Greg Monroe had 19 points and 18 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons ended their season-opening eight-game losing streak in convincing fashion, rolling to a 94-76 rout of the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Pistons used a combination of balanced scoring, suffocating defense and dominance on the glass to record their long-awaited first win of the 2012-13 campaign. Kyle Singler scored a career-high 16 points in his first NBA start and Tayshaun Prince and Brandon Knight each chipped in 15 points for Detroit, which finished with a 57-38 rebounding advantage and netted 42 points in the paint. The 76ers, meanwhile, shot a woeful 29.8 percent from the floor and continued to struggle on their home court. Philadelphia fell to 1-3 at the Wells Fargo Center this season and is just 7-14 in its last 21 regular-season outings as the host. Lavoy Allen scored 14 points for the Sixers, who were coming off a 105-96 home setback to Milwaukee on Monday, while Jrue Holiday totaled 12 points and seven assists.
Final Score: Boston 98, Utah 93
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Paul Pierce scored a game-high 23 points and Jeff Green added 16 points off the bench as the Boston Celtics held on for a 98-93 win over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday. Celtics' point guard Rajon Rando extended his streak of games with 10-or-more assists to 32 despite leaving the game in the third quarter with an ankle injury. Rondo briefly went to the locker room before returning to the bench, but did not re-enter the game. Boston has won its last three games. Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson each notched double-doubles with Millsap scoring 20 points with 12 rebounds while Jefferson netted 13 points and pulled down 14 boards. Hayward, Derrick Favors and Williams each scored 14 for the Jazz, who had won two in a row entering the game.
Final Score: Houston 100, New Orleans 96
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - James Harden scored 30 points to lead five Rockets in double figures, as Houston fended off a late rally to upend the New Orleans Hornets, 100-96, at Toyota Center. Omer Asik totaled 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Rockets, who led by as many as 21 but needed a late bucket by Chandler Parsons to close out their second win in three games. Parsons recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Greivis Vasquez paced the Hornets with a career-high 24 points, while Ryan Anderson chipped in 20 points and 12 boards off the bench. Anthony Davis, coming off his first career double-double in a win over Charlotte last Friday, was limited to eight points and four boards in his first road test.
Final Score: Milwaukee 99, Indiana 85
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis each posted 16 points and the Milwaukee Bucks dominated the Indiana Pacers, 99-85, at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Samuel Dalembert had 14 points and six rebounds while Tobias Harris added 11 points for the Bucks, who have won three of their last four games. Tyler Hansbrough had 17 points and five rebounds for the Pacers, who have dropped five of their past six games. Gerald Green scored 13 points and added six rebounds in the setback.
Final Score: Charlotte 89, Minnesota 87
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - After squandering a 16-point lead, Kemba Walker saved the day for Charlotte, burying a game-winning jumper in the closing seconds to give the Bobcats an 89-87 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. After the T'Wolves used a 16-2 run to tie the game at 87-87, Walker brought the ball up the court and held for the final possession. He shook the defender with a magnificent cross-over to create space and drained the pull-up jumper to give the Bobcats the lead with 0.7 seconds remaining. For the game, Walker tallied 22 points, five assists, four steals and four rebounds for the Bobcats, who extended their winning streak to three with the victory. Byron Mullens posted his second double-double of the season, scoring 12 points and grabbing a game-high 15 rebounds, while Ramon Sessions chipped in 18 points and six assists off the bench for Charlotte, which led the game wire-to-wire. Andrei Kirilenko posted a double-double for the injury-plagued Timberwolves. He scored a game-high 26 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in the loss.
Final Score: Memphis 107, Oklahoma City 97
Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) - Rudy Gay poured in 28 points and Zach Randolph continued his string of double-double performances as the Memphis Grizzlies came through with an impressive 107-97 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Randolph racked up 20 and 11 rebounds before being ejected with 2:05 left to record his seventh consecutive double-double to begin the season. More importantly, the Grizzlies registered their sixth straight win since opening the 2012-13 campaign with a road loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Memphis overcame a 10- point deficit after one quarter and a 34-point outburst by reigning NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant to halt a five-game win streak by the defending Western Conference title-holders. Durant knocked down 12-of-21 shots and added 10 rebounds for Oklahoma City, with Russell Westbrook amassing 17 points and 13 assists in defeat and Serge Ibaka posting 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting on the night.
Final Score: Dallas 107, Washington 101
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - O.J. Mayo and Chris Kaman combined for 48 points to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 107-101 win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday. Mayo poured in a game-high 25 points and Kaman added 23 points and eight boards for the Mavericks, who snapped a three-game skid. Elton Brand scored 11 and grabbed 12 rebounds and rookie Jae Crowder added 12 points off the bench in the victory. Jordan Crawford scored 21 points and Kevin Seraphin added 16 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Wizards, who fell to 0-7 on the season and are the only team in the NBA without a win.
Final Score: Chicago 112, Phoenix 106 (OT)
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Carlos Boozer posted 28 points and 14 rebounds as the Chicago Bulls took a 112-106 win in overtime against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center. Joakim Noah had 21 points, 12 rebounds and five assists while Luol Deng posted 21 points and five rebounds for the Bulls, who bounced back from a loss to Boston on Monday. Richard Hamilton had 15 points in the win. Luis Scola scored 24 points and added 14 rebounds and Sebastian Telfair gave 17 points for the Suns, who have dropped two of their last three. Michael Beasley and Goran Dragic each had 12 points in the loss.