In the first full night of NBA action with nine games on the schedule, the biggest news happened when Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash left the game against the Portland Trail Blazers with a shin contusion. The Lakers wound up losing to the Blazers 116-106. James Harden made an impressive debut for the Houston Rockets against the Detroit Pistons, scoring 37 points and recording 12 assists in a 105-96 victory.
New Orleans Hornets rookie forward Anthony Davis had an impressive NBA debut, scoring 21 points and recording seven rebounds, but the Hornets lost to the San Antonio Spurs, 99-95. In other NBA action, the Indiana Pacers won 90-88 against the Toronto Raptors thanks to a basket by guard George Hill with 2.1 seconds remaining.
The Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Denver Nuggets 84-75, the Chicago Bulls beat the Sacramento Kings 93-87, The Utah Jazz beat Dallas Mavericks 113-94, the Golden State Warriors beat the Phoenix Suns 87-85 and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Memphis Grizzlies 101-92.