Corey Brewer had a season-high 26 points, James Harden scored 16 of his 20 in Houston’s big third quarter, and the Rockets cruised past the visiting Toronto Raptors, 98-76, Saturday night.
The loss ended Toronto’s four-game win streak against playoff-bound teams — the Clippers, San Antonio, Washington and Atlanta.
A night after handling the Eastern Conference-leading Hawks, 105-80, the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors had a chance to extend their road winning streak to a franchise-record six games. Instead they were done in by 23 turnovers to lose away from home for the first time since Jan. 21.
New Orleans 105, at Miami 91: Eric Gordon scored 16 of his 24 points in the third quarter and the Pelicans ended a four-game slide despite losing All-Star forward Anthony Davis, who appeared to re-aggravate a right-shoulder injury. Goran Dragic had 12 points in his first game with the Heat, which learned before the game that All-Star center Chris Bosh would miss the rest of the season because of blood clots on one of his lungs. Davis left in the opening minutes while clutching his shoulder in apparent agony.
at Chicago 112, Phoenix 107: Pau Gasol had 22 points and 14 rebounds and the Bulls beat the revamped Suns for their fifth win in six games. P.J. Tucker scored 20 for Phoenix and Brandon Knight had 13 in his Suns debut, but they lost for the seventh time in eight games.
Oklahoma City 110, at Charlotte 103: Russell Westbrook had 33 points and 10 assists as the Thunder, playing without Kevin Durant (sore right foot), won its fifth in a row. Enes Kanter had 10 points and 13 rebounds in his Thunder debut.