WASHINGTON -- Jason Kidd scored 18 points as the New Jersey Nets beat the Washington Wizards 87-79 Saturday night to improve to 3-0.
In an early matchup of teams expected to contend for the Atlantic Division title, the Nets had five players score in double figures as they pulled away with a 19-7 run in the fourth quarter.
Michael Jordan finished with 21 points in 27 minutes for Washington. Jerry Stackhouse led the Wizards with 23 points.
Kidd also had 10 rebounds, nine assists and seven turnovers for the Nets. Kerry Kittles had 15 points in a game in which neither team shot well. New Jersey shot 39 percent from the field; Washington shot 37 percent.
Pacers 87, Timberwolves 80
INDIANAPOLIS -- Brad Miller scored 22 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, and Jermaine O'Neal had 21 points and 14 rebounds as Indiana beat Minnesota.
Jonathan Bender added 15 points and 11 rebounds and Ron Artest had 14 points for the Pacers, who bounced back from a loss to New Jersey on Friday.
O'Neal, Miller and Bender helped the Pacers to a 56-42 rebounding advantage. Both teams shot below 38 percent, including Indiana at 26.9 in the first period and Minnesota at 23.8 in the third.
Minnesota, playing without three injured starters, failed to get any offensive consistency from its big men. A day after posting a triple-double and shutting down Orlando's Tracy McGrady, Kevin Garnett was held in check. He scored 12 points -- on 4-for-16 shooting -- and had 12 rebounds and center Loren Woods only scored six points.
Celtics 117, Knicks 107
NEW YORK -- Paul Pierce scored 46 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter, as Boston bounced back from the worst loss in franchise history by beating New York.
Pierce finished two points shy of his career high set last season, scoring 14 of Boston's final 20 points. Antoine Walker added 18 points and 10 assists and Eric Williams scored 19 for Boston, which lost by 45 points at Washington two nights earlier.
Allan Houston scored 39 for the Knicks, who drew a sellout crowd of 19,762 for their home opener. But more than 1,000 seats remain unsold for Monday night's game against Milwaukee, meaning a probable end to the team's streak of 433 consecutive sellouts.
Kings 116, Grizzlies 99
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Vlade Divac had 24 points and nine assists to lead Sacramento over Memphis.
Bobby Jackson scored 23 points on 10-of-18 shooting from the field, and Hedo Turkoglu added 22 off the bench as six Sacramento players scored in double figures.
The Kings had little trouble with the Grizzlies despite playing without starters Mike Bibby and Chris Webber. The inside-outside tandem of Divac and Jackson did much of the damage as Sacramento built an 88-69 lead after three quarters and coasted the rest of the way.
Memphis allowed 100 points for the third straight time this season. Pau Gasol scored 20 points.
Hawks 98, Bulls 92
ATLANTA -- Glenn Robinson became the first Atlanta player to score 30 points in three straight games to start a season, and the Hawks beat Chicago.
Robinson had 30 points and Jason Terry added 23 as the Hawks opened with their first 2-1 start in three years.
Jalen Rose scored 24 points for Chicago, which fell short of its first 3-0 start since 1997. The Bulls had their last lead 2 minutes into the game.
Rockets 88, Raptors 76
HOUSTON -- Steve Francis scored 28 points and Yao Ming provided some entertaining moments in his home debut as Houston beat Toronto, which lost Vince Carter to another knee injury.
Carter came out with 6:17 to go in the first quarter with a strained left knee and did not return. Team trainers said he would be re-examined on Sunday.
Carter missed the final 14 games of last season after surgery to repair the same knee.
Toronto also lost forward Antonio Davis with 4:11 to go in the third period with a strained muscle in his left ribcage.
Yao finished with eight points, four rebounds, one block and three fouls. Cuttino Mobley added 20 points for the Rockets.
Magic 100, Bucks 90
MILWAUKEE -- Tracy McGrady scored 47 points as Orlando beat Milwaukee to snap an eight-game losing streak at the Bradley Center.
McGrady came within three points of his career high of 50 set against Washington last March 8.
Grant Hill, coming back from a foot injury that sidelined him for most of the last two seasons, scored just two points in 10 minutes and didn't come out for the second half as a precaution. He had played 33 minutes Friday night in Minnesota, and doctors want him to play no more than 25-to-30 minutes.
McGrady made 16 of 29 shots, including 6-of-9 from 3-point range, and all nine of his free throws.
Hornets 100, Heat 95
NEW ORLEANS -- Jamal Mashburn scored 35 points and grabbed eight rebounds against his former team to lead New Orleans over Miami.
Mashburn hit a key jumper near the top of the key and sank a foul shot in the final minute to stave off an inspired comeback attempt by the Heat, who trailed by as much as 11 in the fourth quarter after squandering a 12-point halftime lead.
David Wesley scored 19 for New Orleans, Baron Davis had 15 points and eight assists and P.J. Brown scored 14 and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Eddie Jones led Miami with 30 points.
Mavericks 97, Suns 83
DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki scored 22 points and Michael Finley scored eight of his 17 during a third-quarter run that sent Dallas past Phoenix.
Steve Nash added 15 points and eight assists, but the Mavericks' home opener was marred by starter Raef LaFrentz spraining his right ankle early in the third quarter. He did not return.
Dallas assistant coach Del Harris wrapped up his stint as head coach by going 2-0. He filled in while coach Don Nelson and his son, assistant coach Donnie Nelson, were suspended for attending a workout in Yugoslavia that featured players ineligible for the draft.
Jazz 101, Warriors 92
SALT LAKE CITY -- Karl Malone scored 26 points as Utah beat Golden State to avoid its first 0-3 start since 1979.
John Stockton added 15 points and seven assists as the Jazz defeated the Warriors for the 24th time in their last 25 meetings.
Antawn Jamison, who led Golden State with 23 points, scored eight points in a 15-3 run that brought the Warriors to 95-92 with 1:17 remaining.
Nuggets 96, Trail Blazers 79
PORTLAND, Ore. -- James Posey had a triple-double with 19 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists as Denver earned its first win this season by beating Portland.
Donnell Harvey added 15 points for the Nuggets, who dominated the second half even without forward Juwan Howard. He missed the game because of a stomach virus. Howard, suspended by the NBA for the first two games of the season following a fight in an exhibition game against Indiana, was set to make his season debut before the illness.
Rasheed Wallace led the Blazers with 21 points and eight rebounds. Portland has lost two straight after opening the season with a win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
Portland lost center Arvydas Sabonis after straining his right hamstring early in the second quarter.
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