Heat 103, Wizards 93
LeBron James scored 25 points, Chris Bosh added 24 and the host Miami Heat beat the winless Washington Wizards to snap a rare two-game slide.
Dwyane Wade scored 20 points for Miami, which hasn’t dropped three consecutive regular-season games since Jan. 10-13, 2012. The Heat (2-2) had 32 assists on 37 field goals, including on all nine of their baskets in the third quarter.
Including playoffs, the Heat are now 100 games over .500 at home since the start of the 2010-11 season — 127-27.
Bradley Beal scored 19 points for the Wizards. Marcin Gortat finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds for Washington (0-3).
With two defeats in three games to open this season, Sunday marked only the second time since James, Bosh and Wade teamed up that they took the court with a losing regular-season record.
Washington’s Trevor Ariza got hot to start the fourth, as the Wizards turned what looked like a runaway into a game again. Ariza missed all eight of his shots in the first three quarters, then had four baskets — including three 3-pointers — in the first 4:48 of the final period as the Wizards got within 91-80.
That got the Heat to take a timeout, and got James back into the game. The Wizards kept chipping away, with Beal scoring and getting fouled with 41.3 seconds left to get his team within 100-93.
Beal missed the free throw, it stayed a three-possession game, and the Wizards let 15 seconds run off the ensuing Miami possession before fouling Bosh.
Magic 107, Nets 86
Nikola Vucevic had 19 points and 12 rebounds as the host Orlando Magic routed the Brooklyn Nets in Jason Kidd’s coaching debut.
Magic rookie Victor Oladipo scored 19 points, 14 in the second half, as Orlando won back-to-back games for the first time since Dec. 19, 2012. Andrew Nicholson added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Magic.
Brook Lopez led the Nets with 21 points. Paul Pierce was the only other Net to score in double figures with 16 points.
The Magic used a 17-4 run early in the third quarter to break open a close game. They led by 15 points after three quarters, then Oladipo scored six consecutive points at the start of the fourth.
Pistons 87, Celtics 77
Josh Smith, Andre Drummond and Josh Smith scored 15 points each and the host Detroit Pistons kept the Boston Celtics winless. The Pistons trailed 65-63 early in the fourth but went on a 10-0 run to take the lead for good.
Thunder 103, Suns 96
Kevin Durant had 33 points and 10 rebounds, Russell Westbrook scored 21 points in his return from a knee injury and the host Oklahoma City Thunder overcame a ragged showing to beat the Phoenix Suns.
Serge Ibaka added nine points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma City (2-1), which won its fifth consecutive home opener and defeated Phoenix (2-1) for the 11th time in a row.
Eric Bledsoe scored 26 points and added a career-best 14 assists for Phoenix.
Timberwolves 109, Knicks 100
The visiting Minnesota Timberwolves took a 40-19 lead at the end of the first quarter and cruised.
Kevin Love scored 34 points and Kevin Martin added 30 to lead the Timberwolves. Love also had 15 rebounds.
Lakers 105, Hawks 103
Pau Gasol hit two free throws with six seconds to play to break a 103-103 tie and lift the host Los Angeles Lakers. Kyle Korver had a game-high 22 points for the Hawks.