Lopez returns to guide Nets past Thunder
NEW YORK — Brook Lopez scored 18 points in his first regular-season game in about 11 months, and the Brooklyn Nets routed the injury-depleted Oklahoma City Thunder 116-85 on Monday night in their home opener.
Alan Anderson added 18 points and Deron Williams had 17 points and nine assists for the Nets, who got their leading scorer back on a night the Thunder, already without Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, lost yet another player to injury.
Reggie Jackson scored 23 points in his season debut after missing the first three games with a sprained right ankle, but the Thunder left just as short-handed as they entered when starting guard Andre Roberson sprained his left foot. He played just 11 ½ minutes of the first half.
CLIPPERS 107, JAZZ 101: At Los Angeles, Blake Griffin scored 31 points, Jamal Crawford added 19 to go over 15,000 in his career and the Clippers defeated the Jazz.
Reggie Bullock scored all of his 12 points on 3-pointers and Chris Paul notched his first triple-double with the Clippers, finishing with 13 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. Paul showed no ill effects after spraining his left foot a night earlier. Los Angeles went 3-1 playing four games in five nights to start the season.
Crawford had missed Sunday’s loss to Sacramento because of bruised ribs. He returned to go over the milestone on a floating jumper at 6:53 of the fourth. He has 15,003 points.
KINGS 110, NUGGETS 105: At Denver, Darren Collison scored 21 points, including three free throws in the final 16.2 seconds as the Kings held on.
DeMarcus Cousins added 19 points and Reggie Evans grabbed 14 rebounds as the Kings started the season 3-1 for the first time since 2010-11. Sacramento showed no signs of fatigue after beating the Clippers the day before in Los Angeles.
Collison secured the win by hitting two free throws with 8.7 seconds remaining.
MAVERICKS 118, CELTICS 113: At Dallas, Chandler Parsons scored 29 points, including a key 3-pointer to help Dallas hang on after going up by 30 before halftime for the second time in two home games, and the Mavericks beat the Celtics.
Avery Bradley had a chance to tie with three free throws when he was fouled on a 3-pointer by Monta Ellis with 39 seconds left after Boston trailed by 31 in the second quarter. But he missed the second one.
After Ellis put Dallas back up by three at 116-113, Parsons won a jump ball with Jared Sullinger, tipping it to Ellis, who was fouled by Rajon Rondo on a drive and made both free throws.
Dirk Nowitzki had 27 points. Jeff Green led the Celtics with 35, and Bradley had a career-high 32.
GRIZZLIES 93, PELICANS 81: At Memphis, Tenn., Marc Gasol scored 16 points, Zach Randolph had 15 and Tayshaun Prince added 14 as the Grizzlies extended their home winning streak to a franchise record 16 straight.
The Grizzlies, off to a franchise-best 4-0 start, got three double-doubles. Randolph had 11 rebounds to give him a double-double in each of the team’s four games. Gasol (11 rebounds) and Tony Allen (12 points, 11 rebounds) also finished with double-doubles.
ROCKETS 104, 76ERS 93: At Philadelphia, James Harden had 35 points and nine rebounds and Dwight Howard added 11 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Rockets.
Trevor Ariza hit six 3-pointers and scored 24 points to help Houston improve to 4-0. The Rockets made 16 of 34 3-pointers and dominated the Sixers 47-31 on the boards.