1

Box Score Bulletin': Oct. 30

Oct 30, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (right) gestures at Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (3) during the second half at American Airlines Arena. The Heat won 120-107. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

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…

Wizards (0-1) 84 @ Cavaliers (1-0) 94

  • Leading scorers: WAS – Jordan Crawford 11, CLE – Kyrie Irving 29.
  • In the most extreme overreaction ever, is Anderson Varejao leading the NBA MVP race? After all, he was 1 point and 1 assist shy of a triple double with 9 points, 23 rebounds and 9 assists.
  • 12 of Varejao’s 23 boards were on the offensive glass.
  • Kyrie Irving had a great game and like last season, including some 4th quarter heroics. He finished with 29 points (11-20 FG), 6 rebounds and 3 assists.
  • Cavs outrebounded the Wizards 54-39 overall.
  • The Washington guards combined to shoot just 15 for 41 (36.6%) from the floor.

Celtics (0-1) 107 @ Heat (1-0) 120

  • Leading scorers: BOS – Paul Pierce 23, MIA – Dwyane Wade 29.
  • MVP LeBron James kicked his season off with a cool 26 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 1 Championship ring.
  • The Heat’s “Big Three” combined for 74 of the 120 points scored (62%).
  • Against his former team, Ray Allen logged 31 minutes off the bench and finished with 19 points (5-7 FG, 2-3 3PT).
  • Rajon Rondo already chasing triple doubles with his 20 points, 13 assists and 7 rebounds.
  • Paul Pierce with a very “Paul Pierce-like” game: 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Also got to the free throw line 9 times and made all of them.

Mavericks (1-0) 99 @ Lakers (0-1) 91

  • Leading scorers: DAL – Darren Collison 17, LAL – Pau Gasol 23.
  • The Mavs shocked the Lakers at Staples Center in the opener. Perhaps the biggest reason? The Lakers were unbelievable 12-31 (38.7%) from the free throw line (Dwight Howard was 3-14).
  • An unexpectedly solid game from Brandan Wright here with 14 points, 5 rebound and 3 blocks in only 20 minutes, as he started the game.
  • Kobe Bryant with a great shooting night, going 11-14 (78.6%) from the field. His aggressive drives to the basket showed he wasn’t happy settling for jumpers.
  • Pau Gasol had a great one with 23 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 blocks.
  • Dwight’s regular season Laker debut: 19 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists.

mhallihan