Greivis Vasquez scored 25 points and Ryan Anderson added 23 to lead the Hornets to a 112-92 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers Sunday night in New Orleans.
Anthony Davis had 17 points and 13 rebounds, Brian Roberts scored 15, and Eric Gordon 14 for the Hornets, who snapped a two-game losing streak, including a blowout loss to Miami on Friday. Davis’s double-double was his 17th, tops among NBA rookies.
Kyrie Irving returned from a shoulder injury and led the Cavaliers with 31 points and six assists. Cleveland, which lost its eighth straight, was 1-7 in Irving’s absence. Tristan Thompson, Wayne Ellington, and Mareese Speights each scored 12 points for the Cavaliers and Shaun Livingston had 11.
After trailing, 49-48, at halftime, the Hornets pulled away by scoring a season-high 36 points in the third quarter to take an 84-73 lead. Vasquez, who had missed two of the previous three games with an ankle injury, scored 16 points in the quarter, making all six of his shots.
Bulls 95, Pistons 94 — Luol Deng scored 28 points, Jimmy Butler and Nate Robinson each added 16, and host Chicago extended its winning streak over Detroit to 18 straight.
Rodney Stuckey scored 25 points and Greg Monroe added 18 points for the Pistons, who have not beaten Chicago since Dec. 23, 2008.
The Bulls rallied from a 13-point deficit to tie the score 78-all with 9:27 remaining on Butler’s dunk after a steal. Robinson then fed Deng for a layup for an 80-78 lead, Chicago’s first advantage since 1-0.
Deng and Robinson each hit 3-pointers to extend the Bulls’ lead to 91-84. Stuckey’s layup cut Chicago’s lead to 1 with 1:27 left before Deng had a layup for a 94-91 lead. Charlie Villaneuva missed a three with 5.9 seconds left and Daequan Cook made a free throw.
Stuckey made a three before the buzzer for the final margin.
Wizards 109, Raptors 92 — Bradley Beal scored 24 points in his return to the lineup, lifting host Washington past Toronto.
Emeka Okafor had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and John Wall added 18 points and 10 assists for Washington. The Wizards, who came in having lost two in a row on the road, won their seventh straight at home and moved into a tie with Toronto for 10th place in the Eastern Conference.
Jonas Valanciunas had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Raptors, losers of six of their last seven. Toronto leading scorer Rudy Gay scored 11 points — about seven below his average — while being limited to 26 minutes due to foul trouble.
Toronto cut a 20-point third-quarter deficit to 6 twice in the fourth quarter before Washington pulled away.
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Kobe Bryant passed Wilt Chamberlain for fourth place on the NBA’s scoring list, then put on one of the best passing performances of his career.
Bryant scored 19 points and tied a season high with 14 assists despite a nagging left foot injury, and visiting the Los Angeles Lakers kept pace for the Western Conference’s final playoff spot by outlasting the Kings, 103-98, Saturday night in Sacramento.