High-scoring Wizards edge Magic, 112-111
Caron Butler made the go-ahead basket, a 16-footer from the baseline with 46 seconds left, Gilbert Arenas scored 14 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter, and Washington took sole possession of the Southeast Division lead with a 112-111 home victory over Orlando.
The Wizards have won a season-high five straight games and have made up a six-game deficit to the Magic since the start of December. The Wizards have scored 106 or more points in 13 straight games.
Golden State 110, Boston 100 -- Baron Davis had 27 points and nine assists, and Mickael Pietrus matched his season high with 26 points for the host Warriors, who earned their fourth victory in five games.
Philadelphia 98, Portland 95 -- Andre Igoudala scored a career-high 32 points on the road for the 76ers.
Brandon Roy led the Blazers with 15 points, but Portland’s bid for a comeback victory was denied in the final seconds. Andre Miller appeared to foul Roy on Roy’s move to the basket. No call was made, Miller got the rebound and made a free throw with 0.5 seconds remaining to seal the win.
Phoenix 108, New York 86 -- Steve Nash and Raja Bell scored 20 points apiece, and the Suns coasted in the opener of a five-game trip for the Knicks. Six players reached double figures for the Suns in their 20th win of the season, but just their second in the past four games.
Houston 94, Atlanta 68 -- Tracy McGrady showed no signs of his recent back problems, scoring 31 points in the Rockets’ rout at home. The Rockets won for the second time in three games since Yao Ming broke a bone under his right knee. Yao is out at least six weeks.
New Jersey 91, Miami 81 -- The Nets scored 21 consecutive points in the third quarter to beat the short-handed Heat, which was without Dwyane Wade. Wade was out because of a sore wrist he injured in a loss Wednesday. The Heat was also without Shaquille O’Neal, who has missed the past 23 games with a knee injury, and reserve forward James Posey, who served a one-game suspension for a flagrant foul.
Cleveland 109, Milwaukee 99 -- LeBron James scored 32 points, Donyell Marshall scored a season-high 29, and the host Cavaliers ended the Bucks’ six-game winning streak.
Indiana 93, Detroit 92 -- Darrell Armstrong made a free throw with 0.9 seconds left to give the Pacers a victory on the road. The Pistons also lost Chauncey Billups to a strained right calf in the final minute of the game. His status for Sunday’s game against the Suns is unknown. Billups led Detroit with 23 points and a career-best 12 rebounds before the injury.
Chicago 107, Toronto 97 -- Luol Deng scored 25 points and Ben Gordon added 22 to lead the visiting Bulls to their 15th straight victory over Toronto. Deng had 19 points in the second half for the Bulls, who shot a season-high 59.7%. Chicago has not lost to Toronto since Dec. 6, 2002, when it ended a 16-game losing streak to the Raptors.
Minnesota 101, Seattle 82 -- Ricky Davis scored 24 points and Mark Blount added 18 for the host Timberwolves. The Sonics shot a season-low 35.2% from the field and trailed by as many as 28 points with less than 10 minutes left.
New Orleans 99, Denver 89 -- Rasual Butler scored 20 points, including a big three-point play in the closing minutes, to lead the Hornets to victory in Oklahoma City. The victory ended a three-game losing streak for the Hornets, who learned an ankle injury will keep guard Chris Paul out for at least a month.