National Basketball Association Game Capsules
(Friday, October 31)
Final Score: Memphis 97, Indiana 89
Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Zach Randolph scored 22 points with 13 rebounds to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 97-89 win over the Indiana Pacers on Friday. Marc Gasol, coming off a career-high 32 points in Memphis' season- opening win over Minnesota, deposited 20 points with six rebounds. Mike Conley added 17 points in the win. Chris Copeland came off the bench to score 16 points, while CJ Miles and Donald Sloan contributed 13 and 12 points, respectively, for Indiana, which opened the season with a 103-91 win over Philadelphia.
Final Score: Cleveland 114, Chicago 108 (OT)
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers didn't open their season how many anticipated. But they didn't have much time to dwell on Thursday's disappointing home opener, and that showed with a hard-fought overtime victory against a division rival on Friday. James scored 36 points with eight rebounds to lead Cleveland to a 114-108 win over the Chicago Bulls in the first installment of what proves to be a heated rivalry between the two teams. Tristan Thompson deposited 16 points with 13 rebounds -- 12 coming on the offensive glass -- and Kevin Love contributed a 16-point, 16-rebound double-double for the Cavs, who were 2-8 over their last 10 in Chicago. Kyrie Irving totaled 23 points in the win. Derrick Rose and Kirk Hinrich each scored 20 points for the Bulls, but Rose left the game late in the third with a sprained left ankle and did not return to the contest. Pau Gasol netted 15 points with nine boards and six blocks, and Mike Dunleavy added 14 points in the setback.
Final Score: Milwaukee 93, Philadelphia 81
Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - O.J. Mayo scored 25 points off the bench and the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 93-81 in a matchup between last year's two worst teams on Friday night. The Sixers failed to score a point in the final 8:21, missing all 13 of their shots and turning the ball over four times. Jabari Parker had 11 points and 10 rebounds, Brandon Knight tallied 13 points, eight assists and seven boards while Larry Sanders added 15 rebounds for Milwaukee, which fell at Charlotte in overtime in its season opener on Wednesday night. Nerlens Noel posted his first career double-double, finishing with 14 points and 10 boards for the Sixers, who lost at Indiana in their first game of the year Wednesday night.
Final Score: Phoenix 94, San Antonio 89
Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Isaiah Thomas finally got the Phoenix Suns over the hump. Thomas had 23 points off the bench and the Suns defeated the San Antonio Spurs 94-89 on Friday night. After the Suns came close many times throughout the game to take a lead over the defending champs, Thomas blew past Boris Diaw in the open floor to finally put the hosts in front 88-87 with 3:34 left. San Antonio trailed 92-89 with 6.5 seconds remaining following a timeout, but Diaw was whistled for a five-second violation just before he signaled for a 20-second timeout. Eric Bledsoe sunk two game-clinching free throws at the other end. Markieff Morris posted 20 points and 11 rebounds, Eric Bledsoe tallied 12 points and nine boards and Alex Len provided his first career double-double, 10 points and 11 rebounds, off the pine for Phoenix, which beat the Los Angeles Lakers in its season opener Wednesday. Tony Parker supplied 19 points and six assists, while Tim Duncan added 16 points and nine rebounds for the Spurs, who edged Dallas in their first game of the year on Tuesday.
Final Score: Sacramento 103, Portland 94
Sacramento, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Rudy Gay posted a game and season-best 40 points along with eight rebounds as Sacramento picked up its first win of the year with a 103-94 triumph over Portland on Friday night. DeMarcus Cousins and Darren Collison each contributed 17 points for the Kings, who shook off a season-opening 18-point loss to Golden State on Wednesday. LaMarcus Aldridge totaled 22 points and Damian Lillard poured in 20 for the Blazers, who were coming off a 17-point home win against Oklahoma City two days prior.
Final Score: LA Clippers 118, LA Lakers 111
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Blake Griffin scored a game-high 39 points to lead the Los Angeles Clippers past the Los Angeles Lakers, 118-111, on Friday. Jamal Crawford had 22 points and five assists off the bench, Josh Redick supplied 15 points and Chris Paul scored 12 points with 10 rebounds for the Clippers, who were coming off a 93-90 win over Oklahoma City on Thursday. DeAndre Jordan finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds in the win. Jordan Hill paced the Lakers with 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting, Kobe Bryant had 21 points and seven assists and Jeremy Lin contributed 17 points and nine assists in the team's third straight loss to start the season.
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