November 6 NBA Scores
Early in the season scoring seems to be up.
New Orleans 118, Los Angeles 104
(AP) You have nobody down low! This is my game!
Chris Paul and Peja Stojakovic go off in road win
Chris Paul set a franchise record with 21 assists to go along with 17 points to help the Hornets run their record to 4-0. Many of his dimes went to Peja Sojakovic (36 points), who also set a team record with 10 threes and hit for 17 points in the third. David West went for 22 as the Hornets used a sick inside out game to keep the Lakers on their heels. The Hornets hit 14 of 25 shots from beyond the arc.
The Lakers, who were coming off of consective wins, were led by Kobe Bryant with 28 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Last season the Hornets were depleted by injury and missed the playoffs. This season, New Orleans looks to establish a firm team identity and took full advantage of a Laker team themselves missing three key players due to injury.
*I have a Chris Paul feature upcoming in SLAM. I’ll keep you posted.
New York 119, Denver 112
Poet, Mizzo don’t know what he talkin’ bout. Ya heard?
Knicks take care of Nuggets at MSG.
That little slap boxing match gets no rap here.
Jamal Crawford had 25 points in leading four Knick starters with at least 20. The Knicks shot almost 53% from the field to claim victory in a spirited match up. Zach Randolph scored 22 and had 17 rebounds, Eddy Curry had 24–9 in the fourth and Starbury 21 and 9 assists for a Knicks squad that sold out their first two home games since the 2001-2002 season.
Allen Iverson (I can’t get used to seeing him as a Nugget), who uses MSG as his personal showcase, had 32. Melo pitched in 24.
Kenyon Martin sat out so he can play against Boston to give his aching back proper rest.
I have reservations about the Knicks this season and actually had the balls to exclude them from the playoffs. Chemistry has always been an issue as Jemele Hill pointed out in our interview.
Here’s what one of our astute posters, The Last Poet, had to say about my Eastern Conference preview:
I feel you, and judging by the lack of comments, I guess I’m the only one who cares about my Knicks! But I don’t see how they don’t make the playoffs this year. They’ve got the talent, and despite bogus media reports to the contrary, they’ve got cohesiveness.
The vets are motivated, the young guys are getting better, and everybody from Zeke to Jerome James seems determined to get it done (ok, maybe including JJ in there is a bit of a stretch!).
But hey, that’s why they play the games, my man.
Poet, keep pumping ya fist my brotha. I hope the Knicks prove me wrong.
Cleveland 108, Golden State 104
(Mario Jose Sanchez/AP)
C’mon they ain’t got nothin’!
King James does it all to keep GS winless and even their record at 2-2.
Bron Bron hit for 24, 14 rips, 9 assists and 3 blocks to once again lead Cleveland. Big Z had 22 and 13 and Daniel Gibson went for 22. Gibson hit the game winning three after missing his previous 4.
B Diddy had 29 and 10 dimes, but on 28 shots. Al Harrington (19 and 10) and Monta Ellis–22 off the wood–tried to keep the Warriors in it, but LeBron and company were just too much even though they were missing Donyell Marshall, Eric Snow and Larry Hughes.
The Warriors have had a tough go of it early in the season and will have to wait it out until Stephen Jackson returns from his NBA imposed suspension.
Los Angeles 97, Chicago 91
Maggette looking like Meth….Tical!
Clippers pull away in the fourth as the Baby Bulls remain winless
It ain’t good to be a Bull these days and Chicago is having a hard time shaking early season woes. That Philly cat Cuttino Mobley had 33 on 13-17 shooting and Corey Magette contributed 18, as the Clips push on without Elton Brand and have yet to lose.
Luol Deng continues to shine and had a nice all around game. Kurt Hinrich and Ben Gordon struggled to find their stroke and combined missed 22 of 32 shots. Don’t know if it’s the trade but these cats better get it going soon, they are way too talented.
Sacramento 104, Seattle 98
(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Yo man… when are we gonna get a win?
Reggie Theus gets his first win
Smooth Jazz continues to impress with 27, 7 boards and 4 dimes but was the only starter in double figures. Wally Szczerbiak came off the bench to lead the Sonics with 32 points on 12-16 shooting. The Sonics have some talent, but seem to watch Durant a little too much. Chris Wilcox did have 10 rebounds, but didn’t do much offensively. Somebody has to step up.
Kevin Martin scored 31 and John Salmons 23 to pace the Kings who are without Ron Artest (suspension) for three more games. Congratulations Reggie on the first of many more.
*I have an provocative interview with Ron Ron in SacTown Magazines’ upcoming anniversary issue.
Houston 89, San Antonio 81
(AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
Houston rocks the Spurs.
In a pivotal early season match up between the two best teams in Texas, Houston played suffocating defense on Timmay to get the win.
Tracy McGrady didn’t have one of his best outings, hitting for 12 on 4-14 shooting, but Yao picked up the slack with 28 points, 13 rips, 6 assists and 3 blocks. Bonzi had a nice game with 14 points and 15 boards.
Duncan was held to 14 (5-15). Manu Ginobili led S.A. with 23 of the bench and Tony Parker had 21. The Spurs as a team amassed a paltry 14 assists.
Stevie Franchise continues to rack up the DNP’s.
Orlando 111, Minnesota 103. Dwight “The Leviathan” Howard goes for 28 and 16 (Credit Poet for the moniker)
Phoenix 115, Charlotte 83. 8 players in double figures. Felton down with knee injury
New Jersey 87, ATL 82. Jefferson 25. Kidd 9, 12, 9
Mulwaukee 112, Toronto 85. Bucks shoot 60% and hold Chris Bosh to 1 pt.