nba roundup Wednesday’s other games
Warriors 97, Heat 95
Draymond Green made a layup with 0.9 seconds left to lift Golden State. Klay Thompson tied a season high with 27 points to lead the Warriors, who have won five straight. LeBron James led Miami with 31 points as he reached the 20-point mark for the 25th consecutive game, the longest current streak in the NBA. Jarrett Jack dribbled the ball at the top of the key for the Warriors as the clock ticked down before finding Green open underneath the basket. Green caught the pass in mid-air and made the basket.
Hawks 86, Magic 80
Josh Smith and Jeff Teague scored 16 points apiece, Al Horford added 13 points and 13 rebounds, and Atlanta held off a late charge by Orlando. Atlanta extended its regular-season win streak against Orlando to eight with its second win over the Magic this season. Arron Afflalo scored 16 points and J.J. Redick added 13 for the Magic, who were able to dig out of a huge first-half hole couldn’t overcome 16 turnovers that led to 24 points.
Clippers 100, Bobcats 94
Chris Paul had 19 points and 10 assists as Los Angeles beat Charlotte for its eighth straight win. Blake Griffin and Matt Barnes also scored 19 points for the Clippers, who maintained sole possession of first place in the Pacific Division. Byron Mullens had 19 points and eight rebounds and Kemba Walker chipped in with 17 points to lead the stumbling Bobcats, who have lost nine straight since starting the season 7-5.
Bulls 96, 76ers 89
Joakim Noah scored 21 points, Luol Deng added 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Chicago won its fourth in a row on the road. Less than 24 hours after losing to the Los Angeles Clippers by five points at United Center, the Bulls traveled to Philadelphia and appeared more rested than the Sixers, who had Tuesday off. Marco Belinelli had 16 points and Nate Robinson, starting in place of guard Kirk Hinrich, had 14 for Chicago.
Nets 94, Raptors 88
Joe Johnson scored 23 points, Andray Blatche had 14 points and nine rebounds and Brooklyn beat Toronto, snapping a season-high five-game losing streak. C.J. Watson scored 16 points and Deron Williams added 12 as the Nets won for the first time since Nov. 30 at Orlando. Former Raptors Reggie Evans and Kris Humphries both had big games for the Nets. Evans had nine points and 11 rebounds, while Humphries scored 11 points.
Timberwolves 108, Nuggets 105
Nikola Pekovic had 22 points and 11 rebounds and Minnesota used a big advantage at the free-throw line to overcome Kevin Love’s shooting struggles. Love finished with eight points on 3-for-17 shooting and grabbed 14 rebounds on a day he had to explain to Minnesota’s owner and his teammates some critical comments he made about the franchise.
Bucks 98, Kings 85
Brandon Jennings scored 19 points, Monta Ellis had 17 points and 11 assists and Milwaukee beat Sacramento. Ersan Ilyasova added 16 points and a season-high 14 rebounds, and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute scored a season-high 17 points in his first start of the season for Milwaukee (11-9), which has its best 20-game start since 2005-06.
Thunder 92, Hornets 88
Kevin Durant scored 35 points and Oklahoma City extended its winning streak to nine games. The Thunder rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit and matched their longest streak since the franchise moved from Seattle. At 18-4, the Thunder matched the second-best start in franchise history. Seattle started 20-2 in the 1993-94 season and the Thunder started 18-4 last season.
Rockets 99, Wizards 93
James Harden scored 31 points to lift Houston. After suffering a sprained ankle last Saturday against Dallas and missing Monday night’s loss to San Antonio, Harden returned to lead the Rockets to their first victory under coach Kevin McHale in more than a month. The Wizards threatened late in the fourth quarter, but Chandler Parsons scored eight straight points for Houston in the final three minutes, including two 3-pointers, to secure the victory. Parsons finished with 18 points and eight rebounds.