.85  -14  7.0
lopez,robin         36  12%  1.18  +14  8.8   crawford,jordan     17  14%  0.40  - 3  0.8
dragic,goran        27  22%  1.07    0  5.7   collins,jason        8  12%  0.00  - 1  0.0
warrick,hakim       39  14%  0.84  - 5  5.2   crawford,jordan (DNP)
clark,earl (DNP)                              thomas,etan (DNP)
siler,garret (DNP)                            williams,marvin (DNP)
PACE: 90.4         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 90.4         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%
suns,phoenix      130.5 .623 .289 .166 .107   hawks,atlanta     126.1 .584 .351 .155 .107

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PISTONS 102, WARRIORS 97 (box): Rodney Stuckey was back in the lineup for the Pistons and spearheaded Detroit's second win of the season. Stephen Curry rimmed out a late three-pointer that would have tied the game. Rip Hamilton had 27 points for Detriot.

GSW                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   DET                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
wright,dorell       74  18%  1.47  - 1 20.1   stuckey,rodney      61  31%  1.20  + 2 29.0
williams,reggie     52  19%  0.98  - 6 19.9   hamilton,richard    71  30%  1.09  +12 28.9
ellis,monta         83  25%  0.95  - 1 17.3   villanueva,charlie  49  28%  1.22  + 6 13.2
biedrins,andris     48  14%  1.13  + 4 13.3   prince,tayshaun     63  20%  1.06  + 2 11.7
lee,david           67  18%  0.99  + 4 11.4   gordon,ben          47   9%  2.26  + 5  7.6
curry,stephen       54  24%  0.88  - 3 10.3   daye,austin         32  12%  1.82  - 4  7.3
carney,rodney       18  16%  1.54  - 3  6.8   monroe,greg         34  32%  0.60  + 4  5.9
radmanovic,vladimir 37  14%  1.32  -12  6.5   bynum,will          33   3%  3.27  + 3  5.3
wright,brandan       9   6%  3.24  - 3  2.0   wallace,ben         43   1%  5.86    0  3.5
bell,charlie         7  38%  0.02  - 4  0.1   mcgrady,tracy       17   7%  0.80  - 5  1.0
gadzuric,dan (DNP)                            maxiell,jason (DNP)
lin,jeremy (DNP)                              summers,dajuan (DNP)
PACE: 90.0         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 90.0         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%
warriors,goldenst 107.8 .464 .313 .156 .112   pistons,detroit   113.4 .506 .295 .144 .137

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ROCKETS 120, TIMBERWOLVES 94 (box): Houston finally won its first game of the season, though they aren't likely doing backflips by knocking off a Timberwolves team that has lost five straight by an average of 26 points per game.

MIN                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   HOU                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
pekovic,nikola      45  26%  0.98  -12  21.8  martin,kevin        54  26%  1.24  +18 24.5
love,kevin          62  25%  1.02  -21  14.1  scola,luis          56  33%  1.14  +21 19.7
brewer,corey        50  24%  0.83  -26   8.0  smith,ishmael       86  12%  0.96  +24 14.2
beasley,michael     47  28%  0.75  - 5   8.0  battier,shane       51  18%  1.60  +20 13.4
ager,maurice        13  25%  1.80  - 2   6.8  lee,courtney        44  19%  1.07  +13 12.8
koufos,kosta        29  16%  0.80  - 4   6.8  budinger,chase      48  20%  1.04  + 6 10.5
milicic,darko       42  12%  1.36  - 3   6.5  hill,jordan         50  18%  1.20  +10  8.7
ellington,wayne     50  19%  0.63  -20   6.3  ming,yao            35  20%  1.52  + 2  6.4
telfair,sebastian   43  19%  0.67  - 8   5.3  hayes,chuck         28  15%  1.30  + 9  5.4
ridnour,luke        35  13%  0.71  -11   4.4  taylor,jermaine     16  28%  0.99  - 3  3.4
johnson,wesley      60  13%  0.46  - 6   4.1  jeffries,jared      17  15%  0.76  - 4  1.6
tolliver,anthony    21   9%  1.45  -12   2.5  miller,brad         14   7%  0.00  +14  0.0
PACE: 99.5         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 99.5         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%
timberwolves,minn  94.5 .390 .328 .171 .146   rockets,houston   120.7 .471 .222 .070 .208

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CELTICS 92, THUNDER 83 (box): Boston rode a 32-12 edge in bench points to the win. Oklahoma City played without Jeff Green, who sat with an ankle injury.

BOS                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   OKC                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
allen,ray           73  23%  1.08  + 8 27.5   durant,kevin        79  35%  1.06  -10 35.8
rondo,rajon         66  17%  1.36  + 2 16.6   westbrook,russell   79  29%  0.86    0 22.2
garnett,kevin       58  21%  0.80  - 4 12.3   harden,james        36   8%  2.17  -15 11.2
erden,semih         25  22%  1.41  + 9 11.7   ibaka,serge         67  13%  0.91  +10 11.0
daniels,marquis     35  13%  1.32  +11  9.1   krstic,nenad        75  16%  0.91  - 5  9.7
pierce,paul         58  26%  0.81  - 2  8.8   maynor,eric         23  30%  0.67  -11  3.4
davis,glen          51  11%  1.37  + 1  7.2   sefolosha,thabo     42   4%  0.81  + 1  1.5
robinson,nate       25  30%  1.18  +10  6.5   aldrich,cole        25   1%  1.88  -14  0.6
o'neal,jermaine     39  15%  1.15  + 9  6.0   cook,daequan        10  17%  0.00  - 1  0.0
wafer,von            5  20%  0.00  + 1  0.0   ivey,royal (DNP)
harangody,luke (DNP)                          peterson,morris (DNP)
o'neal,shaquille (DNP)                        white,d.j. (DNP)
PACE: 87.0         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 87.0         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%
celtics,boston    105.7 .500 .205 .149 .101   thunder,oklacity   95.4 .453 .220 .207 .086

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LAKERS 121, TRAIL BLAZERS 96 (box): L.A. won in a game that was never close. Are the Lakers supposed to be this good already? Pau Gasol, who moved up to second in the league in WP82, notched his fourth career triple-double with 20 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists.

POR                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   LAL                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
batum,nicolas       56  24%  1.05  -16 19.7   gasol,pau           64  17%  2.25  +27 33.1
miller,andre        63  27%  1.04  -15 17.1   odom,lamar          66  24%  1.26  +14 26.3
roy,brandon         61  12%  1.03  -18 15.6   brown,shannon       38  29%  1.24  +10 18.1
johnson,armon       23  36%  1.24  - 7 12.6   bryant,kobe         48  30%  0.60  +18 11.5
fernandez,rudy      37  20%  1.71  - 6 11.1   barnes,matt         39  19%  1.89  + 6  9.2
aldridge,lamarcus   69  16%  0.71  -28  7.8   fisher,derek        51  16%  1.38  +16  8.6
cunningham,dante    48  18%  1.02  -14  7.6   artest,ron          53  11%  1.42  +19  6.1
marks,sean           9  19%  1.78  - 5  4.5   vujacic,sasha       11  49%  0.77  - 2  5.4
matthews,wesley     45  18%  0.46  -12  3.1   blake,steve         42   8%  2.66  + 9  5.2
camby,marcus        43   7%  0.95  - 5  2.9   caracter,derrick    32  14%  1.09  + 8  4.1
babbitt,luke        14  32%  0.11  + 1  0.4   walton,luke         14  17%  1.11  - 1  1.5
mills,patrick (DNP)                           ratliff,theo         9  17%  0.04  + 1  0.0
PACE: 93.7         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 93.7         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%
trailblazers,port 102.4 .467 .146 .149 .146   lakers,losangeles 129.1 .593 .424 .160 .070

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NEWS & MOVES

Minutiae from around the league

LEAGUE: "Former NBA guard Cuttino Mobley(notes) told Yahoo! Sports that heís hoping to return after sitting out the past two seasons. Mobley announced on Dec. 10, 2008, that he 'couldnít continue to play professional basketball without putting my health and life in serious danger' after doctors told him he was at risk because of his heart condition, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The condition, which was linked to the deaths of former Boston Celtics forward Reggie Lewis and Loyola Marymount star Hank Gathers, causes the heart muscle to thicken, making it more difficult to pump blood. Mobley, 35, says heís confident his heart is fine, and is willing to undergo a series of physicals for interested teams." (Yahoo!)
It's been just shy of two years since Mobley played in the NBA. His performance was declining fast even before the heart issue came up. At 35, it's doubtful that he could really help a team at this point.

BULLS: "Although he's still a long way from being ready to play in a game, Carlos Boozer was more than a spectator for Sunday's practice. 'Carlos is doing a little bit more on the court, so it's encouraging,' coach Tom Thibodeau said. Boozer, who's been out since breaking his right hand in training camp, wasn't wearing the soft cast he had been sporting since getting the hard cast removed last week. His right hand was simply heavily wrapped. 'He can do some running up and down the court, close outs, but he can't handle the ball yet,' Thibodeau said. 'But he's doing a lot of the non-contact stuff." (Chicago Sun-Times)
Good to hear Boozer is making progress, but with the Bulls' performance still uneven, it's unfortunate that they won't be full strength for the upcoming dreaded Circus Trip.

JAZZ: "Jerry Sloan is close to signing a contract extension as coach of the Jazz, he told NBA.com Friday in a predictable development but important signal of his continued passion for the job at age 68. 'Itís pretty much done, as far as thatís concerned,' he said before the Jazz played the Warriors at Oracle Arena." (NBA.com)
With two more seasons after this one, Sloan could well be in position to pass Don Nelson as the league's all-time winningest head coach.

ROCKETS: "Rockets point guard Aaron Brooks will miss four-to-six weeks of action because of a sprained left ankle. Brooks suffered the injury in the team's loss to San Antonio on Saturday night. The injury snapped his streak of 119 consecutive games played." (Real GM)
Brooks' backup, Kyle Lowry, has been battling back spasms and the dearth of options at the point has led to some heavy minutes for rookie Ishmael Smith. Also, Kevin Martin sprained his ankle against the Spurs but was in the lineup in Houston's game on Sunday. Add to all of this the limited availability of Yao Ming and it's clear that coach Rick Adelman is dealing with a lot as Houston looks to overcome a slow start. By the way, the latest reports suggest that Erick Dampier won't be signing with the Rockets after all. This is case in point why we don't report things until they actually happen. Also, the Rockets' official Web site is saying that Brooks may only be out for two weeks.

SPURS: "The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have signed point guard Chris Quinn. Per team policy, terms of the deal are not disclosed. At the same time, the Spurs announced that Bobby Simmons has been placed on waivers." (press release)
This move simply corrects a roster imbalance on San Antonio. There was no true point guard on the squad to spell Tony Parker and sometimes, you need a pure playmaker. Quinn won't play heavy minutes, but he'll provide more value than Simmons simply because of the way the rest of the Spurs' roster is constituted.

TRAIL BLAZERS: "The Portland Trail Blazers have signed forward/center Sean Marks, it was announced today by General Manager Rich Cho. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Marks (6'10", 250 lb.) holds career NBA averages of 3.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.2 assists over 10 seasons with Toronto, Miami, San Antonio, Phoenix and New Orleans. He appeared in 14 games for the Hornets in 2009-10, averaging 0.7 points and 1.6 rebounds. The first New Zealand native to play in the NBA, Marks, 35, played collegiately at California. He will wear jersey No. 4." (press release)
Marks takes the roster spot of recently-retired center Fabricio Oberto.

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FAB FIVE

A selection of our favorite NBA links

1. This analytically-inclined Sixers fan has his own system to break down games. What I like about his approach is that he's combined scout-based video breakdown with a statistical framework.

2. There is a fair amount of specualtion here in Chris Broussard's piece on Timberwolves forward Kevin Love. I do, however, think this is a situation to watch. It is beyond baffling that Love is averaging fewer minutes than he got last season. It's not performance. It's not health. It's not foul trouble. There is no logical explanation why Minnesota's best player is not getting 35 minutes per game. This is just another example of why people are coming to view the Timberwolves as the NBA's most clueless organization and, remember, this is a league that includes the Los Angeles Clippers.

3. In their latest back and forth, the guys at HoopSpeak probe the issue of NBA contraction but also get into a thought-provoking exchange on the social demographics of the league's fan base.

4. I have to agree with Chris Tomasson's piece at FanHouse on Clippers guard Eric Gordon, who looks like one of the NBA's breakout players to me.

5. Harlan Schreiber always has interesting takes whenver he checks in at Hoops Analyst ARTICLE TEASE HEREand this time is no different.

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ON TAP

Tonight in the NBA

WTC  VIS @ HOM,  GAMETIME    NBAPET LINE    OFFICIALS
+25  atl @ orl, 7:00 PM EST [ orl by 10 ]   Bill Spooner, Derrick Collins, James Williams
+18  bos @ dal, 8:30 PM EST [ bos by  1 ]   Bill Kennedy, Mark Ayotte, David Jones
+ 8  den @ chi, 8:00 PM EST [ den by  6 ]   Bennett Salvatore, Pat Fraher, Eric Lewis
+ 5  phx @ mem, 8:00 PM EST [ mem by  0 ]   Bob Delaney, Matt Boland, Scott Wall
- 2  gsw @ tor, 7:00 PM EST [ gsw by  4 ]   Monty McCutchen, Tony Brothers, Haywoode Workman
- 4  sas @ cha, 7:00 PM EST [ sas by  6 ]   Joe Crawford, Tommy Nunez Jr., Tom Washington
Note: WTC is a junk stat rating the "watchability" of a game, taking into
account the quality of the opponents and the likelihood of a close game.

Through Sunday, 94 of 1,230 games (7.6%) have been played in the 2010-11 NBA regular season.

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GLOSSARY
+/- (Plus-Minus) Raw data is from official box scores from NBA.com.
GR (Game Rating) Reflects a player's Points Created total, or the portion of his team's offense for which he gets credit based on his box score line. This number is then adjusted for estimated defensive performance based on box score counterpart productivity. GR is pace-adjusted so you can compare players from game to game.
PCP (Points Created Per Possession Used) An estimate of each player's points created per possession used, a measure of offensive efficiency. The stat accounts for a player's entire box score line, not just the scoring categories.
PLY (Plays) An estimate of how many possessions on which the player was on the court.
USG An estimate of how many of those plays a player used by shooting, going to the line or committing a turnover, with a portion the team's offensive rebound total subtracted.
TEAM STATS
PACE: Esimated possessions in the game.
ORTG: A team's points per 100 possessions.
eFG%: Team's shooting percentage with an extra half-point added for each made three-point field goal.
oRB%: Percentage of a team's misses that they retrieved off the offensive glass.
TO%: Percentage of at team's possessions resulting in a turnover.
FTA%: Percentage of a team's possessions resulting in a trip to the foul line.

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