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Sunday, March 6, 2011

New Jersey collects first win in Europe

LONDON (AP) The New Jersey Nets became the first NBA team to win a regular-season game in Europe after Brook Lopez scored 25 points Friday in a 116-103 triumph over the Toronto Raptors.

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Historic first: New Jersey's Deron Williams drives on Toronto's Jose Calderon at the O2 Arena in London on Friday night. The Nets beat the Raptors 116-103. AP PHOTO

Kris Humphries had 18 points and 17 rebounds, while Deron Williams earned his first win since being acquired from the Utah Jazz last week, adding 16 points and 11 assists as the Nets ended a six-game losing streak.

"Happy with my first win as a Net," said All-Star guard Williams, who played despite injuries to both hands — a strained right wrist and bruised left hand. "I thought we had a lot of energy today. We were all a little worried about how the trip would affect us, (that) fatigue would set in. But we had a lot of energy. We had definitely some bright spots, some guys played great for us tonight."

Perhaps the brightest spot came from the bench.

Toronto led 81-78 at the end of the third quarter, but Jordan Farmar hit two straight 3-pointers to start the fourth and Sundiata Gaines added seven points in a decisive 20-6 run sparked by the Nets reserves.

DeMar DeRozan led Toronto (17-45) with 30 points and Andrea Bargnani added 23.

Spurs 125, Heat 95

In San Antonio, Manu Ginobili scored 20 points, Tony Parker made a surprise return to the starting lineup and the Spurs handed Miami its most lopsided loss of the season.

LeBron James scored 26 points and Dwyane Wade had 19 for the Heat.

Bulls 89, Magic 81

In Orlando, Derrick Rose had 24 points and Luol Deng added 16 to help Chicago hang on for a win over the Magic.

Cavaliers 119, Knicks 115

In New York, Baron Davis scored 18 points in his Cavaliers debut as Cleveland beat the Knicks for the 11th straight time.

Celtics 107, Warriors 103

In Boston, Ray Allen scored 27 points and pulled down a crucial offensive rebound with 12 seconds remaining to help the hosts hold off Monta Ellis, who scored 41 points, and Golden State.

Paul Pierce also scored 27 for the Celtics.

Ellis scored 28 of his 41 points in the second half.

Thunder 111, Hawks 104

In Atlanta, Kevin Durant scored 29 points despite a sore ankle and Russell Westbrook hit a clinching 3-pointer, leading Oklahoma City over the Hawks.

76ers 111, Timberwolves 100

In Philadelphia, Andre Iguodala had 22 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds for his second triple-double of the season, and the Sixers overcame another stellar effort from Kevin Love to beat Minnesota.

The Timberwolves got 21 points and 23 rebounds from Love, the 10th time he's had a 20-20 game this season.

Hornets 98, Grizzlies 91

In Memphis, Chris Paul broke out of a scoring slump with 23 points and 14 assists, and Willie Green keyed New Orleans' fourth-quarter rally against the Grizzlies.

Suns 102, Bucks 88

In Milwaukee, Channing Frye scored 20 points and Phoenix used a 19-0 run in the third quarter to flip a deficit into a big lead against the hosts.

Mavericks 116, Pacers 108

In Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki scored 29 points, Jason Terry added 21 and the Mavericks pulled away in the final 3 minutes to stretch their winning streak to eight games with a victory over Indiana.

Lakers 92, Bobcats 84

In Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant scored 27 points and the Lakers ended Charlotte's inexplicable mastery over them with their sixth straight victory since the All-Star break.

Pau Gasol had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Derek Fisher sprained his left elbow as L.A. grinded out a shockingly rare victory over the NBA's youngest franchise.

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