NBA’s 76ers win first game of the season

The Philadelphia 76ers have gotten their first win of the season and avoided matching the NBA’s worst record to start a season.

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Michael Carter had 20 points with nine rebounds and nine assists, as the Sixers – coached by Australian Brett Brown – ended an 0-17 start, with an 85-77 road victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday.

With the win, the Sixers will not have to share the record 0-18 start by the 2009-10 New Jersey Nets.

Thaddeus Young scored 16 points against his former team, Gorgui Dieng added 15 with 16 rebounds for the Timberwolves (4-13).

Elsewhere, Brooklyn edged past San Antonio 95-93 in overtime.

Mirza Teletovic had a season-high 26 points with a career-best 15 rebounds, and the Nets regrouped in overtime to snap the visiting Spurs’ season-high eight-game winning streak.

Houston downed Memphis 105-96, with James Harden scoring 21 points.

The LA Clippers 114 beat Orlando Magic 86, and Dallas scored a 107-105 win over Milwaukee.

Monta Ellis nailed the game-winning jumper at the buzzer to cap a 23-point effort against his former team, sending the Mavericks (14-5) to a dramatic road victory over the Bucks (10-9), who got a game-high 25 from Brandon Knight.

Kyle Lowry exploded for a career-high 39 points as the Toronto Raptors handed the Utah Jazz a seventh straight loss, while Chicago beat Charlotte 102-95.

In other games: the Washington Wizards whipped the visiting LA Lakers 111-95: the Boston Celtics dropped the visiting Detroit Pistons in overtime 109-102; the visiting Atlanta Hawks beat the Miami Heat 112-102.