Rules changes take NBA scoring past century mark

CLIFF BRUNT - AP Sports Writer
Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant, left, goes up for a shot as Golden State Warriors small forward Vladimir Radmanovic of Serbia looks on during the second half of their NBA basketball game, Friday, Oct. 22, 2010, in Ontario, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant, left, goes up for a shot as Golden State Warriors small forward Vladimir Radmanovic of Serbia looks on during the second half of their NBA basketball game, Friday, Oct. 22, 2010, in Ontario, Calif.

The NBA has been on a league-wide fast break for the past few years and there's no sign that things will slow down when the season begins on Tuesday.

Last year, teams averaged more than 100 points per game for the first time since the 1994-95 season.

Rules changes over the past decade have opened things up. The league started by limiting the hand checking from defensive players, then began curtailing the use of forearms. The defensive 3-second rule was introduced during the 2001-02 season to keep post players from camping out in the lane.

Pacers forward Danny Granger says fans don't come to see defensive struggles. He says it's more entertaining when people are scoring.