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. That is tied for second-longest in NBA history.
The Nets led by 21 in the second half and never less than nine in the fourth quarter.
Thunder 120, Rockets 98: Kevin Durant matched his season high with 37 points, and Oklahoma City beat Houston in James Harden’s first game back at Chesapeake Energy Arena since being traded by the Thunder before the season.
Harden scored 17 points, but was limited to 3-for-16 shooting. He had six shots blocked by the Thunder.
Patrick Patterson scored 27 points and Omer Asik had 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead the way for the Rockets, who began the day by attending the funeral of coach Kevin McHale’s daughter in Minnesota.
Harden missed his first nine shots, and by the time he made one, the Rockets were down by double digits in the second half. They never got closer than 10 after that.
Bulls 101, Mavericks 78: Luol Deng had 22 points and six rebounds to lead Chicago over Dallas. Five players scored at least 11 points to help the Bulls (7-7) beat the Mavericks for the fourth straight time.
Shawn Marion scored 18 points for Dallas, which shot just 35 percent to lose for the eighth time in 11 games.
Grizzlies 103, Raptors 82: Marreese Speights had 18 points and 12 rebounds to help Memphis beat Toronto for its third straight win.
DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with 16 points.
Knicks 102, Bucks 88: Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points while playing just the first three quarters to lead New York past Milwaukee.
Milwaukee’s Brandon Jennings and Beno Udrih each scored 18 points.
Clippers 101, Minnesota 95: Chris Paul had 23 points and 11 assists, and Los Angeles welcomed Chauncey Billups back to the lineup for the first time this season.
Billups had seven points and three assists in 19 minutes as the Clippers ended a four-game losing streak. The five-time All-Star, beginning his 16th NBA season, was sidelined for more than nine months after tearing his left Achilles’ tendon on Feb. 6 in a 107-102 victory at Orlando.
Kevin Love had 19 points and 12 rebounds for Minnesota.
Pistons 117, Suns 77: Brandon Knight and Charlie Villanueva scored 19 points apiece, and Detroit routed Phoenix to win back-to-back games for the first time this season.
Detroit is 5-3 since opening 0-8.
Luis Scola scored 11 points for the Suns.
Hawks 94, Bobcats 91: Al Horford scored 17 points and hit two clinching free throws to help Atlanta beat Charlotte for its sixth straight victory.
Ben Gordon finished with 26 points and Ramon Sessions had 18 to lead Charlotte.
Spurs 110, Magic 89: Manu Ginobili had 20 points, Gary Neal scored 19 and San Antonio raced past Orlando for its fifth straight win and eighth straight on the road.
Arron Afflalo led the Magic with 16 points.
Jazz 96, Hornets 84: Al Jefferson had 19 points, Marvin Williams scored 16 before leaving with concussion symptoms and Utah won its second straight game by defeating New Orleans.
Robin Lopez and Greivis Vasquez each scored 18 points for New Orleans, which has lost eight of nine.