Warriors 113, Rockets 106
Stephen Curry scored 32 points, Klay Thompson had 25 and visiting Golden State built a big lead early and held on for a won Tuesday night over Houston.
The Warriors scored 37 points in the first quarter and never trailed on the way to their eighth straight victory and 60th this season.
Golden State led by eight after two free throws by Curry with just over three minutes left. Patrick Beverley countered with a tip-in layup for Houston, then was fouled when he was knocked to the ground on a screen by Draymond Green seconds later.
James Harden missed a layup on the next possession before Green added a shot on the other end to put the Warriors up 107-99.
Another layup miss by Harden followed, and Curry made a 3-pointer with 1:46 left to send fans streaming to the exits.
Hawks 95, Suns 91
Dennis Schroder hit consecutive 3-pointers to spark a 17-1 run that carried host Atlanta over Phoenix, snapping a seven-game losing streak.
The Suns lost their ninth in a row in a matchup of teams with the two longest active losing streaks in the NBA.
The Hawks raced to an 18-point lead in the first quarter, but Atlanta sleepwalked through the next two quarters and went nearly 4˝ minutes in the fourth quarter without scoring.
The Suns finally took their first lead on Alan Williams’ lay-in with 10:37 remaining and stretching the margin to 78-71.
But Schroder swished back-to-back shots beyond the arc, and the Hawks pulled away from there. He finished with 27 points.
•?Suns guard Devin Booker sat out the game with an ankle injury that he aggravated in his 70-point game Friday against the Boston Celtics.
•?Hawks guard Kent Bazemore missed his fifth straight game with a bruised right knee, but is expected to be back in the lineup Wednesday against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Timberwolves 115,?Pacers 114
Ricky Rubio made three free throws with 3.4 seconds left to give Minnesota a win over host Indiana.
Minnesota snapped a six-game skid by taking its only lead of the quarter. Rubio had 21 points and 10 assists, and Karl-Anthony Towns had 37 points and 12 rebounds.
Rubio was fouled by Jeff Teague, though it appeared Rubio ran into his own teammate on the play.
Indiana fans booed the officials as they left the court.
Indiana’s Monta Ellis got off a last-second 3-point shot, but he was off the mark.
Paul George scored 37 points to lead the Pacers, whose playoff chances took another hit. Teague had 20 points and 10 assists.
•?The Pacers will be without backup guard Rodney Stuckey for four to six weeks with a strained left patellar tendon. Stuckey is the third key player the Pacers have lost at a crucial stretch. Indiana has just eight games remaining in the regular season.
Heat 97, Pistons 96
Hassan Whiteside tipped in a shot at the buzzer to lift Miami over host Detroit.
Miami is a game up on Chicago for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and 2˝ games ahead of Detroit.
Whiteside jumped over Andre Drummond to tip in Goran Dragic’s missed jumper. The final play was reviewed and confirmed.
Dragic scored 28 points and Whiteside finished with 17 points and nine rebounds for the Heat (36-38).
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 25 points and Tobias Harris and Ish Smith each scored 19 for the Pistons (34-41).
Detroit lost its fifth straight and eighth in nine games.
Bucks 118, Hornets 108
Tony Snell scored a season-high 26 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 20 points and eight rebounds and Milwaukee handed host Charlotte’s playoff hopes a potentially devastating blow.
Malcolm Brogdon had 14 points and 10 assists for his second double-double of the season, and the Bucks won for the 12th time in 15 games.
Snell finished 10-of-14 from the field and had four 3-pointers.
Charlotte (33-41) entered in 11th place in the Eastern Conference but only two games behind the Miami Heat and in dire need of a win with only nine games left.
76ers 106, Nets 101
Dario Saric scored 23 points, Robert Covington had 21 points and 13 rebounds and undermanned Philadelphia beat host Brooklyn.
Rookie guard Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot had 17 points and nine boards for the 76ers, who dressed only nine players.
Philadelphia was without center Jahlil Okafor, who missed his third straight game because of right knee soreness, and veteran guard Gerald Henderson, who did not play because of soreness in his left hip.
Brook Lopez led the Nets with 26 points, nine rebounds and six assists.
Jeremy Lin and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson each chipped in 11 points.