Dwight Howard had 32 points and 11 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic held off the Indiana Pacers for a 109-98 home victory last night to end a three-game losing streak.
Matt Barnes added 16 rebounds, 10 points, and 6 assists to help the streaky Magic build a 29-point lead in the first half before going cold. Orlando had lost seven of its last nine games, and letting this one slip could have been a catastrophic blow.
Danny Granger’s jumper cut the Pacers’ deficit to 96-88 with 6:34 remaining, leaving what was left of an Orlando crowd that had filtered out early stunned. But Indiana never got closer.
Mavericks 94, Wizards 93 - Shawn Marion blocked Caron Butler’s jump shot with 1.9 seconds to play, and Dallas opened the second half of its season by avenging a loss from opening night, beating host Washington.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 28 points, Jason Terry added 21, and Jason Kidd had 15 assists for the Mavericks, who are 2-1 on their five-game road trip and were coming off a big win against the Celtics Monday.
Bobcats 104, Heat 65 - Stephen Jackson scored 24 points, Gerald Wallace added 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Charlotte completed a 6-0 homestand with its most lopsided victory in team history.
Shutting down a frustrated and foul-plagued Dwyane Wade, the Bobcats (21-19) improved to an NBA-best 9-1 since Jan. 1.
Hawks 108, Kings 97 - Jamal Crawford scored 20 points to lead a strong effort by Atlanta’s backups in an easy win over visiting Sacramento.
Crawford led the Hawks in scoring for the 14th time this season. Maurice Evans had several big plays, as well, during the decisive third quarter as the Hawks pulled away to hand the Kings their fifth straight loss.
Trail Blazers 98, 76ers 90 - Andre Miller scored 24 points against his former team and Jerryd Bayless had 14 in the fourth quarter, leading Portland over host Philadelphia.
Sixers center Samuel Dalembert, who had been on a two-day, goodwill mission to his native Haiti, started and had 15 rebounds and 10 points.
Thunder 94, Timberwolves 92 - Kevin Durant had 31 points and 10 rebounds, and Oklahoma City eclipsed its win total from all of last season, winning at Minnesota.
Durant topped 30 points for the 13th time in the last 16 games. Jeff Green added 15 points for the Thunder (24-18).
Hornets 113, Grizzlies 111 - James Posey’s driving layup with 1.1 seconds left gave New Orleans a home victory over Memphis.
Chris Paul scored 10 of his 21 points in the last 4:20 and had 13 assists as the Hornets rallied from a late 9-point deficit.
Bucks 113, Raptors 107 - Andrew Bogut had 27 points and 12 rebounds and Milwaukee held on to beat visiting Toronto, overcoming Chris Bosh’s career-high 44 points.
By the time Bosh scored his 44th point on a dunk with 37 seconds left, the game was no longer in doubt. Bosh also had 12 rebounds.
Suns 118, Nets 94 - Jason Richardson scored 15 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter to help Phoenix finally pull away from visiting New Jersey.
Seven-foot twins Robin Lopez of the Suns and Brook Lopez of the Nets started against each other for the first time in their two NBA seasons. Robin set a career best for the second time in two games with 20 points. Brook led New Jersey with 26 points.
Jazz 105, Spurs 98 - Carlos Boozer had 31 points and 13 rebounds, and Utah beat host San Antonio for the fourth time this season.
The Jazz hadn’t won in San Antonio in a decade entering this season, but Utah can now claim two road wins over the Spurs. This one wasn’t easy, but Utah prevailed.
Clippers 104, Bulls 97 - Baron Davis scored 11 of his 23 points in the final 3:52, Marcus Camby pulled down a season-high 25 rebounds, and host Los Angeles beat Chicago.
Chris Kaman had 20 points for the Clippers, who have won eight of their last nine home games and have held opponents under 100 points in 17 of their 19 victories overall.
Nuggets 123, Warriors 118 - Chauncey Billups matched his career high with 37 points, including 10 in overtime, and Denver won at Golden State for its fourth straight victory.
Monta Ellis had 39 points and 10 assists, and Corey Maggette added 33 points for Golden State.