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    New-look Nets down Heat

  • NEW YORK — Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson scored 19 points each, and the Brooklyn Nets ended years of futility against the Miami Heat and sent the NBA champions to their first losing streak in 10 months with a 101-100 victory Friday night.
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  • NEW YORK — Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson scored 19 points each, and the Brooklyn Nets ended years of futility against the Miami Heat and sent the NBA champions to their first losing streak in 10 months with a 101-100 victory Friday night.
    Pierce and Johnson both hit two free throws in the final seconds as the Heat were trying to pull off a comeback. Instead, they fell to 1-2 and have dropped consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 8 and 10.
    Spurs 91, Lakers 85
    At Los Angeles, Tony Parker had 24 points and six assists, Kawhi Leonard added 15 points and 11 rebounds, and San Antonio beat Los Angeles without Tim Duncan, who sat out with a bruised chest.
    Parker hit the tiebreaking jumper with 2:13 to play, and Manu Ginobili capped his 20-point performance off the bench with a key defensive play and a dunk in the final seconds of the Spurs' road opener.
    Timberwolves 100, Thunder 81
    At Minneapolis, Kevin Love had 24 points and 12 rebounds and Ricky Rubio added 14 points, 10 assists and five steals to lead Minnesota over Oklahoma City.
    Nikola Pekovic had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Minnesota, which played surprisingly good defense against Kevin Durant and the Thunder. Derrick Williams had 10 points and seven rebounds for Minnesota after not playing in the opener.
    Rockets 113, Mavericks 105
    At Houston, James Harden scored 34 points and Dwight Howard had 13 points and 16 rebounds in Houston's victory over Dallas.
    The Mavericks scored eight straight points, with five from Monta Ellis, to get to 91-83 with eight minutes left. But Dallas lost its star and momentum a couple minutes later when Dirk Nowitzki fouled out on Harden's fast-break layup.
    Grizzlies 111, Pistons 108
    At Memphis, Tenn., Mike Conley scored 22 points, Zach Randolph and Tony Allen added 16 each and Memphis beat Detroit in overtime for its first victory of the season.
    Memphis outscored the Pistons 11-2 to start the extra period. Marc Gasol added 15 points for Memphis and Randolph had 10 rebounds.
    Josh Smith and Rodney Stuckey led Detroit with 19 points each, although Smith was 7 of 23 from the field. South Medford graduate Kyle Singler came off the Pistons bench to score six points on 3 of 5 shooting in just under 20 minutes of action.
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