Bucks 109, Wizards 105
Khris Middleton scored a career-high 29 points and Brandon Knight added 20 as the Milwaukee Bucks beat the host Washington Wizards in overtime Friday night.
John Henson had 19 points and 17 rebounds for the Bucks (4-15), who had lost 13 of their previous 14.
John Wall scored 30 points and Trevor Ariza added 22 points and 12 rebounds for Washington.
With the score tied at 102 heading to the extra period, Hensen’s jumper put the Bucks ahead in the opening minute and Ersan Ilyasova layup made it 106-102 with 3:12 to go.
Ariza was fouled and made three free throws with 42.8 seconds left to pull the Wizards within one. Knight answered with a jumper with 21.1 seconds left and added a free throw 12 seconds later to seal the win.
Washington (9-10) had won two in a row and missed chance to go over the .500 mark for the first time in four years.
The Wizards, who trailed by 13 at halftime, rallied and took an 85-84 lead on a driving dunk by Trevor Booker with 8:21 left and the teams traded the lead for the next several minutes.
The Wizards led by five after Wall’s jumper with 43 seconds left in regulation. Middleton’s jumper cut the lead to three and, after a miss by Wall, Knight’s 3-pointer with 15.1 seconds left tied the score at 102.
Washington’s Chris Singleton missed a corner three as regulation ended.
Celtics 106, Nuggets 98
Kris Humphries came off the bench to score a season-high 18 points, adding seven rebounds for the host Celtics as Boston scored the first 14 points of the game and held on to beat the Denver Nuggets.
Jordan Crawford had 22 points and eight assists, and Avery Bradley scored 18 for Boston.
Knicks 121, Magic 83
Carmelo Anthony had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and the New York Knicks snapped a seven-game home losing streak by beating the Orlando Magic for their first victory at Madison Square Garden since October.
Andrea Bargnani and J.R. Smith each added 17 points for the Knicks, who followed their 113-83 rout of Brooklyn on Thursday with an even more powerful performance, giving them consecutive victories for the first time this season after a nine-game losing streak.
The Knicks hadn’t won at home since beating Milwaukee in their season opener on Oct. 30. The seven-game skid had matched the longest in franchise history, set during the 2007-08 season.
Bobcats 105, 76ers 88
Jeffery Taylor matched a career high with 20 points, leading six Charlotte scorers in double figures, and the host Bobcats beat the Philadelphia 76ers.
Subbing for injured starter Michael Kidd-Gilchrist at small forward, Taylor scored nine of Charlotte’s first 22 points. Gerald Henderson and Kemba Walker added 18 apiece, and Walker also gave out a season-high 10 assists.
Philadelphia was led by Tony Wroten’s 21 points. The Sixers played without starting point guard Michael Carter-Williams, who came in averaging 17.7 points. The rookie sat out because of a sore right knee.
Thunder 109, Pelicans 95
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 54 points to lead the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder over the New Orleans Pelicans.
Durant scored a game-high 29 points and Westbrook added 25, while Serge Ibaka added 17 points and 13 rebounds.
Rockets 105, Warriors 83
The host Houston Rockets outscored the Golden State Warriors 17-4 over the last half of the first quarter to build a 19-point lead and cruised to victory. James Harden scored 34 points and Dwight Howard added 22 points and 18 rebounds. Stephen Curry scored 22 points to lead the Warriors.
Suns 106, Raptors 97
Markieff Morris came off the bench to score 25 points and grab 11 rebounds to lead the host Phoenix Suns over the Toronto Raptors. Amir Johnson scored 22 for Toronto.