Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE
The Chicago Bulls picked up their first win of the season on Wednesday, while the Los Angeles Lakers fell to 0-2 with a loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.
On Wednesday, the majority of the NBA began their 2012-13 season (the season officially got underway on Tuesday with three games), and that includes the Chicago Bulls. They took on the Sacramento Kings and the world was treated to a team that looked quite a bit different than they did with Derrick Rose in the lineup a season ago.
So how did they fare? Well, they managed to grab a 93-87 victory and a 1-0 record to get things started. That's better than, say, the Los Angeles Lakers, so they have to feel good about that. Joakim Noah came out with a big game, scoring 23 points in the victory, while the defense shut the Kings down for much of the game. The defense is going to be the biggest factor for Chicago's success without Rose, much to nobody's surprise.
As far as other big games on Wednesday? Well, the aforementioned Lakers ended up dropping their second-straight game, and fell to 0-2 on the season with a 116-106 loss at the hands of the Portland Trail Blazers. Dwight Howard scored 33 points with 14 rebounds and five assists, but in the end, the Blazers put up a more complete effort to take the win.
In other featured action, rookie Anthony Davis made his debut for the New Orleans Hornets, and put up 21 points for his team, but they fell, 99-95, to the San Antonio Spurs and are 0-1 on the season. The Utah Jazz also handed the Dallas Mavericks their first loss with a 113-94 victory on Wednesday.
You can go here for a full scoreboard of Wednesday's action.