NBA – Chauncey Billups and Allen Iverson star for their new teams

November 15, 2008

(Chattahbox) — Chauncey Billups and Allen Iverson had big games in leading their new teams to victories, in two of the most difficult places to win in the NBA.

Billups acquired from Detriot for Iverson, had 18 points and seven assists in Denver’s 94-85 road victory over defending champion Boston. The Nuggets are 4-1 with Billups in the lineup.

“It’s a huge win,” Billups said. “This kind of atmosphere is one of the best you can play in. These are the kind of games where you learn a lot about your teammates and how mentally tough and strong they are.”

Iverson helped Detroit improve to 3-2 and three straight wins since the trade, scoring 25 points in the Pistons’ 106-95 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.

“We just played a good all-around game,” Iverson said. “It’s just about playing basketball, understanding what we want to do on the basketball court.

“We didn’t feel like it would take long, but we knew it would be kind of shaky in the beginning because I’m a totally different player than Chauncey Billups. I’m a lot more aggressive when it comes to driving to the basket, so my teammates have to know what spot I want them to be in to be able to create shots for them.”

Rasheed Wallace had 25 points and 13 rebounds in the victory that handed the Lakers their first loss in eight games this season. Kobe Bryant scored 29 points for the Lakers, but went 12-of-30 from the floor.


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