Heat make it too cold for Lakers
Dwyane Wade got his offensive touch back. More importantly, the Miami Heat brought a level of defense that the visiting Los Angeles Lakers simply hadn't seen this season.
Wade scored 35 points, including a desperation 3-pointer to close the third quarter, and the Heat held the Lakers to their lowest scoring total this season in knocking off the reigning Western Conference champions, 89-87, last night.
Kobe Bryant scored 28 points for the Lakers, including a spinning jumper from the left side of the lane that drew his team within 88-86 with 41.7 seconds left.
But Wade and Joel Anthony blocked potentially game-tying shots in the lane on the next Lakers' possession, and Bryant's 15-foot fadeaway rimmed out as time expired.
The Lakers' previous low this season was 93 points, and their 21 turnovers represented their second-highest total of the season.
Jazz 120, Pistons 114 - Deron Williams scored 29 points as Utah needed two overtimes to beat host Detroit.
The win was Utah's seventh straight over the Pistons. Mehmet Okur, who finished with 26 points and 12 rebounds, is 8-1 against the Pistons since leaving Detroit after winning the 2004 NBA title.
Allen Iverson led the Pistons with 38 points in 54 minutes and Richard Hamilton added 30.
Rasheed Wallace's 3-pointer pulled Detroit within 96-94 with 1:20 to play, and Rodney Stuckey picked off the inbounds pass and laid it in to tie the game moments later.
The game was tied at 104 when Tayshaun Prince's running hook beat the shot clock with 36 seconds left in the extra session. Williams retied the game and Stuckey missed a potential winning 3-pointer to send the game to a second overtime.
Wallace had fouled out late in the first overtime, and both Hamilton and Stuckey did the same in the first 90 seconds of the second. That forced Detroit to use a makeshift lineup that included Walter Herrmann, who hadn't played in the first five periods.
Nets 121, Mavericks 97 - Devin Harris dominated the team that traded him, scoring 41 points and helping ruin Jason Kidd's return to New Jersey with a victory over visiting Dallas.
Harris added 13 assists in thoroughly outplaying Kidd, who spent 6 1/2 years in New Jersey before the Nets dealt him to Dallas in February for a package highlighted by Harris, who had his second 40-point game during a breakout season.
He was removed for good after his dazzling performance with 2:11 remaining, with fans chanting "Thank you, Cuban!" to Mavericks owner Mark Cuban - who signed off on a trade many think the Nets got the better of.
Vince Carter added 34 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists for the Nets.
Kidd finished with 17 points and seven assists.
Clippers 117, Pacers 109 - Zach Randolph had 34 points and 16 rebounds to help visiting Los Angeles beat shorthanded Indiana in double overtime.
Al Thornton scored 25 points, Marcus Camby had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and Baron Davis had 18 points and 11 assists for the Clippers, who have won four of five after a 4-17 start.
Indiana tipped off missing four of its usual starters. Danny Granger, Troy Murphy, and Marquis Daniels were in the hospital with viral infections, and T.J. Ford didn't start because of a sore left groin.
In the second overtime, the Clippers led, 111-107, before rookie Eric Gordon drilled a 3-pointer from the left corner to give Los Angeles a 114-107 lead.
Bobcats 112, Grizzlies 83 - Boris Diaw had a season-high 26 points and 10 rebounds, helping visiting Charlotte to an easy win over Memphis.
Emeka Okafor added 25 points and Gerald Wallace finished with 22 points. Charlotte set a franchise record by making 66 percent of its shots (50 for 76).
The Bobcats' starting front line was a combined 31 of 40 from the field. Charlotte outscored Memphis in the paint, 70-42, and outrebounded the Grizzlies, 41-23.
76ers 109, Wizards 103 - Lou Williams, coming off the bench to score a career high for the second straight game, had 26 points and rookie Marreese Speights had a career-high 17 as visiting Philadelphia improved to 3-0 under interim coach Tony DiLeo.
Rockets 107, Kings 96 - Yao Ming scored 11 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter and Luis Scola earned his seventh double-double of the season (23 points, 10 rebounds) as host Houston beat Sacramento.
Thunder 91, Raptors 83 - Kevin Durant scored 24 points and rookie Russell Westbrook added 19 as Oklahoma City snapped an 11-game home losing streak.
Hawks 115, Warriors 99 - Flip Murray scored 14 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter to help Atlanta drop Golden State to 3-13 on the road and hand the Warriors their fifth straight loss overall.
Bucks 105, Knicks 81 - Michael Redd scored 21 points to lead visiting Milwaukee to its third win this season over New York.