What you missed while waiting in a very sincere pumpkin patch for the Great Pumpkin to arise….
Mavericks 99, Clippers 83: The Clippers just missed everything — they started the game 3-17, but they were outworking the Mavericks on the boards and stayed close. In the second half they just kept missing, with the team’s starters shooting 30 percent for the game. Give the Mavericks a little credit for their defense, but the Clips were just cold.
Meanwhile Dallas has the depth to just keep overwhelming the Clippers. Six Mavericks got into double figures but the catalyst was Caron Butler, who attacked and gut several Clippers into foul trouble. The one bright spot for Los Angeles was the spark rookie Eric Bledsoe brought off the bench — every Clipper reserve had a positive plus/minus. It was the starters the Mavericks easily outplayed.
Jazz 120, Thunder 99: Mild upset here thanks to the Jazz front line — Paul Millsap was a stud with 30 points and 16 boards, while Al Jefferson added 20 points and 10 boards. Just a rough outside shooting night for the Thunder, who shot 9-45 outside 10 feet for the game.
Lakers 107, Warriors 83: The Lakers gave Ron Artest the job of shutting down Monta Ellis, and it worked early as he was slowed allowing the Lakers to jump out to a 20 point lead after the first quarter. Lamar Odom was the other reason the Lakers jumped out — he has played very well early.
That was the ballgame, basically. The Lakers shot better than the Warriors, but also were more aggressive attacking the rim, got to the line more and grabbed the offensive rebounds. They simply dominated.
Ellis ended up with 20 points but needed 20 shots to get there. Which frankly was better than Artest, who chose tonight to return to his “I want to take a lot of bad shots” form. The Lakers easily overcame that, but it was entertaining.