John Wall scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half and 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 night 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, which means they get yet another chance to overcome an obstacle that has flummoxed them in recent weeks. A win Monday against Portland would give Washington a winning record for the first time since October 2009.
A night after going 12 for 12 from the field, Serge Ibaka went 6 for 12 and scored 14 points for the Thunder.
The Thunder’s only lead was 2-0. They made 21 turnovers, 10 in the first quarter.
Pacers 97, Nets 96 — Paul George and Roy Hibbert both had 20 points, and host Indiana overcame an early deficit to beat Brooklyn.
Lance Stephenson added 14 points for the Pacers, who improved the league’s best home record to 22-2.
Rockets 106, Cavaliers 92 — James Harden returned from injury to score 28 points and Jeremy Lin had his first career triple-double to lead host Houston past Cleveland for its third straight win.
Dwight Howard added 26 points and Lin came off the bench to tally 15 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists.
Heat 106, Knicks 91 — LeBron James had 30 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists, and Miami avoided a winless season in the Big Apple with a victory that snapped New York’s four-game winning streak.
Blazers 106, Raptors 103 — LaMarcus Aldridge had 27 points and 15 rebounds, Damian Lillard hit a go-ahead free throw with 11.8 seconds left, and host Portland edged Toronto.
The Trail Blazers held off a second-half comeback by Toronto, which wiped out a 19-point deficit to take a 103-102 lead on DeMar DeRozan free throws with 25 seconds left.
DeRozan finished with 36 points and 12 assists, doing most of his damage during a 30-point second half.
Spurs 95, Kings 93 — Tim Duncan had 23 points and 17 rebounds, Tony Parker added 18 points and 10 assists, and host San Antonio snapped a three-game slide by rallying past skidding Sacramento.
Suns 105, Bobcats 95 — Goran Dragic scored 25 points and Phoenix made almost 57 percent of its shots through three quarters to beat visiting Charlotte.
Pistons 113, 76ers 96 — Andre Drummond had 22 points and 14 rebounds as Detroit overwhelmed shorthanded Philadelphia in Auburn Hills, Mich.
Hawks 120, Timberwolves 113 — Kyle Korver scored 24 points, including a trio of 3-pointers in a third-quarter stretch that gave host Atlanta the lead, and the Hawks overcame Kevin Love’s 43 points to beat Minnesota.
Grizzlies 99, Bucks 90 — Nick Calathes, subbing for an injured Mike Conley, scored a career-high 22 points as surging Memphis defeated visiting Milwaukee.
Clippers 102, Jazz 87 — Jamal Crawford scored 27 points off the bench, Blake Griffin had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and host Los Angeles Clippers denied Utah.
Pelicans 88, Bulls 79 — Anthony Davis scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead host New Orleans over Chicago.