Nets scuffle with, defeat Celtics
BOSTON – Joe Johnson scored 18 points, Andray Blatche had 17 points and 13 rebounds, and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Boston Celtics, 95-83, on Wednesday night after Rajon Rondo was ejected after a fight.
The Celtics’ point guard was tossed after he shoved Kris Humphries to retaliate for the Nets forward’s hard foul against Kevin Garnett. Humphries and Brooklyn forward Gerald Wallace also were ejected for their roles in the second-quarter skirmish.
Wizards 84, Trail Blazers 82: At Washington, Jordan Crawford scored 19 points, and Washington beat Portland for its first victory after starting the season with 12 straight losses.
Thunder 120, Rockets 98: At Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant matched his season high with 37 points, and Oklahoma City beat Houston in James Harden’s first game back at Chesapeake Energy Arena since being traded by the Thunder before the season.
Harden scored 17 points.
Grizzlies 103, Raptors 82: At Memphis, Tenn., Marreese Speights had 18 points and 12 rebounds to help Memphis beat Toronto for its third straight win.
Knicks 102, Bucks 88: At Milwaukee, Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points to lead New York past Milwaukee. The Bucks’ Brandon Jennings and Beno Udrih each scored 18 points.
Pistons 117, Suns 77: At Auburn Hills, Mich., Brandon Knight and Charlie Villanueva scored 19 points apiece, and Detroit routed Phoenix to win back-to-back games for the first time this season.
Hawks 94, Bobcats 91: At Atlanta, Al Horford scored 17 points and hit two clinching free throws to help Atlanta beat Charlotte for its sixth straight victory.
Spurs 110, Magic 89: At Orlando, Fla., Manu Ginobili had 20 points, Gary Neal scored 19 and San Antonio raced past Orlando for its fifth straight win.
Jazz 96, Hornets 84: At New Orleans, Al Jefferson had 19 points, Marvin Williams scored 16 before leaving with concussion symptoms, and Utah won its second straight game by defeating New Orleans.