MINNEAPOLIS — The Philadelphia 76ers avoided a dubious place in the NBA record books on Wednesday, as they snapped a 17-game losing streak with their first victory of the season in an 85-77 defeat of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Philadelphia entered the night one loss away from tying the 2009-10 Nets for the worst start to a season in NBA history, but a game-high 20 points from Michael Carter-Williams helped the 76ers preserve their first win.
Philadelphia was 5-of-24 from 3-point range, but forward Robert Covington converted on three shots from long-distance en route to posting 17 points.
Forward Thaddeus Young, who was traded to the Timberwolves in the offseason as part of a three-team deal that sent Kevin Love to Cleveland, opened 0-of-4 from the floor before finishing with 16 points against his former team. Luc Mbah a Moute, who was also part of the Love deal, was one rebound shy of a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds for the 76ers.
Nets 95, Spurs 93 (OT)
NEW YORK — Brooklyn forward Mirza Teletovic led his team with 26 points in a win over San Antonio, snapping the defending NBA champions’ eight-game win streak.
Brooklyn also received 17 points and nine assists from guard Deron Williams and 16 points and 15 rebounds from center Brook Lopez. Guard Bojan Bogdanovic added 14 points.
San Antonio was led by guard Danny Green, who scored 20 points while guard Manu Ginobili added 15 points.
Bulls 102, Hornets 95
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Pau Gasol led the way with 19 points and 15 rebounds, and fellow big men Joakim Noah and Nikola Mirotic also had double-doubles in a solid performance from start to finish as Chicago topped Charlotte.
Noah finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds and Mirotic had 11 points and 12 rebounds, giving all three Chicago big men double-doubles. Chicago also got 15 points each from guards Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose, and 12 points from guard Kirk Hinrich.
Guard Kemba Walker scored 23 and guard Lance Stephenson had 20 points and eight rebounds for Charlotte. But leading scorer Al Jefferson was held to 13 points and seven rebounds.
Wizards 111, Lakers 95
WASHINGTON — Guard Kobe Bryant scored 29 points, but the Los Angeles Lakers’ modest winning streak ended as Bradley Beal’s scoring, John Wall’s passing and Kris Humphries’ rebounding carried Washington to a victory.
Beal had 27 points and backcourt partner Wall finished with 17 points and a season-high 15 assists for Washington. Starting at power forward for the injured Nene, Humphries grabbed 20 rebounds. Forward Paul Pierce added 14 points, but he limped to the locker room in the third quarter and did not return with an injured right big toe.
For Los Angeles, guard Nick Young scored 21 points but guard Jeremy Lin missed all 10 of his field-goal attempts.
Hawks 112, Heat 102
MIAMI — Atlanta won its fourth game in a row, defeating Miami at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Atlanta was led by guards Jeff Teague (27 points), Kyle Korver (18 points) and reserve guard Dennis Schroeder (a career-high 16 points).
Miami was led by forward Chris Bosh (27 points, 11 rebounds) and guard Dwyane Wade (a season-high 28 points). Guard Mario Chalmers added 19 points and 11 assists.
Celtics 108, Pistons 102 (OT)
BOSTON — Forward Jared Sullinger scored 10 in overtime as Boston handed Detroit its 10th loss in a row.
Forward Jeff Green finished with 32 points, forward Kelly Olynyk came off the bench with 20 points and seven rebounds, Sullinger had 14 points and eight rebounds and center Tyler Zeller had eight points and 10 boards.
Swingman Greg Monroe, coming off the bench, had 29 points and seven rebounds, while center Andre Drummond posted 27 points and 14 rebounds For Detroit. Forward Josh Smith had 12 points and 11 rebounds and guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 15 points.
Rockets 105, Grizzlies 96
HOUSTON — With all five members of their revamped starting lineup scoring in double figures, Houston ran past league-leading Memphis at Toyota Center.
Guard James Harden scored a game-high 21 points while rookie center Tarik Black recorded his first career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds for Houston. Guard Jason Terry and forward Trevor Ariza scored 16 points apiece.
Guard Mike Conley paced Memphis with 15 points and six assists while swingman Tony Allen added 10 points, two steals and two blocks.
Mavericks 107, Bucks 105
MILWAUKEE — Monta Ellis scored on a 10-foot fadeaway jumper as time expired, giving Dallas a victory over Milwaukee at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
Ellis scored 10 of his team-leading 23 points in the final quarter. Center Tyson Chandler scored 18 points for Dallas, which also got 14 from forward Chandler Parsons, 13 each from forward Al-Farouq Aminu and point guard Jameer Nelson and 10 off the bench from forward Richard Jefferson.
Forward Khris Middleton hit his first six from the field and finished 21 points, while guard Brandon Knight went 8-for-16 from the floor and led Milwaukee with 25 points.
Raptors 123, Jazz 104
SALT LAKE CITY — Guard Kyle Lowry led Toronto to its second win in as many nights, scoring a career-high 39 points in a victory over Utah at EnergySolutions Arena.
Lowry (15 first-half points) and Greivis Vasquez (14 of his 17 points) help established control before halftime as Toronto shot 64 percent took a lead to the locker room.
The Jazz got strong offensive contributions from their frontcourt, as both center Derrick Favors and power forward Enes Kanter finished with 19 points. Rookie forward Joe Ingles scored a career-high 12 points off the bench for Utah.
Clippers 114, Magic 86
LOS ANGELES — Forward Blake Griffin had 21 points, eight rebounds and six assists, leading the Los Angeles Clippers to a 114-86 rout of Orlando at Staples Center.
Shooting guard J.J. Redick scored 20 points and point guard Chris Paul added 19 points, 10 assists and five rebounds for Los Angeles, which captured its sixth consecutive win. Forward Matt Barnes, the only Los Angeles starter to play in the final period, finished with 17 points.
Forward Tobias Harris led Orlando with 16 points and eight rebounds.
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