Rashard Lewis and Nick Young each had 15 points to lead the Wizards to their first win after eight straight losses, a 93-78 victory over the Toronto Raptors last night in Washington.
After the worst start in franchise history, coach Flip Saunders left Andray Blatche and Lewis on the bench to start the game. It was the first time this season Blatche didn’t start. Before the game, a team official said Blatche had a right shoulder injury, and his participation would be a game-time decision.
Trevor Booker and Chris Singleton started in their places, but Blatche and Lewis, who missed Sunday’s game with a sore right knee, entered with three minutes to play in the first quarter.
Blatche had 9 points and eight rebounds in 25 minutes. John Wall tied his season high with nine assists but missed 9 of 12 shots.
Toronto, which was playing its second of three games in three nights, was led by Andrea Bargnani with 22 points.
The Raptors, who scored just 62 points against Philadelphia on Saturday, threatened that mark again. After leading, 20-17, after one, Toronto scored just 14 points in the second quarter and 18 in the third.
Bulls 111, Timberwolves 100 - Derrick Rose scored a season-high 31 points and had 11 assists to outlast Ricky Rubio in a thrilling duel, leading Chicago’s victory in Minnesota.
Luol Deng had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Kyle Korver scored 13 points off the bench for the Bulls, who were on their way to a blowout early before Rubio led the Wolves back.
Rubio had 13 points, 12 assists, and 4 rebounds.
76ers 112, Kings 85 - Elton Brand had a season-high 21 points and 10 rebounds, and host Philadelphia routed Sacramento for its sixth straight victory.
Rookie Jimmer Fredette scored 7 points in his first start for Sacramento. Filling in for injured leading scorer Marcus Thornton, the former BYU sensation shot 2 for 7.
Warriors 111, Heat 106 - Dorell Wright scored 20 points and made a season-high six 3-pointers, including a tying shot late in regulation, and shorthanded Golden State spoiled Dwyane Wade’s return with an overtime victory over visiting Miami.
Wade scored a season-high 34 points after missing the last three games with a bruised left foot, but missed shots late in regulation and overtime. LeBron James had 26 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds before missing a potential tying 3-pointer in the final seconds of overtime.
Lakers 99, Suns 83 - Kobe Bryant scored 48 points - his fifth straight game with 25 or more - and Los Angeles defeated Phoenix to win its seventh straight at home and third in a row overall.
Bryant, the NBA’s leading scorer, topped the 40-point mark for the first time this season, the first in the league to do so. He was 18 of 31 from the floor and made 12 of 13 free throws.
Mavericks 100, Pistons 86 - Dirk Nowitzki scored 18 points, and Dallas reached the .500 mark by routing Detroit in Auburn Hills, Mich.
The defending champion Mavericks (5-5) started their NBA title defense slowly, losing four of their first five games, but they’ve bounced back. Last night’s win was their first on the road. Shawn Marion scored 14 points and Vince Carter added 11 for Dallas, which led by as many as 28 in the second half.
Thunder 100, Grizzlies 95 - Russell Westbrook scored 30 points, Kevin Durant added 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Oklahoma City won its fourth straight with a victory in Memphis.
The Thunder led for the bulk of the second half, but never built the advantage to more than 8 points in a game that included 13 lead changes and eight ties.
Jazz 113, Cavaliers 105 - Al Jefferson scored a season-high 30 points and Paul Millsap added 19 and Utah defeated Cleveland in Salt Lake City for its fifth straight win.
The Cavaliers (4-5) fell to 1-3 on a seven-game road trip. Antawn Jamison led Cleveland with 22 points, including 13 in the third quarter, as he tried to rally the team.
Rockets 82, Bobcats 70 - Rookie Chandler Parsons scored 20 points, Kevin Martin added 17, and Houston won in Charlotte, N.C., to snap a four-game losing streak.
Jordan Hill had a double-double for the Rockets off the bench with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Trail Blazers 105, Clippers 97 - Gerald Wallace scored 20 points, making a key 3-pointer with two minutes left, and host Portland avenged a loss to Los Angeles on New Year’s Day.
LaMarcus Aldridge added 18 points and seven rebounds for the Blazers, who have not lost in six games at home this season.
Bucks 106, Spurs 103 - Stephen Jackson had 34 points and eight assists in his best game since joining Milwaukee in an offseason trade, leading the host Bucks over San Antonio.
Milwaukee also got a big lift from the return of center Andrew Bogut, who had 14 points and 11 rebounds after missing four games to return home to Australia for an undisclosed personal issue.