PHILADELPHIA (AP) Hollis Thompson and Luc Mbah a Moute scored 19 points apiece and the Philadelphia 76ers surprised the short-handed Atlanta Hawks 92-84 on Saturday night.
Nerlens Noel had 11 points and 17 rebounds to help the 76ers win for the second time in 11 games. Philadelphia (14-49) entered with the NBA’s second-worst record.
Jeff Teague had 17 points to pace Atlanta, which had its six-game winning streak snapped. The Hawks (49-13), who came in with the best record in the league, rested starters Paul Millsap, Kyle Korver and DeMarre Carroll – taking more than 41 points out of their lineup.
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CAVALIERS 89, SUNS 72
CLEVELAND (AP) – LeBron James tied Cleveland’s career assists record and scored 17 points in the Cavaliers’ victory over Phoenix.
James tied Mark Price at 4,206 assists in the third quarter. James was 6 for 16 from the field and had eight assists and six rebounds to help the Cavaliers win their 13th straight at home and move into a tie for second with Chicago in the Eastern Conference.
Timofey Mozgov led the Cavaliers with 19 points, and Tristan Thompson had 15 points with 12 rebounds.
Markieff Morris scored 16 points for Phoenix.
HEAT 114, KINGS 109, OT
MIAMI (AP) – Dwyane Wade scored 28 points, Tyler Johnson added 24 and Miami erased a 12-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat Sacramento.
Johnson’s 3-pointer as the shot clock was expiring with just under a minute left put the Heat up four. Wade added a pair of free throws with 31.2 seconds remaining as Miami won its third straight home game – almost unbelievably, its longest such stretch of the season.
DeMarcus Cousins had 27 points and 17 rebounds before fouling out for Sacramento. Rudy Gay scored 27 points, and Ben McLemore added 20.
ROCKETS 114, NUGGETS 100
DENVER (AP) – James Harden scored 28 points, Corey Brewer had 24 and Houston Rockets snapped a three-game road losing streak with a victory over Denver.
Trevor Ariza had 19 points and Donatas Motiejunas added 18 for the Rockets.
Wilson Chandler had 26 points for Denver. The Nuggets are 2-2 under interim coach Melvin Hunt.
PELICANS 95, GRIZZLIES 89
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Tyreke Evans scored 26 points, Anthony Davis added 23 points and 10 rebounds, and New Orleans overcame an 18-point deficit to beat Memphis.
Eric Gordon scored 16 points, including two free throws with 24.5 seconds left, to help New Orleans win for the seventh time in nine games and pull a half-game behind Oklahoma City for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Jeff Green had 20 points for Memphis.
TIMBERWOLVES 121, TRAIL BLAZERS 113
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Kevin Martin scored 29 points and Ricky Rubio hit a big 3-pointer with a minute left to help Minnesota snap a four-game skid and end Portland’s winning streak at five games.
Rubio had 13 points, 15 assists and eight rebounds, and his late 3 gave the Wolves a 109-102 lead. Gary Neal scored 27 off the bench and Andrew Wiggins added 18 points.
Damian Lillard had 32 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, and LaMarcus Aldridge added 21 points and eight rebounds for Portland in its first game since losing Wesley Matthews for the season to an Achilles injury.
PACERS 92, KNICKS 86
NEW YORK (AP) – Rodney Stuckey scored 17 points, George Hill made the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 2:34 left, and Indiana beat New York for its season-best fifth straight victory.
Hill had 15 points and David West finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds for Indiana. They have won 11 of 13 and came in tied for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
Andrea Bargnani scored 21 points for the Knicks. They lost their third straight to drop to 12-49.
BUCKS 91, WIZARDS 85
MILWAUKEE (AP) – Khris Middleton scored 30 points and hit a key 3-pointer from the corner with 40.8 seconds left, and Milwaukee beat Washington to snap a four-game losing streak.
Middleton had missed a 3 but the offensive rebound was tracked down by center Zaza Pachulia, who flipped a pass back to Middleton for a successful follow.