Magic 103, Thunder 102
Tobias Harris slammed home a fast-break pass from Maurice Harkless at the buzzer to give the host Orlando Magic a victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night.
With the Thunder leading 102-101 in the closing seconds, Kevin Durant missed a jumper to set up the last-second play, which was reviewed by officials and upheld.
Harris led the Magic with 18 points, followed by Arron Afflalo with 16. Orlando’s reserves outscored Oklahoma City’s 36-23.
The win gives the Magic their first four-game home winning streak in two years. It also snaps the Thunder’s five-game series win streak.
Durant led the Thunder with 29 points and 12 assists. Serge Ibaka added 26 points.
The loss was just the second in 14 games for Oklahoma City.
The Magic made eight of their first 11 shots to start the third quarter and trailed by eight entering the fourth.
Orlando coach Jacque Vaughn said before the game that the matchup would turn on whether the Magic’s second unit could outplay the Thunder’s. His prediction came true.
Without their starters on the floor, the Magic kept their third-quarter momentum going by scoring the first eight points of the final quarter to cut the Thunder’s lead and tie it at 88-all with just over 9 minutes to play.
Pistons 111, Nets 95
Andre Drummond had 15 points and 21 assists, Brandon Jennings narrowly missed a triple-double and host Detroit beat Brooklyn.
Jennings finished with 26 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists as Detroit had six players in double figures.
With the Nets resting Kevin Garnett, the starting lineup struggled badly, combining for just 42 points. Jason Terry’s 18 off the bench helped Brooklyn rally late.
With Garnett on the bench, the Nets had no answer for Detroit inside. When the Pistons weren’t feeding Drummond, Josh Smith and Greg Monroe in the post, Rodney Stuckey and Jennings were driving to the basket with ease.
Smith finished with 23 points and Drummond and Kyle Singler had 16 apiece.
Lakers 112, 76ers 98
Steve Nash scored a season-high 19 points and visiting Los Angeles beat Philadelphia.
Wesley Johnson and Chris Kaman each scored 17, and six Lakers finished with double-digit points.
Tony Wroten scored 16 and Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes each had 15 for Philadelphia, which lost its fifth straight game, seventh in a row at home and 15th out of 18 overall.
The Lakers won their second straight game after losing seven in a row.
Celtics 99, Kings 89
Jared Sullinger scored a career-high 31 points and added 16 rebounds and host Boston went on a 15-0 fourth-quarter run for a win over Sacramento and its longest winning streak in more than two months.
Jerryd Bayless scored 19 points and Jeff Green added 17 for the Celtics, who won their third straight game for the first time since Dec. 3-8.
And they did it without their starting backcourt.
Rajon Rondo (soreness) and Avery Bradley (ankle) both sat out, allowing Bayless and rookie Phil Pressey to run the offense.
DeMarcus Cousins had 31 points and 16 rebounds for the Kings, who had won two straight. Isaiah Thomas had 24 points for Sacramento, and Derrick Williams had 11 points and 12 boards.
Pacers 118, Trail Blazers 113
George Hill had a career-high 37 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, leading host Indiana over Portland.
David West scored a season-high 30 points and had 10 rebounds and Paul George added 17 points for the Pacers (39-10), who have won five out of six games.
Damian Lillard had 38 points and 11 assists and LaMarcus Aldridge had 22 points for the Trail Blazers (35-15).
George converted a steal into the go-ahead dunk with 3:48 left in overtime, putting the Pacers ahead 107-105. West dunked with 1:37 left to make it 111-107.
Knicks 117, Nuggets 90
Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points in three quarters, then watched from the bench as host New York ran away from his old team in the fourth for a win over Denver.
J.R. Smith added 10 of his 13 points in the fourth. He also threw the pass of the game during the decisive spurt when he went behind the back to Jeremy Tyler, who scored while being fouled.
Amare Stoudemire finished with 17 points for the Knicks. Tyler had 12 points and 11 rebounds as the Knicks shot 56.5 percent from the field, one of their best performances of the season.