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Thunder 101, Bucks 85
Kevin Durant scored 33 points after missing his first eight shots and Serge Ibaka added 17 points and 17 rebounds to help Oklahoma City beat Milwaukee to snap a two-game skid. Jeremy Lamb added 17 points for the Thunder, who had lost four of six. Oklahoma City scored just 38 points in the first half before heating up and hitting 63 after the break. O.J. Mayo and Luke Ridnour scored 16 points apiece for the Bucks.
Pistons 110, Suns 108
AUBURN HILLS, Mich.
Josh Smith’s driving, left-handed bank shot with 1.2 seconds left gave the Detroit Pistons a win over the Phoenix Suns. Smith was involved in a few big plays in the final half-minute — both good and bad. His 3-pointer as the shot clock expired put Detroit ahead 108-105 with 26.8 seconds left. Then he fouled Gerald Green while the Phoenix guard was shooting a 3-pointer. Green made all three free throws to tie it with 4.3 seconds remaining.
Rockets 114, Wizards 107
Houston built a 25-point lead, lost all of it and then some, then rallied from five down late in the fourth quarter to defeat Washington in a game twice delayed by leaks in the roof. Long after the stoppages of 35 and 22 minutes because the leaks, James Hardin tied the game with a driving layup with 2:33 to play, then gave the Rockets the lead again — this time for good — with a three-point play with 1:54 remaining.
Knicks 102, 76ers 92
Amare Stoudemire scored 21 points and Carmelo Anthony added 18 to lead New York over Philadelphia. J.R. Smith returned from a one-game benching for unsportsmanlike conduct and contributed 11 points for the Knicks (14-22), who have won four straight. Anthony added nine rebounds and seven assists. Stoudemire went 8 for 10 from the field. Spencer Hawes and James Anderson each had 17 points to lead the Sixers (12-25).
Raptors 96, Nets 80
DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points, Patrick Patterson had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Toronto snapped Brooklyn’s five-game winning streak. Terrence Ross scored 14 points, John Salmons had 13 and Kyle Lowry finished with 12 as Toronto won for the seventh time in nine games. Paul Pierce scored 15 points and Alan Anderson had 13 for the Nets, whose season-long winning streak came to an end.
Bulls 103, Bobcats 97
D.J. Augustin had 20 points and 12 assists and Joakim Noah added 19 points and 14 rebounds to help streaking Chicago beat Charlotte for its fifth straight victory and improve to 3-0 since trading All-Star Luol Deng to Cleveland on Monday. Mike Dunleavy scored 17 points for the Bulls, who had seven players score in double figures and recovered after blowing a 15-point lead in the second half. Carlos Boozer had 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Mavericks 110, Pelicans 107
Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 40 points, and the Dallas Mavericks recovered from a cold start to beat New Orleans for their second win in as many days against the Pelicans. Nowitzki scored 20 points in the third quarter and hit seven straight shots after starting just 2 of 9 from the field. Monta Ellis broke a 99-all tie with two free throws, and Nowitzki hit three more after getting fouled on a 3-pointer by Jason Smith.
Nuggets 120, Magic 94
Kenneth Faried had 17 points and nine rebounds, Randy Foye and Evan Fournier scored 18 points apiece, and the Denver Nuggets beat the Orlando Magic. Quincy Miller had 16 points and 11 rebounds — both career highs — for Denver, which has won five straight after losing eight in a row. Seven Nuggets scored at least 13 points, including J.J. Hickson, who had 13 points and 10 rebounds.