Bobcats 109, Pacers 87
Al Jefferson scored Al Jefferson scored 34 points in Charlotte’s 109-87 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night that gave the Bobcats their fifth consecutive home win.
Jefferson was 16-of-25 from the field and had eight rebounds for the Bobcats (28-33), who equaled their combined win total from the previous two seasons.
Jefferson, whose 38-point, 19-rebound effort Monday night was overshadowed by LeBron James’ career-high 61-point outing, has scored at least 20 points in 21 of his last 24 games.
Charlotte became the first team since the 2009-10 Knicks to play the NBA’s top four teams in consecutive games. They previously lost to San Antonio, Oklahoma City and Miami on the road, but left no doubt about this this one.
Charlotte jumped out to a 28-8 lead after the first quarter and never trailed.
Kemba Walker added 19 points and nine assists for the Bobcats.
Evan Turner had 22 points for the Pacers (46-15), who lost back-to-back games for only the second time this season.
The Pacers had won 14 of their last 15 against the Bobcats coming in, including five in a row by an average of nearly 18 points.
But Indiana was sluggish from the start, shooting 4-of-20 from the field in the opening quarter and turning the ball over six times, leading to 12 Charlotte points and falling behind by 20.
Wizards 104, Jazz 91
Trevor Ariza scored 26 points, Bradley Beal added 22, and the host Washington Wizards took an early lead and never lost it, shooting 54 percent in a win over the Utah Jazz. John Wall had 14 points and 10 assists, and Marcin Gortat had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Wizards, who have won seven of eight.
Rockets 101, Magic 89
James Harden scored 31 points, including 25 in the second half, and the visiting Houston Rockets dug out of a double-digit, first-half hole to beat the Orlando Magic.
The Rockets dominated inside, outscoring the Magic 58-26 in the paint. Dwight Howard added 19 points and 14 rebounds in his second trip to Orlando to face his former team.
Houston trailed in the second quarter by as many as 14 points, but battled back to win for the 13th time in 15 outings.
Arron Afflalo led the Magic with 18 points.
Nets 103, Grizzlies 94
Joe Johnson scored 21 points, Marcus Thornton came off the bench for 20, and the host Brooklyn Nets powered their way above .500 for the first time this season. Deron Williams added 16 points and Paul Pierce 14 for the Nets (30-29), who have won four in a row overall and six consecutive at home in turning around a turbulent start.
Warriors 108, Celtics 88
Klay Thompson and David Lee scored 18 points each and the Golden State Warriors went a season-high 14 games over .500 with a romp over the host Boston Celtics. The Warriors scored the first six points, led 12-2 with just over five minutes gone and stayed ahead by at least 20 points throughout the second half. Kelly Olynyk scored 19 points for Boston (20-41), which dropped its seventh game in its past eight.
Bulls 105, Pistons 94
D.J. Augustin scored 26 points off the bench and Joakim Noah had a triple-double as the Chicago Bulls beat the host Detroit Pistons. Noah finished with 10 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for his sixth career triple-double, including two in the last three games and three in the last month. Taj Gibson added 22 points off the bench.
Kings 117, Bucks 102
Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points and had six assists to lead the visiting Sacramento Kings. Rudy Gay added 22 points, eight rebounds and five assists, and DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for the Kings, who won their ninth road game after finishing with an 8-33 record away from home last season.
Knicks 118, Timberwolves 106
Carmelo Anthony scored 33 points to help the visiting New York Knicks snap a seven-game losing streak. Tyson Chandler had 15 points and 14 rebounds and Amare Stoudemire added 18 points and eight boards for the Knicks, who had not won a game since beating New Orleans on Feb. 19.