Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Al Jefferson scored a game-high 29 points and also pulled down eight rebounds to lead the Charlotte Bobcats to a 116-98 win over the Detroit Pistons, to complete the sweep of a home-and-home set. Kemba Walker added 24 points and handed out a career-high 16 assists, Josh McRoberts scored 15 points to go with five rebounds and five assists and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Gerald Henderson finished with 11 points apiece for the Bobcats, who moved 2 1/2 games ahead of the Pistons for the eight spot in the Eastern Conference. Brandon Jennings scored 20 points, Rodney Stuckey scored 15 and Josh Smith and Will Bynum chipped in with 14 points apiece for the Pistons, losers in three straight. Greg Monroe had 13 points and seven rebounds and Andre Drummond, who tied a career-high with 21 rebounds on Tuesday, was limited to just eight points and six boards in the setback.
Final Score: Cleveland 101, Orlando 93
Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyrie Irving scored 22 points with seven assists and seven rebounds to help the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 101-93 win over the Orlando Magic at Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday. Luol Deng tallied 17 points, Tyler Zeller chipped in 16, and Tristan Thompson had 16 points with 14 rebounds in the Cavs' sixth straight win. The streak is Cleveland's longest since an eight-game run from March 8-24, 2010, when LeBron James roamed the sidelines for the Cavs. Arron Afflalo paced the struggling Magic with 23 points, while Nikola Vucevic deposited a 20-point, 12-rebound double-double. Orlando has now lost 14 straight games on the road and three straight overall. The club is two games shy of the franchise record road losing skid which was set from Jan. 27-March 21, 2006.
Final Score: Chicago 94, Toronto 92
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Carlos Boozer had 20 points and eight rebounds and the Chicago Bulls held on for a 94-92 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night. Chicago had a shot clock violation with 10.9 seconds remaining, but Jimmy Butler blocked DeMar DeRozan's potentially go- ahead jumper with 2.4 seconds to play. Butler split a pair of foul shots to put the Bulls up two and DeRozan's heave from halfcourt at the horn was off the mark. Kirk Hinrich had 19 points, Joakim Noah dished out 13 assists and Butler provided 16 points, six assists and six boards for the Bulls, who have won four in a row. DeRozan finished with a game-high 32 points for Toronto, which had its three-game winning streak snapped. Kyle Lowry tallied 16 points, seven assists and five rebounds in defeat.
Final Score: Washington 114, Atlanta 97
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - John Wall led seven Wizards in double figures with 21 points and 12 assists, as Washington topped the Atlanta Hawks, 114-97, at Philips Arena. Trevor Ariza and Bradley Beal donated 19 points apiece for Washington, which led wire-to-wire and snapped an 11-game losing skid in Atlanta. Marcin Gortat added 14 points and 12 rebounds in the victory. Paul Millsap and Elton Brand scored 21 and 20 points, respectively, with both grabbing 11 boards in the setback. Jeff Teague had 16 points before leaving late in the contest with a sprained left ankle, while Kyle Korver extended his streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 122. The Hawks have lost seven straight.
Final Score: Minnesota 104, Indiana 91
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Love, one of the NBA's most prized free agents in the summer of 2015, recently told GQ magazine that he was "having fun" in Minnesota. He showed why on Wednesday night. Love had 42 points and 16 rebounds in the Timberwolves' 104-91 victory over the Eastern Conference-leading Indiana Pacers. The All-Star forward was 14-of-22 from the floor, 5-of-10 from beyond the arc and 9-of-10 from the foul line in the triumph. The Santa Monica, California native has been linked to the Los Angeles Lakers, but Love told the magazine that Minnesota has the "better team" and has a "better foundation." Ricky Rubio dished out 17 assists for the Wolves, who have won two straight on the heels of a four-game losing streak. Paul George tallied 35 points on 11-of-22 shooting and knocked down all 10 of his foul shots for Indiana, which has dropped three of its last five.
Final Score: New York 98, New Orleans 91
New Orleans, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - Carmelo Anthony got the New York Knicks back in the win column by pouring in 42 points to lift his team to a 98-91 decision over the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center. Anthony, just three days removed from hitting an All-Star Game-record eight shots from 3- point range in the very same venue, scored six straight points to send the Knicks back in front after Tyreke Evans gave New Orleans a 91-90 lead by burying a corner jumper with 2:28 remaining. J.R. Smith added 19 points in only New York's second victory in its last eight outings, with fellow reserve Tim Hardaway Jr. finishing with 16 points in the triumph. The Pelicans came up short despite a 28-point performance from Eric Gordon and a 14-point, 10- rebound, five-block effort out of Anthony Davis. Austin Davis also tallied 14 points in a losing cause.
Final Score: Phoenix 100, Boston 94
Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Markieff Morris scored 18 points to lead six Phoenix players in double figures, as the Suns took a 100-94 decision from the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. Goran Dragic and Gerald Green scored 17 points apiece, with the former dishing out six assists for the Suns. Channing Frye had 15 points on 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc, while Marcus Morris and P.J. Tucker added 11 and 10 points, respectively. The Suns have won two straight since the All-Star break after a 112-107 overtime win at Denver on Tuesday. Rajon Rondo deposited an 18-point, 10- assist double-double, while Brandon Bass contributed 18 points and Jeff Green had 17 points for Boston, which has dropped three of its last four games.
Final Score: Brooklyn 105, Utah 99
Salt Lake City, UT (SportsNetwork.com) - Joe Johnson poured in a game-high 27 points and Andray Blatche added 25 as the Brooklyn Nets rallied for a 105-99 win over the Utah Jazz. Deron Williams scored 19 points and handed out seven assists and Shaun Livingston had nine points, seven assists and five boards for the Nets, winners in three of their last four. Earlier on Wednesday, the Nets acquired guard Marcus Thornton from the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Jason Terry and Reggie Evans. Thornton is averaging 8.3 points per game this season after putting up 21.3 ppg two years ago and 18.7 ppg last season. Alec Burks scored 23 points, Enes Kanter had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Trey Burke finished was 14 points and 10 boards for the Jazz, who had a three-game winning streak snapped.
Final Score: San Antonio 111, Portland 109
Portland, OR (SportsNetwork.com) - Patty Mills stepped up in the fourth quarter for the second straight night and the San Antonio Spurs edged the Portland Trail Blazers 111-109 at Moda Center. Mills netted 13 of his 29 points in the final stanza Wednesday in leading the Spurs to their sixth win on a nine-game road trip, which ends Friday in Phoenix. The reserve guard had 16 points in the fourth frame in Tuesday's win over the Clippers. Marco Belinelli scored 20 points and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer down the stretch, while Danny Green and Manu Ginobili chipped in with 16 apiece in the victory. Damian Lillard led the Blazers with 31 points on 13-of-21 shooting, but Portland opened up its post All-Star Game slate with a third straight loss. Mo Williams and Wesley Matthews contributed 19 and 18 points, respectively, in a losing cause.
Final Score: Golden State 101, Sacramento 92
Sacramento, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - David Lee recorded a double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds to help the Golden State Warriors take a 101-92 win over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday. Klay Thompson added 18 points and Stephen Curry finished with 13 points and eight assists for the Warriors, winners in two of their last three. Earlier on Wednesday, the Warriors acquired guard Steve Blake from the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for MarShon Brooks and Kent Bazemore. Isaiah Thomas scored a game-high 26 points and dished out seven assists and Travis Outlaw scored 18 points off the bench for the Kings, losers in four of their last five.
Final Score: Houston 134, LA Lakers 108
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Dwight Howard made his much anticipated return to Staples Center on Wednesday night and helped the Houston Rockets to a 134-108 drubbing of the Los Angeles Lakers. Howard, who had a tepid 2012-13 campaign in LA while with the Lakers before signing with the Rockets in the offseason, scored 20 points with 13 rebounds and three blocks against his former team. James Harden contributed a 29-point, 11 assist double-double in Houston's season-high eighth straight win. Chandler Parsons tallied 18 points, Donatas Motiejunas had 12, and Terrence Jones and Francisco Garcia netted 11 points apiece. While the Rockets are one of the hottest teams in the league, the Lakers are sputtering on their home floor. Los Angeles had its franchise-record home losing streak extended to eight games in defeat. Wesley Johnson paced LA with 24 points and Kendall Marshall deposited 20 points with 16 assists in a losing effort. Jodie Meeks notched 19 points and Ryan Kelly added 13 for the Lakers, who also lost their fourth straight game overall.