Hornets 96, Heat 89
Center Al Jefferson scored a season-high 28 points as the Charlotte
Hornets snapped a 16-game losing streak to the Miami Heat on
The Hornets led by as many as 15 points in the fourth quarter but
had to turn back a Miami rally that got as close as three in the
final three minutes.
The Charlotte franchise had not beaten the Heat since the 2009-10
season, when the team was still the Bobcats. The Heat never lost to
Charlotte in the LeBron James era.
The Hornets snapped a three-game losing streak with the win while
the Heat lost for the second night in a row.
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Wizards 96, Pacers 94 (OT)
Guard John Wall scored 31 points as the streaking Washington Wizards
exacted revenge from last season's playoff series loss to the
Indiana Pacers with an overtime victory.
The Wizards have won four straight and improved to 4-1 for the first
time since opening the 2005-06 campaign 5-1.
Guard Garrett Temple had 16 points and Wall added 10 assists for the
Wizards. Washington held a seemingly comfortable 12-point lead in
the second half following a 21-4 run, only to see the Pacers tie the
game three times in the final four minutes.
Guard Donald Sloan scored a career-high 31 points for Indiana and
his running layup made it 84-84 with six seconds remaining. The
Pacers have lost four straight.
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Jazz 102, Cavaliers 100
Small forward Gordon Hayward gave the noisy EnergySolutions Arena
crowd something to cheer and ensured that the Cleveland Cavaliers'
early-season woes continued.
Seconds after LeBron James tied the game with three free throws,
Hayward hit a buzzer-beating, step-back jumper to give the Jazz a
thrilling 102-100 victory over the Cavs.
James and point guard Kyrie Irving had big games, but the Cavaliers
fell for the second time in as many nights. Cleveland dropped to 1-3
as the team struggles to find its way with a new cast and coach.
James finished with 31 points and played much better than he had in
the Cavs' 101-82 blowout loss at Portland on Tuesday.
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Bulls 95, Bucks 86
Forward Taj Gibson scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and
center Pau Gasol finished with 22 points and 12 boards as the
Chicago Bulls held off the Milwaukee Bucks for a 95-86 victory.
Five Bulls scored in double figures, a group that included point
guard Derrick Rose, who returned to action after missing two games
with two sprained ankles. Rose contributed 13 points and seven
assists in 30 minutes.
For the game, the Bucks shot just 38 percent from the field but kept
things close by winning the rebounding battle 50-42. Milwaukee held
an 18-7 advantage on the offensive boards.
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Spurs 94, Hawks 92
Manu Ginobili made five free throws down the stretch, helping the
San Antonio Spurs defeat the Atlanta Hawks 94-92.
The veteran Spurs guard made two foul shots with 3.8 seconds
remaining for the final margin of victory after getting fouled by
guard Kyle Korver while driving to the basket.
Atlanta had one more shot, but a long, desperation three-point
attempt by forward Pero Antic was blocked by Spurs forward Boris
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Raptors 110, Celtics 107
The short-handed Toronto Raptors rallied from a 16-point, first-half
deficit and ran to a victory over Boston.
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Without injured front court players Amir Johnson and Jonas
Valanciunas, the Raptors got 35 points from guard Kyle Lowry and 23
and six assists from forward DeMar DeRozan to escape with the win.
Celtics guard Rajon Rondo finished with a triple-double: 13 points,
15 assists and 10 rebounds. With Boston down by three in the final
seconds, forward Jeff Green missed on a three-point attempt.
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Grizzlies 102, Suns 91
Memphis guard Mike Conley scored 24 points added 11 assists and
backcourt mate Courtney Lee returned from a concussion to add 23
points and four three-pointers as the Grizzlies won their fifth
straight game to start the season.
Center Marc Gasol had 18 points and six assists and Zach Randolph
added 10 points for Memphis, who swept all four games against
Phoenix last year and handed the Suns their first home loss of the
season to improve on the best start in franchise history.
Guard Eric Bledsoe had 23 points to lead the Suns, but backcourt
mate Goran Dragic continued his slow start with six points and a
3-for-9 shooting night.
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Timberwolves 98, Nets 91
Kevin Martin scored a game-high 26 points, and Nikola Pekovic
contributed a huge three-point play with 48.6 seconds remaining,
leading Minnesota over Brooklyn.
With the game tied at 91-91, the Timberwolves looked for Pekovic
down low, and the center responded with a shot off glass and
subsequent free throw for a 94-91 lead.
After Brooklyn turned the ball over on an offensive foul, forward
Thaddeus Young made a running shot in the lane with 27.2 seconds
left that pushed the lead to 96-91, capping a 9-0 run and sealing
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Magic 91, 76ers 89
Tobias Harris hit the decisive jumper from the right wing at the
buzzer and Orlando beat Philadelphia in a battle of previously
Harris scored 18 points to lead Orlando, which also broke a 12-game
road losing streak dating back to Feb. 26. Orlando is 2-28 on the
road since Jan. 1.
Guard Tony Wroten scored a season-high 27 for the Sixers, who are
0-5 for the first time since 2001-02. Forward Brandon Davies added a
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Pistons 98, Knicks 95
Greg Monroe powered in 23 points and 18 rebounds, and Stan Van Gundy
earned his first victory as Detroit's coach.
Pistons shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope supplied 20 points,
including four three-pointers. Point guard Brandon Jennings and
reserve guard D.J. Augustin added 12 points apiece, while reserve
forward Jonas Jerebko chipped in with 11.
The Pistons, who were shooting 21.9 percent on three-point attempts,
made 11-of-23 from long range. They led by as much as 18 late in the
third but the Knicks crept within two during the closing seconds.
(Editing by Cameron French/John O'Brien)
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