San Antonio, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Tony Parker finished with 25 points and seven assists as the San Antonio Spurs crushed the Dallas Mavericks, 112-90, to post their third consecutive victory. Even without Manu Ginobili, the Spurs led wire-to-wire and abruptly ended the Mavs' four-game road winning streak. Marco Belinelli donated 17 points off the bench, while Tim Duncan added 16 points and 13 rebounds in three quarters of work. The Spurs held Dirk Nowitzki to eight points on 3-of-14 shooting, though Monta Ellis had a solid game with 21 points and four assists.
Final Score: Toronto 112, Detroit 91
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyle Lowry scored 21 points with nine assists and the Toronto Raptors used a dominant second half to record a 112-91 win over the struggling Detroit Pistons from Air Canada Centre. DeMar DeRozan scored 19 points despite shooting a paltry 3-of-15 from the floor for Toronto, which snapped a brief two-game skid that followed a five-game winning streak Jonas Valanciunas and Amir Johnson both deposited double- doubles in the win. Valanciunas contributed 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Johnson finished with 10 points and 11 boards. Brandon Jennings scored 22 points on 6-of-19 shooting for the Pistons, losers in six straight. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Josh Smith posted 13 points apiece in the loss, while Greg Monroe netted 11 to go along with 11 rebounds.
Final Score: Atlanta 97, Indiana 87
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyle Korver netted 17 points on just eight shots as the Atlanta Hawks continued their recent home dominance of the Indiana Pacers with a 97-87 decision on Wednesday. Korver shot 6-of-8 from the floor and extended his streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 105 as Atlanta won its 12th straight over the Pacers from Philips Arena. Pero Antic matched a career-high with 16 points and Jeff Teague and Mike Scott scored 15 apiece to help the Hawks snap a three-game losing skid. DeMarre Carroll chipped in 11 points. Paul George was the lone bright spot offensively for Indiana, which played without starting shooting guard Lance Stephenson, who missed the tilt with a right knee contusion. George tallied 28 points and 12 boards in the setback. Danny Granger, making his first start since May, 2012, added 14 points.
Final Score: Brooklyn 102, Golden State 98
Brooklyn, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The Brooklyn Nets' renewed focus on the defensive end has them unbeaten so far in 2014. Joe Johnson had 27 points and the Nets snapped the Golden State Warriors' 10-game winning streak with a 102-98 triumph on Wednesday night. Brooklyn has allowed an average of 89.8 points during its season-high four- game winning streak, far below its season average of 101.1 points given up per tilt coming in. Kevin Garnett registered 11 of his 13 points in the fourth, while Andray Blatche added 17 for Brooklyn. Shaun Livingston had 13 points and four steals filling in for the injured Deron Williams, who sat with a sprained left ankle. Stephen Curry netted 15 of his 34 points in the final frame for Golden State, which hadn't lost since falling to the San Antonio Spurs at Oracle Arena on Dec. 19.
Final Score: Houston 113, LA Lakers 99
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - James Harden poured in 38 points on 14-of-23 shooting and spearheaded Houston's second-half surge to lead the Rockets past the struggling Los Angeles Lakers, 113-99, at Toyota Center. Dwight Howard and Terrence Jones each posted double-doubles, with Howard totaling 20 points and 13 rebounds and Jones adding 15 points and 13 boards in Houston's second straight victory. The Lakers had three players score 20-plus points, but are still mired in a 1-9 slump. Nick Young netted 25 points off the bench, while Pau Gasol and Jodie Meeks each had 21 in a losing effort. Gasol also grabbed 12 rebounds. Los Angeles was done in by 18 turnovers, seven coming in a lopsided third quarter that essentially decided the outcome.
Final Score: Washington 102, New Orleans 96
New Orleans, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - Trevor Ariza scored 21 points to go along with 10 rebounds as the Washington Wizards continued their recent success on the road with a 102-96 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. John Wall and Bradley Beal finished with 20 and 17 points, respectively, in helping Washington win for the sixth time in its last seven road tilts. Marcin Gortat registered a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds in the win, the Wizards fourth straight over the Pelicans, including their third straight in the Big Easy. Eric Gordon paced New Orleans with 23 points, while Anthony Davis posted 21 points, seven rebounds and three blocks in defeat.