Wizards 105, Heat 101
The Washington Wizards can’t beat many teams, but they beat the best: LeBron James and the Miami Heat.
Perhaps inspired by the courtside presence of Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, the host Wizards doubled their victory total this season with a win over the Heat, despite James’ triple-double of 26 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists.
Jordan Crawford led Washington with 22 points, including three free throws in the final 11 seconds, while James missed a potentially tying 3-pointer with 3.9 to go.
While the reigning NBA champion Heat’s six-game winning streak ended, and they fell to 12-4, the Wizards improved to 2-13.
Timberwolves 105, 76ers 88
Josh Howard had 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead Minnesota to a win over host Philadelphia.
Alexey Shved hit four 3-pointers and scored 17 for the Timberwolves, who raced to a 23-point lead in the first half.
Kevin Love had six points and 10 rebounds for Minnesota.
Thunder 117, Nets 111
Kevin Durant scored 32 points, Russell Westbrook had 25 points and nine assists, and Oklahoma City held off host Brooklyn Nets for its sixth straight victory.
Serge Ibaka added 18 points and Thabo Sefolosha 14 for the Thunder, who revved up the NBA’s No. 1 offense to surpass 100 points in a 10th straight game for the first time in 15 years. They beat the Nets for the seventh consecutive time, but had to work much harder for this win than they have lately.
Oklahoma City had won its last four by 25 points a game.
Deron Williams scored a season-high 34 points for the Nets, who had their six-game home winning streak snapped.
Pacers 80, Bulls 76
Paul George scored 34 points to lead Indiana to a win over host Chicago. George got off to a quick start with 10 points in the first quarter and shot 14 for 25 in the game. He pulled down nine rebounds for the Pacers, who closed a 3-1 road swing.
Reserve Nate Robinson scored 19 points to lead the Bulls, who were looking to win three straight for the first time this season but couldn’t win the defensive battle against like-minded Indiana.
Roy Hibbert had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Pacers.
Carlos Boozer notched his seventh double-double in nine games with 14 points and 10 boards for Chicago.
Rockets 107, Lakers 105
Toney Douglas had a season-high 22 points and Greg Smith added a career-best 21 to help host Houston overcome a tough outing by James Harden.
The Lakers had a 13-point lead with less than 10 minutes to go. But Houston used two big runs, including a 9-2 spurt capped by a 3-pointer from Douglas to take its first lead of the game — 100-99.
Dwight Howard made three free throws after that, but a bucket by Smith and four free throws by Houston put the Rockets back on top 106-102. Kobe Bryant hit a 3-pointer with 13.3 seconds left to cut the lead to one.
Bryant fouled Douglas and he made one of two free throws with 8.8 seconds left. The Lakers had a last chance, but Bryant missed a 3-point attempt before Metta World Peace missed a layup to give Houston the win.
Grizzles 108, Suns 98, OT
Zach Randolph had 38 points and 22 rebounds, setting season highs in both categories, to carry host Memphis down the stretch and in overtime for victory over Phoenix. Randolph was 15 of 22 from the field and he dominated in the latter stages of the fourth quarter and early minutes of overtime. He also recorded three blocks, two in overtime, as Memphis outscored the Suns 14-4 in the extra period.
Quincy Pondexter had 16 points for Memphis.