nba roundup | Wednesday’s other NBA games
Mavericks 113, Wizards 99
Harrison Barnes scored 31 points, rookie Dennis Smith Jr. had 22 and Dallas snapped a six-game losing streak with a victory over John Wall and the Washington Wizards. Wesley Matthews made four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points for Dallas, which has won 14 of its last 15 meetings with Washington. It was just the second win on the season for the Mavericks. Wall had 23 points and 14 assists in his return from a sprained left shoulder, but the Wizards lost for the fifth time in seven games. Otto Porter Jr. finished with 13 points.
Raptors 119, Bulls 114
DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Toronto beat Chicago for their first three-game winning streak over the Bulls since 2009. Kyle Lowry scored 17 points and Serge Ibaka had 16 for the Raptors, who had lost 11 straight meetings with the Bulls before the current streak began with an overtime victory on March 21. Toronto beat Chicago 117-100 on Oct. 19.
Knicks 118, Hornets 113
Kristaps Porzingis scored 28 points, including a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:48 remaining, and the New York Knicks beat Charlotte for their third straight victory. The Eastern Conference player of the week was held below 30 for only the third time in 10 games this season, but he delivered when it mattered, scoring seven points in the final 1:32. Doug McDermott added a season-high 20 points off the bench and Tim Hardaway Jr. had 19 for the Knicks, who have won six of seven after an 0-3 start. New York shot 60 percent from the field to catch up and eventually pass Charlotte. Kemba Walker, Dwight Howard and rookie Malik Monk each had 21 points in the Hornets’ third straight loss.
Pelicans 117, Pacers 112
Anthony Davis had 37 points and 14 rebounds, Demarcus Cousins added 32 points and 13 boards and the New Orleans Pelicans rallied to beat the Indiana Pacers. Davis was 14 for 18 from the field in New Orleans’ third straight win. Darius Miller scored 12 points, and Jameer Nelson had 10. Myles Turner had 21 points and 12 rebounds for Indiana, which has dropped three in a row. Victor Oladipo had 15 points.
Spurs 120, Clippers 107
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 25 points, and San Antonio Spurs made a season-high 15 3-pointers to beat the Los Angeles Clippers. San Antonio set several season-highs in capturing its third straight win.The Spurs had a season-best 12 steals, and Danny Green, Rudy Gay and Pau Gasol all had or matched their best scoring output of the season. Green scored 24 points, Gay had 22 and Gasol added 19. The trio combined to make 11 of 15 3-pointers. San Antonio finished 15-for-28 from beyond the arc. The Spurs were dominant in the third quarter for the second straight game.