5 Takeaways from Monday Night's NBA Action

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5 Takeaways from Monday Night's NBA Action
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It was a bit of the new and a lot of the old on Monday night's four-game NBA schedule.

Some familiar faces rose to the occasion in Detroit and Salt Lake City, while some new ones dominated the landscapes of Denver and Toronto.

The Los Angeles Lakers entered the night on a four-game winning streak, but a trip to Denver's Pepsi Center is as daunting as road ventures come in the NBA. The Washington Wizards hoped to end their road woes on their north-of-the-border excursion, while the Atlanta Hawks looked to continue their winning ways on the road against a battered Detroit Pistons team.

The Boston Celtics and Utah Jazz held the title as the game of the night for their back-and-forth contest in need of an extra session to be decided, but with all four games averaging a 7.3-point scoring differential, it was hardly the night's only excitement.

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