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Monday, Nov. 2, 2009

Arena, Blatche carry Wizards past Nets

WASHINGTON (AP) Gilbert Arenas scored 32 points, including a halfcourt buzzer-beater at the end of the first quarter, Andray Blatche scored a career-high 30 and the Washington Wizards won their home opener, beating the New Jersey Nets 123-104 on Saturday.

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Defensive presence: Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (right) sticks close to Kings guard Kevin Martin in the first quarter on Saturday in San Antonio. San Antonio handed Sacramento a 113-94 loss. AP PHOTO

With injured two-time All-Stars Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison on the bench in their expensive dark suits, Arenas made 9 of 13 shots, 11 of 12 free throws and had seven assists.

Chris Douglas-Roberts had a career-high 25 points to lead the Nets, who were missing point guard Devin Harris — out at least a week with an injured right groin. Rafer Alston scored 20 points starting in Harris' spot.

76ers 141, Knicks 127 (OT)

In New York, Andre Iguodala scored 32 points, including the go-ahead three-point play in overtime, and Philadelphia blew a 23-point lead before beating the Knicks.

Lou Williams added 27 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for the 76ers.

Al Harrington responded to a demotion with a career-high 42 points, but fouled out with New York leading by three in overtime. Danilo Gallinari, who replaced him in the lineup, finished with a career-best 30.

Bucks 96, Pistons 85

In Milwaukee, rookie Brandon Jennings scored 21 of his 24 points in the second half, Hakim Warrick came off the bench to add 21 points and the Bucks won their home opener.

Ben Gordon scored 26, Rodney Stuckey 13 and Tayshaun Prince had 12 points for Detroit.

Spurs 113, Kings 94

In San Antonio, Tony Parker scored 24 points and Richard Jefferson added 21 points, leading the Spurs to a victory over the winless Kings.

San Antonio got a strong performance from Manu Ginobili, who scored 13 points and had three assists in a reserve role. After scoring 28 points against Chicago on Thursday, Tim Duncan had just seven points Saturday. He grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked one shot.

Rockets 111, Trail Blazers 107

In Houston, Trevor Ariza scored a career-high 33 points, Aaron Brooks added 28 points and the Rockets held on to beat Portland.

Houston had to overcome a 42-point performance by Brandon Roy and a determined Trail Blazers offense that kept the game close to the end.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27 points for Portland and Andre Miller had 15.

Mavericks 93, Clippers 84

In Los Angeles, Dirk Nowitzki had 24 points and nine rebounds, leading Dallas over the winless Clippers.

Jason Terry scored 16 points off the bench, including a 3-pointer that put the Mavericks in front to stay with 5:07 left.

Cavs 90, Bobcats 79

In Cleveland, Delonte West scored 13 points in his delayed season debut, Mo Williams added 24 and LeBron James 14 as the Cavaliers, back at full strength, rolled to a win over Charlotte.

Williams scored 12 in the fourth quarter — all on 3-pointers — and James added nine assists and seven rebounds for Cleveland, now 2-2 after an 0-2 start.

Cavs center Shaquille O'Neal made his first two free throws of the season after 10 consecutive misses.

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