Last night's NBA schedule featured both unbeaten teams face one-win squads, and a shooting performance unseen since Jimmy Chitwood in Hoosiers. The Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans Hornets stayed undefeated, in different fashion, while the Indiana Pacers lit up the scoreboard in their blowout of the Denver Nuggets. Here is a recap of last night's NBA scores:
Lakers 99, Timberwolves 94
Kevin Love grabbed seemingly every Minnesota miss, having his career game with 23 points and 24 rebounds, but Kobe Bryant scored 33 points to lead the Lakers to their eighth straight win to start the season.
Hornets 101, Clippers 82
The Clippers fell to 1-7, but the big news was the sprained left ankle of Chris Kaman, who is expected to miss two to three weeks. The Hornets, at 7-0, are one of just two unbeaten teams in the league. The Clippers are on a road trip from hell, given their losing streaks against these opponents: they have lost 41 of 42 in Utah, have lost 14 straight overall to the Hornets, and get to face the Spurs tonight, to whom they have lost 17 straight times.
Indiana made an astounding 20-of-21 field goals in the third quarter en route to 54 points, the fourth-most points ever in an NBA quarter. A Josh McRoberts' missed three pointer in the final second was the only thing standing in the way of a perfect quarter. At the very least, I am looking forward to the Lakers' offense getting to face that Denver defense Thursday night.
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