Nets 113, Raptors 106
Brook Lopez had 22 points and nine rebounds, Joe Johnson and Deron Williams each scored 21 points, and the host Brooklyn Nets extended their season-high winning streak to seven games.
Andray Blatche added 14 points for the Nets, in the midst of their longest winning streak since running off 14 in a row late in the 2005-06 season. A .500 team when they fired Avery Johnson late last month, Brooklyn is 9-1 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo and has pulled within 1½ games of the New York Knicks for the Atlantic Division lead.
The Nets dominated the fourth quarter again, pulling away for their sixth consecutive home victory.
Hornets 111, 76ers 99
Greivis Vasquez scored 23 points, Eric Gordon added 19 and the New Orleans Hornets beat the host Philadelphia 76ers. Ryan Anderson had 14 points, Xavier Henry scored 11 and Anthony Davis 10 for the Hornets, who are still last in the Western Conference at 12-26 — including matching 6-13 records at home and on the road.
Jrue Holiday led the Sixers with 29 points and 11 assists. Nick Young and Evan Turner added 14 points each while Thaddeus Young scored 12.
The Hornets outscored Philadelphia 33-21 in the third quarter, extending a six-point halftime lead to 86-68. New Orleans pushed its lead to 20 following Henry’s dunk with 11:26 remaining and the fans vehemently displayed their displeasure with a cascade of boos throughout the arena.
Pacers 103, Bobcats 76
Roy Hibbert had 18 points and seven rebounds, and the Indiana Pacers handed the Charlotte Bobcats their 13th consecutive home loss. The Pacers won for the fifth time in six games. Indiana won this one going away behind some dominant inside play, outrebounding the Bobcats 60-31 and outscoring them 52-22 in the paint, once again exposing Charlotte’s problems down low.
Clippers 117, Rockets 109
Jamal Crawford scored a season-high 30 points, including 12 in a row to start the fourth quarter, to lift the visiting Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers won despite missing star point guard Chris Paul, who is day to day with a bruised right kneecap. Los Angeles used a big third quarter to take the lead, and Crawford extended the advantage to 20 by outscoring Houston 12-7 in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter. James Harden had 23 points for the Rockets, who have lost four in a row.