Struggling Lakers fall to 1-4 on the season

SALT LAKE CITY — Al Jefferson scored 18 points and Randy Foye added 17 on five 3-pointers to lift the Utah Jazz past the Los Angeles Lakers 95-86 on Wednesday, sending the Lakers to their fourth loss in five games to start the season.

Mo Williams added 16 points on 8 of 13 shooting for the Grizzlies (2-3).

Kobe Bryant entered the game shooting nearly 60 percent but started 3 of 10 and finished 7 of 17 for 29 points.

Dwight Howard added 19 points for the Lakers and Metta World Peace had 15.

The Jazz led by as many as 16 points early, but the Lakers were within five with 8:27 left before Foye hit three straight 3-pointers to give Utah a 79-68 lead with 6:40 remaining.

Nuggets 93, Rockets 87

At Houston, Ty Lawson scored 21 points and Kenneth Faried had 16 points and 16 rebounds to help the Denver Nuggets to a victory over the Houston Rockets.

James Harden had a tough night for the Rockets and finished with a season-low 15 points on 5-for-15 shooting.

A dunk by Andre Iguodala put Denver up by six, before a pair of free throws by Jeremy Lin made it 91-87 with 1:21 remaining. Lin got knocked in the nose on the foul and was bleeding. He had to shoot the free throws with paper stuffed in his left nostril.

Faried blocked a layup attempt by Harden and Chandler Parsons missed a 3-pointer seconds later. Faried got the rebound on the miss and dunked it on the other end to secure the win.

Kings 105, Pistons 103

At Sacramento, Calif., DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points and 11 rebounds to help Sacramento hold off the winless Detroit Pistons.

The Kings took the lead for good early in the second quarter and won their second consecutive game. Strong bench play and the inside game of Cousins proved pivotal in the fourth when the lead was cut to one basket several times.

Greg Monroe had his first triple-double with 21 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists for the Pistons, who fell to 0-5. Rookie Kyle Singler added 12 points on 3-of-8 shooting off the bench.

Suns 117, Bobcats 110

At Charlotte, N.C., Shannon Brown hit six 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and finished with 24 points to lead Phoenix.

Brown, who played briefly with the Bobcats before being traded to the Los Angeles Lakers along with Adam Morrison, helped break open an 87-all game early in the fourth quarter when he suddenly got hot.

Heat 103, Nets 73

At Miami, Dwyane Wade scored 22 points on 10-for-14 shooting, LeBron James finished two assists shy of a triple-double and the Miami Heat improved to 4-0 at home for the first time in franchise history.

James had 20 points and 12 rebounds in only 30 minutes, and Rashard Lewis scored 13 points for the Heat (4-1). Miami — which plays its next six games on the road — has won its four home games by an average of 17.8 points.

Kris Humphries had a double-double by halftime, then was silent in the second half and finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Nets (1-2). Deron Williams scored 14 for Brooklyn, which got 12 off the bench from MarShon Brooks.

Clippers 106, Spurs 84

At Los Angeles, DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin each had double-digit points and rebounds while leading a dunkfest in Los Angeles' victory over the San Antonio Spurs, who lost for the first time this season.

Griffin had 22 points and 10 rebounds and Jordan had 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead six players who scored in double figures while helping the Clippers snap a two-game skid against the team that swept them out of the second round of the playoffs last season.

Danny Green scored 12 points and Tim Duncan added 10 for the Spurs, whose 4-0 start was the best in franchise history.

Hawks 89, Pacers 86

At Atlanta, Kyle Korver scored eight straight points in a late 18-0 run as the Hawks rallied from 14 points down early in the fourth quarter.

Indiana led 83-69 before Atlanta started the comeback. Korver hit back-to-back 3-pointers and added another jumper, cutting the lead to 83-82.

Korver then missed another jumper but Josh Smith grabbed the rebound and passed to Jeff Teague, who hit a 3-pointer with 1:04 remaining to give Atlanta an 85-83 lead. Teague added another basket to cap the 18-0 run.

Timberwolves 90, Magic 75

At Minneapolis, Luke Ridnour had 19 points and five rebounds, and Greg Stiemsma got Minnesota's rout started with six straight points to end the third quarter.

Stiemsma finished with 12 points and five rebounds, and Derrick Williams added 14 points and six boards for the Timberwolves, who are 3-1 for the first time since 2001. They led an ugly game by three points early in the third period before going on a staggering 28-6 surge that blew open the game.

Celtics 100, Wizards 94, OT

At Boston, Brandon Bass scored five straight points in overtime, helping the Celtics win the back end of a home-and-home set with Washington.

Kevin Garnett led the Celtics with 20 points and 13 rebounds, Rajon Rondo had 18 points and 14 assists and reserve Jason Terry had 16 points. Bass finished with 11.

Grizzlies 108, Bucks 90

At Milwaukee, Zach Randolph had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Memphis shot 53 percent from the floor in a win over Milwaukee.

Rudy Gay added 17 points and Marreese Speights contributed 16 off the bench to help the Grizzlies win their third straight after a season-opening loss.

76ers 77, Hornets 62

At New Orleans, Jrue Holiday had 14 points and 12 assists, and Philadelphia held New Orleans to its lowest point total ever.

Evan Turner also scored 14, and Thaddeus Young and Lavoy Allen each added 12 points for the Sixers, who dominated the second half defensively. The Hornets committed 14 of their 24 turnovers after halftime and scored only 25 points during the final two quarters. Young also grabbed 10 rebounds.

Mavericks 109, Raptors 104

At Dallas, O.J. Mayo and Chris Kaman each scored 22 points as the short-handed Mavericks won their third straight.

The Mavericks, who jumped out to a 16-point lead early in the second quarter, improved to 4-1 for the first time since 2007-08.

Warriors 106, Cavaliers 96

At Oakland, Calif., David Lee played through an illness to finish with 22 points, 14 rebounds and six assists, and Golden State outlasted the undermanned Cleveland Cavaliers.

Stephen Curry scored 21 points to go with six assists, and reserve Carl Landry added 19 points and nine rebounds to help the Warriors take a 17-point lead in the second quarter, go down a basket in the third and cruise to victory in the fourth.


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