NBA Preseason Friday Night Recap
In Friday’s NBA preseason action, the Orlando Magic won for the first time in the preseason with a 112-96 win over the Indiana Pacers. Glen “Big Baby” Davis led the Magic with 22 points. Jameer Nelson added 15 points and seven assists while Andrew Nicholson and E’Twaun Moore each chipped in 13 points. J.J. Redick also had 12 for Orlando as they got coach Jacque Vaughn his first NBA win. Tyler Hansbrough looked to be in mid-season form as he scored 23 points to lead Indiana.David West also had 14 points for the Pacers.
The Chicago Bulls beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 92-81. Carlos Boozer led the Bulls with 24 points 9 rebounds. Richard Hamilton added 15 points and Luol Deng added 14 for the Bulls. Andre Kirilenko and Dante Cunningham led the Wolves with 12 points apiece. It was Minnesota’s first game since Kevin Love went down with a broken hand on Wednesday. They never led in the game.
The Golden State Warriors beat the Portland Trail Blazers 101-97 as David Lee scored 24 points for the Warriors. Klay Thompson had 19 points and Carl Landry also had 18 points for Golden State.
The Sacramento Kings beat the Los Angeles Lakers 103-98. The Lakers have yet to win in the preseason. Dwight Howard will make his Laker debut on Sunday against the Kings on Sunday. Marcus Thornton led the Kings with 19 points and DeMarcus Cousins had 18. Kobe Bryant had 22 points for the Lakers.
The Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Phoenix Suns 107-97. Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 22 points. Russell Westbrook chipped in 18 for the Oklahoma City. Wesley Johnson led the Suns with 15 points while P.J. Tucker chipped in 11.
The Philadelphia 76ers sent home a disappointed Brooklyn crowd for the second time in two nights with a 106-96 win over the Brooklyn Nets. Thaddeus Young had 24 points to lead the Sixers. He was 11-15 from the floor and also had nine rebounds. The Sixers are now 4-1 in the preseason.
The Toronto Raptors routed the New York Knicks 107-88. Andrea Bargnani led the raptors with 20 points one game after leaving with an injury to his calf. The game was played in front of a sold out crowd in Montreal.
On Thursday night, the Atlanta Hawks routed the New Orleans Hornets 97-68, the Boston Celtics beat the Nets 115-85, the Miami Heat blew out the Detroit Pistons 105-78 and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Milwaukee Bucks 99-94.