Nets hold off Wizards; Lakers 0-2
WASHINGTON (AP) — Kris Humphries shrugged off loud booing to finish with 21 points and 16 rebounds, and Deron Williams had 23 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, helping the New Jersey Nets beat the Washington Wizards 90-84 Monday night in the season opener for both teams.
The Nets trailed by as many as 21 points in the second quarter, but began to turn things around with a 16-2 run.
John Wall, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft, had 13 points, eight rebounds and six assists, but he only shot 3 for 13. Backup shooting guard Nick Young led Washington with 16 points in just 18 minutes. He missed a large part of the second half after jamming his left foot, but returned.
Kings 100, Lakers 91
SACRAMENTO, Calif. ( AP) — Marcus Thornton scored 12 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter and the Sacramento Kings opened the season in grand fashion, beating the Los Angeles Lakers at home for the first time in more than three years, 100-91 on Monday night.
Kobe Bryant scored 29 points and Metta World Peace added 19 for the Lakers, who opened the season with consecutive losses for the first time since 2002-03.
Warriors 99, Bulls 91
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry had 21 points and 10 assists, Monta Ellis scored 26 points and the Warriors beat the Bulls, giving rookie coach Mark Jackson his first victory at any level.
Bobcats 96, Bucks 95
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — D.J. Augustin scored 19 points, rookie Kemba Walker added 13, including two free throws with 9.9 seconds remaining, and the Bobcats erased a 14-point deficit to beat the Bucks.
Gerald Henderson added 18 points and nine rebounds for the Bobcats.
Magic 104, Rockets 95
ORLANDO, Fla. ( AP) — Hedo Turkoglu scored 23 points to lead five Magic players in double figures as Orlando earned its first victory of the season with a win over Houston.
Orlando got 13 points from Turkoglu and eight points from J.J. Redick in the fourth quarter to help the Magic stave off a handful of second-half charges by the Rockets. Dwight Howard finished with 21 points and Redick 20.
Pacers 91, Pistons 79
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Roy Hibbert had 16 points and 14 rebounds to help the Pacers defeat the Pistons.
David West, Indiana’s big free agent addition, had 11 points and 12 rebounds, even though he made just 3 of 12 field goals. Tyler Hansbrough had 15 points and 13 rebounds and Paul George added 12 points.
Raptors 104, Cavaliers 96
CLEVELAND (AP) — Rookie Kyrie Irving scored six points and hardly played like the No. 1 overall pick as the Raptors spoiled the Cleveland guard’s NBA debut with a seasonopening win over the Cavaliers.
Thunder 104, T-Wolves 100
MINNEAPOLIS ( AP) — Kevin Durant scored 33 points to lead the Thunder to a victory over the Timberwolves.
Russell Westbrook added 28 points, six assists and six rebounds, and James Harden scored 16 points for the Thunder, who have started off a season loaded with expectations at 2-0.
Nuggets 115, Mavericks 93
DALLAS (AP) — Ty Lawson scored 20 of his 27 points in the first half and the Denver Nuggets faced little resistance on their way to a victory over the Mavericks.
The reigning champions were drubbed for a second straight game, routinely giving up easy baskets in both. They allowed Denver to score 20 unanswered points in the second quarter and were down by 33 late in the third.
Hornets 85, Suns 84
PHOENIX (AP) — Eric Gordon made a 20- footer from the top of the key with 4.2 seconds to play in his New Orleans debut to give the Hornets a victory over the Suns.,
Spurs 95, Grizzlies 82
SAN ANTONIO ( AP) — Manu Ginobili scored 24 points and the Spurs got some payback after their stunning playoff collapse last season, beating the Grizzlies.
T-Blazers 107, 76ers 103
PORTLAND, Ore. ( AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and seven rebounds and the Trail Blazers opened their season with a win over the 76ers.