Game of the Day:
San Antonio Spurs 123 at LA Lakers 121
Kawhi Leonard stole the ball from Kobe Bryant to set up Swen Nater’s buzzer beater as the Spurs left Los Angeles with a big win. Magic Johnson did all he could to lead Los Angeles with his remarkable 30 point, 7 assist, and 5 rebound performance, but it was the Spurs bench, led by Artis Gilmore’s 20 points, that led the way. The Spurs subs outscored the Lakers subs 72-39. The heralded Laker front court was stymied all night by the Spurs. Both Jabbar and O’Neal both fouled out trying to contain Gilmore and David Robinson and failed to score 20 points between them.
MVP: Artis Gilmore: 20 points, 3 rebound, 1 block
Buffalo Braves 164 at Atlanta Hawks 172 (OT)
The Braves and Hawks combined for the highest scoring game by far, an exciting overtime game that ended with the Hawks climbing to 2-0. The Braves, despite the 0-2 start, have reason to be optimistic as Blake Griffin rebounded from a horrible game 1 to score 35 points. The Hawks stole the win thanks to 10 points from Eddie Johnson in the extra period.
MVP: Eddie Johnson: 33 points (10 in OT), 3 rebound, 5 assists
Milwaukee Bucks 132 at Boston Celtics 134
The Celtics had to fight a little harder for their second win as the surprising Bucks held a seven point lead going into the fourth. But the Celtics’ Big Three from the 80s lead the comeback, combining for 62 points. The Celtics 23 for 25 free throw shooting sealed the win.
MVP: Larry Bird: 28 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks, 1 steal
Miami Heat 147 at New Jersey Nets 143
Julius Ervin’s 41 wasn’t enough to give the Nets their first win. Instead, it was the visiting Heat, rebounding from a disastrous game against the 76ers, scoring a crucial road win. Miami never trailed in the second half and the closest the Nets could get was the final score.
MVP: LeBron James: 38 points, 3 rebound, 4 assists, 1 block, 1 steal
Cleveland Cavaliers 147 at Charlotte Hornets 145
Charlotte has been the bearer of bad luck so far. Two losses by a combined five points have put Charlotte in an early hole. This time it was a comeback that came up just short, despite a remarkable 42 point effort by Alonzo Mourning. His great performance was overshadowed by LeBron James who recorded the first triple double of the season. Mike Mitchell continued to excel off the bench for the Cavs as well, scoring over 20 in his second great game.
MVP: Lebron James: 31 points, 11 rebounds, 13 assists, 1 steal
Spirits of St. Louis 108 at Kansas City Kings 125
The Kings starting backcourt scored 51 while the Spirits’ starting front court combined for an atrocious 11 for 32. Those two factors lead to the Kings to a comfortable first win. The Spirits, who has looked so good in their shocker at Portland, looked lost in the wave of scoring from the Kings impressive guard rotation.
MVP: Colin Rhys: 33 points, 3 rebound, 7 assists, 1 block, 2 steals
Dallas Mavericks 117 at Houston Rockets 133
The Rockets raced out to a 12 point lead by the end of the first quarter and never looked back, cruising to a 16 point victory over the winless Mavericks. The Mavs continued to get good performances from Rolando Blackman and Mark Aguirre. The two combined for 60 points. But Roy Tarpley and Dirk Nowitski were more than doubled up by Hakeem Olajuwon. The Dream outscored the two Mavs 32-13.
MVP: Hakeem Olajuwon: 32 points, 10 rebouds, 1 assist, 1 block
Detroit Pistons 120 at Phoenix Sun 129
The Suns’ offense continued to impress, even against a strong Pistons’ defense. The Suns scored 41 in the first quarter in route to an 18 point lead. Detroit could get no closer than seven points the rest of the way.
MVP: Walter Davis: 30 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists
Memphis Tams 104 at Kentucky Colonels 126
The Colonels played more like the division favorites in their second go around. It helped they finally got solid production from Kevin Love. Love scored 21 before fouling out, finally giving help to Artis Gilmore would didn’t have to carry the load himself. The Colonels also got valuable bench minutes from Kevin Garnett (18) and Chuck Person (15).
MVP: Artis Gilmore: 26 points, 9 rebounds, 3 blocks
Denver Nuggets 132 at Virginia Squires 114
Denver got an important if unspectacular win over the up-and-down Squires. Not a single Nugget scored 20 points though Spencer Haywood and Fats Lever provided valuable minutes. Kyle Lowry continued to be one of the surprises of the season, leading all scorers with 20. Lowry leads the league with 14 made three point shots.
MVP: Fats Lever 12 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals
New Orleans Jazz 123 at Portland Trailblazers 152
After two straight losses, the Trailblazers took their frustrations out on the hapless Jazz, scoring 81 first half points in route to a lopsided win. Eight different Portland players scored in double figures. For the Jazz, their second loss was much like the first. Karl Malone scored a ton of points, 26, but got little help from his supporting cast.
MVP: Clyde Drexler: 20 points, 5 rebound, 6 assists, 1 steal
Seattle Supersonics 135 at San Diego Conquistadors 138
The Supersonics are suddenly 1-2 after being shocked by the Conquistadors. The Conquistadors, nearly completely made up of ABA Players, scored the last six points of the game. Shawn Kemp’s three at the buzzer missed and San Diego escaped with a win and a surprising 2-0 start.
MVP: Chuck Williams: 23 points, 2 rebounds, 13 assists, 2 steals
Philadelphia 76ers 130 at Washington Bullets 125
The Sixers used a 40 points fourth quarter to overcome a small deficit to gain a major road win over an East rival. The Bullets lost despite the heroics of Jeff Ruland. Ruland scored 34, 10 in the final quarter, but he was trumped by Andrew Toney’s 35, 12 of which came in the final period. The Sixers strength continues to be their top six. 113 of their 130 come from just six players.
MVP: Andrew Toney: 35 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal