Washington: New Jersey's Kris Humphries finished with 21 points and 16 rebounds to help the Nets overcome a big deficit to beat the Washington Wizards 90-84 on Monday in the NBA season opener for both teams.
Deron Williams had 23 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for New Jersey, which trailed by as much as 21 points in the second quarter, but began to turn things around with a 16-2 run.
Backup shooting guard Nick Young led Washington with 16 points in just 18 minutes. He missed a large part of the second half with a foot injury but returned.
BOBCATS 96, BUCKS 95
In Charlotte, North Carolina, Charlotte erased a 14-point deficit to beat Minnesota by the narrowest margin.
D.J. Augustin scored 19 points while rookie Kemba Walker added 13, including two free throws with 9.9 seconds remaining.
Brandon Jennings had 22 points for the Bucks.
MAGIC 104, ROCKETS 95
Ir Orlando, Hedo Turkoglu scored 23 points to lead five Magic players in double figures as Orlando beat Houston.
Orlando got 13 points from Turkoglu and eight points from J.J. Redick in the fourth quarter to help the Magic stave off a handful of second-half charges by the Rockets.
Kyle Lowry had 20 points and 12 assists for Houston, which closed within four in the fourth quarter, but the Magic were able to hit some timely 3-pointers late to help secure the victory.
PACERS 91, PISTONS 79
In Indianapolis, Roy Hibbert had 16 points and 14 rebounds to help Indiana defeat Detroit.
David West, Indiana's big free agent addition, had 11 points and 12 rebounds, even though he made just 3 of 12 field goals.
The Pacers shot just 37 percent from the field, but got away with it because they outrebounded the Pistons 53-40. Indiana had 18 offensive rebounds and 14 second-chance points.
Jonas Jerebko and Rodney Stuckey each scored 17 points for the Pistons, who never led.
RAPTORS 104, CAVALIERS 96
In Cleveland, rookie Kyrie Irving scored just six points and hardly played like the No. 1 draft pick as Toronto spoiled the Cleveland guard's NBA debut.
Irving, who played just 11 college games before turning pro, finished just 2 of 11 from the field — he made a meaningless 3-pointer in the final minutes. The Cavs are counting on the 19-year-old to turn around a team that won just 19 games last season.
Toronto, which went only 22-60 last season, won its first game under coach Dwane Casey.
THUNDER 104, TIMBERWOLVES 100
In Minneapolis, Kevin Durant scored 33 points to lead Oklahoma City to victory over Minnesota.
Russell Westbrook added 28 points, six assists and six rebounds for the Thunder, who have started off a season loaded with expectations at 2-0.
Kevin Love had 22 points, 12 rebounds and five assists for the Timberwolves, who hung with the Western Conference favorites all game long.
First Published On : Dec 27, 2011 10:29 IST