NBA: Pistons lose as Nets fight back to beat Wizards

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.


In Charlotte, North Carolina, Charlotte erased a 14-point deficit to beat Minnesota by the narrowest margin.

The Nets continued with their pre-season form. AP

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Updated Date: Dec 27, 2011 10:29 AM

Also Watch

IPL 2018: Royal Challengers Bangalore eye revival against Chennai Super Kings as 'Cauvery Derby' comes back to life
  • Thursday, April 26, 2018 In the Kanjarbhat community, a campaign against 'virginity tests' is slowly gaining ground
  • Tuesday, April 24, 2018 It's A Wrap: Beyond the Clouds stars Ishaan Khatter, Malavika Mohanan in conversation with Parul Sharma
  • Monday, April 9, 2018 48 hours with Huawei P20 Pro: Triple camera offering is set to redefine smartphone imaging
  • Monday, April 16, 2018 Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore interview: Sports can't be anyone's fiefdom, we need an ecosystem to nurture raw talent

Also See