Lakers register 1st win of season
Purple and gold streamers descended from the ceiling and fans were on their feet applauding at the end. The Los Angeles Lakers finally won a game after five straight losses to open the season.
“I know the city probably feels good about it,” said Byron Scott, who got his first victory as Lakers coach after they rallied to beat the Charlotte Hornets 107-92 on Sunday night.
Kobe Bryant and Jeremy Lin each scored 21 points, and Carlos Boozer added 16 as the Lakers left Philadelphia as the NBA’s only winless team at 0-7.
Lin and Boozer’s offense dominated the third, when the Lakers were down by seven before a 25-6 run sent them into the fourth leading 76-64.
It was a lead they never gave up.
Heat roll over Mavs 105-96
Luol Deng scored a season-high 30 points, Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade added 20 apiece and the Miami Heat stayed perfect against Dallas Mavericks since the 2011 NBA Finals with a 105-96 victory on Sunday night.
Miami was without LeBron James in this rematch, while the Mavericks faced the Heat for the first time since the return of two important pieces from their title team, Tyson Chandler and J.J. Barea.
But Deng was the key offseason acquisition that mattered most, going 13 of 19 from the field with five rebounds and four assists as the ball-moving Heat shot 55 percent to 42 percent for Dallas.
Hayward, Favors lead Jazz over Pistons 97-96
The Utah Jazz always seem to make life difficult for the Detroit Pistons. In the 10 years since Detroit’s 2004 championship, the Jazz have gone 17-3 against the Pistons, including a 97-96 victory Sunday at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
Gordon Hayward, who had 32 points when the teams last met in March – a rare Detroit win – took a little while to get going this time, but when he did, it changed the game.
After only scoring six points in the game’s first 43 minutes, he had 11 in the final five, including a game-tying 3-pointer with 4:01 to play and a go-ahead 3 two minutes later.
Hayward’s second 3-pointer gave the Jazz a 96-94 lead with 2 minutes left. After Brandon Jennings missed a 3-pointer for Detroit, Hayward split a pair of free throws to make it a three-point game.
After the teams traded misses, Greg Monroe’s layup pulled Detroit to 97-96, and Hayward missed a chance to clinch it from behind the arc with 4.6 seconds to go.
Results: Orlando Magic 96 Brooklyn Nets 104; Utah Jazz 97 Detroit Pistons 96, Sacramento Kinds 93 Oklahoma City Thunder 101, Philadelphia 76ers 88 Toronto Raptors 120, Miami Heat 105 Dallas Mavericks 96, Golden State Warriors 95 Phoenix Suns 107, Denver Nuggets 100 Portland Blazers 116, Charlotte Bobcats 92 LA Lakers 107