AROUND THE NBA
Hornets 119, Pacers 93
Dwight Howard finished with 14 points and 17 rebounds and Frank Kaminsky tied his career high with 24 points to lead the Charlotte Hornets past the Indiana Pacers. Darren Collison, T.J. Leaf and Glenn Robinson III all scored 13 points for Indiana. With Bojan Bogdanovic, Victor Oladipo and Thaddeus Young all resting, the Hornets quickly took advantage of the short-handed Pacers.
76ers 121, Hawks 113
JJ Redick scored 28 points and the surging Philadelphia 76ers set a franchise record with their 15th consecutive victory, holding off the Atlanta Hawks. The 76ers overcame a tough night for rookie star Ben Simmons, who missed the morning shootaround after coming down with the stomach flu. He still managed to put up 13 points, 10 rebounds and six assists before fouling out with 7 seconds remaining. Simmons picked up a technical in the third quarter for arguing all the way down the court about a call that didn’t go his way. His teammates helped pick up the slack. Redick hit 6 of 9 from beyond the 3-point arc, while former Atlanta players Ersan Ilyasova and Marco Belinelli burned their old team. Ilyasova scored 26 points, Belinelli added 20 and the duo combined for nine 3-pointers. Philadelphia went 17 of 37 beyond the arc.
Wizards 113, Celtics 101
John Wall surpassed 5,000 career assists and the Washington Wizards beat the Boston Celtics despite Jaylen Brown’s 21 first-quarter points. Washington ended its four-game losing streak and will wrap up the regular season at Orlando on Wednesday. That result, along with how Miami fares against Toronto and what Milwaukee does at Philadelphia, will determine where the Wizards, Heat and Bucks all wind up in the standings ahead of the playoffs. The Celtics already were locked into the No. 2 seed, but they’re also without point guard Kyrie Irving the rest of the way. If the Wizards end up at No. 7, they would face Boston for the second year in a row. The Celtics eliminated the Wizards in Game 7 of the second round last season.