The NBA tipped off in grand fashion. Tuesday night had everything you come to expect — nasty dunks, insane passing (mostly from LeBron) and the beginning of season long storyline’s.
The Pacers and Magic warmed us up, Heat and Bulls fed us and Lakers/Clippers added the cherry on top. In other words: a great first night of basketball.
Here are some of the highlights from the opening night:
- Paul George led the Pacers with 24 points six rebounds, five assists, and three blocked shots in their 97-87 win over the Magic. Roy Hibbert was dominant defensively, finishing with eight points, 16 rebounds, and seven blocked shots in just 27 minutes of action. He left the game after knocking knees, though, he did have this fantastic block before exiting:
- Pacers say that Hibbert is fine. Whew.
- The World Champs received their rings.
- Derrick Rose made his preseason debut, scored 12 points in 34 minutes. Here was his first bucket:
- We found out that LeBron is still good at passing.
- Dwyane Wade looks healthy. Well healthy enough to block Rose.
- D-Rose got his ankles broken. By Norris Cole.
- Chris Bosh video bomb. You’re welcome.
- DeAndre Jordan. Man. DeAndre Jordan.
- And he can play defense.
- If nothing else, Xavier Henry can dunk.
- Mike D’Antoni was furious early in the second half, when his down went down 8.
- Then went on a huge second half run to beat the Clippers 116-103. HAPPY LAKERS
[H/T Bleacher Report]