Jazz 112, Bobcats 102
Al Jefferson had 26 points and eight rebounds, and the Utah Jazz beat the host Charlotte Bobcats for their fourth win in five games.
Jefferson was 11-of-15 from the field and the Bobcats simply had no answer for the 6-foot-10 center in the paint.
Paul Millsap chipped in with 19 points and Gordon Hayward was 4-of-5 from 3-point range for 14 points as the Jazz made light work of the Bobcats’ zone defense, shooting 54 percent from the field.
Utah led from the opening tip, building a 19-point halftime lead. The Jazz (19-18) never allowed the Bobcats to get any closer than 10 in the second half and moved back above .500.
Ben Gordon led six Bobcats in double figures, scoring 20 points. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Bobcats (9-25).
The Jazz outscored the Bobcats 29-11 in the final six minutes of the first half.
Spurs 108, Lakers 105
Tony Parker scored 24 points and the host San Antonio Spurs handed the slumping Los Angeles Lakers their fifth consecutive loss. Manu Ginobili added 19 points for San Antonio, which has won 11 straight at home.
Kobe Bryant had 27 points, Metta World Peace added 23 and Earl Clark 22 for Los Angeles. Bryant was 10-for-24 from the field, missing a 3-pointer on his final attempt that would have tied the score. Clark missed a follow-up 3 off a long rebound.
Raptors 90, 76ers 72
Amir Johnson had 19 points and 12 rebounds and the host Toronto Raptors handed the slumping Philadelphia 76ers their fifth consecutive loss.
Landry Fields set season highs with 10 points and 11 rebounds. DeMar DeRozan scored 19 and Ed Davis had 17 for the Raptors.
Celtics 87, Suns 79
Jeff Green scored 14 points, rookie Jared Sullinger added 12 points and a career-best 16 rebounds, and the host Boston Celtics recovered from a dreadful third quarter with a big rally to start the fourth and held off the slumping Phoenix Suns.
The Celtics survived a scoring drought that spanned almost half of the third quarter, scoring just 14 in the quarter before regaining the lead and taking command against the Suns, who lost their 11th in a row away from home.
Jason Terry added 13 points as Boston’s reserves outscored Phoenix’s 47-16.
Hornets 88, Rockets 79
Roger Mason scored 15 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter to rally the host New Orleans Hornets.
Greivis Vasquez and Jason Smith each scored 17 points for the Hornets, who have won three in a row for the first time this season. James Harden scored 25 points for the Rockets.
Thunder 106, Timberwolves 84
Kevin Durant scored 26 points, Russell Westbrook added 23 and the host Oklahoma City Thunder overpowered the outmanned Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Thunder took control with a string of seven consecutive points early in the second half and stretched their lead to 24 before pulling Durant, Westbrook and the other starters with 5:44 remaining.
Bucks 104, Bulls 96
Brandon Jennings scored 20 of his 35 points in the third quarter and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the host Chicago Bulls for their second consecutive victory under interim coach Jim Boylan. Mike Dunleavy had 16 points and Monta Ellis finished with 14 for Milwaukee.
Nuggets 108, Magic 105
Kenneth Faried scored 19 points and grabbed 19 rebounds to help host Denver rally for a win over slumping Orlando. Ty Lawson also finished with 19 points, including a three-point play with 1:27 remaining that gave the Nuggets the lead for good and sent them to their third win in a row.