Sixers drop 4th straight
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kemba Walker had 22 points, Nicolas Batum scored 17 of 20 points in a pivotal third quarter and the Charlotte Hornets handed the Philadelphia 76ers their fourth straight loss to open the season, 109-93 on Wednesday night.
Led by Batum, the Hornets opened the second half on a 16-2 run to erase a seven-point halftime deficit and gain control.
NETS 109, PISTONS 101
NEW YORK — Brook Lopez had 34 points and 11 rebounds, Sean Kilpatrick added 24 points, and the Nets beat the Pistons.
Brooklyn hit 16 of its 20 shots in the first quarter to take a 38-30 advantage. The Nets had more turnovers (5) than misses. Brooklyn’s first miss came at the 6:03 mark in the first when Rondae Hollis-Jefferson was off on a 3-pointer. Lopez had 14 in the first quarter and 24 by the end of the first half to lead the Nets as Brooklyn took a 71-55 lead to the locker room.
LAKERS 123, HAWKS 116
ATLANTA — Lou Williams scored 16 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, and the Lakers rallied after trailing most of the game to beat the Hawks.
D’Angelo Russell led the Lakers with 23 points.
ROCKETS 118, KNICKS 99
NEW YORK — James Harden had 30 points and 15 assists, and the Rockets routed the Knicks.
The NBA’s leader coming into the day with 11.8 assists per game toyed with the Knicks defense, setting up teammates for lobs or open 3-pointers as the Rockets easily bounced back from a loss in Cleveland a night earlier.
WASHINGTON — DeMar DeRozan continued his hot start by scoring 40 points and outdueling John Wall in a showcase of All-Star guards as the Raptors beat the winless Wizards.
PELICANS 83, OT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — JaMychal Green scored 21 points, Mike Conley added 20 and the Grizzlies beat the still-winless Pelicans.