NBA ROUNDUP: Pacers have rare losing skid going
Al Jefferson scored 34 points in Charlotte’s 109-87 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night that gave the Bobcats their fifth straight home win.
Jefferson was 16-for-25 from the field and had eight rebounds for the Bobcats (28-33), who equaled their combined win total from the previous two seasons.
Jefferson, whose 38-point, 19-rebound effort Monday night was overshadowed by LeBron James’ career-high 61-point outing, has scored at least 20 points in 21 of his last 24 games.
Evan Turner had 22 points for the Pacers (46-15), who lost back-to-back games for only the second time this season.
ROCKETS 101, MAGIC 89: James Harden scored 31 points, including 25 in the second half, and Houston dug out of a double-digit, first-half hole to beat the Magic.
The Rockets dominated inside, outscoring the Magic 58-26 in the paint. Dwight Howard added 19 points and 14 rebounds in his second trip to Orlando to face his former team.
Houston trailed in the second quarter by as many as 14 points, but battled back to win for the 13th time in 15 outings.
Arron Afflalo had 18 points for the Magic.
WARRIORS 108, CELTICS 88: Klay Thompson and David Lee scored 18 points each and Golden State went a season-high 14 games over .500 with a romp over Boston.
The Warriors (38-24) scored the first six points, led 12-2 with just over five minutes gone and stayed ahead by at least 20 points throughout the second half.
Golden State had an easy time against one of the NBA’s worst teams one night after beating one of the best. Thompson’s 12-foot turnaround with six-tenths of a second left had given the Warriors a 98-96 win at the Indiana Pacers.
Kelly Olynyk scored 19 points for Boston (20-41).
WIZARDS 104, JAZZ 91: Trevor Ariza scored 26 points, Bradley Beal added 22, and Washington took an early lead and never lost it, shooting 54 percent in a win.
John Wall had 14 points and 10 assists, and Marcin Gortat had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Wizards, who have won seven of eight.
Alec Burks scored 19 points, and Trey Burke added 14 to lead the Jazz, whose 7-24 road record is the worst in the Western Conference.
NETS 103, GRIZZLIES 94: Joe Johnson scored 21 points, Marcus Thornton came off the bench for 20, and Brooklyn powered its way above .500 for the first time this season by beating the Grizzlies.
Deron Williams added 16 points and Paul Pierce 14 for the Nets (30-29), who have won four in a row overall and six straight at home in turning around a turbulent start. Jason Collins played 17 scoreless minutes on the day he signed his second 10-day contract.
Jon Leuer scored 19 and Marc Gasol 18 for the Grizzlies.
BULLS 105, PISTONS 94: D.J. Augustin scored 26 points off the bench and Joakim Noah had a triple-double as Chicago beat Detroit. Noah finished with 10 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for his sixth career triple-double, including two in the past three games and three in the last month.
Taj Gibson added 22 points off the bench, while Jimmy Butler had 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Greg Monroe led Detroit with 27 points.
KNICKS 118, TIMBERWOLVES 106: Carmelo Anthony scored 33 points to help New York snap a seven-game losing streak. Tyson Chandler had 15 points and 14 rebounds and Amare Stoudemire added 18 points and eight boards for the Knicks, who had not won since beating New Orleans on Feb. 19.
Kevin Love had 19 points and eight rebounds, but scored just one point in the second half for the Timberwolves, who were 7-for-26 from 3-point range.
KINGS 116, BUCKS 102: Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points and had six assists to lead Sacramento past Milwaukee.
Rudy Gay added 22 points, eight rebounds and five assists, and DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for the Kings, who won their ninth road game to eclipse last year’s 8-33 record away from home.
Brandon Knight finished with a team-high 25 points for Milwaukee.
NUGGETS 115, MAVERICKS 110: Wilson Chandler scored 21 points, Ty Lawson had 20, and Denver snapped a six-game losing streak by beating Dallas.
Kenneth Faried, Randy Foye and J.J. Hickson added 16 points apiece for the Nuggets. Hickson scored 12 of his points in the fourth quarter to help hold off the Mavericks, who play the Nuggets a final time this season in two weeks in Dallas.
Dirk Nowitzki had 27 points to lead the Mavericks, who lost their third in a row. It’s their first three-game losing streak of the season.