Posted Thursday, November 1, 2012 --- 7:10 a.m.
Get through game vs. Arizona, and Packers can rest
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers can read a schedule as well as anyone else.
Get through Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals, and the Packers have a bye. A week to park themselves on the couch and prop up their bum ankles, aching feet and sore hamstrings — of which there are plenty. Seven days to recuperate and recharge for the final stretch of the regular season.
Just don't let Mike McCarthy catch them peeking at the calendar. The Packers coach says he doesn't want his players making plans for the bye week or even thinking about the time off. He wants their focus squarely on the Cardinals, and his players say they've gotten the message.
Noah leads Bulls past Kings, 93-87
CHICAGO (AP) — Joakim Noah scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls got off to a good start without Derrick Rose, beating the Sacramento Kings 93-87 Wednesday night in the season opener.
Richard Hamilton added 19 points, while Carlos Boozer chipped in with 18 points and eight rebounds.
The Bulls are out to show they can get by while their superstar recovers from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, and this was promising even if it was a struggle.
Chicago led by 14 after a 10-0 run in the third quarter and hung on in the fourth after the Kings closed within three several times.
Pacers' Hill scores winner in closing seconds
TORONTO (AP) — George Hill scored the go-ahead basket with two seconds left, completing the Indiana Pacers' rally for a 90-88 season-opening win over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.
David West scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, and Paul George had 14 points and 15 rebounds for the Pacers, who trailed 84-74 with just under six minutes left. Roy Hibbert added 14 points for Indiana.
Kyle Lowry led Toronto with 21 points, and Jonas Valanciunas had 12 points and 10 rebounds in his NBA debut. Andrea Bargnani had 16 points, and Jose Calderon added 15 for the Raptors.
Harden brilliant, Rockets beat Pistons 105-96
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — James Harden had 37 points and 12 assists in a stirring debut for Houston, and Carlos Delfino made four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to lift the Rockets to a 105-96 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.
Detroit led 83-72 early in the fourth, but Harden and Delfino brought the Rockets back. Houston acquired Harden on Saturday night in a trade with Oklahoma City and agreed Wednesday on a five-year, $80 million contract extension with him.
The reigning Sixth Man of the Year certainly looked worth it in the season opener. Harden fell just short of his career high of 40 points, and his 12 assists were a career best.
Brandon Knight led Detroit with 15 points.
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