EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The New Jersey Nets had the perfect answer for the Toronto Raptors’ new run-and-gun game: Jason Kidd and Vince Carter.

Kidd had 14 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds for his 76th career triple-double, Carter added 25 points and 11 rebounds, and the Nets beat the Raptors 102-92 on Wednesday night.

Kidd stole the show in the final quarter with eight points, four assists and four rebounds. The point guard had four points and three assists in a quarter-opening, 18-8 spurt that gave New Jersey a 92-78 lead in what had been a closely contested contest.

Richard Jefferson, the other member of the Nets’ big three, added 16 points, while Nenad Krstic and Bostjan Nachbar had 14 points apiece.

Pacers 106, Bobcats 99

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Jermaine O’Neal and Sarunas Jasikevicius scored 20 points apiece and the Indiana Pacers pulled away in the fourth quarter to win their season opener, 106-99 over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night.

Stephen Jackson added 18 points to help the Pacers spoil the NBA debut of Bobcats rookie Adam Morrison, who scored 14.

Emeka Okafor had 19 points, 13 rebounds and a team record-tying six blocks for the Bobcats, who lost Gerald Wallace in the second quarter to dizziness, neck and back injuries after he hit his head on the floor following a flagrant foul by Danny Granger.

76ers 88, Hawks 75

PHILADELPHIA – Allen Iverson scored 32 points and Andre Iguodala had 15 to lead the Philadelphia 76ers over the Atlanta Hawks 88-75 on Wednesday night.

Samuel Dalembert had 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Chris Webber grabbed 13 rebounds for the Sixers, who improved their mark on opening night to 39-19.

Joe Johnson led the Hawks with 25 points, and Zaza Pachulia and Josh Childress each had 15. Atlanta lost its eighth straight opener.

Maybe the Sixers didn’t have to change their roster to be a better team after all.

Magic 109, Bulls 94

ORLANDO, Fla.- Dwight Howard had 27 points and 11 rebounds and Jameer Nelson scored 21 points as the Orlando Magic surprised the Chicago Bulls 109-94 Wednesday night in Orlando’s season opener.

The Bulls beat the defending champion Miami Heat by 42 points the night before, but couldn’t find their stroke Wednesday.

Ben Gordon flashed a dazzling array of reverse layups, drives and fadeaway jumpers on his way to 24 points that kept Chicago in the game – barely. Kirk Hinrich had 14 points and four assists and Luol Deng scored 12 for the Bulls.

Grant Hill had 19 points on 5-of-7 shooting and Hedo Turkoglu had 11 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

Orlando trailed only once – by a point – in the game’s opening minute. They won despite committing 23 turnovers.

to Chicago’s 15, outshooting the Bulls 59 percent to 45 percent from the field.


Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.