Line of the Night (11/15): Aaron Brooks

Easily the most surprising score from yesterday’s action is the Rockets’ 101-91 win over the Lakers in Los Angeles. Brooks scored a career-high 33 points (including five three-pointers), while also grabbing six rebounds and dropping four dimes. He said that he was inspired by seeing an NBA championship ring for the first time. (Trevor Ariza received his ring before the game.)

Speaking of Ariza, he posted nine points, eight rebounds, four assists, four steals, two blocked shots and six turnovers. He was statistically outplayed by Ron Artest (22 points, six rebounds, three steals), but his team got the win.

The Rockets advance to 6-4, while the defending champs drop to 7-3 with their second straight loss. The Lakers need Pau Gasol back in a big way.

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Line of the Night (11/10): Dwyane Wade

With the reloaded Wizards in town, D-Wade took over, scoring 41 points on 14-29 shooting. He hit 12-13 from the charity stripe and posted five rebounds, five assists, three steals and a block en route to a 90-76 win over Washington.

Don’t look now, but the Miami Heat are off to a 6-1 start. The team was supposed to be just treading water until they can acquire some help for their superstar, but they’ve played well early in the season. And the main reason is Wade. He’s averaging 29.9 points, 4.9 assists, and 4.1 rebounds per game, and is shooting better than 45% from the field. If the Heat can win 50 games, he’ll be right in the thick of the MVP conversation.

Kevin Martin, Tyrus Thomas to miss significant time

According to Ken Berger’s Twitter page, Kings guard Kevin Martin will be going under the knife on Monday to repair a broken bone in his non-shooting wrist, and will miss around eight weeks. He is averaging 30.6 points per game, so this is obviously a big blow to the team and to fantasy squads around the country. Look for Tyreke Evans to move to off guard while Beno Udrih takes over the point.

Tyrus Thomas will miss 4-6 weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured radius in his left forearm. He sustained the injury in a weightlifting accident. (Nice.) Taj Gibson will likely start at power forward until Thomas returns.

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Agent Zero is baaaaaack

In case you missed it, here are some highlights from the Wizards’ opener with the Mavs on Tuesday. Gilbert Arenas looks 100%.

Inside the Box (10/30)

Here are a few random thoughts as I peruse the box scores from last night’s NBA action:

– Nice win by the Bulls, though we shouldn’t read too much into it with regard to the Spurs. They were in the second of a back-to-back and are still trying to work out the kinks with a few new players.

– Tim Duncan (28p, 16r, 2a, 2s, 3b) proved he can still dominate a game. The rest of the Spurs shot a woeful 34% from the field. Tony Parker (8p, 3a, 3r) had an off game, losing the head-to-head matchup with Derrick Rose (13p, 7r, 7a).

– Luol Deng (17p, 9r) was better than expected and shook off the rust quickly, posting a very efficient (+22) night.

– Denver got a big win in Portland (97-93) behind a great performance by Carmelo Anthony (41p, 6r, 3a). Brandon Roy (30p, 5a, 5r) had a nice game, but hasn’t shot the ball well (32%) through two games.

– If Portland wants to join the West’s elite, beating Denver at home would be a start. LaMarcus Aldridge (9p, 7r, 4-15 shooting) is off to a rough start after signing a huge extension before the season.

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