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November 21, 2011
Sim Season
Top Spot

by Bradford Doolittle

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The Denver Nuggets have surged into the catbird's seat in Week 3 of the Sim Season power rankings. The Nuggets leapfrogged the Lakers and Heat after winning all three of their games by an average of nearly 29 points per contest. Denver's overall average point differential is an absurd +18.1, which more than makes up for their soft, home-loaded early schedule. Denver leads the league in Offensive Rating (126.5) and is sixth defensively (105.1).

The Lakers are riding a five-game winning streak and remain second in the rankings. Miami dropped from first to third. The Heat has won eight in a row, but has played the 28th-ranked schedule so far and has played six of its nine games at home. The biggest leap in the rankings was by Orlando, which jumped seven places all the way up to fourth.

TEAM (LAST WEEK), POW               TEAM (LAST WEEK), POW
 1. nuggets,denver (3), 65.4        16. hornets,neworleans (13), 36.7
 2. lakers,losangeles (2), 64.9     17. pacers,indiana (22), 34.8
 3. heat,miami (1), 64.1            18. bobcats,charlotte (16), 34.6
 4. magic,orlando (11), 60.5        19. rockets,houston (21), 31.9
 5. bulls,chicago (10), 56.5        20. jazz,utah (25), 31.2
 6. mavericks,dallas (6), 55.8      21. 76ers,philadelphia (26), 30.8
 7. celtics,boston (7), 55.6        22. clippers,losangeles (17), 29.5
 8. grizzlies,memphis (9), 54.0     23. warriors,goldenstate (20), 28.0
 9. suns,phoenix (5), 52.7          24. nets,newjersey (24), 22.2
10. thunder,oklahomacity (4), 50.8  25. raptors,toronto (28), 21.5
11. t-wolves,minnesota (12), 49.6   26. bucks,milwaukee (19), 20.0
12. spurs,sanantonio (8), 46.7      27. cavaliers,cleveland (27), 18.7
13. knicks,newyork (18), 42.6       28. pistons,detroit (23), 18.4
14. hawks,atlanta (15), 41.1        29. wizards,washington (30), 17.7
15. t-blazers,portland (14), 39.0   30. kings,sacramento (29), 12.1
NOTE: POW, our formula for a team's power rating, is an estimate of
a team's "true talent" level expressed as wins per 82 games. The 
formula takes into account point differential, home-road performance,
record in close games and strength of schedule.

Through last night, we've played the 145 games the NBA hasn't as part of 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 action. Watch for the #simseason hashtag.

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CELTICS 106, WARRIORS 93: The Celtics were coming off a pair of rest days, much-needed after back-to-back losses at Orlando and Miami last week. The game was close early until the Celtics got their offense rolling and opened up an eight-point halftime lead. The Warriors closed the gap and drew within one on David Lee's free throws midway through the third. Ray Allen's three-point play sparked a seven-point Boston run that allowed the Celtics to re-establish its halftime bulge. The Warriors hung close, but Kevin Garnett's layup with 1:04 to play capped an 11-2 run and sealed the deal for Boston. The Celtics shot 52 percent from the field and got 13 points, 19 assists, six rebounds and two steals from Rajon Rondo. Golden State got 21 points, six rebounds and six assists from Stephen Curry but was outscored 40-20 in the paint.

STRAT-O-MATIC BOX SCORE
GOLDEN STATE                17 24 27 25   93
BOSTON                      20 29 26 31  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
M.ELLIS      32   6 16  38  1  6  17  4  4 100 -11   0  2  2  3  4  0  4  0  17
D.WRIGHT     40   3 13  23  1  7  14  2  4  50 -11   0  3  3  3  2  0  0  0   9
D.LEE        40   6 13  46  0  0      4  4 100 -11   4  6 10  1  4  1  2  0  16
S.CURRY      33   8 17  47  4  7  57  1  1 100  -8   3  3  6  6  4  2  2  0  21
A.BIEDRINS   26   1  3  33  0  0      1  2  50  -3   5  6 11  1  1  2  4  2   3
R.WILLIAMS    7   2  3  67  1  1 100  0  0      -1   0  1  1  1  0  1  0  0   5
E.UDOH       20   1  3  33  0  0      0  0      -8   0  3  3  2  2  1  1  1   2
L.AMUNDSON    9   0  3   0  0  0      0  0      -4   2  1  3  1  1  0  1  0   0
A.THORNTON    1   1  1 100  0  0      0  0      -1   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   2
K.THOMPSON   24   4 10  40  1  1 100  4  4 100   0   1  3  4  3  1  0  2  1  13
C.JENKINS     8   2  2 100  1  1 100  0  0      -7   0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0   5
GOLDEN STAT  48  34 84  40  9 23  39 16 19  84      15 28 43 22 19  7 16  4  93
                 ----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      37   5 11  45  1  4  25  3  3 100   9   0  2  2  1  1  1  0  1  14
P.PIERCE     36   7 11  64  0  1   0 10 10 100  13   1 11 12  2  3  2  3  0  24
R.RONDO      39   6 12  50  0  0      1  2  50   9   2  4  6 19  2  2  3  0  13
K.GARNETT    26   6  9  67  0  0      0  0      10   0  4  4  0  0  1  1  2  12
J.O'NEAL      5   1  3  33  0  0      0  0       9   2  1  3  0  2  0  0  0   2
J.GREEN      26   4  8  50  0  2   0  0  0       1   1  4  5  2  4  2  2  0   8
G.DAVIS      29   5 12  42  0  0      6  8  75  -2   0  2  2  1  2  3  1  1  16
V.WAFER       6   2  3  67  0  1   0  0  0      -2   0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0   4
D.WEST       17   3  4  75  1  1 100  0  0       7   0  0  0  4  1  0  0  0   7
T.MURPHY      3   0  1   0  0  0      2  2 100   3   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   2
J.JOHNSON    16   2  5  40  0  0      0  0       8   0  4  4  0  0  0  2  0   4
BOSTON       48  41 79  52  2  9  22 22 25  88       6 32 38 29 16 11 12  4 106

GOLDEN STATE                BOSTON
     Fast Break Pts  16          Fast Break Pts  12
  Second Chance Pts  10       Second Chance Pts   6
Points in the Paint  20     Points In the Paint  40
       Biggest Lead   1            Biggest Lead  14

BASKETBALL PROSPECTUS BOX SCORE
GSW (4-7)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  BOS (6-3)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
curry,stephen........69%  27%  1.39  - 8 22.5  pierce,paul..........75%  24%  1.30  +13 26.5
ellis,monta..........67%  31%  0.75  -11 17.4  rondo,rajon..........81%  19%  1.69  + 9 24.4
lee,david............83%  18%  1.04  -11 14.8  allen,ray............77%  15%  1.14  + 9 14.0
thompson,klay........50%  26%  1.10  +   13.7  davis,glen...........60%  27%  0.89  - 2 13.8
wright,dorell........83%  15%  0.79  -11  9.4  garnett,kevin........54%  17%  1.20  +10 11.6
biedrins,andris......54%  12%  1.11  - 3  7.0  west,delonte.........35%  10%  2.43  + 7  8.5
williams,reggie......15%  18%  2.25  - 1  6.1  green,jeff...........54%  17%  0.92  + 1  7.7
jenkins,charles......17%   9%  3.45  - 7  5.1  johnson,jajuan.......33%  20%  0.63  + 8  4.3
udoh,epke............42%   7%  1.31  - 8  3.5  wafer,von............13%  23%  1.00  - 2  2.6
thornton,al.......... 2%  48%  1.62  - 1  1.5  o'neal,jermaine......10%  28%  0.68  + 9  1.8
amundson,louis.......19%  19%  0.39  - 4  1.3  murphy,troy.......... 6%  30%  0.82  + 3  1.4
radmanovic,vladimir..(DNP)                     arroyo,carlos........(DNP)  
PACE: 90.9          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 90.9          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
WARRIORS.........  102.3 .458  .319 .176 .092  CELTICS..........  116.6 .532  .176 .132 .121

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PACERS 99, PISTONS 90: Rodney Stuckey has been on a tear lately for the Pistons and his 10 first-half points left Detroit up by a basket at the break. He scored seven quick points in the third quarter and the Pistons went up eight, but Indiana closed the quarter strong behind Josh McRoberts and Darren Collison, trailing by two entering the final quarter. Detroit went up four on Charlie Villanueva's layup midway through the fourth, but George Hill hit a three and a layup and Collison drilled a jumper as Indiana forged a three-point advantage. Tayshaun Prince scored to put Detroit up two with 3:29 left, but the Pacers reeled off another seven-point run. Collison scored five of those and his three-point play with 2:26 remaining gave his squad a five-point lead. The Pacers cruised from there and outscored Detroit 34-23 in the final quarter.

STRAT-O-MATIC BOX SCORE
INDIANA                     25 18 22 34   99
DETROIT                     23 22 22 23   90

                 ----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    45   8 18  44  0  3   0  5  6  83   6   2  5  7  5  4  0  2  1  21
D.COLLISON   29   7 12  58  1  2  50  5  7  71  10   0  2  2  5  2  1  2  0  20
R.HIBBERT    20   3  7  43  0  0      7 11  64   1   3  5  8  1  6  0  2  2  13
T.HANSBROUGH 24   4 13  31  0  0      0  0      10   4  7 11  1  2  0  1  1   8
P.GEORGE      6   0  1   0  0  0      0  0      -1   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1   0
B.RUSH       29   1  3  33  0  1   0  0  0      -4   1  4  5  3  1  0  1  1   2
M.DUNLEAVY   10   1  5  20  1  4  25  0  0       5   0  1  1  0  1  0  1  0   3
J.McROBERTS  26   5  7  71  1  2  50  0  0       2   1  4  5  0  2  1  2  0  11
J.FOSTER     21   3  4  75  0  0      0  0       3   2  5  7  1  3  2  0  1   6
S.JONES       5   0  0      0  0      2  2 100   4   0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0   2
G.HILL       25   5 12  42  2  4  50  1  1 100   9   0  2  2  2  2  1  1  0  13
INDIANA      48  37 82  45  5 16  31 20 27  74      13 36 49 18 23  5 12  7  99
                 ----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.PRINCE     30   5 15  33  0  2   0  0  0      -7   0  3  3  3  5  0  0  2  10
G.MONROE     31   5  9  56  0  0      4 10  40 -11   3  6  9  1  2  0  1  0  14
R.STUCKEY    27   6 17  35  0  3   0  7  8  88  -5   2  1  3  0  3  1  1  0  19
B.GORDON     29   2  7  29  1  2  50  2  2 100  -8   0  5  5  1  2  1  1  0   7
J.JEREBKO    31   4  9  44  0  1   0  3  3 100  -7   1  4  5  2  3  0  0  0  11
T.McGRADY    18   4  9  44  0  3   0  2  2 100   1   2  1  3  1  0  2  1  0  10
C.VILLANUEVA 16   4  7  57  1  2  50  1  2  50   0   0  3  3  0  2  0  0  0  10
A.DAYE       18   2  2 100  0  0      2  4  50  -2   0  3  3  0  3  0  1  0   6
B.WALLACE    17   0  1   0  0  0      0  0       2   1  4  5  0  1  0  1  0   0
J.MAXIELL     1   0  0      0  0      0  0      -2   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   0
W.BYNUM      14   0  4   0  0  1   0  1  2  50  -5   2  0  2  2  1  1  0  0   1
B.KNIGHT      8   1  4  25  0  2   0  0  0      -1   0  1  1  2  0  0  0  0   2
DETROIT      48  33 84  39  2 16  12 22 33  67      11 31 42 12 22  5  6  2  90

INDIANA                     DETROIT
     Fast Break Pts  28          Fast Break Pts  10
  Second Chance Pts  14       Second Chance Pts  12
Points in the Paint  22     Points In the Paint  30
       Biggest Lead   9            Biggest Lead   8

BASKETBALL PROSPECTUS BOX SCORE
IND (4-6)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  DET (2-6)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
collison,darren......60%  27%  1.26  +10 22.3  stuckey,rodney.......56%  38%  0.74  - 5 16.0
granger,danny........94%  23%  1.01  + 6 22.0  monroe,greg..........65%  21%  1.04  -11 14.6
hill,george..........52%  24%  1.08  + 9 14.5  prince,tayshaun......63%  23%  0.71  - 7 12.5
mcroberts,josh.......54%  15%  1.36  + 2 11.5  mcgrady,tracy........38%  28%  1.00  + 1 12.5
hibbert,roy..........42%  32%  0.90  + 1 11.5  jerebko,jonas........65%  14%  1.17  - 7 11.9
hansbrough,tyler.....50%  27%  0.76  +10  9.7  gordon,ben...........60%  13%  1.05  - 8  9.8
foster,jeff..........44%   7%  2.55  + 3  8.7  villanueva,charlie...33%  22%  1.22  +    9.5
rush,brandon.........60%   4%  2.01  - 4  5.0  daye,austin..........38%  11%  1.16  - 2  5.5
dunleavy jr.,mike....21%  28%  0.55  + 5  3.4  knight,brandon.......17%  23%  0.88  - 1  3.8
jones,solomon........10%   6%  2.81  + 4  1.8  bynum,will...........29%  15%  0.68  - 5  3.2
george,paul..........13%   5%  0.31  - 1  0.2  wallace,ben..........35%   3%  0.92  + 2  1.3
price,a.j............(DNP)                     maxiell,jason........ 2%  51%  0.00  - 2  0.0
PACE: 89.5          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 89.5          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
PACERS...........  110.6 .482  .295 .134 .133  PISTONS..........  100.6 .405  .234 .067 .162

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HEAT 104, 76ERS 94: The Heat entered as winners of seven in a row, making hay during a stretch of nine home games out of 12 to open the season. The Sixers started fast, getting six points from Jodie Meeks during a 13-0 run, and led by 10 after the first. Miami closed the gap despite Lou Williams' 14-point second quarter and trailed by four at the break. The Heat finally went ahead on LeBron James' layup midway through the third quarter and led by seven entering the fourth. James poured in 26 second-half points as the Heat extended its winning streak to eight and once again sucked the fun out of a basketball game by appearing to be impossible to beat. James had 33 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists.

STRAT-O-MATIC BOX SCORE
PHILADELPHIA                31 26 18 19   94
MIAMI                       21 32 29 22  104

                 ----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    34   3 10  30  1  3  33  3  5  60 -17   0  1  1  9  2  1  0  1  10
E.BRAND      36   5  9  56  0  0      3  4  75  -7   3  6  9  2  3  1  2  0  13
A.IGUODALA   36   3  7  43  2  3  67  2  2 100  -6   1  7  8  5  2  1  1  0  10
J.MEEKS      32   5 12  42  2  6  33  0  0       0   0  1  1  1  3  1  2  0  12
S.HAWES      19   3  7  43  0  0      0  0      -8   3  1  4  1  1  0  1  0   6
T.YOUNG      27   4 10  40  0  0      1  2  50  -3   0  1  1  1  1  1  2  0   9
E.TURNER     19   1  7  14  1  4  25  0  0      -9   1  1  2  1  0  1  0  0   3
L.WILLIAMS   22   8 13  62  2  5  40  4  7  57   2   0  2  2  2  4  0  1  1  22
M.SPEIGHTS    2   1  1 100  0  0      1  1 100   1   1  0  1  0  1  0  0  0   3
N.VUCEVIC    13   2  5  40  0  0      2  2 100  -3   0  1  1  1  3  0  1  0   6
PHILADELPHI  48  35 81  43  8 21  38 16 23  70       9 21 30 23 20  6 10  2  94
                 ----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.JAMES      40  12 19  63  3  4  75  6  6 100   6   4 11 15  7  0  1  3  0  33
D.WADE       34   5 12  42  1  2  50  2  4  50   2   0  4  4  5  2  0  2  0  13
C.BOSH       40   8  9  89  0  0      4  4 100   6   2  7  9  1  3  0  6  0  20
M.CHALMERS   21   3  9  33  2  7  29  0  0       6   0  2  2  1  4  1  0  0   8
J.ANTHONY    16   0  0      0  0      0  0       7   1  2  3  2  4  0  1  0   0
M.BIBBY      14   1  4  25  1  3  33  0  0       9   0  1  1  3  2  0  0  0   3
J.JONES       7   1  1 100  1  1 100  0  0       5   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1   3
E.HOUSE       7   3  7  43  3  5  60  0  0       5   0  0  0  1  0  1  0  0   9
M.MILLER     12   0  2   0  0  0      2  2 100   1   0  2  2  2  3  0  2  0   2
E.DAMPIER    12   0  0      0  0      1  2  50  11   1  3  4  2  0  0  2  0   1
U.HASLEM     23   3  6  50  0  1   0  0  0      -2   3  2  5  0  2  1  0  0   6
N.COLE       14   3  7  43  0  0      0  0      -6   0  1  1  0  1  0  1  0   6
MIAMI        48  39 76  51 11 23  48 15 18  83      11 35 46 24 21  4 17  1 104

PHILADELPHIA                MIAMI
     Fast Break Pts  12          Fast Break Pts  12
  Second Chance Pts  10       Second Chance Pts  10
Points in the Paint  24     Points In the Paint  26
       Biggest Lead  12            Biggest Lead  13

BASKETBALL PROSPECTUS BOX SCORE
PHI (4-6)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  MIA (8-1)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
williams,lou.........46%  38%  1.19  + 2 21.5  james,lebron.........83%  30%  1.59  + 6 40.6
holiday,jrue.........71%  16%  1.36  -17 15.3  bosh,chris...........83%  19%  1.16  + 6 17.9
brand,elton..........75%  16%  1.18  - 7 14.6  wade,dwyane..........71%  22%  1.01  + 2 15.3
iguodala,andre.......75%  10%  1.93  - 6 14.5  house,eddie..........15%  50%  1.49  + 5 10.5
meeks,jodie..........67%  20%  0.88  +   13.2  chalmers,mario.......44%  20%  0.98  + 6  8.8
young,thaddeus.......56%  22%  0.67  - 3  8.8  haslem,udonis........48%  11%  1.19  - 2  5.9
hawes,spencer........40%  19%  0.88  - 8  7.3  cole,norris..........29%  28%  0.62  - 6  4.7
vucevic,nikola.......27%  25%  0.73  - 3  5.0  bibby,mike...........29%  12%  1.40  + 9  4.7
turner,evan..........40%  17%  0.75  - 9  4.9  jones,james..........15%   5%  4.70  + 5  3.4
speights,marreese.... 4%  35%  1.73  + 1  2.4  dampier,erick........25%  10%  1.36  +11  3.2
battie,tony..........(DNP)                     miller,mike..........25%  19%  0.57  + 1  2.8
nocioni,andres.......(DNP)                     anthony,joel.........33%   0%  4.09  + 7  1.2
PACE: 87.4          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 87.4          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
76ERS............  107.6 .481  .205 .114 .116  HEAT.............  119.0 .586  .344 .195 .091

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THUNDER 127, JAZZ 125: The Thunder jumped out on top in a wild first quarter, getting 16 points from Kevin Durant and 10 from Russell Westbrook. Devin Harris scored 14 in that opening period, helping the Jazz hang close. James Harden scored seven points during a 13-1 OKC burst in the second quarter that opened the game up. Harris stayed hot in the second half, hitting a jumper with 7:58 to play to trim the lead to six. The teams traded baskets the rest of the way, until Al Jefferson's free throws with six seconds left cut the lead to two. But Utah was unable to foul and the Thunder ran out the clock, preserving the win in the season's highest-scoring game to date. Durant scored 40. Westbrook's court time was limited by foul trouble, but he still managed to score 18 points in 17 minutes. Harris led Utah with 34.

STRAT-O-MATIC BOX SCORE
UTAH                        33 30 31 31  125
OKLAHOMA CITY               38 35 29 25  127

                 ----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.JEFFERSON  41   9 12  75  0  0     11 13  85  10   1  6  7  2  3  0  1  2  29
P.MILLSAP    35   4 11  36  0  0      6  9  67   0   0  2  2  2  2  1  1  0  14
D.HARRIS     36  12 21  57  2  5  40  8 10  80   4   0  2  2  8  2  1  2  1  34
G.HAYWARD    10   1  3  33  0  1   0  0  0      -5   1  0  1  1  2  1  0  1   2
A.BURKS       8   0  0      0  0      2  2 100  -4   0  0  0  1  2  0  0  0   2
R.BELL       22   3  5  60  1  2  50  0  0      -3   0  1  1  0  1  0  1  0   7
A.KIRILENKO  21   3  4  75  2  2 100  5  6  83   6   1  2  3  6  0  1  2  0  13
C.MILES      24   3  4  75  0  1   0  0  0      -4   1  2  3  3  3  0  0  0   6
E.WATSON     12   0  1   0  0  1   0  0  0      -6   0  1  1  3  3  0  0  0   0
D.FAVORS     18   4  5  80  0  0      1  2  50  -6   1  2  3  0  1  0  1  0   9
M.OKUR        6   3  3 100  0  0      0  3   0  10   0  2  2  1  0  0  0  0   6
E.KANTER      7   1  4  25  0  0      1  2  50 -12   1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0   3
UTAH         48  43 73  59  5 12  42 34 47  72       6 20 26 27 19  4  8  4 125
                 ----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     47  15 24  62  4  8  50  6  7  86   2   1  6  7  6  4  1  3  2  40
R.WESTBROOK  17   7  8  88  0  0      4  4 100   9   0  1  1  5  4  0  3  0  18
S.IBAKA      30   3  5  60  0  0      0  0      12   0  0  0  0  5  0  1  2   6
T.SEFOLOSHA  16   2  3  67  1  1 100  2  2 100  11   0  4  4  5  2  1  0  1   7
K.PERKINS    34   1  4  25  0  0      2  2 100  10   1  8  9  4  5  0  1  0   4
J.HARDEN     26   8 10  80  2  3  67  2  2 100   1   0  1  1  2  3  1  0  0  20
N.COLLISON   20   1  2  50  0  0      2  4  50 -14   0  1  1  0  3  0  0  2   4
N.MOHAMMED   13   5  6  83  0  0      1  2  50  -4   1  2  3  2  5  0  0  0  11
E.MAYNOR     18   4  7  57  1  2  50  0  0       7   0  0  0  5  2  0  0  0   9
D.COOK        6   1  2  50  0  1   0  0  0     -10   0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0   2
R.JACKSON    13   2  2 100  2  2 100  0  0     -14   0  1  1  2  2  1  2  0   6
OKLAHOMA CI  48  49 73  67 10 17  59 19 23  83       3 25 28 31 35  4 10  7 127

UTAH                        OKLAHOMA CITY
     Fast Break Pts   0          Fast Break Pts  28
  Second Chance Pts   7       Second Chance Pts   3
Points in the Paint  44     Points In the Paint  22
       Biggest Lead   0            Biggest Lead  17

BASKETBALL PROSPECTUS BOX SCORE
UTA (3-7)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  OKC (6-5)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
harris,devin.........75%  36%  1.29  + 4 36.8  durant,kevin.........98%  33%  1.28  + 2 45.2
jefferson,al.........85%  21%  1.44  +10 27.7  harden,james.........54%  21%  1.64  + 1 20.2
kirilenko,andrei.....44%  19%  2.10  + 6 20.2  westbrook,russell....35%  39%  1.26  + 9 16.0
millsap,paul.........73%  21%  0.83  +   17.5  maynor,eric..........38%  20%  1.50  + 7 12.9
miles,c.j............50%   7%  2.03  - 4  7.9  sefolosha,thabo......33%  12%  2.76  +11 12.5
favors,derrick.......38%  17%  1.20  - 6  7.6  mohammed,nazr........27%  27%  1.34  - 4 10.4
okur,mehmet..........13%  34%  1.44  +10  6.8  jackson,reggie.......27%  15%  1.88  -14  8.6
bell,raja............46%  12%  1.15  - 3  6.4  perkins,kendrick.....71%   8%  1.20  +10  7.2
kanter,enes..........15%  33%  0.57  -12  3.1  ibaka,serge..........63%   9%  0.63  +12  4.4
hayward,gordon.......21%  13%  0.95  - 5  2.9  collison,nick........42%   9%  0.78  -14  2.8
burks,alec...........17%   4%  2.39  - 4  1.6  cook,daequan.........13%  17%  0.91  -10  2.2
watson,earl..........25%   2%  2.15  - 6  1.6  aldrich,cole.........(DNP)  
PACE: 89.2          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 89.2          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
JAZZ.............  140.2 .623  .194 .090 .232  THUNDER..........  142.4 .740  .130 .112 .113

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KNICKS 100, SUNS 83: Former Suns coach Mike D'Antoni returned to his former stomping grounds in what you'd expect to be a high-scoring affair. It wasn't. Phoenix led by three at the break by a 38-35 score. It stayed close most of the way through the third but Carmelo Anthony capped a 13-2 run with a layup to begin the fourth quarter, giving the Knicks an 11-point lead. Phoenix responded with an eight-point surge, closing within two, but the Knicks reeled off 13 straight to gain the upper hand. New York eased across the finish line and snapped a three-game losing streak. Phoenix dropped its second straight at home as the shine from its 8-1 start begins to fade. It was an unusually balanced attack for the Knicks, who hit 11-of-23 from deep.

STRAT-O-MATIC BOX SCORE
NEW YORK                    23 12 33 32  100
PHOENIX                     23 15 22 23   83

                 ----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.STOUDEMIRE 40   9 23  39  0  0      8 10  80  18   1  9 10  5  4  2  6  4  26
C.ANTHONY    40   6 12  50  1  2  50  3  3 100  19   2  7  9  4  2  3  2  1  16
L.FIELDS     36   7 13  54  4  7  57  2  4  50  23   1  7  8  1  3  2  1  0  20
C.BILLUPS    36   6 13  46  2  6  33  2  2 100  16   0  3  3  6  3  0  0  1  16
R.TURIAF     22   2  3  67  0  0      0  0      11   2  5  7  3  1  1  2  1   4
T.DOUGLAS    20   3 10  30  3  6  50  0  0      -7   0  5  5  1  2  0  1  0   9
S.WILLIAMS   19   2  5  40  1  2  50  0  0      -6   2  0  2  1  2  1  3  0   5
J.JEFFRIES    7   1  1 100  0  0      0  0      10   2  1  3  0  0  2  0  0   2
J.HARRELLSON  8   0  1   0  0  0      0  0       0   0  0  0  0  1  0  0  1   0
I.SHUMPERT   12   1  2  50  0  0      0  0       1   0  2  2  3  0  0  1  0   2
NEW YORK     48  37 83  45 11 23  48 15 19  79      10 39 49 24 18 11 16  8 100
                 ----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       33   4  8  50  0  3   0  2  2 100 -14   0  9  9  1  2  2  4  0  10
S.NASH       30   6 11  55  0  0      3  3 100 -17   0  1  1 10  2  1  5  0  15
G.HILL       31   4  8  50  1  1 100  4  5  80 -17   0  3  3  3  2  0  0  0  13
V.CARTER     33   7 12  58  1  3  33  0  0     -22   1  4  5  5  4  0  2  0  15
M.GORTAT     32   4 11  36  0  0      0  0     -19   1  6  7  2  3  1  2  3   8
J.DUDLEY     19   0  4   0  0  1   0  3  6  50   2   2  2  4  1  1  0  1  0   3
H.WARRICK    10   1  4  25  0  0      2  4  50  -6   0  1  1  0  1  0  1  0   4
A.BROOKS     18   2  9  22  0  2   0  0  0       0   1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0   4
M.PIETRUS    13   3  8  38  1  5  20  0  0       3   1  3  4  1  1  0  0  0   7
R.LOPEZ      13   2  4  50  0  0      0  0       4   2  2  4  0  0  0  0  1   4
M.MORRIS      8   0  4   0  0  0      0  0       1   1  3  4  0  1  1  2  1   0
PHOENIX      48  33 83  40  3 15  20 14 20  70       9 34 43 23 17  5 17  5  83

NEW YORK                    PHOENIX
     Fast Break Pts  18          Fast Break Pts  30
  Second Chance Pts  10       Second Chance Pts   4
Points in the Paint  26     Points In the Paint  14
       Biggest Lead  18            Biggest Lead   8

BASKETBALL PROSPECTUS BOX SCORE
NYK (5-5)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  PHX (8-3)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
stoudemire,amare.....83%  39%  0.81  +18 24.1  nash,steve...........63%  25%  1.14  -17 18.7
fields,landry........75%  19%  1.44  +23 18.8  hill,grant...........65%  14%  1.44  -17 13.7
anthony,carmelo......83%  16%  1.36  +19 17.7  carter,vince.........69%  18%  1.26  -22 13.5
billups,chauncey.....75%  16%  1.43  +16 16.4  frye,channing........69%  16%  0.94  -14 10.3
douglas,toney........42%  25%  1.02  - 7  9.9  gortat,marcin........67%  17%  0.82  -19  8.5
turiaf,ronny.........46%   9%  1.79  +11  7.0  pietrus,mickael......27%  27%  1.03  + 3  7.3
williams,shawne......40%  18%  0.78  - 6  4.8  lopez,robin..........27%  12%  1.30  + 4  4.8
shumpert,iman........25%  10%  1.62  + 1  4.1  dudley,jared.........40%  17%  0.55  + 2  3.7
jeffries,jared.......15%   4%  4.40  +10  2.8  brooks,aaron.........38%  22%  0.42  +    3.3
harrellson,josh......17%   4%  0.00  +    0.0  warrick,hakim........21%  30%  0.47  - 6  2.7
rautins,andy.........(DNP)                     morris,markieff......17%  34%  0.25  + 1  1.4
walker,bill..........(DNP)                     childress,josh.......(DNP)  
PACE: 94.6          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 94.6          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
KNICKS...........  105.7 .512  .227 .169 .088  SUNS.............   87.7 .416  .188 .180 .093

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STANDINGS, SCORES, LEADERS AND SCHEDULE
               SCORING AVERAGE     REBOUNDS/GAME       FIELD GOAL PCT
TEAM WON LOST  ------------------- ------------------- -------------------
BOS    6   3   K.DURANT  OKC 32.7  K.LOVE    MIN 12.4  N.HILARIO DEN .710 
NYK    5   5   D.NOWITZK DAL 31.8  J.NOAH    CHI 11.6  M.BROOKS  NJN .656 
PHI    4   6   D.ROSE    CHI 29.6  D.HOWARD  ORL 10.9  D.HOWARD  ORL .614 
NJN    3   6   R.GAY     MEM 27.7  K.HUMPHRI NJN 10.9  J.BAREA   DAL .612 
TOR    2   7   D.GALLINA DEN 27.6  A.BOGUT   MIL 10.6  J.HARDEN  OKC .595 
TEAM WON LOST
CHI    7   3   FREE THROW PCT      THREE POINT PCT     ASSISTS/GAME
IND    5   6   ------------------- ------------------- -------------------
DET    2   7   D.AUGUSTI CHA .974  R.JACKSON OKC .800  S.NASH    PHX 12.9 
CLE    2   7   A.AFFLALO DEN .955  M.WEBSTER MIN .692  R.RONDO   BOS 12.1 
MIL    2   8   M.MORRIS  HOU .955  T.LAWSON  DEN .682  D.WILLIAM NJN 10.6 
TEAM WON LOST  S.NASH    PHX .951  C.JENKINS GSW .593  C.PAUL    NOH 10.4 
MIA    8   1   C.BOSH    MIA .936  G.HILL    PHX .562  J.KIDD    DAL  9.8 
ORL    8   2
CHA    5   4   STEALS/GAME         TURNOVERS/GAME      BLOCKS/GAME
ATL    4   5   ------------------- ------------------- -------------------
WAS    2   7   R.GAY     MEM  2.3  J.WALL    WAS  4.8  J.McGEE   WAS  3.2 
TEAM WON LOST  L.JAMES   MIA  2.1  R.RONDO   BOS  4.3  A.STOUDEM NYK  2.9 
DAL    7   3   T.ALLEN   MEM  2.0  D.COUSINS SAC  3.5  T.DUNCAN  SAS  2.9 
SAS    6   3   D.HOWARD  ORL  1.9  J.JOHNSON ATL  3.3  A.BOGUT   MIL  2.5 
MEM    6   3   R.RONDO   BOS  1.9  J.SMITH   ATL  3.3  B.LOPEZ   NJN  2.4 
HOU    5   4
NOH    4   5
TEAM WON LOST
DEN    7   1
MIN    6   3
OKC    6   5
POR    4   6
UTA    3   7
TEAM WON LOST
LAL    8   2
PHX    8   3
LAC    4   7
GSW    4   7
SAC    2   9

DATE  YESTERDAY'S SCORES        HIGH POINTS      HIGH REBOUNDS   HIGH ASSISTS
----  ------------------------  ---------------  --------------  ------------
11/20 BOS 106 vs GSW  93        P.PIERCE 24      P.PIERCE 12     R.RONDO 19
11/20 IND  99  @ DET  90        D.GRANGER 21     T.HANSBROUG 11  Multiple 5
11/20 NYK 100  @ PHX  83        A.STOUDEMIR 26   A.STOUDEMIR 10  S.NASH 10
11/20 MIA 104 vs PHI  94        L.JAMES 33       L.JAMES 15      J.HOLIDAY 9
11/20 OKC 127 vs UTA 125        K.DURANT 40      K.PERKINS 9     D.HARRIS 8

TODAY'S SCHEDULED GAMES
-----------------------
CHICAGO (7-3) at UTAH (3-7)
DENVER (7-1) at LOS ANGELES C (4-7)
GOLDEN STATE (4-7) at NEW JERSEY (3-6)
MINNESOTA (6-3) at HOUSTON (5-4)
NEW YORK (5-5) at SACRAMENTO (2-9)
OKLAHOMA CITY (6-5) at SAN ANTONIO (6-3)
PORTLAND (4-6) at CHARLOTTE (5-4)

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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