By Dan Savage

December 2, 2007: SCOREBOARD | IN FOCUS GALLERY | AROUND THE ASSOCIATION ARCHIVE

PHOTO OF THE NIGHT
Manu Ginobili flies to the basket over James Jones in the Spurs' 100-79 win over the Blazers on Sunday. Tony Parker fired off a game-high 27 points to go along with eight assists.
D. Clarke Evans/NBAE/Getty Images
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
"I'm always confident when the ball is in my hands. I don't care if I miss eight or nine shots, I feel like the next one is going to go in."

-- Indiana guard Jamaal Tinsley, after scoring 29 points to help the Pacers pull out a road win against the Clippers on Sunday.
NBA.COM'S FANTASY TAKE
In Sunday's matchup between the Nuggets and Heat, two players popped up on the fantasy radar. The often injured Kenyon Martin dropped in a season-high 20 for Denver to help them overcome the Heat. On the other end, Daequan Cook scored 11 in the loss. While Martin has the bigger name, he is currently not the better pickup. Stay away from Martin until he proves he can stay healthy. On the other hand, see if you can add Cook to your roster. The rookie has scored in double figures in three out of his last four games and it currently appears as if his totals will only go up. Check out NBA.com's Fantasy Index.
SHOOTING STUDS
Carmelo Anthony, Nuggets
115-89 win vs Heat
30 pts, 12-19 FG, 2-2 3-pt FG

Grant Hill, Suns
115-104 win at Knicks
28 pts, 13-17 FG

Tony Parker, Spurs
100-79 win vs Blazers
27 pts, 11-15 FG, 4-6 FT
STAT SHEET STUFFER
It is a trend for people to move to warm places like Phoenix in their twilight years for health reasons. Maybe older basketball players are starting to take note. Grant Hill has rejuventated his career since joining Steve Nash and the Suns. He continued to look like a man who has drank from the fountain of youth Sunday as he tallied 28 points, eight boards, seven assists and three steals to help Phoenix beat the Knicks.
SHOOTING DUDS
Brandon Roy, Blazers
100-79 loss at Spurs
4 pts, 1-9 FG

Kevin Garnett, Celtics
80-70 win vs Cavaliers
9 pts, 2-12 FG

Jamal Crawford, Knicks
115-104 loss vs Suns
10 pts, 2-11 FG, 0-5 3-pt FG
DUNCAN GOES DOWN, BUT SPURS STAY PERFECT AT HOME
Memo to NBA squads everywhere: Want to dethrone the Spurs? Well, you better clinch homecourt advantage for the postseason, because San Antonio is unbeatable at home. The Spurs made the Trail Blazers their latest victim at their hometown corral with a 100-79 victory on Sunday as they improved to a perfect 10-0 in San Antonio. Yet the win could be extremely costly. In the second quarter Tim Duncan fell to the court grabbing his knee after getting tangled with LaMarcus Aldridge. Although, at first it looked as if it could be season ending, it appears that is not the case. Duncan will undergo an MRI exam on Monday to determine the severity of the injury and the length of his absence.
JACKSON MVP OF THE GOLDEN STATE
Does any one have a better case for MVP this early in the season than Stephen Jackson? Without Jackson to begin the season, the Warriors jumped out to a disappointing 1-6 start. However, since his return Golden State has been nearly unstoppable. Heading into Sunday, the Warriors were 7-1 with Jackson in the lineup and had won five straight. Their miracle worker helped their hot streak continue with a team-high 20 points as the Warriors defeated the Sonics to earn their sixth straight victory. The eight-year veteran got some help from his teammates as all five starters scored in double figures for Golden State. Kelenna Azubuike also poured in 14 points off the bench.
SIXTH MAN OF THE NIGHT
With the numbers that Jason Maxiell has put up off the bench in recent games, some fans will be shouting to give him another shot in the starting lineup. But before you join the club, wait a second. Some players are just better off in the bench role. While Maxiell struggled starting in place of Rasheed Wallace and Antonio McDyess, he has averaged 13 points and 10 rebounds per contest in his last three games coming off the pine. On Sunday, Maxiell notched 18 and 11 to power the Pistons past the Nets. Jarvis Hayes added 14 points for Detroit off the bench.
ROOKIE WATCH
Before the 2007 draft, there was a lot of speculation that Glen Davis would not be quick enough up and down the court to make it at the NBA level. However, Big Baby worked hard before starting his rookie season to get in shape to prove the doubters wrong. In the process, it is obvious he showed something to his coaches too. Davis has watched his time on the floor increase as of late, and after posting 13 points and six rebounds in 31 minutes against the Knicks, he went on to tally nine and seven in 21 minutes to lift the Celtics over the Cavaliers.
D-LEAGUE STAR OF THE NIGHT
After Jeremy Richardson dropped 40 points against the Energy on Thursday to give the Mad Ants their first win in franchise history, D-League fans everywhere were anxious to see if he would give a repeat performance on Sunday. Richardson did not disappoint. The forward out of Delta State exploded for a game-high 30 points and seven rebounds to give Fort Wayne their second straight win over Iowa. He got some help from teammate Larry Turner who notched 16 and 12 in the victory.