Final Score: LA Lakers 92, Denver 89
Los Angeles, CA - Andrew Bynum returned to the court with a vengeance. In his first game back from a four-game suspension, Bynum scored 29 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and hit the eventual game-winning shot in the Lakers' narrow 92-89 win over the Nuggets on New Year's Eve. Kobe Bryant had 17 points and 10 boards and Pau Gasol added 17 points for LA, which has won three straight after starting the season 0-2. Al Harrington paced the Nuggets with 21 points, while Nene, Arron Afflalo and Andre Miller each finished with 13. Danilo Gallinari missed a potential tying layup with 1.9 seconds left, as Denver fell for the second straight game.
Final Score: Detroit 96, Indiana 88
Auburn Hills, MI - Jonas Jerebko poured in a game-high 20 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, leading the Detroit Pistons to a 96-88 victory over the Indiana Pacers at the Palace of Auburn Hills.Greg Monroe finished with 19 points to go with 11 boards, while Ben Gordon had 16 points and Rodney Stuckey chipped in with 15, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Pistons, who got their first win under new head coach Lawrence Frank. Tyler Hansbrough and George Hill had 16 points and five rebounds apiece for Indiana, which tasted defeat for the first time this season. Darren Collison ended with 15 points and eight assists, while Danny Granger and David West had 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Final Score: Houston 95, Atlanta 84
Houston, TX - Kevin Martin netted a game-high 27 points, including six three-pointers, leading the Houston Rockets to a 95-84 win over the Atlanta Hawks at Toyota Center. Luis Scola scored 21 points and grabbed seven boards, while Chase Budinger finished with 17 points for the Rockets, who have alternated wins and losses in their first four games of the season. Despite scoring only two points, Kyle Lowry dished out a career-high 18 assists. Jordan Hill ripped down a career-high 15 boards to go with 11 points. Al Horford and Joe Johnson led the Hawks with 15 points apiece, while Tracy McGrady had 13 points and six boards off the bench, and Josh Smith had 12 and seven boards for Atlanta, which lost for the first time this year.
Final Score: Oklahoma City 107, Phoenix 97
Oklahoma City, OK - Russell Westbrook dropped a game-high 18 points and was one of six players in double-figures as the Oklahoma City Thunder topped the Phoenix Suns, 107-97 at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Kevin Durant finished with 12 points and six rebounds, while Thabo Sefolosha and Daequan Cook contributed 12 points apiece for the Thunder, who remain perfect on the young season at 5-0. Nick Collison and James Harden donated 11 and 10 points, respectively, for Oklahoma City. Markieff Morris and Hakim Warrick paced the Suns with 15 points apiece, while Jared Dudley added 14 points and five boards and Marcin Gortat netted 12 points to go with six rebounds for Phoenix, which fell to 1-3 on the year.
Final Score: New York 114, Sacramento 92
Sacramento, CA - Carmelo Anthony had 23 points and was one of six Knicks in double-figures as New York dismantled Sacramento, 114-92, on Saturday night. Tyson Chandler finished with 22 points, seven rebounds and three blocks and Landry Fields added 21 points and five rebounds for New York, which played without Amare Stoudemire due to a left ankle sprain. Marcus Thornton netted 14 points for the Kings, who have lost three straight since opening the season with a win over the Lakers.
Final Score: San Antonio 104, Utah 89
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Manu Ginobili dropped 23 points, including five three-pointers, leading the San Antonio Spurs to a 104-89 victory over the Utah Jazz at AT&T Center. DeJuan Blair contributed a double-double on 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Tony Parker netted 14 points and dished out eight assists for the Spurs, who improved to 3-1 on the young season. Tim Duncan finished with 12 points and nine rebounds for San Antonio. Al Jefferson paced the Jazz with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Josh Howard finished with 18 points and seven boards off the bench for Utah, which was unable to carry momentum from a 102-99 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday.
Final Score: Philadelphia 107, Golden State 79
Oakland, CA - Lou Williams scored 23 points to pace five double-digit scorers for Philadelphia as the 76ers routed the Golden State Warriors 107-79. Thaddeus Young had 18, Andre Iguodala and Spencer Hawes each netted 14, and Jrue Holiday contributed 12 for the 76ers, who made 11-of-22 three-pointers on the way to their second win in three games. Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 21 points while David Lee added 19 with eight rebounds as Golden State had its two-game win streak snapped. The Warriors were playing without their leading scorer Monta Ellis, who was excused from the team on Friday to attend his Grandmother's funeral in Mississippi.