The NBA: Chuck Norris Plays for Miami

Rookie Norris Cole unloaded 14 big ones in the fourth
quarter to deflate Boston's charge.
(image by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

As if it wasn’t enough that Miami had LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and, fine, Chris Bosh. Now all the other 29 teams will have another guy to worry about – rookie Norris Cole, who, if he maintains his form, might just supplant Mario Chalmers as coach Spo’s starting PG. In other news, Kobe and the Lakers finally get a win, Nets get blown out in their home opener, another rookie impresses against the T-Wolves, and Portland is 2-0. Wow, I wonder how the Blazers are going to mess this up.

After the JUMP, key stat-stuffers for today’s games:

MIA over BOS, 115-107 – Norris Cole announced himself in style by scoring 14 of his 20 points in the fourth period.
LAL over UTA, 96-71 – Kobe and Pau both break the 20-point barrier to prevent a dreadful 0-3 start.
ATL over NJN, 106-70 – We knew the Nets were bad, but come on!
MIL over MIN, 98-95 – Watch out Andrew Bogut, rookie big man Jon Leuer wants your spot.
POR over SAC, 101-79 – Gerald Wallace is still a stat-demon!

Super Scorers (Top scorers of the night!)
Kevin Love (MIN) – 31
Ray Allen (BOS) – 28
LeBron James (MIA) & Kobe Bryant (LAL) – 26
Gerald Wallace (POR) – 25

Ragin’ Rebounders (Top rebounders of the night!)
Kevin Love (MIN) – 20
Udonis Haslem (MIA) – 12
Enes Kanter (UTA), Troy Murphy (LAL), Zaza Pachulia (ATL), DeMarcus Cousins (SAC), Chuck Hayes (SAC) & Chris Bosh (MIA) – 11

Kevin Love's monster double-double wasn't enough
to edge out the Milwaukee Bucks.
(image by the AP)

Dynamic Dishers (Top playmakers of the night!)
Rajon Rondo (BOS) – 12
Mike Dunleavy (MIL) & Dwyane Wade (MIA) – 8

Rajon Rondo and the Celts just couldn't find the groove
to beat the Heat at home.
(image by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Terrific Thieves (Top thieves of the night!)
Mario Chalmers (MIA) – 5
Vladimir Radmanovic (ATL) – 4
Kevin Garnett (BOS), Norris Cole (MIA), Ricky Rubio (MIN) & Larry Sanders (MIL) – 3

Mario Chalmers's 5 steals anchored the Miami defense.
(Image by the AP)

Boomin’ Blockers (Top blockers of the night!)
Pau Gasol (LAL) – 5
Dwyane Wade (MIA) – 4
Kurt Thomas (POR) – 3

Pau Gasol bounced back from two subpar performances
as the Lakers finally broke through with a W.
(Image by Stephen Dunn/Getty IMages)

Sharpshooters (Top 3-point shooters of the night!)
Ray Allen (BOS) – 6
Keyon Dooling (BOS) – 4
James Jones (MIA), Kobe Bryant (LAL), Jeff Teague (ATL) & Vladimir Radmanovic (ATL) – 3

Ray Allen waxed hot from long range, but it
still wasn't enough to cool off Miami.
(image by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

For a full summary of the day, here’s today’s NBA Daily Zap:

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