The Houston Rockets picked up a vital win in their quest for a Western Conference playoff berth with a 106-100 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
James Harden led the Rockets with 27 points as they staged a 19-point comeback after halftime. He also had eight assists and six rebounds. Dwight Howard finished with 11 points and as many boards, and Trevor Ariza had 15 points.
Kyrie Irving stepped up in the absence of James to finish with 31 points and eight assists, but it was not enough for the Cavs. Kevin Love had 13 points and 11 rebounds. Tristan Thompson dropped 16 for Clevland, who are 4-12 without LeBron in the past two years.
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WIZARDS 94, WARRIORS 102
Stephen Curry's 26 points moved the Golden State Warriors one step closer to the record as they notched their 67th win of the season.
Six of the MVP's nine buckets came from behind the arc as he shot 45 percent from the field. Draymond Green had 15 points, nine assists and 16 rebounds while Klay Thompson shot seven of 19 from the field to end the night on 16 points.
John Wall had an off night for the Wizards as he finished with eight points off just 28.6 percent shooting. Bradley Beal led Washington as he notched 17 and Markieff Morris had 15.
THUNDER 82, PISTONS 88
The Detroit Pistons moved ahead of the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference after a valuable win over a Kevin Durant-less Oklahoma City Thunder.
Marcus Morris had 24 points for the Pistons while Andre Drummond had a 15 rebound, 13 point double-double. Tobias Harris shot 42.9 percent from the field to end the night with 17.
Russell Westbrook could not inspire the Thunder with his 24 points and six assists. Enes Kanter had a big night on the boards with 14 rebounds and as many points. No other Oklahoma City player reached double figures in scoring.
BULLS 98, PACERS 96
The Chicago Bulls closed the gap on the Indiana Pacers with a vital win at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Pacers had no answer for Nikola Mirotic, who led the game with 28 points off 50 percent shooting from the field. He also had 10 rebounds. Jimmy Butler, whose jump shot proved to be the winning bucket, had 14 points.
Paul George had 20 points and nine assists for Indiana. Ian Mahinmi also dropped 18. C.J. Miles missed a three at the buzzer, to win the game, as he scored seven on the night.
HORNETS 100, SIXERS 85
The Charlotte Hornets moved half a game behind the Miami Heat, who occupy the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference.
Nicolas Batum's triple-double was vital for Charlotte as he finished with 19 points, 12 assists and as many rebounds. Cody Zeller also had 18 points and 11 assists. Kemba Walker and Courtney Lee ended the night with 16 and 15 points respectively.
The Philadelphia 76ers, who were without Nerlens Noel along with Jahlil Okafor, struggled once again. Robert Covington led the team with 18 points while Ish Smith had 15.
NETS 105, MAGIC 139
The Orlando Magic stomped all over the Brooklyn Nets to record their second consecutive win.
Andrew Nicholson shot a perfect 100 percent from the field on his way to 24 points. Aaron Gordon was nine of 11 for his 20. Elfrid Payton had a 12 assist, 11 point double-double.
Thomas Robinson led the Nets with 18 points from eight of 13 from the field, he also had 12 rebounds. Wayne Ellington had 12 points. Sean Kilpatrick and Markel Brown had 11 each.