Fournier fired in 24 points in a 104-100 loss at Toronto on
Tuesday. Nikola Vucevic posted his sixth double-double of the
season, scoring 20 points and grabbing 13 rebounds.
New York (2-7) has dropped six straight games. Carmelo Anthony
topped the Knicks with 27 points and J.R. Smith added 19 off the
Anthony's 3-pointer with four seconds left to play drew the Knicks
to within 96-95, but they were forced to foul Fournier, who sank one
of two free throws with 3.5 seconds left.
Wizards 107, Pistons 103
WASHINGTON -- Detroit's Brandon Jennings scored 32 points, but John
Wall finished with 27 points and 11 assists to lead Washington.
Rasual Butler scored 18 points off the bench and Marcin Gortat added
14 points and 13 rebounds for the Wizards, winners of two straight
and six of seven. Washington improved to 6-2 for the first since
1975-76. After struggling at the Verizon Center last season, the
Wizards are 3-0 home this campaign, their best start since 2006-07.
The Pistons (2-6) scored 100 points for the first time this season
but lost their third straight game and fell to 0-4 on the road.
The lead changed sides on five consecutive baskets in the fourth
quarter. Wall's floating jump shot with 1:11 remaining gave
Washington the lead for good.
Thunder 109, Celtics 94
BOSTON -- Former Boston College star Reggie Jackson and Anthony
Morrow were too much for the Celtics to handle. A night after
scoring a career-high 29 points in a loss at Milwaukee, Jackson
scored 20 of his 28 points in the second half and Morrow had 19 of
his 28 in the fourth quarter to lead injury-ravaged Oklahoma City.
The Thunder (3-6), without stars Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and
four others and dressing just 10 players, fell behind by 15 points
early but roared back to post their first win in six road games this
Jackson had 14 points and four of his eight assists in the third
quarter, scoring five straight points in the final 49.8 seconds of
the quarter to give the Thunder a four-point lead. Morrow, playing
in just his second game of the season after returning from injury on
Tuesday night, was 8 of 8 from the field in the fourth quarter.
Rajon Rondo just missed had a triple-double for the Celtics, scoring
20 points and adding 12 assists and nine rebounds. Avery Bradley
contributed 17 points.
Pacers 81, Heat 75
MIAMI -- Roy Hibbert had 16 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks as
short-handed Indiana won its first road game of the season.
Chris Copeland, who was Indiana's leading scorer with 17 points, hit
a driving layup with 42 seconds left to break a 72-72 tie. Miami's
Mario Chalmers was then charged with an offensive foul and Indiana
Indiana (3-6), which has six players on its injured list, won its
second game in a row.
The Heat (5-3) had its modest two-game win streak snapped.
Miami was led by Dwyane Wade (20 points) and Shawne Williams (15
points). Chris Bosh, averaging 23.6 points and 10.3 rebounds, was
held to nine points and two rebounds, his season lows in both
Hawks 100, Jazz 97
ATLANTA -- Paul Millsap had a game-high 30 points and 17 rebounds
against his former team and Kyle Korver sparked a late
fourth-quarter rally to lead Atlanta.
Alec Burks hit a jumper that put Utah up 97-89 with 4:33 to play
before the Hawks made their closing run. Millsap hit a couple of
buckets, sandwiched around Thabo Sefolosha's layup off a nice feed
from Korver to cut the deficit to two.
Korver then drained a deep 3-pointer that put the Hawks ahead 98-97
with a minute left. Jeff Teague made a couple of free throws to push
the lead to three, and Atlanta came up with several key stops in the
final minute to preserve its seventh straight win over the Jazz.
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Teague had 20 points and eight assists, and Korver finished with 17
points. Burks paced a balanced Utah attack with 22 points.
Pelicans 109, Lakers 102
NEW ORLEANS - Anthony Davis had 25 points, 12 rebounds and six shots
to help New Orleans hand Los Angeles its fourth straight road loss.
Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 33 points. He scored 14 in the first
quarter but needed 28 shots from the field to get his game-high
total. Carlos Boozer added 16 for the Lakers.
The Pelicans used a 19-5 run bridging a 5:20 span of the third and
fourth quarters to build a 96-75 lead and pull away. Tyreke Evans
scored 19 points and Ryan Anderson and Jrue Holiday added 17 each
for New Orleans.
Trail Blazers 130, Nuggets 113
DENVER -- Guard Damian Lillard had 27 points and nine assists,
center Robin Lopez scored 19 and the Trail Blazers won despite
playing the second game of back-to-back games.
They rallied from 23 points down to beat Charlotte on Tuesday, then
routed struggling Denver.
Denver led 9-2 in the early going only to be outscored 82-41 the
rest of the first half. The 84 points represented the second highest
scoring first half in Blazers franchise history. They had 85 against
Sacramento on Feb. 2, 1992.
The Nuggests have lost six straight, and four of them have been by
Suns 112, Nets 104
PHOENIX -- Reserve guards Gerald Green and Isaiah Thomas combined
for 49 points and the Suns rallied from a 19-point deficit in the
second quarter to beat Brooklyn.
Green had 18 of his 28 in the first half and Thomas had 17 of his 21
in the second half as the Suns snapped a five-game losing streak to
The Nets shot 71 percent in the first half and had control of the
game, but they went ice cold after intermission and missed 29 of 40
shots from the field (27.5 percent).
Guard Joe Johnson had 21 points to lead the Nets.
Rockets 113, Timberwolves 101
Houston improved to 7-1 for the first time since 1996-97 by beating
the Timberwolves in an NBA Global Games contest played at Mexico
Houston guard James Harden had 23 points to lead all scorers and
added 10 assists for his third double-double this season. Center
Dwight Howard had 22 points and 10 rebounds.
The Rockets led by four at the half, but the Timberwolves missed
their first seven shots after the break, allowing the Rockets to
establish a double-digit lead they would not relinquish.
Guard Corey Brewer led Minnesota with 18 points, and rookie forward
Andrew Wiggins added 15.
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