The NBA Roundup …
MIAMI ó Greg Oden was a happy man, with good reason. Nearly a year and a half after being drafted, he suited up for an NBA game and didn’t get hurt.
Oden returned to the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night, scoring three points and grabbing two rebounds in 16 minutes off the bench to help his team beat the Miami Heat 104-96.
The hard-luck center was the No. 1 pick in the 2007 NBA draft, then missed all of last season following knee surgery and only managed to play 13 minutes after spraining his right foot against the Los Angeles Lakers in his long-awaited debut last month.
Celtics 103, Hawks 102
BOSTON ó Paul Pierce hit a fallaway jumper with 0.5 seconds left, scoring 34 points in all on Wednesday night as the Boston Celtics overcame a 16-point, second-quarter deficit to beat Atlanta 103-102 and send the Hawks to their first loss.
Kevin Garnett had 25 points and 12 rebounds, and Rajon Rondo had 10 assists for the Celtics.
Joe Johnson scored 28 for Atlanta (6-1).
Magic 109, Thunder 92
OKLAHOMA CITY ó Dwight Howard recorded his first career triple-double with 30 points, 19 rebounds and 10 blocks and the Magic beat the Thunder.
Howard had a double-double and matched his previous career-best of seven blocks in the first half then scored the Magic’s first nine points after halftime to stretch the lead to 32.
Wizards 95, Jazz 87
WASHINGTON ó Caron Butler finished with 27 points and nine rebounds, while Antawn Jamison had 21 points and eight rebounds for the winners.
Carlos Boozer led Northwest Division-leading Utah with 20 points.
Knicks 132, Grizzlies 103
MEMPHIS, Tenn. ó Wilson Chandler scored a career-high 27 points, missing only one of his 12 shots, and the Knicks made a franchise-record 19 3-pointers in a win over the Grizzlies.
Pacers 98, Nets 87
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. ó T.J. Ford had 18 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, and the banged-up Pacers won their third straight game with a victory over the Nets.
Vince Carter scored 28 points for the Nets, who lost their third straight game.
76ers 106, Raptors 96
TORONTO ó Elton Brand scored a season-high 25 points, Andre Miller and Andre Iguodala each had 18, and the 76ers snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Raptors.
Lakers 93, Hornets 86
NEW ORLEANS ó Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher each scored 20 points, and the Lakers improved to 7-0 with a win over the Hornets.
Chris Paul had 30 points and 13 assists for New Orleans (4-3).
Bucks 82, Spurs 78
MILWAUKEE ó Richard Jefferson scored 16 of his 19 points in the second half, Andrew Bogut grabbed 17 rebounds and the Bucks held on.
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