Day 5 Recap: Spurs, Rockets, Conquistadors Suffer First Losses of the Season
Phoenix Suns 151 at Dallas Mavericks 131
Rolando Blackmon’s 48 wasn’t enough to get Dallas their first win of the season as the Suns romped to a 20 point road victory. Nash dished out 11 assists, mostly to the great scoring duo of Walter Davis and Charles Barkley, who combined for 53 points.
San Diego Conquistadors 133 at Golden St. Warriors 148
The surprising Conquistadors suffered their first loss as they ran into a hot scoring Warriors team. Three Warriors, Stephen Curry, Purvis Short, and Chris Mullin, scored 20 or more points for Golden St. as they used a 48 point first quarter to take a lead they’d never relinquish. San Diego suffered a minor injury to their star Moses Malone who will miss the next contest.
Cleveland Cavaliers 120 at Indiana Pacers 144
The Pacers ran their record to 3-0 with an impressive win over a good Cavaliers team. Balance was the key for Indiana as six players score 14 or more points. It was Mel Daniels, though, that the Cavs had the most trouble with as his 21 points and 15 rebounds caused significant problems in the front court. LeBron James struggled to 19 points shooting just 5 for 12 for the game.
Buffalo Braves 102 at Milwaukee Bucks 120
Ray Allen came off the bench to score 26 as the Bucks built a 16 point halftime lead before cruising to the win over the struggling Braves. Alcindor and Lee dominated down low, combining for 51 points and 24 rebounds. Derek Smith was the Braves lone bright spot scoring 25 points.
Charlotte Horners 120 at Denver Nuggets 152
Denver continues to improve thanks to one of the league’s best benches. Outscoring the Hornets’ bench 67-45, the Nuggets built a 40-19 first quarter lead and never let Charlotte make a game of it.
Chicago Bulls 123 at Philadelphia 76ers 135
The Bulls were better but still chase their first win as the Philadelphia 76ers were simply better. Michael Jordan led all scorers with 45, but got little help from his teammates as Pau Gasol, Joakim Noah, and Scottie Pippen combined for a horrible 11 for 24 shooting performance. The Sixers starting unit continued to look the best in the league, scoring 101 points.
San Antonio Spurs 145 at Spirit of St. Louis 152
St. Louis got help from the unlikeliest of heroes as Tobias Harris’ 30 helped the Spirit pull off the upset of the previously unbeaten and impressive Spurs. Harris, in for the injured Billy Cunningham provided the support needed as front court partners Shaquille O’Neal and Dwight Howard were matched by San Antonio’s David Robinson and Tim Duncan.
Houston Rockets 116 at New Orleans Jazz 130
Houston squandered a 13 point lead by failing to score 25 points in either of the final two quarters. The Jazz, stymied with foul trouble to Karl Malone, leaned on John Stockton to led the way. His season high 14 assists pushed the Jazz offense to new heights while Adrian Dantley scored most of his 23 points in a 43 point Jazz third quarter, turning a 13 point deficit into a 6 point lead heading into the final quarter.