Rockets (50-23) 99, Wizards (41-33) 91
Washington’s slide continued last night, where they couldn’t erase a 13-point halftime deficit.
Houston got 24 points from James Harden and a pair of double-doubles from Josh Smith and Dwight Howard.
John Wall dropped 25 with 12 dimes and 8 boards for Washington, but it wasn’t enough. Paul Pierce shot 1/6 for 2 points — he hasn’t topped 7 points in nearly two weeks. The Wiz are 1-5 in that stretch.
Pelicans (39-34) 110, T-Wolves (16-57) 88
New Orleans jumped out to a quick 14-point lead last night and cruised to an easy win.
Anthony Davis lead the way with 28, 9 and 5. Eric Gordon added 12 points and 7 assists.
Andrew Wiggins led the T-Wolves with 20, and Zach LaVine kicked in 17. Adreian Payne went for 14 and 11 and has looked pretty nice since coming over from Atlanta.
Cavaliers (48-27) 87, Sixers (18-56) 86
A Robert Covington triple pulled the Sixers within one point with four minutes left. Neither team scored again.
LeBron led Cleveland with 20 points, 11 boards and 6 assists, but committed 5 turnovers and hit just 8/24 shots. Kyrie Irving added 17.
Covington dropped 19 for Philly. Nerlens Noel tallied 8 points and 11 rebounds.
Clippers (49-25) 119, Celtics (32-41) 106
This was a 25-point game for most of the fourth before some nice garbage time play by Boston.
Each starter scored at least 15 for LA, led by JJ Redick (27), Chris Paul (21 & 10) and Blake Griffin (21 & 9)
Six guys were in double-figures for Boston, including Isaiah Thomas, who scored 19 despite shooting just 4/12 from the floor. Marcus Smart played 18 scoreless minutes.
Heat (34-39) 109, Pistons (28-45) 102
Vintage D-Wade performance last night. He was unstoppable, hitting 14/27 shots and 12/13 free throws to finish with 40. He got to the stripe eight times in the closing minute to put away Miami’s W.
Detroit got a couple of big games, too — 32 and 14 from Andre Drummond and 31 from Reggie Jackson. The rest of the team struggled badly, though.
Spurs (47-26) 103, Grizzlies (50-24) 89
Kawhi Leonard caught fire early in the fourth last night and stretched a four-point game into a 16-point blowout in six minutes.
Leonard finished with 25 and 10 boards. Tony Parker put in his 17 and 6, and Tiago Splitter added 15 and 8.
Mike Conley was uncharacteristically cold (2/11), but managed to hand out 9 assists. Zach Randolph scored a team-high 20, and Jeff Green added 19.
San Antonio is two games out of the West’s third seed.
Pacers (32-41) 104, Mavericks (45-29) 99
Dallas led early on the fourth quarter last night but let the game slip away.
CJ Miles had the hot hand for Indiana and finished with 28. George Hill went for 14, 5 and 4.
The Mavs had a nice offensive night, getting 27 from Chandler Parsons, 19 from Dirk Nowitzki and 17 and 10 from Rajon Rondo. They allowed Indiana to shoot 10/17 from deep, though, and have now dropped four of five.
Nets (32-40) 107, Lakers (19-53) 99
Brook Lopez is about as hot as hot gets right now. He dropped 30 last night against LA, the fourth time he’s hit the mark in the last six games. Brooklyn is 5-1 in that stretch and has won seven of nine.
Joe Johnson added 18, 8 and 7 and Markel Brown chipped in 17 in last night’s win.
The Nets are protecting their 8th place spot by one game in the loss column, with Boston, Indiana and Charlotte breathing down their necks (not the most intimidating bunch).
Jordan Hill was the Lakers’ high-man with 22 points in Sunday’s loss. He also snagged a game-high 16 rebounds.
Thunder (42-32) 109, Suns (38-36) 97
Phoenix led 83-82 with ten minutes left last night before OKC sped right past ’em with a 16-2 run.
Russell Westbrook naturally led the Thunder in scoring with 33, and tallied 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals. Steven Adams went for 13 and 16, while Enes Kanter scored 11 with 9 rebounds. That duo is looking pretty formidable down low. DJ Augustin scored 19 in 32 minutes off the bench.
Meanwhile, it was a crushing loss for Phoenix, who had a chance to pull within two games of the Thunder but instead fell four back. Markieff Morris led the team with 24 points.