While we spent the weekend watching football and playoff baseball, the NBA was busy getting ready for the season playing preseason games. On Saturday, the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers went to overtime with the Nets winning 108-105. Brook Lopez scored 19 points and Gerald Wallace scored 18 points for the Nets. Ironically it was the Nets first game as the Brooklyn Nets after 35 years as the New Jersey Nets and it was played in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
”We’ve done a lot of commercials and we’ve done so many interviews talking about Brooklyn, it was finally good to see them out in a Brooklyn Nets uniform,” coach Avery Johnson said.
In other weekend action the New York Knicks beat the Boston Celtics 98-95 in another overtime game. Carmelo Anthony had 23 points and Chris Copeland added 21 while Tyson Chandler chipped in 16 points for the Knicks. Jared Sullinger led the Celtics with 14 points while Jeff Green and Paul Pierce had 12 apiece.
The Milwaukee Bucks beat the Detroit Pistons 108-91 as Ersan Ilyasova scored 22 points, 18 of them in the third quarter to lead the Bucks. Brandon Jennings had 17 points and Samuel Dalembert and John Henson had 12 each. Andre Drummond scored 19 to lead the Pistons.
The Washington Wizards the Cleveland Cavaliers 99-95. Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 14 points and Brian Cook hit the go-ahead three pointer with 51 seconds left to lead Washington. Tristan Thompson led Cleveland with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
The Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Chicago Bulls 82-75. Alexy Shved scored 15 points , 12 of those in the fourth quarter. Nikola Pekovic had 16 points and 17 rebounds and Brandon Roy added 13 points for the T-Wolves. Kirk Hinrich had 15 points and Joakim Noah added 14 for the Bulls.
The Los Angeles Clippers beat the Miami Heat 99-89 in a game in China.
On Sunday, the San Antonio Spurs beat the Houston Rockets 116-107. Wesley Witherspoon had 17 points to lead the Spurs. Danny Green scored 15 points and DeJuan Blair had 16. Jeremy Lin struggled on 1 of 10 shooting for the Rockets.
The Memphis Grizzlies beat the Atlanta Hawks 110-102. Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 18 points and Marc Gasol chipped in 17 points. Al Horford led Atlanta with 13 points.