The Post Up: Impressive Starts
The Knicks and Spurs remain undefeated.
by Peter Walsh / @goinginsquad
Due to technical difficulties with our website over the past day, this will be an abridged version of The Post Up. Apologies all around.
– The Knicks are 3-0 for the first time since the 1999-’00 season.
– New York led by eight at the half before outscoring Philly 33-20 in the third quarter to pull away for an easy victory.
– Seven Knicks scored in double-digits. Melo led the way with 21 and 7 boards while JR Smith had 17, 7 boards and 5 assists off the bench.
– Philly shot 33.7 percent from the field.
– The Nets were in full control of the game before they were outscored 32-10 in the fourth quarter, squandering a 22-point lead and ultimately losing the game.
– The front court combination of Nikola Pekovic (21 points), Dante Cunningham (11 points), Chase Budinger (16 points) and Andrei Kirilenko (16 points, 10 boards, 6 assists) dominated the Nets frontcourt in the second half and were instrumental in the win.
– Deron Williams led the way with 18 points and 13 dimes for Brooklyn.
– Someone please tell me who Alexey Shved is.
– The Heat have been on a tear offensively to start the season and continued that trend last night. They shot 55 percent from the field, stretched the lead to 30 at one point and led by double-digits throughout.
– LeBron and Wade led the way shooting a combined 19-31 from the field to total 23 and 22 points respectively. They sat most of the fourth.
– Ray Allen became the 24th player in history to score 23,000 points. Mario Chalmers had a career-high 11 assists.
– In their home opener, the Grizzlies used a huge third quarter to beat the visiting Jazz. After a back and forth first half, Memphis ripped off a 16-2 run to take a 69-61 lead and never trailed again.
– In a battle of talented front courts, the Grizzlies’ Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol got the best of Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap. Gasol led the way with 22 points, 8 boards, 8 dimes and 3 blocks while Z-Bo scored 16 and snatched 18 boards. Jefferson and Millsap combined for 25 points and 18 boards.
– Seven Jazz players scored in double-figures.
– O.J. Mayo has been on fire to start the season. He followed up Saturday’s 30-point performance by dropping a game-high 32 last night . Not a bad way to celebrate your 25th birthday.
– Portland hasn’t been able to close out games thus far. They have been ouscored in the fourth quarter in all four of their games.
– The Mavs had a 24-2 edge in fast break points while Portland had 23 offensive rebounds compared to Dallas’ two.
– Brandan Wright has scored in double-digits in four straight games, the longest such streak of his career.
– The Spurs are 4-0 for the first time in franchise history.
– Gary Neal scored 17 points on 8-10 shooting in under 20 minutes.
– San Antonio’s bench scored 57 points on 22-38 shooting.
– The Pacers shot 34.2 percent from the field, committed 19 turnovers and only had 11 assists.
(Don’t care that the Pacers lost, Gerald Green is awesome.)
– The Warriors had a chance to either tie or win it late but Klay Thompson missed a jumper then Steph Curry missed a three as time expired.
– DeMarcus Cousins beasted with 23 points, 15 boards and 2 blocks.
– Sacramento only had 13 assists on 37 made shots.
– The game had to be stopped three different times as banners fell from the ceiling onto the court during play.
– The battle between Chris Paul and Kyrie Irving certainly lived up to they hype. Paul had 17 points, 9 assists, and 5 boards while Irving tallied 24, 10 and 3.
– Dion Waiters scored a career-high 28 points on 10-17 (including 7 three’s) shooting.
– The Clips tied it at 94 late in the fourth but Waiters hit back-to-back three’s and Cleveland was able to pull away.