Joe Johnson scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and the Atlanta Hawks remained unbeaten last night in their home opener, holding off Washington, 99-95.
After opening with wins at Memphis and Philadelphia, the Hawks gave the home fans their first look at a team that features largely the same roster as last year’s playoff team but a new motion offense under rookie coach Larry Drew.
The game was tight all the way, but Johnson finally put away the Wizards after struggling the first three quarters. His biggest shot came with less than 3 1/2 minutes left when he stepped behind the arc to hit a 3-pointer over Al Thornton along the sideline for an 89-84 lead.
Rookie John Wall led the Wizards with 28 points.
Trail Blazers 100, Knicks 95 — Brandon Roy scored 29 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 20 as unbeaten Portland spoiled New York’s home opener.
Andre Miller had 19 points and 10 assists for the Trail Blazers, who improved to 3-0 by erasing a 9-point deficit in the final 5 1/2 minutes. Wilson Chandler finished with 22 points and 16 rebounds for the Knicks.
Bulls 101, Pistons 91 — Derrick Rose matched a career high with 39 points and Chicago staged a big rally to beat visiting Detroit.
Former Bull Ben Gordon scored all of his 21 points before intermission, and Chicago trailed by 21 early in the third quarter. The Bulls were still down, 86-73, about three minutes into the fourth when they went on a 19-2 run.
Bucks 98, Bobcats 88 — Brandon Jennings had his first career triple-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists in Milwaukee’s home-opening victory over Charlotte.
Pacers 99, 76ers 86 —Danny Granger scored 22 points and Indiana won its home opener against Philadelphia. The Sixers have lost their first three games under new coach Doug Collins.
Hornets 99, Spurs 90 — Chris Paul scored 25 points and visiting New Orleans emerged as the only unbeaten team in the Southwest Division with a victory over San Antonio. Manu Ginobili led San Antonio with 23 points.
Grizzlies 109, Timberwolves 89 — O.J. Mayo scored 29 points and Memphis had a franchise-record 22 steals in a victory over visiting Minnesota. Rudy Gay added 25 points for the Grizzlies.
Nuggets 107, Rockets 94 — Al Harrington scored 28 points, Carmelo Anthony added 24, and Denver spoiled Houston’s home opener. Luis Scola scored 28 and Kevin Martin 21 for the Rockets.
Kings 107, Cavaliers 104 — Tyreke Evans scored 21 points to lead a balanced Sacramento offense for a victory in Cleveland.