Brook Lopez scored a season-high 35 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and the Brooklyn Nets improved to 2-0 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo by beating the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers, 103-100, on Saturday night.
Lopez followed his 26-point, 11-rebound performance in a victory Friday over Charlotte by shooting 13 of 20 from the field, making a number of timely baskets in the fourth quarter that the Nets ultimately needed to hold on.
Deron Williams and Joe Johnson each scored 15 points for the Nets, who fired coach Avery Johnson on Thursday. But now they head off for major tests at San Antonio and Oklahoma City.
Elsewhere: Ex-76er Lou Williams had 21 points and a career-high 12 assists, and the Hawks won their fourth straight, 109-100, over the Indiana Pacers in Atlanta. . . . Eric Gordon had 24 points and seven assists, helping the New Orleans Hornets overcome a 21-point first-half deficit and extend the Bobcats' losing streak to 18 games with a 98-95 victory in Charlotte. Somerdale's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 22 points and nine rebounds for Charlotte.
In Milwaukee, Brandon Jennings scored 25 points as the Bucks beat the Miami Heat, 104-85, to spoil Dwyane Wade's return. Wade was back after serving a one-game suspension for flailing his leg and kicking guard Ramon Sessions' groin on Wednesday.
Russell Westbrook scored 28 points and Kevin Durant added 26 as the Oklahoma City Thunder built a big lead in the second quarter and rolled to a 124-94 win over the Rockets in Houston. . . . The NBA-worst Wizards returned to their losing ways in Chicago after Marco Belinelli came off the bench to score 17 points and lead the Bulls to an 87-77 win.
- Associated Press