Pistons 110, Suns 108
Josh Smith’s driving, left-handed bank shot with 1.2 seconds left gave the host Detroit Pistons a dramatic win over the Phoenix Suns.
Smith was involved in a few big plays in the final half-minute — both good and bad. His 3-pointer as the shot clock expired put Detroit ahead 108-105 with 26.8 seconds left. Then he fouled Gerald Green while the Phoenix guard was shooting a 3-pointer. Green made all three free throws to tie it with 4.3 seconds remaining.
Smith took the ensuing inbounds pass near the top of the key, drove to the right and then switched hands, making a tough shot while being tightly defended by Channing Frye.
Green’s shot at the buzzer from in front of the Detroit bench missed badly.
Smith finished with 25 points, and Brandon Jennings had eight points, 18 assists and eight rebounds for Detroit. Greg Monroe added 20 points and 12 rebounds.
Frye led Phoenix with 21 points.
The Suns tied the score with a 13-3 run to start the fourth quarter, but Detroit responded with a 7-0 run. It was 105-97 before Phoenix scored eight consecutive points, tying it on a 3-pointer by PJ Tucker with 51.2 seconds left.
The Pistons barely got a shot off on their next possession, but Smith was able to free himself on the left wing and connect from 3-point range.
Jennings equaled team records held by Isiah Thomas with 11 assists in the first quarter and 16 in the first half. His final total of 18 is the highest by an NBA player this season.
Knicks 102, 76ers 92
Amare Stoudemire scored 21 points and Carmelo Anthony added 18 to lead the visiting New York Knicks over the Philadelphia 76ers.
J.R. Smith returned from a one-game benching for unsportsmanlike conduct and contributed 11 points for the Knicks (14-22), who have won four in a row.
Anthony added nine rebounds and seven assists. Stoudemire went 8-for-10 from the field.
Spencer Hawes and James Anderson each had 17 points to lead the Sixers (12-25).
Raptors 96, Nets 80
DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points, Patrick Patterson had 14 points and 12 rebounds and the host Toronto Raptors snapped the Brooklyn Nets’ five-game winning streak.
Terrence Ross scored 14 points, John Salmons had 13 and Kyle Lowry finished with 12 as Toronto won for the seventh time in nine games.
Paul Pierce scored 15 points and Alan Anderson had 13 for the Nets, whose season-long winning streak came to an end one night after its most impressive result: a double-overtime victory over the two-time defending NBA champion Miami.
Joe Johnson scored 11 for the Nets, who fell to 1-6 this season in the second game of a back-to-back.
Bulls 103, Bobcats 97
D.J. Augustin had 20 points and 12 assists and Joakim Noah added 19 points and 14 rebounds, helping the streaking Chicago Bulls beat the visiting Charlotte Bobcats.
Chicago had seven players score in double figures in its fifth consecutive victory. The Bulls (17-18) also improved to 3-0 since they traded All-Star Luol Deng.
Mike Dunleavy had 17 points for Chicago, which recovered after blowing a 15-point lead in the second half.
The Bobcats (15-23) have dropped three in a row. Gerald Henderson had 30 points, and Kemba Walker scored 29.
Thunder 101, Bucks 85
Kevin Durant scored 33 points and Serge Ibaka had 17 points and 17 rebounds, and the host Oklahoma City Thunder snapped a two-game skid. Durant missed his first eight shots but made 8-of-10 the rest of the way. Jeremy Lamb added 17 points.
Rockets 114, Wizards 107
There was a pair of rain delays at the Verizon Center, a curious happening followed by another strange turn of events: The Houston Rockets built a 25-point lead, lost all of it and then some, then rallied from five down late in the fourth quarter to win.