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NBA: SuperSonics spoil Wade's NBA return

NOT SO 'FLASH' Shooting guard Dwyane Wade's long-awaited return from injury didn't prevent the Seattle SuperSonics from recording their first win in nine games


Miami's season-long wait for Dwyane Wade ended. So, too, did Seattle's quest for its first win of the Kevin Durant era.

Chris Wilcox scored 20 points, Damien Wilkins added 19 and the SuperSonics spoiled Wade's return to the Heat lineup by beating Miami 104-95 on Wednesday night -- Seattle's first win in nine games this season.

Durant, the highly touted rookie, finished with 18 on 6-of-16 shooting for Seattle.

Wade scored 15 points in 25 minutes on 5-for-9 shooting for Miami (1-7), which is 0-4 at home for the second time in franchise history.

Ricky Davis scored 19 points on just 5-for-18 shooting for Miami. Jason Williams scored 14, Alonzo Mourning added 13 and Shaquille O'Neal finished with 10 for the Heat.

Clippers 84, Knicks 81

At Los Angeles, Stephon Marbury rejoined New York, but Chris Kaman had 14 points and 18 rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Clippers.

Marbury came off the bench to score nine of his 13 points in the first half. He went 4-of-12 from the field, missed a couple of critical shots in the closing minutes, but made a layup to close the gap to 82-81 with 7 seconds left.

Zach Randolph finished with 16 points and 19 rebounds, and Quentin Richardson added seven points and six rebounds as both returned to the Knicks' lineup. Eddy Curry had 16 points and 12 rebounds in the Knicks' fourth-straight loss.

Celtics 91, Nets 69

At Boston, the Celtics turned up the defense and the tempo while Kevin Garnett was on the bench with three fouls and improved to 7-0, their best start since they opened 10-0 in 1972-1973. Their best start was 14-0 in 1957-1958.

The Celtic's three stars all had decent games, hardly their best of the season. Garnett had 16 points and eight rebounds, Paul Pierce scored 15 points and Ray Allen had 14.

They got plenty of help from point guard Rajon Rondo and Tony Allen, a strong defensive guard, with 13 points apiece, and center Kendrick Perkins with 10.

Richard Jefferson scored 21 points and Jason Kidd had 19 for the Nets, who dropped their third straight game.

Magic 117, Cavaliers 116, OT

At Cleveland, Dwight Howard matched a career high with 35 points and Hedo Turkoglu tied up LeBron James for a jump ball in the final second of overtime to help Orlando remain unbeaten on the road.

James finished with 39 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, James is the first player to record that many points, assists and rebounds in a game since Wilt Chamberlain in 1968.

Howard added 16 rebounds and Jameer Nelson had 21 points and 11 assists for the Magic, who last opened a season 7-2 in 1998-1999.

Drew Gooden added 23 points and Zydrunas Ilgauskas 18 for Cleveland, playing its first game at home following a six-game road trip out West.

Lakers 93, Rockets 90

At Houston, Kobe Bryant scored 30 points and the Los Angeles Lakers took advantage of Tracy McGrady's injury.

McGrady, the league's leading scorer coming into the game, strained his right elbow late in the first half when he reached in on Luke Walton. The Houston star was taken to a hospital for tests and his status beyond Wednesday's game wasn't immediately known.

Yao Ming had 26 points, 13 rebounds and five assists for Houston, but the stats were deceptive. Harassed all night by Lamar Odom and Kwame Brown, Yao shot only 6-of-18. He also went 14-for-20 from the free throw line after coming into the game shooting over 90 percent.

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