BOSTON – Joe Johnson scored 18 points, Andray Blatche had 17 points and 13 rebounds, and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Boston Celtics 95-83 on Wednesday night after Rajon Rondo was ejected following a fight.
The Celtics’ point guard was tossed after he shoved Kris Humphries to retaliate for the Nets’ forward’s hard foul against Kevin Garnett. Humphries and Brooklyn forward Gerald Wallace were also ejected for their roles in the second-quarter skirmish.
Garnett had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Paul Pierce added 14 points for Boston. Rondo had three assists before he was kicked out, ending his streak at 37 games with double-digits – tied for second-longest in history.
Boston trailed by 16 when Garnett took an off-balance jumper from the right baseline and Humphries leveraged him to the floor with his left arm. Rondo trailed the play with a two-handed shove that sent Humphries into the courtside seats, and Wallace soon entered the fray by shoving Garnett.
PISTONS 117, SUNS 77: In Auburn Hills, Mich., Brandon Knight and Charlie Villanueva scored 19 points apiece, and Detroit routed Phoenix.
WIZARDS 84, TRAIL BLAZERS 82: In Washington, Washington earned its first victory after starting the season with 12 straight losses, getting 19 points from Jordan Crawford in a win over Portland.
SPURS 110, MAGIC 89: In Orlando, Fla., Manu Ginobili had 20 points, Gary Neal scored 19 and San Antonio earned its fifth straight win, racing past Orlando.
KNICKS 102, BUCKS 88: In Milwaukee, Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points to lead New York past Milwaukee.
HAWKS 94, BOBCATS 91: In Atlanta, Al Horford scored 17 points and hit two clinching free throws to help Atlanta win its sixth straight game with a victory over Charlotte.
THUNDER 120, ROCKETS 98: In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant matched his season high with 37 points, and Oklahoma City beat Houston in James Harden’s first time back in Chesapeake Energy Arena since being traded before the season.
JAZZ 96, HORNETS 84: In New Orleans, Al Jefferson had 19 points, Marvin Williams scored 16 before leaving with concussion symptoms and Utah won its second straight, beating New Orleans.
GRIZZLIES 103, RAPTORS 82: In Memphis, Tenn., Marreese Speights had 18 points and 12 rebounds to help Memphis to its third straight win, topping Toronto.