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    NBA WEDNESDAY ROUND UP

    By Xola Magwaza · December 29, 2011 · 0 Comments

    Dwyane Wade hit a bank shot over Gerald Henderson with 2.9 seconds left to lift the Miami Heat to a 96-95 victory over the pesky Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday and remain unbeaten. 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, then turned to Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton seated courtside and imitated Newton's Superman touchdown celebration by pretending to rip open his shirt. D.J. Augustin's three-point attempt off a side inbounds play didn't fall and D.J. White's putback at the buzzer rolled off the rim as time expired.

    Hornets 97, Celtics 78: 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 2006-07, 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 a drunken driving arrest last season. Carl Landry added 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Hornets. Allen led Boston with 15 points.

    Spurs 115, Clippers 90: Manu Ginobili scored 24 points and DeJuan Blair added 20 to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 115-90 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night. 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.

    Cavaliers 105, Pistons 89: Rookie Kyrie Irving had 14 points and seven assists to help the Cleveland Cavaliers beat Detroit 105-89 on Wednesday night, 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.

    Hawks 101, Wizards 83: Joe Johnson led another balanced attack with 18 points and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Washington Wizards 101-83 on Wednesday night. 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, who never led.

    Thunder 98, Grizzlies 95: Kevin Durant scored 32 points, James Harden added 20, and the Oklahoma City Thunder remained undefeated with a 98-95 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night. Durant, who started the game 1-of-7, made nine of his next 10 before making the clinching free throws with a second left.

    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. He made a pair with four seconds left before Memphis' Zach Randolph connected on a three-pointer with 1.8 seconds remaining to cut it to 96-95. Randolph finished with 24 points, while Rudy Gay scored 19 and Marc Gasol added 16 points.

    Nuggets 117, Jazz 100: Nene scored 25 points, reserve Al Harrington had 18 points and seven rebounds, and the Denver Nuggets rolled to a 117-100 win over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night. 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 out for the second consecutive night.

    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.

    76ers 103, Suns 83: Andre Igoudala scored 15 points to lead six players in double figures and added six assists and the Philadelphia 76ers routed the Phoenix Suns 103-83 on Wednesday night. 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 1996-97. 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.

    Warriors 92, Knicks 78: 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 the Golden State Warriors beat the New York Knicks 92-78 on Wednesday night. Playing without injured guard Stephen Curry, the Warriors led by as much as 19 before cruising to their second straight impressive win over an Eastern Conference team. Two nights earlier Golden State (2-1) beat the Chicago Bulls 99-91.

    Ish Smith had 11 points, four assists and six rebounds while starting in place of Curry, who sat out the game after injuring his surgically repaired ankle against Chicago. Amare Stoudemire finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds for New York while Carmelo Anthony had 13 points.

    Pacers 90, Raptors 85: Danny Granger scored 21 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 90-85 victory over Toronto on Wednesday, spoiling the Raptors' first regular-season appearance at the Air Canada Centre in nearly nine months. DeMar DeRozan scored 16 of his 22 points in a thrilling fourth quarter for Toronto, while Andrea Bargnani added 21 points.

    Paul George added 18 points for the Pacers (2-0), while David West had 14, and Roy Hibbert finished with 12.


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