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Bobcats get first win as NBA team

Primoz Brezec had 11 points and 13 rebounds to lead the expansion Charlotte Bobcats to their first preseason win, 69-63 over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night in Charlotte, N.C.

Steve Smith added 11 points, including a jumper with 1:35 left that put the Bobcats up by six, and Gerald Wallace had nine points, nine rebounds and eight steals to help Charlotte end a four-game losing streak.

The crowd of 11,391 gave the Bobcats a standing ovation in the closing seconds for their first win since becoming the NBA's 30th member.

Derek Anderson scored 19 of his 22 points in the first half, and Zach Randolph added 13 points and 12 rebounds for Portland, which shot 31 percent and committed 28 turnovers.

The Blazers managed just five field goals in the second half and blew an 11-point second-quarter lead.

Randolph's 3-point play with 10:11 left in the third gave Portland a 45-35 lead. But the Bobcats responded with a 10-0 run over a seven-minute span.

The Blazers shot just 2-for-16 in the period.

Smith's 3-pointer and Brezec's dunk off a feed from Jason Hart gave Charlotte a 59-54 lead with 7:02 left.

The Bobcats were without Brandon Hunter (sprained left ankle), while Jamal Sampson missed his fifth straight game with a right ankle injury. Melvin Ely, who missed two games with the flu, returned to score four points in 19 minutes.

Theron Smith missed his fifth straight game. Coach Bernie Bickerstaff said the medical staff wanted Smith to test his injured left knee for a week to determine if he'll need surgery.

PISTONS 100, WIZARDS 82: At Auburn Hills, Mich., Detroit scored 21 straight points in the fourth quarter to rout Washington. Detroit trailed by two with 11 minutes left, but put together a 21-0 run to take a 85-66 lead with 6:07 to play. Smush Parker had six in the run and rookie Carlos Delfino, who won a gold medal with Argentina in Athens, added five. The Wizards had eight turnovers during the streak.

TIMBERWOLVES 102, KNICKS 82: At Sioux Falls, S.D., Kevin Garnett had 21 points and nine rebounds in 26 minutes for Minnesota. Wally Szczerbiak, playing a preseason-high 33 minutes, added 20 points on 10-of-15 shooting for the Timberwolves (3-2) at the Sioux Falls Arena. Kurt Thomas had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Knicks (2-3), who were coming off a 112-74 loss to Dallas on Thursday.

NETS 96, CELTICS 83: At Boston, Richard Jefferson scored 23 points and Eric Williams added 14 to lead New Jersey past Boston. The Celtics played without Paul Pierce, who sprained his left ankle against Chicago on Tuesday night. He went through a regular workout Friday afternoon, but took the night off. The Celtics expect Pierce to be ready for today's game against Cleveland in Uncasville, Conn. The Nets broke the game open with a 10-2 run to close out the first half and a 12-1 run to open the second.

NUGGETS 105, WARRIORS 86: At Los Angeles, Earl Boykins scored 19 points and Denver forced Golden State into 26 turnovers en route to an easy victory in the opener of a doubleheader at Staples Center. Troy Murphy had 18 points and eight rebounds for the Warriors, who committed nine turnovers before the Nuggets had their first one. Boykins scored 15 in the first half and led Denver to a 53-43 halftime lead.

HEAT 113, HAWKS 82: At Atlanta, Shaquille O'Neal and Dwyane Wade each scored 19 points to lead Miami over Atlanta Hawks. Jason Collier, sporting five stitches under his right eye from a collision with O'Neal's elbow in Monday night's 92-82 Heat victory, committed four fouls in his first nine minutes trying to keep O'Neal away from the basket. O'Neal also had eight rebounds for the Heat. Kevin Willis led the Hawks with 13 points, while Antoine Walker had 12 points and seven rebounds.

Heat coach Stan Van Gundy has been asking O'Neal to move more and come out farther from the basket, and O'Neal partially obliged with a 7-foot jump shot to score the first points of the game and an 8-foot turnaround jumper the first time he touched the ball in the second quarter.

Otherwise, his presence in the paint forced the Hawks out to the 3-point line, where they went 1-of-9.