Jameer Nelson scored 30 points and J.J. Redick had a career-high 27 as the Orlando Magic used a season-high 17 3-pointers to beat the Raptors, 125-116, yesterday in Toronto.
Redick, Nelson, and Ryan Anderson (20 points) each made five 3-pointers. Dwight Howard went 14 for 16 from the line in piling up 24 points and 11 rebounds as the Magic (3-0) remained unbeaten after going 8-0 in the preseason.
Redick and Matt Barnes started in place of Vince Carter, who left Friday’s game with a sprained left ankle, and Mickael Pietrus, who was sent home to Florida yesterday with flu-like symptoms. The Magic were also without the suspended Rashard Lewis.
Chris Bosh led Toronto with 35 points and 16 rebounds while Andrea Bargnani had 26, including 22 in the second half. Former Magic swingman Hedo Turkoglu added 19 points.
Heat 95, Bulls 87 - Dwyane Wade scored 25 points to push his career total to 10,005 and Udonis Haslem had 19 points and 11 rebounds off the bench as host Miami (3-0) downed Chicago.
Carlos Arroyo scored 12 points, Mario Chalmers added 11, and Michael Beasley overcame a 3-of-12 shooting night to finish with 10 points and 11 rebounds for Miami, which took the lead for good on a jumper by Wade with 3:01 remaining.
Luol Deng scored 26 points for Chicago (1-2), which got 17 points from John Salmons, 11 from Brad Miller, and 10 from Joakim Noah. Derrick Rose shot 4 of 15 and finished with 8 points.
Haslem’s basket with 47.4 seconds left, off a pass from Wade, essentially sealed it for Miami, which survived a wild fourth quarter. The teams alternated the lead seven times in the final 12 minutes before Chicago missed its final six shots over the last 3:53.
Heat center Jermaine O’Neal broke his nose late in the fourth quarter, jostling for a rebound. He does not expect to miss any playing time and said he won’t wear a protective mask.
Suns 120, Timberwolves 112 - Channing Frye hit six 3-pointers and scored 25 points and Jason Richardson had 23 points in his first game following a two-game suspension for DUI as host Phoenix beat Minnesota.
Trail Blazers 83, Thunder 74 - Steve Blake scored 18 points and Brandon Roy, a night after scoring 42 in a loss at Houston, made a late push to finish with 16, as Portland won in Oklahoma City.
Lakers 118, Hawks 110 - Kobe Bryant had 41 points and eight rebounds, Andrew Bynum added 21 points, and Los Angeles pulled away with 18 consecutive points in the third quarter to beat visiting Atlanta.
Nuggets 133, Grizzlies 123 - Carmelo Anthony scored 42 points as Denver outgunned visiting Memphis and O.J. Mayo (career-high 40 points).