Pistons 119, Spurs 109
Greg Monroe had 26 points and 16 rebounds, and the host Detroit Pistons snapped San Antonio’s 11-game winning streak with a victory over the short-handed Spurs.
San Antonio played without Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, and the Pistons led by as many as 21 points in the second quarter. It was 65-52 at halftime, and although the Spurs cut the deficit to seven in the fourth, they fell short against a Detroit team that equaled its highest score of the season.
Tony Parker scored 31 points for San Antonio and Kawhi Leonard added 16. Brandon Knight had 24 for the Pistons, and Charlie Villanueva scored 21.
Detroit was without rookie big man Andre Drummond, who is expected to miss four to six weeks because of a stress fracture in his back.
Monroe, the Pistons’ starting center, needed little help inside against the Spurs — and Detroit built a sizeable lead in the first half thanks to terrific outside shooting.
San Antonio trailed by 17 after three quarters. The Spurs cut it to 108-101 on a 3-pointer by Leonard, but Knight answered with a 3 of his own.
Later, the Spurs were down by eight with the ball, but Leonard missed and Villanueva made a 3-pointer to make it 116-105.
Heat 111, Clippers 89
LeBron James scored 30 points in another efficient performance, Dwyane Wade added 20 and the host Miami Heat dominated the middle two quarters. James shot 9-for-11, giving him 37 makes on his last 47 attempts, and sat out the fourth quarter. It was his fourth consecutive 30-point game, tying him with Wade as the only Heat player with such streaks in the franchise’s 25-year history.
Mario Chalmers finished with 18 points and Shane Battier scored 12 for Miami, which improved to 21-3 at home.
Lakers 100, Bobcats 93
Kobe Bryant shrugged off a scoreless first half to finish with 20 points, eight assists and seven rebounds and the Los Angeles Lakers overcame a 20-point second-half deficit to beat the host Charlotte Bobcats. The Lakers avoided a costly loss to the NBA’s worst team and pulled within three games of .500.
Bryant attempted only two shots in the first half and didn’t bother coming out for warm-ups to start the second half.
But he provided the jolt the Lakers needed in the third quarter and scored 14 points in the final period, including a driving layup with 40 seconds left to push the lead to five.
Wizards 89, Nets 74
The host Washington Wizards held the Brooklyn Nets without a field goal for nearly nine minutes during the first half, survived a second-half slump and held on for their latest win over a team near the top of the standings. Nene had 20 points and 11 rebounds, John Wall added 15 points and nine assists, and Martell Webster scored 16 points for the Wizards. The Wizards rolled off a 22-2 run during the Nets’ field goal drought, which finally ended on Brook Lopez’s inside basket with 3:36 remaining in the half. Brooklyn shot 4-for-22 for the period and scored 11 points.
Hornets 111, Hawks 100
Greivis Vasquez had his first career triple-double and Eric Gordon scored 27 points, leading New Orleans over the host Atlanta Hawks and a rare winning streak for the last-place Hornets. Vasquez scored 21 points, handed out 12 assists and grabbed 11 rebounds for New Orleans, which rallied from a 14-point deficit in the first half and withstood a late charge by the stumbling Hawks.
Raptors 100, Pacers 98
Rudy Gay scored 17 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and overtime to lead the visiting Toronto Raptors. The game went into overtime after Amir Johnson’s buzzer-beating tip-in stood following a replay review. The Raptors won it when Gay hit a 17-foot jumper with 1.7 seconds left and Paul George’s 15-footer rimmed out as the horn sounded.
David West scored 30 points and George had 26 as the Pacers’ 15-game home winning streak came to an end.
Thunder 127, Phoenix 96
Kevin Durant scored 21 points, Thabo Sefolosha had a season-high 18 and the host Oklahoma City Thunder rode a gigantic third-quarter run to beat the Phoenix Suns. All five Thunder starters had at least one basket during a 21-0 run that put Oklahoma City in position to complete a perfect homestand with a third consecutive blowout.
Knicks 100, Timberwolves 94
Carmelo Anthony had 36 points and nine rebounds, scoring 12 points down the stretch to rally the New York Knicks over the host Minnesota Timberwolves. Anthony topped 30 points for the 17th time this season for the Knicks, who trailed by 11 with seven minutes to play. But Anthony did all his fourth-quarter damage in those final minutes, hitting a 19-footer with 1:10 to play that put New York up for good.
Grizzlies 99, Warriors 93
Marc Gasol scored six of his 20 points down the stretch to help the host Memphis Grizzlies win. Gasol, who also grabbed 11 rebounds, was 9-of-14 from the field to help the Grizzlies end a two-game slide.
Rockets 118, Trail Blazers 103
James Harden had 35 points and 11 assists, and Chandler Parsons scored 20 to help the Houston Rockets. Harden went 13-for-16 from the field.