Bobcats roar past Raptors
Gerald Wallace and Boris Diaw scored 30 points each to lead the Charlotte Bobcats to a 102-89 victory over the Raptors last night in Toronto.
Raymond Felton had 14 points and Wallace also had nine rebounds and eight assists to help Charlotte, which came in 1 1/2 games out of the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot, win its third straight.
Chris Bosh scored 35 points and Andrea Bargnani added 27 for the Raptors, who have lost 9 of 10.
It was an impressive performance by Wallace, who slipped and bruised his left knee while driving to the basket in the second quarter of Wednesday's home victory over Sacramento. Wallace limped through the second half of that game, then had an MRI Thursday to make sure the knee was structurally sound.
Wearing a wrap on his tender knee, Wallace topped 25 points for the fourth consecutive game.
Warriors 119, 76ers 111 - Brandan Wright scored a career-high 25 points, Monta Ellis added 21,and Golden State got rolling right after a power failure in its victory over visiting Philadelphia.
Stephen Jackson had 14 points, 10 rebounds, and 9 assists for the Warriors. Most of the lights abruptly went out at Oracle Arena with 8:24 left in the third quarter, and only some came back on moments later. After a delay of nearly three minutes, the officials decided to keep playing - and Golden State scored the next 8 points while making a 21-8 run, blowing open a close game.
Hornets 96, Grizzlies 84 - Chris Paul had 32 points and David West 29, and host New Orleans defeated Memphis.
The game was close inside the final five minutes before the Hornets went on a 17-1 run in a span of 3:25, with Paul scoring twice and setting up Julian Wright's alley-oop dunk and Rasual Butler's 3 during the spurt.
Mavericks 94, Pacers 92 - Dirk Nowitzki scored 23 points and made an 18-foot stepback shot with 1.1 seconds left to give Dallas the victory in Indianapolis.
Danny Granger led Indiana with 18 points and 11 rebounds, but his 20-footer that could have forced overtime was partially blocked by Ryan Hollins at the buzzer. The Pacers have lost five straight and have fallen 4 1/2 games behind Chicago for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Nets 96, Heat 88 - Vince Carter had 17 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 assists and host New Jersey spoiled the return of NBA leading scorer Dwyane Wade to the Miami lineup after a one-game absence (hip flexor).
Jarvis Hayes hit two late jumpers and rookie Chris Douglas-Roberts, getting playing time because of a shoulder injury that has sidelined Devin Harris, added his first NBA 3-pointer with 1:10 to go as New Jersey won its second straight.
Kings 121, Knicks 94 - Visiting Sacramento finally beat an Eastern Conference team on its 29th try, getting 30 points from Kevin Martin in its victory over fading New York.
Beno Udrih added 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists for the Kings, who had lost five straight and were two games away from a winless season against the other conference. They put an emphatic end to both skids, racing out to a 15-0 lead and dealing a crushing blow to the Knicks' faint playoff hopes.
Jazz 101, Thunder 94 - Deron Williams scored 20 of his 24 points in the second half and added 11 assists, leading Utah's victory in Oklahoma City, despite losing Mehmet Okur in the first half.
Carlos Boozer added 15 points and eight rebounds, Paul Millsap scored 14 and Okur had 12 points before he was poked in the eye in the second quarter and had to leave the game.
Nuggets 116, Wizards 105 - J.R. Smith scored a season-high 40 points and Chris Andersen had 18 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 blocks as host Denver beat Washington for its fifth straight win.
Pistons 108, Clippers 90 - Antonio McDyess scored 24 points and Tayshaun Prince added 23 to help shorthanded Detroit beat visiting Los Angeles.
Rockets 107, Timberwolves 88 - Ron Artest scored 20 points and Aaron Brooks and Von Wafer added 13 apiece as host Houston beat Minnesota.