NBA scores: Wizards lose, Heat win in early Southeast Division play

Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE

The Atlanta Hawks kick off their season on Friday, but things have already begun in the Southeast Division. The Washington Wizards lost their season-opener, while the Miami Heat beat the Boston Celtics.

Though the Atlanta Hawks don't play until Friday, NBA scores from around the league have already made an impact in the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference. The Washington Wizards fell to the Cleveland Cavaliers on opening night, 94-84, while the Miami Heat posted a dominant win over the Boston Celtics, 120-107. From the look of things, the Hawks are going to need to get off to a fast start in the 2012 season.

Anderson Varejao and Kyrie Irving proved to be too much for the Wizards to handle, with Varejao grabbing 23 rebounds and Irving shooting 11-for-20 for 29 points. Washington came back from a 16-point deficit midway through the third quarter, rallying to a 76-74 lead after being down 61-45, but they were unable to hold on and Cleveland came back to take the win. Jordan Crawford led the Wizards in scoring with 11 points.

The Heat looked dominant against the Celtics despite not running at full speed. LeBron James missed much of the second half with leg cramps but finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds, while Dwyane Wade had 29 points. Chris Bosh and Ray Allen both had 19. Obviously the first week of the season is a bit premature to say much of anything, but there's no doubt Hawks fans are concerned about Miami this year.

Elsewhere around the league, James Harden looked great for the Houston Rockets as they defeated the Detroit Pistons, 105-96, and the Los Angeles Lakers fell to 0-2 after losing to the Portland Trailblazers, 116-106.

Check out the SB Nation Channel on YouTube

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Atlanta

You must be a member of SB Nation Atlanta to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Atlanta. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Atlanta

You must be a member of SB Nation Atlanta to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Atlanta. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.