|Published:||Nov 10, 2012 1:28 AM EST|
|Updated:||Nov 10, 2012 7:31 AM EST|
Nets 107, Magic 68
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Andray Blatche had 15 points, Brook Lopez added 14 points and 10 rebounds and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Orlando Magic 107-68 Friday night.
Brooklyn never trailed while snapping a 10-game losing streak to Orlando that dated to 2009.
E'Twaun Moore led the Magic with 18 points, and Arron Afflalo finished with 12.
The Nets dominated inside, with Lopez and Blatche pushing around Orlando's young front line. They also got a lift from their bench, with Brooklyn's reserves outscoring their counterparts 55-18 for the game.
Bucks 101, Wizards 91
WASHINGTON (AP) - Even a 12-point head start against the Milwaukee Bucks was not nearly enough for the winless Washington Wizards.
Monta Ellis scored 22 points, and the Bucks quickly erased an early deficit before pulling away with a 13-0 run bridging the third and fourth quarters to beat the Wizards 101-91 Friday night, when Milwaukee's Brandon Jennings and Washington's Bradley Beal were ejected in the final minute.
Washington fell to 0-4 despite 22 points from Beal, the No. 3 overall pick in June's NBA draft, and a combined 26 from veterans Trevor Ariza (15) and Emeka Okafor (11), matching their output from the team's first three games.
Heat 95, Hawks 89
ATLANTA (AP) - LeBron James scored 21 points, including the clinching jumper with 13.6 seconds remaining, and Miami knocked off the Atlanta Hawks 95-89 for the Heat's fourth straight win.
Jeff Teague hit consecutive 3-pointers as the Hawks rallied from a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter. But Josh Smith, on an awful night, missed two free throws with just over a minute remaining, and James finished off Atlanta after the teams traded turnovers.
James muscled away from DeShawn Stevenson, swished a 15-foot jumper and hopped along the sideline in front of the Atlanta crowd. The Heat won without Dwyane Wade, who didn't play because of a cold.
Chris Bosh led Miami with 24 points. James added 11 rebounds and nine assists.
76ers 106, Celtics 100
BOSTON (AP) - Evan Turner scored 25 points, Jrue (zhroo) Holiday added 21 and the Philadelphia 76ers held off several fourth-quarter rallies to beat the Boston Celtics 106-100 on Friday night.
The Celtics cut the lead to four twice in the fourth quarter, 83-79 and 102-98, but couldn't get any closer and fell to 2-3 with their only victories coming over the winless Washington Wizards. The 76ers won their second game in three nights to improve to 3-2.
Turner had 11 rebounds and Holiday had 14 assists. Dorell Wright and Thaddeus Young scored 15 points apiece.
Paul Pierce scored 24 for Boston, and Kevin Garnett finished with 19. Rajon Rondo had 14 points and assisted on 20 of the Celtics' 37 baskets.
Knicks 104, Mavs 94
NEW YORK (AP) - Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points and the New York Knicks improved their best start in nearly two decades to 4-0 with a 104-94 victory over Dallas.
JR Smith added 22 points for the Knicks, the only unbeaten team remaining in the NBA. They hadn't been perfect after four games since the 1993-94 team started 7-0 en route to the NBA Finals.
The Knicks averaged 104.7 points and allowed just 85.3 per game while routing Miami and sweeping a home-and-home series from Philadelphia to start the season, but didn't seize control of this one for good until nearly the midpoint of the fourth quarter.
O.J. Mayo scored 23 points for the Mavericks, who had their three-game winning streak snapped and lost to the Knicks for just the fourth time in the last 22 meetings.
T-Wolves 96, Pacers 94
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Chase Budinger converted a layup on a feed from Andrei Kirilenko with 0.8 seconds to go, lifting the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 96-94 victory over Indiana. Budinger scored 18 points while subbing for the injured Brandon Roy.
Alexey Shved had 11 points and seven assists and Nikola Pekovic added 13 points and eight rebounds for the Timberwolves.
Roy left the game at halftime with a sore right knee. The former three-time All-Star is attempting a comeback after chronic knee issues forced him to retire from Portland before last season.
George Hill had 29 points, seven assists and five rebounds and David West had 19 points and 13 boards for the Pacers.
Thunder 105, Pistons 94
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Serge Ibaka scored a career-high 25 points, Kevin Durant chipped in a season-high 25 points and 13 rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder broke in their new alternate jerseys by beating the winless Detroit Pistons 105-94 on Friday night.
The Thunder scored nine straight points soon after Durant checked back into the game midway through the fourth quarter, stretching their lead to 93-77 after the three-time NBA scoring champion hit two free throws with 5:47 to play.
Detroit never got closer than nine after that, falling to 0-6 on the season - one loss shy of matching the worst start in franchise history.
First-round draft pick Andre Drummond led the Pistons with a career-high 22 points - 15 more than any of his first five games. Tayshaun Prince contributed 16 points and Rodney Stuckey scored 15.
Hornets 107, Bobcats 99
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Anthony Davis had 23 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks in his first game back after a concussion, and the New Orleans Hornets handed the Charlotte Bobcats their third straight loss, 107-99 on Friday night.
Ryan Anderson hit five 3-pointers and finished with 25 points for New Orleans, which has won three of its first five games despite being without injured star guard Eric Gordon. Reserve Brian Roberts added 16 points and eight assists and Al-Farouq Aminu scored 14 points.
Ben Gordon scored 34 points to keep Charlotte within single digits most of the way, but the Hornets withstood each Bobcats surge in holding the lead for all of the final three quarters.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Davis' former Kentucky teammate and the second overall draft pick, had 12 points and six rebounds for Charlotte.
Suns 107, Cavs 105
PHOENIX (AP) - Shannon Brown scored 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and helped key a late 14-4 run as the Phoenix Suns rallied from a 26-point deficit to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 107-105 Friday night.
P.J. Tucker hit a 20-foot jumper from the left corner to give the Suns a 103-102 lead with 1:32 to go. After the teams traded misses, Marcin Gortat blocked Daniel Gibson's shot and Goran Dragic found Brown streaking down the right side for a fast-break dunk and a 105-102 lead with 37.4 seconds remaining.
Kyrie Irving had a chance to win it for Cleveland as time expired but his 3-pointer from the top of the key bounced off the back of the rim.
Dragic scored 26 points for the Suns, who posted the third-biggest comeback in franchise history. Sebastian Telfair added 13 and Gortat had 12.
Spurs 97, Kings 86
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Tim Duncan had 23 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 97-86 victory over the Sacramento Kings.
The Spurs played without Stephen Jackson, who was out with the flu, and Duncan and several other players were a bit under the weather. But they led for much of the game in defeating the Kings for the ninth straight time in Sacramento.
Reserve Patty Mills gave the Spurs a huge lift, making 8-of-9 shots and scoring 18 points. Kawhi Leonard had 11 points.
Marcus Thornton and Jason Thompson scored 17 apiece for the Kings, who had won two straight.
Lakers 101, Warriors 77
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kobe Bryant scored 27 points, Pau Gasol (pow gah-SOHL') added 14 points and 16 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers responded to coach Mike Brown's firing earlier Friday with a 101-77 victory over the Golden State Warriors.
Jordan Hill scored 14 points for the Lakers, who had just a few hours to absorb Brown's dismissal after just 18 months on the job. Following a bumpy first half under interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff, they pulled away in the third quarter with a 25-9 run led by Bryant, who also had nine rebounds and seven assists.
Stephen Curry scored 18 points and Klay Thompson had 15 for the Warriors, who have lost five straight to the Lakers overall, and nine straight at Staples Center since March 2008.
Nuggets 104, Jazz 84
DENVER (AP) - Corey Brewer scored 13 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, hitting four 3-pointers, and the Denver Nuggets pulled away to beat the Utah Jazz 104-84 on Friday night.
Kenneth Faried had 18 points to go with 11 rebounds and Kosta Koufos and Andre Iguodala added 15 points apiece for the Nuggets, who won their third in a row after an 0-3 start.
Gordon Hayward had 15 points to lead the Jazz, who remained winless in four road games this season. Randy Foye and Enes Kanter each added 13 points for Utah, which made only four of 23 attempts from 3-point range.
Iguodala connected on a 3-pointer to give the Nuggets a 69-49 lead with 5:14 remaining in the third quarter.