76ers 123, Pistons 98
The Philadelphia 76ers snapped their NBA record-tying, 26-game losing streak, routing the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night to avoid establishing a new longest skid in U.S. major pro sports history and keep the Cavaliers with a shared dubious distinction in the NBA record book.
Michael Carter-Williams and Thaddeus Young each scored 21 points for the 76ers, who won for the first time in exactly two months and did it with surprising ease, leading by as much as 32 points. They also ended an 18-game home losing streak, which was one shy of another NBA record.
Beaten badly a number of times during their skid, the 76ers got to experience life on the other side, ringing up a season-high 70 points in the first half.
Their 26 consecutive losses equaled the record originally set by the 2010-11 Cavaliers and also the NFLís Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who dropped 26 in a row from Sept. 12, 1976 to Dec. 4, 1977.
Henry Sims added 16 points for the Sixers, who hadnít won before their home crowd since beating Charlotte on Jan. 15. Fans were into it from the start and grew louder throughout, standing and cheering for the final 45 seconds.
Greg Monroe had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Pistons, who lost for the 11th time in 13 games. Blown out a night earlier by Miami, they made the 76ers look as good as the Heat with a sloppy effort that included 18 turnovers, many after starting point guard Brandon Jennings was ejected in the first quarter.
The 76ers opened a 10-point lead after one, capitalizing on some free throws when Jennings picked up two technical fouls arguing a call that wasnít even against him and was ejected with 1:18 left.
A 9-0 run made it 55-38 with about 5Ĺ minutes left in the half, and when Detroit crept within 10 with 1:32 remaining, Philadelphia closed with another 9-0 spurt to open a 70-51 cushion at the break.
Wizards 101, Hawks 97
The host Washington Wizards used a strong second-half performance to rally from a 66-59 deficit midway through the third quarter and beat the Atlanta Hawks. The Wizards used a 7-0 surge capped by Al Harringtonís 27-foot 3-pointer to take an 88-79 lead with 8:07 left and then held off a late surge by the Hawks, who pulled within 99-97 on a three-point play by Jeff Teague with 0:39 left.
Clippers 118, Rockets 107
The visiting Los Angeles Clippers lost Blake Griffin to lower back spasms in the first quarter, but Chris Paul scored 30 points and recorded 12 assists to overcome James Hardenís 32 points and beat the Houston Rockets. Jamal Crawford added 22 points off the bench and DeAndre Jordan had 20 points for the Clippers.
Spurs 96, Pelicans 80
Marco Belinelli scored 18 points and the host San Antonio Spurs never trailed after their opening possession, extending their winning streak to 17 games. Kawhi Leonard and Manu Ginobili scored 15 points each, Patty Mills added 13 and Tim Duncan had 12 points and eight rebounds.
Heat 88, Bucks 67
Chris Bosh scored 14 points, LeBron James had 13, and the short-handed Miami Heat wrapped up their three-game trip through the Midwest. James Jones added 10 for Miami in place of star guard Dwyane Wade, sidelined a second consecutive game with a sore hamstring.
Mavericks 103, Kings 100
Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 points, and the Dallas Mavericks avoided a potentially serious blow to their playoff hopes by rallying in the fourth quarter to beat the Sacramento Kings. The Mavericks blew a 17-point lead and trailed by five in the fourth quarter before recovering for their 20th consecutive regular-season win at home against Sacramento.