Al Horford had 6 straight points in an 18-4 run to finish the game and the undefeated Hawks beat winless Detroit last night in Atlanta, 94-85.
Josh Smith had 22 points and 11 rebounds as Atlanta (5-0) remained the only unbeaten team in the Eastern Conference. The Pistons are 0-5 for the first time since the 1980-81 season, when they started 0-7.
Ben Gordon had 22 points, but it wasn’t enough for Detroit. Tayshaun Prince, who had 17 points, hit a 3-pointer to give the Pistons an 81-76 lead. The Hawks then took over with the closing run over the final 6:13.
Bobcats 85, Nets 83 — D.J. Augustin hit two go-ahead free throws with 30.9 seconds to play and Charlotte won for the first time this season, overcoming a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit at New Jersey.
Boris Diaw scored 24 points, Gerald Wallace had 20, and Stephen Jackson scored 8 of his 12 in the final 5:12 to lead Charlotte, which survived two shots by Travis Outlaw in the closing seconds.
Vince Carter had 20 points and Ryan Anderson scored 19 for the Magic, who led, 78-45, at halftime, breaking the first-half mark of 75 against Sacramento on Jan. 13, 2009.
76ers 101, Pacers 75 — Elton Brand had 25 points and 12 rebounds, and Thaddeus Young scored 16 points to help Philadelphia beat Indiana for its first victory of the season.
Sixers coach Doug Collins left the bench at halftime because of symptoms related to vertigo, but had nothing to worry about on the court with his team holding a 26-point lead. One night after an overtime loss at Washington, Philadelphia dominated early for its first win in five games.
Hornets 107, Rockets 99 — Chris Paul scored 25 points, Marco Belinelli added 18, and host New Orleans beat winless Houston to improve to 4-0, matching the best start in franchise history.
Jazz 125, Raptors 108 — Deron Williams came within two rebounds of a triple-double, Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap dominated inside, and Utah rolled to a huge early lead en route to a victory over visiting Toronto.
Spurs 112, Suns 110 — Richard Jefferson hit four fourth-quarter 3-pointers, including the go-ahead basket with 1:38 remaining, and San Antonio edged host Phoenix.
Mavericks 102, Nuggets 101 — Dirk Nowitzki scored 35 points and Caron Butler hit a pivotal 3-pointer late to help Dallas hold off host Denver.
Warriors 115, Grizzlies 109 — Monta Ellis scored 17 of his 39 points in the fourth quarter, Dorell Wright made a career-high seven 3-pointers, and Golden State beat visiting Memphis.
Lakers 112, Kings 100 — Kobe Bryant had 30 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds for his 17th career triple-double, helping Los Angeles beat host Sacramento for its fifth straight win to open the season.
Clippers 107, Thunder 92 — Eric Gordon scored 27 points, rookie Eric Bledsoe added 17 points, and Los Angeles held Kevin Durant to 6-for-24 shooting in a victory over visiting Oklahoma City.