NBA ROUNDUP Tuesday's games
Nuggets 117, Wizards 87
WASHINGTON -- Voshon Lenard scored 27 points and rookie Carmelo Anthony had 26 in his first NBA homecoming to lead the Denver Nuggets to a rout of the Washington Wizards. The Nuggets took control with a 16-2 run in the third quarter to break a three-game losing streak and win for just the second time in 10 games. Denver, clinging to the final Western Conference playoff spot, moved 1 1/2 games ahead of ninth-place Utah.
Pacers 94, Raptors 84, OT
INDIANAPOLIS -- Ron Artest shut down Vince Carter in the fourth quarter and the Indiana Pacers scored the first eight points of overtime to win their sixth straight game. Jamaal Tinsley opened the extra period with a 3-pointer, Jermaine O'Neal hit a jumper and Reggie Miller added a deep 3-pointer as the shot clock was winding down to give Indiana an 89-81 lead.
Celtics 87, Knicks 84
NEW YORK -- Paul Pierce scored 23 points, including a difficult jumper with 24 seconds left, to give the Boston Celtics a six-game winning streak -- their longest of the season. Pierce's shot from the left corner gave Boston an 85-82 lead, and Tim Thomas' drive brought the Knicks within one. Pierce gave Boston a two-point lead when he made one of two free throws with 17 seconds left.
Heat 100, Magic 89
MIAMI -- Reserve Rasual Butler scored 19 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter, and Eddie Jones also scored 19 for the Heat, who have won three straight. Miami never trailed after Rafer Alston's 3-pointer with 2:31 left in the first quarter put the Heat ahead, 24-22. Orlando tied it twice in the third quarter. Butler's 3-pointer with 58.2 seconds remaining put Miami ahead 95-84, securing the victory.
Grizzlies 94, Spurs 88
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Pau Gasol scored 27 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, and the Grizzlies gained their 40th win of the season. Gasol's two free throws with 8.4 seconds left provided the winning margin in the Grizzlies' sixth consecutive win. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the San Antonio, which hadn't been beaten since March 1 -- also against Memphis.
76ers 89, Bulls 81
CHICAGO -- Kenny Thomas had 22 points and 13 rebounds and Aaron McKie added 21 points as Philadelphia overcame the absence of Allen Iverson. Philadelphia, playing its second straight game without Iverson (right knee injury), won its third straight -- matching a season-high -- and snapped a four-game road losing streak. Philadelphia pulled away midway through the fourth quarter with an 11-2 run to break a 65-65 tie.
Rockets 90, Clippers 85
HOUSTON -- Steve Francis had 24 points and Yao Ming scored eight of his 19 points in a fourth-quarter rally. The Rockets got their third straight victory and their fifth in a row over the Clippers, but it took a final-period spurt to get the victory.
Timberwolves 105, SuperSonics 92
SEATTLE -- Latrell Sprewell emerged from a shooting slump to score 31 points, and the Minnesota Timberwolves ended a two-game losing streak. Kevin Garnett had 29 points and 10 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who pulled away in the fourth quarter after taking a four-point lead into the final period. Garnett had 11 of his points in the fourth quarter.
Kings 96, Warriors 92
SACRAMENTO -- Doug Christie scored 23 points, Mike Bibby added 21 and Peja Stojakovic had 20. Christie also had six assists and five rebounds, and Bibby scored four of his points in a key 40-second span with just under three minutes remaining. With the Kings ahead 83-82, Bibby hit a jumper from the top of the key, then scored on a right-handed scoop layup while driving left.
-- Associated Press