Basketball

NBA roundup | Humphries, Nets rally to whip Wizards

Kris Humphries had 21 points and 16 rebounds, and Deron Williams had 23 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, helping the New Jersey Nets beat the host Washington Wizards 90-84 on Monday night in the season opener for both teams.

The Nets trailed by as many as 21 points in the second quarter, but began to turn things around with a 16-2 run.

John Wall, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft, had 13 points, eight rebounds and six assists, but he only shot 3 for 13. Backup shooting guard Nick Young led Washington with 16 points in just 18 minutes. He missed a large part of the second half after jamming his left foot, but returned.

BOBCATS 96, BUCKS 95 -- D.J. Augustin scored 19 points, rookie Kemba Walker added 13, including two free throws with 9.9 seconds remaining, and the host Bobcats erased a 14-point deficit to beat the Bucks.

Gerald Henderson added 18 points and nine rebounds for the Bobcats.

Brandon Jennings had 22 points for the Bucks, while Andrew Bogut had 17 points and nine rebounds. The Bobcats got a huge lift off the bench from Walker and center Byron Mullens, who was acquired in a trade last week with the Thunder.

PACERS 91, PISTONS 79 -- Roy Hibbert had 16 points and 14 rebounds to help the host Pacers defeat the Pistons.

David West, Indiana’s big free agent addition, had 11 points and 12 rebounds, even though he made just 3 of 12 field goals. Tyler Hansbrough had 15 points and 13 rebounds and Paul George added 12 points.

Danny Granger, Indiana’s leading scorer last season, finished with 16 points on 6-for-18 shooting. 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.

RAPTORS 104, CAVALIERS 96 -- Rookie Kyrie Irving scored six points and hardly played like the No. 1 overall pick as the visiting Raptors spoiled the Cleveland guard’s NBA debut with a season-opening win over the Cavaliers.

Irving, who played just 11 games at Duke before turning pro, finished just 2 of 11 from the field -- he made a meaningless 3-pointer in the final minutes.

THUNDER 104, TIMBERWOLVES 100 -- Kevin Durant scored 33 points to lead the Thunder to a victory over the host Timberwolves.

Russell Westbrook added 28 points, six assists and six rebounds, and James Harden scored 16 points 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, and Ricky Rubio had an impressive debut with six assists, six points and five rebounds in 26 minutes for the Timberwolves, who hung with the Western Conference favorites all game long.

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