NBA Daily Roundup: Nov. 4, 2012
NBA Daily Recaps: 11/4/12 (Five Games)
Another day in the NBA has come and gone, and with it comes a snapshot look at the matchups that it presented and the final results of the basketball that ensued.
Although the 2012-2013 season is still young and has plenty more basketball waiting to be played, each game offers a little glimpse into what the future offers for these teams still trying to find their identity. Whether they’re playoff contenders or teams in the middle of a massive rebuilding project, you can never count out a team to come away with a hard-fought victory.
Meanwhile, especially with 82 games in a season, it’s always easy to assume that some teams, no matter how talented, will go through slumps. That, however, makes the difference between a team destined for glory and one guaranteed an annual lottery pick in the NBA Draft.
The high scorers on the day were Dwight Howard and Kevin Martin, who both managed 28 points through 48 minutes. Only one of them, though, managed to put their team in the win column with his big effort.
The top performance of the day came from Howard. With a deep playoff run on his mind, Superman helped his team to their first win of the season with 28 points, seven rebounds, three blocks and two steals. He dominated throughout the entire first half, racking up 20 points in the first 24 minutes of play.
Here’s a quick look at each of today’s games, including the final scores, top point-producers and each teams’ new record resulting from the action.
New York Knicks 100, Philadelphia 76ers 84
The New York Knicks are off to a hot start in the 2012, quieting the now 1-1 Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday and lifting themselves to a 2-0 start. Led by Carmelo Anthony, who contributed a game-high 27 points, the Knicks turned in an impressive defensive performance. The 76ers struggled to get much going offensively, shooting 43 percent from the field while turning the ball over 18 times. The Knicks haven’t started 2-0 since the 1999-2000, so there’s plenty to be excited about in NYC after cruising to this latest victory.
Toronto Raptors 105, Minnesota Timberwolves 86
Led by the three-headed monster of Demar DeRozen, Kyle Lowry and Alan Anderson, the Toronto Raptors improved to 1-2 on the season with an impressive win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The three combined for 62 points on the night. Veteran Andrei Kirilenko had a strong outing for the Timberwolves, notching a team-high 17 points and three blocks. Toronto’s dominance from three-point land and Minnesota’s 24 turnovers did the Timberwolves in, though, dropping them to 1-1 on the season.
Orlando Magic 115, Phoenix Suns 94
All but one of the starters for the Orlando Magic scored in the double digits, which helped them stay undefeated at 2-0 to start their 2012-2013 campaign. Three players, including Glen Davis, Aaron Afflalo and J.J. Redick, scored over 20 points, which helped the Magic come away with a 21-point win spurred by a 40-point third quarter. The Phoenix Suns, however, enjoyed a big game from center Marcin Gortat, who had 14 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks. Phoenix dropped to 1-2 on the season following the loss.
Atlanta Hawks 104, Oklahoma City Thunder 95
What a game the Atlanta Hawks got from Al Horford. The big man turned in 23 points and 12 rebounds, helping the Hawks to even their record at 1-1. While the Hawks were busy forcing 21 turnovers, the Oklahoma City Thunder were trying to keep up on defense. They gave up almost 50 percent shooting from the field, but got big games from Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Recently-acquired Kevin Martin pitched in 28 points off the bench as the Thunder fell to 1-2.
Los Angeles Lakers 108, Detroit Pistons 79
After starting the season 0-3, the Los Angeles Lakers desperately needed a win and got it in a big way against the Detroit Pistons. Feeding off of a dominant performance from Dwight Howard, the Lakers pounded the Pistons early and often in route to a 29-point blowout. The purple and gold got big contributions from Metta World Peace, Kobe Bryant and Jordan Hill while Detroit only had one player, Jonas Jerebko, make a significant impact. The Lakers got their first on the road to the Finals.