Detroit downs Houston, ends four-game skid
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — D.J. Augustin had 28 points and 12 assists, and Detroit held off former teammate Josh Smith and the Houston Rockets for a 114-101 victory Saturday.
Medford’s Kyle Singler had 14 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals for the Pistons.
Smith was booed throughout his return to the Palace, just more than a month after the Pistons waived the high-priced forward.
He had seven points and seven rebounds, shooting only 3 of 11 from the field.
James Harden scored 21 of his 26 points in the second half, returning from a bruised left knee to help the Rockets nearly rally from a 21-point, third-quarter deficit.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored a season-high 28 for Detroit, which snapped a four-game skid and ended Houston's four-game winning streak.
HAWKS 91, 76ERS 85: At Atlanta, Al Horford scored 23 points, including a tying basket after Philadelphia took its first lead late in the game, and Atlanta recovered after squandering a 21-point lead to stretch their franchise-record winning streak to 19 games.
The Hawks led by 21 in the first half but the 76ers came back to take their first lead at 83-81 on a jam by Nerlens Noel with less than 3 minutes remaining.
RAPTORS 120, WIZARDS 116, OT: At Washington, Kyle Lowry scored 23 points and streaking Toronto defeated Washington to win in overtime for the second consecutive night after losing a large second-half lead.
Lou Williams added 19 points and Amir Johnson scored 17 for the Raptors, who tied a season high with their sixth straight victory.
CAVALIERS 106, TIMBERWOLVES 90: At Minneapolis, LeBron James scored 16 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter to win a stirring duel with rookie Andrew Wiggins, leading Cleveland in Kevin Love's first game back in Minnesota since he was traded.
James kicked things into gear in the final 9 minutes. He scored 13 straight points for the Cavaliers, who have won 10 straight. Wiggins had 33 points and four steals.
Love was booed heavily and finished with 14 points on 6-for-14 shooting and 17 rebounds.
CLIPPERS 105, SPURS 85: At San Antonio, Blake Griffin had 31 points and 13 rebounds, and Los Angeles rolled to a victory that snapped San Antonio's six-game home winning streak.
Chris Paul had 20 points and Spencer Hawes scored 11. DeAndre Jordan added eight points and 19 rebounds while limiting All-Star reserve Tim Duncan to four points, which matched his season low.
GRIZZLIES 85, THUNDER 74: At Memphis, Zach Randolph had 21 points and 18 rebounds, and Marc Gasol added 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead Memphis past Oklahoma City.
Mike Conley, returning after missing two games with a sprained left wrist, added 10 points as the Grizzlies won their sixth straight. Ten of Randolph's rebounds came on the offensive glass.
WARRIORS 106, SUNS 87: At Oakland, Calif., Stephen Curry had 25 points and seven assists, and Golden State snapped a two-game skid with a win over Phoenix.
Klay Thompson scored 22 points, and Harrison Barnes added 13 points and eight rebounds to help the Western Conference-leading Warriors (37-8) shake off a slow start.
MAVERICKS 108, MAGIC 93: At Orlando, Fla., Monta Ellis had 25 points and 13 assists as Dallas sent Orlando to its eighth straight loss.
Tyson Chandler finished with 20 points and nine rebounds for the Mavericks, who held off a fourth-quarter Magic rally after leading by 27 early in the second half.
KINGS 99, PACERS 94: At Indianapolis, Rudy Gay scored 31 points, Darren Collison had 23 and Sacramento snapped its eight-game skid by beating Indiana.
DeMarcus Cousins had his 28th double-double of the season with 20 points and 19 rebounds. The center fouled out with 1:46 to play and the Kings leading 93-85.
HORNETS 104, NUGGETS 86: At Denver, Cody Zeller scored a career-best 21 points, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 17 and Charlotte routed reeling Denver.
Al Jefferson and Jason Maxiell added 14 points apiece for the Hornets, who have won 10 of 13.