Pistons fall to Nets in Iverson's debut
Allen Iverson's first game with Detroit turned into the best night of Devin Harris's career.
Harris scored a career-high 38 points last night, outplaying Iverson in the second half and leading the New Jersey Nets to a 103-96 victory over the Pistons in East Rutherford, N.J.
New Jersey, which trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half, played some of its best basketball of the season in the final two quarters to hand the Pistons their first loss after four wins to open the season.
Vince Carter and Josh Boone each scored 18 for New Jersey, which got its first home win after two losses. Boone also pulled down 14 rebounds.
Iverson had 24 points and six assists after finally getting to suit up. Detroit played twice since the trade Monday with Denver that sent Chauncey Billups, Antonio McDyess, and Cheick Samb to the Nuggets for the nine-time All-Star. Iverson was not available for the first game and was not permitted to play the second because Billups had not completed his physical with the Nuggets.
Iverson stepped right in, joining Richard Hamilton in Detroit's starting backcourt, replacing Rodney Stuckey. Iverson immediately took over the game, factoring in the Pistons' first three scores. He dished off to Hamilton for the game's first basket, scored on a finger-roll layup, and kicked the ball out to Tayshaun Prince for a 3-pointer as Detroit took a 9-6 lead.
Iverson played the entire opening quarter, scoring 11 points, making all three shots from the field, including a 3-pointer, while going 4 for 4 from the free throw line.
Harris turned the tables in the third. He scored 19 points in the period, going 13 for 15 from the foul line while forcing Iverson into four fouls.
Heat 99, Spurs 83 - Dwyane Wade had 33 points, 10 rebounds, and 9 assists, and visiting Miami took advantage of another major injury for the Spurs - point guard Tony Parker - to win in San Antonio for the first time since 1996.
Parker sustained a moderate lateral sprain in his left ankle in the first quarter and will probably be out 2-4 weeks, according to Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. An MRI was expected to be performed today. Tim Duncan, already burdened with having to provide more offense with Manu Ginobili still sidelined, scored 22 points and had 11 rebounds.
Jazz 104, Thunder 97 - Utah's Jerry Sloan became the first NBA coach to win 1,000 games with one team, reaching the milestone in Salt Lake City thanks to 16 points and 12 rebounds from Andrei Kirilenko.
The Jazz held on despite letting a 31-point lead slip to 8 in the fourth quarter. With just the third 5-0 start in team history, Sloan improved to 1,000-596 with Utah.
Bobcats 92, Hornets 89 - Jason Richardson and Raymond Felton scored 20 points apiece and rookie D.J. Augustin (11 points) spearheaded a late comeback for host Charlotte, which spoiled the homecoming for Hornets star Chris Paul.
Paul, who grew up 90 minutes away and bought 500 tickets for friends and family, recovered from a scoreless first half to have 20 points and 10 assists, but had a key turnover in the final minute and missed a tying 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Nuggets 108, Mavericks 105 - Chauncey Billups began his second stint in Denver with 15 points and Carmelo Anthony scored 28 to power the Nuggets past visiting Dallas.
Billups also had three assists and three steals, including two down the stretch to help fend off the Mavericks, who received 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 9 assists from Jason Kidd.
Bulls 100, Suns 83 - Ben Gordon scored 23 points, and rookie Derrick Rose stole the show for Chicago with 18 points, 6 assists, and several dazzling plays in a home victory over Phoenix.
The Suns played without Shaquille O'Neal, who got the night off as part of a plan to rest him periodically throughout the season. Amare Stoudemire paced Phoenix with 26 points.
Cavaliers 111, Pacers 107 - LeBron James scored 27 points and Anderson Varejao added a career-high 18, including 10 in the fourth quarter, as Cleveland rallied at home by scoring 40 points in the final period.
Hawks 110, Raptors 92 - Host Atlanta improved to 4-0 - its best start since 1997 - as Mike Bibby provided 19 points (all in the first half) and 12 assists.
Rockets 92, Clippers 83 - Ron Artest (23 points) and Carl Landry (20 points) helped Houston overcome a 2-point night by Tracy McGrady and send host Los Angeles to an 0-6 start.
Knicks 114, Wizards 108 - Jamal Crawford led a breakneck attack with 23 points, and New York shot 51 percent from the field in a road win over winless Washington.
Grizzlies 109, Warriors 104 - Memphis beat host Golden State for the second time in five days, getting 20 points from rookie O.J. Mayo and 19 points and 10 rebounds from Hakim Warrick.
Kings 121, Timberwolves 109 - Kevin Martin had 26 points and host Sacramento never trailed in dealing Minnesota its fourth straight loss.