Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Monta Ellis netted 11 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Indiana Pacers, 81-73, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Ellis added nine rebounds and six assists, while Dirk Nowitzki registered 18 points and six boards for the Mavericks, who have won six of their last seven games. Lance Stephenson had 13 points and 10 rebounds, George Hill scored 14 points and Paul George tallied 12 points and seven boards for Indiana, which has dropped two of its last three on the heels of a four-game winning streak. The Pacers' 73 points scored was a season low.
Final Score: Memphis 86, Orlando 81
Orlando, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Zach Randolph scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to an 86-81 win over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday. Courtney Lee added 17 points while Tayshaun Prince and Nick Calathes finished with 14 and 12 points, respectively, for the Grizzlies, winners in three of their last four games. In the third quarter, Grizzlies center Marc Gasol left the game after injuring his left knee. Gasol, who missed 23 games earlier this season after injuring the same knee, banged knees with Orlando guard Jameer Nelson. Gasol fell to the ground in obvious pain. He eventually limped off the court and to the locker room. He had four points and five rebounds before exiting. Nikola Vucevic had 13 points and 10 rebounds and Tobias Harris finished with 13 points and seven boards for the Magic, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. Glen Davis scored 12 points and Arron Afflalo added 10 in the setback.
Final Score: Toronto 104, Atlanta 83
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - DeMar DeRozan scored 31 points to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 104-83 drubbing of the Atlanta Hawks and head into the All-Star break on a high note. Kyle Lowry contributed 16 points and 13 assists while Patrick Patterson and Terrence Ross donated 14 and 13 points, respectively, in Toronto's second straight triumph on the heels of back-to- back defeats. Jonas Valanciunas added a game-high 14 rebounds. Gustavo Ayon scored a season-high 18 points on 9-of-11 shooting and grabbed 10 boards in Atlanta's fifth straight setback. Paul Millsap had 17 points and sharpshooter Kyle Korver extended his streak of consecutive games with a 3- pointer to 120.
Final Score: San Antonio 104, Boston 92
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Tim Duncan scored 23 of his 25 points in the second half, Marco Belinelli flirted with a triple-double and the San Antonio Spurs downed the Boston Celtics, 104-92, at TD Garden. Belinelli finished with 16 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists in the Southwest Division leaders' fourth win in six games on their nine-game road trip. Boris Diaw and Patty Mills contributed 18 and 16 points, respectively, for the victors. Boston had won four of five coming into the last game before the All-Star break for both teams and had six players score in double figures, but it still wasn't enough. Rajon Rondo led the Celtics with 16 points.
Final Score: Brooklyn 105, Charlotte 89
Brooklyn, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Paul Pierce scored 25 points to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 105-89 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday. Deron Williams, Andray Blatche and Mirza Teletovic all scored 13 points apiece in the win. Kevin Garnett posted 10 points in Brooklyn's fifth straight win over Charlotte and fourth consecutive overall at the Barclays Center. Kemba Walker scored 16 points to lead Charlotte, while Al Jefferson deposited a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double in the setback.
Final Score: Cleveland 93, Detroit 89
Auburn Hills, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyrie Irving scored seven of his 23 points in the final 30 seconds to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 93-89 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday. Cleveland led 86-85 before Irving took control for the Cavaliers. Tristan Thompson totaled 25 points and brought down 15 rebounds as he shot 12-for-16 from the field. The win marks the first four-game winning streak for the Cavs since winning eight straight March 8-24, 2010. Josh Smith scored 18 and grabbed 10 rebounds and Andre Drummond added 16 points and 17 boards for Detroit, which face Charlotte on Wednesday following the All-Star break.
Final Score: Sacramento 106, New York 101 (OT)
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Jimmer Fredette poured in a career-high 24 points off the bench, and the Sacramento Kings headed into the All-Star break on a high note by coming through with a hard-earned 106-101 overtime victory over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Fredette shot a scorching 6-for-8 from 3-point range to help the Kings snap a seven-game road losing streak, while Rudy Gay and Isaiah Thomas contributed 20 points apiece to the win. Gay forced overtime with a successful jumper with 20.8 seconds left in the fourth quarter, while Thomas capped his night with a game-sealing basket in the final seconds of extra time. DeMarcus Cousins had 19 points and 14 rebounds for Sacramento before exiting the contest in the fourth quarter with a strained left hip flexor. Carmelo Anthony tuned up for Sunday's All-Star Game with a 36-point, 11-rebound effort, but the Knicks blew a 12-point second-half lead and fell for the fourth time in five games. Amar'e Stoudemire added 20 points on 10-of-15 shooting in the loss, with Tyson Chandler amassing 17 points and 11 rebounds for New York.
Final Score: Houston 113, Washington 112
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - James Harden's go-ahead layup with 0.7 seconds left lifted the Houston Rockets to a 113-112 victory on Wednesday night. John Wall sunk a pair of foul shots to stake Washington to a 112-110 advantage with four seconds to play. Harden drew an away-from-the-play foul prior to the ensuing inbounds and made the free throw to get the Rockets within a point. Harden then got the ball at the top of the arc and split a pair of Washington defenders before driving in for the easy layup. Kevin Seraphin's turnaround jumper from the left wing at the horn was off the mark. Harden finished with 35 points, six rebounds and six assists, Dwight Howard tallied 24 points and 16 rebounds and Chandler Parsons added 18 points, 12 boards and six assists for Houston, which has won seven straight. Trevor Ariza, who knocked down a franchise-record 10 3-pointers on 14 attempts, nailed all seven of his tries from beyond the arc in the third quarter. He had 21 of his 32 points in the third for the Wizards, who trailed by as many as 19 in that stanza before rallying back in it. Wall recorded 19 points and 14 helpers in defeat.
Final Score: New Orleans 102, Milwaukee 98
Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - A forgettable first half of the season for the Milwaukee Bucks appropriately ended in a loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, thanks in part to a late missed dunk by Ersan Ilyasova. Eric Gordon led seven Pelicans in double figures with 21 points, Brian Roberts added 17 and Alexis Ajinca added 16 with nine rebounds in New Orleans' 102-98 victory. Tyreke Evans and Anthony Davis each provided 12 points for New Orleans, which had lost the first two tests of a three-game road trip and still sits in the basement of the Southwest Division with a 23-29 record. Ilyasova's missed uncontested throw-down with the Bucks trailing by three inside the final two minutes proved vital and sent the team into the All-Star break with a dismal 9-43 mark, easily the worst in the entire league. Milwaukee has dropped four in a row and 10 of its last 11. Brandon Knight had a team-high 22 points, while Gary Neal chipped in with 18 off the bench in the latest setback.
Final Score: Minnesota 117, Denver 90
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Love scored a game-high 32 points to go with 11 rebounds and eight assists to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 117-90 rout of the Denver Nuggets at the Target Center. Corey Brewer added 22 points and five steals and Ricky Rubio added 11 points, 12 assists and seven steals for the Timberwolves, who snapped a four-game skid. Jose Juan Barea had 18 points off the bench and Chase Budinger finished with 12 in the win. Jordan Hamilton led the Nuggets with 16 points, six rebounds, seven assists and three steals. J.J. Hickson added 14 points and 13 rebounds and Evan Fournier scored 13 points for Denver, losers in four straight.
Final Score: Utah 105, Philadelphia 100
Salt Lake City, UT (SportsNetwork.com) - Alec Burks notched 26 points in a reserve role to help the Utah Jazz edge the Philadelphia 76ers, 105-100, from EnergySolutions Arena. Gordon Hayward stuffed the stat sheet with 17 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in Utah's third straight win heading into All-Star weekend. Marvin Williams tallied 13 points with a season-high 14 rebounds, while Enes Kanter and Richard Jefferson both contributed 12 points in the triumph. Burks and Hayward shot a combined 24-of-26 from the free throw line, while the Sixers made 18-of-23 as a team. Utah's reserves outscored Philadelphia's, 56-10. All five Philly starters reached double figures, with Evan Turner's 21 points leading the way in a losing effort. Thaddeus Young and Michael Carter-Williams each netted 19 and Spencer Hawes scored 16 with 11 boards.
Final Score: Miami 111, Golden State 110
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - LeBron James one-upped fellow All-Star Stephen Curry just before the buzzer Wednesday with a stepback, fallaway 3- pointer to give the Miami Heat a thrilling 111-110 win over the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors battled back from a 21-point second-half deficit and held two leads in the final 1:22, the second coming when Curry beat Mario Chalmers off the dribble and banked in a runner while getting fouled with 14.6 seconds remaining. Curry drained the additional free throw for a 110-108 advantage, and Miami simply gave the ball to James instead of calling a timeout. James dribbled away the clock and tried to shake Andre Iguodala at the top of the key. Iguodala played textbook defense and had a hand in James' face as the four-time MVP stepped back to his left and fired a rainbow that hit nothing but the bottom of the net with 0.2 seconds remaining. The Warriors did not have enough time to get a shot off, and James and his teammates celebrated Miami's fifth win in the past six games heading into the All-Star break. James dropped in 36 points, pulled down 13 rebounds and also dished out nine assists for a Heat club that again played without Dwyane Wade. Chris Bosh donated 19 points and Michael Beasley added 16 to the winning cause. Curry poured in 29 points on 8-of-14 shooting, David Lee recorded a double-double with 21 points and 11 boards and Klay Thompson netted 17 points in the loss, Golden State's third in the last five games.
Final Score: LA Clippers 122, Portland 117
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Blake Griffin had 36 points and 10 rebounds and the Los Angeles Clippers prevailed 122-117 in a see-saw affair against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center. Jamal Crawford supplied 25 points and Chris Paul scored 20 and dished out 12 assists for the Clippers, who head into the All-Star break on a three-game winning streak. LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points, one of six Blazers in double figures, while Damian Lillard went 8-of-12 from the field and finished with 21 points. Portland has lost six of nine.