Boston 114, Washington 83
BOSTON (AP) — Paul Pierce scored 23 points, and Rajon Rondo had 12 points and 13 assists on Wednesday night before the Boston starters sat out the fourth quarter and watched the bench pull away for a 114-83 victory over the Washington Wizards.
Kevin Garnett scored 18 in 24 minutes, and Ray Allen had 11 points in 26. Except for Shaquille O’Neal, who scored 13 points in 22 minutes, all the starters spent more time on the bench than in any other game this season.
Nick Young scored 20 points for the Wizards, who were without No. 1 overall draft pick John Wall and center Yi Jianlian for the second straight game. The depleted roster helped Boston pull away early and rest their aging starters in its first game back after a four-city road trip.
Oklahoma City 116, Houston 99
OKLAHOMA CITY — Kevin Durant scored 24 points in three quarters, Russell Westbrook had 21 points and 12 assists and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Houston Rockets 116-99 on Wednesday night for their most lopsided win this season.
Durant came in playing elevated minutes due to Jeff Green’s absence from the lineup with a sprained left ankle and a series of close games for the Thunder. He was second in the league with 41½ minutes per game, but played just under 30 with Oklahoma City comfortably ahead.
Luis Scola had 26 points and Kevin Martin scored 19 for Houston, but both of them also stayed on the sidelines in the final period with the Rockets in the second leg of a back-to-back.
Miami 123, Phoenix 96
MIAMI — Chris Bosh scored a season-high 35 points before sitting out the fourth quarter, LeBron James finished with 20 points and the Miami Heat ran away from the Suns 123-96 on Wednesday.
Dwyane Wade added 17 points, six rebounds and six assists for Miami, which used two big runs — a 24-9 spurt to end the first half, followed by an 18-3 flurry that closed the third quarter — to snap the Suns’ three-game winning streak. James also had nine assists and eight boards.
All five Phoenix starters scored in double figures, led by Steve Nash’s 17. Nash only had two assists, matching his lowest total since Dec. 29, 2008, against Oklahoma City, a span of 141 games.
Grant Hill scored 15 and Channing Frye added 14 for the Suns. Eddie House scored 15 for Miami, which outrebounded the Suns 42-32.
L.A. Lakers 103, Detroit 90
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Kobe Bryant scored 33 points without playing in the fourth quarter, and the Los Angeles Lakers took advantage of Richard Hamilton’s early ejection in a 103-90 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.
Bryant scored 24 in the first half, helping the Lakers open a 14-point halftime lead, and the struggling Pistons allowed the first seven points of the third quarter to fall behind 66-45. Pau Gasol added 25 points and 12 rebounds for Los Angeles.
Rodney Stuckey scored 18 points for the Pistons.
New Orleans 99, Dallas 97
NEW ORLEANS — David West scored 17 points and stole the ball from Dirk Nowitzki with 2 seconds left to preserve the New Orleans Hornets’ 99-97 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.
After Jason Kidd had forced a turnover on an inbound pass, Dallas, trailing 98-97, was trying to set up for a potential game-winning shot when West stole the ball and made one of two free throws for the final margin.
The turnover soured an otherwise productive night for Nowitzki, who had 29 points and nine rebounds.
Chris Paul had 20 points and 11 assists for New Orleans (9-1), which avenged its first loss of the season Monday night in Dallas. Emeka Okafor had 13 points and 10 rebounds and Marco Belinelli scored 17 for the Hornets.
Minnesota 113, L.A. Clippers 111
MINNEAPOLIS — Michael Beasley scored 33 points and hit the winning jumper with 2.3 seconds to play to lift the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 113-111 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night.
Kevin Love added 24 points and 14 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who nearly blew another big lead in the fourth quarter but held on to hand Los Angeles its seventh straight loss.
Eric Gordon scored 30 points and Blake Griffin had 26 points and 17 boards for the Clippers (1-11), who haven’t won since beating Oklahoma City on Nov. 3.
Darko Milicic finished with 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting and held Griffin to six points in the second half.
Toronto 94, Philadelphia 86
PHILADELPHIA — Andrea Bargnani scored a season-high 30 points, Sonny Weems added a career-high 25 and the Toronto Raptors beat the Philadelphia 76ers 94-86 on Wednesday night in a matchup of two of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference.
Reggie Evans, who began the night fourth in the league in rebounding at 11.5 per game, pulled down 14 for the Raptors, who improved to 3-9 and snapped a two-game losing streak. Jose Calderon chipped in 12 points for Toronto.
Elton Brand led the Sixers with 27 points, Jrue Holiday added 17, and rookie Evan Turner had his second double-double with 11 points and a career-best 12 rebounds. Thaddeus Young scored 10 points for Philadelphia (2-10), which has dropped five in a row.
The Sixers played without starting guard Andre Iguodala for the fourth time in the last six games because of tendinitis in his right Achilles’.