Bulls Drop Second Game; Supersonics Romp in Day 3 Action

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New York Knicks 127 at Chicago Bulls 103

Michael Jordan scored 31, but his team failed to provide the needed help to prevent the Bulls from falling to 0-2. The Knicks’ bench outscored the Bulls 57-28 to help shock Chicago at home. The 103 points scored by the Bulls marks the lowest total by any team so far this season.

MVP: Michael Ray Richardson: 13 pts, 9 asts, 6 rebs, 2 steals.

Golden St. Warriors 135 at Seattle Supersonics 149

The Warriors outscored the Supersonics over three quarters, but it was Seattle’s 40 point outburst in the third that helped them to a solid home victory. The leaders in their loss to the Lakers struggled so new players stepped up. Xavier McDaniel, who scored just 2 in the opening game, had 22 this time while Durant bounced back from a disappointing game to lead all scorers with 32. But it was Jack Sikma really leading the way in the paint to make up for Shawn Kemp’s foul trouble.

MVP: Jack Skima: 19 pts, 16 rebs, 2 asts

Wilkins’ 56, Mutombo’s Block, and Smith’s Heroics Highlight Day 2 Action

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Atlanta Hawks 130 at Dallas Mavericks 129

Dominique Wilkins may have had the highlights with the early season high of 56 points, but it was his teammate Dikembe Mutombo that sealed the win with a last second block of a Rolando Blackman drive.

Atlanta had held the lead for much of the game thanks to Wilkins, but when he fouled out midway through the fourth quarter the Mavericks slowly chipped away at the 13 point deficit, but Blackmon’s shot was blocked by Mutombo and time ran out before the ball hit the ground.

MVP: Dominique Wilkins: 56 points, 5 rebs, 3 assists, 1 steal

New Jersey Nets 131 at Cleveland Cavaliers 139

Four Cavaliers scored 20 or more points to help lead Cleveland to a fairly comfortable win over the visiting New Jersey Nets. Trailing by 16 at halftime, the Nets failed to get any closer than 6 in the second half.

MVP: Mike Mitchell: 27 points, 4 rebs, 2 assists, 1 block

Washington Bullets 108 at Detroit Pistons 115

The Bullets became only the second team not to score 110 points as Detroit’s defense smothered the Bullets, holding them to just 24 in the final period as Pistons put up 36. That erased a 5 point 3rd quarter deficit to help give the Pistons their opening win.

MVP Andre Drummond: 19 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block

LA Lakers 139 at Golden St. Warriors 136

The Lakers overcame a 20 point third quarter deficit to shock the Warriors in their home opening. Trailing 112-93 with 12 to go, the Lakers reeled off 48 fourth quarter points to escape with a victory and become the first team to win two games.

MVP: Magic Johnson, 20 points, 6 assists, 1 reb, 1 steal

Charlotte Hornets 133 at Houston Rockets 137 (OT)

Kenny Smith’s three pointer at the buzzer forced overtime where the Rockets scored the first six points to hold off the Hornets for a harder than expected opening victory. The Rockets had been dominating the game with the help up their duo of Akeem Olajuwon and Moses Malone who combined for 38 points and 27 rebounds, but the Hornets got great bench performances from Anthony Davis and Tom Washington that put them in a position to win until Smith’s incredible shot.

MVP: Kenny Smith: 24 points, 4 assists

Virginia Squires 125 at Kentucky Colonels 114

Artis Gilmore’s 40 points wasn’t enough to propel the Colonels to the win as the Squires picked up the season’s first big upset in a shocking road win. The key was Kyle Lowry, who went 6 for 6 from three point range en route to a team leading 26 points. Without Gilmore, the Colonels barely shot 40%.

MVP: Kyle Lowry: 26 points, 4 assists, 3 rebs, 1 steal

Milwaukee Bucks 134, New York Knicks 132

Lew Alcindor won his match-up with Patrick Ewing, and the Bucks came away with a hard earned road victory. Allan Houston came off the bench to give the Knicks a chance. His 34 points were crucial in the Knicks closing a 17 point first half gap in the second half. In the end, it was the Bucks’ 18 offensive rebounds that helped the Bucks survive.

MVP: Lew Alcindor: 25 points, 11 rebs, 1 assist, 2 blocks

Indiana Pacers 122 at Denver 116

Indiana became the second team to get to 2 wins as they won a game against Denver Nuggets in which the final score was not a reflection of how the Pacers dominated the game. It didn’t look that way early in the 2nd. Leading by 6, the Pacers lost their stalwart center, Mel Daniels to a minor injury. Without him, the Pacers lost the rebounding edge but made up for it with impressive free throw shooting and excellent three point shooting (6 for 11).

MVP: George McGinnis: 26 points, 7 rebs, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block

Miami Heat 124 at Philadelphia 76ers 144.

The Heat never looked like the team that beat the Bulls the day before. Down only 2 at the half, the Heat struggled to stop Andrew Toney and Dr. J from imposing their will on the offensive end. The duo combined for 49 points, most in the second half. LeBron James stuggled to earn his 21 points while front court mates Chris Bosh and Kevin Willis combined for a pathetic 3 for 11 from the field.

MVP: Andrew Toney: 25 pts, 3 assists, 1 reb

Kansas City Kings 112 at San Diego Conquistadors 128

It’s hard to tell if the Conquistadors were that good, or the Kings were that bad. The Kings only had 2 players score over 15 points while the Conquistadors had 8 players score in double digits. The depth was apparent as any lineup the Conquistadors put together resulted in a domination of the paint. San Diego out rebounded Kansas City 61-30.

MVP: Willie Wise: 20 pts, 11 rebs, 1 steal

Phoenix Suns 150 at San Antonio Spurs 153

San Antonio answered the challenge of facing the Suns’ impressive offense by running with them. The results was a wildly entertaining 153-150 win. The Spurs win came with the help of their super subs, Kawhi Leonard and Manu Ginobli, who combined for 52 bench points. Both hit late threes that helped seal the win.

MVP: Kawhi Leonard: 30 points, 5 rebs, 2 assists, 1 steal

Spirits of St. Louis 150 at Portland Trailblazers 146

Portland’s early woes continue as they drop their second game to a surprising St. Louis team. Bill Walton had trouble against St. Louis’ duo of Shaquille O’Neal and Dwight Howard. Walton eventually fouled out trying to keep up with them and the Spirits completely dominated the interior. Only the duos poor free throw shooting (13 for 22) kept the Trailblazers in it.

MVP: Dwight Howard: 31 pts, 10 rebs, 3 blocks

Boston Celtics 150 at Buffalo Braves 128

It was simply too much talent for Buffalo as the Celtics breezed to an easy victory. Paul Pierce from outside and Larry Bird from inside tormented the Braves for 55 points. Boston had a 15 point lead at the end of the first and never looked back.

MVP: Paul Pierce: 30 pts, 3 rebs, 1 assist

Memphis Tams 134 at New Orleans Jazz 129

Karl Malone managed to score 31 despite foul trouble, and John Stockton added 14 points and 9 assists, but it wasn’t enough as the Jazz limped to a disappointing home loss. The heroes were the less heralded back court of James Jones and Mike Conley. Together they scored 50 while Red Robbins alone nearly out rebounded the Jazz entire front court.

MVP: Red Robbins: 19 pts, 18 rebs, 1 assist, 1 block

Season Tip-Off: Day 1 Recaps

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Day 1 Recap:

Virginia 128 at Indiana 132

MVP: Mel Daniels 22 pts, 15 rebs

Reggie Miller, Mel Daniels, and George McGinnis all hit the 20 point plateau as the Pacers hold off a better than expected Squires team to win their home opener. The Squires, led by Vince Carter’s 25 points, spent the most of the night chasing the Pacers without ever taking the lead after the first quarter.

Seattle 137 at LA Lakers 140

MVP: Magic Johnson 19 pts 8 assists

In an early showdown between Western Conference powerhouses, the Lakers held off a furious Supersonic rally to claim a season opening victory. The Supersonics trailed by as many as 15 in the final quarter before a furious rally, aided by Shaquille O’Neals horrible 8 for 15 free throw shooting before a late Magic Johnson basket sealed the win.

Chicago 140 at Miami 143

MVP: LeBron James 43 points, 4 rebs, 3 assists

Round 1 of James vs Jordan did not disappoint as the two superstars combined for 84 points. In the end, it was James’ Heat that came away victorious after rallying from a 6 point fourth quarter deficit thanks to a 2:1 free throw advantage. Still, James was brilliant in the win, scoring most of his 43 in the second half after picking up 2 quick fouls early.

Portland 106 at Phoenix 121

MVP: Shawn Marion 36 pts, 11 reb

Marion came off the bench to lead all scorers to help the Suns to a comfortable win over the visiting Trailblazers. Nash was adept at handling the high powered Phoenix offense, dishing at 11 assists while also scoring 14 points. Portland’s silver lining came in Bill Walton’s amazing 16 point, 18 reb, 9 block performance despite being shackled with 5 fouls for much of the 4th quarter.