NBA roundup: Rookie lifts the 76ers over Bulls

Forget tanking.

Rookie Michael Carter-Williams and the Philadelphia 76ers can’t lose.

Pegged in the preseason to be one of the league’s worst teams, the Sixers continued their stunning start, beating the Chicago Bulls, 107-104, Saturday night in Philadelphia behind 26 points and 10 assists from Carter-Williams.


Evan Turner had 20 points and Spencer Hawes added 18 points and 11 rebounds for the supposedly rebuilding Sixers (3-0), who have already defeated the Washington Wizards and two-time defending champion Miami Heat.

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‘‘We understand what everybody has said and written about us,’’ first-year coach Brett Brown said. ‘‘Our guys have put in the day-to-day stuff, which has always been our message. I'm lucky I've found a group that enjoys each other’s company and they enjoy playing together.’’

Carlos Boozer led the Bulls with 22 points and 10 rebounds and Luol Deng had 20 points. Still dealing with neck soreness, Derrick Rose finished with 13 points and six assists for Chicago, shooting 4 for 14 from the field and committing eight turnovers.

‘‘I would blame tonight on me,’’ said Rose, who wore tape around his neck for the second straight game. ‘‘Turnovers, missed shots, miscommunication — I just couldn’t get in my groove.’’

After trailing by as many as 18 points the second half, the Sixers took a 100-99 lead with 3:29 left after Carter-Williams picked up a loose ball and calmly laid it in. It was the Sixers’ first time in front since they led, 11-10, midway through the first quarter.


Rose buried a 3-pointer with 2:12 left to put the Bulls in front, 104-102, but he committed turnovers on the next two Chicago possessions, allowing the Sixers to tie the game on a layup by Turner and then take a 105-104 lead when Turner made one of two free throws with 1:30 remaining.

Pacers 89, Cavaliers 74 — Paul George and Lance Stephenson combined for 43 points and Indiana remained unbeaten in the young season with a victory over Cleveland in Indianapolis.

Stephenson scored 22 points, including 10 in a 14-4 run midway through the fourth quarter that gave the Pacers a 79-61 lead with 7:46 to play.

George, who had 21 points and 13 rebounds, and scored all the points in a key third-quarter run for Indiana (3-0).

Pelicans 105, Bobcats 84 — Anthony Davis had 25 points, eight rebounds, and five assists to lead host New Orleans to its first win since changing its nickname to Pelicans.


Tyreke Evans added 15 points, Jrue Holiday had 14, and Brian Roberts 13 for New Orleans (1-2), which made the name change from Hornets in the offseason.

Raptors 97, Bucks 90 — Rudy Gay had 18 points and 15 rebounds, DeMar DeRozen added 17 points, and Toronto spoiled Milwaukee’s home opener.

After losing a 12-point lead, Toronto relied on DeRozen down the stretch. His step-back jumper put the Raptors back up, 89-85, with 4 minutes left.

Trail Blazers 115, Spurs 105 — Nicolas Batum hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to finish with 11 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists in Portland’s home-opening over San Antonio.

Damian Lillard had 25 points, 7 assists, and 7 rebounds, and LaMarcus Aldridge added 24 points for the Blazers, who led by as many as 13 points.

Rockets 104, Jazz 93 — Chandler Parsons scored 24 points and James Harden had 23 to help visiting Houston rally from a 19-point deficit for a victory that kept Utah winless and the Rockets undefeated.

Mavericks 111, Grizzlies 99 — Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points to lead Dallas’s balanced offense in a victory over visiting Memphis.

Warriors 98, Kings 87 — Klay Thompson scored 27 points and Stephen Curry had five 3-pointers among his 22 points for host Golden State.