The Lakers held off the Hawks in the most exciting finish of the night. Reserve Jordan Hill/LAL secured key offensive rebounds down the stretch and Pau Gasol/LAL made the winning free throws and blocked Kyle Korver’s/ATL attempt to tie the game in the closing seconds. Gasol kept pace (16 points, 13 rebounds) with Al Horford/ATL (12 points 16 rebounds). Promoted to the starting lineup, Xavier Henry/LAL led the Lakers with 18 points but had little other fantasy production. Korver made
The big story of the night was yet another comeback win by the upstarts from Philadelphia, this time taking out big-time Eastern Conference contenders, the Chicago Bulls. I will skip a review of the other action last night to delve deeper into the Sixers-Bulls game. High Tempo Makes up for Deficiencies Once again, Philadelphia came from far behind with a second half spurt to leave their opponents bewildered and on the losing end of the scoreboard. This time they owned the third
Dwayne Wade/MIA was back in the lineup for the Heat, but it wasn’t enough. The Nets held the lead throughout and a furious rally led by LeBron James/MIA ultimately fell a point short. John Wall/WAS was unstoppable in the first half as the Wizards built a sizable lead over the youthful Sixers, only to have Philly storm back in the fourth quarter and take a 109-102 victory. Anthony Davis/NOP was dominant, but his Pelicans were trounced by the Magic 110-90.
Everyone knew the Knicks would be in tough territory, traveling to Chicago to take on a Bulls team determined to put the thumping they received in Miami behind them. To their credit, the Knicks stayed in it all the way, even taking a one-point lead in the last minute. But it was not to be. The only other game featured a West Coast battle royale between the two finest point guards in the league. Rose Hits Winning Bucket in Chicago Return The
The frenzied second evening of the young NBA season produced a shock for the ages. The neophyte Philadelphia 76ers built a 22-point lead in the first quarter over the Miami Heat, lost most of it by half-time, fell behind by double digits, then stormed back to defeat the champs. Incredible! Sixers shock the world, Lakers are blown out There was so much action last night that a full review would eat up too much space in this column, so instead I offer
That was quite an opening night. Two games were in line with expectations, while another produced a mild shock. The balls will be flying in arenas across the continent tonight, as 28 of 30 teams are in action. As such, get ready for a longish read. Lakers stun Clippers, Bulls Ice Cold in First Half In the league opener, Orlando kept things interesting in the first half in Indiana, led by Andrew Nicholson’s/ORL 18 points off the bench on 8 of 10
Click on this banner to enter Draft Street fantasy basketball contests. Since many of our readers are likely to be unfamiliar with me, a few words of introduction are in order as I take over for Kent Williams. I got involved in daily fantasy sports a few years ago, entering daily baseball contests at various sites, including DraftStreet. I had done analytical research and writing about baseball for well over a decade and found that creating daily