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Scores: Magic 102-89 Bulls ; Hornets 119-99 76ers ; Celtics 116-93 Trailblazers ; Raptors 104-94 Jazz ; Rockets 100-95 Pelicans ; Grizzlies 104-98 Kings ; Pacers 104-99 Bucks ; Wizards 104-98 Timberwolves ; Spurs 97-81 Pistons ; Nuggets 117-107 Lakers ; Clippers 103-98 Thunder
Nikola Vucevic scored 24 points, Hezonja added a career-high 21, and Orlando beat Chicago 102-89. The Magic coasted through the second half with leads as big as 22 points. Victor Oladipo had 17 points and Aaron Gordon added 13 points and 13 rebounds. Derrick Rose led Chicago with 16 points, all in the first half. Pau Gasol had 12 points and Doug McDermott was the only other Bulls player in double figures with 11. Chicago has lost four straight games and dropped to ninth in the Eastern Conference standings.
Kemba Walker had 30 points and seven rebounds, and Cody Zeller scored 15 to lead the Hornets to a 119-99 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. Lin and Marvin Williams each added 14 points for the Hornets as they continue their climb up the Eastern Conference standings. Charlotte won for the second straight night and has won 10 of 13 overall.
Isaiah Thomas had 30 points to lead Boston to its fourth straight win, 116-93 over the Portland Trail Blazers tonight. Avery Bradley added 17 points as the Celtics won their 12th straight at home. The streak ties Boston's longest since it won 13 straight at the Garden during the 2008-09 season. Six Boston players reached double figures and the Celtics outscored Portland 60-34 in the paint, while committing just five turnovers.
Kyle Lowry scored 32 points, DeMar DeRozan added 31 and the Toronto Raptors beat the Utah Jazz 104-94 tonight for their club-record 11th straight home win.
Lowry, who had a career-high 43 points in a victory over Cleveland on Friday night before being rested Sunday in a loss at Detroit, added five assists and four rebounds. Toronto (40-19) led the entire second half on the way to its fifth win in six games.
The Jazz (28-32) were led by Gordon Hayward, who had 26 points, six assists and three rebounds. Derrick Favors added 15 points and seven rebounds for Utah, which has lost four straight and seven of 11.
James Harden had 39 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists to help the Houston Rockets overcome miserable shooting in a 100-95 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans tonight. The Rockets went 3 of 34 on 3-point attempts and committed 21 turnovers but were able to rally past New Orleans thanks to an off night from Pelicans star Anthony Davis. With their horrendous shooting performance, Houston became the first team in NBA history to make fewer than four 3s on 30 or more attempts. But on the 34th attempt, Houston point guard Patrick Beverley delivered the most important shot of the game, a 3-pointer from the corner that gave the Rockets a lead with less than a minute remaining.
Mike Conley scored 24 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 104-98 victory over the Sacramento Kings tonight. Conley, who also had five assists, shot 9 of 12, including all three attempts from 3-point range as the Grizzlies won their second straight and sixth in the last eight. Zach Randolph finished with 19 points and eight rebounds for Memphis, while JaMychal Green and Mario Chalmers scored 15 apiece. Chris Andersen added 10 points, including the final two free throws with 17 seconds left to seal the victory. DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings with 18 points and 16 rebounds, but was 7 of 18 from the field in Sacramento's fourth straight loss. Darren Collison added 17 points, and Marco Belinelli had 16, including 11 in the fourth to help the Kings erase a Memphis lead that had reached 21 in the first half. Omri Casspi scored 12 points and Quincy Acy had 11 points for the Kings, while Rajon Rondo had 17 assists.
Jordan Hill had 19 points and the Indiana Pacers survived a last-minute rally to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks 104-99 tonight to end a three-game losing streak. Paul George and Rodney Stuckey added 15 each for Indiana. Khris Middleton had 23 points to pace the Bucks, who have lost three of four. Giannis Antetokounmpo added 22 and Jabari Parker 18 for Milwaukee.
Bradley Beal scored 26 points and Alan Anderson added 18 to lead the Washington Wizards to their fourth straight victory, 104-98 over the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight. John Wall had 14 points and 12 assists, and Beal and Anderson led a Wizards bench that outscored Minnesota's second unit 64-18. Washington shot 50 percent, hit 11 of 29 3-pointers and scored 50 points in the paint to overcome 17 turnovers. Ricky Rubio had 22 points and six rebounds, Zach LaVine scored 21 and Karl-Anthony Towns had 14 points, 15 rebounds and five assists for the Timberwolves. Minnesota made 29 free throws to just nine for Washington, but 19 turnovers did in the young Wolves.
Kawhi Leonard scored 27 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 23 as the San Antonio Spurs beat the Detroit Pistons 97-81 on Wednesday night to clinch their 19th straight playoff berth. San Antonio (51-9) won its 29th straight home game to open the season in its first game following a month-long road trip brought on by the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. San Antonio joins Golden State as the only teams to clinch spots in the postseason. Aldridge and Tim Duncan held Detroit center Andre Drummond to nine points and 14 rebounds, ending his career-high and the league's season-high of consecutive double-doubles at 13 straight. Marcus Morris and Tobias Harris had 16 points each for the Pistons (31-30), who had a four-game winning streak snapped.
D.J. Augustin scored 22 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter to lead six Denver players in double figures, and the Nuggets beat the Los Angeles Lakers 117-107 tonight as Bryant made his final appearance at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets honored Bryant with a video tribute during a timeout in the first quarter. After showing a string of highlights, the big screen read, "Congratulations on an amazing career." Bryant was so engrossed in the team huddle he didn't glance up. D'Angelo Russell scored 24 points for the Lakers, his second consecutive big night. He had 39 points Tuesday in a win over Brooklyn with Bryant sitting out.
The Oklahoma City Thunder took the court hours after the death of part-owner Aubrey McClendon and squandered a 22-point lead in a 103-98 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers to night. Chris Paul had 21 points and 13 assists for Los Angeles and DeAndre Jordan had 20 points and 18 rebounds. The Clippers ended the game with a stunning 26-5 run after trailing by 16 points with 7:30 left. The Thunder had only one field goal during that stretch, a 17-foot jumper by Durant. It was the largest comeback win of the season for the Clippers, who reached the 40-win mark for the fifth year in a row and ninth time since the club relocated from San Diego to Los Angeles in 1984. Kevin Durant scored 30 points and Russell Westbrook had 24 points and 12 assists for Oklahoma City.
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