The Brooklyn Nets gave P.J. Carlesimo a victory in his debut and the Charlotte Bobcats a 17th straight loss, getting 26 points and 11 rebounds from Brook Lopez in a 97-81 rout Friday night at home.

Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov said he decided to fire Avery Johnson last week but now wants patience with Carlesimo.

The Russian billionaire cut short a vacation to British Columbia to travel to New York, where he plans to meet Saturday with Carlesimo. But even with big names such as Phil Jackson potentially available and Prokhorov vowing to spend whatever it takes to build a championship team, he said repeatedly that Carlesimo was the head coach.

Deron Williams added 17 of his 19 points in the first half, and Joe Johnson had 16 for the Nets, who led by 29 points and won for just the second time in seven games.

Clippers 116, Jazz 114: Chris Paul scored 29 points, and Los Angeles rallied from a 19-point deficit in the third quarter to beat Utah on the road, stretching its winning streak to 16 games. Randy Foye scored a season-high 28 for Utah.

Pistons 109, Heat 99: Will Bynum had 25 points and 10 assists, leading another spirited performance by the Detroit reserves, and the host Pistons beat short-handed Miami despite 35 points by LeBron James.

Miami was without Dwyane Wade, suspended for a game by the NBA for flailing his leg and making contact with a Charlotte player on Wednesday.


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Spurs 122, Rockets 116: Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili combined to score 84 points, and host San Antonio snapped Houston's five-game winning streak.

Nuggets 106, Mavericks 85: Danilo Gallinari scored a career-high 39 points, and Denver spoiled Dirk Nowitzki's first home game since returning from knee surgery by beating Dallas.

Kings 106, Knicks 105: James Johnson made a 3-pointer at the buzzer, lifting Sacramento over New York after blowing an early 27-point lead.

The Knicks played their second straight game without injured Carmelo Anthony, wout with a hyperextended left knee.

Cavaliers: Center Anderson Varejao, the NBA's leading rebounder, missed Friday's loss to Atlanta and will sit out Saturday's game in Brooklyn with a bruised knee.

Lakers: The team retired Jamaal Wilkes' jersey, putting the smooth forward known as "Silk" in company with the franchise's Hall of Fame stars. Wilkes was enshrined in the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame this year, and the Lakers hung his No. 52 on the wall at Staples Center during halftime of their 104-87 win over Portland. Kobe Bryant scored 27 points and Dwight Howard 21 points as they reached .500.