Jason Richardson scored a season-high 22 points, Glen Davis added a season-best 20, and the Orlando Magic beat the Kings, 104-97, last night in Sacramento, despite playing much of the game without foul-plagued Dwight Howard.
The All-Star center had 5 points and four rebounds in 20 minutes and spent most of the first three quarters in foul trouble. He didn’t get his first rebound until four minutes into the fourth and was scoreless before converting a 3-point play with 6:35 remaining, putting the Magic ahead, 87-85.
Tyreke Evans had a season-high 28 points and eight assists for the Kings. DeMarcus Cousins, also hampered by fouls, had 16 points and 10 rebounds. J.J. Hickson added 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Marcus Thornton scored 13 points.
Ryan Anderson had 19 points and 11 rebounds for Orlando. Von Wafer, who was acquired from the Celtics with Davis, made three 3-pointers and scored 12 points. Hedo Turkoglu added 11 points.
With the Magic clinging to a 1-point edge, Turkoglu banked in a 3-pointer with the shot clock running down to give Orlando a 93-89 lead with just under three minutes left . Anderson’s 3-pointer and Turkoglu’s layup gave the Magic a 102-95 cushion with 35 seconds left.
Thunder 108, Spurs 96 - Kevin Durant had 21 points and 10 rebounds, reserve James Harden scored 20, and host Oklahoma City became the first team to win three games on consecutive nights this season by beating San Antonio.
Durant needed only three more assists to record his first career triple-double, but instead sat out the fourth quarter with the rest of Oklahoma City’s starters. The Thunder were able to coast to the finish for the second time in their back-to-back-to-back set after outscoring the Spurs, 37-21, in the third.
Nick Collison added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Thunder and former Boston College star Reggie Jackson had 11 points and four assists.
Timberwolves 93, Wizards 72 - Kevin Love had 20 points and 16 rebounds, and Ricky Rubio had 13 points and a career-high 14 assists as visiting Minnesota broke a two-game losing streak against winless Washington.
Spanish rookie Rubio also grabbed six rebounds and controlled the game during much of his 30 minutes off the bench. Six players scored in double figures for the Timberwolves.
Nick Young and Trevor Booker scored 14 points apiece to lead the Wizards, who dropped to 0-8 to extend their franchise-worst start to a season. Washington has already lost four games by 18 or more points, and the team was showered with boos from the home fans in the fourth quarter.
Lakers 90, Grizzlies 82 - Kobe Bryant scored 26 points and Andrew Bynum had 15 points and 15 rebounds as Los Angeles beat Memphis for its sixth consecutive home victory.
Pau Gasol had 13 points and 15 rebounds for the Lakers, who have won six of eight after an 0-2 start despite playing the NBA’s busiest early-season schedule, matching Oklahoma City with 10 games in 15 days.
Rudy Gay had 19 points for Memphis.
Suns 109, Bucks 93 - Steve Nash had 17 assists and 10 points as host Phoenix routed weary Milwaukee.
The Suns beat the Bucks in Phoenix for the 24th straight time, the NBA’s second-longest active streak behind San Antonio’s 27 wins in a row at home over Golden State.
Marcin Gortat scored 18 points on 9-of-10 shooting for Phoenix. Channing Frye went 6 of 7 and made all four 3-point tries to finish with 16 points.
Tobias Harris scored 15 for the Bucks at the end of an 0-5 road trip.
Trail Blazers 98, Cavaliers 78 - LaMarcus Aldridge had 28 points and eight rebounds, and Wesley Matthews added 24 points to lead Portland over visiting Cleveland.