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DENVER WELCOMES IGUODALA
From Elias: Andre Iguodala scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in his first home game in a Denver uniform to help the Nuggets defeat the Pistons. Over the past 20 seasons (1992-93 through 2011-12), the only player to drop 15 or more points with double-digit rebounds in his first home game for the Nuggets was Kenyon Martin (18 points, 13 rebounds in an overtime win versus the Timberwolves in 2004).
STUCKEY STICKS ONE
From Elias: Rodney Stuckey made his first field-goal attempt of the night at Denver to open the scoring for the Pistons. You might say Stuckey "needed that one" after he entered the game with only one field goal in 23 attempts this season (4.3%), including 0-for-7 from three-point range. Stuckey's early three-pointer snapped his streak of 18 consecutive missed field-goal attempts over a three-game span (the longest of his career), which matched the third-longest streak of its kind for any NBA player in any of the last four seasons. The longer streaks during that period (2009-10 to date) were by Kobe Bryant and Brian Cook, both of whom missed 20 straight shots from the floor last season.
SOMETHING HAD TO GIVE
From Elias: The Nuggets won their home opener against Detroit after they started the season with three straight losses, all on the road. The Pistons remain winless at 0-4. It was the first NBA game in which both teams entered with records of 0-3 or worse since November 6, 2007, when the Kings (0-3) beat the SuperSonics (0-3); Seattle began that season with eight straight losses.
NOAH A FORCE AT BOTH ENDS OF THE COURT
From Elias: Joakim Noah scored 20 points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked five shots to lead the Bulls to a 99-93 victory over the Magic. Noah was the first Bulls player to reach those minimum thresholds in points, rebounds and blocked shots in one game since Eddy Curry had a 27-point, 10-rebound, five-block performance against the Clippers in April 2004 and he was the first NBA player to do so this season.
THUNDER ROLL TO AN EASY WIN
From Elias: The Thunder opened a big lead early in its 108-88 thumping of the Raptors, allowing Oklahoma City's bench players to enjoy an unusually large amount of playing time. Kevin Durant was on the court for a team-high 29 minutes and Russell Westbrook led the Thunder with 19 points. It was the Thunder's first game during the current calendar year in which no one played as many as 30 minutes or broke the 20-point barrier for Oklahoma City. The last time that happened was on December 31, 2011, in a 107-97 victory over the Suns.