Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - The injury-ridden Brooklyn Nets picked up a close win against a first-place team Tuesday, albeit a weak one in the Toronto Raptors. Andray Blatche scored 24 points, Joe Johnson added 21 and the Nets survived a late push to pull out 102-100 victory -- just their fourth of the season. Brooklyn figured to be a player in the Eastern Conference race, but injuries to regulars Deron Williams, Brook Lopez, Jason Terry and Andrei Kirilenko has the club scuffling out of the gate with 10 losses in its first 14 games. The Nets upended their Atlantic Division rivals despite failing to make a field goal over the final 5:21. The Raptors sit atop the standings even though they are under .500 at 6-8. The backcourt combination of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry paced Toronto with 27 and 24 points, respectively, while Rudy Gay struggled with just nine points on 3-of-12 shooting to go with seven turnovers.
Final Score: Washington 116, LA Lakers 111
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - John Wall had 31 points, nine assists and six rebounds as the Washington Wizards defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, 116-111, on Tuesday night. Wall, who netted all 13 of his fourth-quarter points in the final 4:40, has scored more than 30 points in three consecutive games. Nene added a career-high 30 points, while Martell Webster tallied 20 points, nine rebounds and four steals for Washington, which has won four of its last five games. Jordan Farmar had 22 points and eight assists, while Pau Gasol finished with 17 points and eight assists for the Lakers, who had their three-game winning streak snapped.
Final Score: Orlando 109, Atlanta 92
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Arron Afflalo netted 10 of his game-high 26 points during a third-quarter surge that propelled the Orlando Magic to their first road win of the season with a 109-92 triumph over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday at Philips Arena. Victor Oladipo and Andrew Nicholson each netted 18 points, while Nikola Vucevic donated 12 points and 15 rebounds for the Magic, who had lost their last 11 meetings with Atlanta. Al Horford and Jeff Teague tallied 15 points apiece to lead Atlanta, which has dropped two straight games.
Final Score: Golden State 102, New Orleans 101
New Orleans, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - Eric Gordon's potential game-winning 3- point try rimmed out at the buzzer as the Golden State Warriors survived the New Orleans Pelicans, 102-101, at New Orleans Arena. All five Warriors starters scored in double figures to snap a three-game slide, led by Klay Thompson's 22-point, eight-assist effort. David Lee added 18 points and seven rebounds, Jermaine O'Neal chipped in with 18 and eight and Stephen Curry handed out a game-high nine assists to go with 16 points. Ryan Anderson paced the Pelicans with team highs of 21 points and 12 boards, but the club dropped its second game in as many nights. Jrue Holiday and Gordon netted 17 and 16 points, respectively, and the backcourt duo each had seven assists in the setback.