Lou Williams scored 23 points off the bench as the Philadelphia 76ers built an early lead and held on to send the Bobcats to their 15th straight defeat, 98-89, last night in Charlotte, N.C.
Thaddeus Young added 20 points on 6-of-9 shooting, and Jrue Holiday chipped in with 19 points for the 76ers.
Williams was averaging 19 points over the previous four games. He stayed hot, making several big shots including a 3-pointer with 6:11 remaining after the Bobcats had pulled within 71-69.
He also hit a 3-pointer in the final minute to seal Philadelphia’s second straight win.
Corey Maggette scored a season-high 22 points for Charlotte.
Kemba Walker added 21 points and Reggie Williams chipped in with 14 for Charlotte.
Magic 102, Timberwolves 89 - Jason Richardson scored 17 points, and Jameer Nelson and Hedo Turkoglu each added 14 as host Orlando used a big second half to beat Minnesota.
Richardson, coming off a season-high 31 points, was strong early against Minnesota but sat out the fourth quarter.
The Magic didn’t need him, though, hitting 12 of 30 3-pointers for the game and with all five starters reaching double figures.
Orlando has now won two of its last three games and earned its seventh straight victory over the Timberwolves.
Kevin Love led Minnesota with 19 points and 15 rebounds, and Nikola Pekovic added 16 points and 13 rebounds.
Minnesota lost its fourth straight game.
Heat 114, Bucks 96 - LeBron James scored 35 points and Miami finally found a way to beat Milwaukee, using a third-quarter surge to beat the host Bucks.
Dwyane Wade scored 22 and Mario Chalmers added 13 for the Heat, who were 0-2 against the Bucks coming into the game.
James scored 16 of his points in the third quarter as the Heat outscored the Bucks, 35-24, to take control of the game.
Carlos Delfino scored 24 for the Bucks.
With the win, Miami ran its record to 22-7 - equaling the franchise’s best start after the first 29 games of a season, set in 1996-97 and again in 2004-05.
Hornets 86, Jazz 80 - Chris Kaman scored a season-high 27 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and host New Orleans snapped an eight-game skid with a victory over Utah.
Marco Belinelli and Gustavo Ayon each added 13 points for New Orleans, which led by as many as 20 in the third quarter before holding on for only its third victory in 26 games. Greivis Vasquez had 12 points and 10 assists.
Al Jefferson had 14 points and 12 rebounds for Utah.
Derrick Favors added 14 points for Utah.