By Jason Wojciechowski on November 10, 2009 at 6:15 PM
Luckily for you, tomorrow is Veterans' Day. Why is that lucky for you? You're not a federal employee. Well, I am!
Still need me to connect the dots? Tomorrow's NBA roundup will go up in the morning because I'll be home from work. Isn't that exciting? Anyway, here's Monday night's games.
Phoenix 119, Philly 115: See what I said about Phoenix box scores? That final score is pretty exciting, and knowing the athletes that each team has, it was probably an exciting game to watch, too. Jason Richardson shot the lights out again, including 6-8 from three, and Steve Nash had 21 points and 20 assists. That's already Nash's second 20-assist game of the year, and he had a 17er as well. He did have seven turnovers. Iggy had 24/9 for Philly and Marreese Speights had his third twenty-point game of the year while still searching for his first start. The Suns, in case you missed it, are 7-1.
Utah 95, New York 93: The Knicks, by contrast, are 1-7, although they've lost two two-point games already. Once again, they were down big early, ending the third quarter down 14. They mounted a comeback but couldn't quite get all the way back. (That's not exactly true -- they actually did tie the game at 93 on a Toney Douglas basket. Douglas actually led the team with 21 points.) Kirilenko and Boozer each had 23 for the Jazz, Boozer and Okur had double-digit rebounds, and Deron Williams finished with 16 assists. Again with the seven turnovers, though.
Toronto 124, San Antonio 131: This was a regulation game, which is awesome. San Antonio going over 30 in every quarter? And Toronto doing the same in each period but the fourth, when they still scored 29? This is bizarro San Antonio. Both teams shot crazyballs from three (11-17 for Toronto; 14-28 for the Spurs), and Toronto hi 59% overall. The teams combined for just 17 turnovers. Toronto seems to have lost the game by committing 35 fouls, sending the Spurs to the line 44 times, including 16 free throws for Manu, who scored 36 points to go with eight assists and four blocks. Four blocks? Four blocks. The entire Raptor team had four blocks. Manu hit 6-8 from three and Matt Bonner was 4-8, but Marco Belinelli outdid them both: a perfect 4-4. Chris "I'm also a free agent in 2010, remember?" Bosh had 32/10.
Minnesota 105, Golden State 146: One hundred forty six! What a night in the NBA. All five bench players scored in double digits, even though three of them played 10, 11, and 12 minutes respectively. Anthony Morrow hit 5-6 from three and still had time to dish four dimes. Stephen Jackson had 15 assists, which is pretty good for a tall guy. The most striking number, though, is in the steals column: the Warriors had 22 of them, and Minnesota turned the ball over 28 times in all. Mikki Moore was the only Warrior who played who didn't get a single steal, and Acie Law had five in just 12 minutes. Minnesota, with that kind of performance, doesn't even deserve to have anyone mentioned here.
New Orleans 112, Clippers 84: Another blowout. The fourth quarter of this game basically didn't happen: New Orleans was up 31 after three. Chris Paul had 24/10. I'd mention a Clipper if any of them had done anything to speak of.