By The Associated Press
2014-02-02 12:22 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- John Wall scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half as the Washington Wizards took advantage of a rare off-game from hometown star Kevin Durant in a 96-81 win over the Thunder on Saturday that stopped Oklahoma City's 10-game winning streak.
Two days after being selected to the All-Star game for the first time, Wall also had 15 assists and six steals and went 7 for 11 from the field after halftime, more than making up for an 0-for-7 first half. Trevor Ariza added 18 points and did a solid job defending Durant, whose 26 points came on 8-for-21 shooting, including 0 for 6 from 3-point range, along with five turnovers.
The victory moved the Wizards to .500 for the seventh time this season. A win Monday against Portland would give Washington a winning record for the first time since October 2009.
PACERS 97, NETS 96
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Paul George and Roy Hibbert both had 20 points as Indiana overcame an early deficit to beat Brooklyn.
Lance Stephenson, left out of the All-Star game despite leading the NBA in triple-doubles, added 14 points for the Pacers (36-10), who improved the league's best home record to 22-2. David West had 17 points and George Hill scored 10.
Shaun Livingston had a season-high 24 points for the Nets, who couldn't hold an early seven-point lead against the Eastern Conference leaders.
Joe Johnson, an All-Star selection, spent much of the night dueling with Stephenson and scored 16 for Brooklyn, which has lost three straight since starting January with 11 wins in 12 games.
ROCKETS 106, CAVALIERS 92
HOUSTON (AP) -- James Harden returned from injury to score 28 points and Jeremy Lin had his first career triple-double to lead Houston to its third straight win with the victory over Cleveland.
Dwight Howard added 26 points and Lin came off the bench to tally 15 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.
Harden sat out the last two games with a bruised left thumb. It showed no signs of bothering him Saturday, when he also had four assists and three rebounds.
Luol Deng had 24 points and Kyrie Irving added 21 points and seven assists for Cleveland, which lost its fourth straight game.
PISTONS 113, 76ERS 96
AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (AP) -- Andre Drummond had 22 points and 14 rebounds as Detroit's talented frontcourt overwhelmed short-handed Philadelphia.
Greg Monroe added 21 points and 12 rebounds. He and Drummond combined to go 18 of 21 from the field. Brandon Jennings and Kyle Singler added 20 points apiece for Detroit.
Philadelphia was without rookie of the year candidate Michael Carter-Williams, who sat out with a sore right shoulder. Tony Wroten led the 76ers with 18 points.
The Pistons have won back-to-back games at The Palace for the first time since their first two home games of the season. Detroit is 9-15 at home.
HAWKS 120, TIMBERWOLVES 113
ATLANTA (AP) -- Kyle Korver scored 24 points, including a trio of 3-pointers in a third-quarter stretch that gave Atlanta the lead, as the Hawks overcame Kevin Love's 43 points to beat Minnesota.
Paul Millsap, guarded by Love much of the night in a matchup of All-Stars, had 20 points and 13 rebounds before fouling out late in the game.
A jam by Minnesota's Corey Brewer with 2:55 remaining cut Atlanta's lead to 107-104. Jeff Teague, who had 19 points, drove for a layup and DeMarre Carroll's free throws pushed the lead to seven points.
Love's 3-pointer again trimmed the margin to three before Atlanta's Gustavo Ayon banked in an unlikely scoop shot to thwart the comeback attempt.
PELICANS 88, BULLS 79
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Anthony Davis scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead New Orleans past Chicago.
Tyreke Evans added 11 points for the Pelicans, who have won four of their past five games.
D.J. Augustin scored 23 points, Taj Gibson added 17 and Joakim Noah had 14 for Chicago.
Davis also blocked six shots and the Pelicans dominated in the paint, outscoring the Bulls 50-34.
New Orleans led 50-39 at the half, and with Davis dominating the middle the Pelicans maintained a double-digit lead for most of the second half.
GRIZZLIES 99, BUCKS 90
MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) -- Nick Calathes, subbing for an injured Mike Conley, scored a career-high 22 points as the surging Grizzlies defeated the Bucks.
Zach Randolph had 23 points and 10 rebounds for Memphis, which won its season-best sixth straight and 11 of 12 overall. Marc Gasol had 19 points and James Johnson scored 14.
Brandon Knight led Milwaukee with 23 points, including 18 in the second half. Knight also had seven assists and six rebounds. Ersan Ilyasova finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Bucks, who have lost six in a row. Khris Middleton scored 12 points, while Larry Sanders and Caron Butler finished with 10 each.
The Grizzlies were playing their first game without Conley, the starting point guard who sprained his ankle in Friday night's win at Minnesota. The team announced before the game that Conley will miss at least a week.