Wizards 114, Heat 97
The Washington Wizards had a 34-point lead against the Miami Heat reduced to single digits before holding on for a victory in former Ohio State star Greg Oden’s first game in more than four years.
John Wall scored 25 points, and Bradley Beal and Nene had 19 apiece to lead seven players in double figures for the Wizards, who shot a season-high 55 percent and closed the game with a 17-9 run to avoid an second consecutive embarrassing collapse at home. They had lost seven of eight at the Verizon Center.
Chris Bosh scored 26 points and LeBron James had 25 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and four turnovers for the Heat, who have dropped three in a row, all on the road.
Oden, who has struggled to overcome knee injuries throughout his NBA career, played nine minutes and scored six points in his first game since Dec. 5, 2009.
Washington went on a 20-0 run in the first quarter as Miami went 6:31 without a point.
The Wizards led 43-18 after the first quarter and pushed the lead to 64-30.
76ers 95, Bobcats 92
Thaddeus Young made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 3.2 seconds left to lift the host Philadelphia 76ers.
Young hit the final big shot in a fourth quarter loaded with back-and-forth baskets, a contested jumper from the left of the arc off a feed from Michael-Carter Williams.
Spencer Hawes had 17 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists for the Sixers. Evan Turner scored 23 points.
Kemba Walker led the Bobcats with 26 points and Al Jefferson had 24.
Celtics 88, Raptors 83
Former Ohio State standout Jared Sullinger scored 25 points and grabbed a career-best 20 rebounds, Avery Bradley had 20 points and the host Boston Celtics held on to snap a nine-game losing streak.
Sullinger’s 20-20 was the first by a Celtics player since Kevin Garnett’s first game in Boston in 2007.
DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points for Toronto.
Bulls 128, Magic 125
Joakim Noah had a season-high 26 points, Carlos Boozer scored 23, and the visiting Chicago Bulls held on to beat the Orlando Magic in triple-overtime.
The Magic had a chance to win the game with less than 10 seconds to play, but Glen Davis’ jumper was partially blocked and rebounded by the Bulls with just 1.5 seconds remaining.
Grizzlies 82, Bucks 77
Mike Conley and James Johnson each scored 15 points and the visiting Memphis Grizzlies won their season-high fourth in a row. Ed Davis added 14 points and nine rebounds for Memphis.
Spurs 109, Jazz 105
Tony Parker had 25 points and nine assists and the host San Antonio Spurs held off a late rally by the Utah Jazz. Enes Kanter had 25 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Jazz.
Kings 111, Timberwolves 108
Rudy Gay had 33 points, five rebounds and six assists, and Isaiah Thomas had 26 points and seven assists to lead the visiting Sacramento Kings. Kevin Love scored 27 points for the Timberwolves.
Rockets 103, Pelicans 100
James Harden, who scored 26 points hit a 22-foot jumper with 28 seconds left to break 100-100 tie and lift the visiting Houston Rockets.