Nets Center Breaks Foot
New York — Center Brook Lopez has broken a bone in his right foot again, leaving the Brooklyn Nets without their leading scorer as they try to turn around a disappointing season.
The team said Saturday that Lopez was hurt during its 121-120 overtime loss at Philadelphia on Friday. The Nets said they would issue another update this week after consultation with their doctors.
Lopez had the same injury, a fractured fifth metatarsal, when he was limited to five games in the 2011-12 season. He underwent surgery following last season to replace a bent screw in the foot.
Lopez is averaging 20.7 points and 6.0 rebounds in 17 games. He has missed nine with a sprained left ankle.
Though was no indication he was seriously injured Friday, when he played 44 minutes.
The 7-footer from Stanford didn’t miss a game during his first three seasons in the NBA, but hasn’t made it through a full season since. He missed seven games last season when he sprained the same foot.
The Nets are just 9-17 after entering the season with huge expectations.
Grizzlies 95, Knicks 87
New York — Zach Randolph had 25 points and 15 rebounds, and Memphis snapped a five-game losing streak.
Tony Allen added 19 points and eight rebounds. Jerryd Bayless scored 11 points, including two free throws to end a New York flurry that had trimmed a 19-point deficit to four in the final half-minute.
Mike Conley finished with nine points and eight assists after missing two games with a bruised left thigh.
Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points for the Knicks.
Jazz 88, Bobcats 85
Charlotte, n.c. — Trey Burke scored 10 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and Utah snapped the Bobcats’ three-game winning streak.
Burke hit a 3-pointer with 1:38 left to put his team up by three and added a pair of free throws with 10 seconds remaining.
Gordon Hayward had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Jazz, who had lost three of their past four games. Derrick Favors added 14 points.
Rockets 114, Pistons 97
Auburn Hills, Mich. — Dwight Howard had 35 points and 19 rebounds, leading short-handed Houston over Detroit.
In one of his best games since joining the Rockets in the offseason, Howard dominated Andre Drummond, Detroit’s promising 20-year-old big man, and helped Houston control the game despite the absence of star guard James Harden, who was out with a sprained right ankle.
Kings 105, Magic 100
Orlando, Fla. — Rudy Gay and Isaiah Thomas each scored 23 points, Marcus Thornton added 15, and Sacramento held off Orlando.
DeMarcus Cousins added 14 points and 11 rebounds.
The Kings connected on a season-high 12 3-pointers in the victory, helping to end a three-game losing streak. They return home Monday to host New Orleans.
Arron Afflalo led Orlando with 26 points in his return to the lineup after sitting out for the first time this season Wednesday with an illness. Tobias Harris finished with 21 points.