Luis Scola of Argentina scored 24 points and Kevin Martin added 21 to help the Houston Rockets win their first game of the season with a 120-94 rout of the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday.
Yao Ming, playing under a strict time limit while recovering from foot surgery, had 13 points and four rebounds in 16 minutes. Shane Battier added 17 points for Houston, which lost its first five games. The Rockets lost their first 10 games in the 1982-83 season.
Minnesota lost for the sixth time in seven games. Kevin Love led the Timberwolves with 16 points and 16 rebounds. Michael Beasley added 15 points.
Celtics 92, Thunder 83
In Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Ray Allen scored 19 points and Boston’s bench helped prevent a big lead from slipping away in the fourth quarter as the Celtics opened a four-game road trip with a win over Oklahoma.
Glen Davis had three foul-line jumpers during a 15-6 push by the Celtics after their 22-point lead had been cut to 73-67 early in the fourth quarter.
Kevin Durant scored 34 points, while Russell Westbrook had 16 points and 10 assists to lead Oklahoma City, which played without third-leading scorer Jeff Green.
Suns 118, Hawks 114
In Atlanta, Georgia, Jason Richardson scored 21 points, while Steve Nash added 19 as Phoenix dealt Atlanta its first loss of the season.
There were four ties in the fourth quarter, but the Hawks, who trailed by 18 in the third quarter, could not take the lead.
Nash, who had 15 assists, made four free throws in the final 7 seconds to protect the lead.
Joe Johnson had 34 points and Al Horford added 30 for Atlanta. Johnson and Horford each set season scoring highs.
76ers 106, Knicks 96
In New York, Elton Brand scored 20 points, while Lou Williams and Jrue Holiday each had 19 as Philadelphia beat New York.
Evan Turner, this year’s No. 2 draft pick and last season’s college player of the year, added 14 points and 10 rebounds in his first NBA start as the 76ers snapped the Knicks’ two-game winning streak.
It was the fourth straight game with 20 or more for Brand.
Amare Stoudemire had 21 points and 15 rebounds for the Knicks.
Pistons 102, Warriors 97
In Auburn Hills, Michigan, Richard Hamilton scored 27 points and Rodney Stuckey added 21 points and nine assists to help Detroit beat Golden State.
The Pistons have now won two straight after losing their first five games of the season. Golden State, which hasn’t lost in four home games, is now 0-2 on the road.
Charlie Villanueva added 16 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for Detroit, while Tayshaun Prince scored 14.
Monta Ellis led Golden State with 24 points and Dorell Wright had 19.
In Sunday’s other action, it was:
‧ Lakers 121, Trail Blazers 96
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