BOSTON – The Boston Celtics blew a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter but held on for a 107-100 victory over the previously undefeated Chicago Bulls Wednesday night.
The Bulls (3-1) tied the score at 100 with a late 6-0 run but were shut out in the final 1:57.
One free throw by Amir Johnson and – after Nikola Mirotic missed two free throws with 1:36 left – a circus drive by Isaiah Thomas gave Boston (3-1) a three-point lead.
After former Celtics guard Rajon Rondo shot an airball on one end for the Bulls, the Celtics used an Avery Bradley offensive rebound and a runner by Marcus Smart to put the game away.
Johnson, a veteran who has made his living near the basket, hit his first four 3-pointers of the season in a 16-point third quarter that seemingly put Boston in control. He finished with 23 points and six rebounds.
Russell Westbrook scored 35 points, grabbed six rebounds and handed out five assists, leading Oklahoma City to an 85-83 victory over Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center.
Westbrook was the lone Thunder player to score in double digits. Westbrook, who committed 10 turnovers, converted 14 of 30 shots but missed all seven of his 3-point attempts for the Thunder, the only unbeaten Western Conference team.
Chris Paul finished with 15 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists and six steals for the Clippers (3-1). Blake Griffin added 14 points, nine rebounds and five assists.
DeMar DeRozan continued his season-opening scoring surge with 40 points and Toronto Raptors continued their regular-season dominance over Washington Wizards with a 113-103 victory.
The Olympian, who has at least 30 points in all four games, had 28 points in the second half and eight of the final 11 for the Raptors.
John Wall had 33 points and 11 assists for the Wizards (0-3), but mistakes – and DeRozan – ruined their home opener.
Toronto converted 21 turnovers by Washington into 30 points.
James Harden recorded his second double-double in as many nights, scoring 30 points with 15 assists to lead Houston Rockets to a 118-99 win over New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
The All-Star guard connected on 5-of-12 3-pointers as Houston shot 39.5 percent (15-of-38) from beyond the arc.
Eric Gordon added 21 points and second-year pro Montrezl Harrell matched his career high with 17 points and grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds.
Lou Williams, a former Atlanta Hawks player returning to his hometown, was no factor until the fourth quarter for the Los Angeles Lakers and then the veteran guard couldn’t be stopped.
Williams scored 16 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter and the Lakers handed the Hawks their first loss after three wins with a comeback 123-116 victory.
D’Angelo Russell scored 23 points for the Lakers (2-3) and Nick Young had 17 points, including a clinching 3-pointer with 17.9 seconds remaining.
Brook Lopez collected 34 points and 11 rebounds as Brooklyn Nets rebounded from their worst loss of the young season by taking control in the first half before holding on for a 109-101 victory over Detroit Pistons.
Lopez made his first six shots, 12 of 21 shots overall and 4 of 8 3-pointers.
Reserve Sean Kilpatrick added 24 points for the Nets, who scored 71 points in the first half but only 38 in the second half. Brooklyn shot 71 percent in the first half and 53.9 percent overall.
Other scores:Hornets 109, 76ers 93; Grizzlies 89, Pelicans 83; Jazz 97, Mavericks 81; Suns 118, Trail Blazers 115.