Welcome to the NBA Aaj Kal Highlights. Find video recaps and short reviews of the matches held on the previous day in this segment. Named Aaj Kal because of the time difference between India and USA. The next match on TV in India is on Sony SIX at 4:30 AM between the Nets and Knicks. Keep up with the schedule here:NBA Schedule on TV in India
Here are the highlights of all of yesterday’s matches:
How young is Kyrie Irving? He had his wisdom tooth removed last week and wasn’t positive about playing his best because of it. The 21 year old still finished with 29 points to help lead the Cavaliers to a 94-84 win over the Washington Wizards. He had two key baskets late in the game, a driving layup and a long two to help stave off the Wizards. However depressing the end record of these teams may be, this was a spirited contest. Anderson Varejao of the Cavs set a personal best record with 23 rebounds in this game.
As fans we couldn’t have asked for a better matchup in the Eastern Conference to start off the NBA season. The Miami Heat couldn’t have asked for a better start either, raising their championship banners in the face of their rivals Celtics and then pummeling them 120-107
This was the 26th straight game where Rondo had at least 10 assists. He had 20 points, 13 assists and 7 rebounds here. LeBron had 26 points and 10 rebounds. But he left the game in the fourth quarter with cramps. But Wade added 29 points to the mix. And towards the end, Bosh had 7 straight points. He finished with 19 for the game. At one point Miami had a 19 point lead. They made a statement here with their win vs their arch rivals.
Kevin Garnett said he lost Ray Allen’s phone number after Ray was traded. Ray had the Celtics number though as he sunk his first three of the game. Garnett made his statement to Allen by sulking before.
Steve Nash only had 7 points and 4 assists.
The Mavs had it doubly difficult as they made short business of the Lakers in LA
The Lakers shot themselves in the foot in this contest. All started off well, with the Lake show in full effect as they scored 29 points in the first quarter. But their poor free throw shooting did them in down the line. A paltry 12-31 from the charity stripe. Seems the ghost of Shaq descended to make Howard’s debut miserable with his spirit of Shaqtacious free throws. Howard missed 11 of 14 free throws here.
Six Mavericks players scored in double figures and Dirk did not even play in this one. Poor debut for the Lakers. But there was one play where Gasol drove in like a guard and dished it off to Howard after drawing the defense to him. Scary, scary play if the two of them can keep doing it.
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