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|Wednesday, 15 January 2014 17:29|
John Wall scored 25 points, and Bradley Beal and Nene had 19 apiece to lead seven players in double figures for the Wizards, who shot a season-high 55 percent and closed the game with a 17-9 run to avoid an second straight embarrassing collapse at home.
Chris Bosh scored 26 points, and LeBron James had 25 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and four turnovers for the Heat, who have dropped three straight, all on the road.
Oden stepped onto the court for his first regular-season game since Dec. 5, 2009.
Oden, who has struggled to overcome knee injuries throughout his NBA career, played nine minutes and scored six points.
BULLS 128, MAGIC 125, 3 OTS
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Joakim Noah had a season-high 26 points, Carlos Boozer scored 23, and Chicago extended Orlando's season-high losing streak to nine games with a triple-overtime victory.
The Magic had a chance to win the game with less than 10 seconds to play, but Glen Davis' jumper was partially blocked and rebounded by the Bulls with just 1.5 seconds remaining.
The Bulls have now won the last seven matchups with the Magic played in Orlando and improved to 4-1 since trading Luol Deng.
Victor Oladipo had a career-high 35 points and Jameer Nelson added 31 points and 10 assists for Orlando. Tobias Harris added 22 points and 16 rebounds.
ROCKETS 103, PELICANS 100
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - James Harden capped a 26-point performance with a tiebreaking jumper with 28 seconds left, and Houston beat reeling New Orleans for its third straight victory.
Eric Gordon scored a season-high 35 points, but the Pelicans lost their seventh straight.
Terrence Jones scored 23 and Dwight Howard added 12 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks for the Rockets, who trailed by as many as 17 in the second quarter and by eight with about four minutes to go. Harden had a hand in 12 of Houston's final 17 points, scoring 10 and assisting on Howard's alley-oop dunk.
Anthony Davis added 24 points for New Orleans, his sixth straight game with 20 or more, but Darius Miller missed a potential tying 3 in the final seconds.
GRIZZLIES 82, BUCKS 77
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Mike Conley and James Johnson each scored 15 points and Memphis won its season-high fourth straight.
Ed Davis added 14 points and nine rebounds for Memphis, which improved to 19-19 and returned to the .500 mark for the first time since Dec. 9 (10-10).
The Grizzlies also won for the ninth time in 13 games despite no points in 14 minutes from Marc Gasol. It was the second game in two days for the NBA's reigning Defensive Player of the Year after he missed 23 contests with a left MCL sprain. He had 12 points in 24 minutes Tuesday against Oklahoma City.
Brandon Knight scored 27 points on 10-for-17 shooting for Milwaukee, which lost its seventh consecutive game.
SPURS 109, JAZZ 105
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Tony Parker had 25 points and nine assists, and San Antonio escaped a late rally to beat Utah and extend its winning streak to six games.
Utah closed the game on a 19-7 run, but was unable to complete the comeback after falling behind by 18 points in the second half.
Marco Belinelli, Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard scored 15 points apiece, and Manu Ginobili had 13 in his first home start of the season for San Antonio (31-8).
Enes Kanter had 25 points off the bench for Utah (13-27). Alec Burks scored 20 points, Derrick Favors had 19 points and 12 rebounds, Trey Burke added 17 points and former Spurs forward Richard Jefferson had 15 points.
Utah was without Gordon Hayward, its leading scorer, for the third straight game with a strained hip flexor.
KINGS 111, TIMBERWOLVES 108
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Rudy Gay had 33 points, five rebounds and six assists, and Isaiah Thomas had 26 points and seven assists to lead Sacramento over Minnesota.
Gay hit 12 of 19 shots and Derrick Williams had 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting in his first game at Target Center since the Timberwolves traded him to the Kings in November. DeMarcus Cousins had 20 points and 11 boards, and the Kings shot 55 percent to win for the fourth time in five games.
Kevin Love had 27 points and 11 rebounds for Minnesota. But Ricky Rubio committed five of Minnesota's 12 turnovers and the Wolves fell to 0-11 in games decided by four points or less.
CELTICS 88, RAPTORS 83
BOSTON (AP) - Jared Sullinger scored 25 points and grabbed a career-best 20 rebounds, Avery Bradley had 20 points and Boston held on to snap a nine-game losing streak.
Jeff Green scored 13 points and Kris Humphries 12 for the Celtics, who nearly blew an 18-point, second-half lead.
Sullinger's 20-20 was the first by a Celtics player since Kevin Garnett's first game in Boston in 2007. Garnett was dealt along with Paul Pierce to Brooklyn during the offseason.
DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points and Kyle Lowry had 18 points and 12 assists for Toronto, which lost for just the third time in 11 games.
76ERS 95, BOBCATS 92
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Thaddeus Young made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 3.2 seconds left to lift Philadelphia over Charlotte.
Young hit the final big shot in a fourth quarter loaded with back-and-forth baskets, a contested jumper from the left of the arc off a feed from Michael-Carter Williams. Young scored 11 points and his winner was his only 3-pointer of the game. Charlotte's last-gasp shot was off the mark.
Spencer Hawes had 17 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists for the Sixers. Evan Turner scored 23 points.
Kemba Walker led the Bobcats with 26 points and Al Jefferson had 24.