Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE
In Mike D'Antoni's L.A. debut, second half defensive effort got the Lakers past the Nets. In other action, the Knicks swamped a New Orleans team without Anthony Davis.Lakers 95, Nets 90
In the first half of Tuesday's game, the Nets scored at will on the Lakers in Mike D'Antoni's debut. I'm sure we could knock you over with a feather duster. But L.A.'s defense tightening to the second half, holding Brooklyn to 32 percent shooting from the floor and 1-13 half from long-range (after the Nets shot 6-10 on bombs in the first two quarters). Dwight Howard set about denying Brook Lopez good looks after halftime -- the center had 17 points on 13 shooting possessions in the first half and six on six in the second. Howard himself had 23 points and 15 rebounds while going 7-19 from the line.
Knicks 102, Hornets 80
The Hornets were without Anthony Davis, who is day-to-day with a stress reaction. (I write that as if I have any clue what is actually means.) The Hornets stuck with the Knicks in the first half, and even led at a few points. But New York went about crushing New Orleans after halftime, running up a 30-16 third quarter win. Carmelo Anthony had 29 points in 28 minutes, including 19 in the first quarter. Austin Rivers was quite nice with 14 points, four assists and no turnovers.
Sixers 106, Raptors 98
Another crushing defeat for Toronto, who played well enough to win this game for 42 minutes. Unfortunately, the refs did not call the contest with six minutes left. Toronto led 92-86 midway through the fourth, and Philadelphia proceeded to go on an 18-4 run over four minutes to claim victory. Nick Young, Thad Young and a timely dagger from Jason Richardson did the trick. The Raps are 3-8.