Broken Hand Idles Pierce
New York — Paul Pierce will be out two-to-four weeks with a broken bone in his right hand, the biggest loss yet for the injury-plagued Brooklyn Nets.
Pierce has been diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of the third metacarpal of his right hand, his shooting hand, the team said Monday. He was hurt Friday in the first half of a loss at Houston.
Pierce has struggled badly in his first season in Brooklyn, but the disappointing Nets can hardly afford another injury. They just got back All-Star center Brook Lopez, but have still been playing without starting point guard Deron Williams and key reserves Andrei Kirilenko and Jason Terry.
Pierce is on pace for the worst season of his 16-year career. His average of 12.4 points and .368 shooting percentage would easily be the lowest ever for the No. 2 career scorer in Boston Celtics history.
The Celtics dealt Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Nets in a summer blockbuster that hasn’t worked out nearly the way the Nets hoped.
Wizards 98, Magic 80
Washington — Trevor Ariza scored 24 points, John Wall had 16 points and 13 assists, and Washington beat Orlando.
Nene scored 14 points and Marcin Gortat finished with 13 as Washington (9-9) got to .500 for the first time since it split its first four games of the 2009-10 season.
With top scorer Bradley Beal out of the lineup for the fifth straight game, Ariza supplied the offense.
Spurs 102, Hawks 100
San Antonio — Tim Duncan made a jumper with 0.4 seconds left to lift San Antonio over Atlanta.
Duncan finished with 23 points and 21 rebounds as San Antonio dominated the middle against the younger and more athletic Atlanta front court. Boris Diaw had 16 points and Tiago Splitter finished with 11.
Atlanta had all five starters score in double figures. Jeff Teague had 19 points, Al Horford added 18 and DeMarre Carroll finished with 17.
Jazz 109, Rockets 103
Salt Lake City — Marvin Williams scored five points in the final two minutes, Gordon Hayward broke out of a shooting slump to score 29 points and Utah earned its first back-to-back wins of the season by beating Houston.
Pelicans 131 Bulls 128 (3 ot)
Chicago — Jrue Holiday made a three-point play with 2.6 seconds remaining in the third overtime, giving New Orleans a defeat of Chicago.
Holiday had 19 points and 12 assists for the Pelicans. He made an 18-footer with 3.9 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the score at 103 and force overtime.
Ryan Anderson had a career-high 36 points on 12-of-20 shooting, including 7 for 11 on 3-pointers. Eric Gordon added 23 points for New Orleans (9-8).
Luol Deng led the Bulls with 37 points and also had eight rebounds and seven assists. Reserve Taj Gibson had 26 points and 14 rebounds, Mike Dunleavy added 23 points and Joakim Noah had a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds.