Thunder loses in Brooks’ debut

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NEW ORLEANS — David West scored a season-high 33 points and Chris Paul had a triple-double to help New Orleans hand Oklahoma City its 11th straight loss and first under interim coach Scott Brooks.

Paul finished with 29 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds.

Oklahoma City fired coach P.J. Carlesimo on Saturday after its 105-80 home loss to the Hornets on Friday night.

Kevin Durant led Oklahoma City with 30 points on 11-of-16 shooting.

Knicks 122, Wizards 117

NEW YORK — Quentin Richardson had 34 points and 12 rebounds in one of his best games since coming to New York, and the short-handed Knicks held on to beat Washington.

Richardson made seven 3-pointers, two shy of the franchise record, and fell a point shy of his highest-scoring game since the Knicks acquired him from Phoenix in June 2005. Nate Robinson had a season-high 27 points to help the Knicks snap a three-game losing streak.

Cavaliers 110, Hawks 96

CLEVELAND — LeBron James led Cleveland to its ninth win in 10 games, scoring 24 points — 19 in the second half — on 8-of-19 shooting.

James added eight assists, seven rebounds and a few more highlight-package dunks to help the Cavaliers improve to 10-3 and match their best start since the 1988-89 season.

Mo Williams added 23 points for Cleveland. Maurice Evans scored 21 points for the Hawks, who have lost five of seven after starting 6-0.

Rockets 100, Magic 95

ORLANDO, Fla. — Yao Ming had 22 points and 13 rebounds to help Houston win for the fourth time in five games and snap Orlando’s winning streak at five games.

Jameer Nelson led Orlando with 21 points and six assists, and Rashard Lewis added 18 points, but the Magic shot only 40.7 percent.

Heat 109, Pacers 100

MIAMI — Dwyane Wade shook off flu-like symptoms to score 38 points, and Miami rallied from 15 points down to beat Indiana.

Shawn Marion had 18 points and nine rebounds, and Michael Beasley scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half for Miami. Udonis Haslem added 16 points.

Marquis Daniels scored 25 points for the Pacers.

Suns 102, Trail Blazers 92

PHOENIX — Shaquille O’Neal had 19 points and 17 rebounds to power Phoenix.

Amare Stoudemire added 17 points, Steve Nash had 16 on 6-for-7 shooting, and Grant Hill scored 15 for the Suns, who beat the Blazers for the second time in Phoenix this season.

Brandon Roy scored 26 points for Portland.

Bucks 79, Bobcats 74

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Ramon Sessions scored 18 points and hit two clinching free throws with 13 seconds left for Milwaukee.

Charlie Villanueva added 15 points and eight rebounds for Milwaukee, which overcame 21 turnovers to hand the struggling Bobcats their fourth straight loss.

Nets 112, Clippers 95

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Yi Jianlian scored a season-high 27 points, and Vince Carter added 26 for New Jersey.

Devin Harris added 18 points and 10 assists, and Brook Lopez finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Baron Davis had 30 points and 10 assists for the Clippers.

Jazz 103, Grizzlies 94

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Mehmet Okur had a season-high 23 points for Utah, and Ronnie Brewer added 21 on 10-of-14 shooting.

O.J. Mayo led Memphis with 23 points, and Rudy Gay added 21.

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