Roundup: Nets lose in Jason Kidd’s debut

Nikola Vucevic had 19 points and 12 rebounds as the Orlando Magic routed the visiting Brooklyn Nets, 107-86, on Sunday in Jason Kidd’s coaching debut.

Magic rookie Victor Oladipo scored 19 points, 14 in the second half, as Orlando won back-to-back games for the first time since Dec. 19, 2012. Andrew Nicholson added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Magic.

Brook Lopez led the Nets with 21 points. Paul Pierce was the only other Net to score in double figures with 16 points and he grabbed seven rebounds. The Nets shot 38.2 percent for the game.


The Magic used a 17-4 run early in the third quarter to break open a close game. They led by 15 points after three quarters, then Oladipo scored 6 straight points at the start of the fourth.

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His last basket was a steal off All-Star guard Deron Williams and a breakaway dunk that put Orlando up, 82-61, with 10:11 left. The Nets never got closer than 16 points after that.

Kidd was suspended two regular-season games by the NBA after pleading guilty in a drunken-driving case. His presence didn’t do much to inspire the Nets, who got run out of the building by a more energetic Magic team the second half.

Kidd made good on his promise to closely monitor playing time, pulling all five starters by the 10-minute mark of the first period. Pierce was the only starter to play more than 27 minutes.

Heat 103, Wizards 93 — LeBron James scored 25 points, Chris Bosh added 24, and host Miami beat winless Washington to snap a two-game slide.


Dwyane Wade scored 20 points for Miami, which hasn’t dropped three straight regular-season games since Jan. 10-13, 2012. The Heat had 32 assists on 37 field goals, including on all nine of their baskets in the third quarter.

Thunder 103, Suns 96 — Kevin Durant had 33 points and 10 rebounds, Russell Westbrook scored 21 points in his return, and host Oklahoma City beat Phoenix.

Westbrook, sidelined for six months after first tearing the lateral meniscus in his right knee in the playoffs, then having a medical setback, returned 3-5 weeks ahead of the previously announced timetable.

Eric Bledsoe scored 26 points and added a career-best 14 assists for Phoenix.

Timberwolves 109, Knicks 100 — Kevin Love had 34 points, 15 rebounds, and 5 assists, Kevin Martin scored 30 points, and Minnesota improved to 3-0 for the first time in 12 years with a victory over host New York.


Carmelo Anthony had 22 points and 17 rebounds for the Knicks.

Lakers 105, Hawks 103 — Xavier Henry scored 18 points, Pau Gasol hit two tiebreaking free throws with six seconds left, and host Los Angeles, which lost all of a 21-point lead, beat Atlanta.

Gasol had 16 points and 13 rebounds, while Steve Nash had 13 points and six assists.

Kyle Korver led Atlanta with 22 points, converting all six 3-point attempts, but he missed a 21-footer from the right baseline as time ran out.