NBA roundup Sunday’s games
Pistons 87, Celtics 77
AUBURN HILLS, MICH.
Josh Smith and Andre Drummond scored 15 points each and Detroit kept Boston and first-year coach Brad Stevens winless. The Pistons (2-1) trailed 65-63 early in the fourth quarter but went on a 10-0 run to take the lead for good and win their second home game in as many tries. Drummond added 12 rebounds and Brandon Jennings had 14 points in his Detroit debut. Rookie Kelly Olynyk scored 15 points and Jordan Crawford added 13 for the Celtics (0-3).
Magic 107, Nets 86
Nikola Vucevic had 19 points and 12 rebounds as Orlando routed Brooklyn 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 (2-2), who beat New Orleans 110-90 at home last Friday night.
Thunder 103, Suns 96
Kevin Durant had 33 points and 10 rebounds and Russell Westbrook had 21 points and seven assists in his return from a knee injury for Oklahoma City. Serge Ibaka added nine points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma City (2-1), which won its fifth straight home opener and defeated Phoenix (2-1) for the 11th straight time. The Suns last beat Oklahoma City in December 2010.
Timberwolves 109, Knicks 100
Kevin Love had 34 points, 15 rebounds and five assists and Kevin Martin scored 30 points as Minnesota improved to 3-0 for the first time in 12 years. Minnesota took a huge lead after a 40-point first quarter, then pulled away after the Knicks trimmed it to two in the closing minutes to move halfway to matching the 2001-02 team that set the franchise record by winning its first six.
Lakers 105, Hawks 103
Xavier Henry scored 18 points while Pau Gasol hit two tiebreaking free throws with 6 seconds remaining. Gasol finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds, while Steve Nash had 13 points and six assists. Kyle Korver led Atlanta with 22 points.
Heat 103, Wizards 93
LeBron James scored 25 points, Chris Bosh added 24 and Miami beat winless Washington to snap a rare 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 (2-2) had 32 assists on 37 field goals. Including playoffs, the Heat are now 100 games over .500 at home since the start of the 2010-11 season. Bradley Beal scored 19 points for the Wizards.