Wizards 86, Bulls 73
WASHINGTON (AP) — Emeka Okafor had 15 points and 16 rebounds, helping the surging Washington Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls 86-73 on Saturday night.
John Wall and Nene scored 16 points for Washington, which has won consecutive games for the second time this season. The Wizards have won five straight at home for the first time in five years, and seven of 10 overall.
It's a marked improvement from the start of the season, when Washington (11-31) dropped 28 of its first 32 games.
76ers 97, Knicks 80
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jrue (zhroo) Holiday scored a career-high 35 points, Nick Young had 20 and the Philadelphia 76ers cruised to a 97-80 victory over the New York Knicks on Saturday night.
Evan Turner also added 20 points for the Sixers, who led from the start and beat the Knicks for the first time in four tries and second in eight games.
Carmelo Anthony needed 28 shots to get 25 points. He has 28 straight 20-point games, tied with Patrick Ewing for second-longest streak in franchise history. Richie Guerin did it 29 games in a row in 1961-62.
It was a great day for hoops at the Wells Fargo Center. In a game that tipped off eight hours earlier, Villanova knocked off No. 3 Syracuse 75-71 in overtime for its second victory over a top 5 team in five days.
Cavs 99, Raptors 98
TORONTO (AP) — Kyrie Irving made a 3-pointer with seven-tenths of a second left to give the Cleveland Cavaliers a 99-98 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night.
Headed to his first All-Star game, Irving added to his credentials by calmly draining a pull-up jumper from the top of the arc to send the Cavaliers to their third straight win.
Irving finished with 32 points and Marreese Speights had 17 for the Cavs. Tristan Thompson scored 14 and Wayne Ellington had 12.
Amir Johnson had 18 points and 12 rebounds for Toronto. Alan Anderson scored 17 and Ed Davis had 16 for the Raptors, who had won seven of their previous nine meetings with the Cavaliers.
DeMar DeRozan scored 15 points and Jose Calderon had 10 for Toronto.
Bobcats 102, T-Wolves 101
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Gerald Henderson hit a 3-pointer from 25 feet with 4.6 seconds left to lift the Charlotte Bobcats to a 102-101 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night, snapping a 16-game home losing streak.
The Bobcats streak was stopped two short of the NBA record held by the 1993-94 Dallas Mavericks.
Kemba Walker led Charlotte with 25 points and Ramon Sessions finished with 23 as the Bobcats won at home for the first time since Nov. 21.
Luke Ridnour had 22 points, seven rebounds and seven assists to lead Minnesota, which has lost nine of 10.
Trailing by two, the Bobcats were struggling to get a shot off before the 24-second shot clock expired. A scramble ensued as the ball was knocked into the backcourt late in the possession.
Walker retrieved the ball and passed it ahead to Henderson on the left wing. He pump-faked to avoid a leaping Andrei Kirilenko and swished the 3-pointer.
Rockets 119, Nets 106
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored 29 points, Chandler Parsons added 16 points and a career-high 11 assists and the Houston Rockets beat Brooklyn 119-106 on Saturday night for their 12th consecutive win over the Nets.
Omer Asik had 20 points and 16 rebounds for the Rockets, who outrebounded the Nets 50-31 and outscored Brooklyn 60-24 in the paint.
Nets star Deron Williams scored 27 points, but cooled off after a 20-point first quarter. He was ejected with 1:07 left after arguing a call with referee David Jones. Brook Lopez scored 21 points and Joe Johnson added 13 for Brooklyn.
Jeremy Lin had 14 points, nine assists and six turnovers for the Rockets.
Spurs 108, Suns 99
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tony Parker had 31 points and the San Antonio Spurs collected their eighth straight win by shutting down the Phoenix Suns in the final quarter for a 108-99 victory. The Spurs held the Suns to just 17 points in the fourth quarter and 43 points in the second half.
Manu Ginobili (MAN'-oo jih-NOH'-blee) added 20 points, Tiago Splitter had 13, Boris Diaw (DEE'-ow) finished with 11 for San Antonio (36-11), which has won 16 in a row at home.
The Spurs were without Tim Duncan (sore knee) and coach Gregg Popovich (illness) for a third consecutive game.
Michael Beasley had 25 points and Jared Dudley had 23 for Phoenix (15-29), which lost for the first time since coach Lindsey Hunter took over.
Parker had 11 points and five assists in the fourth quarter as the Spurs surged past the Suns.
Bucks 109, Warriors 102
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Brandon Jennings scored 20 points to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 109-102 victory over the Golden State Warriors Saturday night.
Milwaukee's Monta Ellis scored 20 points against his former team, while Ersan Ilyasova added 18 points and 12 rebounds. Larry Sanders added 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Stephen Curry led Golden State with 26 points. Klay Thompson added 19. David Lee added 12 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.
Golden State has lost four consecutive games in Milwaukee and hasn't won a game at the Bradley Center since 2008.
The Bucks held an eight-point lead late in the fourth quarter, but a 3-pointer by Curry it to 98-93.
Nuggets 121, Kings 93
DENVER (AP) — Ty Lawson scored 26 points, Andre Iguodala had 20 and the Denver Nuggets used a strong first three quarters to rout the Sacramento Kings 121-93 on Saturday night.
Danilo Gallinari added 14 points for the Nuggets, who led 71-49 at intermission to set a season high for points in a half. They shot 62 percent in the first two quarters and had three players in double figures.
They led by as many as 35 in the second half and were up 101-69 heading into the fourth period when most of the regular players watched the rest of the game.
Aaron Brooks scored 16 points off the bench and Tyreke Evans had 15 for the Kings, who have lost four straight. DeMarcus Cousins was held to three points. It's the first time in his past 17 games he failed to score in double figures.
Jazz 114, Pacers 110, OT
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Al Jefferson scored 25 points and Paul Millsap had 21, leading the Utah Jazz to a 114-110 overtime victory over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.
Utah scored the first six points in overtime after blowing a 97-89 lead with 2:44 left in regulation. Gordon Hayward coughed up three turnovers to Indiana's George Hill in the final minute of the fourth.
Paul George scored 24 points, David West added 23 and Hill had 22 for Indiana (26-18), which lost for the third time in four road games. The Pacers outrebounded the Jazz 41-28.
Trail Blazers 101, Clippers 100
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Nicolas Batum had 20 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high 12 assists for his second triple-double in a week and the Portland Trail Blazers handed the Los Angeles Clippers their fourth straight loss with a 101-100 victory on Saturday night.
The Clippers, playing without guard Chis Paul for the third straight game because of a bruised right kneecap, trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half but reclaimed the lead in the fourth quarter.
They held off the Blazers until Wesley Matthews pulled Portland within 100-99 with a layup and free throw.
J.J. Hickson made a pair of foul shots to give the Blazers back the lead with 45 seconds left and Jamal Crawford missed a 19-foot jumper for the Clippers with 0.9 seconds left for the final margin.
Blake Griffin had 24 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds for the Clippers, just shy of his third career triple-double.