Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Kemba Walker made four 3-pointers, shot an efficient 12-of-20 from the field and sank the clinching free throws to lift the Charlotte Bobcats to a 95-91 victory over the struggling Brooklyn Nets. The Bobcats caught the Nets at the right time in order to earn their first win in the series since Apr. 11, 2011 -- a span of seven consecutive losses. They took advantage of Nets center Brook Lopez missing a third straight game by owning a 52-34 advantage in paint. To make matters worse for the Nets, Deron Williams reinjured his ankle late in the second quarter when he stepped on Walker's foot and never returned. The result was Brooklyn's sixth loss in its last seven games. Walker led all scorers with 31 points while Gerald Henderson and Ramon Sessions each chipped in 13 to help snap Charlotte's two- game skid. Andray Blatche went on a personal 8-0 run down the stretch to bring the Nets within striking distance and finished with a team-high 25 points. Joe Johnson and Alan Anderson put up 19 and 16 points, respectively, in the setback.
Final Score: Washington 98, Cleveland 91
Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Bradley Beal poured in 26 points to go with seven rebounds and eight assists as the Washington Wizards held off the Cleveland Cavaliers, 98-91, on Wednesday. Nene added 24 points, eight boards and six assists and John Wall scored 15 points and handed out nine helpers for the Wizards, who have won two straight on the heels of a four-game slide. Kyrie Irving poured in 28 points on 9-of-14 shooting while Jarrett Jack and Anderson Varejao added 14 points apiece off the bench for the Cavaliers, losers in four of their last five games.
Final Score: Indiana 103, New York 96 (OT)
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Paul George hit three free throws with 5.2 seconds remaining to force overtime, then dropped in nine points during the extra session as the Indiana Pacers left Madison Square Garden with a startling 103-96 win over the reeling New York Knicks. George finished with 35 points along with five steals as the now 10-1 Pacers bounced back from their lone loss of the young season, a 110-94 setback at Chicago on Saturday. George Hill came up with a big night as well for Indiana, scoring 18 of his 23 points during the second half and OT while adding eight rebounds. The Knicks, meanwhile, were dealt a season-high fourth straight defeat and sixth in a row at home in large part to a critical mistake in the final seconds, as Iman Shumpert fouled George on a 3-point attempt while clinging to an 89-86 lead. Carmelo Anthony had 30 points and 18 rebounds in New York's latest loss, with J.R. Smith contributing 21 points off the bench and Beno Udrih posting season bests of 19 points and eight rebounds.
Final Score: Miami 120, Orlando 92
Orlando, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - LeBron James posted 21 points, seven assists and six rebounds to lead the Miami Heat to a 120-92 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday in the opener of a home-and-home set from Amway Center. Chris Bosh followed with 18 points, while James Jones knocked down five 3- pointers en route to 17 points for the Heat, who won their fifth straight game despite guard Dwyane Wade sitting out his second consecutive game with a sore knee. Arron Afflalo connected on 7-of-9 shots from beyond the arc and finished with a game-high 30 points for the Magic, who have lost five of their last six games.
Final Score: Toronto 108, Philadelphia 98
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - DeMar DeRozan continued his hot shooting with 33 points and the Toronto Raptors shot a blistering 14-of-29 from 3-point range in a 108-98 win over the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. Rudy Gay scored 18 points, Terrence Ross chipped in with 17, and Kyle Lowry scored 13 points with 10 assists for the Raptors, who snapped a brief two-game losing streak. Philadelphia's Evan Turner made a pair of free throws late in the first quarter before Toronto used an 8-0 run to take a 25-19 lead after a pair of 3-pointers from Ross and Steve Novak. The Sixers never regained the lead and trailed by double-digits for much of the second half. Spencer Hawes scored a season-high 28 points with 10 rebounds while Turner also added a double-double, scoring 13 points with 10 boards, in the loss. Philadelphia has now lost four straight games after its overtime win against Houston.
Final Score: Atlanta 93, Detroit 85
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Atlanta Hawks welcomed Josh Smith back to Philips Arena by handing his Detroit Pistons a 93-85 loss. Paul Millsap shook off an elbow injury that forced him to miss Tuesday's loss to the Heat and donated a team-high 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting.DeMarre Carroll, one of several offseason additions trying to fill the void of Smith's departure in free agency, donated 11 points and 12 rebounds, while Jeff Teague chipped in 18 points and seven assists in the win. Smith, who played his first nine seasons in Atlanta and received a positive reception in pregame introductions, struggled in his first game there as a visitor, finishing with just 11 points on 5-of-15 shooting. Brandon Jennings paced Detroit with 21 points, seven rebounds and six assists, while Rodney Stuckey added 18 points before fouling out late in the game.
Final Score: Portland 91, Milwaukee 82
Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - LaMarcus Aldridge poured in 21 points and Damian Lillard added 19 in the Portland Trail Blazers' 91-82 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday. Wesley Matthews added 15 points and Nicolas Batum finished with eight points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Blazers, who have won eight straight. Portland is one of three teams in the NBA with 10 wins this season. The Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs also have 10 wins. Luke Ridnour scored a team-high 13 points, while Zaza Pachulia and Gary Neal added 11 points apiece for the reeling Bucks, who have dropped six straight.
Final Score: LA Clippers 102, Minnesota 98
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Chris Paul and Blake Griffin each extended their double-double streaks to lead the way in the Los Angeles Clippers' 102-98 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center. Paul compiled 20 points and 11 assists to notch his 12th double-double in as many games this season. Griffin has now posted one in five straight after amassing 20 points and 10 rebounds. Jamal Crawford added 16 points and J.J. Redick contributed 15 to the Clippers' fifth win in six games and second in nine days against Minnesota, which dropped a 109-107 decision to Los Angeles at the Staples Center on Nov. 11. Kevin Martin had 28 points and 10 rebounds for the Timberwolves and Nikola Pekovic recorded 20 points in the loss. Kevin Love pulled down 12 boards and dished out eight assists, but was held to a season-low 10 points on a dreadful 2-of-14 shooting night.
Final Score: New Orleans 105, Utah 98
New Orleans, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - Anthony Davis had a game-high 22 points with nine rebounds and eight blocks to lead the New Orleans Pelicans to a 105-98 win over the Utah Jazz at New Orleans Arena Ryan Anderson netted 19 off the bench on 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point land and Jrue Holiday added 14 points with four assists in handing Utah its 12th loss in 13 games. New Orleans also snapped a personal four-game losing streak to the Jazz, avenging a 111-105 loss Nov. 13 in Utah. Enes Kanter paced Utah with 19 points and nine rebounds while Derrick Favors scored 13 points with 11 boards. Gordon Hayward, Utah's leading scorer, tallied just six points on 1-of-17 shooting from the field.
Final Score: San Antonio 104, Boston 93
San Antonio, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Kawhi Leonard netted 12 of his 16 points in the decisive third quarter, as the San Antonio Spurs used a second-half surge to extend their winning streak to eight games with a 104-93 triumph over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday at AT&T Center. San Antonio trailed 50-48 early in the third quarter before Leonard and Tim Duncan combined on a 13-2 surge that put the Spurs in front for good. Tony Parker finished with a team- high 19 points, while Duncan added 13 points and nine rebounds for the Spurs, who joined Indiana and Portland as the first three teams to reach 10 wins this season.
Final Score: Sacramento 113, Phoenix 106
Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Isaiah Thomas scored a team-high 23 points, DeMarcus Cousins put up 19 points with 12 rebounds and the Sacramento Kings swept their home-and-home series against the Phoenix Suns with a 113-106 win. The Kings led by as many as 20 after a strong start to the second half and were the first team this season to prevent the Suns from taking a lead in the fourth quarter. Greivis Vasquez chipped in 13 points and six assists for Sacramento, which outscored the Suns at the free throw line, 32-15. Goran Dragic and Gerald Green paced Phoenix with 31 and 23 points, respectively, but it was not enough to stop the club's three-game slide, including Tuesday's 107-104 setback in Sacramento.