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November 5, 2011
Sim Season
Trouble in Big D

by Bradford Doolittle

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If Dallas was really 0-2, with losses coming to Chicago and San Antonio, would the sports talkers and interwebs be burning up with Maverick obituaries? As crazy as it seems at this early juncture, that would probably be the big story from the season's first four days. That is, given the results of the rest of the league thus far. Dallas' slow start is the best narrative, the emergent story line to feed the machine. That's the way these things work.

Of course, the Mavericks' slow start--just two games, I remind you--could well be entirely explained by randomness. This isn't the NFL. Two games have almost no meaning in the NBA, no matter what happens in them. Unfortunately, as the real schedule continues to shrink, randomness could become an ever-greater factor in this NBA season, and not in a good way. How many games does the NBA season for the results to maintain legitimacy? It's a good question. And I'm not going to attempt an answer here. I've always thought 50-60 games were enough for NBA teams to sort themselves out, much fewer than their baseball brethren. This is all something to bear in mind as the league's labor dispute erases these games that we are now bringing you in simulation form.

On the virtual court, there were a lot of blowouts and a lot of home teams sending their fans home unhappy. The new-look Timberwolves were one of the road winners. Minnesota's early results suggest an exciting squad, with Ricky Rubio and Derrick Williams joining forces with Kevin Love and Michael Beasley. That'd be the small-sample story I'd want emphasized, not the freaking out over two losses by the reigning champs.

That's how it all played out in nine games on Friday, putting us 2.2 percent through Sim Season, our Strat-O-Matic simulation of the locked out 2011-12 season. We'll be doing this every day, so check back tomorrow for the results of tonight's action. You can follow me on Twitter for periodic updates on the night's action. Watch for the #simseason hashtag.

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CELTICS 103, HAWKS 98: It was nearly a fantastic finish for the Hawks, as Joe Johnson drilled a three with 49 seconds left to pull Atlanta within a point. However, Rajon Rondo sandwiched fancy assists on Boston's last two possessions around a Marvin Williams miss to secure Boston's win. Rondo rang up 15 assists for the Celtics, who lost Paul Pierce to an injury. Pierce scored just two points on 1-of-7 shooting before going down. He is expected to miss Boston's next game. Josh Smith scored 10 of his team-high 26 points during an early Hawks surge.

STRAT-O-MATIC BOX SCORE
BOSTON                      19 25 31 28  103
ATLANTA                     23 19 34 22   98

                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
R.ALLEN      44  10 19  53  3  7  43  5  6  83   6   2  4  6  1  1  1  2  0  28
P.PIERCE      7   1  7  14  0  2   0  0  0      -4   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   2
R.RONDO      38   5 11  45  0  0      0  0      -1   1  2  3 15  1  1  4  0  10
G.DAVIS      28   7 12  58  0  0      4  4 100   2   1  7  8  0  3  0  0  0  18
K.GARNETT    42   6 12  50  0  0      9 10  90   4   4 11 15  2  4  3  1  3  21
J.GREEN      39   4 11  36  0  2   0  0  0      10   3  6  9  2  2  1  1  1   8
C.ARROYO      2   1  1 100  0  0      0  0      -3   0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0   2
V.WAFER       6   1  2  50  1  1 100  0  0      -2   0  1  1  0  1  0  0  1   3
D.WEST       10   1  1 100  0  0      0  0       6   0  0  0  1  1  0  1  1   2
J.O'NEAL     21   1  4  25  0  0      3  6  50   7   1  1  2  1  5  1  1  1   5
J.JOHNSON     3   2  2 100  0  0      0  0       0   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   4
BOSTON       48  39 82  48  4 12  33 21 26  81      12 32 44 23 18  7 10  7 103
                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
A.HORFORD    37   4 11  36  0  0      4  6  67   2   6  7 13  5  3  2  1  0  12
J.SMITH      31  10 14  71  0  0      6  7  86   5   0  7  7  2  0  0  1  1  26
J.JOHNSON    36   8 19  42  1  3  33  4  4 100  -4   0  2  2  3  0  0  3  0  21
K.HINRICH    34   6 11  55  2  4  50  1  1 100   0   0  4  4  9  3  1  0  0  15
M.WILLIAMS   26   1  6  17  0  0      4  4 100   4   1  7  8  2  2  0  0  0   6
J.CRAWFORD   22   3  7  43  2  4  50  0  0      -3   0  0  0  1  2  1  1  0   8
Z.PACHULIA   14   1  2  50  0  0      2  2 100  -8   1  2  3  0  4  0  2  0   4
J.TEAGUE     19   1  5  20  0  0      0  0      -8   0  0  0  2  2  1  0  1   2
D.WILKINS    10   2  3  67  0  0      0  0      -6   0  0  0  0  1  1  0  0   4
K.BENSON     11   0  3   0  0  0      0  0      -7   1  0  1  0  2  0  0  0   0
ATLANTA      48  36 81  44  5 11  45 21 24  88       9 29 38 24 19  6  8  2  98

             BOSTON                     ATLANTA
     Fast Break Pts  14          Fast Break Pts  14
  Second Chance Pts  14       Second Chance Pts   8
Points in the Paint  30     Points In the Paint  28
       Biggest Lead   8            Biggest Lead  10

BASKETBALL PROSPECTUS BOX SCORE
BOS (2-0)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  ATL (1-1)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
allen,ray............92%  25%  1.22  + 6 29.7  smith,josh...........65%  28%  1.36  + 5 26.3
garnett,kevin........88%  19%  1.44  + 4 22.9  hinrich,kirk.........71%  15%  1.92    0 21.0
rondo,rajon..........79%  18%  1.45  - 1 19.2  johnson,joe..........75%  32%  0.86  - 4 20.3
davis,glen...........58%  23%  1.22  + 2 15.2  horford,al...........77%  18%  1.22  + 2 16.3
green,jeff...........81%  13%  1.01  +10 12.3  crawford,jamal.......46%  17%  1.11  - 3  9.3
o'neal,jermaine......44%  16%  0.63  + 7  4.7  williams,marvin......54%  13%  1.09  + 4  8.7
wafer,von............13%  14%  1.90  - 2  3.5  wilkins,damien.......21%  13%  1.19  - 6  3.5
johnson,jajuan....... 6%  32%  1.67    0  3.4  pachulia,zaza........29%  16%  0.63  - 8  3.4
arroyo,carlos........ 4%  23%  2.48  - 3  2.7  teague,jeff..........40%  11%  0.67  - 8  3.2
west,delonte.........21%   7%  1.44  + 6  2.4  benson,keith.........23%  12%  0.00  - 7  0.0
pierce,paul..........15%  49%  0.23  - 4  1.8  rolle,magnum.........(DNP)  
moore,e'twaun........(DNP)                     thomas,etan..........(DNP)  
PACE: 87.4          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 87.4          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
CELTICS..........  117.9 .500  .293 .114 .131  HAWKS............  112.2 .475  .220 .92 .121

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SPURS 109, MAVERICKS 101: After dropping their opener at home to Chicago, the defending champion Mavericks looked to get into the win column against their intrastate rivals from San Antonio. Dallas star Dirk Nowitzki started out on fire by scoring 20 points in the first period, most of them by abusing Tim Duncan in the lane. Nevertheless, the Spurs led by a point at the half. San Antonio led by two midway through the fourth quarter when Nowitzki's three put Dallas in front. The Spurs answered with a game-ending 13-4 run to overcome Nowitzki's 39's points. The champs are 0-2.


STRAT-O-MATIC BOX SCORE
DALLAS                      28 24 26 23  101
SAN ANTONIO                 26 27 31 25  109

                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
J.KIDD       42   1  2  50  1  2  50  0  0      -3   0  3  3  9  4  1  2  1   3
J.TERRY      37   7 20  35  2  9  22  0  0     -19   1  1  2  4  2  3  4  0  16
D.NOWITZKI   33  14 23  61  1  6  17 10 11  91  -8   1  5  6  1  5  0  2  1  39
S.MARION     34   4  6  67  0  0      0  0      -2   1  6  7  5  3  2  2  0   8
T.CHANDLER   30   1  6  17  0  0      2  2 100 -14   2  6  8  2  3  0  2  2   4
J.BAREA      17   7 12  58  0  1   0  2  2 100   6   2  0  2  5  0  1  2  0  16
B.HAYWOOD    21   5  7  71  0  0      0  0       4   3  5  8  2  3  0  2  0  10
P.STOJAKOVIC  7   1  1 100  1  1 100  0  0      -5   0  1  1  1  0  0  0  0   3
I.MAHINMI     1   0  0      0  0      0  0       0   0  1  1  1  1  0  0  0   0
R.FERNANDEZ  18   0  5   0  0  3   0  2  2 100   1   1  1  2  2  1  0  0  0   2
DALLAS       48  40 82  49  5 22  23 16 17  94      11 29 40 32 22  7 16  4 101
                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
T.PARKER     36   9 17  53  0  0      3  4  75  10   0  3  3  5  0  2  2  0  21
R.JEFFERSON  28   4  5  80  2  2 100  2  2 100  10   0  3  3  3  0  1  0  0  12
M.GINOBILI   29   5 12  42  2  6  33  6  6 100  10   0  2  2  3  1  2  3  1  18
T.DUNCAN     29   7 11  64  0  0      3  4  75  12   1  5  6  5  2  1  1  3  17
D.BLAIR      16   0  1   0  0  0      2  4  50   2   1  2  3  1  2  0  1  0   2
G.NEAL       23   6 11  55  3  6  50  0  0       0   0  3  3  2  3  1  0  0  15
M.BONNER     21   1  2  50  0  0      3  4  75   6   2  5  7  0  2  0  0  0   5
A.McDYESS    13   2  7  29  0  1   0  0  0       2   2  3  5  1  1  0  0  0   4
T.SPLITTER   20   2  4  50  0  1   0  3  5  60  -4   3  2  5  0  1  1  0  0   7
C.JOSEPH      8   0  3   0  0  2   0  1  1 100  -4   0  0  0  0  0  0  3  0   1
K.LEONARD    17   3  6  50  0  0      1  2  50  -4   3  2  5  0  1  0  1  0   7
SAN ANTONIO  48  39 79  49  7 18  39 24 32  75      12 30 42 20 13  8 11  4 109

             DALLAS                 SAN ANTONIO
     Fast Break Pts  12          Fast Break Pts  14
  Second Chance Pts   2       Second Chance Pts  10
Points in the Paint  36     Points In the Paint  26
       Biggest Lead   9            Biggest Lead  11

BASKETBALL PROSPECTUS BOX SCORE
DAL (0-1)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  SAS (1-0)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
nowitzki,dirk........69%  43%  1.14  - 8 32.2  parker,tony..........75%  27%  1.09  +10 26.0
terry,jason..........77%  30%  0.80  -19 18.3  duncan,tim...........60%  22%  1.48  +12 21.5
barea,jose...........35%  41%  1.21  + 6 17.3  ginobili,manu........60%  29%  1.11  +10 16.8
marion,shawn.........71%   9%  1.80  - 2 11.3  neal,gary............48%  22%  1.54    0 15.8
haywood,brendan......44%  19%  1.35  + 4 10.4  jefferson,richard....58%   8%  3.03  +10 15.0
kidd,jason...........88%   2%  4.62  - 3  9.6  leonard,kawhi........35%  21%  0.93  - 4  6.8
chandler,tyson.......63%  12%  0.84  -14  5.7  splitter,tiago.......42%  13%  1.31  - 4  6.8
stojakovic,peja......15%   4%  5.98  - 5  4.1  bonner,matt..........44%   6%  1.88  + 6  5.6
fernandez,rudy.......38%  14%  0.64  + 1  3.2  mcdyess,antonio......27%  25%  0.77  + 2  4.6
mahinmi,ian.......... 2%  51%  0.66    0  0.7  blair,dejuan.........33%   9%  0.81  + 2  2.3
jones,dominique......(DNP)                     joseph,cory..........17%  39%  0.12  - 4  0.7
beaubois,rodrigue....(DNP)                     green,danny..........(DNP)  
PACE: 89.5          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 89.5          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
MAVERICKS........  112.8 .518  .268 .179 .084  SPURS............  121.7 .538  .293 .123 .157

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THUNDER 120, PACERS 110: You'd think a team pinned with high expectations like Oklahoma City would enter its third game with a certain sense of urgency after dropping its first two contests. Well, urgency was exactly what the Thunder had on display as it scored the first 13 points of the game and led 37-16 after one quarter. OKC led by 20 points or more until the early fourth quarter when George Hill led a 15-0 run for the Pacers. But that only got Indiana within 11 and they couldn't pull closer than nine the rest of the way. Kevin Durant (35) and Russell Westbrook (33) paved the way with 68 combined points and the Thunder rolled up a 38-16 edge in points off the fastbreak.

STRAT-O-MATIC BOX SCORE
INDIANA                     16 30 32 32  110
OKLAHOMA CITY               37 29 36 18  120

                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
D.GRANGER    36   5 20  25  4 15  27  2  2 100  -9   0  4  4  6  3  0  0  0  16
D.COLLISON   23   7 13  54  2  4  50  7  7 100 -13   1  2  3  0  2  0  4  0  23
R.HIBBERT    28   2  5  40  0  0      2  2 100 -22   1  3  4  3  3  0  3  2   6
T.HANSBROUGH 32   3  9  33  0  0      4  4 100 -28   3  3  6  0  4  1  3  0  10
P.GEORGE     25   6  9  67  3  4  75  0  0     -10   1  3  4  1  3  1  1  0  15
B.RUSH       14   1  6  17  1  3  33  0  0       7   0  1  1  0  0  1  0  0   3
M.DUNLEAVY   17   3  6  50  3  6  50  2  2 100  -6   0  2  2  1  2  0  1  0  11
J.McROBERTS  17   1  4  25  0  1   0  3  4  75  15   2  3  5  2  3  0  1  0   5
J.FOSTER     17   2  2 100  0  0      0  0      15   5  4  9  1  2  1  0  0   4
A.PRICE       1   0  0      0  0      0  0      -3   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   0
S.JONES       2   0  0      0  0      0  0       0   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   0
G.HILL       28   6 12  50  3  6  50  2  2 100   4   1  1  2  1  2  1  0  1  17
INDIANA      48  36 86  42 16 39  41 22 23  96      14 26 40 15 24  5 13  3 110
                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
K.DURANT     39  13 20  65  3  5  60  6  6 100  15   0  5  5  7  2  0  3  1  35
R.WESTBROOK  36  13 25  52  0  3   0  7  7 100  10   1  2  3 10  5  2  4  0  33
S.IBAKA      33   6 12  50  0  0      4  4 100   8   4 11 15  3  4  0  0  1  16
T.SEFOLOSHA  15   3  5  60  0  1   0  0  0       8   1  1  2  1  0  1  0  0   6
K.PERKINS    24   0  4   0  0  0      0  0      19   4  2  6  0  0  0  0  0   0
J.HARDEN     27   3  6  50  1  2  50  1  1 100  14   0  3  3  3  0  0  1  0   8
N.COLLISON   21   2  2 100  0  0      2  2 100 -16   3  3  6  1  4  0  1  0   6
N.MOHAMMED   17   1  3  33  0  0      3  4  75   6   0  4  4  0  3  0  1  1   5
E.MAYNOR     10   1  2  50  0  1   0  0  0       0   0  0  0  2  0  1  1  0   2
D.COOK       15   3  6  50  1  2  50  2  2 100 -17   0  1  1  1  0  0  0  0   9
C.ALDRICH     1   0  0      0  0      0  0       3   0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0   0
R.JACKSON     2   0  1   0  0  0      0  0       0   0  0  0  1  1  0  0  0   0
OKLAHOMA CI  48  45 86  52  5 14  36 25 26  96      13 32 45 30 19  4 11  3 120

            INDIANA               OKLAHOMA CITY
     Fast Break Pts  16          Fast Break Pts  38
  Second Chance Pts  15       Second Chance Pts   8
Points in the Paint  18     Points In the Paint  18
       Biggest Lead   0            Biggest Lead  26

BASKETBALL PROSPECTUS BOX SCORE
IND (0-1)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  OKC (0-2)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
granger,danny........75%  25%  1.05  - 9 20.5  durant,kevin.........81%  30%  1.49  +15 39.1
collison,darren......48%  40%  1.04  -13 19.7  westbrook,russell....75%  41%  1.08  +10 29.8
hill,george..........58%  19%  1.49  + 4 18.3  ibaka,serge..........69%  18%  1.48  + 8 19.0
george,paul..........52%  16%  1.79  -10 16.3  harden,james.........56%  11%  1.64  +14 10.5
dunleavy jr.,mike....35%  19%  1.65  - 6 10.7  cook,daequan.........31%  20%  1.42  -17  8.9
hibbert,roy..........58%  12%  1.03  -22  9.4  sefolosha,thabo......31%  13%  1.51  + 8  6.8
hansbrough,tyler.....67%  18%  0.74  -28  8.3  collison,nick........44%   6%  2.18  -16  5.8
foster,jeff..........35%   2%  6.38  +15  7.3  mohammed,nazr........35%  14%  0.87  + 6  4.4
mcroberts,josh.......35%  16%  1.01  +15  5.7  maynor,eric..........21%  12%  1.33    0  3.5
rush,brandon.........29%  18%  0.71  + 7  4.1  perkins,kendrick.....50%   5%  0.71  +19  2.2
price,a.j............ 2%  50%  0.00  - 3  0.0  aldrich,cole......... 2%  50%  0.67  + 3  0.7
hill,george..........(DNP)                     jackson,reggie....... 4%  22%  0.46    0  0.4
PACE: 91.5          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 91.5          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
PACERS...........  120.3 .512  .304 .142 .111  THUNDER..........  131.2 .552  .333 .120 .125

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SUNS 101, LAKERS 95: The Lakers lost for the first time in three outings in a contest that was close the entire way. The Lakers seemed to be pulling away midway through the fourth quarter, but rookie Markieff Morris capped a 9-0 Phoenix run to put the Suns up 84-82. Kobe Bryant put the Lakers back in front a couple of possessions later, but Phoenix reeled off eight points in a row and held off L.A. down the stretch. Bryant hit just 5-of-19 shots, his second bad outing of the young campaign. Steve Nash turned in a vintage performance for the Suns with 20 points and 14 assists. Morris chipped in with 17 points on 8-of-9 shooting off the bench, getting extra court time because of Channing Frye's foul trouble.

STRAT-O-MATIC BOX SCORE
LOS ANGELES L               29 18 25 23   95
PHOENIX                     31 16 18 36  101

                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
P.GASOL      37   7 16  44  0  0      4  6  67 -11   5  9 14  2  3  0  2  1  18
K.BRYANT     26   5 19  26  0  5   0  3  4  75  -6   0  5  5  5  4  1  1  0  13
L.ODOM       32   7 13  54  1  2  50  4  6  67  -1   4  3  7  2  2  0  2  2  19
R.ARTEST     30   4  7  57  2  4  50  1  2  50   1   0  0  0  3  2  2  2  0  11
D.FISHER     26   2  9  22  1  6  17  0  0      -1   1  2  3  1  4  2  0  0   5
S.BLAKE      19   2  3  67  2  3  67  0  0      -4   0  1  1  2  1  1  0  0   6
S.BROWN      19   1  2  50  1  2  50  3  3 100  -3   0  2  2  1  2  0  3  0   6
A.BYNUM      27   2 10  20  0  0      3  5  60  -4   3  3  6  3  3  0  1  1   7
M.BARNES     16   3  4  75  2  3  67  0  0      -5   1  0  1  0  1  1  2  0   8
D.CARACTER    2   0  0      0  0      2  2 100   2   0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0   2
D.EBANKS      4   0  0      0  0      0  0       0   0  2  2  0  0  0  0  0   0
T.RATLIFF     2   0  0      0  0      0  0       2   1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0   0
LOS ANGELES  48  33 83  40  9 25  36 20 28  71      15 27 42 19 23  7 13  4  95
                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
C.FRYE       13   0  1   0  0  0      1  2  50  13   0  1  1  1  6  0  1  1   1
S.NASH       34   6 12  50  1  4  25  7  8  88  12   1  5  6 14  0  1  0  0  20
G.HILL       25   8 13  62  1  1 100  4  4 100   6   2  2  4  3  3  0  1  0  21
V.CARTER     28   6 13  46  1  4  25  0  0       2   0  2  2  3  2  1  2  0  13
M.GORTAT     33   4  6  67  0  0      2  4  50  -3   2 11 13  1  3  1  1  5  10
J.DUDLEY     31   2  9  22  0  2   0  0  0       0   1  1  2  0  2  1  1  1   4
H.WARRICK     7   0  0      0  0      0  0      -3   0  3  3  0  1  0  0  0   0
A.BROOKS     14   1  6  17  0  5   0  3  3 100  -6   0  0  0  2  0  0  1  0   5
M.PIETRUS    19   4  6  67  2  3  67  0  0       3   0  1  1  1  3  0  1  0  10
R.LOPEZ      14   0  2   0  0  0      0  0       7   0  1  1  1  2  0  2  3   0
J.CHILDRESS   2   0  0      0  0      0  0      -4   0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0   0
M.MORRIS     20   8  9  89  0  0      1  4  25   3   1  4  5  0  4  0  1  0  17
PHOENIX      48  39 77  51  5 19  26 18 25  72       7 31 38 26 27  4 11 10 101

      LOS ANGELES L                     PHOENIX
     Fast Break Pts   4          Fast Break Pts  22
  Second Chance Pts  12       Second Chance Pts   4
Points in the Paint  34     Points In the Paint  18
       Biggest Lead  10            Biggest Lead   9

BASKETBALL PROSPECTUS BOX SCORE
LAL (2-0)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  PHX (1-0)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
odom,lamar...........67%  24%  1.23  - 1 21.9  nash,steve...........71%  21%  1.92  +12 32.3
gasol,pau............77%  24%  1.04  -11 17.3  hill,grant...........52%  30%  1.30  + 6 20.1
bryant,kobe..........54%  38%  0.71  - 6 15.2  morris,markieff......42%  28%  1.21  + 3 13.8
artest,ron...........63%  13%  1.55  + 1 11.6  gortat,marcin........69%  12%  1.62  - 3 13.6
bynum,andrew.........56%  21%  0.76  - 4  9.8  carter,vince.........58%  25%  0.94  + 2 13.5
blake,steve..........40%   4%  4.40  - 4  8.4  pietrus,mickael......40%  17%  1.46  + 3  9.4
barnes,matt..........33%  15%  1.65  - 5  8.3  brooks,aaron.........29%  28%  0.66  - 6  5.1
brown,shannon........40%  13%  1.18  - 3  6.6  dudley,jared.........65%  14%  0.41    0  3.9
fisher,derek.........54%  14%  0.79  - 1  5.6  lopez,robin..........29%  13%  0.28  + 7  1.2
caracter,derrick..... 4%  18%  1.61  + 2  1.3  warrick,hakim........15%   7%  0.50  - 3  0.5
ebanks,devin......... 8%  12%  0.53    0  0.6  frye,channing........27%   9%  0.08  +13  0.2
ratliff,theo......... 4%  25%  0.35  + 2  0.3  childress,josh....... 4%  26%  0.00  - 4  0.0
PACE: 89.0          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 89.0          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
LAKERS...........  106.8 .452  .326 .146 .138  SUNS.............  113.5 .539  .206 .124 .124

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BUCKS 106, BOBCATS 96: Stephen Jackson made his return to Charlotte, apparently intent on sticking it to Michael Jordan for trading him to Milwaukee. Jackson scored the Bobcats' first 12 points then, after he cooled off, Brandon Jennings scored 10 of his own as the Bucks established an early 11-point lead. The Bobcats edged back into the game thanks to a couple of three-pointers from prized rookie Kemba Walker. Milwaukee pulled away in the third quarter as Jennings and Jackson took turns on the offensive end, ensuring that the Bucks would not have a repeat of their 24-point second half against San Antonio on Wednesday. Jennings finished with 29 points and Jackson added 23. Milwaukee pounded the Bobcats on the glass, grabbing nearly a third of its own misses and holding an 18-7 edge in second-chance points. Walker finished with 14 points in 24 minutes for Charlotte and hit 4-of-6 from three-point range.

STRAT-O-MATIC BOX SCORE
MILWAUKEE                   36 21 29 20  106
CHARLOTTE                   26 22 22 26   96

                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
A.BOGUT      35   3  8  38  0  0      0  0      19   3 11 14  1  3  1  0  1   6
B.JENNINGS   35  11 24  46  3 10  30  4  4 100  18   0  2  2  3  2  0  1  0  29
L.MOUTE      24   2  4  50  0  0      1  2  50   6   2  0  2  2  4  0  1  0   5
C.DELFINO    30   6 11  55  2  6  33  0  0      17   0  1  1  4  3  0  1  0  14
S.JACKSON    34   9 19  47  3  5  60  2  2 100  11   3  2  5  5  3  1  4  1  23
E.ILYASOVA   20   1  3  33  1  1 100  2  2 100   7   2  3  5  1  2  2  0  0   5
L.SANDERS    13   2  4  50  0  0      0  0      -9   0  2  2  0  2  0  1  2   4
D.GOODEN     19   4  8  50  0  0      0  2   0  -8   4  6 10  1  2  0  2  1   8
B.UDRIH      22   3  3 100  0  0      2  2 100  -8   0  4  4  4  3  1  3  0   8
S.LIVINGSTON  1   0  0      0  0      0  0      -2   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   0
T.HARRIS      7   2  3  67  0  0      0  0      -1   1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0   4
MILWAUKEE    48  43 87  49  9 22  41 11 14  79      15 31 46 21 24  5 13  5 106
                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
B.DIAW       30   3  6  50  0  0      2  2 100 -13   0  4  4  1  2  0  0  0   8
D.AUGUSTIN   33   4 11  36  2  7  29  4  4 100 -10   1  3  4  3  2  1  1  0  14
K.BROWN      32   6 12  50  0  0      4  8  50 -16   3  2  5  2  3  0  2  0  16
G.HENDERSON  30   6 11  55  0  1   0  0  0     -17   1  3  4  2  3  0  0  0  12
C.MAGGETTE   24   2  9  22  0  1   0  6  6 100 -13   0  3  3  1  2  0  2  0  10
D.CUNNINGHAM 16   1  6  17  0  0      0  0      14   2  1  3  0  0  0  0  1   2
T.THOMAS     31   6  9  67  0  0      6 10  60 -11   1  3  4  2  2  1  2  1  18
D.WHITE       1   0  0      0  0      0  0       0   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   0
M.CARROLL     2   1  1 100  0  0      0  0       4   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   2
E.NAJERA      2   0  1   0  0  1   0  0  0       4   0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0   0
K.WALKER     24   5 11  45  4  6  67  0  0       2   0  2  2  2  0  2  1  0  14
B.BIYOMBO    15   0  1   0  0  0      0  0       6   2  2  4  2  4  1  2  1   0
CHARLOTTE    48  34 78  44  6 16  38 22 30  73      10 24 34 15 18  5 10  3  96

          MILWAUKEE                   CHARLOTTE
     Fast Break Pts  14          Fast Break Pts   6
  Second Chance Pts  18       Second Chance Pts   7
Points in the Paint  20     Points In the Paint  26
       Biggest Lead  21            Biggest Lead   0

BASKETBALL PROSPECTUS BOX SCORE
MIL (1-1)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  CHA (1-1)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
jennings,brandon.....73%  36%  1.08  +18 26.8  thomas,tyrus.........65%  23%  1.15  -11 19.8
jackson,stephen......71%  33%  1.14  +11 26.1  walker,kemba.........50%  23%  1.49  + 2 19.2
delfino,carlos.......63%  17%  1.43  +17 17.4  augustin,d.j.........69%  19%  1.22  -10 16.5
gooden,drew..........40%  26%  0.98  - 8 11.2  brown,kwame..........67%  26%  0.89  -16 16.1
udrih,beno...........46%  13%  1.72  - 8  9.8  hendersonjr,gerald...63%  16%  1.13  -17 11.7
bogut,andrew.........73%   8%  1.55  +19  8.9  maggette,corey.......50%  27%  0.67  -13  9.4
ilyasova,ersan.......42%   6%  2.59  + 7  7.9  diaw,boris...........63%   9%  1.30  -13  9.3
mbahamoute,luc.......50%   9%  1.09  + 6  5.8  cunningham,dante.....33%  17%  0.51  +14  3.2
sanders,larry........27%  16%  0.84  - 9  3.6  biyombo,bismack......31%   8%  0.85  + 6  2.3
harris,tobias........15%  19%  1.35  - 1  3.5  carroll,matt......... 4%  23%  1.70  + 4  1.8
livingston,shaun..... 2%  53%  0.00  - 2  0.0  najera,eduardo....... 4%  23%  0.29  + 4  0.3
brockman,jon.........(DNP)                     white,d.j............ 2%  53%  0.00    0  0.0
PACE: 87.5          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 87.5          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
BUCKS............  121.1 .546  .385 .149 .070  BOBCATS..........  109.7 .474  .244 .114 .151

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TIMBERWOLVES 110, 76ERS 97: The young Timberwolves have a lot of new faces and, so far, the results are promising. Minnesota crumbled down the stretch in its opener against Atlanta, but on Friday rookie Derrick Williams led the way in a strong first half and the Wolves cruised to an impressive road win. Williams finished with 18 points on 6-of-7 shooting. Ricky Rubio, in what may be a typical performance, took just two shots in 24 minutes and led Minnesota with six assists. Darko Milic chipped in 16 points and six blocks as the Timberwolves shot 56 percent from the floor. The Sixers fell to 1-1 despite Andre Iguodala's near triple-double.

STRAT-O-MATIC BOX SCORE
MINNESOTA                   24 26 24 36  110
PHILADELPHIA                21 19 29 28   97

                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
K.LOVE       35   7 12  58  1  1 100  3  4  75  12   4  9 13  4  2  1  4  0  18
M.BEASLEY    28   8 19  42  1  2  50  6  7  86  13   0  2  2  2  3  0  2  0  23
W.JOHNSON    27   2  3  67  0  1   0  0  0      18   0  3  3  5  0  1  0  0   4
D.MILICIC    24   6  7  86  0  0      4  4 100  19   1  2  3  1  1  2  0  6  16
R.RUBIO      24   2  2 100  0  0      0  0      14   1  2  3  6  3  0  2  0   4
L.RIDNOUR    24   5 11  45  1  4  25  1  1 100  -1   0  2  2  2  2  1  1  0  12
A.TOLLIVER    6   1  1 100  0  0      0  0      -2   0  1  1  1  2  0  0  0   2
W.ELLINGTON  11   1  1 100  0  0      0  0      -1   0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0   2
M.WEBSTER    16   3  3 100  0  0      0  0      -1   0  1  1  2  2  0  1  0   6
A.RANDOLPH   21   2 10  20  0  0      1  2  50   3   1  5  6  1  1  0  3  1   5
B.MILLER      2   0  1   0  0  0      0  0      -6   0  0  0  1  1  0  1  0   0
D.WILLIAMS   22   6  7  86  1  1 100  5  7  71  -3   2  5  7  0  1  1  2  0  18
MINNESOTA    48  43 77  56  4  9  44 20 25  80       9 32 41 25 19  6 16  7 110
                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
J.HOLIDAY    36  10 19  53  2  3  67  2  2 100 -23   1  1  2  6  3  1  3  0  24
E.BRAND      37   5 11  45  0  0      0  0     -15   3  2  5  4  3  2  1  1  10
A.IGUODALA   31   5 11  45  0  1   0  0  2   0 -13   4  3  7 10  5  4  1  0  10
J.MEEKS      31   2  7  29  2  6  33  2  2 100 -14   0  1  1  1  2  1  0  0   8
S.HAWES      20   4  9  44  0  0      0  0     -15   2  4  6  0  2  0  2  0   8
T.YOUNG      17   7  9  78  0  0      1  2  50   7   0  2  2  0  3  1  2  0  15
E.TURNER     27   2 10  20  0  2   0  2  2 100   6   4  3  7  1  1  0  0  0   6
L.WILLIAMS   16   3  9  33  2  5  40  2  4  50   2   1  0  1  1  0  1  1  1  10
A.NOCIONI     7   1  2  50  0  0      0  0       2   0  1  1  0  2  0  0  0   2
M.SPEIGHTS    6   0  2   0  0  0      0  0       2   1  2  3  0  1  0  1  0   0
N.VUCEVIC    12   2  2 100  0  0      0  0      -4   0  3  3  0  0  0  0  0   4
PHILADELPHI  48  41 91  45  6 17  35  9 14  64      16 22 38 23 22 10 11  2  97

          MINNESOTA                PHILADELPHIA
     Fast Break Pts  12          Fast Break Pts  12
  Second Chance Pts  12       Second Chance Pts  12
Points in the Paint  44     Points In the Paint  38
       Biggest Lead  16            Biggest Lead   2 

BASKETBALL PROSPECTUS BOX SCORE
MIN (1-1)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  PHI (1-1)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
love,kevin...........73%  23%  1.28  +12 22.2  holiday,jrue.........75%  29%  1.15  -23 26.3
beasley,michael......58%  41%  0.85  +13 21.2  iguodala,andre.......65%  18%  1.51  -13 16.7
williams,derrick.....46%  25%  1.48  - 3 17.9  brand,elton..........77%  13%  1.24  -15 12.5
milicic,darko........50%  16%  1.98  +19 16.5  young,thaddeus.......35%  32%  1.06  + 7 11.7
ridnour,luke.........50%  24%  1.02  - 1 12.6  williams,lou.........33%  34%  0.98  + 2 11.4
johnson,wesley.......56%   3%  3.89  +18  7.9  meeks,jodie..........65%   9%  1.39  -14  8.7
rubio,ricky..........50%   6%  2.36  +14  7.7  turner,evan..........56%  17%  0.77  + 6  7.8
randolph,anthony.....44%  31%  0.47  + 3  6.8  hawes,spencer........42%  25%  0.75  -15  7.0
webster,martell......33%  10%  1.70  - 1  5.9  vucevic,nikola.......25%   5%  3.17  - 4  4.1
tolliver,anthony.....13%   6%  2.52  - 2  2.1  nocioni,andres.......15%  11%  0.80  + 2  1.2
ellington,wayne......23%   2%  2.18  - 1  1.4  speights,marreese....13%  22%  0.22  + 2  0.6
miller,brad.......... 4%  48%  0.21  - 6  0.4  brackins,craig.......(DNP)  
PACE: 89.8          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 89.8          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
TIMBERWOLVES.....  122.4 .584  .290 .178 .122  76ERS............  108.0 .484  .333 .122 .069

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TRAIL BLAZERS 105, CLIPPERS 98: LaMarcus Aldridge is off to a big start after scoring 36 points against the Clippers, increasing his total to a league-high 82 points in two games. Aldridge helped the Blazers finally take control of a nip-and-tuck game by scoring all eight points of Portand's 8-2 closing run. Prior to that, Eric Gordon had trimmed the lead to one with two free throws at the two-minute mark, but the Clippers went scoreless the rest of the way. The Blazers, perennially one of the NBA's best offensive rebounding teams, held a 14-4 edge in second-chance points on Friday. Greg Oden had a promising outing as he attempts to overcome his longstanding knee trouble, putting up 11 points, grabbing four offensive boards and blocking two shots in 11 minutes.

STRAT-O-MATIC BOX SCORE
PORTLAND                    22 28 31 24  105
LOS ANGELES C               22 28 28 20   98

                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
L.ALDRIDGE   38  14 21  67  0  0      8  8 100  -1   4  5  9  3  1  1  1  1  36
W.MATTHEWS   33   7 10  70  1  2  50  1  2  50   3   0  4  4  1  2  0  1  0  16
N.BATUM      38   2 11  18  0  5   0  0  0       0   3  4  7  3  5  0  1  0   4
M.CAMBY      26   0  2   0  0  0      0  0       1   0  8  8  2  1  1  4  0   0
R.FELTON     39   6 14  43  4 11  36  5  6  83   3   1  4  5 10  3  1  2  0  21
G.WALLACE    20   4  7  57  0  0      2  2 100  10   0  3  3  0  4  1  2  0  10
B.ROY        16   3  8  38  0  1   0  1  1 100  -1   1  0  1  0  3  0  1  0   7
C.JOHNSON     3   0  0      0  0      0  0       4   0  0  0  0  1  1  0  1   0
L.BABBITT     7   0  1   0  0  1   0  0  0       5   0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0   0
G.ODEN       11   5  6  83  0  0      1  1 100   7   4  0  4  2  1  0  0  2  11
N.SMITH       9   0  1   0  0  0      0  0       4   0  0  0  1  1  0  1  0   0
PORTLAND     48  41 81  51  5 20  25 18 20  90      13 28 41 22 22  6 13  4 105
                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
B.GRIFFIN    37   6 14  43  0  0      4  5  80  -3   3  6  9  1  5  2  2  1  16
E.GORDON     36   9 24  38  2 14  14  7  8  88  -1   1  2  3  1  1  1  2  0  27
R.GOMES      28   3  5  60  1  1 100  0  2   0   5   0  2  2  2  1  1  0  0   7
D.JORDAN     20   1  1 100  0  0      2  2 100  -1   1  7  8  0  2  1  0  0   4
M.WILLIAMS   30   3  7  43  2  5  40  3  3 100  -6   1  1  2  6  2  0  0  0  11
E.BLEDSOE    19   2  4  50  0  0      6  6 100  -2   1  1  2  2  2  1  2  0  10
R.FOYE       18   1  6  17  0  3   0  0  0       3   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   2
A.AMINU      13   3  4  75  1  1 100  0  0     -15   0  1  1  0  1  1  0  0   7
C.KAMAN      27   5  7  71  0  0      2  2 100  -5   2  3  5  4  2  0  3  2  12
C.SMITH       2   0  2   0  0  0      0  0      -2   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   0
W.WARREN      2   0  0      0  0      0  0      -2   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   0
T.THOMPKINS   8   1  1 100  0  0      0  0      -6   0  0  0  0  1  0  1  0   2
LOS ANGELES  48  34 75  45  6 24  25 24 28  86       9 23 32 16 17  7 10  3  98

           PORTLAND               LOS ANGELES C
     Fast Break Pts  12          Fast Break Pts  14
  Second Chance Pts  14       Second Chance Pts   4
Points in the Paint  40     Points In the Paint  26
       Biggest Lead   8            Biggest Lead   8

BASKETBALL PROSPECTUS BOX SCORE
POR (1-1)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  LAC (1-1)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
aldridge,lamarcus....79%  32%  1.41  - 1 38.4  gordon,eric..........75%  42%  0.84  - 1 27.0
felton,raymond.......81%  22%  1.64  + 3 31.8  griffin,blake........77%  24%  0.89  - 3 17.7
matthews,wesley......69%  16%  1.43  + 3 14.8  kaman,chris..........56%  19%  1.35  - 5 14.9
oden,greg............23%  28%  1.98  + 7 12.4  williams,maurice.....63%  12%  1.94  - 6 14.5
wallace,gerald.......42%  23%  0.88  +10  8.3  bledsoe,eric.........40%  22%  1.16  - 2 11.5
batum,nicolas........79%  13%  0.60    0  6.5  gomes,ryan...........58%   9%  1.67  + 5 11.2
roy,brandon..........33%  28%  0.58  - 1  5.8  aminu,alfarouq.......27%  14%  1.83  -15  7.2
camby,marcus.........54%   9%  0.78  + 1  3.7  jordan,deandre.......42%   3%  4.39  - 1  6.0
smith,nolan..........19%   8%  0.27  + 4  0.5  thompkins,trey.......17%  11%  0.74  - 6  2.8
babbitt,luke.........15%   4%  0.55  + 5  0.4  foye,randy...........38%  15%  0.29  + 3  1.8
johnson,chris........ 6%  18%  0.26  + 4  0.3  smith,craig.......... 4%  51%  0.00  - 2  0.0
mills,patrick........(DNP)                     thompkins,trey.......(DNP)  
PACE: 85.5          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 85.5          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
TRAILBLAZERS.....  122.8 .537  .361 .152 .103  CLIPPERS.........  114.6 .493  .243 .117 .144

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WARRIORS 124, KINGS 92: Golden State led wire to wire. The Warriors went on a 24-4 run behind strong bench play in the second quarter and blew out the Kings for their first win of the season. Golden State got strong performances up and down the roster, but of special note was the 10 points on 5-of-5 shooting by rookie Charles Jenkins. Kings rookie Jimmer Fredette fared better in his second start. After missing all six of his shots in his debut, Fredette scored 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting and made his first two NBA three-pointers. Of course, that's just 15 shots from the field in 56 minutes over two games for player about whom there are concerns over his ability to create his own shot at the NBA level.

STRAT-O-MATIC BOX SCORE
SACRAMENTO                  22 16 35 19   92
GOLDEN STATE                30 31 39 24  124

                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
D.COUSINS    36   6 13  46  0  0     10 12  83 -18   3  7 10  2  2  2  4  1  22
T.EVANS      37   4 11  36  1  4  25  3  6  50 -18   0  3  3  9  0  1  2  1  12
J.HICKSON    30   6 10  60  0  0      3  5  60 -10   3  3  6  1  2  0  3  1  15
J.SALMONS    35   3 10  30  1  2  50  0  0     -13   0  3  3  4  2  2  3  1   7
J.FREDETTE   26   6  9  67  2  5  40  0  0     -17   0  0  0  4  3  0  1  0  14
S.DALEMBERT  10   2  3  67  0  0      0  0     -14   1  2  3  0  5  1  2  1   4
M.THORNTON   32   4 11  36  0  1   0  1  2  50 -27   0  5  5  2  1  3  2  0   9
J.THOMPSON   15   2  4  50  0  0      0  1   0 -20   1  2  3  0  3  0  2  1   4
F.GARCIA     12   1  5  20  0  3   0  0  0     -19   0  1  1  1  1  0  1  0   2
D.JACKSON     5   0  0      0  0      1  2  50  -2   1  0  1  0  1  1  1  0   1
I.THOMAS      2   1  1 100  0  0      0  0      -2   1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0   2
SACRAMENTO   48  35 77  45  4 15  27 18 28  64      10 26 36 23 20 10 21  6  92
                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
M.ELLIS      38  14 27  52  2  4  50  2  4  50  31   0  4  4  7  1  1  1  0  32
D.WRIGHT     33   6 10  60  0  4   0  2  2 100  12   1  2  3  6  2  0  2  0  14
D.LEE        32  10 14  71  0  0      3  3 100  10   1  9 10  1  2  2  3  0  23
S.CURRY      30   5 10  50  2  4  50  2  2 100  12   1  3  4  7  5  0  3  0  14
A.BIEDRINS   15   1  3  33  0  0      0  0       8   2  2  4  2  5  2  0  2   2
R.WILLIAMS   14   2  4  50  0  1   0  0  1   0  19   0  0  0  1  2  0  0  0   4
V.RADMANOVIC  3   2  2 100  1  1 100  0  0       3   1  0  1  1  0  1  0  0   5
E.UDOH       26   3  4  75  0  0      3  4  75  18   3  2  5  0  5  2  1  1   9
L.AMUNDSON   21   3  7  43  0  0      1  3  33  25   4  5  9  0  1  0  1  1   7
A.THORNTON    1   1  2  50  0  1   0  0  0       1   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   2
K.THOMPSON   13   1  5  20  0  1   0  0  0       1   0  3  3  3  1  0  2  0   2
C.JENKINS    14   5  5 100  0  0      0  0      20   0  2  2  3  1  3  2  0  10
GOLDEN STAT  48  53 93  57  5 16  31 13 19  68      13 32 45 31 25 11 15  4 124

         SACRAMENTO                GOLDEN STATE
     Fast Break Pts  24          Fast Break Pts  38
  Second Chance Pts  13       Second Chance Pts   8
Points in the Paint  32     Points In the Paint  32
       Biggest Lead   0            Biggest Lead  35

BASKETBALL PROSPECTUS BOX SCORE
SAC (0-2)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  GSW (1-1)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
cousins,demarcus.....75%  27%  1.00  -18 20.5  ellis,monta..........79%  33%  1.17  +31 33.7
evans,tyreke.........77%  18%  1.21  -18 17.9  lee,david............67%  24%  1.29  +10 18.6
fredette,jimmer......54%  16%  1.56  -17 14.8  wright,dorell........69%  15%  1.38  +12 16.0
hickson,j.j..........63%  22%  0.96  -10 12.5  curry,stephen........63%  18%  1.38  +12 13.6
thornton,marcus......67%  18%  0.81  -27  9.6  jenkins,charles......29%  20%  1.79  +20 10.7
salmons,john.........73%  15%  0.85  -13  8.4  amundson,louis.......44%  18%  0.99  +25  7.8
thompson,jason.......31%  18%  0.56  -20  2.8  udoh,epke............54%   9%  1.49  +18  7.6
dalembert,samuel.....21%  21%  0.66  -14  2.6  radmanovic,vladimir.. 6%  28%  3.27  + 3  5.8
garcia,francisco.....25%  21%  0.39  -19  2.1  thompson,klay........27%  22%  0.66  + 1  4.2
thomas,isaiah........ 4%  21%  2.03  - 2  1.8  biedrins,andris......31%   6%  1.76  + 8  3.8
jackson,darnell......10%  15%  0.66  - 2  1.1  williams,reggie......29%  12%  0.88  +19  3.4
greene,donte.........(DNP)                     thornton,al.......... 2%  90%  0.80  + 1  1.5
PACE: 97.8          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 97.8          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
KINGS............   94.1 .481  .238 .215 .126  WARRIORS.........  126.8 .597  .333 .153 .086

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RAPTORS 102, CAVALIERS 80: The Raptors jumped out to an early lead thanks to the crazy-hot shooting of Andrea Bargnani, who scored 19 points in the first period. He finished with 24 in the opening half as Toronto took a nine-point lead into the break. The long, tall Italian tacked on nine more in the third and the Raptors pushed the lead to 14, then breezed through a stress-free fourth quarter. Bargnani finished with 37 points, seven boards and five assists. On Cleveland's rookie report, Kyrie Irving was limited to seven points on 2-of-11 shooting. Tristan Thompson had 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting and blocked a couple of shots.

STRAT-O-MATIC BOX SCORE
TORONTO                     33 26 19 24  102
CLEVELAND                   25 25 14 16   80

                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
D.DEROZAN    35   8 15  53  0  0      2  2 100  24   1  4  5  1  1  1  0  1  18
A.BARGNANI   38  13 28  46  1  2  50 10 14  71  23   4  3  7  5  4  1  0  1  37
J.CALDERON   27   0  3   0  0  0      0  0      12   1  4  5  7  1  0  0  0   0
E.DAVIS      23   3  6  50  0  0      0  0      11   3  7 10  1  3  0  1  4   6
J.JOHNSON    21   1  4  25  0  0      0  0      10   0  3  3  1  1  0  3  2   2
A.JOHNSON    26   3  6  50  0  0      4  4 100  12   3  8 11  1  5  2  0  3  10
J.BAYLESS    22   7 12  58  2  3  67  0  0       6   0  3  3  3  2  0  2  0  16
L.BARBOSA    22   2  3  67  1  1 100  0  0      12   0  0  0  1  1  0  3  0   5
L.KLEIZA     17   3  8  38  0  2   0  0  0       2   0  4  4  2  1  0  0  1   6
R.EVANS       9   1  1 100  0  0      0  0      -2   1  1  2  1  0  1  0  0   2
TORONTO      48  41 86  48  4  8  50 16 20  80      13 37 50 23 19  5  9 12 102
                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
A.JAMISON    25   8 18  44  3  4  75  3  3 100 -13   1  1  2  1  1  1  1  0  22
B.DAVIS      27   5 12  42  0  2   0  0  0     -17   3  1  4  6  3  1  1  1  10
A.VAREJAO    31   1  6  17  0  0      1  2  50 -13   5  6 11  0  3  1  1  2   3
O.CASSPI     26   0  4   0  0  2   0  1  2  50 -11   2  7  9  1  1  1  0  0   1
K.IRVING     32   2 11  18  1  5  20  2  2 100 -14   1  1  2  5  0  0  2  1   7
R.SESSIONS   18   7 12  58  0  0      4  4 100  -2   0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  18
D.GIBSON     19   0  7   0  0  3   0  0  0     -11   1  2  3  2  2  2  0  0   0
R.HOLLINS    13   0  2   0  0  0      0  0      -9   0  2  2  1  3  0  1  1   0
A.GEE         6   2  3  67  0  0      0  0       0   0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0   4
C.EYENGA     17   1  2  50  1  1 100  0  0      -9   0  3  3  0  0  0  1  1   3
S.SAMUELS     6   0  3   0  0  0      0  0       0   0  2  2  0  0  0  0  0   0
T.THOMPSON   20   4  5  80  0  0      4  4 100 -11   0  1  1  0  3  0  2  2  12
CLEVELAND    48  30 85  35  5 17  29 15 17  88      13 28 41 16 16  6  9  8  80

            TORONTO                   CLEVELAND
     Fast Break Pts  10          Fast Break Pts  10
  Second Chance Pts  14       Second Chance Pts   7
Points in the Paint  42     Points In the Paint  22
       Biggest Lead  24            Biggest Lead   0

BASKETBALL PROSPECTUS BOX SCORE
TOR (0-1)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  CLE (0-1)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
bargnani,andrea......79%  44%  1.07  +23 38.5  jamison,antawn.......52%  41%  1.06  -13 20.7
derozan,demar........73%  21%  1.17  +24 16.6  sessions,ramon.......38%  38%  1.08  - 2 15.0
bayless,jerryd.......46%  30%  1.27  + 6 16.2  davis,baron..........56%  23%  1.09  -17 13.1
johnson,amir.........54%  12%  1.79  +12 13.0  irving,kyrie.........67%  20%  0.83  -14 12.2
davis,ed.............48%  13%  1.43  +11  8.3  thompson,tristan.....42%  20%  1.15  -11  9.8
calderon,jose........56%   3%  3.87  +12  6.9  varejao,anderson.....65%  10%  0.87  -13  5.4
kleiza,linas.........35%  22%  1.00  + 2  6.9  casspi,omri..........54%   7%  1.13  -11  4.5
barbosa,leandro......46%  11%  1.05  +12  5.5  eyenga,christian.....35%   6%  1.90  - 9  4.4
johnson,james........44%  14%  0.54  +10  3.5  gee,alonzo...........13%  24%  1.23    0  3.7
evans,reggie.........19%   3%  6.25  - 2  3.0  gibson,daniel........40%  17%  0.39  -11  2.9
alabi,soloman........(DNP)                     hollins,ryan.........27%   9%  0.24  - 9  0.6
ajinca,alexis........(DNP)                     samuels,samardo......13%  24%  0.19    0  0.6
PACE: 86.1          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 86.1          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
RAPTORS..........  118.5 .500  .317 .105 .102  CAVALIERS........   93.0 .382  .260 .105 .087

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STRAT-O-MATIC DAILY RECAP
STANDINGS      SCORING AVERAGE     REBOUNDS⁄GAME       FIELD GOAL PCT
TEAM WON LOST  ------------------- ------------------- -------------------
BOS    2   0   L.ALDRIDG POR 39.5  K.HUMPHRI NJN 16.0  T.OUTLAW  NJN1.000 
NYK    1   0   A.STOUDEM NYK 36.0  K.GARNETT BOS 15.0  C.JENKINS GSW .800 
NJN    1   0   D.WEST    NOH 36.0  K.LOVE    MIN 14.5  G.ODEN    POR .800 
TOR    1   1   M.ELLIS   GSW 34.5  A.BOGUT   MIL 13.5  J.JEREBKO DET .800 
PHI    1   1   K.DURANT  OKC 33.3  L.SCOLA   HOU 13.5  C.VILLANU DET .786 
TEAM WON LOST
DET    1   0   FREE THROW PCT      THREE POINT PCT     ASSISTS⁄GAME
MIL    1   1   ------------------- ------------------- -------------------
CHI    1   1   A.GRAY    NOH1.000  A.AFFLALO DEN1.000  S.NASH    PHX 13.0 
IND    0   2   A.BURKS   UTA1.000  B.WALKER  NYK1.000  C.PAUL    NOH 12.0 
CLE    0   2   B.UDRIH   MIL1.000  D.HARRIS  UTA1.000  R.RONDO   BOS 11.5 
TEAM WON LOST  B.DIAW    CHA1.000  K.KORVER  CHI1.000  R.WESTBRO OKC 11.3 
MIA    1   1   B.JENNING MIL1.000  R.LEWIS   WAS1.000  A.IGUODAL PHI 11.0 
CHA    1   1
ATL    1   1   STEALS⁄GAME         TURNOVERS⁄GAME      BLOCKS⁄GAME
WAS    0   1   ------------------- ------------------- -------------------
ORL    0   2   K.FARIED  DEN  4.0  D.COUSINS SAC  5.0  J.McGEE   WAS  5.0 
TEAM WON LOST  A.MILLER  DEN  3.0  J.SALMONS SAC  4.5  B.LOPEZ   NJN  3.0 
SAS    2   0   D.WILLIAM NJN  3.0  L.JAMES   MIA  4.5  D.MILICIC MIN  3.0 
NOH    1   0   J.RICHARD ORL  3.0  R.RONDO   BOS  4.5  E.OKAFOR  NOH  3.0 
MEM    1   1   T.ALLEN   MEM  3.0  R.GAY     MEM  4.5  K.GARNETT BOS  3.0 
HOU    1   1
DAL    0   2
TEAM WON LOST
DEN    1   0
UTA    1   1
POR    1   1
MIN    1   1
OKC    1   2
TEAM WON LOST
PHX    2   0
LAL    2   1
LAC    1   1
GSW    1   1
SAC    0   2

DATE  YESTERDAY'S SCORES        HIGH POINTS      HIGH REBOUNDS   HIGH ASSISTS
----  ------------------------  ---------------  --------------  ------------
11⁄4  BOS 103  @ ATL  98        R.ALLEN 28       K.GARNETT 15    R.RONDO 15
11⁄4  SAS 109 vs DAL 101        D.NOWITZKI 39    Multiple 8      J.KIDD 9
11⁄4  OKC 120 vs IND 110        K.DURANT 35      S.IBAKA 15      R.WESTBROOK 10
11⁄4  PHX 101 vs LAL  95        G.HILL 21        P.GASOL 14      S.NASH 14
11⁄4  MIL 106  @ CHA  96        B.JENNINGS 29    A.BOGUT 14      S.JACKSON 5
11⁄4  MIN 110  @ PHI  97        J.HOLIDAY 24     K.LOVE 13       A.IGUODALA 10
11⁄4  POR 105  @ LAC  98        L.ALDRIDGE 36    Multiple 9      R.FELTON 10
11⁄4  GSW 124 vs SAC  92        M.ELLIS 32       Multiple 10     T.EVANS 9
11⁄4  TOR 102  @ CLE  80        A.BARGNANI 37    Multiple 11     J.CALDERON 7

TODAY'S SCHEDULED GAMES
-----------------------
ATLANTA (1-1) at CHICAGO (1-1)
BOSTON (2-0) at INDIANA (0-2)
CHARLOTTE (1-1) at MEMPHIS (1-1)
DETROIT (1-0) at NEW JERSEY (1-0)
GOLDEN STATE (1-1) at DENVER (1-0)
NEW ORLEANS (1-0) at SACRAMENTO (0-2)
NEW YORK (1-0) at MILWAUKEE (1-1)
OKLAHOMA CITY (1-2) at DALLAS (0-2)
ORLANDO (0-2) at WASHINGTON (0-1)
TORONTO (1-1) at MINNESOTA (1-1)
UTAH (1-1) at HOUSTON (1-1)

GLOSSARY
+/- (Plus-Minus) Raw data is from official box scores from NBA.com.
GR (Game Rating) Reflects a player's Points Created total, or the portion of his team's offense for which he gets credit based on his box score line. This number is then adjusted for estimated defensive performance based on box score counterpart productivity. GR is pace-adjusted so you can compare players from game to game.
PCP (Points Created Per Possession Used) An estimate of each player's points created per possession used, a measure of offensive efficiency. The stat accounts for a player's entire box score line, not just the scoring categories.
PLY% (Play percentage) An estimate of the percentage of a team's possessions on which the player was on the court.
USG An estimate of how many of those plays a player used by shooting, going to the line or committing a turnover, with a portion the team's offensive rebound total subtracted.
TEAM STATS
PACE: Estimated possessions in the game.
ORTG: A team's points per 100 possessions.
eFG%: Team's shooting percentage with an extra half-point added for each made three-point field goal.
oRB%: Percentage of a team's misses that they retrieved off the offensive glass.
TO%: Percentage of a team's possessions resulting in a turnover.
FTA%: Percentage of a team's possessions resulting in a trip to the foul line.

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