Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Kyrie Irving netted a game-high 22 points as
the Cleveland Cavaliers rolled over the Charlotte Bobcats, 122-95, at Quicken
Loans Arena. Dion Waiters added 19 points, Wayne Ellington scored 16 and
Tristan Thompson contributed 17 with nine rebounds for the Cavaliers,
who have won two straight. Byron Mullens had 15 points off the bench to pace
Charlotte, which has dropped its last five games.
Final Score: LA Clippers 86, Orlando 76
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Eric Bledsoe scored 27 points to go along with
six rebounds and six steals, as the shorthanded Los Angeles Clippers grinded
out an 86-76 victory over the struggling Orlando Magic. DeAndre Jordan added
13 points and 14 rebounds for the Clippers, who finally had something to
smile about on the Grammy road trip, snapping a three-game skid. They did
it without Blake Griffin, who missed his second straight game with a strained
left hamstring, and Chris Paul, who sat out his ninth straight contest with a
bruised right kneecap. Jameer Nelson led Orlando with 18 points and five
rebounds, while Nikola Vucevic recorded a double-double with 15 points
and 14 rebounds. The Magic were the cure to the Clippers' ails, dropping
their 11th straight game. Orlando is just 2-22 since Dec. 21.
Final Score: Indiana 88, Philadelphia 69
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The heavy-legged Indiana Pacers, led by
Roy Hibbert's 18 points and 14 rebounds, displayed their defensive prowess in
downing the Philadelphia 76ers, 88-69, for their third win in as many days.
Playing the final test in the NBA's only back-to-back-to-back this season, the
Pacers held Philadelphia to 34 percent shooting in rolling to their fifth
consecutive victory, including a rescheduled Central-Division clash with the
Bulls on Monday and a double-digit win over the Hawks on Tuesday. George
Hill, Paul George and David West all chipped in 15 points for the
victors. The already-ailing Sixers fell to 4-2 on their eight-game
homestand and received more dire news Wednesday as it is being reported
starting guard Jason Richardson will need to undergo season-ending surgery on
his knee. On Monday, the club's second-leading scorer and top rebounder,
Thaddeus Young, suffered a grade one left hamstring strain and will miss the
next three weeks. Rookie Arnett Moultrie saw more playing time as a result
and netted 12 points to follow up Jrue Holiday's team-high 19-point effort
in the club's lowest scoring output of season.
Final Score: Boston 99, Toronto 95
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Doc Rivers tallied his 400th win as a Boston
head coach, as Kevin Garnett had 27 points and 10 rebounds in the Celtics'
99-95 win over the Toronto Raptors. Courtney Lee added 15 points for
Boston, which has won five in a row since standout point guard Rajon Rondo
went down. The Celtics had dropped six straight prior to the Rondo injury.
Paul Pierce finished with 12 points, 11 boards and six assists in the triumph.
Rudy Gay posted 25 points, 12 rebounds and four steals for the Raptors, who
have dropped 10 of their last 13 contests.
Final Score: Washington 106, New York 96
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - John Wall led six Washington players in
double figures with 21 points, as the Wizards earned a rare victory over the
New York Knicks with a 106-96 decision on Wednesday at Verizon Center. Wall
added nine assists and five rebounds, while Trevor Ariza knocked down five
3-pointers en route to a season-high 20 points off the bench for the
Wizards, who had lost their last 10 meetings with the Knicks. Martell Webster
added 19 points, Nene donated 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Emeka Okafor
and Chris Singleton scored 12 and 10 points, respectively, in Washington's
second consecutive victory. Carmelo Anthony poured in a game-high 31
points to go with nine rebounds, while Amare Stoudemire netted 19 points off
the bench for the Knicks, who had their five-game winning streak snapped.
Final Score: Atlanta 103, Memphis 92
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Jeff Teague scored 22 points and dished out 13
assists to pace the Atlanta Hawks to a 103-92 victory over the Memphis
Grizzlies on Wednesday. Josh Smith had 19 points, 11 rebounds, six assists
and three blocks and Al Horford added 17 points and 11 boards for the Hawks,
who had dropped three of their last four entering the contest. Zach Randolph
scored 20 points and Mike Conley had 17 points and eight assists for the
Grizzlies, who have dropped three of their last four games overall. Marc Gasol
scored 14 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in the setback.
Final Score: Brooklyn 93, Detroit 90
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) - Joe Johnson buried a pair of free throws
with 8.8 seconds remaining, as the Brooklyn Nets held on for a 93-90 victory
over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Brook
Lopez scored a tough lay-in with 17.8 seconds to play, giving the
visitors a crucial three-point cushion, and finished with 17 points to go with
nine rebounds for the Nets, who ended a 10-game road losing streak at Detroit.
Johnson finished with 16 points and four boards, while Gerald Wallace
contributed 14 points in the victory. Greg Monroe netted a game-high 23
points and grabbed 10 boards for the Pistons, who have dropped three
straight and five of their last six overall. Will Bynum donated 13 points and
dished out seven helpers, while Kyle Singler and Brandon Knight each
registered 12 points in the setback.
Final Score: Miami 114, Houston 108
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - LeBron James and Dwyane Wade had 32 and 31
points, respectively, and the Miami Heat continued their home success with a
114-108 victory over the Houston Rockets. Wade also had eight assists and four
steals for the Heat, who improved to 20-3 at home this season. Shane Battier
and Norris Cole donated 12 and 10 points, respectively. Miami was without the
services of Chris Bosh due to the flu. James Harden ended with 36 points,
12 boards and seven assists for the Rockets, who tied an NBA record with
an eye-popping 23 3-pointers in Tuesday's 140-109 win over Golden State.
Houston went just 9-of-25 from beyond the arc on Wednesday. Omer Asik had a
double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds, Patrick Patterson donated
15 points and Chandler Parsons and Jeremy Lin added 13 points apiece.
Final Score: New Orleans 93, Phoenix 84
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Al-Farouq Aminu scored six of his 16 points
during a game-sealing run late in the fourth quarter, helping the New Orleans
Hornets snap a four-game slide with a 93-84 victory over the Phoenix Suns.
Aminu also pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds, and Greivis Vasquez recorded a
double-double of his own with 19 points and 12 assists for the Hornets, who
shot 52 percent from the field and allowed just 31 points in the second half.
The Suns, coming off a win at Memphis on Tuesday, received 14 points apiece
from Jared Dudley and Marcin Gortat.
Final Score: Oklahoma City 119, Golden State 98
Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) - Kevin Durant poured in a game-high 25
points to go with seven rebounds, as the Oklahoma City Thunder throttled the
Golden State Warriors, 119-98, on Wednesday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Russell Westbrook added 22 points and Kevin Martin donated 21 points off the
bench for the Thunder, who have won back-to-back games for the first time
since winning six straight from Jan. 9-18. Serge Ibaka finished with 15
points, nine boards and six blocks to help Oklahoma City improve to 22-3
at home. Harrison Barnes paced the Warriors with 19 points and Stephen
Curry stuffed the stat sheet with 14 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds
in the team's second straight defeat.
Final Score: Dallas 105, Portland 99
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - O.J. Mayo poured in a game-high 28 points and
dished out five assists to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 105-99 win over the
Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday. Vince Carter added 17 points off the
bench and Dirk Nowitzki finished with 16 points and eight rebounds for the
Mavericks, who had dropped three of their last four games entering the
contest. Shawn Marion finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the triumph.
With the victory, Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle became the 28th coach to reach
500 career wins. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27 points and pulled down 10
rebounds, Wesley Matthews tallied 21 points and Damian Lillard scored 19
points and dished out six assists for the Trail Blazers, who saw their two-
game win streak come to an end.
Final Score: San Antonio 104, Minnesota 94
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Tony Parker had 31 points and eight assists
in the San Antonio Spurs' 11th straight win, a 104-94 triumph over the
Minnesota Timberwolves. Danny Green added 28 points for the Spurs, who have
prevailed in 20 of their last 23 contests overall. Kawhi Leonard finished with
19 points and 10 boards in the victory. Nikola Pekovic tallied 21 points
and 10 rebounds for Minnesota, which has dropped 13 of its last 15 tilts.
Final Score: Utah 100, Milwaukee 86
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) - Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap scored 19
points apiece to lead the Utah Jazz to a 100-86 win over the Milwaukee Bucks
on Wednesday. Jefferson also had 11 rebounds for the Jazz, who have won four
of their past five games. Enes Kanter registered 17 points and nine rebounds
off the bench. Brandon Jennings and Ersan Ilyasova scored 17 points apiece for
the Bucks, who came into the game off a loss against Denver on Tuesday.
Samuel Dalembert recorded 10 points and 11 rebounds.
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