PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Paul George scored 25 points and David West had 18 to help the Indiana Pacers beat Philadelphia 101-94 on Friday night, sending the 76ers to their 19th straight loss.
With a loss to Memphis on Saturday, the Sixers can tie the franchise record for consecutive defeats in a single season. The Sixers lost 20 straight games from Jan. 9, 1973-Feb. 11, 1973 in a 9-73 season. The NBA record for consecutive losses in a season is 26 set by the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Sixers last won on Jan. 29 on Evan Turner’s buzzer-beater at Boston. Turner was traded to the Pacers at the Feb. 20 deadline and is now a key reserve on a team expected to make a deep run in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Thaddeus Young led the Sixers with 25 points on 10-of-31 shooting and had 10 assists.
NUGGETS 111, HEAT 107
MIAMI (AP) — Kenneth Faried scored 24 points, Darrell Arthur led a big effort from Denver’s bench with 18, and the Nuggets beat the suddenly reeling Miami Heat, handing the NBA champions their fifth loss in six games.
Evan Fournier scored 14, Ty Lawson had 13 and JJ Hickson added 11 for the Nuggets. Denver’s reserves scored 57 points.
Ray Allen scored 22 points for Miami, which fell three games behind Indiana in the race for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. LeBron James scored 21 points, Dwyane Wade added 19, Mario Chalmers had 16 and Chris Andersen scored 14 for the Heat, who turned the ball over 20 times and shot 7 for 24 from 3-point range.
It was only the fifth win for Denver in its last 18 games.
CLIPPERS 96, JAZZ 87
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Blake Griffin had 20 points and Chris Paul shook off a sprained ankle to score 18 points and extended the Los Angeles Clippers’ winning streak to 10.
Los Angeles had its lowest points total during the streak, but the Clippers won this time with defense, forcing 20 turnovers by the Utah Jazz that led to 31 points.
The Jazz led 70-60 in the third-quarter, but the Clippers capitalized on a rash of Utah miscues and poor shot selection to go on a 20-2 run.
Paul landed awkwardly against the basketball standard after a layup, spraining his left ankle. The point guard limped up and down the court, but still quarterbacked the Clippers’ come-from-behind-third quarter burst. He had seven points and three assists in the six-minute run that ended with Will Green’s 3-pointer with 10:37 to play that made it 80-72.
SPURS 119, LAKERS 85
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Danny Green had 15 points and the San Antonio Spurs won their ninth straight, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers 119-85 for their largest victory over their longtime rivals.
San Antonio never trailed after the opening four minutes, allowing coach Gregg Popovich to limit his starters and Manu Ginobili to an average of 17 minutes.
The Spurs had five reserves score in double-figures, led by Matt Bonner’s 13 points and 10 rebounds. San Antonio (49-16) maintained the league’s best record ahead of Indiana and Oklahoma City, who are both 48-17.
Pau Gasol had 18 points and 11 rebounds in 26 minutes and Jodie Meeks had 15 points for Los Angeles (22-44), which has lost five of six.
WIZARDS 105, MAGIC 101, OT
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — John Wall had 12 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, Trevor Ariza added 21 points and 11 rebounds overall, and the Washington Wizards hung on to beat the Orlando Magic in overtime.
The victory ends the Wizards’ two-game losing streak overall, and a seven-game road losing streak to the Magic.
Bradley Beal added 20 points before being helped off the court with an injury in overtime. Marcin Gortat finished with 19 points and 14 rebounds.
Tobias Harris had 21 points and Arron Afflalo finished with 18 to lead the Magic. Orlando has now lost five in a row and 11 of their last 14.
RAPTORS 99, GRIZZLIES 86
TORONTO (AP) — Jonas Valanciunas scored a season-high 23 points, Kyle Lowry had 22 points and 12 assists against his former team and the Toronto Raptors won for the 11th time in 14 games, beating the Memphis Grizzlies.
Greivis Vasquez scored 17 points, DeMar DeRozan had 16 and Amir Johnson 12 as the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors snapped a four-game home losing streak against the Grizzlies and improved to 16-0 at home this season when leading after three quarters.
Ten of DeRozan’s points came in the fourth quarter, helping Toronto win back-to-back games against the Grizzlies after losing eight of the previous nine meetings.
Zach Randolph scored 16 points, only six after the first, as Memphis saw its four-game winning streak snapped.
BOBCATS 105, TIMBERWOLVES 93
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Al Jefferson had 25 points and 16 rebounds, and the Charlotte Bobcats defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves for their eighth straight victory at home.
Jefferson set a single-season franchise record with his 20th 20-point, 10-rebound game of the season.
The Bobcats, currently the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference, came in averaging 103.9 points and shooting 47 percent in their last seven homes games. They shot 48 percent against the Timberwolves.
Gary Neal, benched Wednesday for an “internal team matter,” returned and provided a huge lift off the bench with 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting.
Charlotte led by as many as 18 points in the second half and the Timberwolves were never able to get the lead under double-digits after the break. Kevin Martin had 19 points to lead Minnesota.
SUNS 87, CELTICS 80
BOSTON (AP) — Goran Dragic scored 20 points and the Phoenix Suns scored the last seven to beat the cold-shooting Boston Celtics.
After Jeff Green’s two free throws for Boston made it 80-80 with 2:02 left, the fourth tie of the fourth quarter, Alex Len started the decisive spurt with a three-point play on a tip-in and a free throw. The Suns finished the scoring with a dunk by Markieff Morris and a layup by Dragic.
Eric Bledsoe had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Morris added 15 points for Phoenix, which broke a three-game losing streak and moved one game behind Memphis for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot.
Kris Humphries had 11 points and 13 rebounds and Chris Johnson scored 11 for the Celtics, who lost for the 10th time in 13 games.
TRAIL BLAZERS 111, PELICANS 103
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Damian Lillard scored 27 points, Nicolas Batum added 22 and the Portland Trail Blazers snapped a four-game skid while playing without All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge, defeating the New Orleans Pelicans.
Wesley Matthews had 20 points for the Trail Blazers, who held out Aldridge with a back contusion.
Anthony Davis scored a career-high 36 points for New Orleans and Brian Roberts added 19. Tyreke Evans and Eric Gordon added 16 apiece after both missed one game because of illness.
Trailing 94-89 with less than six minutes to go in the game, Lillard went on a personal 7-0 run and his jumper with 4:15 remaining gave Portland the lead for good at 96-94.
CAVALIERS 103, WARRIORS 94
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Spencer Hawes had 22 points and 13 rebounds to help the Cleveland Cavaliers erase an 18-point first-half deficit on the way to a victory over the Golden State Warriors.
Dion Waiters added 18 points and Luol Deng and Kyrie Irving had 16 apiece for the Cavaliers, who overcame a slow start to take the game over in the final three quarters and snap a six-game losing streak against the Warriors.
Stephen Curry scored 27 points on his 26th birthday and Draymond Green added 18 but it wasn’t enough to prevent another bad home loss by the Warriors, who were without starting guard Klay Thompson. He was in the Bahamas for his grandfather’s funeral.