76ers 95, Pistons 74
Andre Iguodala recorded the eighth triple-double of his career with 10 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds, and host Philadelphia won its second consecutive game with a victory over struggling Detroit on Saturday night.
Iguodala, who turned 28 on Saturday, received a nice ovation from the crowd when he secured his triple-double with a defensive rebound with 7:34 remaining.
Lou Williams scored 17 points, Elton Brand added 14 and Jrue Holiday had 13 for the Sixers, who improved to 14-6 and 10-2 at home.
The Sixers have been a strong second-half team this season, and this game was no different. They came out of halftime with a quick 8-2 run — highlighted by 3-pointers from Iguodala and Jodie Meeks — and extended their lead to 50-33.
Detroit never got closer than nine the rest of the game.
The Pistons received a boost with the return of forward Tayshaun Prince, who had missed the previous two games tending to a family matter. Prince finished with just six points. The short-handed Pistons were still without injured guards Will Bynum and Ben Gordon, as well as forward Charlie Villanueva.
Wizards 102, Bobcats 99
JaVale McGee scored 22 points and had 10 rebounds as Washington defeated host Charlotte for the second time in a week.
The matchup between two teams tied for the fewest wins in the NBA came down to the final shot, but Matt Carroll’s 3-point attempt at the buzzer fell short.
McGee had a chance to seal the game with less than 6 seconds to go, but missed two foul shots. But that was about all McGee didn’t do right, as he shot 9-of-14 from the field.
Like many others this season, McGee exposed Charlotte’s poor interior defense, using an effective hook shot in the lane.
John Wall added 13 points and 10 assists for the Wizards (4-16).
The Wizards also got 21 points from Nick Young, while reserves Trevor Booker and Jordan Crawford chipped in with 16 and 12 points, respectively.
Kemba Walker became the third Bobcats (3-18) player to register a triple-double, recording 20 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. The 6-foot-1 Walker joined Stephen Jackson and Boris Diaw as the only players in franchise history to record such a feat.
Diaw, back in the starting lineup for the Bobcats, had 21 points and 10 assists. Byron Mullens scored 23 points, while Carroll and Tyrus Thomas each added 13.
Rockets 97, Knicks 84
Chase Budinger scored 19 points, Samuel Dalembert grabbed 14 rebounds and host Houston beat New York for its ninth win in 10 games.
Jordan Hill had 14 points and 11 rebounds, Courtney Lee scored 14 points in place of the injured Kevin Martin, and the Rockets shot 49 percent (38-of-77) to improve to 9-2 at home this season.
Houston blew open a close game in the third quarter as the Knicks’ offense sputtered again without Carmelo Anthony. New York failed to reach 90 points for the fifth time in seven games.
Amare Stoudemire scored 23 points and Tyson Chandler added 14 for the Knicks. New York went 5-for-26 from 3-point range a night after shooting an NBA season-high 43 times from beyond the arc in a loss to Miami.
They led early, though, because the Rockets gave away five turnovers in the first nine minutes.