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BOZICH | Davis joins MJ, Wilt, Elgin; Dieng, Zeller deliver

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Anthony Davis scored 50 in the Pelicans' season opener (NBA photo by Getty -- B. Sevald/Einstein).. Anthony Davis scored 50 in the Pelicans' season opener (NBA photo by Getty -- B. Sevald/Einstein)..

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Gorgui Dieng delivered a double-double, out-rebounding his teammate Karl-Anthony Towns, but Minnesota lost its NBA opener despite the work of the former Louisville (Dieng) and Kentucky (Towns) players.

Anthony Davis went for 50 points, chasing a quadruple double in New Orleans, but his Pelicans also lost. Davis joined Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan and Elgin Baylor in the 50 On Opening Night Club.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, another former UK star, showed he is healthy again and also delivered a double-double, leading the Hornets to a win on the road.

Cody Zeller of Indiana is not completely healthy, but teamed with Kidd-Gilchrist to average better than a point per his 14 minutes for Charlotte.

Speaking of minutes, who predicted that Andrew Harrison, fresh out of the D-League, would play more than Mike Conley, the Grizzlies’ $30 million man, as Memphis beat the Timberwolves in the Grizzlies' NBA opener?

Enough chatter. Time for the local roll call from Night 2 of NBA play.


Gorgui Dieng, Timberwolves — Scored a dozen points with 14 boards but the Timberwolves blew an 20-3 lead while losing on the road at Memphis, 102-98. Made half of his 10 shots.

Terry Rozier, Celtics — Scored 5 points in 28 minutes as a reserve with 3 assists and 3 rebounds as Boston defeated Brooklyn, 122-117. Made half of his 2 three-point attempts. Looks primed to earn more time this season.

Montrezl Harrell, Rockets — did not play, coach’s decision. Not encouraging.

Chinanu Onuaku, Rockets — Inactive.


Anthony Davis, Pelicans — Wilt Chamberlain would (almost) blush at Davis’ line — 50 points (on 17 of 34 shooting) with 16 rebounds, 5 assists, 7 steals and 4 blocked shots. But the Pelicans lost their home opener to the lowly Nuggets, 107-102. Best numbers: played more than 41 minutes and made 16 of 17 free throws.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Hornets — Healthy again and relentless as always, scoring 23 points with 14 rebounds as the Hornets won at Milwaukee, 107-96. Still takes good shots, making 10 of 18. Warrior.

Karl-Anthony Towns, Timberwolves — Scored 21 with 4 boards and 5 assists but Minnesota still lost at Memphis. In love with the three, making 2 of 5. Fewer threes, more rebounds.

DeMarcus Cousins, Kings — A road win by Sacramento? Yes. Credit Cousins with 24 points, 6 assists and 2 steals as the Kings won at Phoenix, 113-94. Still a lot of rumors (as usual) that he will be traded.

Willie Cauley-Stein, Kings — Scored 6 points with 3 blocked shots in 19 minutes off the bench. Meh.

Andrew Harrison, Grizzlies — Played more minutes (38:12) than any of his more expensive teammates, at two guard, in fact, scoring 4 points with 4 assists as Memphis won its opener against Minnesota. Missed 6 of 7 shots, including all 4 three-pointers.

Julius Randle, Lakers — Strong start for the third-year guy playing in only his second season because of injuries. Randle finished with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 steals as the Lakers beat Houston, 120-114 in their season opener at home. Got to the line 11 times and made 9 free throws. That’s always been his specialty. Might be Lakers' best player.

Terrence Jones, Pelicans — In his first game since leaving Houston, Jones served as the sixth man, scoring 6 points with 3 boards in 18 minutes.

Jamal Murray, Nuggets — Still looking for his first NBA field goal after making only a free throw in 13 minutes as a reserve as Denver won in New Orleans. Missed his only three-point attempt.

James Young, Celtics — Did not play, coach’s decision.

Patrick Patterson, Raptors — Only 3 points and 4 rebounds as the first sub while earning 26 minutes in a 109-91 Toronto win. Missed all but one of his 5 field-goal attempts. 

Devin Booker, Suns — Failed to make any of his 3 three-point attempts, finishing with 18 points in the Suns’ home loss to the Lakers. He’s better than that. Much better.

Eric Bledsoe, Suns — Logged more than 29 minutes, scoring 16 points with six rebounds and five assists.

Brandon Knight, Suns — First sub off the bench, contributing 7 points, 1 rebound and 5 assists. Trade candidate.

Tyler Ulis — Scored 2 points in more than 13 minutes, finishing with one steal, one turnover and one assist.

Andrew Harrison, Hornets — Did not play, coach’s decision.

Nerlens Noel, Sixers — Inactive after undergoing minor knee surgery earlier this week.

Skal Labissiere, Kings — Inactive. D-League candidate.

Jodie Meeks, Magic — Inactive while recovering from foot surgery.


Cody Zeller, Hornets — Played surprisingly well with a banged-up knee, scoring 15 points with 3 rebounds and 2 blocks in only 14 reserve minutes in a Charlotte road win. Made 5 of 6 shots and 5 of 6 free throws.

Victor Oladipo, Thunder — Struggled to make shots, missing 12 of 16, finishing with 10 points and 5 rebounds as OKC won at Philadelphia, 103-97. Took a key charge late in the game.

Troy Williams, Grizzlies — Did not play, coach’s decision.

Eric Gordon, Rockets — Remains a volume shooter, launching eight threes while hitting a pair, scoring 19 points as the Rockets lost to the Lakers in Los Angeles, 120-114.

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