Nets 97, Bobcats 81
Brooklyn gave P.J. Carlesimo a victory in his debut and Charlotte a 17th straight loss, getting 26 points and 11 rebounds from Brook Lopez in Friday's rout.
A day after firing Avery Johnson, the Nets played as they did last month, when they were 11-4 and Johnson was Eastern Conference coach of the month. They are just 4-10 in December, a slump that cost Johnson his job, but got back over .500 with ease.
Deron Williams added 17 of his 19 points in the first half and Joe Johnson had 16 for the Nets, who led by 29 points and won for just the second time in seven games.
Hakim Warrick scored 13 points and Ramon Sessions had 12 for the Bobcats (7-22).
Mikhail Prokhorov said Friday he decided to fire Avery Johnson last week, but now wants patience with interim coach P.J. Carlesimo.
Spurs 122, Rockets 116
Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili combined to score 84 points, and San Antonio snapped Houston's five-game winning streak.
Parker had 31 points and 10 assists, Duncan had 30 points and five rebounds, and Ginobili had a season-high 23 points for San Antonio (23-8).
James Harden scored 33 points for Houston (16-13).
Pacers 97, Suns 91
George Hill scored 22 points, including three 3-pointers, and led Indiana to a victory.
David West had 14 points and seven rebounds for the Pacers.
Sebastian Telfair had 19 points and six assists for the Suns.
Hawks 102, Cavaliers 94
Jeff Teague scored a career-high 27 points and Atlanta scored the game's final nine points to beat Cleveland.
Kyrie Irving led Cleveland with 28 points.
Lou Williams scored 16 points for Atlanta.
Pistons 109, Heat 99
Will Bynum had 25 points and 10 assists, leading another spirited performance by the Detroit bench, and the Pistons beat short-handed Miami despite 35 points by LeBron James.
Miami was without Dwyane Wade, suspended for a game by the NBA for flailing his leg and making contact with a Charlotte player Wednesday.
Charlie Villanueva had 18 points for the Pistons.
Wizards 105, Magic 97
Jordan Crawford scored 27 points and worst-in-the-NBA Washington showed it can still win a game every once in a while, breaking an eight-game losing streak.
Nene added season highs of 23 points and 11 rebounds and shot fourth-quarter free throws.
The game represented one-quarter of the win total for the 4-23 Wizards.
Nuggets 106, Mavericks 85
Daniro Gallinari scored a career-high 39 points and Denver spoiled Dirk Nowitzki's first home game since returning from knee surgery by beating Dallas.
Nowitzki had five points in 17 minutes in his third game back, and the Mavericks lost their fifth straight for the first time since January 2011.
O.J. Mayo led Dallas with 15 points.
Raptors 104, Hornets 97 (OT)
DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points, Kyle Lowry had two big baskets in overtime and Toronto held off New Orleans.
The Raptors, who never trailed in the second half, scored nine of the first 11 points in overtime after blowing a seven-point lead in the last 1:30 of regulation. Amir Johnson scored under the basket to give Toronto a 93-91 lead. Lowry then drove the baseline for a reverse layup and hit a 3-pointer to make it 98-93.
DeRozan finished off the Hornets with two free throws and an outside shot that made it 102-95 with 31.7 seconds left.
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