ROCKETS 97, SPURS 90
HOUSTON — Dwight Howard scored 23 points, Terrence Jones had 21 and the Houston Rockets held on for a win over the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night.
The Rockets trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half before scoring 33 in the third quarter to go on top. San Antonio closed to 90-88 in the final minutes, but Howard and Jeremy Lin helped Houston hold on for the win.
Boris Diaw scored a season-high 22 points for the Spurs, and also had 11 rebounds. Tony Parker added 17 points and Tim Duncan had 12 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks.
The Rockets were without leading scorer James Harden (bruised left thumb), who is averaging almost 24 points a game this season.
CLEVELAND — Anthony Davis scored 30 points with eight blocks and seven rebounds and Eric Gordon scored 20 to lead New Orleans.
Davis, one of three No. 1 overall picks in the game, was dominant at both ends of the floor as the Pelicans won their third straight. He injured fingers on his left hand in the final minutes, but got taped up during a timeout and stayed in.
New Orleans scored 16 straight points to close the first half and opened a 22-point lead in the third, causing some fans to boo the listless Cavaliers.
Kyrie Irving scored 23 and Dion Waiters 21 for the Cavs.
Cavs rookie Anthony Bennett, the first pick in last year’s draft, scored a season-high 15.
KNICKS 114, CELTICS 88
NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony had 24 points and nine rebounds in 28 minutes, and New York avenged an embarrassing home loss.
Jeremy Tyler added a career-high 17 points and fellow reserve J.R. Smith also scored 17 for the Knicks, who lost by 41 last time the Celtics came to Madison Square Garden but led this one by 35. New York won its third straight to even its record at 3-3 on its eight-game homestand, with games remaining against Cleveland on Thursday and Miami on Saturday.
New York is only a half-game out of the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot despite its 18-27 record
Jeff Green scored 14 points for the Celtics, who have lost three straight and six of seven. Rajon Rondo had seven points and five assists, shooting 3 of 13 in his sixth game of the season after returning from a torn ACL.
PISTONS 103, MAGIC 87
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Andre Drummond had 13 points and 17 rebounds, and Detroit snapped a four-game losing streak.
Drummond bounced back from a poor outing at Dallas over the weekend, and the Pistons led comfortably throughout the second half. Detroit has struggled to close out games at home this season, but this time the Pistons turned a double-digit lead into a rout.
Brandon Jennings had 20 points and eight assists for Detroit, and Josh Smith added 16 points. Victor Oladipo scored 19 points for the Magic.
Detroit finished with 17 offensive rebounds — 12 in the first half — and outscored Orlando in the paint 44-22.