Brandon Roy had 15 points for Portland and won the battle with Adam Morrison in the first matchup of the league's top-scoring rookies. Though Roy shot just 5-of-13, Morrison had only seven points on 3-of-12 shooting for Charlotte.Charlotte lost.
On the other coast, the Magic won it in dramatic fashion on a Dwight Howard dunk, while Redick made some key contributions:
Magic rookie J.J. Redick added a season-high 16 points, including a critical three-point play in the final minute.Is it just me, or does Redick sound like a total noob?
"That was just freak athleticism," Redick said of Howard's play. "We've all seen spectacular lobs and dunks, but I told him after the game: 'Dude, I've never seen anything like that in that situation.'"