NBA roundup: Paul Pierce, Joe Johnson propel Nets

The Nets’ Paul Pierce applies some tight defense on the Heat’s LeBron James.
The Nets’ Paul Pierce applies some tight defense on the Heat’s LeBron James.

Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson scored 19 points each, and the Brooklyn Nets edged the Miami Heat, 101-100, Friday in New York.

Pierce and Johnson each hit two free throws in the final seconds as the Heat were trying to mount a comeback.

Miami’s Dwyane Wade scored 21 points after he missed Wednesday’s loss in Philadelphia. LeBron James led the Heat with 26.


76ers 109, Wizards 102 — Thaddeus Young scored 29 points and Philadelphia pulled away for a win over the Wizards in Washington.

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Young scored 10 in the fourth quarter, Evan Turner finished with 23 points, and Spencer Hawes had 16 points and 14 rebounds.

Bobcats 90, Cavaliers 84 — Kemba Walker had 23 points and seven assists to help Charlotte win its home opener.

Walker hit a 3-pointer over Kyrie Irving with 58 seconds left to break a tie. The Cavaliers had two chances to tie, but Charlotte’s Josh McRoberts came up with a steal and Jarrett Jack airballed a 3-pointer with 12 seconds left.

Magic 110, Pelicans 90 — Arron Afflalo had 30 points and Maurice Harkless added 20 points and eight rebounds as Orlando pounded visiting New Orleans for its first win.


Anthony Davis led the Pelicans with 26 points and 17 rebounds, while Jrue Holiday had 17 points.

Timberwolves 100, Thunder 81 — Kevin Love had 24 points and 12 boards and Ricky Rubio added 14 points, 10 assists, and 5 steals to lead Minnesota over Oklahoma City in Minneapolis.

Nikola Pekovic had 15 points and 10 boards, and Derrick Williams had 10 points and seven rebounds for Minnesota.

Hawks 102, Raptors 95 — Al Horford had 22 points and 16 rebounds and the Hawks beat visiting Toronto to give Mike Budenholzer his first head coaching victory.

The Hawks built an 18-point lead late in the third, then held off a Raptors comeback.


Rockets 113, Mavericks 105 — James Harden scored 34 points and Dwight Howard had 13 points and 16 rebounds in host Houston’s victory over Dallas.

The Mavericks scored 8 straight points, with 5 from Monta Ellis, to get to 91-83 with eight minutes left.

Trail Blazers 113, Nuggets 98 — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 9 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter to help Portland beat host Denver.

Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews had 21 apiece for the Blazers.

Grizzlies 111, Pistons 108 — Mike Conley scored 22 points, Zach Randolph and Tony Allen added 16 each, and host Memphis topped Detroit in overtime.

Memphis outscored the Pistons, 11-2, to start the extra period. Marc Gasol added 15 points for Memphis and Randolph had 10 rebounds.

Suns 87, Jazz 84 — Eric Bledsoe scored the final 14 points for Phoenix and sank a 3-pointer with 0.7 seconds as the hosts beat Utah.

Bledsoe had missing 10 of his first 11 shots.

Gordon Hayward’s 3-pointer tied it for Utah at 84 with 22.9 seconds to play.

Clippers 110, Kings 101 — Chris Paul had 26 points and 10 assists for his third straight double-double, and Los Angeles came back after blowing a 15-point lead in the second half to beat host Sacramento.

Blake Griffin added 20 points, 17 rebounds, and 6 assists.

Isaiah Thomas scored 29 points for Sacramento.

Spurs 91, Lakers 85 — Tony Parker had 24 points and six assists, Kawhi Leonard added 15 points and 11 rebounds, and San Antonio survived without Tim Duncan (bruised chest) to win in Los Angeles.