Final Score: Phoenix 108, LA Clippers 99
LOS ANGELES - Steve Nash finished with a game-high 23 points to go along with 13 assists as the Suns topped the Clippers, 108-99, at Staples Center. Channing Frye connected on five shots from three-point range, finishing with 19 points, and Marcin Gortat posted 17 points and 13 rebounds in a reserve role. Jared Dudley added 14 points and six rebounds while Hakim Warrick added 12 points for the victors. The Suns have now won consecutive games and 10 of their previous 11 with the Clippers. Chris Kaman posted 21 points and 11 rebounds in a starting role, just his ninth of the season. The Clippers reserve center got the start because DeAndre Jordan missed the game with a mild case of pneumonia. Mo Williams added 18 points, seven rebounds and seven assists while Blake Griffin scored 17 before fouling out late in the game. LA has now lost three of four overall.
Final Score: Washington 98, New Jersey 92
WASHINGTON D.C. - John Wall led the way with 26 points, eight assists and six rebounds, as the Washington Wizards snapped a six-game losing streak with a 98-92 win over the New Jersey Nets at the Verizon Center. Jordan Crawford finished with 21 points and JaVale McGee chipped in with 16 points and seven boards for Washington, which improved to 16-20 at home this season, but won for only the second time in its last 15 games overall. Maurice Evans posted 15 points off the bench for the victors. Brook Lopez had a team-best 21 points to go with 10 rebounds for the Nets, who dropped their third straight contest and are now a woeful 4-29 on the road. Anthony Morrow donated 19 points, while Kris Humphries turned in a double-double with 18 points and 17 boards. Jordan Farmar dished out a career-high 17 assists and netted 10 points in defeat.
Final Score: Atlanta 104, Detroit 96
ATLANTA - Al Horford led a balanced attack, finishing with 18 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, as the Atlanta Hawks held on for a 104-96 win over the Detroit Pistons at Philips Arena. Josh Smith went for 17 points and nine boards, while Joe Johnson ended with 17 points and eight assists for the Hawks, who had dropped two straight and six of eight games coming into the contest. Kirk Hinrich hit 3-of-6 from three-point range and netted 15 points to go with six assists in the victory. Rodney Stuckey had a team-leading 22 points and eight assists off the bench for Detroit, which had a brief two-game winning streak halted and have lost four of its last six overall. Chris Wilcox added 18 points in a reserve role and Greg Monroe posted a double-double, going for 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Final Score: Milwaukee 100, New York 95
MILWAUKEE - Carlos Delfino hit six three-pointers and finished with a career-high 30 points to go with 11 rebounds, as the Milwaukee Bucks held on for a 100-95 victory over the New York Knicks at the Bradley Center. John Salmons netted 22 points, while Luc Mbah a Moute chipped in with 19 points and eight boards for Milwaukee, which has won two in a row after a three-game slide. The Bucks improved to 19-17 at home this season. Brandon Jennings fell one assist shy of a triple-double, ending with 14 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. Andrew Bogut posted a double-double finishing with 13 points and 12 rebounds for the victors. Amare Stoudemire had a team-best 25 points and 11 boards for the Knicks, who have dropped five of six overall and four straight on the road. New York fell to 16-20 away from Madison Square Garden. Carmelo Anthony had 23 points, while Chauncey Billups had 21 before fouling out.
Final Score: Sacramento 127, Minnesota 95
MINNEAPOLIS - Samuel Dalembert had 26 points and 17 rebounds to guide Sacramento to a 127-95 rout of Minnesota at Target Center. Marcus Thornton came close to a tripe-double with 23 points, nine assists and eight rebounds while Pooh Jeter and Donte Greene each added 13 points for the Kings, who had dropped eight of nine coming into the contest. Luke Ridnour totaled 22 points for the Timberwolves, who have dropped their past four games. Anthony Randolph had 14 points while Michael Beasley and Darko Milicic each contributed 13 points. Minnesota forward Kevin Love left the game in the second quarter with an injured left groin. He ended with three rebounds and no points in just over 14 minutes of action.
Final Score: Houston 110, Utah 108
HOUSTON - Kyle Lowry scored 28 points in his first career triple-double, helping the Houston Rockets hold on for a 110-108 victory against the Utah Jazz. Lowry also had 11 rebounds and 10 assists, while Kevin Martin drilled all 18 of his free throws, sinking many of them down the stretch to cement the Rockets' fourth consecutive victory. Martin ended with 34 points, while Patrick Patterson added 14 points and 13 boards in the victory. Paul Millsap returned from a five-game absence to pour in 35 points and grab 10 rebounds, but the Jazz couldn't pull out their third straight win. Al Jefferson had 17 points and 19 boards.
Final Score: Toronto 95, Oklahoma City 93
OKLAHOMA CITY - Amir Johnson scored only five points, but his hook shot with 1.4 seconds remaining gave the Raptors a 95-93 victory over the Thunder at Oklahoma City Arena. Andrea Bargnani paced the Raptors with 23 points. Leandro Barbosa posted 19 points in a reserve role and DeMar DeRozan scored 16 with eight rebounds for Toronto, which has won two in a row. Russell Westbrook finished with 22 points, six rebounds and four assists while Kevin Durant scored 20 with five boards for Oklahoma City. Kendrick Perkins grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds in the loss, which snapped a six-game winning streak for the Thunder. James Harden posted 23 points off the bench for Oklahoma City, which dropped both meetings with the Raptors this season.
Final Score: Dallas 101, Golden State 73
DALLAS - Dirk Nowitzki scored 20 points and Peja Stojakovic hit five of Dallas' 12 three-pointers in his return to the court, sparking the Mavericks to a 101-73 thumping of the Golden State Warriors. Stojakovic missed the previous six games due to a neck injury and ended with 17 points off the bench for the Mavs, who went 2-4 in his absence. Rodrigue Beaubois chipped in 15 points and Tyson Chandler pulled down a game-high 17 rebounds for the victors, who clinched a playoff berth. Golden State's 73 points were 30 below its average and were the fewest allowed by Dallas this season. Monta Ellis led the Warriors with 18 points, but it wasn't enough to stop a three-game losing streak.
Final Score: LA Lakers 84, Portland 80
LOS ANGELES - Kobe Bryant scored 22 points, including four during a late eight-point burst that helped the Los Angeles Lakers claim an 84-80 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. The Lakers won for the 12th time in their last 13 games and improved to 50-20 this season, clinching the Pacific Division. Lamar Odom finished with 16 points, 11 rebounds and six assists for LA, while Pau Gasol had 14 points and 13 boards. Nicolas Batum had 25 points to pace the Blazers, who had won their last three.