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November 20, 2011
Sim Season
Magic Time

by Bradford Doolittle

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We're 11.4 percent into the campaign and it already feels like Sim Season is moving away from the comforting anchor of reality. What I mean by that enigmatic statement is that early on, it was natural to refer to the changes the teams underwent in the offseason and to compare our initial results to what we expected. We were comparing the simulated league to the real league. Less than three weeks into the season, the simulation seems to have taken on a life of its own. Our fairy tale is generating its own story lines.

The Magic has certainly emerged as one of those neat little early-season narratives. The Magic lost its opener at home to Charlotte then traveled to Miami (in a virtual sense of course) and was pounded by Miami to the tune of 34 points. Since then, Orlando has reeled off eight straight wins, seven of them by double digits. As a result, the Magic stand percentage points behind the Heat at the top of the Eastern Conference. The rematch is Nov. 29 and we can already circle that date on our Sim Season calendars.

Through last night, we've played the 140 games the NBA hasn't as part of Sim Season, our Strat-O-Matic simulation of the locked out 2011-12 season. We'll be doing this every day, so check back tomorrow for the results of tonight's action. You can follow me on Twitter for periodic updates on the action. Watch for the #simseason hashtag.

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NOTE: The offer has been extended and now expires at 11:59 p.m. EST on Nov. 20. TONIGHT!

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MAVERICKS 116, HAWKS 98: The defending champion Mavericks rode a six-out-of-seven streak into Atlanta, which had won three of four to climb back to .500. The Hawks jumped out to an eight-point halftime lead with a balanced attacked led by 11 points each from Kirk Hinrich and Joe Johnson. The lead was gone by the middle of the third quarter, when a Dirk Nowitzki hoop put Dallas on top. The Mavericks surged ahead by 12 in the fourth quarter, but Johnson's three pulled the Hawks within six with 4:13 to play. The Mavericks, responding like champs, then reeled off 10 straight. Nowitzki scored six of those points and Dallas scored off the fastbreak on four straight possessions. Nowitzki, who entered the game just 1/10 of a point behind Kevin Durant for the league's scoring lead, racked up 31 more and added 12 rebounds. Shawn Marion's 16 boards led Dallas, which pounded the Hawks 57-36 on the glass. And let's not overlook Jason Kidd's vintage line of 12 points, seven rebounds and 17 assists.

STRAT-O-MATIC BOX SCORE
DALLAS                      25 21 33 37  116
ATLANTA                     28 26 22 22   98

                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
J.KIDD       42   4 12  33  3  7  43  1  2  50  12   0  7  7 17  2  1  2  0  12
J.TERRY      35   9 16  56  3  4  75  4  4 100  16   1  0  1  2  3  0  2  0  25
D.NOWITZKI   43  11 20  55  0  1   0  9  9 100  22   0 12 12  3  3  1  2  0  31
T.CHANDLER   33   0  2   0  0  0      5  6  83  23   1  8  9  2  4  0  1  4   5
P.STOJAKOVIC 13   3  7  43  1  2  50  0  0      -5   0  1  1  0  1  0  1  0   7
S.MARION     25   6 12  50  0  1   0  1  2  50  14   6 10 16  3  3  0  1  0  13
J.BAREA      18   5  5 100  2  2 100  0  0       7   1  1  2  4  2  0  1  0  12
B.HAYWOOD    13   0  2   0  0  0      0  0       0   2  1  3  0  2  0  1  0   0
I.MAHINMI     2   1  4  25  0  0      0  0      -5   2  0  2  0  0  0  0  0   2
R.FERNANDEZ  16   3  6  50  2  3  67  1  2  50   6   0  4  4  1  3  0  0  0   9
DALLAS       48  42 86  49 11 20  55 21 25  84      13 44 57 32 23  2 11  4 116
                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
A.HORFORD    41   3 10  30  0  0      2  2 100 -24   1  6  7  2  2  0  1  2   8
J.SMITH      35   5 17  29  1  4  25  5  9  56 -14   2  7  9  2  4  2  1  1  16
J.JOHNSON    32   4 13  31  2  6  33  4  4 100  -3   0  5  5  5  3  1  1  1  14
K.HINRICH    41   8 14  57  2  6  33  4  4 100  -8   0  4  4  5  1  1  1  1  22
M.WILLIAMS   41   6  9  67  1  1 100  4  5  80 -24   1  5  6  4  4  0  0  0  17
J.CRAWFORD   21   5 14  36  1  7  14  1  2  50 -21   0  1  1  3  3  0  0  0  12
Z.PACHULIA    9   1  2  50  0  0      2  2 100   2   1  1  2  0  0  1  0  0   4
J.TEAGUE     11   0  3   0  0  0      1  2  50   0   1  0  1  2  1  0  1  0   1
D.WILKINS     2   0  0      0  0      0  0      -4   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   0
K.BENSON      7   2  3  67  0  0      0  0       6   1  0  1  0  2  0  0  0   4
ATLANTA      48  34 85  40  7 24  29 23 30  77       7 29 36 23 20  5  5  5  98

DALLAS                      ATLANTA
     Fast Break Pts  16          Fast Break Pts   6
  Second Chance Pts  11       Second Chance Pts   9
Points in the Paint  24     Points In the Paint  24
       Biggest Lead  18            Biggest Lead  11

BASKETBALL PROSPECTUS BOX SCORE
DAL (7-3)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  ATL (4-5)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
nowitzki,dirk........90%  27%  1.19  +22 28.4  hinrich,kirk.........85%  18%  1.50  - 8 22.8
terry,jason..........73%  25%  1.23  +16 22.0  smith,josh...........73%  29%  0.80  -14 18.4
kidd,jason...........88%  15%  1.93  +12 20.2  williams,marvin......85%  12%  1.72  -24 17.5
marion,shawn.........52%  25%  1.26  +14 16.0  johnson,joe..........67%  22%  1.13  - 3 15.9
barea,jose...........38%  14%  2.66  + 7 13.8  horford,al...........85%  12%  0.88  -24 11.3
fernandez,rudy.......33%  18%  1.52  + 6  9.1  crawford,jamal.......44%  33%  0.81  -21 11.0
chandler,tyson.......69%   5%  1.84  +23  8.7  pachulia,zaza........19%  14%  1.53  + 2  4.7
stojakovic,peja......27%  28%  0.83  - 5  5.6  benson,keith.........15%  19%  1.04  + 6  2.9
mahinmi,ian.......... 4%  98%  0.57  - 5  2.1  teague,jeff..........23%  20%  0.48  +    2.3
haywood,brendan......27%   8%  0.17  +    0.4  wilkins,damien....... 4%  25%  0.00  - 4  0.0
beaubois,rodrigue....(DNP)                     collins,jason........(DNP)  
butler,caron.........(DNP)                     armstrong,hilton.....(DNP)  
PACE: 91.8          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 91.8          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
MAVERICKS........  126.4 .552  .310 .120 .120  HAWKS............  106.8 .441  .137 .054 .144

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BOBCATS 88, CAVALIERS 83: Baron Davis scored the game's first basket, then hacked D.J. Augustin on the ensuing trip down the floor, knocking the diminutive Bobcats guard onto the hardwood. It must of made the former Texas star mad, because Augustin hit both free throws and then drilled consecutive three-pointers, leading a 14-point Bobcats run. Charlotte led by 15 after the first and 13 points at the break. The Bobcats appeared to be cruising before Kyrie Irving capped a 10-2 run in the fourth with a bucket, reducing Cleveland's deficit to single digits. A 12-2 run a little later was finished off by back-to-back buckets from Antawn Jamison and Davis. The Bobcats led by just a point. Unfortunately for the Cavs, they were finshed scoring and the Bobcats sealed the win on baskets from Boris Diaw and Corey Maggette in the final minute.

STRAT-O-MATC BOX SCORE
CLEVELAND                   19 16 11 37   83
CHARLOTTE                   32 16 20 20   88

                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
A.JAMISON    31   5 16  31  0  5   0  3  3 100 -17   1  3  4  0  3  0  2  1  13
B.DAVIS      28   5  9  56  0  3   0  1  2  50 -10   0  2  2  6  1  2  1  0  11
A.VAREJAO    23   0  4   0  0  0      2  2 100 -12   2  7  9  0  3  1  3  4   2
O.CASSPI     16   2  9  22  0  4   0  0  0      -4   2  3  5  1  2  1  1  0   4
K.IRVING     22   3  6  50  1  1 100  0  0      -6   2  0  2  3  2  0  1  1   7
R.SESSIONS   38   9 19  47  0  0      4  4 100   5   2  2  4  5  3  1  0  0  22
D.GIBSON      8   0  3   0  0  2   0  0  0       1   1  1  2  1  3  0  0  0   0
R.HOLLINS    15   3  5  60  0  0      0  0      12   1  4  5  0  1  1  1  0   6
A.GEE        11   1  4  25  0  3   0  0  0      -1   1  1  2  0  0  1  0  0   2
C.EYENGA     21   3  9  33  1  3  33  0  0       0   1  1  2  4  2  0  1  0   7
S.SAMUELS    10   1  4  25  0  0      0  0      -5   0  1  1  0  1  1  0  0   2
T.THOMPSON   17   2  3  67  0  0      3  4  75  12   3  3  6  0  1  1  1  1   7
CLEVELAND    48  34 91  37  2 21  10 13 15  87      16 28 44 20 22  9 11  7  83
                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
B.DIAW       41   9 16  56  3  7  43  2  4  50   6   2  2  4  2  1  0  1  1  23
D.AUGUSTIN   36   7 15  47  4  8  50  6  6 100   4   0  4  4  6  4  2  2  0  24
K.BROWN      29   0  4   0  0  0      0  0      19   2  5  7  1  4  0  1  1   0
G.HENDERSON  34   4  8  50  0  1   0  3  6  50  15   0  3  3  4  3  0  3  1  11
C.MAGGETTE   32   6  9  67  0  0      3  3 100   6   0 12 12  2  2  1  0  0  15
D.CUNNINGHAM 15   2  4  50  0  0      0  0      -4   0  0  0  0  3  1  2  0   4
T.THOMAS     20   1  1 100  0  0      2  2 100  -6   1  7  8  1  2  0  3  1   4
D.WHITE       7   1  2  50  0  0      0  0      -1   0  1  1  0  1  0  2  0   2
M.CARROLL     3   1  2  50  0  0      0  0      -2   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   2
K.WALKER     12   0  3   0  0  0      0  0       1   2  0  2  1  2  0  3  1   0
B.BIYOMBO    11   1  4  25  0  0      1  1 100 -13   0  1  1  0  1  0  1  0   3
CHARLOTTE    48  32 68  47  7 16  44 17 22  77       7 35 42 17 23  4 18  5  88

CLEVELAND                   CHARLOTTE
     Fast Break Pts  24          Fast Break Pts   8
  Second Chance Pts   8       Second Chance Pts   2
Points in the Paint  20     Points In the Paint  18
       Biggest Lead   2            Biggest Lead  22

BASKETBALL PROSPECTUS
CLE (2-7)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  CHA (5-4)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
sessions,ramon.......79%  24%  1.17  + 5 23.9  augustin,d.j.........75%  27%  1.36  + 4 29.4
davis,baron..........58%  16%  1.52  -10 13.8  diaw,boris...........85%  23%  1.24  + 6 25.9
eyenga,christian.....44%  21%  1.05  +    9.6  maggette,corey.......67%  15%  1.64  + 6 17.0
jamison,antawn.......65%  28%  0.61  -17  9.1  hendersonjr,gerald...71%  20%  0.87  +15 12.2
thompson,tristan.....35%  14%  1.62  +12  8.3  thomas,tyrus.........42%  11%  1.25  - 6  5.6
irving,kyrie.........46%  13%  1.57  - 6  8.0  cunningham,dante.....31%  20%  0.45  - 4  2.6
hollins,ryan.........31%  17%  1.24  +12  6.4  biyombo,bismack......23%  25%  0.43  -13  2.2
varejao,anderson.....48%  14%  0.69  -12  5.6  brown,kwame..........60%   7%  0.41  +19  1.9
casspi,omri..........33%  28%  0.57  - 4  5.5  white,d.j............15%  29%  0.39  - 1  1.7
gee,alonzo...........23%  15%  0.78  - 1  2.6  carroll,matt......... 6%  34%  0.79  - 2  1.7
samuels,samardo......21%  17%  0.57  - 5  2.0  walker,kemba.........25%  25%  0.18  + 1  1.0
gibson,daniel........17%  15%  0.18  + 1  0.5  najera,eduardo.......(DNP)  
PACE: 87.0          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 87.0          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
CAVALIERS........   95.4 .385  .314 .126 .076  BOBCATS..........  101.1 .522  .200 .207 .111

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MAGIC 118, HORNETS 91: The Hornets were trying to snap Orlando's seven-game winning streak, but the Magic wasn't having it. Orlando led wire to wire despite Chris Paul's 21 points and 16 assists. The Magic shot 51 percent from the field, hit 10 three-points, grabbed a third of its own misses and outscored New Orleans 18-6 on second-chance points. All the ingredients for a blowout. Which it was.

STRAT-O-MATIC BOX SCORE
NEW ORLEANS                 17 25 24 25   91
ORLANDO                     23 38 32 25  118

                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
C.PAUL       46   8 17  47  1  3  33  4  4 100 -25   1  7  8 16  3  4  1  0  21
T.ARIZA      39   5 17  29  0  4   0  3  4  75 -17   0  6  6  0  1  3  1  0  13
D.WEST       39   9 22  41  0  0      6  6 100 -20   4  4  8  1  5  1  2  3  24
E.OKAFOR     17   1  4  25  0  0      3  5  60 -14   1  2  3  1  5  0  2  0   5
M.BELINELLI  17   2  7  29  1  6  17  0  0      -9   0  1  1  3  0  0  0  0   5
C.LANDRY     15   2  4  50  0  0      1  1 100 -13   1  1  2  0  1  1  0  1   5
J.JACK       16   2  6  33  1  1 100  2  2 100  -9   0  1  1  2  1  0  2  0   7
W.GREEN      17   2  4  50  1  2  50  0  0     -11   0  1  1  2  1  0  1  0   5
J.SMITH       2   2  2 100  0  0      0  0      -4   0  0  0  0  2  0  0  0   4
Q.PONDEXTER  11   1  4  25  0  0      0  0      -8   2  0  2  0  0  0  2  0   2
A.GRAY       15   0  2   0  0  0      0  0      -6   2  6  8  1  1  0  0  0   0
D.ILUNGA-MBE  6   0  0      0  0      0  0       1   2  1  3  0  3  0  1  0   0
NEW ORLEANS  48  34 89  38  4 16  25 19 22  86      13 30 43 26 23  9 12  4  91
                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
D.HOWARD     36   7 12  58  0  0      8 16  50  19   3  9 12  2  5  0  3  0  22
J.RICHARDSON 44   5 15  33  2  6  33  1  2  50  27   1  6  7  7  0  1  1  1  13
H.TURKOGLU   31   8 12  67  3  4  75  0  0      19   0  5  5  2  1  1  2  0  19
J.NELSON     36  10 18  56  3  9  33  1  1 100  14   0  3  3  4  2  1  0  0  24
B.BASS       23   4  6  67  0  0      3  3 100  14   2  2  4  1  3  0  0  1  11
G.ARENAS     12   1  6  17  0  2   0  1  2  50  13   0  3  3  0  3  1  2  0   3
J.REDICK     19   2  5  40  2  3  67  0  0       6   0  2  2  1  1  1  1  0   6
R.ANDERSON   26   4  9  44  0  0      6  6 100  13   5  4  9  3  1  0  0  1  14
Q.RICHARDSON  4   1  1 100  0  0      0  0       0   1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0   2
J.HARPER      9   2  2 100  0  0      0  0      10   2  2  4  1  0  0  1  0   4
ORLANDO      48  44 86  51 10 24  42 20 30  67      14 36 50 21 16  5 10  3 118

NEW ORLEANS                 ORLANDO
     Fast Break Pts  14          Fast Break Pts   6
  Second Chance Pts   6       Second Chance Pts  18
Points in the Paint  26     Points In the Paint  40
       Biggest Lead   0            Biggest Lead  30

BASKETBALL PROSPECTUS BOX SCORE
NWO (4-5)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  ORL (8-2)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
paul,chris...........96%  18%  1.78  -25 27.4  nelson,jameer........75%  22%  1.44  +14 24.0
west,david...........81%  30%  0.86  -20 21.6  howard,dwight........75%  27%  0.99  +19 21.7
ariza,trevor.........81%  22%  0.70  -17 11.5  turkoglu,hedo........65%  19%  1.58  +19 20.4
jack,jarrett.........33%  24%  0.93  - 9  8.0  richardson,jason.....92%  16%  1.28  +27 18.2
belinelli,marco......35%  17%  1.14  - 9  7.5  anderson,ryan........54%  19%  1.49  +13 15.3
green,willie.........35%  11%  1.47  -11  6.1  bass,brandon.........48%  13%  1.59  +14 10.6
landry,carl..........31%  11%  1.31  -13  4.6  redick,j.j...........40%  12%  1.47  + 6  7.6
okafor,emeka.........35%  21%  0.54  -14  4.2  harper,justin........19%  13%  1.98  +10  5.2
smith,jason.......... 4%  46%  1.35  - 4  2.6  arenas,gilbert.......25%  34%  0.31  +13  2.6
gray,aaron...........31%   3%  2.26  - 6  2.5  richardson,quentin... 8%   9%  2.43  +    2.0
pondexter,quincy.....23%  24%  0.42  - 8  2.2  allen,malik..........(DNP)  
ilungambenga,didier..13%   5%  0.16  + 1  0.1  duhon,chris..........(DNP)  
PACE: 92.6          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 92.6          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
HORNETS..........   98.3 .404  .265 .130 .105  MAGIC............  127.5 .570  .318 .108 .143

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ROCKETS 125, NETS 116: Kevin Martin's 14 first-quarter points got the Rockets off to a hot start, but Jordan Farmar and Travis Outlaw hit threes during a 10-point Nets run early in the second quarter that tied the game. Houston finished the quarter strong and led by nine at the break behind Martin's 22 points. Martin tacked on 21 more in the second half as Houston held off a couple of Nets rallies that trimmed the lead to three points. Kyle Lowry had 15 points, six boards and 10 assists in support of Martin, who needed only 19 shots to compile his 43 points. Deron Williams had 24 points and 18 assists and Kris Humphries added 16 points and 16 rebounds, but the Nets dropped their sixth straight.

STRAT-O-MATIC BOX SCORE
NEW JERSEY                  25 31 29 31  116
HOUSTON                     33 32 27 33  125

                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
B.LOPEZ      40  10 19  53  0  0      5  6  83 -12   0  4  4  1  2  0  2  1  25
D.WILLIAMS   37   9 16  56  3  6  50  3  3 100  -5   1  2  3 18  4  0  3  0  24
T.OUTLAW     32   6 13  46  2  5  40  0  0       4   1  2  3  4  5  0  0  1  14
K.HUMPHRIES  33   8 16  50  0  0      0  2   0 -11   4 12 16  0  4  0  2  2  16
S.GRAHAM      7   0  1   0  0  0      0  0       0   0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0   0
A.MORROW     23   4  6  67  0  1   0  0  0     -13   0  1  1  5  4  0  0  0   8
J.FARMAR     19   3  7  43  2  5  40  0  0      -4   1  0  1  1  2  1  2  0   8
J.PETRO       8   2  5  40  0  0      0  0       3   0  0  0  1  0  0  2  0   4
D.JAMES      12   2  2 100  0  0      0  0      -4   2  1  3  0  2  2  1  0   4
M.BROOKS     20   3  3 100  1  1 100  0  0       1   0  0  0  5  3  0  1  0   7
J.WILLIAMS    9   3  3 100  0  0      0  1   0  -4   0  2  2  0  1  0  0  0   6
NEW JERSEY   48  50 91  55  8 18  44  8 12  67       9 24 33 36 27  3 13  4 116
                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
K.MARTIN     34  14 19  74  7 10  70  8  9  89  12   0  4  4  1  1  0  0  0  43
K.LOWRY      40   4 12  33  2  6  33  5 10  50  12   2  4  6 10  1  0  0  0  15
L.SCOLA      28   6 11  55  0  0      6  6 100  -1   3  4  7  0  4  0  4  0  18
C.HAYES      35   2  6  33  0  0      2  2 100   1   2  3  5  3  3  4  1  0   6
C.BUDINGER   25   1  5  20  0  2   0  2  2 100   9   1  3  4  2  2  1  1  0   4
C.LEE        19   5  8  62  1  2  50  3  4  75   1   0  3  3  1  0  0  0  0  14
G.DRAGIC      9   0  1   0  0  1   0  0  0      -1   0  0  0  3  0  0  3  0   0
J.HILL       15   4  6  67  0  0      0  2   0  -2   3  1  4  0  3  0  1  0   8
P.PATTERSON   9   2  3  67  0  0      0  0      -1   2  0  2  0  0  0  1  0   4
H.THABEET     1   0  0      0  0      0  0       2   0  1  1  0  0  0  1  0   0
M.MORRIS     25   4  8  50  1  3  33  4  4 100  13   1  4  5  1  1  1  0  0  13
HOUSTON      48  42 79  53 11 24  46 30 39  77      14 27 41 21 15  6 12  0 125

NEW JERSEY                  HOUSTON
     Fast Break Pts  20          Fast Break Pts  16
  Second Chance Pts   8       Second Chance Pts  16
Points in the Paint  36     Points In the Paint  30
       Biggest Lead   4            Biggest Lead  13

BASKETBALL PROSPECTUS BOX SCORE
NJN (3-6)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  HOU (5-4)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
williams,deron.......77%  24%  1.77  - 5 33.3  martin,kevin.........71%  31%  1.81  +12 43.3
lopez,brook..........83%  26%  0.95  -12 20.9  lowry,kyle...........83%  17%  1.45  +12 21.5
outlaw,travis........67%  17%  1.28  + 4 16.4  scola,luis...........58%  29%  0.88  - 1 14.5
humphries,kris.......69%  25%  0.94  -11 15.8  lee,courtney.........40%  23%  1.44  + 1 13.3
farmar,jordan........40%  20%  1.04  - 4  8.7  morris,marcus........52%  16%  1.48  +13 12.5
brooks,marshon.......42%   7%  2.75  + 1  8.5  hayes,chuck..........73%   8%  1.42  + 1 10.0
morrow,anthony.......48%  10%  1.75  -13  7.8  hill,jordan..........31%  23%  0.91  - 2  7.1
williams,jordan......19%  16%  1.62  - 4  4.6  budinger,chase.......52%  11%  0.94  + 9  5.0
james,damion.........25%  10%  1.67  - 4  4.1  patterson,patrick....19%  19%  1.05  - 1  4.3
petro,johan..........17%  40%  0.58  + 3  3.6  dragic,goran.........19%  19%  0.57  - 1  2.3
graham,stephen.......15%   5%  0.95  +    0.6  thabeet,hasheem...... 2%  48%  0.27  + 2  0.3
wright,brandan.......(DNP)                     flynn,jonny..........(DNP)  
PACE: 93.3          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 93.3          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
NETS.............  124.3 .593  .250 .139 .057  ROCKETS..........  133.9 .601  .368 .129 .184

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GRIZZLIES 115, TIMBERWOLVES 112: A wild back-and-forth opening quarter ended on mano y mano threes from Martell Webster and Shane Battier, leaving the Grizzlies up by a point. The second quarter was all Memphis, which pulled ahead by 17 by the end of its 72-point first half. My beloved T-Wolves chipped away at the deficit but still trailed by 12 with 8:12 to play. But you cannot contain the Timberwolves. Minnesota reeled off 12 in a row and tied the score on Michael Beasley's lay-up with 4:08 remaining. The teams traded baskets for a couple of minutes, then Rudy Gay's score in the lane put Memphis up three with 39 seconds to go. Darko Milicic answered with a jumper, but Rudy Gay hit two free throws. The T-Wolves had one last shot, but Wesley Johnson missed a three and Gay secured the rebound to complete the upset. One day after being declared Bradford Doolittle's favorite Sim Season player, Ricky Rubio had two points on 1-of-7 shooting and three assists in 23 minutes. What a bummer.

STRAT-O-MATIC BOX SCORE
MINNESOTA                   33 22 29 28  112
MEMPHIS                     34 38 22 21  115

                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
K.LOVE       39   7 13  54  0  2   0 11 11 100  -8   2  3  5  4  4  1  3  1  25
M.BEASLEY    15   4  7  57  0  0      0  0      -9   0  3  3  2  5  0  4  1   8
W.JOHNSON    34   3  8  38  2  7  29  0  0       8   0  5  5  2  1  0  1  1   8
D.MILICIC    22   6 11  55  0  0      1  2  50   4   2  4  6  0  4  1  3  0  13
R.RUBIO      23   1  7  14  0  2   0  0  0      -1   1  3  4  3  1  0  0  0   2
L.RIDNOUR    25   3  7  43  1  3  33  0  0      -2   0  2  2  4  2  1  5  0   7
A.TOLLIVER    6   2  4  50  0  1   0  0  0     -14   1  1  2  0  0  0  0  0   4
W.ELLINGTON  11   2  4  50  0  1   0  0  0      -6   1  1  2  2  1  0  1  0   4
M.WEBSTER    16   5  6  83  4  4 100  0  0       5   0  2  2  2  1  1  0  0  14
A.RANDOLPH   18   5  7  71  0  0      2  5  40   9   0  3  3  2  3  1  1  1  12
B.MILLER      7   1  4  25  0  2   0  0  0       0   0  3  3  3  1  0  1  0   2
D.WILLIAMS   24   6  8  75  0  0      1  1 100  -1   2  2  4  2  4  2  2  0  13
MINNESOTA    48  45 86  52  7 22  32 15 19  79       9 32 41 26 27  7 21  4 112
                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
M.CONLEY     39   5 18  28  0  1   0  2  2 100   6   2  6  8  9  0  2  1  0  12
Z.RANDOLPH   43   9 20  45  0  2   0  7  8  88  11   7  7 14  4  5  2  3  0  25
M.GASOL      39   5 10  50  0  0      3  4  75   3   1  7  8  2  4  0  6  2  13
R.GAY        31   7 12  58  0  0     13 13 100  10   1  4  5  0  3  2  0  0  27
T.ALLEN      24   2  4  50  0  0      4  6  67  -2   1  3  4  3  2  1  2  0   8
S.BATTIER    17   6  7  86  1  2  50  0  0      -7   1  1  2  0  2  1  1  0  13
O.MAYO       25   4  7  57  2  2 100  2  2 100   2   0  0  0  4  1  2  1  1  12
D.ARTHUR     12   1  1 100  0  0      0  0      -8   0  1  1  0  2  0  3  0   2
G.VASQUEZ     7   1  6  17  1  4  25  0  0       0   0  2  2  1  0  1  0  0   3
X.HENRY       2   0  0      0  0      0  0      -3   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   0
H.HADDADI     1   0  0      0  0      0  0       3   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   0
MEMPHIS      48  40 85  47  4 11  36 31 35  89      13 31 44 23 19 11 17  3 115

MINNESOTA                   MEMPHIS
     Fast Break Pts   8          Fast Break Pts  24
  Second Chance Pts  14       Second Chance Pts  17
Points in the Paint  44     Points In the Paint  38
       Biggest Lead   3            Biggest Lead  21

BASKETBALL PROSPECTUS BOX SCORE
MIN (6-3)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  MEM (6-3)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
love,kevin...........81%  22%  1.17  - 8 21.2  randolph,zach........90%  25%  1.05  +11 25.4
webster,martell......33%  15%  2.91  + 5 13.8  gay,rudy.............65%  23%  1.35  +10 20.9
williams,derrick.....50%  17%  1.28  - 1 12.6  conley,mike..........81%  20%  1.04  + 6 19.9
milicic,darko........46%  28%  0.78  + 4 10.8  mayo,o.j.............52%  13%  1.87  + 2 12.9
randolph,anthony.....38%  23%  1.17  + 9 10.6  gasol,marc...........81%  18%  0.82  + 3 11.2
johnson,wesley.......71%  10%  1.33  + 8 10.5  battier,shane........35%  18%  1.59  - 7  8.9
ridnour,luke.........52%  19%  0.83  - 2  8.3  allen,tony...........50%  13%  1.23  - 2  8.7
beasley,michael......31%  31%  0.69  - 9  6.7  vasquez,greivis......15%  36%  0.82  +    4.7
rubio,ricky..........48%  12%  0.73  - 1  4.5  arthur,darrell.......25%  12%  0.37  - 8  1.2
ellington,wayne......23%  18%  1.05  - 6  4.4  henry,xavier......... 4%  23%  0.00  - 3  0.0
miller,brad..........15%  30%  0.87  +    4.0  haddadi,hamed........(DNP)  
tolliver,anthony.....13%  28%  0.99  -14  3.5  young,sam............(DNP)  
PACE: 101.2         ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 101.2         ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
TIMBERWOLVES.....  110.7 .564  .225 .208 .083  GRIZZLIES........  113.7 .494  .289 .168 .152

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TRAIL BLAZERS 111, BUCKS 89: It was kind of an important early-season game for Portland. While the Blazers' record (3-6) was in part a product of a difficult schedule, things still appeared to be heading in the wrong direction. Portland was coming off back-to-back losses to Chicago and Indiana in which they scored well under a point per possession. The Blazers traveled to Milwaukee for the second of a four-game road trip, hoping to get well against the Bucks, who had dropped six straight. Portland jumped out to a 14-point lead after the first behind 13 points from Wesley Matthews. The Blazers led by 20 at the half and eased in for the much-needed win. The Blazers controlled the boards and got 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting from Brandon Roy. The Bucks got five three-pointers from Carlos Delfino, but the rest of the roster was 0-of-14 from deep.

STRAT-O-MATIC BOX SCORE
PORTLAND                    32 35 22 22  111
MILWAUKEE                   18 29 21 21   89

                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
L.ALDRIDGE   37   5  9  56  0  0      4  4 100  15   3  6  9  1  3  0  2  3  14
W.MATTHEWS   35   7 18  39  3  9  33  5  6  83  13   0  2  2  1  1  1  1  0  22
N.BATUM      31   5 12  42  1  5  20  3  4  75  12   0  4  4  0  3  1  1  1  14
M.CAMBY      27   1  2  50  0  0      0  0      11   5  3  8  4  3  2  2  1   2
R.FELTON     41   6 14  43  1  5  20  4  5  80  19   0  5  5  7  2  1  4  0  17
G.WALLACE    16   3  6  50  0  1   0  3  5  60   6   2  4  6  4  0  0  0  2   9
B.ROY        23   8 11  73  1  1 100  4  4 100  15   2  1  3  2  5  0  2  0  21
A.JOHNSON     3   0  0      0  0      0  0       4   0  2  2  2  0  0  0  0   0
C.JOHNSON     8   1  2  50  0  0      2  2 100  10   2  3  5  1  1  1  1  0   4
L.BABBITT     2   1  1 100  0  0      0  0       4   0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0   2
G.ODEN       13   3  7  43  0  0      0  0       2   2  4  6  2  3  0  0  0   6
N.SMITH       4   0  1   0  0  0      0  0      -1   0  0  0  0  3  0  0  0   0
PORTLAND     48  40 83  48  6 21  29 25 30  83      16 34 50 24 25  6 13  7 111
                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
A.BOGUT      29   2  8  25  0  0      0  0     -18   2  5  7  1  4  0  5  5   4
B.JENNINGS   24   8 15  53  0  5   0  2  2 100  -7   0  3  3  4  3  1  0  0  18
L.MOUTE      27   1  5  20  0  0      4  4 100 -16   4  2  6  0  3  0  1  0   6
C.DELFINO    34   5 10  50  5  8  62  2  4  50 -14   1  3  4  4  4  3  1  0  17
S.JACKSON    32   1 10  10  0  4   0  2  2 100 -18   0  4  4  3  2  1  0  1   4
E.ILYASOVA   18   2  7  29  0  3   0  1  2  50   2   1  1  2  1  1  1  0  1   5
L.SANDERS    17   3  6  50  0  0      1  2  50  -8   2  2  4  0  0  1  1  1   7
D.GOODEN     24   4  8  50  0  0      2  4  50 -14   0  6  6  0  0  0  1  0  10
B.UDRIH      23   1  4  25  0  1   0  3  3 100 -15   0  1  1  4  3  0  0  0   5
S.LIVINGSTON  7   2  2 100  0  0      5  6  83   3   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   9
T.HARRIS      5   1  2  50  0  1   0  2  2 100  -5   0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0   4
MILWAUKEE    48  30 77  39  5 22  23 24 31  77      10 27 37 17 20  7 10  8  89

PORTLAND                    MILWAUKEE
     Fast Break Pts  10          Fast Break Pts   8
  Second Chance Pts  12       Second Chance Pts   9
Points in the Paint  30     Points In the Paint  18
       Biggest Lead  25            Biggest Lead   0

BASKETBALL PROSPECTUS BOX SCORE
POR (4-6)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  MIL (2-8)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
matthews,wesley......73%  28%  1.07  +13 26.0  delfino,carlos.......71%  17%  1.76  -14 22.2
felton,raymond.......85%  21%  1.15  +19 19.9  jennings,brandon.....50%  32%  1.11  - 7 19.4
roy,brandon..........48%  29%  1.37  +15 17.3  gooden,drew..........50%  21%  0.93  -14  9.9
aldridge,lamarcus....77%  14%  1.37  +15 14.7  sanders,larry........35%  22%  0.98  - 8  7.4
wallace,gerald.......33%  22%  1.68  + 6 12.9  mbahamoute,luc.......56%  13%  0.82  -16  7.1
batum,nicolas........65%  20%  0.98  +12 11.4  livingston,shaun.....15%  32%  1.53  + 3  6.7
camby,marcus.........56%   4%  3.18  +11  7.8  udrih,beno...........48%  10%  1.33  -15  6.6
oden,greg............27%  23%  1.15  + 2  7.4  jackson,stephen......67%  15%  0.63  -18  6.5
johnson,chris........17%  21%  1.60  +10  4.9  bogut,andrew.........60%  21%  0.47  -18  6.3
johnson,armon........ 6%  17%  1.89  + 4  2.2  ilyasova,ersan.......38%  20%  0.74  + 2  5.3
babbitt,luke......... 4%  22%  1.49  + 4  1.3  harris,tobias........10%  38%  0.81  - 5  3.5
smith,nolan.......... 8%   9%  0.00  - 1  0.0  dooling,keyon........(DNP)  
PACE: 88.2          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 88.2          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
TRAILBLAZERS.....  125.8 .518  .372 .147 .150  BUCKS............  100.9 .422  .227 .113 .155

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SPURS 115, KINGS 91: The Spurs were trying to rebound from back-to-back losses, always a good time to welcome the 2-8 Kings to town. Sacramento stayed close for a 1 1/2 quarters, but Tiago Splitter keyed a 12-2 second-quarter run for San Antonio, and the Spurs spent the rest of the game increasing their lead. Tony Parker scored 29 points and harrassed Jimmer Fredette into a 4-of-17 shooting performance.

STRAT-O-MATIC BOX SCORE
SACRAMENTO                  29 19 21 22   91
SAN ANTONIO                 29 31 26 29  115

                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
D.COUSINS    32   5 10  50  0  0      5  7  71  -7   3  3  6  1  2  0  4  0  15
T.EVANS      31   3  9  33  0  2   0  0  0     -16   0  3  3  1  5  1  5  0   6
J.HICKSON    23   2  9  22  0  0     11 13  85  -4   5  5 10  0  0  0  3  1  15
J.SALMONS    38   8 15  53  1  3  33  2  2 100 -15   0  4  4  2  2  1  1  0  19
J.FREDETTE   44   4 17  24  2 12  17  0  0     -22   0  4  4  6  2  3  1  0  10
S.DALEMBERT  16   2  2 100  0  0      1  2  50 -17   1  2  3  2  3  0  2  0   5
J.THOMPSON   25   4  5  80  0  0      0  0     -20   1  4  5  0  3  1  3  0   8
F.GARCIA     21   3  5  60  0  2   0  0  0     -18   0  2  2  3  1  1  1  0   6
I.THOMAS     10   3  4  75  1  1 100  0  0      -1   0  1  1  2  0  0  0  0   7
SACRAMENTO   48  34 76  45  4 20  20 19 24  79      10 28 38 17 18  7 20  1  91
                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
T.PARKER     32  13 22  59  0  1   0  3  3 100   9   1  1  2  6  2  1  2  0  29
R.JEFFERSON  15   2  4  50  1  2  50  0  0      11   0  4  4  2  2  1  1  0   5
M.GINOBILI   32   5 12  42  2  5  40  0  0       8   1  3  4  4  1  0  0  0  12
T.DUNCAN     29   4  8  50  0  0      2  2 100  15   2  4  6  4  4  2  1  2  10
D.BLAIR      24   4 13  31  0  0      5  6  83   7   4  7 11  1  3  3  2  0  13
G.NEAL       22   5 10  50  4  7  57  0  0      23   0  1  1  4  1  0  1  0  14
M.BONNER     21   4  6  67  2  3  67  0  0      16   0  2  2  2  1  2  0  1  10
A.McDYESS    14   2  3  67  0  0      1  2  50  15   2  3  5  1  2  0  1  0   5
T.SPLITTER   15   4  7  57  0  0      0  0       6   1  2  3  1  0  1  0  1   8
C.JOSEPH     10   0  1   0  0  1   0  0  0       8   0  2  2  2  1  0  1  0   0
K.LEONARD    26   4  4 100  0  0      1  2  50   2   0  0  0  3  3  2  2  1   9
SAN ANTONIO  48  47 90  52  9 19  47 12 15  80      11 29 40 30 20 12 11  5 115

SACRAMENTO                  SAN ANTONIO
     Fast Break Pts  22          Fast Break Pts  12
  Second Chance Pts   9       Second Chance Pts  10
Points in the Paint  20     Points In the Paint  36
       Biggest Lead   5            Biggest Lead  28

BASKETBALL PROSPECTUS BOX SCORE
SAC (2-9)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  SAS (6-3)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
salmons,john.........79%  20%  1.14  -15 19.3  parker,tony..........67%  37%  1.12  + 9 27.8
fredette,jimmer......92%  18%  0.91  -22 15.0  ginobili,manu........67%  16%  1.35  + 8 16.9
cousins,demarcus.....67%  24%  0.84  - 7 14.8  neal,gary............46%  22%  1.63  +23 15.6
hickson,j.j..........48%  36%  0.85  - 4 14.3  duncan,tim...........60%  14%  1.41  +15 12.0
thomas,isaiah........21%  17%  2.16  - 1  9.0  blair,dejuan.........50%  34%  0.84  + 7 11.5
thompson,jason.......52%  13%  1.01  -20  7.3  bonner,matt..........44%  11%  2.30  +16 11.1
garcia,francisco.....44%  12%  1.41  -18  7.0  leonard,kawhi........54%  10%  1.58  + 2  8.6
evans,tyreke.........65%  20%  0.39  -16  6.2  splitter,tiago.......31%  20%  1.31  + 6  7.7
dalembert,samuel.....33%  13%  1.23  -17  5.3  jefferson,richard....31%  14%  1.56  +11  6.2
jackson,darnell......(DNP)                     mcdyess,antonio......29%  15%  1.27  +15  5.1
greene,donte.........(DNP)                     joseph,cory..........21%   7%  1.04  + 8  1.5
thornton,marcus......(DNP)                     anderson,james.......(DNP)  
PACE: 92.7          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 92.7          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
KINGS............   98.1 .474  .256 .216 .114  SPURS............  124.0 .572  .282 .119 .071

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NUGGETS 123, WIZARD 96: Our system can kick out some unsightly point spreads early in the season but it was still startling to see it register Denver as 41-point favorites against the Wizards with over 10 percent of the season in the books. That tells you a lot about how the season has gone so far for these teams. Wouldn't you know it? Washington scored the first nine points of the game, a spurt capped by a Rashard Lewis trey and still the Nuggets led nine after one quarter. Denver went on an 18-2 run in the second and pushed the lead to 30 at one point in the first half. Could they actually cover that 41-point spread? Not quite. The Wizards had 10-point run in the third to trim the lead to 16, but the Nuggets bounced back and actually led by 37 before the Wizards closed the gap down the stretch. So the Nuggets came up "short" but it's a small victory for Washington nonetheless. Very small.

STRAT-O-MATIC BOX SCORE
WASHINGTON                  26 13 31 26   96
DENVER                      35 30 27 31  123

                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
J.WALL       30   8 12  67  2  3  67  4  5  80   8   1  4  5  7  2  2  7  1  22
J.McGEE      31   5  6  83  0  0      0  0       3   2  7  9  1  4  0  5  4  10
A.BLATCHE    30   6 15  40  0  0      0  0     -22   1  5  6  0  5  2  6  0  12
N.YOUNG      28   7 11  64  1  2  50  2  2 100  15   0  2  2  3  2  1  0  1  17
R.LEWIS      29   4  9  44  1  4  25  2  2 100   1   2  2  4  1  4  3  0  0  11
Y.JIANLIAN    6   2  3  67  0  0      0  0     -11   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   4
T.BOOKER     18   2  7  29  0  0      0  0     -35   3  3  6  0  1  2  4  2   4
J.CRAWFORD   22   2  5  40  1  3  33  1  2  50 -39   0  2  2  2  4  0  3  0   6
J.VESELY     11   1  1 100  1  1 100  0  0     -20   0  0  0  0  3  1  0  0   3
C.SINGLETON  17   1  2  50  0  0      2  2 100   0   1  2  3  2  4  0  0  1   4
S.MACK       18   1  6  17  0  3   0  1  2  50 -35   0  1  1  2  1  1  0  0   3
WASHINGTON   48  39 77  51  6 16  38 12 15  80      10 28 38 18 30 12 25  9  96
                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
A.AFFLALO    35   4 12  33  1  6  17  2  2 100  13   0  3  3  3  2  1  0  0  11
N.HILARIO    42   6  9  67  0  0      4  5  80  26   1 12 13  3  1  2  1  3  16
D.GALLINARI  28   6 15  40  5  8  62  8  8 100  -4   2  2  4  0  1  1  1  0  25
T.LAWSON     22   7  9  78  1  1 100  1  2  50   5   0  0  0  3  1  1  4  0  16
K.FARIED     12   3  4  75  0  0      2  2 100   0   3  2  5  1  1  2  2  1   8
A.HARRINGTON 21   5  8  62  2  3  67  0  0      12   1  2  3  1  1  0  2  0  12
G.FORBES     15   2  5  40  0  1   0  2  3  67  18   0  2  2  2  0  0  0  0   6
C.ANDERSEN   12   2  3  67  0  0      1  2  50  13   2  0  2  0  0  1  3  0   5
K.KOUFOS      4   1  1 100  0  0      2  2 100   0   0  0  0  0  0  2  0  0   4
A.MILLER     26   3  6  50  0  0      7  9  78  22   0  2  2  7  0  0  1  0  13
J.HAMILTON   23   3  6  50  1  3  33  0  0      30   0  1  1  2  2  4  2  0   7
DENVER       48  42 78  54 10 22  45 29 35  83       9 26 35 22  9 14 16  4 123

WASHINGTON                  DENVER
     Fast Break Pts  22          Fast Break Pts  26
  Second Chance Pts  12       Second Chance Pts  11
Points in the Paint  32     Points In the Paint  24
       Biggest Lead   9            Biggest Lead  37

BASKETBALL PROSPECTUS BOX SCORE
WAS (2-7)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  DEN (7-1)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
wall,john............63%  32%  1.23  + 8 24.5  gallinari,danilo.....58%  31%  1.30  - 4 23.4
young,nick...........58%  18%  1.51  +15 17.8  hilario,nene.........88%  12%  1.78  +26 18.7
mcgee,javale.........65%  15%  1.08  + 3 11.5  miller,andre.........54%  18%  1.52  +22 15.9
lewis,rashard........60%  14%  1.24  + 1 11.1  lawson,ty............46%  28%  1.17  + 5 13.2
blatche,andray.......63%  32%  0.51  -22  9.0  afflalo,arron........73%  15%  1.02  +13 11.7
crawford,jordan......46%  17%  0.75  -39  6.6  harrington,al........44%  20%  1.31  +12 11.4
booker,trevor........38%  27%  0.55  -35  5.7  faried,kenneth.......25%  25%  1.40  +    9.8
singleton,chris......35%   6%  1.97  +    4.5  hamilton,jordan......48%  14%  1.20  +30  9.4
mack,shelvin.........38%  16%  0.64  -35  4.1  forbes,gary..........31%  18%  1.13  +18  6.5
jianlian,yi..........13%  22%  1.11  -11  3.0  andersen,chris.......25%  25%  0.76  +13  5.0
vesely,jan...........23%   2%  4.59  -20  2.6  koufos,kosta......... 8%  20%  2.14  +    3.7
seraphin,kevin.......(DNP)                     mozgov,timofey.......(DNP)  
PACE: 95.5          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 95.5          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
WIZARDS..........  100.5 .545  .278 .262 .069  NUGGETS..........  128.8 .603  .243 .168 .161

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BULLS 113, CLIPPERS 96: Luol Deng has had a solid but quiet start for the Bulls, but he stood out on Saturday with 15 first quarter points. Nevertheless, the Clippers led by 12 midway through the second quarter. Deng capped a 10-2 run as Chicago edged closer and finished with 23 points by the break, at which the Bulls trailed by just a point. Mo Williams heated up in the third, scoring 14 points and leading a 10-2 run to finish the quarter that left the Clippers up by four. Deng scored early in the fourth to knot the score, then Derrick Rose took over, scoring 13 points down the stretch as the Bulls pulled away. Chicago won its third straight and improved to 3-1 on the eight-game circus trip--the annual stretch of road games dictated by the circus that takes over the United Center each November. The Bulls outscored the Clippers 37-16 in the fourth as Deng finished with a season-high 34 points.

STRAT-O-MATIC BOX SCORE
CHICAGO                     22 24 30 37  113
LOS ANGELES C               28 19 33 16   96

                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
L.DENG       39  15 25  60  4 11  36  0  0      20   0  4  4  4  1  1  2  0  34
D.ROSE       39   9 15  60  2  7  29  7  8  88  20   0  3  3 12  1  0  1  1  27
C.BOOZER     25   6  9  67  0  0      3  3 100  34   1 11 12  5  4  0  0  0  15
R.BREWER     20   1  3  33  0  1   0  0  0      11   0  4  4  2  0  1  1  0   2
J.NOAH       27   2  7  29  0  0      4  4 100  29   4  5  9  1  5  1  2  1   8
T.GIBSON     25   4  6  67  0  0      0  0     -19   3  4  7  0  3  1  1  0   8
K.KORVER     12   3  8  38  2  5  40  0  0       0   2  1  3  1  2  2  1  0   8
K.BOGANS     15   3  5  60  0  1   0  0  0       3   1  1  2  3  3  0  0  0   6
O.ASIK       13   0  0      0  0      0  0     -17   0  2  2  0  0  0  1  0   0
C.WATSON      9   1  2  50  0  1   0  1  2  50  -3   0  1  1  0  0  0  2  1   3
K.THOMAS      7   0  0      0  0      0  0       7   0  0  0  1  0  0  0  1   0
J.BUTLER      9   1  4  25  0  1   0  0  0       0   1  0  1  2  4  0  0  0   2
CHICAGO      48  45 84  54  8 27  30 15 17  88      12 36 48 31 23  6 11  4 113
                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
B.GRIFFIN    37   6 11  55  0  0      3  7  43 -17   0  5  5  6  3  0  3  0  15
E.GORDON     40   5 13  38  1  5  20  2  2 100 -20   0  2  2  7  0  0  0  0  13
R.GOMES      27   1  5  20  1  4  25  0  2   0  -5   1  3  4  2  2  2  2  0   3
D.JORDAN     22   3  5  60  0  1   0  0  1   0 -10   5  1  6  0  4  0  1  0   6
M.WILLIAMS   31  11 21  52  7 10  70  1  1 100  -4   1  3  4  2  4  0  1  0  30
E.BLEDSOE    18   1  5  20  0  0      0  0     -10   2  3  5  1  2  1  4  0   2
R.FOYE       11   0  3   0  0  0      4  5  80  -3   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   4
A.AMINU      17   1  3  33  0  0      6  8  75  -9   1  3  4  0  1  3  0  0   8
C.KAMAN      26   5 12  42  0  0      2  4  50  -7   3  4  7  0  1  1  0  2  12
T.THOMPKINS  11   0  0      0  0      3  4  75   0   0  1  1  0  0  0  1  0   3
LOS ANGELES  48  33 78  42  9 20  45 21 34  62      13 25 38 18 17  7 12  2  96

CHICAGO                     LOS ANGELES C
     Fast Break Pts  14          Fast Break Pts  10
  Second Chance Pts   8       Second Chance Pts  12
Points in the Paint  26     Points In the Paint  26
       Biggest Lead  17            Biggest Lead  12

BASKETBALL PROSPECTUS BOX SCORE
CHI (7-3)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  LAC (4-7)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
deng,luol............81%  33%  1.32  +20 36.2  williams,maurice.....65%  34%  1.43  - 4 32.2
rose,derrick.........81%  23%  1.77  +20 28.2  gordon,eric..........83%  15%  1.37  -20 18.7
boozer,carlos........52%  18%  1.88  +34 19.4  griffin,blake........77%  21%  1.07  -17 16.1
korver,kyle..........25%  36%  1.12  +    9.5  kaman,chris..........54%  24%  0.96  - 7 14.3
noah,joakim..........56%  18%  0.91  +29  8.9  aminu,alfarouq.......35%  17%  1.40  - 9  7.7
gibson,taj...........52%  12%  1.35  -19  8.2  jordan,deandre.......46%  12%  1.05  -10  6.5
bogans,keith.........31%  14%  1.52  + 3  6.9  gomes,ryan...........56%  12%  0.88  - 5  4.7
brewer,ronnie........42%   7%  1.44  +11  4.9  bledsoe,eric.........38%  23%  0.44  -10  3.9
watson,c.j...........19%  25%  0.62  - 3  3.1  foye,randy...........23%  21%  0.64  - 3  3.1
butler,jimmy.........19%  20%  0.60  +    2.2  thompkins,trey.......23%  10%  1.14  +    2.5
thomas,kurt..........15%   7%  0.88  + 7  0.9  warren,willie........(DNP)  
asik,omer............27%   1%  1.50  -17  0.5  smith,craig..........(DNP)  
PACE: 87.6          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 87.6          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
BULLS............  129.0 .583  .324 .126 .085  CLIPPERS.........  109.6 .481  .265 .137 .171

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STANDINGS, SCORES, LEADERS AND SCHEDULE
               SCORING AVERAGE     REBOUNDS⁄GAME       FIELD GOAL PCT
TEAM WON LOST  ------------------- ------------------- -------------------
BOS    5   3   K.DURANT  OKC 32.0  K.LOVE    MIN 12.4  N.HILARIO DEN .710 
PHI    4   5   D.NOWITZK DAL 31.8  J.NOAH    CHI 11.6  M.BROOKS  NJN .656 
NYK    4   5   D.ROSE    CHI 29.6  D.HOWARD  ORL 10.9  D.HOWARD  ORL .614 
NJN    3   6   R.GAY     MEM 27.7  K.HUMPHRI NJN 10.9  J.BAREA   DAL .612 
TOR    2   7   D.GALLINA DEN 27.6  A.BOGUT   MIL 10.6  M.GORTAT  PHX .603 
TEAM WON LOST
CHI    7   3   FREE THROW PCT      THREE POINT PCT     ASSISTS⁄GAME
IND    4   6   ------------------- ------------------- -------------------
DET    2   6   D.AUGUSTI CHA .974  M.WEBSTER MIN .692  S.NASH    PHX 13.2 
CLE    2   7   A.AFFLALO DEN .955  T.LAWSON  DEN .682  R.RONDO   BOS 11.2 
MIL    2   8   M.MORRIS  HOU .955  M.DUNLEAV IND .600  D.WILLIAM NJN 10.6 
TEAM WON LOST  S.NASH    PHX .947  C.JENKINS GSW .577  C.PAUL    NOH 10.4 
MIA    7   1   C.BOSH    MIA .930  N.COLE    MIA .556  J.KIDD    DAL  9.8 
ORL    8   2
CHA    5   4   STEALS⁄GAME         TURNOVERS⁄GAME      BLOCKS⁄GAME
ATL    4   5   ------------------- ------------------- -------------------
WAS    2   7   R.GAY     MEM  2.3  J.WALL    WAS  4.8  J.McGEE   WAS  3.2 
TEAM WON LOST  L.JAMES   MIA  2.2  R.RONDO   BOS  4.5  T.DUNCAN  SAS  2.9 
DAL    7   3   R.WESTBRO OKC  2.0  D.COUSINS SAC  3.5  A.STOUDEM NYK  2.8 
SAS    6   3   T.ALLEN   MEM  2.0  J.JOHNSON ATL  3.3  A.BOGUT   MIL  2.5 
MEM    6   3   D.HOWARD  ORL  1.9  J.SMITH   ATL  3.3  B.LOPEZ   NJN  2.4 
HOU    5   4
NOH    4   5
TEAM WON LOST
DEN    7   1
MIN    6   3
OKC    5   5
POR    4   6
UTA    3   6
TEAM WON LOST
PHX    8   2
LAL    8   2
GSW    4   6
LAC    4   7
SAC    2   9

DATE  YESTERDAY'S SCORES        HIGH POINTS      HIGH REBOUNDS   HIGH ASSISTS
----  ------------------------  ---------------  --------------  ------------
11⁄19 CHI 113  @ LAC  96        L.DENG 34        C.BOOZER 12     D.ROSE 12
11⁄19 CHA  88 vs CLE  83        D.AUGUSTIN 24    C.MAGGETTE 12   Multiple 6
11⁄19 DAL 116  @ ATL  98        D.NOWITZKI 31    S.MARION 16     J.KIDD 17
11⁄19 MEM 115 vs MIN 112        R.GAY 27         Z.RANDOLPH 14   M.CONLEY 9
11⁄19 HOU 125 vs NJN 116        K.MARTIN 43      K.HUMPHRIES 16  D.WILLIAMS 18
11⁄19 ORL 118 vs NOH  91        Multiple 24      D.HOWARD 12     C.PAUL 16
11⁄19 POR 111  @ MIL  89        W.MATTHEWS 22    L.ALDRIDGE 9    R.FELTON 7
11⁄19 SAS 115 vs SAC  91        T.PARKER 29      D.BLAIR 11      Multiple 6
11⁄19 DEN 123 vs WAS  96        D.GALLINARI 25   N.HILARIO 13    Multiple 7

TODAY'S SCHEDULED GAMES
-----------------------
GOLDEN STATE (4-6) at BOSTON (5-3)
INDIANA (4-6) at DETROIT (2-6)
NEW YORK (4-5) at PHOENIX (8-2)
PHILADELPHIA (4-5) at MIAMI (7-1)
UTAH (3-6) at OKLAHOMA CITY (5-5)

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% (Play percentage) An estimate of the percentage of a team's 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: Estimated 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 a 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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