Rookie Michael Carter-Williams had 26 points and 10 assists and Spencer Hawes added 18 points and 11 rebounds as the Philadelphia 76ers continued their stunning start to the season,beating the Chicago Bulls 107-104 on Saturday.Pegged to be one of the league’s worst teams,the Sixers (3-0) have opened the season with wins over Chicago,Washington and two-time defending champion Miami. Carlos Boozer led the Bulls with 22 points and 10 rebounds and Luol Deng had 20 points.
Still dealing with neck soreness,Derrick Rose finished with 13 points and six assists for Chicago. After trailing by 18 points in the second half,the Sixers took a 100-99 lead with 3:29 left when Carter-Williams picked up a loose ball and calmly laid it in. It was the Sixers’ first lead since 11-10.
Paul George and Lance Stephenson combined for 43 points as Indiana remained unbeaten.
Stephenson scored 22 points,including 10 in a 14-4 run midway through the fourth quarter that gave the Pacers a 79-61 lead with 7:46 to play. George,who had 21 points and 13 rebounds,and scored all the points in a key third-quarter run for Indiana (3-0). Dion Waiters scored 17 points,Kyrie Irving had 15 and Anderson Varejao 14 for Cleveland (1-2),which dropped both ends of a two-night road trip after beginning the season with a homecourt win.
Anthony Davis had 25 points,eight rebounds and five assists to lead New Orleans to its first win since changing its nickname to Pelicans. Tyreke Evans added 15 points,Jrue Holiday had 14 and Brian Roberts 13 for New Orleans (1-2),which made the name change from Hornets in the offseason. Ramon Sessions had 22 points and Kemba Walker added 14 for Charlotte (1-2).
Chandler Parsons scored 24 points and James Harden had 23 to help Houston rally from a 19-point deficit to remain undefeated and keep Utah winless. Jeremy Lin added 20 points as the Rockets (3-0) outscored the Jazz 64-37 in the second half. Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points to lead Dallas’ balanced offense. Shawn Marion had a double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds for the Mavericks,while Monta Ellis had 18 points. Jose Calderon broke out of a shooting slump with 15 points,Samuel Dalembert didn’t miss a shot in scoring 14 and Vince Carter added 11 in a reserve role.
Rudy Gay had 18 points and 15rebounds,DeMar DeRozen added 17 points,and Toronto spoiled Milwaukee’s home opener. After losing a 12-point lead,DeRozen helped Toronto hold on down the stretch. His step-back jumper put the Raptors back up 89-85 with 4 minutes left. Then after missing two free throws,DeRozen was fouled again after corralling the rebound,making both this time with 2:09 left for a five-point lead.