Oklahoma City continue dominance at home
Kevin Durant had 31 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, while Serge Ibaka had 21 points and 12 rebounds as the Oklahoma City Thunder continued their home dominance, beating the Memphis Grizzlies 86-77 on Monday night (local time).
Oklahoma City (39-11) had a 10-game winning streak snapped on Saturday in Washington, but the Thunder moved to 21-3 at home while winning their seventh straight game at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Zach Randolph had 13 points and 13 rebounds and Marc Gasol added 13 points for Memphis (26-21), who lost for the second time in 13 games. The Grizzlies had won six straight games, the NBA's longest winning streak before Monday.
Coming off a remarkable January during which he averaged 35.9 points per game on 54.9 per cent shooting, Durant finished 11 of 21 from the field.
WIZARDS 100, TRAIL BLAZERS 90
Washington moved above .500 for the first time in more than four years, accomplishing the feat on their eighth attempt this season by pulling away in the second half to beat Portland.
John Wall scored 22 points, and Trevor Ariza added 20 for the Wizards, who hadn't had a winning record since beating the New Jersey Nets to improve to 2-1 on Halloween in 2009. Washington committed six turnovers while forcing 16 from Portland, and Wall and Co. didn't look back after Kevin Seraphin led a 12-0 run that put the Wizards up by 17 early in the fourth quarter.
Damian Lillard scored 25 points, and LaMarcus Aldridge had 20 to lead the Trail Blazers, who have lost four straight games on the road.
PACERS 98, MAGIC 79
Danny Granger scored 16 points, Paul George and Lance Stephenson each added 15 as Indiana beat Orlando.
Indiana (37-10) won for the second time in three days and maintained their grip on the NBA's best record.
The reeling Magic were led by Arron Afflalo with 20 points and Nikola Vucevic with 16. Orlando (13-37) lost for the fourth time in five games and are a league-worst 3-23 on the road.
It wasn't nearly as easy as it seemed, however.
Orlando cut a 16-point second-quarter deficit to nine at the half, to 60-58 in the third quarter and even had two chances to tie the score.
But the Pacers answered with six straight points and put away the Magic with an 18-1 run that started late in the third quarter and ended with the Pacers up 86-64 with 7:45 left in the game.
HEAT 102, PISTONS 96
LeBron James came within two rebounds of his first triple-double this season.
James had 24 points and 11 assists, Dwyane Wade scored 30 points and Chris Bosh added 17.
Wade had one of his best performances in an injury-hampered season, shooting 13 for 19 and adding 10 rebounds and five assists in 37 minutes. His point total was his highest since December 18.
James was blanked in the rebound department down the stretch. When Wade snatched a rebound away from him with four minutes left, a grinning James chided him as they ran upcourt. Wade waved his arms in sheepish apology.
Teammate Ray Allen outfought James for a rebound a minute later, which left James muttering to the Heat bench.
NUGGETS 116, CLIPPERS 115
Randy Foye hit a three-pointer from the top of the key at the buzzer as Denver overcame a 36-point performance by Blake Griffin.
Kenneth Faried had a career-high 28 points and 11 rebounds for the Nuggets, who denied the Clippers their sixth win in seven games.
Ty Lawson, who missed the last four games with a shoulder injury, added 27 points and JJ Hickson landed 17 points and 12 rebounds.
DeAndre Jordan had 19 points and 12 rebounds. It was his team's record 28th consecutive game with at least 10 rebounds. Jamal Crawford added 19 points for the Clippers, who fell to 0-11 on the road when trailing after the third quarter.
NETS 108, 76ERS 102
Paul Pierce scored 25 points, Deron Williams added 21 as Brooklyn stopped a three-game losing streak.
The Nets had lost to division leaders Toronto, Oklahoma City and Indiana after starting 2014 by winning 10 of their first 11 games, but got back on track against a Philadelphia team that's lost 13 of its last 16 games.
Brooklyn had a 19-point lead with 4:21 left in the third quarter cut to 104-102 after James Anderson hit a 3-pointer with 22 seconds left. Pierce then made two free throws before Shaun Livingston intercepted Michael Carter-Williams' pass and converted a pair of free throws to put it away.
Carter-Williams led Philadelphia with 21 points and Tony Wroten had 18 off the bench.
SPURS 102, PELICANS 95
Tony Parker scored 21 of his 32 points in the second half and also doled out nine assists as San Antonio overcame a 14-point deficit.
Tim Duncan scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half, and Marco Belinelli added 13 against his former club.
Anthony Davis had 17 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks, Anthony Morrow added 20 points and Eric Gordon scored 19 points for the Pelicans, who appeared in line for their fifth win in six games when they led by 14 near the end of the third quarter.
The Spurs, however, had other plans. Parker strung together an array of dazzling driving layups through crowds of defenders as San Antonio outscored New Orleans 38-19 in the final period.
BUCKS 101, KNICKS 98
Brandon Knight made a three-pointer with 1.4 seconds left and finished with 25 points as Milwaukee snapped a six-game losing streak.
Knight took a couple dribbles, then quickly fired his three from the wing with Raymond Felton leaping into the air. Felton turned in disbelief as Knight rushed down the other end to celebrate.
The Knicks had one last chance, though Carmelo Anthony misfired on a deep three. He finished with 36 points.
New York rallied from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter, but ended up falling to the worst team in the NBA.
Khris Middleton added 19 points and a season-high five threes for Milwaukee, which also snapped a seven-game skid to New York.
MAVERICKS 124, CAVALIERS 107
Dirk Nowitzki scored 23 points and Devin Harris had a season-high 16 as Dallas handed Cleveland their fifth straight loss.
Nowitzki was on the bench for most of a key third-quarter stretch as the Mavericks restored a double-digit lead behind by Harris, Brandan Wright and Jose Calderon.
Harris had seven points on a 9-2 run that gave the Mavericks their first 15-point lead, and Wright scored nine of his 14 points in the third. Calderon had four of his game-high 10 assists in the quarter and hit a pair of three-pointers.
Kyrie Irving had 27 to lead the Cavaliers, who have dropped seven of their last eight.
RAPTORS 94, JAZZ 79
DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points and Jonas Valanciunas added 18 to help Toronto win their fourth in five games.
DeRozan looked to get his teammates involved in the first half but once Kyle Lowry left with a knee injury, the new All-Star took matters into his own hands with nine points in the fourth quarter to quell a Jazz comeback. The Raptors scored 13 of the game's final 16 points.
Valanciunas and Amir Johnson, who had 11 points and 11 rebounds, exposed the Jazz interior defence without Derrick Favors (hip).
Marvin Williams scored 23 points and Alec Burks had 20 off the bench but it wasn't enough to keep the Jazz from their third straight loss, their worst span since a four-game skid from December 4-9.
KINGS 99, BULLS 70
DeMarcus Cousins had 25 points and 16 rebounds to help Sacramento snap a seven-game losing streak by defeating Chicago.
Cousins, the Kings' leading scorer and rebounder, missed the previous six games with a sprained ankle. He came out aggressive, landing 11 points and seven rebounds in the first quarter when the Kings led 24-12 and never trailed for the remainder of the game.
Jimmy Butler had 17 points for the frustrated Bulls, who have lost two straight and three of four. Tony Snell and Taj Gibson each had 11 points. Chicago were outscored 28-13 in the fourth quarter.
Chicago All-Star centre Joakim Noah had four points and four rebounds before being ejected in the third quarter when he picked up two technical fouls.