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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


Philadelphia needed less than 90 seconds of the third quarter to stretch a 48-34 lead at halftime to 11 at 55-34 on Spencer Hawes’ steal and dunk with 10:34 to go in the period.


At Atlanta, Joe Johnson led another balanced attack with 18 points as Atlanta beat Washington.

The Hawks have had six players score in double figures in each of their first two wins to open the season. Tracy McGrady had 11 points off the bench to join Atlanta’s five starters in double figures.

Marvin Williams scored 17 points, Josh Smith had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Al Horford added another double-double with 11 points and 10 boards.

Nick Young had 21 points and John Wall added 20 for Washington, which has lost its first two games. JaVale McGee had 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Wizards.


At Denver, Nene scored 25 points, reserve Al Harrington had 18 points and seven rebounds, and Denver rolled over Utah.

Ty Lawson had 15 points and Danilo Gallinari had 11 points and five rebounds for the Nuggets, who have won their first two games of the season by double digits.

Al Jefferson had 19 points and rookie Alec Burks had 15 points for Utah, which was blown away for the second consecutive game.

Paul Millsap and C.J. Miles scored 13 each for the Jazz.

Nene played an efficient 24 minutes. He hit 10 of 13 shots, made all five of his foul shots and pulled down seven rebounds. He also sparked a decisive run in the first half that gave Denver control of the game.


At Charlotte, North Carolina, Dwyane Wade hit a bank shot over Gerald Henderson with 2.9 seconds left to lift unbeaten Miami over Charlotte.

After Henderson hit a three-pointer from the right wing to put the Bobcats up by one with 12 seconds left, the Heat called time and had Wade bring the ball up. He drove to the left side and banked the shot over Henderson.

D.J. Augustin’s three-point attempt off a side inbounds play didn’t fall and D.J. White’s follow up at the buzzer rolled off the rim as time expired.

LeBron James scored 35 points and Chris Bosh chipped in with 25 as the Heat overcame a sluggish first half in front of 19,614 fans — the largest crowd ever to see a Bobcats game at Time Warner Cable Arena.

Henderson led the Bobcats with 21 points, while Augustin had 20. Boris Diaw had a terrific game as well with 16 points, 16 rebounds and eight assists.


At Memphis, Tennessee, Kevin Durant scored 32 points, James Harden added 20 and Oklahoma remained undefeated by winning the rematch of its seven-game victory in last season’s second-round playoff series.

Kendrick Perkins added 10 for Oklahoma City, but point guard Russell Westbrook had only four points, all on free throws while misfiring on 13 shots from the field.

Zach Randolph finished with 24 points, while Rudy Gay scored 19 and Marc Gasol added 16 points. Each had 12 rebounds, as Memphis held a 49-41 advantage on the boards.

Jeremy Pargo, filling in for point guard Mike Conley, who aggravated a left ankle injury in the game’s early stages, had 15 points and seven assists, while committing only one turnover.


At Oakland, California, Monta Ellis shook off a terrible first half to finish with 22 points and eight assists, Brandon Rush added 19 points off the bench and Golden State beat New York.

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