LeBron James scored a season-high 35 points, Dwyane Wade had 20 and the Miami Heat beat the Toronto Raptors 104-95 on Tuesday for their first road victory in three tries this season.
James also had a season-high eight rebounds and eight assists as Miami topped 100 points for the fifth straight game, extending their team-record run to begin the season.
With a putback dunk at 2:31 of the first quarter, James became the fifth player in NBA history to score 10 points or more in 500 consecutive games.
A four-time MVP, James joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (with streaks of 787 and 508 games), Michael Jordan (866), Karl Malone (575) and Moses Malone (526) as the only players to accomplish the feat.
PACERS 99, PISTONS 91: Paul George scored 31 points, and Indiana remained the NBA’s only unbeaten team with a victory over Detroit.
The Pacers have matched their best start in franchise history. They are 4-0 for the first time since the 2004-05 season.
Indiana blew a 15-point lead in the first half but took control again with a strong third quarter.
Brandon Jennings scored 17 points for the Pistons, who were done in by their 5-for-25 shooting from 3-point range.
MAVERICKS 123, LAKERS 104: Monta Ellis had 30 points and nine assists, Dirk Nowitzki was one of seven Dallas players in double figures with 11 points as Dallas beat Los Angeles.
Ellis, Nowitzki’s new pick-and-roll partner, put on a show for Steve Nash, the big German’s buddy and old running mate. He was 11 of 14 from the field, made all eight of his free throws and had just one turnover.
Nash was scoreless until the second half and finished with five points.
Nick Young led the Lakers with 21 points.
BOBCATS 102, KNICKS 97: Kemba Walker scored 25 points, Gerald Henderson added 18 and Charlotte held off a late run by New York to beat the Knicks.
The Bobcats led by 13 in the third quarter before the Knicks cut it to two points late in the game. Henderson hit two free throws with 13 seconds left and Walker one seven seconds later to seal the victory.
Carmelo Anthony scored 32 points to lead the Knicks, but was 10 for 28 from the field. His back-to-back baskets late in the fourth quarter twice brought the Knicks within two.
The Knicks lost starting center Tyson Chandler midway through the first quarter with a right knee injury.
NETS 104, JAZZ 88: Brook Lopez scored a game-high 27 points, Deron Williams had 10 points and eight assists and Brooklyn ended their four-game losing streak to Utah.
There were several firsts for the Nets, who beat the Jazz for the first time since January 2011. Williams got his first victory over the team that traded him to the Nets in February 2011, and it was first-year coach Jason Kidd’s first regular-season game on their home court. Joe Johnson had 12 points for the Nets, and Paul Pierce and Shaun Livingston each had 11.
Gordon Hayward led Utah with 22 points. The Jazz have lost four straight to start the season. They had lost their first three games by an average of 3.6 points.
SUNS 104, PELICANS 98: Eric Bledsoe had 25 points, Gerald Green tied a career high with six 3-pointers and Phoenix rallied to beat New Orleans.
Trailing 60-50, the Suns scored 28 points in the last 6:23 of the third quarter to go ahead 78-69 and led the rest of the way.
Green scored 18, Markieff Morris had 17 points and twin brother Marcus Morris added 16 points for the Suns.
Eric Gordon led New Orleans with 20 points but had only six in the second half. Anthony Davis had a quiet first half before finishing with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
ROCKETS 116, TRAIL BLAZERS 101: James Harden scored 33 points, Dwight Howard added 29 points and 13 rebounds, and Houston beat Portland 116-101 on Tuesday night.
Jeremy Lin and Patrick Beverley each added 12 points for the Rockets (4-1).
Damian Lillard scored 22 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 21 to lead the Trail Blazers, who fell after winning two in a row. Wesley Matthews added 19 points.
SPURS 102, NUGGETS 94: Tony Parker scored 24 points, Tim Duncan had 17 and San Antonio pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Denver.
Kawhi Leonard added 14 points and Tiago Splitter added 12 points for the Spurs, who beat the Nuggets for the fifth time in the last eight meetings at the Pepsi Center.
Ty Lawson had 20 points to lead Denver, which is still seeking its first win of the season under first year coach Brian Shaw.
Kenneth Faried scored 15 points and had eight rebounds in his return to the starting lineup after coming off the bench in Denver’s first two games.
HAWKS 105, KINGS 100: Al Horford had 27 points and 10 rebounds, Paul Millsap had 25 points and 11 rebounds and Atlanta held off Sacramento.
The Hawks (2-2) led by 17 points going into the fourth quarter but the Kings cut it to three points with 32 seconds left.
Isaiah Thomas had a chance to tie it with 3 seconds left but missed a 3-pointer and the Hawks beat the Kings for the 11th straight time, including six straight in Sacramento.
Jeff Teague had 18 points and 10 rebounds for Atlanta.
Thomas had 18 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter for the Kings (1-3), who have dropped three straight.
Marcus Thornton and Ben McLemore had 15 points apiece.