For the first time since Mike D’Antoni took over as coach, the Lakers really played his style. Shooting early, often and from anywhere, they hit 17 of 33 attempts from 3-point range, one of them by Dwight Howard! The big man had 28 points, 20 rebounds, 3 blocks and while he still can’t make an uncontested shot from the foul line (3-of-9), his stroke from downtown looks good. Antawn Jamison was tremendous; 33 PTS, 12 REB, 5-of-10 on 3PTM in 32:38 off the bench. Jodie Meeks scored 21 (on 7 triples) in just 17:27, as Kobe Bryant (14 PTS, 8 AST) was content to be a facilitator.
Granted, the visiting Nuggets were tired and didn’t play much D, but the 122 points for L.A. makes you wonder how good they will be when Steve Nash returns. Danilo Gallinari (19) led Denver on a night when they were never in the game, allowing 71 first-half points. Ty Lawson hit just 3 of 11 shots and committed 5 turnovers; Kenneth Faried was very quiet in just 23 minutes.
Other November 30 Games
PHI @ CHA: Make it seven very good games in a row for Evan Turner (25 PTS, 10 AST) and the breakout season continues for Jrue Holiday (13 PTS, 15 AST) as the Sixers held off the tenacious Bobcats. Jason Richardson (22) hit four 3-pointers and Lavoy Allen (10 PTS, 10 REB) played 35+ minutes at center. Rookie Jeffery Taylor scored 16 for Charlotte and Ben Gordon had a team-high 19, but both could lose minutes with the imminent return of Gerald Henderson from a sprained foot.
WAS @ NYC: I warned you yesterday about the possibility of garbage time limiting Carmelo Anthony (20 PTS, 5 REB, 5 AST in 28 minutes) and the rest of the Knicks starters. Tyson Chandler got his double-double (12 & 10) in 25 minutes, as J.R. Smith (20 PTS, 6 AST) played more than anyone on either team. For the Wizards, Jordan Crawford (17) was OK, Nene (9 PTS, 7 REB) played less than 18 minutes and Kevin Seraphin (13 PTS, 10 REB) did what he could.
PHO @ TOR: Although Andrea Bargnani (ankle) played, he was invisible (4 PTS, 2 REB in 27:05) and Kyle Lowry (15 PTS, 7 AST in 23:37) hasn’t been the dominant force of late that he was earlier in the season. Mickael Pietrus made his Toronto debut with a mere six points, but played 31:30 and was on the floor in crunch time; he’ll be starting for ineffective Linas Kleiza (5 PTS, 3 TO) very soon. Pietrus was just added to the Yahoo pool and may still be on waivers, but add him in deeper leagues where you can. DeMar DeRozan had a game-high 23, while Amir Johnson (16 PTS, 6 REB) and Jose Calderon (13 PTS, 9 AST) came off the bench to spark the win. Phoenix isn’t very good, especially on the road. Jared Dudley (14) showed signs of life, but Michael Beasley (12) tends to make his most boneheaded plays at the worst times.