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Ray Felton inspires Bobcats to first win over Cleveland

AP , CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

Raymond Felton scored 23 points to lead the Charlotte Bobcats over Cleveland 92-88 for their first NBA win over the Cavaliers in eight tries on Saturday.

Cleveland owned the Bobcats for the past two seasons behind LeBron James, who averaged 34 points over the last three meetings and seemingly scored at will against the young franchise.

It wasn't expected to change in this game, either, with Cleveland coming off Friday's impressive win at San Antonio and Charlotte still looking for its first victory this season.

But James, who scored 35 against the Spurs, never got into a rhythm and was held to just 16 points. He shot just 3-of-13 from the floor as rookie Adam Morrison kept him off balance, forcing James to get his points at the free-throw line, where he made nine of his 10 attempts.

Wizards 124, Celtics 117

At Washington, Gilbert Arenas scored 44 points and Antawn Jamison added 29 to help Washington win its home opener.

Three days after scoring only seven points in a season-opening loss at Cleveland, Arenas made 14 of 25 shots. He scored 16 in the third quarter, when Washington pulled away to take its first double-digit lead.

Wally Szczerbiak scored 33 points to lead Boston, which is 0-3 for the first time since 1994. Sebastian Telfair had 24 and Paul Pierce added 23, but 13 of those came in the first quarter.

The Celtics shot well from the field (53 percent) and rebounded well (43-28 advantage), but they were undone by 23 turnovers that led to 29 Wizards points.

Pacers 109, Knicks 95

At New York, Al Harrington snapped out of an early slump with 32 points, and Indiana sent New York to its fifth straight home-opening loss.

Taking advantage of New York's poor defensive effort, Harrington shot 14-of-24 from the field. A key offseason acquisition for the Pacers, he was only 4-for-19 for 12 points in the first two games.

Steve Francis scored 25 points and Eddy Curry had 22 for New York, which hasn't won a home opener since 2001.

Jermaine O'Neal scored 17 points and Jamaal Tinsley had 14 assists for Indiana.

Pistons 95, Grizzlies 86

At Auburn Hills, Michigan, Richard Hamilton had 24 points and five players scored in double figures for Detroit.

Rasheed Wallace added 15 points, Nazr Mohammed and Jason Maxiell finished with 13 apiece and Tayshaun Prince scored 12 for the Pistons.

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