Lakers 102, Wizards 96
Straining to work out the kinks in an offense coach Mike D’Antoni compared to dancing with two left shoes, Kobe Bryant and the visiting Los Angeles Lakers even struggled to put away the Washington Wizards. A night after joking about wanting to face the Washington Generals, the Harlem Globetrotters’ longtime foils, Bryant scored 30 points, and reserve Jodie Meeks added 24, helping the Lakers beat the Wizards on Friday to end a four-game losing streak. Slowed by foul trouble, Dwight Howard finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds, and the Lakers improved to 10-14.
Raptors 95, Mavericks 74
Linas Kleiza scored 12 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, rookie Terrence Ross had 18 points and the host Toronto Raptors beat the Dallas Mavericks, snapping a six-game losing streak. DeMar DeRozan and Jose Calderon had 14 points each for the Raptors, who had lost 14 of their previous 17 meetings with the Mavericks, who came in ranked as the NBA’s fifth-best 3-point shooting team and endured a miserable shooting night.
Pacers 95, 76ers 85
Paul George scored 28 points, Roy Hibbert played his best all-around game of the season and George Hill had a triple-double to lead the host Indiana Pacers past the short-handed Philadelphia 76ers. George scored 14 points during a third-quarter flurry that changed the game. Hibbert had 19 points and a season-high 14 rebounds. Hill had 15 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds. Evan Turner scored 20 points and Spencer Hawes had 18 off the bench to lead the 76ers.
Magic 99, Warriors 85
J.J. Redick had 16 points and Nikola Vucevic added 12 points and 17 rebounds to help the host Orlando Magic hold off the Golden State Warriors. The Magic led by as many as 20 before having their lead trimmed to 10 points late. But they connected on nine 3-pointers to help secure the win. Andrew Nicholson added 15 points and nine rebounds. The victory snaps a four-game home losing streak for the Magic, who have won eight of their past nine against the Warriors.
Timberwolves 113, Hornets 102
Nikola Pekovic scored a season-high 31 points, Andrei Kirilenko had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and the Minnesota Timberwolves won their third straight game over the New Orleans Hornets. Pekovic was 14-for-18 from the field, scoring almost exclusively inside where Minnesota finished with a whopping 70-42 scoring advantage despite an off night for Kevin Love, who made only 4-of-8 shots. Love finished with 14 points, while Luke Ridnour scored 15 and Alexey Shved 13. Hornets rookie Austin Rivers had a career-high 27 points, scoring 19 in the first half. Ryan Anderson added 20 points for New Orleans, which has lost five straight and 15-of-17.
Thunder 113, Kings 103
Kevin Durant scored 31 points, Serge Ibaka added 18 points and 11 rebounds and the host Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Sacramento Kings for their 10th straight win. It’s the franchise’s longest winning streak since 1996, when it won 11 in a row as the Seattle SuperSonics.
Rockets 101, Celtics 89
James Harden scored 21 points and Greg Smith added 20 to help the host Houston Rockets to a win over the Boston Celtics. Harden had 10 points, four assists, two rebounds and a steal in the third quarter as Houston built its lead. Paul Pierce led Boston with 18 points.
Nets 107, Pistons 105 (OT)
Joe Johnson made a jumper from just inside the arc as time expired in the second overtime, giving the Brooklyn Nets a victory over the visiting Detroit Pistons. Johnson finished with 28 points for the Nets, scoring their final five in the second extra period. Gerald Wallace added 25 points and 10 rebounds. Deron Williams scored 17 points and Andray Blatche had 16 for the Nets.
Suns 99, Jazz 84
Jared Dudley had a season-high 22 points to help lead the host Phoenix Suns past the Utah Jazz. Goran Dragic added 17 points and five assists for the Suns, who have won consecutive games for the first time since Nov. 21-23. Phoenix has yet to win three straight this season. Al Jefferson was held to 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Jazz.