David Lee had 30 points and 15 rebounds, Stephen Curry scored 28 points, and the Golden State Warriors gave coach Mark Jackson a winning return to Brooklyn by beating the Nets, 109-102, Friday night.
Lee scored 6 straight points to break open a tie game midway through the fourth quarter, and Curry had 21 in the second half for the Warriors, who won for the fifth time in six games.
Golden State improved to 2-0 on its season-high, seven-game road trip against Eastern Conference opponents, a game played not far from where Jackson became a star while growing up.
Joe Johnson scored a season-high 32 points for the Nets, who dropped their season-high third straight. Deron Williams added 23 points and eight assists.
Brooklyn played without starting center Brook Lopez for a fourth straight game because of a sprained right foot. Andray Blatche had 22 points and 15 rebounds in his place.
Curry’s streak of 20-point, 10-assist games ended at four, the longest by a Warriors player since Tim Hardaway 20 years ago, when he had only five assists.
But he was locked in scoring mode in the second half, hitting long jumpers, showing a shooter’s body language in believing that every time he pulled up, it was going in.
Curry tied it at 89 with a 3-pointer, then Lee knocked down two jumpers and put back a miss as the Warriors opened a 95-89 lead with 6:39 to play.
Thunder 114, Lakers 108 — Kevin Durant had 36 points, Russell Westbrook scored 27 of his 33 in the first half to stake host Oklahoma City to a commanding lead and the Thunder beat shorthanded Los Angeles.
NBA scoring leader Kobe Bryant had 35 points to lead Los Angeles, which trailed by as many as 19 before rallying to get within 4 in the final minute. Dwight Howard added 23 points and 18 rebounds for the Lakers.
What could have been an early showdown between championship contenders instead had the Lakers limping in with a losing record and three key players out because of injuries.
Bulls 108, Pistons 104 — Joakim Noah had 30 points and 23 rebounds, setting career highs in both categories and helping Chicago beat host Detroit for the 16th straight time.
All five Chicago starters finished in double figures, including Carlos Boozer with 24 points. Luol Deng and Marco Belinelli scored 16 apiece.
Nuggets 92, Pacers 89 — Andre Miller scored 8 of his 15 points during a late 10-0 spurt, sending visiting Denver over Indiana.
The Nuggets have won 13 of the last 16 in this series, including seven of the last nine in Indianapolis. The 36-year-old Miller was the big reason this time.
Hawks 104, Wizards 95 — Josh Smith had 23 points and 15 rebounds, Al Horford also posted a double-double, and Atlanta kept Washington winless on the road.
Horford had 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Hawks, who have won eight of nine. The Wizards, who had won two of three following their 0-12 start, fell to 0-8 in road games.
Timberwolves 91, Cavaliers 73 — Kevin Love had 36 points and 13 rebounds to lead Minnesota over visiting Cleveland.
Luke Ridnour had 12 points, 7 assists, and 5 rebounds for the Timberwolves, and Andrei Kirilenko had 8 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists after missing the previous four games with back spasms.
Grizzlies 96, Hornets 89 — Rudy Gay tied a season high with 28 points and visiting Memphis maintained its NBA-best winning percentage with its second straight victory, beating struggling New Orleans.
New Orleans put up resistance, though, despite losing for the 11th time in 13 games, and Memphis needed Gay’s 3-pointer with 2:10 left to get some breathing room.
Bucks 108, Bobcats 93 — Ersan Ilyasova scored a season-high 21 points and Marquis Daniels had season highs with 18 points and six rebounds as host Milwaukee took command early and beat Charlotte.
Brandon Jennings had 15 points and eight assists and Monta Ellis added 13 points to help the Bucks.
Jazz 131, Raptors 99 — Paul Millsap scored 20 points, Enes Kanter had 18 in his first career start, and Utah hit 13 3-pointers to rout Toronto in Salt Lake City.
Gordon Hayward added 17 points off the bench as Utah improved to 8-1 at home.
Kings 91, Magic 82 — DeMarcus Cousins had 17 points and 14 rebounds and reserve guard Isaiah Thomas also scored 17 to help host Sacramento beat Orlando.
Spurs 114, Rockets 92 — Tony Parker had 17 points and seven assists, and host San Antonio never trailed in its victory over Houston .