Spurs 109, Sixers 85
Danny Green scored 18 points, Tony Parker had 14 and the San Antonio Spurs rolled to an easy victory over the host Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night.
The defending Western Conference champions are off to a 7-1 start following consecutive wins in New York and Philadelphia.
Evan Turner scored 20 points and Spencer Hawes had 17 for the Sixers, who couldn’t give coach Brett Brown a better effort in his first game against his former team.
Brown spent 11 years in San Antonio, including seven as an assistant under Gregg Popovich and was part of the team’s four championships.
The Spurs didn’t even need Tim Duncan, who was given a rest in the second of back-to-back games.
The surprising Sixers are 4-4, a far better start than expected. Odds makers predicted they would win less than 17 games this season.
Duncan, the three-time NBA Finals MVP, had 11 points and 10 rebounds in Sunday’s 120-89 rout of the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
Pacers 95, Grizzlies 79
Paul George scored 23 points and Lance Stephenson had the first triple-double of his career, leading the perfect Indiana Pacers to a victory over the visiting Memphis Grizzlies.
Indiana became the NBA’s seventh team to open 8-0 since 2000 — two more wins than the franchise’s previous best start. And the Pacers followed a familiar script in the battle between last season’s conference runners-up by dominating the glass, dominating the second half and divvying up top honors.
Stephenson finished with 13 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high 12 assists. George Hill scored 13 points and Roy Hibbert added five more blocks to his NBA-leading total.
Memphis was led by Marc Gasol with 15 points and Zach Randolph with 12.
Hawks 103, Bobcats 94
Al Horford scored 24 points and the visiting Atlanta Hawks defeated Charlotte to hand Bobcats coach Steve Clifford a loss in his first game back since undergoing a heart procedure.
Clifford missed Charlotte’s game last Friday night against the New York Knicks after having two stents placed in his heart.
The Hawks trailed by nine at halftime but outscored the Bobcats 34-16 in the third quarter behind 72 percent shooting to take control of the game. Horford had 13 points in the third quarter to help turn the tide for the Hawks (4-3).
Jeff Teague had 14 points and 12 assists, while Cartier Martin chipped in with 16 points.
Josh McRoberts led the Bobcats (3-4) with 19 points and seven assists. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 16 points, but none in the second half.
Al Jefferson had 10 points and seven rebounds in his first game back from an ankle injury.
Celtics 120, Magic 105
Avery Bradley scored 24 points as the Boston Celtics beat the Orlando Magic for the second time in four days.
Kelly Olynyk, Jordan Crawford and Jeff Green each had 16 points for Boston, which has won four straight after opening the season with four losses under first-year coach Brad Stevens. The Celtics shot 60 percent (51-for-85).
Arron Afflalo had 18 points and seven assists, Victor Oladipo scored 17 points and Nikola Vucevic had 15 points and 10 boards for Orlando, which dropped its 16th straight road game.
It was Boston’s 10th straight win in the series, dating back to the Magic’s victory at home on Christmas in 2010.