Welcome all stat geeks! “Box Score Bulletin’” is sifting through, analyzing and summarizing all of the NBA box scores from the previous day and night, so you don’t have to! So sip your coffee and enjoy the good, the bad and the ugly…
Timberwolves (1-1) 91 @ Pacers (1-1) 96
- Leading scorers: MIN – Derrick Williams 25, IND – Paul George 19.
- I’m sure the Timberwolves would thrilled if this is what Derrick Williams gives them with significant playing time. In 38 minutes, he had 25 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals and a block.
- The Wolves recorded 13 blocks in the game, including 6 by Dante Cunningham.
- In Roy Hibbert’s absence (DNP – Coaches Decision), Ian Mahinmi turned in 17 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocks in only 24 minutes.
- Only one of the Hansbrough brothers played in this game. The younger Ben had 10 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists.
Pistons (1-1) 75 @ Raptors (1-1) 82
- Leading scorers: DET – Rodney Stuckey 14, TOR – DeMar DeRozan 14.
- This was an ugly game and the Pistons bench helped contribute to that ugliness. They shot a combined 14-39 (36%) from the field.
- Raptors rookie Jonas Valanciunas got increased minutes in this game (29) and posted 11 points and 8 rebounds.
- John Lucas continued his strong bench play with 9 points and 8 assists.
Cavaliers (2-1) 86 @ Bulls (1-1) 83
- Leading scorers: CLE – Dion Waiters 18, CHI – Kirk Hinrich 14.
- Even though the Cavs picked up the win, it was a horrible shooting night for Kyrie Irving as he finished just 2-15 from the floor.
- Rookie Dion Waiters was the exception, leading with 18 points, including 4-4 from 3-point range.
- You think the Bulls shooting 1-19 as a team from behind the arc had something to do with the loss? Maybe.
- Nate Robinson managed to put up 11 shots in 16 minutes and made only 1 of them (10%).
Hornets (3-1) 75 @ Rockets (2-0) 95
- Leading scorers: NOH – Al-Farouq Aminu 15, HOU – Kevin Martin 17.
- The Hornets only played 9 players in this game with rookie Anthony Davis recording a “DNP Rest.”
- The starting backcourt of Austin Rivers and Greivis Vasquez combined to shoot 7-25 from the field.
- The Rockets outscored the Hornets 27-6 on fast break points.
- Omer Asik ripped down 15 rebounds in 28 minutes.
Nuggets (2-0) 97 @ Spurs (2-1) 91
- Leading scorers: DEN – Corey Brewer 24, SAN – Tim Duncan 21.
- The Nuggets were led by Corey Brewer, who had 24 points off the bench in 22 minutes. He also got to the free throw line 12 times (however, only made 6 of them).
- The aging Tim Duncan continues to linger, even in the preseason. Duncan ended the game with 21 points (8-11 FG), 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Not bad for an old guy.
- Despite better shooting nights (3-11 FG), Kawhi Leonard continued to prove his value: 9 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 4 blocks.
Thunder (0-2) 81 @ Jazz (1-1) 97
- Leading scorers: OKC – Perry Jones III 14, UTA – Mo Williams 15.
- Cole Aldrich with his second double double in 2 games for the Thunder with 11 points and 10 rebounds (also 3 steals, 3 blocks).
- Some experts have been saying that evidence from Thunder camp suggests that rookie Perry Jones III should be ready to handle big minutes and contribute right away. Tonight: 30 minutes = lead the team with 14 points.
- Utah’s Enes Kanter has lost a significant amount of weight, but that didn’t affect his rebounding. He posted 12 points and 12 rebounds in only 18 minutes off the bench.
- The Jazz had 15 guys get minutes in this game.
Trail Blazers (1-1) 93 @ Suns (1-1) 104
- Leading scorers: POR – Damian Lillard 15, PHX – Markieff Morris – 14.
- Rookies Lillard and Leonard had solid games for the Blazers with a combined 29 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists.
- He’s definitely no Steve Nash, but Goran Dragic put up 8 points, 9 assists and 5 rebounds.
- The Suns 3-point shooting was on the money, as they buried 10 of 20 attempts.