Knicks 96, Wizards 88
WASHINGTON (AP) — Even if the New York Knicks were looking ahead to their game against the Miami Heat, Carmelo Anthony made sure his team still picked up a victory over the Washington Wizards along the way.
Anthony scored 30 points, Raymond Felton added 23, J.R. Smith chipped in with 13 points and 12 rebounds, and some strong defense allowed the Knicks to beat the Wizards 96-88 Friday night.
Rookie Bradley Beal led the Wizards with a career-high 29 points, falling just short of giving the team its first 30-point performance this season. But after his 3-pointer with about 4 minutes left pulled Washington within 87-86, the Knicks held the Wizards without a field goal the rest of the way.
Anthony's 3-pointer with under 2½ minutes remaining gave the Knicks a 92-87 cushion, and they held on.
The Knicks won their third game in a row following a season-worst, four-game losing streak, getting back in gear right in time to host LeBron James and reigning NBA champion Miami on Sunday afternoon.
Pacers 93, Raptors 81
TORONTO (AP) — Paul George had 22 points and 10 rebounds, David West had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and the Indiana Pacers beat the Toronto Raptors 93-81 on Friday night.
Roy Hibbert returned from a one-game suspension to score 18 points as the Central Division leaders won for the sixth time in seven games.
Rudy Gay scored 21 points and Alan Anderson had 14 for the Raptors, who have lost three straight and four of five.
George scored 11 points in the fourth quarter, nine of them on 3-pointers, including one with 9:56 left that put the Pacers up 72-53, their biggest lead of the game.
This was the first time in four meetings between the teams this season that the margin of victory was more than two points.
Rockets 118, Magic 110
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — James Harden had 24 points, and Chandler Parsons and Carlos Delfino added 21 apiece as the Houston Rockets rallied in the fourth quarter for a 118-110 victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday night.
The Rockets stopped a two-game skid and ended a five-game losing streak to the Magic. Houston trailed by two late in the game, before using an 11-0 run to seize control.
The Rockets return home to host Dallas on Sunday as they try to stay in the Western Conference playoff picture.
Tobias Harris scored a career-high 27 points to lead Orlando, followed by Arron Afflalo with 19 and Niklola Vucevic with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
The Magic have dropped two in a row and 30 of their last 34.
Clippers 105, Cavs 89
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jamal Crawford scored 24 points, making a pair of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, and Chris Paul had 15 assists as the Los Angeles Clippers ran away in the final period and beat the Cavaliers 105-89 on Friday night for their first win in Cleveland since 2002.
The Clippers had lost 10 straight at Quicken Loans Arena.
Blake Griffin had 16 points and 11 rebounds as the Clippers, having their best season in franchise history, won their fourth in a row. After Griffin scored on a monster dunk — off a lob from Crawford — to put Los Angeles ahead by 23, Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro pulled his starters with 4:19 left.
Rookie Dion Waiters scored 17 for the Cavs, who played their third straight game without injured All-Star Kyrie Irving.
Hornets 100, Pistons 95
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Greivis (GREE'-vihs) Vasquez capped a 25-point, nine-assist performance by hitting a running floater off the backboard with 12 seconds left, and the New Orleans Hornets beat the Detroit Pistons 100-95 on Friday night to snap a two-game skid.
Eric Gordon added 21 points and Ryan Anderson 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Hornets, who were short-handed in the front court with starting forward Anthony Davis sitting out his second straight game because of a sprained left shoulder.
New Orleans native Greg Monroe had 27 points and 10 rebounds for Detroit, while Brandon Knight added 22 points, including a 3-pointer that tied the score at 91.
Vasquez's final basket made it 98-95, and Rodney Stuckey missed a 3-point attempt that could have tied it in the final seconds.
Celtics 94, Warriors 86
BOSTON (AP) — Paul Pierce had 26 points, Jeff Green scored 14 of his 18 in the second half and the Boston Celtics overcame foul trouble and some erratic free throw shooting in a 94-86 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Friday night.
Golden State guard Stephen Curry, coming off a 54-point performance Wednesday in a loss at New York, was held to 25 on 6-of-22 shooting.
Kevin Garnett pulled down 13 rebounds as the Celtics improved to 3-3 since the All-Star break despite playing much of the second half without their starting backcourt. Point guard Avery Bradley went to the bench early in the third quarter with his fifth foul and Courtney Lee picked up his fourth late in the third.
But the Celtics managed to pull ahead slowly in the fourth, taking a 13-point lead that was too much for the road-weary Warriors to overcome.
Curry didn't come close to the jaw-dropping shooting performance that led to his career high for scoring Wednesday night. He was 18 of 28 from the field against the Knicks, including 11 for 13 on 3-pointers, but struggled Friday from everywhere other than the foul line.
Heat 98, Grizzlies 91
MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane (dwayn) Wade scored 22 points, LeBron James shook off his worst shooting night of the season to hit a key 3-pointer in the final half-minute, and the Miami Heat extended their winning streak to 13 games by beating the Memphis Grizzlies 98-91.
James scored 18 points on a season-worst 4 for 14 shooting, plus added 10 assists and eight rebounds. Shane Battier (BAT'-ee-ay) scored 14, Chris Bosh added 13 and Ray Allen had 10 for Miami, which snapped Memphis' eight-game winning streak.
Marc Gasol scored 24 for the Grizzlies, who got 14 points apiece from Zach Randolph and Mike Conley, and 10 more from Quincy Pondexter.
Spurs 130, Kings 102
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — DeJuan Blair scored 16 points off the bench to pace eight players in double figures, and the San Antonio Spurs overcame the loss of Tony Parker to beat the Sacramento Kings 130-102 on Friday night.
The Spurs rebounded from their first home loss in 18 games two nights earlier against Phoenix, but it may have been a costly victory. Parker, the Spurs' leading scorer, went down with a left ankle sprain with 4:40 left in the third quarter after a drive to the basket and scooping bucket. Parker immediately fell to the ground grabbing his leg and was helped off the court and straight to the locker room. He did not return.
Parker finished with 13 points and seven assists.
Mavs 98, Nets 90
NEW YORK (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki (noh-VIHT'-skee) and former Nets guard Vince Carter each scored 20 points, and the Dallas Mavericks avoided another late collapse by holding off Brooklyn 98-90 on Friday night.
Dallas led by as many as 20 points, then looked as if it might repeat its performance from its previous game, when it blew a 25-point lead against Memphis. But O.J. Mayo added 17 points as the Mavericks ended their three-game losing streak.
Deron Williams scored 17 of his 24 points in the first half in his first game against Dallas since deciding to remain with the Nets instead of signing with the Mavericks last summer.
Brook Lopez had 19 points and Joe Johnson added 11 as he returned to the Nets after missing the last three games with a foot injury.
Jazz 98, Bobcats 68
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Enes Kanter had career highs with 23 points and 22 rebounds in a rare start, helping the Utah Jazz beat the Charlotte Bobcats 98-68 on Friday night to snap a three-game losing streak.
DeMarre Carroll added a career-high 19 points, while Gordon Hayward and Jeremy Evans chipped in 14 apiece for the Jazz, who played without Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap. It didn't matter against the Bobcats. Utah held a 62-24 edge on the boards.
Byron Mullens had 12 points and Ramon Sessions added 11 for the Bobcats (13-45), who shot under 35 percent from the field and have lost five straight games.
Jefferson and Millsap, the top two scorers and rebounders for the Jazz, both sat out with left ankle sprains. Kanter and Derrick Favors started in their absence.
Suns 92, Hawks 87
PHOENIX (AP) — Marcus Morris tied his career high with four 3-pointers in five attempts, and scored 16 points in his fifth game with Phoenix, helping the Suns win their third in a row with a 92-87 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.
Twin brother Markieff added 11 points as Phoenix snapped Atlanta's four-game winning streak. Wesley Johnson scored 13 of his 15 points in the third quarter for the Suns.
Goran Dragic had 19 points for Phoenix before leaving with a lower back bruise with 4:44 left in the third quarter.
Al Horford scored 20 and Kyle Korver 18 for Atlanta on the fourth stop of a six-game road trip.
Nuggets 105 Thunder 103
DENVER (AP) — Wilson Chandler tied his career high with 35 points and Ty Lawson's jumper with 0.2 seconds left lifted the Denver Nuggets to a 105-103 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night.
Guarded tightly by Thabo Sefolosha, Lawson swished his jumper from just inside the 3-point arc on the right wing. With no time to catch and shoot, the Thunder failed to get off a final tip attempt after their timeout.
Kevin Durant had tied it with a driving bank shot with 17.6 seconds remaining. Andre Miller inbounded to Lawson, who never gave up the ball.