Rockets add to Lakers' woes
HOUSTON — Toney Douglas had a season-high 22 points and Greg Smith added a career-best 21 to help Houston beat Los Angeles 107-105 on Tuesday.
The Lakers had a 13-point lead with less than 10 minutes to go, but Houston used two big runs, including a 9-2 spurt, to take a 100-99 lead with just under 3 minutes left.
Kobe Bryant hit a 3-pointer with 13.3 seconds left to cut the lead to 106-105 before fouling Douglas, who made one of two free throws with 8.8 seconds left. Bryant missed a 3-point attempt before Metta World Peace was off on a putback to give Houston the win.
Bryant led the Lakers, who fell to 8-10 on the season, with 39 points and Howard had 16 points and 12 rebounds.
James Harden finished with 15 points and a career-high 10 rebounds for Houston, but entered the fourth quarter with just eight points after shooting 2 of 18 through the first three quarters. Jeremy Lin also struggled offensively, going 2 of 8 for four points.
The Lakers were playing without forward Pau Gasol, who sat out because of tendinitis in both knees. Antawn Jamison started in his place and had 15 points and nine rebounds.
The win is Houston's fifth in the last six games and drops the Lakers to 3-5 under new coach Mike D'Antoni.
Wizards 105, Heat 101
At Washington, Washington doubled its victory total this season with a win over Miami, despite LeBron James' triple-double of 26 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists.
Jordan Crawford led Washington with 22 points, including three free throws in the final 11 seconds, while James missed a potentially tying 3-pointer with 3.9 to go.
While the reigning NBA champion Heat's six-game win streak ended, and they fell to 12-4, the Wizards improved to 2-13. They started the season 0-12, but have won two of their last three.
Thunder 117, Nets 111
At New York, Kevin Durant scored 32 points, Russell Westbrook had 25 points and nine assists, and Oklahoma City held off Brooklyn for its sixth straight victory.
Serge Ibaka added 18 points and Thabo Sefolosha 14 for the Thunder, who revved up the NBA's No. 1 offense to surpass 100 points in a 10th straight game for the first time in 15 years.
The Thunder, who beat the Nets for the seventh straight time, let a 16-point lead shrink to two down the stretch, even as they shot 60.6 percent for the game.
Pacers 80, Bulls 76
At Chicago, Paul George scored 34 points, and Roy Hibbert added 10 points and 11 rebounds to help Indiana defeat Chicago and close its road trip with a 3-1 record.
The Bulls, who failed to win three straight for the first time this season, were able to keep David West, Indiana's leading scorer, in check — but George picked up the slack.
George scored 10 points in the first quarter, highlighted by a thunderous dunk as George Hill's 3-point attempt bounced up off the back of the rim.
Grizzlies 108, Suns 98, OT
At Memphis, Tenn., Zach Randolph set season highs with 38 points and 22 rebounds to carry Memphis down the stretch and in overtime in a win over Phoenix.
Randolph was 15 of 22 from the field and he dominated in the latter stages of the fourth quarter and early minutes of overtime. He also had three blocks, two in overtime, as Memphis outscored the Suns 14-4 in the extra period, with all the Suns' points coming at the foul line.
Timberwolves 105, 76ers 88
At Philadelphia, Josh Howard had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Alexey Shved hit four 3-pointers and scored 17 points to lead Minnesota over Philadelphia.
Kevin Love had six points and 10 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who raced to a 23-point lead in the first half. Jose Barea came off the bench and finished with 11 points and 10 assists, and three other Minnesota reserves also reached double figures.
The Timberwolves made 11 of their first 19 3-point attempts after coming in shooting a woeful 27 percent from long range this season. Evan Turner led the Sixers with 19 points.