Denver, Chicago and Oakland back to winning ways

Updated: November 7, 2012

Chicago, Denver and Oakland all got back to winning ways on a quiet night of NBA action.

In Chicago, Luol Deng poured in 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds, as the Chicago Bulls handed the Orlando Magic their first loss of the season with a 99-93 triumph at United Center. Joakim Noah filled the stat sheet with 20 points, nine boards, five blocks and four assists, while Taj Gibson and Carlos Boozer donated 12 points apiece for the Bulls, who were coming off an 89-82 loss to New Orleans on Saturday. Arron Afflalo scored a game-high 28 points to led the way for the Magic, who were without point guard Jameer Nelson, who is out with a hamstring injury, and forward Hedo Turkoglu, who broke his left hand in the season-opener on Friday. Glen Davis and Nikola Vucevic each registered a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds in the setback.

In Denver, Andre Iguodala scored a team-high 17 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as the Denver Nuggets earned their first win of the season with a 109-97 triumph over the Detroit Pistons at the Pepsi Center. JaVale McGee scored 16 points off the bench, Ty Lawson added 15 points and nine assists and Kenneth Faried netted 15 points to go with eight rebounds for the Nuggets, who avoided starting 0-4 for the first time since the lockout- shortened 1999 season. Kosta Koufos and Corey Brewer contributed 14 and 11 points, respectively in the victory.Greg Monroe dropped in a game-high 27 points and grabbed 10 boards, while Rodney Stuckey added 17 points in the setback for the Pistons, who are 0-4 for the second time in the last three seasons.

Russell Westbrook had 19 points and eight assists to pace a balanced Oklahoma City scoring attack as the Thunder rolled to a 108-88 victory over the Toronto Raptors at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Serge Ibaka tallied a season-best 17 points on 8-of-9 shooting to help the defending Western Conference champion Thunder bounce back from Sunday’s 104-95 home loss to Atlanta and improve to 2-2. Kevin Durant and Kevin Martin each contributed 15 points to the win.

Tonight’s action sees a packed fixture list with some quality match ups.

The Lakers 1-3, travel to Utah 1-3, looking to build on their first win of the season. Steve Nash remains on the sidelines as he continues to recover from his fracture. Big performances from Bryant and Howard will be much needed if the Lakers are to build a winning run.

In Houston, more heroics will be needed from Andre Iguodala if Denver are going to get a second consecutive win when they take on the Rockets. James Harden has been a sensation this season averaging more than 35 points, if Denver keep him quiet they might have a chance.

Brooklyn head to Miami looking to get back to winning ways, the big three, Wade, Bosh and LeJames will certainly have their say, a win for the Heat will see them go 4-1 and consolidate their position at the top of the South East Division.

Unbeaten Milwaukee are at home to Memphis, while struggling Detroit go in search of their first win against Sacramento. Other games tonight feature, Phoenix, Washington and Indiana, all way to Charlotte, Boston and Atlanta. Philadelphia travel to New Orleans looking to overturn a 2 game winning streak suffered at the hands of the Knicks, while unbeaten San Antonio currently enjoying their best start in the history of the Franchise make the journey to LA and the Clippers.

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Lakers +136 @ -156 Utah

San Antonio -129 @ +114 LA Clippers