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Wesley Matthews had a simple goal going into the Blazers' game against the Hawks: Don't let Kyle Korver get the ball. Korver wound up with few chances and his NBA-record streak of 127 games with a 3-pointer was snapped in Atlanta's 102-78 loss to Portland on Wednesday night. ''I'm a little bummed,'' Korver said. He was 0 for 5 from 3-point range against the Blazers and finished with five total points, well off his 12-point average.
Golden State didn't need another winning, last-second basket this time. The Warriors led by at least 20 points throughout the second half and beat the Boston Celtics 108-88 on Wednesday night, showing no letdown one day after edging the Indiana Pacers on a field goal with 0.6 seconds left. Klay Thompson hit that 12-foot turnaround to beat one of the NBA's best teams, 98-96. Against one of the worst, Thompson and David Lee scored 18 points each as the Warriors ended their road trip with a 4-2 record.
The Chicago Bulls didn't get a great night from their starters Wednesday. Reserves D.J. Augustin and Taj Gibson combined for 48 points on 18-of-30 shooting as the Bulls beat the Detroit Pistons 105-94 for their fifth win in six games. The Bulls only led by one point going into the fourth, but Augustin and Gibson had 20 of Chicago's 34 in the fourth. ''A lot of guys are stepping up on this team right now,'' Gibson said.
Even though the losses have piled up this season for the Denver Nuggets, they still have the Dallas Mavericks' number. Wilson Chandler scored 21 points, Ty Lawson had 20, and the Nuggets snapped a six-game losing streak by beating the Mavericks 115-110 on Wednesday night. Denver improved to 3-0 this season against the Mavericks with the teams meeting one more time on March 21 in Dallas. It feels good, especially here, where we've let down our crowd so many times,'' Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said.
In a season full of turmoil for the New York Knicks, Raymond Felton has dealt with more of it than any other player on the team. Felton broke out of his slump with 18 points and Carmelo Anthony scored 33 points to help the Knicks snap a seven-game losing streak with a 118-106 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night. I can't make that excuse.'' Tyson Chandler had 15 points and 14 rebounds and Amare Stoudemire added 18 points and eight boards for the Knicks, who had not won since beating New Orleans on Feb. 19. Knicks coach Mike Woodson had a long chat with Felton on Tuesday, trying to gauge how focused his point guard was on the court with so much to deal with off it.
We're playing better, that's all that matters.'' Better than anybody in the Eastern Conference since the new year, in fact. Joe Johnson scored 21 points, Marcus Thornton came off the bench for 20, and the Nets powered their way above .500 for the first time this season by beating the Memphis Grizzlies 103-94 on Wednesday night. Deron Williams added 16 points and Paul Pierce 14 for the Nets (30-29), who have won four in a row overall and six straight at home in turning around a turbulent start. They are still only sixth in the Eastern Conference, but look capable of climbing more after following a rout of Chicago on Monday by clobbering the Grizzlies for most of this one.
Dwight Howard received the worst reception of his career last season when he made his initial return to the city that was his NBA home for eight seasons. James Harden scored 31 points, including 25 in the second half, and the Houston Rockets dug out of a double-digit, first-half hole to beat the Orlando Magic 101-89 on Wednesday night. Howard added 19 points and 14 rebounds as the Rockets dominated inside, outscoring the Magic 58-26 in the paint. ''I think last year was a little more emotional, coming back here and seeing a lot of old faces,'' said Howard, who is now 3-1 against the Magic as a member of the Lakers and Rockets.
Andre Miller tallied his most assists since December. Al Harrington played his most minutes since November. The Washington Wizards turned to the thirty-something brigade Wednesday night in their 104-91 win over the Utah Jazz. ''That was doing pretty good.'' Trevor Ariza scored 26 points, Bradley Beal added 22, John Wall had 14 points and 10 assists, and Marcin Gortat had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Wizards, who have won seven of eight.
Al Jefferson had a pretty good inkling it was Charlotte's night when he banked in a 31-footer from well beyond the top of the key to beat the shot clock midway through the fourth quarter. ''I didn't call the bank, but I trusted my right hand,'' Jefferson said with a laugh. Jefferson scored 34 points and the Bobcats stunned NBA-leading Indiana 109-87 Wednesday night, handing the Pacers just their second two-game skid of the season. Jefferson was 16 of 25 from the field and had eight rebounds for the Bobcats (28-33), who won their fifth straight at home to equal their combined win total from the previous two seasons.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Zach Randolph missed the Memphis' Grizzlies game in Brooklyn on Wednesday night because of the flu.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Orlando will be without guards Jameer Nelson and Victor Oladipo when the Magic host the Rockets.
Bobcats coach Steve Clifford says Chris Douglas-Roberts will start at shooting guard against the Indiana Pacers in place of the injured Gerald Henderson. Henderson is expected to be out at least through the end of the week with a strained right calf, according to Clifford. This will be the second straight game Henderson has missed. On Monday night against Miami, Clifford went with the newly acquired Gary Neal as the starter at the No. 2 spot, but decided to go with Douglas-Roberts against the Pacers.
They all keep coming for the New York Knicks in a season fast taking on the look of one that can't end soon enough. In the face of it all, coach Mike Woodson is steadfast in his belief that he's the man to lead the Knicks out of the abyss. ''My thought process will never change in terms of me being the coach here,'' Woodson said on Wednesday morning before the Knicks faced the Minnesota Timberwolves. I still think I am the guy for the job and I'm going to continue to work in that area.'' The Knicks have lost seven straight games to fall to 21-40, a slide that has buried them in 11th place in the Eastern Conference with 21 games to play.
That is what's happened with the Milwaukee Bucks the past five games since acquiring Ramon Sessions and Jeff Adrien at the trade deadline. The Bucks still have the worst record in the league heading into Wednesday's game against the Sacramento Kings, but they're playing much better. ''Just looking back at our last five games, we've been a different team from a chemistry standpoint,'' coach Larry Drew said Tuesday at the team's training facility. Milwaukee is 2-3 over its past five games, including a competitive, five-point loss at Eastern Conference power Indiana and blowout victories over Philadelphia and Utah.
In one year, Anthony Davis has gone from Hornet to Pelican - and become one of the NBA's top young stars after getting selected with the first overall pick in the 2012 draft. Davis had 28 points and 15 rebounds a week shy of his 21st birthday, and the New Orleans Pelicans snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 132-125 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night. The win ended a string of nine straight road losses to the Lakers and was only the third for New Orleans in the last 18 meetings overall - including a 96-85 victory Nov. 8 in which Davis had a career-high 32 points. I know I didn't play the best in the last two games, so I had to be aggressive.'' The first-time All-Star made seven of his first eight shots, one night after missing his first 10 in a 96-89 loss at Sacramento while playing with a sore left shoulder.
Russell Westbrook taught rookie Michael Carter-Williams a swift and thorough lesson. Westbrook had a triple-double in 21 minutes to win the matchup of talented point guards and help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the woeful Philadelphia 76ers 125-92 on Tuesday night. The three-time All Star finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists after blowing past Carter-Williams at will. Westbrook wrapped up his eighth career triple-double on a rebound with 4:55 left in the third quarter and left the game for good moments later.
Matt Barnes knows shooting nights like this are rare moments to be savored. The 11-year NBA veteran scored 18 of his 28 points in the third quarter and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Phoenix Suns 104-96 Tuesday to match their season best of five victories in a row. One of those nights.'' Blake Griffin added 22 points and Darren Collison had 18 for Los Angeles. DeAndre Jordan had 10 points and 17 rebounds and blocked Goran Dragic's layup try with the Suns still in it with 41 seconds to go.