Wizards 86, Bulls 73
Emeka Okafor had 15 points and 16 rebounds, helping the surging Washington Wizards beat the visiting Chicago Bulls.
John Wall and Nene each scored 16 points for Washington, which has won consecutive games for the second time this season. The Wizards have won five in a row at home for the first time in five years, and seven of 10 overall.
It’s a marked improvement from the start of the season, when Washington (11-31) dropped 28 of its first 32 games.
Chicago had won a season-high three in a row for the third time.
Nate Robinson scored 19 points for the Bulls, and Joakim Noah narrowly missed a triple-double with nine points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists, which equaled his career high.
The Wizards outscored Chicago 23-11 in the third quarter to take a 73-55 lead. The 11 points were a season low for the Bulls. Chicago had twice as many turnovers (six) as field goals (three) in the period.
The Wizards put together an 11-0 run late in the second quarter, holding the Bulls scoreless for nearly five minutes while building a 50-44 halftime lead.
Rockets 119, Nets 106
James Harden scored 29 points, Chandler Parsons added 16 points and a career-high 11 assists and the host Houston Rockets recorded their 12th consecutive win over the Nets.Omer Asik had 20 points and 16 rebounds for the Rockets, who outscored Brooklyn 60-24 in the paint.
76ers 97, Knicks 80
Jrue Holiday scored a career-high 35 points, Nick Young had 20 and the host Philadelphia 76ers cruised to a victory over the New York Knicks.
Evan Turner also added 20 points for the Sixers, who led from the start and beat the Knicks for the first time in four tries and second in eight games.
Carmelo Anthony needed 28 shots to get 25 points. He has 28 consecutive 20-point games, tied with Patrick Ewing for second-longest streak in franchise history. Richie Guerin did it 29 games in a row in 1961-62.
Bobcats 102, Timberwolves 101
Gerald Henderson made a 3-pointer with 4.6 seconds left to lift the host Charlotte Bobcats to snap a 16-game home losing streak.
The Bobcats streak was stopped two short of the NBA record held by the 1993-94 Dallas Mavericks.
Kemba Walker led Charlotte with 25 points and Ramon Sessions finished with 23 as the Bobcats won at home for the first time since Nov. 21.
Henderson finished with 15 points and Bismack Biyombo had 10 points and 13 rebounds for Charlotte.
Luke Ridnour had 22 points, seven rebounds and seven assists to lead Minnesota, which has lost nine of 10.
Trailing by two, the Bobcats were struggling to get a shot off before the 24-second shot clock expired. A scramble ensued as the ball was knocked into the backcourt late in the possession.
Bucks 109, Warriors 102
Brandon Jennings scored 20 points to lead the host Milwaukee Bucks. Milwaukee’s Monta Ellis scored 20 points against his former team, while Ersan Ilyasova added 18 points and 12 rebounds. Larry Sanders added 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Stephen Curry led Golden State with 26 points. Klay Thompson added 19. David Lee added 12 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.
Spurs 108, Suns 99
Tony Parker had 31 points and the San Antonio Spurs collected their eighth consecutive win by shutting down the Phoenix Suns in the final quarter. Manu Ginobili added 20 points for San Antonio (36-11), which has won 16 in a row at home.
Michael Beasley had 25 points and Jared Dudley had 23 for Phoenix (15-29), which lost for the first time since coach Lindsey Hunter took over.
Parker had 11 points and five assists in the fourth quarter as the Spurs surged past the Suns.
Nuggets 121, Kings 93
Ty Lawson scored 26 points, Andre Iguodala had 20 and the host Denver Nuggets used a strong first three quarters to rout the Sacramento Kings. Danilo Gallinari added 14 points for the Nuggets, who led 71-49 at halftime to set a season high for points in a half. They shot 62 percent in the first two quarters and had three players in double figures. They led by as many as 35 in the second half.