NEW YORK (AP) ― Andray Blatche came off the bench and had a team-high 18 points and reserve forward Mirza Teletovic added 14 points as the Brooklyn Nets continued their resurgence with an eighth win in nine games, beating the Orlando Magic 101-90 on a snowy Tuesday night.
One night after routing the crosstown rival New York Knicks, the Nets kept up the surge. Their 8-1 start in January is a NBA best after a disappointing 10-21 start to their second season in Brooklyn.
Joe Johnson and Paul Pierce each had 13 points apiece for the Nets.
Despite heavy snow that was expected to dump 8-14 inches on the city, there were barely any empty seats with 15,482 in attendance at Barclays Center.
New York City native Kyle O’Quinn led Orlando with 15 points and eight rebounds off the bench. E’Twaun Moore had 13 points for the Magic, who lost for the 10th time in 11 games.
Tied 38-all with 3:51 remaining in the second quarter, the Nets went on a 8-4 run to close out the first half up 46-42.
Brooklyn stepped up its defensive effort to start the third quarter after Orlando shot 50 percent in the first half, limiting them to just 3 for 21. The Magic missed their first nine shots of the period as the Nets capitalized and jumped out to a 64-48 lead. Aaron Afflalo made Orlando’s first bucket with 4:50 remaining.
Heat rally late to get past Celtics, 93-86
MIAMI (AP) ― Their big early lead was gone, the Miami Heat were trailing with 3 minutes remaining and the two-time defending champions seemed very much in trouble.
That’s how to snap a defensive slump.
LeBron James scored 11 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter, Chris Bosh added 16 and the Heat beat the Celtics 93-86 on Tuesday night ― finishing the game on a 9-0 run after trailing 86-84 with 3:08 left.
“It’s difficult doing what we do,” Bosh said. “But that’s why we’re the champs, to do the difficult thing again and get the job done. Tonight was a good start. We just have to build off of it.”
Timberwolves 112, Jazz 97
Nets 101, Magic 90
Heat 93, Celtics 86
Kings 114, Pelicans 97
Thunder 105, Trail Blazers 97