CLEVELAND (AP) — Jeremy Pargo, filling in for the injured Kyrie Irving, scored a career-high 28 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers broke a six-game losing streak with a 92-83 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.
The Cavaliers came into the game with a 2-8 record, but stopped the Sixers’ three-game winning streak despite not having Irving. The NBA’s reigning rookie of the year is expected to miss a month with a broken left index finger. He was injured Saturday against Dallas and played the next night in Philadelphia before an MRI revealed a crack in the bone.
Dion Waiters scored 16 points while Alonzo Gee added 14 for Cleveland. Anderson Varejao scored 10 points and had 19 rebounds.
Magic 90, Pistons 74
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Andrew Nicholson scored 15 points, Glen Davis had 11 points and 14 rebounds, and Orlando used a 21-0 run to open the third quarter to earn a 90-74 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.
Orlando struggled to compete with Detroit’s big men early, but used the big spurt to blow open the game. The surge included a more than 10-minute scoring drought by the Pistons.
Greg Monroe scored 19 points and Rodney Stuckey added 13 for Detroit, which connected on just 28 of its 85 field goal attempts for the night.
The Magic stopped a two-game losing streak. They continue a five-game homestand Friday against Cleveland.
The Pistons lost to the Magic for the second time in a week. They return home Friday to host Toronto.
Bobcats 98, Raptors 97
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Ramon Sessions hit a 16-footer with 28 seconds left and the Charlotte Bobcats made a late defensive stand to beat the Toronto Raptors 98-97 Wednesday night for their fifth win in the past six games.
The Bobcats led by as many as 10 in the fourth quarter, but the Raptors took the lead after a late run.
Sessions made a jumper from just beyond the foul line that hit the rim twice before falling through to give the Bobcats the lead.
Toronto had four shots to win it, but two resulted in blocks and Andrea Bargnani’s baseline jumper fell short as time expired.
Kemba Walker had 19 points and seven assists for the Bobcats, while Sessions and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist each had 14 points.
Bargnani had 25 points and Jonas Valanciunas added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors.
Spurs 112, Celtics 100
BOSTON (AP) — Tony Parker scored a season-high 26 points, Tim Duncan had 20 points and 15 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Boston Celtics 112-100 on Wednesday night.
Reserve Tiago Splitter added a season-high 23 points, many coming when the Spurs took charge late in the third and early in the fourth.
Rajon Rondo had 22 points and extended his consecutive streak of double-digit assist games to 35 with 15. Paul Pierce, who sprained his ankle in a 20-point loss at Detroit on Sunday, had 19 points.
DeJuan Blair chipped in with 12 points for the Spurs (9-3), but it was Parker winning the battle of elite point guards against Rondo that carried San Antonio.
Brandon Bass scored 16 and Kevin Garnett 14 for Boston (6-6).
Heat 113, Bucks 106, OT
MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James had 28 points and 10 rebounds, Dwyane Wade added 28 more points and the Miami Heat scored the first six points of overtime on the way to beating the Milwaukee Bucks 113-106 on Wednesday night.
Chris Bosh scored 24 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, his most in a Heat uniform. James also had eight assists and Ray Allen scored 17 points for the Heat, who moved to 5-0 at home.
Allen’s 3-pointer with 1:07 left sealed it for Miami, giving the Heat a 109-100 lead.
John Henson came off the bench to finish with 17 points and 18 rebounds for Milwaukee. Brandon Jennings scored 19 on 9-for-25 shooting for the Bucks, who got 16 from Mike Dunleavy, 11 from Tobias Harris and 10 from Samuel Dalembert.
Pacers 115, Hornets 107, OT
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Paul George scored 33 of his career-high 37 points after halftime and Roy Hibbert had a triple-double to help the Indiana Pacers beat the New Orleans Hornets 115-107 in overtime on Wednesday night.
George made a team record nine 3-pointers, all after halftime. Hibbert had 10 points, 11 rebounds and a career-best 11 blocks, and David West and George Hill each scored 16 points for the Pacers (6-7), who have won three of four.
Robin Lopez had 21 points and 13 rebounds for New Orleans, but he made just 3 of 17 field goals. Jason Smith added 18 points for the Hornets (3-7), who lost their fifth straight.
Number one overall pick Anthony Davis missed his second consecutive game for New Orleans with a stress reaction in his left ankle.
Hawks 101, Wizards 100, OT
ATLANTA (AP) — Kyle Korver hit a long 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds remaining in overtime and the Atlanta Hawks beat Washington 101-100, extending the Wizards’ franchise-worst start to 0-10.
Korver, who had 16 points, hit his fifth 3-pointer after Kevin Seraphin’s baseline jumper gave Washington a 100-98 lead.
Following Korver’s shot, Seraphin missed a hook shot. Martell Webster rebounded the miss for Washington under the basket and scored on a layup as the buzzer sounded.
One official initially ruled the basket was good. The officials crew then conferred and ruled the basket was late. They confirmed the call with a video review.
The Wizards became only the 13th team in NBA history to open a season with 10 straight losses, according to STATS LLC. The 2009-10 New Jersey Nets had the worst start in NBA history at 0-18.
Seraphin led Washington with 21 points and 10 rebounds. A.J. Price had 14 points.
Josh Smith led Atlanta with 25 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out in overtime. Al Horford had 15 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds. Devin Harris had 13.
Nuggets 101, T-Wolves 94
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Andre Iguodala (ihg-woh-DAH’-lah) had 18 points and nine rebounds to spoil Kevin Love’s surprise season debut in the Denver Nuggets’ 101-94 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.
Danilo Gallinari scored 19 points for the Nuggets, who withstood a furious start by a Timberwolves team buoyed by the return of their All-Star power forward.
Love scored 34 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, helping the Wolves take a 17-point lead in the first half. But he didn’t get a whole lot of help in his first game in nearly five weeks. Nikola Pekovic had 10 points and seven rebounds in his return from a three-game absence.
After a sluggish start to the season, the Nuggets (6-6) have picked up two straight quality road wins against Memphis and Minnesota.
Thunder 117, Clippers 111, OT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 35 points, Russell Westbrook added 23 and Oklahoma City’s All-Star tandem scored all of the Thunder’s points in overtime in a 117-111 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night.
The Clippers, who came in tied for the best record in the Western Conference, had a six-game winning streak snapped.
Westbrook connected on a 3-pointer from the left wing to open the scoring in overtime, and Durant rattled one in from about the same spot two possessions later for a 108-104 advantage.
Westbrook then answered DeAndre Jordan’s three-point play with a baseline jumper, and Oklahoma City was able to close it out from the foul line.
Blake Griffin led Los Angeles with 23 points and Jamal Crawford scored 20 in the meeting of West division leaders.
Rockets 93, Bulls 89
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored 28 points, Patrick Patterson added 20 and the Houston Rockets snapped a three-game losing streak with a 93-89 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.
Toney Douglas swished a 3-pointer and sank two free throws in the final 1:11 as Houston won for the 33rd consecutive time when holding its opponent below 90 points, the NBA’s longest current streak.
Nate Robinson scored 21 off the bench, Luol Deng added 19 and Carlos Boozer had 13 points and 15 rebounds for the Bulls, who’ve lost three in a row for the first time in Tom Thibodeau’s three seasons as coach.
Houston point guard Jeremy Lin was on the bench for the final five minutes. Lin went 2 for 9 from the field and scored only four points.
Mavs 114, Knicks 111
DALLAS (AP) — O.J. Mayo scored 10 of 27 points over the final six minutes of the third quarter, when Dallas charged ahead, and the Mavericks held on for a 114-111 victory over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.
Mayo put Dallas ahead to stay with a 17-foot fadeaway jumper with 43 seconds left in the third quarter to break an 80-all tie. That was part of a 20-8 spurt to end the period against the Knicks (8-2).
Vince Carter had 25 points, including a floater with 6 minutes left that made it 102-90.
The Knicks then had a 21-10 spurt, getting within 112-111 on two free throws by Jason Kidd with 1:15 left.
But Carmelo Anthony, who had 23 points, was short on a potential go-ahead jumper with 4 seconds left.
Suns 114, Trail Blazers 87
PHOENIX (AP) — Marcin Gortat (MAHR’-chin GOHR’-tot) scored a season-high 22 points in only three quarters and the Phoenix Suns routed the Portland Trail Blazers 114-87 on Wednesday night to snap a three-game losing streak.
Markieff Morris and Shannon Brown, inserted into the starting lineup earlier Wednesday, combined for 29 points for the Suns. Morris had 19 points and seven rebounds, and Brown added 10, including a pair of 3-pointers as Phoenix rallied from a four-point deficit in the opening minutes to take the lead for good with 7:23 left in the first quarter.
Damien Lillard had 24 points and three assists but six turnovers for the Blazers, who had won three straight.
Kings 113, Lakers 97
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Marcus Thornton scored 23 points, Tyreke Evans had 18 and the Sacramento Kings snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the lethargic Los Angeles Lakers 113-97 on Wednesday night.
Jason Thompson added 13 points and 10 rebounds to help the Kings take a 10-point lead early in the fourth quarter and cement the latest Lakers setback. Los Angeles had won three straight and seemed to be turning things around under new coach Mike D’Antoni.
Instead, the Lakers looked lost and listless against the Western Conference’s worst team, showing all the same problems that got Mike Brown fired.
Kobe Bryant scored 38 points on 11 of 20 shooting and Jodie Meeks had 15 points off the bench as D’Antoni lost for the first time on the Lakers bench.
Warriors 102, Nets 93
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Klay Thompson made two 3-pointers and scored 10 of his 23 points during a pivotal run late in the third quarter and the Golden State Warriors held on to beat the Brooklyn Nets 102-93 on Wednesday night.
David Lee added 20 points, 13 rebounds and six assists while Stephen Curry had 25 points for Golden State. The Warriors trailed by as much as 13 in the first half and didn’t take their first lead until Carl Landry’s layup with 2:42 left in the third, but outshot the Nets down the stretch and pulled away for their fourth win in five games.
It was a good night all around for Golden State and came on the heels of news that 7-foot center Andrew Bogut will return to practice Monday.
Brook Lopez scored 22 points for the Nets, who played without starting forward Gerald Wallace.
Source: Associated Press