Jodie Meeks tied a career high with 26 points, Lou Williams had 19, and Spencer Hawes added 10 points and 10 rebounds to help the 76ers beat the Washington Wizards, 120-89, last night in Philadelphia.
With their usual balanced offense, the Sixers led by 34 points in the third quarter and crushed the NBA-worst Wizards.
All five starters reached double-digit scoring for the Atlantic Division leaders. They won for the seventh time in eight games overall and improved to 5-0 at home.
While the Sixers dominated the entire game, the real damage was done in the third quarter. They made 16 of 23 shots from the floor and outscored the Wizards by 20.
Meeks finished 10 of 11 from the floor and 6 of 7 from 3-point range.
Coming off a franchise-low 64-point performance against Chicago, the Wizards were no better against Philadelphia’s active defense. Rashard Lewis scored 16 and the Wizards went 4 for 17 in 3-point shooting.
Lakers 97, Cavaliers 92 - Kobe Bryant scored 42 points in his third straight 40-point performance, and host Los Angeles blew a big early lead before hanging on for its fifth straight victory.
Pau Gasol had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who won their eighth consecutive game at Staples Center since Christmas. Until Bryant took charge, Los Angeles allowed a 19-point lead to dwindle to 3 in the final minutes of coach Mike Brown’s first meeting with the Cavaliers since they fired him in 2010.
Pacers 95, Raptors 90 - Tyler Hansbrough made two key free throws with less than 15 seconds to play and visiting Indiana overcame the ejection of leading scorer Danny Granger to beat Toronto.
George Hill scored a season-high 22 points for the Pacers, while Roy Hibbert fouled out with 15 points and nine rebounds. Hansbrough and David West each scored 13.
Mavericks 102, Bucks 76 - Dirk Nowitzki went over 23,000 career points, Vince Carter had his highest-scoring game in Dallas, and the Mavericks (6-4) stretched their winning streak to four games. The defending NBA champions are finally on a roll after an 0-3 start.
Nowitzki became the 23d NBA player with 23,000 points. He finished with 11 and his 23,008 career points are third among active players behind Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett.
Spurs 99, Trail Blazers 83 - Tony Parker scored 20 points to help San Antonio beat Portland and stay unbeaten at home.
Parker shook off a slow start as the Spurs (8-4) improved to 8-0 at home, their best start since the 2007-08 season when they started 13-0. Portland (7-4), meanwhile, lost its second straight game and for only the second time in its last 10 games against San Antonio.
Nets 110, Suns 103 - Deron Williams had 35 points, his most since coming to New Jersey at last season’s trade deadline, and 14 assists as visiting New Jersey held off shorthanded Phoenix for just its third victory in 12 games this season.
Phoenix, playing without Steve Nash and Grant Hill because of injuries, was down by 3 at the half before the Nets pulled away with a barrage of 3-pointers.
Rockets 103, Kings 89 - Kyle Lowry’s 25 points led five double-digit scorers as Houston beat visiting Sacramento.
The Kings led at halftime, but Houston used a strong third quarter to take the lead and Sacramento never threatened after that.
Timberwolves 87, Hornets 80 - Kevin Love scored 34 points, Ricky Rubio hit the tiebreaking free throws in his first career start, and Minnesota won in New Orleans.
Rubio finished with 12 points and 9 assists. Love had 17 points in the third quarter and also grabbed 15 rebounds for his 11th consecutive double-double.
Nuggets 117, Heat 104 - Ty Lawson returned from a sprained right foot to score 24 points, as host Denver sent Miami to its third loss despite a 35-point night from LeBron James.
Pistons 98, Bobcats 81 - Jonas Jerebko tied a career high with 22 points and Detroit won the race to three victories against host Charlotte.