Final Score: Phoenix 102, Golden State 91
Phoenix, AZ – Steve Nash netted 13 of his game-high 21 points in the fourth quarter to go with nine assists, as the Phoenix Suns topped the Golden State Warriors, 102-91 at US Airways Center. Markieff Morris finished with 16 points and nine rebounds, while Jared Dudley scored 15 points for the Suns, who bounced back from a 107-97 loss to Oklahoma City on Saturday. Channing Frye contributed a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Shannon Brown had 10 points and five boards. Monta Ellis led the Warriors with 18 points and 11 assists, while Dominic McGuire had 14 points and nine boards. Brandon Rush scored 13 and Charles Jenkins netted 11 for Golden State, which had its two-game winning streak halted.
Final Score: Boston 100, Washington 92
Boston, MA – Ray Allen scored 11 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter, and the Celtics kept the Wizards winless with a 100-92 victory in the back end of a home-and-home series. Allen shot 6-of-7 from three-point range, and Paul Pierce chipped in 21 points and eight rebounds for Boston, which has gone 3-0 since Pierce's return from an injured right heel. Brandon Bass added 14 points off the bench, while Greg Stiemsma, starting in place of the injured Jermaine O'Neal, posted 13 points and seven rebounds in extended minutes for the victors. Andray Blatche logged 28 points and nine rebounds, while JaVale McGee donated 17 and 14 for Washington, which has dropped five straight to start the season, including a 94-86 loss to the Celtics on Sunday.
Final Score: Detroit 89, Orlando 78
Auburn Hills, MI – Ben Gordon scored 26 points and dished out six assists, lifting the Detroit Pistons to an 89-78 win over the Orlando Magic on Monday. Rodney Stuckey and Tayshaun Prince each netted 14 points and Jonas Jerebko finished with eight points and 11 rebounds for the Pistons, who have won their last two since opening the year with three straight losses. Dwight Howard had 19 points and seven rebounds for the Magic, who had their four-game winning streak snapped.
Final Score: Atlanta 100, Miami 92
Miami, FL – Tracy McGrady scored 13 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, as the Atlanta Hawks downed Miami 100-92 to hand the Heat their first loss of the season. Joe Johnson had a team-high 21 points, Al Horford added 16 points and nine rebounds and Jeff Teague scored 15 points for the Hawks, who suffered their first loss of the season at Houston on Saturday. The Heat had won their first five games, but were outscored 33-21 in the fourth quarter on Monday. LeBron James had 28 points, six assists and seven boards, Chris Bosh added 19 points and Shane Battier and Norris Cole finished with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Dwyane Wade had 12 points and 10 assists but went just 4-of-17 from the floor.
Final Score: Indiana 108, New Jersey 94
Newark, NJ – Paul George drained five three-pointers en route to 21 points as the Indiana Pacers downed the New Jersey Nets, 108-94, at Prudential Center. Danny Granger finished with 15 points and six rebounds, while David West contributed 13 points and five rebounds for the Pacers, who improved to 4-1 on the young season. Tyler Hansbrough netted 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds off the bench and Dahntay Jones chipped in with 11 points. Deron Williams scored a game-high 22 points to go with eight assists and MarShon Brooks ended his night with 21 points and seven boards for the Nets, who have lost five straight since opening the season with a win. Damion James donated 10 points and five rebounds for New Jersey.
Final Score: Minnesota 106, San Antonio 96
Minneapolis, MN – Kevin Love scored 24 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, as the Timberwolves downed the Spurs, 106-96, on Monday. Michael Beasley and Luke Ridnour both had 19 points for the Timberwolves, who halted a 16-game losing streak to San Antonio. They had not defeated the Spurs since January 3, 2007. San Antonio, which is 0-2 on the road this season, lost guard Manu Ginobili in the second quarter with a fractured fifth metacarpal in his left hand. He will be further evaluated tomorrow. Richard Jefferson and Tim Duncan both scored 16 points to pace the team.
Final Score: Dallas 100, Oklahoma City 87
Dallas, TX – Dirk Nowitzki scored a team-high 26 points, pacing the Mavericks past the previously unbeaten Thunder, 100-87. Shawn Marion added 17 points for Dallas, which lost four of its first five games but got plenty of bench contributions to hand Oklahoma City its first loss of the young season. Jason Terry and Vince Carter chipped in 15 and 14 points, respectively, while fellow reserve Ian Mahinmi scored 10 points for the defending champions. Kevin Durant, whose buzzer-beating three-pointer beat the Mavs on December 29, scored 27 points on 21 shots, while Russell Westbrook finished with 18 points on 8-of-20 shooting. The Thunder had averaged 102 points during their five-game winning streak.
Final Score: Denver 91, Milwaukee 86
Denver, CO – Danilo Gallinari scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, as the Nuggets erased a fourth-quarter deficit to down the Bucks, 91-86, on Monday. Al Harrington added 17 points, Ty Lawson had 16 and six assists and Corey Brewer finished with 10 points for the Nuggets, who were missing starting center Nene. Stephen Jackson paced the Bucks with 17 points, while Carlos Delfino added 14 and Andrew Bogut and Brandon Jennings both had 12.
Final Score: Utah 94, New Orleans 90
Salt Lake City, UT – Al Jefferson scored 22 points while making 11-of-18 shots from the floor to lead the Utah Jazz to a 94-90 decision over the New Orleans Hornets in a back-and-forth battle. Devin Harris added 19 points, Josh Howard had 13 and C.J. Miles contributed 11 for Utah in a game that saw 11 lead changes and nine ties as the Jazz earned their second win in three games. Jarrett Jack recorded game-highs of 27 points and 11 assists in a losing effort. Jason Smith, Chris Kaman and Al-Farouq Aminu combined to score 41 points off the bench for the Hornets, but it was not enough for the team to avoid its third straight loss.