Ty Lawson and Jordan Hamilton scored 15 points apiece, and the Denver Nuggets beat the Los Angeles Lakers 97-88 Sunday night in their preseason debut under new coach Brian Shaw.
Their disappointing experience last year showed the Minnesota Lynx the danger of a loss at home to open the WNBA Finals.
Maya Moore had 23 points, including three 3-pointers in the first quarter, to lead the host Minnesota Lynx to a dominating victory over the Atlanta Dream.
Spencer Hawes made two free throws with four seconds remaining to give the Philadelphia 76ers a victory over the Spanish club Bilbao Basket in exhibition play.
Mike Woodson has yet to officially name his starting lineup, but the Knicks’ coach allowed Sunday that “it’s looking good” in practice with Andrea Bargnani alongside Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler up front.
The player Chris Copeland’s new teammates inquired most about was J.R. Smith because, well, it’s J.R. Smith.
If you happened to catch Saturday’s pre-season action from Indianapolis, the Pacers feature a deeper team than the one that ended the Knicks’ season last spring. The Bulls have Derrick Rose back, the 2011 MVP is good as new and he amounts to the biggest addition that any NBA team made and that counts the Rockets adding Dwight Howard.