What Happened Last Night: The Heat Handled The Celtics, The Lakers Got Crushed
Hurricane Sandy knock out your power? Have another lame excuse for missing the start of the NBA season? We've been previewing the NBA season with our Pretty Much Screwed series, so you should know by now that your team is probably screwed and maybe not worth watching anyway. In case you're still optimistic but missed the first night of future misery, we can let you know what happened.
The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Washington Wizards, and no one watched.
Dion Waiters got the start in his first NBA game and Anderson Varejao had 23 rebounds as the Cavs took out the Wizards 94-84. Kyrie Irving was Kyrie Irving, scoring 29 points, grabbing 6 boards and handing out 3 assists. Sadly, only Fox Sports Ohio carried the actual first game of the NBA season, so only a handful of NBA fans caught the action. Wait, it's Cleveland and Washington. Not that sad.
The Miami Heat are simply better than the Boston Celtics.
Despite the hoopla surrounding the Celtics' revamped roster, the clusterfuck at the wing position and Miami's superior talent proved too much as they cruised to a 120-107 victory. Ray Allen dropped 19 points against his old teammates, but the better moment came when, after entering the game in the 1st quarter, he got the cold shoulder from Kevin Garnett. After the game, Allen chalked it up to KG being KG, but friends they are no more.
LeBron James actually left the game early with leg cramps, and it looked like Boston might mount a comeback near the end. But the Heat rode Chris Bosh to the finish line and all was well in Miami after receiving their 2012 championship rings.
The Los Angeles Lakers were beaten by a team that played Eddy Curry for significant minutes.
17, to be exact. Mike Brown's Princeton offense slowed down the pace of the contest to a crawl, neutralizing Steve Nash's talents and turning the game into a scripted, drag-it-out, slugfest - which, it turns out, benefited the Mavs due to their inferior squad. Pau Gasol had 23 points, 13 rebounds and six assists (he couldn't get enough of handing the ball off to Dwight Howard for dunks), but Steve Nash had a paltry seven points and four assists as the Lakers were, uh, kind of blown out, 99-91.
Kobe Bryant was surprisingly efficient, scoring 22 points on 11-14 shooting, but Dwight Howard's 3-14 from the charity stripe proved costly. In the end, the Lakers will need to open up the offense and, you know, let their talented players use their talents if they hope to win. As Charles Barkley said after the game, "I only want my accountant from Princeton."
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