Portland put up 84-point half in huge win over the Nuggets…
With no less than nine games on the NBA schedule on Wednesday night, the Indiana Pacers stole the headlines after their win over the Miami Heat.
Roy Hibbert led the way for the visitors with 16 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks as the Pacers used their toughness, defense and rebounding to take down the Heat.
Chris Copeland added 17 points while Donald Sloan had 15 points to ensure that Dwyane Wade’s game-high 20 points wasn’t enough as Chris Bosh was held to a season-low of nine points on a disappointing night for the Heat.
Staying in the Eastern Conference, the Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks both picked up wins against the Detroit Pistons and Utah Jazz respectively.
John Wall had the stat sheet of the night for the Wizards with 27 points, three rebounds and 11 assists, while Paul Millsap led the charge for the Hawks with 30 points and 17 rebounds.
Meanwhile, things aren’t getting any easier for Derek Fisher and the New York Knicks as they slipped to another defeat which leaves them at 2-7 for the season.
It was the Orlando Magic who silenced MSG this time round, with Evan Fournier continuing his impressive start to the season with 28 points and four steals, while Carmelo Anthony had 27 points and five rebounds in a losing effort for the hosts.
The Oklahoma City Thunder bounced back and picked up their first road win of the season against the Boston Celtics, while the New Orleans Pelicans ensured that the Los Angeles Lakers failed to add to their one win so far this year.
Over in the Western Conference, the Portland Trail Blazers put on an offensive master-class with a rout of the Denver Nuggets as Damian Lillard put up 27 points, five rebounds and nine assists as the visitors scored 84 points in the first half.
The Phoenix Suns also won on Wednesday with Gerald Green’s 28 points leading them to a win over the Brooklyn Nets, while the Houston Rockets took the spoils in the first Global Game of the year with a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Dwight Howard returned from flu to contribute 22 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks in the win.
Detroit Pistons 103-107 Washington Wizards
Utah Jazz 97-100 Atlanta Hawks
Oklahoma City Thunder 109-94 Boston Celtics
Indiana Pacers 81-75 Miami Heat
Orlando Magic 97-95 New York Knicks
Los Angeles Lakers 102-109 New Orleans Pelicans
Portland Trail Blazers 130-113 Denver Nuggets
Brooklyn Nets 104-112 Phoenix Suns
Houston Rockets 113-101 Minnesota Timberwolves