Final Score: Cleveland 98, New Jersey 82
Cleveland, OH - Antawn Jamison poured in a game-high 23 points and pulled down five rebounds, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 98-82 win over the New Jersey Nets. Daniel Gibson finished with 19 points, while first-overall draft pick Kyrie Irving contributed 13 points and Alonzo Gee netted 11 for the Cavs, who bounced back from an overtime loss at Indiana on Friday. Deron Williams led the Nets with 16 points, Anthony Morrow finished with 15 points. Sundiata Gaines and Kris Humphries totaled 11 points apiece for the Nets, who have lost four straight since opening the season with a win over the Washington Wizards.
Final Score: Miami 129, Charlotte 90
Miami, FL - Chris Bosh had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Dwyane Wade scored 22 and the Miami Heat set a franchise record with their fifth straight win to start the season after beating the Charlotte Bobcats 129-90 on Sunday. The Heat moved to 5-0, surpassing the previous club record of 4-0 set in the 2004-05 season. They beat Charlotte for the second time in five games. LeBron James, Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole each scored 16 in this one as Miami started a three-game homestand on a winning note. D.J. White had 21 points to lead the Bobcats in their first road game of the season and Kemba Walker added 17. Charlotte has lost three in a row since opening the season with a win over Milwaukee.
Final Score: Boston 94, Washington 86
Washington, DC - Rajon Rondo recorded a triple-double with 18 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds, as Boston beat Washington 94-86, keeping the Wizards winless after four games this season. Kevin Garnett totaled 24 points and nine boards, while Ray Allen scored 13 for the victors in the opener of the home-and-home set. The teams will meet Monday night in Boston. John Wall had 19 points to lead the Wizards, while Nick Young scored 18, and JaVale McGee ended with 16 points and 14 boards. The difference in Sunday's contest was a rough first half for the Wizards, who shot 28.2 percent (11- of-39) in the opening 24 minutes.
Final Score: Minnesota 99, Dallas 82
Minneapolis, MN - Kevin Love recorded a double-double with 25 points and 17 rebounds and the Minnesota Timberwolves scored the game's final 15 points to take down the Dallas Mavericks, 99-82, on Sunday. Ricky Rubio scored 14 points and dished out seven assists and Anthony Tolliver added 13 points and six rebounds for the Timberwolves, who registered their first win of the season after three losses. Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points for the reigning NBA-champion Mavericks, who dropped to 1-4 two days after picking up their first win of the season against Toronto.
Final Score: Chicago 104, Memphis 64
Chicago, IL - Carlos Boozer scored 17 points to go along with 11 rebounds and Ronnie Brewer also netted 17 points as the Chicago Bulls took a dominating, 104-64, victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday night. Derrick Rose added 16 points and six assists, while Luol Deng contributed 11 points for the Bulls, who improved to 4-1 on the season with their third straight win. Josh Davis and Sam Young both scored 10 points off the bench to lead the Grizzlies, who were held to 31 percent shooting in the game, including 1-for-9 from three-point range.
Final Score: Denver 99, LA Lakers 90
Denver, CO - Danilo Gallinari scored 20 points and came up with five steals as the Nuggets dominated late to beat the Los Angeles Lakers, 99-90, and take the rear portion of a home-and-home set. One night after losing 92-89 at Staples Center, the Nuggets scored the final 11 points to beat the Lakers. Andre Miller tied the game with a jumper and Gallinari put his team ahead with a dunk with just over two minutes remaining. Kobe Bryant scored 16 and became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 28,000 career points, but the Lakers were held without a point for the final 2:47. Bryant was just 6-of-28 from the field and missed seven of his eight three-point tries. Ty Lawson added 17 points and 10 assists for Denver, while Andrew Bynum totaled 18 points and 16 rebounds for LA. The Lakers also got 20 points and 11 boards from Pau Gasol.
Final Score: Sacramento 96, New Orleans 80
Sacramento, CA - Tyreke Evans scored a game-high 27 points and the Sacramento Kings snapped a three-game losing streak Sunday night with a 96-80 win over the New Orleans Hornets. Sacramento trailed by two points at halftime but took control of the game with a 30-18 third quarter, getting 13 points from Evans in the frame. Marcus Thornton had 25 points and John Salmons scored 13 for the Kings, who salvaged a 1-2 homestand with their first win since beating the Lakers to open the season. Trevor Ariza scored 17 to lead New Orleans while Chris Kaman added 14 points and a game-high 15 rebounds off the bench. The Hornets shot 40.4 percent from the floor in their second straight loss.
Final Score: LA Clippers 93, Portland 88
Los Angeles, CA - Chris Paul had 17 points and made several key plays at both ends of the court in the final seconds, leading the Los Angeles Clippers to a 93-88 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday. Paul, who had seven assists, made a layup to give the Clippers a 92-88 lead and then guarded Jamal Crawford tough at the other end, forcing a jump ball as Crawford tried to get a shot off. Five inches shorter than the 6-foot-5 Portland guard, Paul won the jump ball and Los Angeles gained possession with 2.6 seconds left to seal its third win in the last 15 games against the Blazers. Blake Griffin scored 20 points with 10 rebounds to lead Los Angeles and Caron Butler added 19 points. The Clippers snapped a two-game losing streak, winning for the first time since beating Golden State on Christmas in Paul's debut with the team. Crawford had a game-high 23 points off the bench for the Blazers, who fell to 3-1 in their first road game of the season.