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Box Score Bulletin': Oct. 31

October 31, 2012; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) talks to referee David Guthrie (16) in the fourth quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-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…

Nuggets (0-1) 75 @ 76ers (1-0) 84

  • Leading scorers: DEN – Ty Lawson 16, PHI – Spencer Hawes 16.
  • No Andrew Bynum for the Sixers, but Spencer Hawes (didn’t start) handled the production at center with 16 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks.
  • The Sixers shot only 35.3% from the field but were solid defensively with 13 steals and 11 blocked shots.
  • Jrue Holiday (who got his extension 7 minutes before game time) finished with a very worthy 14 points, 11 assists and 6 rebounds.
  • Andre Miller ended up playing 32 minutes off the Nuggets bench and posted 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists.

Pacers (1-0) 90 @ Raptors (0-1) 88

  • Leading scorers: IND – David West 25, TOR – Kyle Lowry 21.
  • 14 of David West’s 25 points came in the 4th quarter.
  • Paul George stuffed the stat sheet with 14 points, 15 rebound and 5 assists.
  • So did Roy Hibbert with 14 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 5 blocks.
  • Kyle Lowry led the way for the Raptors with 21 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals.
  • Jonas Valanciunas showed that he might be a decent pickup in fantasy leagues if he continues with anything close to the 12 points and 10 rebounds he had in this game.

Rockets (1-0) 105 @ Pistons (0-1) 96

  • Leading scorers: HOU – James Harden 37, DET – Brandon Knight 15.
  • JAMES HARDEN! Are you kidding me? In a complete “eff you” game, Harden went completely off the chains with 37 points, 12 assists, 6 rebounds and steals.
  • The Rockets pulled out the road win after outscoring the Pistons 33-15 in the 4th quarter.
  • Chandler Parsons with a sneaky good game: 11 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists in a heavy 42 minutes.
  • The Pistons backcourt shot 6-25 (Stuckey – 1-10).

Kings (0-1) 87 @ Bulls (1-0) 93

  • Leading scorers: SAC – Tyreke Evans 21, CHI – Joakim Noah 23.
  • If Joakim Noah does this all season, I can forget about my “Bulls will miss the playoffs” predcition. Finished with 23 points (11-12 FT), 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 5 steals and 3 blocks.
  • DeMarcus Cousins with an up and down game. 14 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks but also had 7 turnovers.
  • The Kings only had 14 assists in the game as a team.

Spurs (1-0) 99 @ Hornets (0-1) 95

  • Leading scorers: SAN – Tim Duncan 24, NOH – Anthony Davis 21.
  • Great to see Tim Duncan still doing his thing: 24 points (10-15 FG), 11 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocked shots in 34 minutes.
  • Tony Parker (21 pts, 6 asts) and Kawhi Leonard (19 pts, 7 rebs, 5 stls) also had solid games.
  • Hornets were only 4-17 (23.5%) from downtown.
  • Greivis Vasquez dished out 13 assists for the Hornets.
  • An underrated talent of Anthony Davis? Free throw shooting. 9-9 in this game.

Mavericks (1-1) 94 @ Jazz (1-0) 113

  • Leading scorers: DAL – Darren Collison 17, UTA – Marvin Williams, Mo Williams 21.
  • The Jazz used their size and destroyed the Mavs on the glass 61-40 in this game! Three players had at least 10 boards (Millsap 15, Jefferson 14, Favors 10).
  • All 5 Utah starters were in double figures.
  • Darren Collison led the Mavs in scoring for the second straight game with 17. He also had 7 assists.
  • Even Dallas shooting 11-22 from 3-point range wasn’t enough to keep the game close.

Warriors (1-0) 87 @ Suns (0-1) 85

  • Leading scorers: GSW – Carl Landry 17, PHX – Goran Dragic 17.
  • After receiving his extension, Stephen Curry did play in this game, but he should have considering sitting out. Finished 2-14 from the field.
  • The Warriors bench contributed 46 of the 87 points.
  • The Suns starting bigs (Scola and Gortat) combined for 25 points, 20 rebounds and 8 blocked shots.
  • The Suns were only 4-21 (19%) from behind the arc.

Lakers (0-2) 106 @ Trail Blazers (1-0) 116

  • Leading scorers: LAL – Dwight Howard 33, POR – Nicolas Batum 26.
  • Three Blazers had 20+ points (Batum 26, Lillard 23, Matthews 22) and Aldridge had 19.
  • A opening night double double for rookie Lillard (23 pts, 11 asts).
  • Dwight Howard’s monster game (33 pts, 14 rebs, 5 asts) wasn’t enough for the Lakers, who fell to 0-2.
  • Kobe had another efficient scoring game: 30 points on 10-20 shooting (4-9 3PT).
  • The Lakers had 24 turnovers (Kobe – 7) to the Blazers 12.

Grizzlies (0-1) 92 @ Clippers (1-0) 101

  • Leading scorers: MEM – Rudy Gay 25, LAC – Jamal Crawford 29.
  • Jamal Crawford went crazy off the Clippers bench with 29 points on 10-14 shooting.
  • Not that they needed it, but the Clipper starters were quiet in the scoring department (Griffin 12, Paul 12, Jordan 12, Butler 10, Green 7).
  • DeAndre Jordan had 9 turnovers. NINE.
  • Zach Randolph with a big double double: 15 points, 16 rebounds.
  • The Grizzlies shot 2-14 from downtown.

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