Pistons 101, Pacers 96
Josh Smith had 30 points, Greg Monroe finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons handed Indiana its first home loss Monday night, stunning the Pacers.
The Pistons won for the second time in six games, ending a six-game skid in the series and a nine-game losing streak on the Pacers’ home court.
Lance Stephenson had a season high 23 points, while Luis Scola scored 13 of his season-best 18 in the fourth quarter for Indiana (20-4), which was 11-0 at home coming into the game. Indiana and Oklahoma City were the only NBA teams to start Monday night with perfect home records.
Nets 130, 76ers 94
Joe Johnson made 10 3-pointers, most in the NBA this season, and scored a season-high 37 points to lead the host Brooklyn Nets to a victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.
Johnson finished 10 for 14 from behind the arc, including 8 of 10 during an incredible third-quarter shooting performance. He passed the nine 3-pointers made this season by Jeremy Lin, who also did it against the inept 76ers perimeter defense, and Stephen Curry.
Johnson scored 29 points in the third, his most in any quarter in his career.
Deron Williams had 13 points and 13 assists for the Nets, who led by as many as 42 and won for the fourth time in five games.
Hawks 114, Lakers 100
Kyle Korver sank three 3-pointers in Atlanta’s dominant third quarter, Al Horford scored 19 points and the host Hawks beat cold-shooting Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers.
Paul Millsap had 18 points and Jeff Teague had 17 with 10 assists for the Hawks. Horford grabbed 11 rebounds.
Bryant made only 4-of-14 shots for eight points.
Nick Young led the Lakers with 23 points while making five 3-pointers. Jordan Hill had 21, Xavier Henry had 18 and Pau Gasol had 16, but no other Los Angeles player scored in double figures.
Magic 83, Bulls 79
Arron Afflalo scored 23 points and the visiting Orlando Magic got double-doubles from Glen Davis and Nikola Vucevic in a victory over the slumping Chicago Bulls.
Davis had 14 points and 11 rebounds despite playing with a sore left shoulder, powering Orlando to a 54-45 edge on the glass in just its second win in the last 10 games. Vucevic finished with 10 points and 11 boards.
The Bulls had a chance to win despite shooting 34.6 percent from the field during another terrible offensive performance. Trailing 81-79 with 6.8 seconds left, Joakim Noah made a terrific bounce pass to a streaking Luol Deng, but he missed the easy layup.
Heat 117, Jazz 94
LeBron James finished with 30 points, nine rebounds and nine assists despite sitting some of the second half after twisting his left ankle, Dwyane Wade added 27 points and the host Miami Heat beat the Utah Jazz.
Chris Bosh scored 20 points for the Heat, who moved within two games of Indiana for the East lead.
Wizards 102, Knicks 101
Bradley Beal’s driving layup with 6 seconds remaining lifted the visiting Washington Wizards to a win over the New York Knicks.
The Knicks didn’t use one of their three remaining timeouts after Beal’s basket. Carmelo Anthony took the inbounds pass, dribbled the up court and attempted a 3-pointer that bounced off the rim as time expired.
Beal led the Wizards with 21 points.
Celtics 101, Timberwolves 97
Jared Sullinger had 24 points and 11 rebounds, hitting a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 2:22 left and the host Boston Celtics beat the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Sullinger had 15 points and six rebounds in the fourth quarter, and Avery Bradley had 19 points for the game. The Celtics won for the fifth time in seven games to hold onto first place in the Atlantic Division despite a 12-14 record that would be 12th-best in the Western Conference.
Kevin Love had 27 points and 14 rebounds for Minnesota, which has not won in Boston since 2005.