Nets 101, Heat 100
Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson scored 19 points each, and the host Brooklyn Nets ended years of futility against the Miami Heat and sent the NBA champions to their first losing streak in 10 months Friday night.
Pierce and Johnson both hit two free throws in the final seconds as the Heat were trying to pull off a comeback. Instead, they fell to 1-2 and have dropped consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 8 and 10.
The Heat got Dwyane Wade back after he missed Wednesday’s loss in Philadelphia, and he scored 21 points. LeBron James led Miami with 26.
The Nets ended a 13-game skid against the Heat with their first victory since March 20, 2009, before Miami’s Big Three got together and when the Nets were still playing in East Rutherford, N.J. — two homes ago.
76ers 109, Wizards 102
Thaddeus Young scored 29 points, rookie Michael Carter-Williams started cold and finished hot while John Wall did just the opposite in scoring 26 points, and the Philadelphia 76ers are a surprising 2-0 after pulling away in the fourth quarter against the host Washington Wizards.
After stunning the two-time defending champion Miami Heat on Wednesday, the 76ers rallied from a 12-point second-half deficit and ruined the home opener for Wall and the Wizards, who have lost two games to start a season that has essentially been labeled as playoffs-or-bust by owner Ted Leonsis.
Young scored 10 in the fourth quarter, Evan Turner finished with 23 points, and Spencer Hawes had 16 points and 14 rebounds for the 76ers. Carter-Williams went 6-for-15 from the field after an 0-for-5 start and finished with 14 points and five assists.
Wall made his first seven shots but went 3-for-12 the rest of the way.
Magic 110, Pelicans 90
Arron Afflalo had 30 points and Maurice Harkless added 20 points and eight rebounds as the host Orlando Magic got their first win of the season, hammering the New Orleans Pelicans. Anthony Davis led winless New Orleans with 26 points and 17 rebounds, while Jrue Holiday added 17 points and five assists.
Orlando seized control in the second quarter when Harkless scored 12 points and the Magic limited New Orleans to 6-of-21 shooting on their way to a 53-35 halftime lead.
The Pelicans cut the deficit to 62-48 on a spectacular dunk by Davis off a lob from Holiday early in the third quarter, but that was as close as they got.
Afflalo, who had 15 points in the third quarter, led Orlando on a 13-3 run that he ended with a 3-pointer.
Hawks 102, Raptors 95
Al Horford scored 22 points, three other Atlanta starters reached double figures and the host Hawks defeated the Toronto Raptors to give Mike Budenholzer his first head coaching victory.
The Hawks built an 18-point lead late in the third quarter, then held off a Raptors comeback in the final period. Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver had 17 points apiece, while Paul Millsap added 15.
The Raptors lost despite 31 points from DeMar DeRozan.
Bucks 105, Celtics 98
Zaza Pachulia had 20 points and nine rebounds, making two free throws with 44 seconds left to give visiting Milwaukee its first lead since the opening basket, and the Bucks rallied from a 22-point third-quarter deficit to beat the Boston Celtics.
The loss spoiled the home debut of new Celtics coach Brad Stevens.
John Henson had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Bucks, who scored the last 10 points of the game.
Vitor Faverani scored 12 points with 18 rebounds for Boston.
Timberwolves 100, Thunder 81
Kevin Love had 24 points and 12 rebounds and Ricky Rubio added 14 points, 10 assists and five steals to lead the host Minnesota Timberwolves over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Nikola Pekovic had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Minnesota, which played surprisingly good defense against Kevin Durant and the Thunder. Derrick Williams had 10 points and seven rebounds for Minnesota after not playing in the opener.
Rockets 113, Mavericks 105
James Harden scored 34 points and Dwight Howard had 13 points and 16 rebounds in the host Houston Rockets’ victory over the Dallas Mavericks.
The Mavericks scored eight consecutive points, with five from Monta Ellis, to get to 91-83 with eight minutes left. But Dallas lost its star and momentum a couple minutes later when Dirk Nowitzki fouled out on Harden’s fast-break layup.
Harden made the free throw as Nowitzki angrily took a seat on the bench. Houston made three more layups after Harden’s basket to extend the lead to 16 at 99-83.
Nowitzki had 22 points to lead the Mavericks, and Ellis added 20.
Grizzlies 111, Pistons 108
Mike Conley scored 22 points, Zach Randolph and Tony Allen added 16 each and the host Memphis Grizzlies beat the Detroit Pistons in overtime. Memphis outscored the Pistons 11-2 to start the extra period en route to its first victory of the season. Marc Gasol added 15 points for Memphis and Randolph had 10 rebounds.
Josh Smith and Rodney Stuckey led Detroit with 19 points each. The teams were tied at 95 at the end of regulation. Gasol’s tip-in with 8.2 seconds left in regulation tied it.
Trail Blazers 113, Nuggets 98
LaMarcus Aldridge scored nine of his 25 points in the fourth quarter to help the Portland Trail Blazers snap the Denver Nuggets’ 23-game regular-season home win streak. Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews each added 21 as the Blazers opened up a 26-point lead late in the third quarter.