Spurs 104, Bobcats 100
Patty Mills scored 18 of his season-high 32 points in the fourth quarter and Tim Duncan had a double-double to lead the San Antonio Spurs over the host Charlotte Bobcats for their fourth win in five games.
Mills was 10-of-13 from the field, including 5-of-5 in the fourth quarter. He also connected on 8-of-9 free throws and had four 3-pointers to help the Spurs defeat the Bobcats for the sixth time in a row.
Duncan finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds for his 22nd double-double of the season.
The Spurs trailed by one entering the fourth quarter when Mills took over, knocking down jumpers and floaters in the lane to push the lead to nine.
The red-hot Al Jefferson led the way for the Bobcats with 26 points and nine rebounds. Gerald Henderson had 23 points.
The crucial play came with the Spurs leading 99-95 with 26 seconds left when Josh McRoberts stole the ball from Duncan at the top of the key. But an overanxious McRoberts, looking ahead to Michael Kidd-Gilchrist for a fast break, threw the ball away.
Charlotte got the lead down to 102-100 when Henderson knocked down a 3-pointer from the corner after corralling an offensive rebound with 3.1 seconds left, but Nando De Colo sealed the victory with two free throws.
Grizzlies 79, Hawks 76
Zach Randolph scored 20 points and the Memphis Grizzlies continued their pattern of winning on the road with strong defense, shutting down the Atlanta Hawks.
The Hawks set a season scoring low after leading 29-27 following the first period. Atlanta was held to a combined 25 points in the second and third periods.
Paul Millsap had 20 points and 11 rebounds for Atlanta, which has lost three in a row.
The Grizzlies ended a two-game skid when Atlanta’s Lou Williams missed a 3-pointer with about 1 second remaining.
Pistons 126, Nuggets 109
Brandon Jennings had a season-high 35 points to go with 12 assists, Josh Smith had 30 points and the host Detroit Pistons rolled over the Denver Nuggets.
Rodney Stuckey added 19 points for Detroit, while Andre Drummond had 18 points and 15 rebounds.
Randy Foye led the Nuggets with 25 points.
Trail Blazers 117, Timberwolves 110
The visiting Portland Trail Blazers outscored the Minnesota Timberwolves 11-0 during a crucial 3:30 span that ended midway through the fourth quarter.
The Timberwolves took an 87-85 lead with 9:45 to play on J.J. Barea’s driving layup. C.J. McCollum hit two free throws to ignite the run and Wesley Matthews hit a 23-foot 3-pointer to give the Trail Blazers the lead for good.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Portland.
Rockets 101, Bucks 95
Dwight Howard scored 27 points, including three crucial free throws in the closing seconds, and James Harden scored 10 of his 22 points in the decisive third quarter to help the visiting Houston Rockets hold off the short-handed, scrappy Milwaukee Bucks and win their fifth in a row.
Jeremy Lin added 18 for the Rockets.
Suns 122, Warriors 109
Goran Dragic scored 13 of his career-high 34 points in the final seven minutes and the host Phoenix Suns pulled away to beat the depleted Golden State Warriors.
Dragic, who also had 10 assists, topped 30 points for the sixth time this season.
Jazz 94, Heat 89
Marvin Williams scored 23 points and rookie Trey Burke hit a jumper with 24 seconds remaining to lift the host Utah Jazz over the Miami Heat. Trailing 87-79 after Williams hit two 3-pointers, the Heat used a 10-4 run to draw within two points when Ray Allen made a 3 from the corner with 46 seconds to play.
Burke, who had 13 points, rose up and drained the clutch 19-foot jump shot to beat the shot clock and Gordon Hayward’s free throw clinched the win for the Jazz, who have beat the Heat at home three times in a row.
Dwyane Wade had 19 points for the Heat, who missed their last four shots from the field to thwart their comeback.
LeBron James was 4-of-13 from the field for 13 points.