The Brooklyn Nets worked overtime to pull out the opener of their new-look rivalry with the New York Knicks, winning, 96-89, Monday night to tie their city rivals for first place.
Jerry Stackhouse, wearing the No. 42 Jackie Robinson made famous in Brooklyn, made the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 3:31 left in overtime as the Nets controlled the extra period of a playoff-like game that neither team led by more than 7.
Brook Lopez had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Deron Williams added 16 points and 14 assists as the Nets improved to 7-1 in their new home and tied the Knicks atop the Atlantic Division at 9-4.
Tyson Chandler finished with 28 points and 10 boards, but no other Knicks player was in double figures.
Bucks 93, Bulls 92 — Ersan Ilyasova scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half and Milwaukee overcame a 27-point deficit to beat host Chicago.
Richard Hamilton scored a season-high 30 points for the Bulls but missed a shot at the buzzer that could have won it.
Ilyasova led a 31-4 second half-run as the Bucks snapped a nine-game losing streak to Chicago and prevented the Bulls from moving past Milwaukee into first place in the Central Division.
Ilyasova scored 12 points in the fourth quarter when Milwaukee outscored Chicago, 30-12. Milwaukee played the entire fourth quarter with five reserves: Ilyasova, Epke Udoh, Beno Udrih, Mike Dunleavy, and Doron Lamb.
John Henson, Udrih, and Udoh all scored 11 points and Monta Ellis added 10.
Grizzlies 84, Cavaliers 78 — Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol scored 19 points each and host Memphis overcame a lethargic performance to escape with a victory over Cleveland.
Rudy Gay scored 15 points, and Quincy Pondexter had 10 points, including 2 of 3 from outside the arc as the Grizzlies won their second straight and maintained their position with the best record in the NBA.
Anderson Varejao and Dion Waiters scored 15 each to lead Cleveland.
Thunder 114, Bobcats 69 — Kevin Durant scored 18 points and Oklahoma City opened a 40-point halftime lead in one of the most lopsided first halves in NBA history on its way to a blowout of visiting Charlotte.
Russell Westbrook had 12 points and 11 assists before he and the rest of Oklahoma City’s starters were pulled less than five minutes into the second half with the Thunder leading, 79-25.
Pistons 108, Trail Blazers 101 — Brandon Knight scored 16 of his 26 points in the first half, outplaying Damian Lillard in a matchup of young guards and leading host Detroit.
Lillard entered the day as the NBA’s top rookie scorer, averaging 19.6 points per game. He missed his first 12 shots from the field against the Pistons.
LaMarcus Aldridge was back in the lineup for Portland after missing a game with back spasms. He scored 32 points but didn’t have enough help with Lillard struggling.
Spurs 118, Wizards 92 — Boris Diaw scored 16 points, Tiago Splitter had 15 points and 12 rebounds, and Tony Parker added 15 points to help visiting San Antonio win its fourth straight over winless Washington.
The Spurs had seven players in double figures as they continued their successful road trip.
Tim Duncan had 14, Gary Neal 13, Manu Ginobili 12, and Matt Bonner had 11.
Jazz 105, Nuggets 103 — Al Jefferson scored a season-high 28 points and Derrick Favors made three free throws down the stretch, helping Utah remain unbeaten at home.
Hornets 105, Clippers 98 — Greivis Vasquez scored 25 points and Ryan Anderson and Jason Smith added 17 apiece as New Orleans beat host Los Angeles.