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Wednesday, November 03, 2004

NBA - 1st day of the Season

Against the backdrop of the US elections, the NBA started the 2004-'05 season with great matchups. Dallas defeated the Kings behind Nowitzki's hot hand (and good contributions from their newcomers, rookie Devin Harris and Erick Dampier). At Michigan, Antonio McDyess made his umphteenth comeback try (and getting the boot out 9 minutes after he entered), the defending champs got by the Shaq-Kobe heir apparents. Naturally, Detroit won it with defense against the Rockets.

But I'm sure more people were interested on the last match-up: Kobe vs. the Nuggets. The Lakers beat Denver handily, with a statline-filler performance from Bryant: 25 points, 7 dimes, 3 blocks(!), and 4 boards. And 4 turnovers. He didn't exactly throw up 50 shots as everyone expected, but handled the ball (as expected) and passed the ball. His receipient of the night was Chris Mihm, who was probably as surprised as the Nuggets when he got his career-high 23 points.

Kobe passing the ball. Chris Mihm scoring against Camby, K-Mart, and Nene. Lakers win. Who knew? :p

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