Hawks 109, Magic 81
Jannero Pargo hit five 3-pointers and scored 17 points, and Joe Johnson, Josh Smith and Marvin Williams each had 16 as the Atlanta Hawks beat the host Orlando Magic on Friday night. The Hawks shot 50 percent from the field (40-for-79) for the game, including 14 3-pointers. They led by 35 at one point. Glen Davis and Von Wafer each scored 16 points to lead the Magic. Orlando lost its second game in a row and fell to 1-4 without center Dwight Howard, who sat with back spasms.
Heat 105, Bobcats 82
LeBron James had 19 points and nine rebounds to lead the host Miami Heat to a victory over the Charlotte Bobcats. Chris Bosh had 18 points and seven rebounds for the Heat. Miami led by 22 after three quarters and rested James, who also had five assists, the entire final quarter. The Heat played without Dwyane Wade again. Derrick Brown had 21 points and nine rebounds to lead Charlotte, which lost its 15th in a row.
Raptors 84, Celtics 79
DeMar DeRozan scored 13 of his 22 points in the third quarter and made four pivotal free throws down the stretch as the short-handed Toronto Raptors held off the visiting Boston Celtics. DeRozan was a perfect 13-for-13 from the line as the Raptors ended a four-game losing skid. Paul Pierce’s 18 points paced the Celtics (34-25), who nearly wiped out a 15-point fourth-quarter deficit.
Nets 95, 76ers 89
Gerald Green scored 23 points, and Kris Humphries had 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the New Jersey Nets over the host Philadelphia 76ers. Deron Williams had 11 points and 10 assists and MarShon Brooks scored 22 points. Jrue Holiday led the Sixers with 19 points and Evan Turner had 18. The Sixers slogged out the first three quarters, missing a flurry of shots in the paint. The Nets were content to take over from there. Green buried three 3-pointers and Brooks hit a backbreaker late in the game to squash Philadelphia’s comeback bid.
Knicks 103, Wizards 65
Baron Davis scored a season-high 18 points on his 33rd birthday, JR Smith had 23, and the host New York Knicks surged into a tie for seventh place in the Eastern Conference by routing the Washington Wizards. Carmelo Anthony and Steve Novak also had 18 for the Knicks. Anthony only played 29 minutes. Davis shot 7-of-9 in just 23 minutes for the Knicks, who won for the fifth time in six games. Jordan Crawford scored 17 points for the Wizards.
Bucks 113, Pistons 97
Drew Gooden scored 26 points, and the Milwaukee Bucks pulled away from the host Detroit Pistons in the third quarter for a much-needed win. The Bucks led 52-47 after two quarters but pushed the lead to double digits early in the second half and eventually led by 20. The Pistons fought back to get within 12 after three, but Milwaukee maintained a comfortable advantage throughout the final quarter. Brandon Jennings had 20 points and 10 assists for Milwaukee. Brandon Knight scored 25 points for the Pistons.
Hornets 96, Jazz 85
Eric Gordon scored 10 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, and the host New Orleans Hornets beat the Utah Jazz. Chris Kaman added 19 points for the Hornets, who won for the third time in four games. Paul Millsap scored 27 points for Utah.
Thunder 115, Kings 89
Kevin Durant had 29 points and nine rebounds, Russell Westbrook scored 22 points and the host Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Sacramento Kings in the first of three meetings between the teams in a 12-day span. Kendrick Perkins added 11 points and 11 rebounds for his second double-double of the season as the Thunder (43-16) didn’t even need their starters in the fourth quarter to hang onto the best record in the Western Conference. Rookie Isaiah Thomas scored 21 points for the Kings.
Suns 112, Rockets 105
Marcin Gortat had 20 points and 15 rebounds, Steve Nash had 18 points and 10 assists and the Phoenix Suns boosted their playoff hopes with a win over the host Houston Rockets. Jared Dudley scored 19 points, Michael Redd added 13 and Sebastian Telfair had 12 for the Suns. Grant Hill had four points and six rebounds in his first game back following knee surgery on March 30.