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NBA: Jack leads Hornets over Boston Celtics

DOMINATING DEBUT:After missing the New Orleans Hornets’ season-opening match, guard Jarrett Jack entered the fray with 21 points in their 97-78 victory

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New Orleans Hornets guard Jarrett Jack, left, shoots in front of Boston Celtics forward Sasha Pavlovic in the first half of their NBA game on Wednesday in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Jarrett Jack had 21 points and nine assists in his regular-season debut and New Orleans dominated in its home opener, beating the winless Boston Celtics 97-78 on Wednesday night.

The Celtics are 0-3 for the first time since 2006-2007, the season before they traded to bring Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in to help star Paul Pierce. Pierce has yet to play this season because of a bruised right heel.

The Hornets were without Eric Gordon, who has a bruised right knee.

Jack did not play in the Hornets’ season-opening win at Phoenix on Monday night because of a one-game suspension stemming from an arrest for drunk-driving last season.

Carl Landry added 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Hornets.

Allen led Boston with 15 points.

PACERS 90, RAPTORS 85

At Toronto, Danny Granger scored nine of his 21 points in the fourth quarter as Indiana beat the Raptors.

Paul George had 18 points, David West scored 14 and Roy Hibbert had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Darren Collison became the fifth Pacers starter to reach double figures by making a pair of free throws with 2.5 seconds left. He finished with 10 points and 12 assists.

Indiana, which beat Detroit at home on Monday, won for the seventh time in 11 games against Toronto, and ended a streak of 11 straight victories by the home team in the series.

DeMar DeRozan scored 22 points and Andrea Bargnani had 21 for Toronto.

CAVALIERS 105, PISTONS 89

At Auburn Hills, Michigan, rookie Kyrie Irving had 14 points and seven assists to help Cleveland beat Detroit, spoiling the Pistons’ first home opener with new owner Tom Gores.

Reserve Samardo Samuels scored 17 and Ramon Sessions had 16 points off the bench for the Cavaliers, who got 15 points from Antawn Jamison and 10 points apiece from Anderson Varejao and rookie Tristan Thompson.

Detroit Ben Gordon had 25 points and rookie reserve Brandon Knight scored 23.

Sessions made the last shot of the first quarter to put the Cavs ahead for good and they turned the game into a rout in the fourth quarter.

Rodney Stuckey scored 11 points for the Pistons, who got 10 points apiece from Tayshaun Prince and Greg Monroe.

SPURS 115, CLIPPERS 90

At San Antonio, Manu Ginobili scored 24 points and DeJuan Blair added 20 to lead San Antonio over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Blake Griffin scored 28 points for the Clippers, while Chris Paul was held to 3-of-10 shooting and finished with 10 points.

Richard Jefferson added 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting for the Spurs, who have won 17 straight home games against the Clippers, a streak that dates to Jan. 31, 2002. Tony Parker scored 14 points, James Anderson 12 and Tim Duncan 10.

The Spurs hit 45 of 80 shots from the field while limiting the Clippers to 29-of-74 shooting. San Antonio led by only four points at halftime, but outscored Los Angeles 36-15 in the third quarter to take control.

76ERS 103, SUNS 83

At Phoenix, Andre Igoudala scored 15 points to lead six players in double figures as Philadelphia routed Phoenix.

Jrue Holiday and Thaddeus Young also scored 15 each for the Sixers, who used a 19-0 run at the beginning of the third quarter to extend a 14-point halftime lead to 67-34 with 6:44 remaining.

Ronnie Price, signed as a free agent on Dec. 13, matched a career high with 16 points, and Grant Hill and Hakim Warrick added 14 each for the Suns, who are off to an 0-2 start for the first time since 1996-1997.

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