By Andrew Medeiros

December 9, 2007: SCOREBOARD | IN FOCUS GALLERY | AROUND THE ASSOCIATION ARCHIVE

PHOTO OF THE NIGHT
Kobe Bryant pulls up for a jumper between defenders during the Lakers' 123-113 win over the Warriors.
Noah Graham/NBAE/Getty Images
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
“That team is all about their energy level, and we knew they were playing back to back after a big win last night. So we wanted to jump on them early and take them right out of the game.”

-- Pistons guard Chauncey Billups, discussing Detroit's hot start.
NBA.COM'S FANTASY TAKE
Chris Bosh bounced back strong in his first action after missing five games with a groin injury. Bosh resumed his role as the Raptors’ leading scorer and rebounder with 21 points and 10 boards for his eighth double-double of the season. The injury doesn’t seem to have lingering effects, so look for Bosh to keep putting up the consistent numbers you were used to. Fantasy Index.
SHOOTING STUDS
Vince Carter, Nets
104-89 loss at Wizards
30 pts, 11-17 FG, 4-6 3-pt FG

Brandon Roy, Blazers
117-113 win vs. Bucks
26 pts, 11-13 FG, 4-4 FT

Ricky Davis, Heat
100-94 win at Clippers
17 pts, 7-11 FG, 2-3 3-pt FG, 1-1 FT
STAT SHEET STUFFER
If Jason Kidd is disgruntled with the situation in New Jersey, he certainly didn’t let it affect his play on Sunday. New Jersey came out flat in the second half of its 104-89 loss to the Wizards, but that didn’t stop Kidd from getting his fifth triple-double of the season and 92nd of his career on Sunday. Kidd led the team in rebounds and assists, with 10 and 13 of each, completing the trifecta with 13 points.
SHOOTING DUDS
Michael Redd, Bucks
117-113 loss at Blazers
18 pts, 5-23 FG, 2-8 3-pt FG

Derek Anderson, Bobcats
104-85 loss at Pistons
4 pts, 2-11 FG, 0-2 3-pt FG

T.J. Ford, Raptors
93-80 win vs. Rockets
3 pts, 1-9 FG, 1-2 FT
BLAZERS COMING TOGETHER WITHOUT ODEN
Watching the Blazers, winners of their last three, is starting to give the feel of watching one of the league’s young, powerful trios – minus the third leg. When Portland won the Greg Oden derby, you wondered exactly how it work, but it looks like the Blazers will hit the ground running when Oden comes back from injury next season. Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge continue with their development in Oden’s absence. Last season’s rookie of the year continues to develop into the star, coming tantalizingly close to his first career triple-double on Sunday with 26 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. Roy also stepped up in the final moments of overtime, driving to the hoop to cut the lead to one and blocking a Michael Redd 3-point shot from behind.
RILEY CROSSES 1200-WIN MARK
The Miami Heat gave Pat Riley his 1200th NBA victory on Sunday, making him just the third coach in history to reach the milestone. Coming into the season, we would’ve thought the achievement would come sooner. The Heat struggled with Dwyane Wade sidelined at the start of the season and just appear to be getting it together now. One thing is becoming apparent with Shaquille O’Neal continuing to show his age, if this Heat team is going to help Riley track down Lenny Wilkens, it is going to be on the back of Wade. O’Neal found himself on the bench down the stretch in lieu of the more agile Alonzo Mourning. On the other hand Wade put up his second consecutive 30-point effort, leading the team with 35 points and 10 assists.
D-LEAGUE STAR OF THE NIGHT
Rod Benson of the Dakota Wizards almost doubled his season-average for both points and rebounds on the way to a 115-105 win over the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Benson posted career-highs with 28 points, on 10-of-13 shooting, and 28 rebounds, a D-League record. The former Cal Bear is not new to the spotlight. He was nominated for D-League player of the week last season after setting his previous career high of 27 points. Benson has seen his minutes increased this season and has responded, averaging 15 points and 14.5 rebounds.
SIXTH MAN OF THE NIGHT
The Heat didn’t go to the bench very often on Sunday, calling only three reserves into action. But Ricky Davis was one player who saw consistent playing time off the bench and rewarded Pat Riley for the minutes. Davis provided 17 of the team’s 23 bench points, while not wasting many shots, 7-of-11 from the floor and 2-of-3 from 3-point range. Davis has been a nomad of sorts over the last couple of years, but he seems to be fitting into his role with the Heat. He is second on the team in scoring, 15.9 ppg, and minutes, 35.8 mpg, behind only Dwyane Wade in both.
ROOKIE WATCH
Nick Young only put up two points in six minutes during the Wizards 104-89 win over the Nets on Sunday. According super-blogger and teammate Gilbert Arenas’ analysis, Young will be a star in this league once he sees more minutes. Unfortunately for Young, he’s not going to see more minutes once Arenas, himself, comes back from injury, so he needs to prove himself now. The former USC Trojan looks better and better as the season goes on though. He’s averaging 8.5 points in 13 minutes a game so far this month.