Pistons 92, Bobcats 91
Charlie Villanueva scored 14 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, including a go-ahead driving layup with 15 seconds left, and the Detroit Pistons defeated the host Charlotte Bobcats to snap a 10-game losing streak.
Villanueva hit three 3-pointers in the final quarter to help the Pistons avoid their longest losing streak since 2010.
Jason Maxiell added 14 points and reserve Rodney Stuckey had 13 points and eight assists for the Pistons.
Kemba Walker had 25 points and Bismack Biyombo had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Bobcats, who had their two-game winning streak snapped.
The NBA-worst Bobcats had the ball and a chance to win the game with 14 seconds left, but Walker missed an off-balance leaner in the lane and Josh McRoberts’ reverse layup after an offensive rebound didn’t fall as time expired.
The Bobcats led by three coming into the fourth quarter but every time they tried to pull away Villanueva answered with a long 3-pointer.
The seven-year veteran finally gave the Pistons the lead at 85-84 with just over two minutes to play, and the teams traded the lead after that.
With the Pistons trailing by one, Villanueva made a backdoor cut and scored on a two-handed jam to give the Pistons a 90-89 lead.
Knicks 110, Raptors 84
Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points, Kenyon Martin had another big game against Toronto, and the New York Knicks finished off a home-and-home sweep of the Raptors.
J.R. Smith added 25 points for the Knicks, who beat the Raptors for the second straight night and won their fourth consecutive game. Martin had 18 points and seven rebounds.
DeMar DeRozan scored 17 points for the Raptors, who played without leading scorer Rudy Gay because of a bad back and lost their fourth straight.
Knicks guard Jason Kidd had three points, three rebounds and two assists on his 40th birthday.
Bulls 87, Pacers 84
Luol Deng scored 20 points, Carlos Boozer had 18 and the host Chicago Bulls overcame the absence of starting center Joakim Noah to earn a win over the Indiana Pacers.
Deng had 13 points at halftime, but Chicago’s reserves sparked the Bulls’ second-half rally, outscoring Indiana’s reserves 32-15. Taj Gibson scored 11, and Daequan Cook and Nate Robinson had nine apiece.
The Bulls went on a 13-5 run starting the fourth quarter to take an 81-72 lead. A four-point play by George Hill brought Indiana within 87-84 in the final minute. After a missed driving shot by Chicago’s Kirk Hinrich with 16 seconds left, the Pacers had a chance to tie, but Paul George had two 3-point tries go off the rim in the final 10 seconds.
Grizzlies 110, Celtics 106
Jerryd Bayless scored a season-high 30 points and host Memphis weathered a fourth-quarter rally by Boston’s reserves to escape with the win.
Seven Memphis players finished in double figures and three recorded double-doubles. Darrell Arthur, starting for Zach Randolph, scored 18 points, while Randolph had 15 points and 11 rebounds off the bench.
Paul Pierce led Boston with 26 points, while Jordan Crawford keyed a fourth-quarter rally, scoring 14 of his 21 points in the final frame. The Celtics lost their fourth straight game.
Nuggets 101, Kings 95
Danilo Gallinari scored 19 points to lead a balanced attack and the host Denver Nuggets extended their winning streak to 15 games.
Kenneth Faried had 17 points and nine rebounds for the Nuggets, who have won a franchise-best 17 straight at home.
And they did it while Ty Lawson (right heel) and Wilson Chandler (shoulder), two of their top players, were out with injuries.
It took until the final minutes to hold off the Sacramento Kings, who got 24 points and 15 rebounds from DeMarcus Cousins.