Wrapping up 10/16's preseason action
Atlanta 103, Minnesota 77: Like Kevin Garnett, Al Jefferson learns what it's like to be the Timberwolves' most productive player, to play his guts out, and still lose by 26. Jefferson scores 20 and grabs 15 rebounds, but the rest of his team shoots 33.3% in a loss to the Hawks. Eight players on Atlanta ended up with at least 9 points, with Zaza Pachulia leading the way with 16 points in 19 minutes.
Denver 104, Milwaukee 78: This one is pretty simple. Bogut and Redd sit, 'Melo (16 points) and A.I. (22 points) do not. The Bucks only end up with 11 assists on 27 field goals, and Yi Jianlian is OK with 9 points and 7 rebounds in 20 minutes. Kenyon Martin plays in his first game since coming back from knee surgery, and contributes 11 points in 14 minutes.
Chicago 97, Washington 76: The Wizards barely play their starters, but the Bulls manage to play their starters even less and still win by 19. Gilbert Arenas has yet to crack double-digits in a pre-season game, while Ben Gordon has yet to play in one. On an exciting note, however, Aaron Gray inches closer to the Big Stiff of the Year award by fouling out in 16 minutes.
Dallas 101, Sacramento 99: Reggie Theus and Avery Johnson both give most of their starters a good run, and Jason Terry's three with four seconds to go turns out to be the eventual game-winner. Dirk scores 23, grabs 13 boards, and nets five assists. The Kings convert everywhere except on the free throw line, where they only manage to shoot 28/42.