Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Paul Pierce netted 17 of his 29 points in the third quarter and the Nets topped the Heat, 96-95, on Wednesday night. The Heat had possession of the ball following a timeout with 3.5 seconds left, but Shaun Livingston knocked away a pass that was intended for LeBron James in the paint to seal the outcome. Brooklyn is 3-0 against Miami this season. The Nets have won seven of their last eight and own the Eastern Conference's best record (23-9) in 2014. Mirza Teletovic netted 17 points off the bench, while Livingston added 13 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals in the triumph. Chris Bosh had 24 points and seven rebounds, Dwyane Wade provided 22 points and James supplied 19 points, seven assists and five boards for Miami, which has dropped four of its last five games.
Final Score: Denver 120, Orlando 112
Orlando, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Kenneth Faried scored 16 of his 26 points during two key runs and the Denver Nuggets held on to beat the Orlando Magic 120-112 on Wednesday night. Wilson Chandler added 21 points and 10 rebounds for Denver, J.J. Hickson scored 20 off the bench and Ty Lawson had 17 points and 12 assists. The Nuggets picked up their first win on a five-game road trip against mostly Eastern Conference teams after losses to New Orleans and Charlotte. They snapped a four-game road losing streak, winning for just the second time in their last 10 away from Pepsi Center, and moved to 4-13 since Feb. 7. Arron Afflalo scored 24 points to lead the Magic, who have lost four in a row. Nikola Vucevic added 20 points and 16 rebounds -- most in the first quarter -- and Jameer Nelson scored 16 of his 19 points in the second half.
Final Score: Sacramento 115, Philadelphia 98
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Rudy Gay had 27 points and seven rebounds to lead the Sacramento Kings to a 115-98 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday. Gay lived at the free-throw line, making a career-high 16 foul shots on a career-best 19 attempts. Isaiah Thomas tallied 20 points with six assists and DeMarcus Cousins recorded a 19-point, 12-rebound double- double for Sacramento, which snapped a three-game losing streak. The Sixers, meanwhile, remained mired their longest losing streak in over 40 years. Henry Sims set a career-high with 20 points to go along with 10 rebounds and James Anderson and Thaddeus Young had 17 and 16 points, respectively, in Philadelphia's 18th straight loss. It's the franchise's longest losing streak since a record 20-game skid in 1972-73.
Final Score: Toronto 101, Detroit 87
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - DeMar DeRozan and the Toronto Raptors got back on track by posting a 101-87 victory over the visiting Detroit Pistons behind 25 points from the All-Star guard. Amir Johnson compiled 20 points and nine rebounds to help the Raptors bounce back from Tuesday's loss at division- rival Brooklyn, during which DeRozan was held to 14 points. Kyle Lowry chipped in 19 points and six assists in the current Atlantic leaders' fourth win in five games. The fading Pistons were dealt a 10th straight road loss despite Brandon Jennings' 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting. Andre Drummond finished with 16 points for Detroit, while Greg Monroe recorded 13 along with 10 rebounds.
Final Score: Charlotte 98, Washington 85
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Al Jefferson donated 26 points and 10 rebounds and the Charlotte Bobcats pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 98-85 win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist also recorded a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds, while Kemba Walker and Gerald Henderson scored 16 and 13 points, respectively, for the Bobcats, who won for the fourth time in five games and equaled a single- season franchise record with their 13th road victory. John Wall finished with 23 points, Bradley Beal netted 18 and Marcin Gortat had 12 with 10 boards for the Wizards, who missed nine of their final 12 shots in dropping consecutive games for the first time in nearly a month.
Final Score: New York 116, Boston 92
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Carmelo Anthony's 34 points paved the way for the rejuvenated New York Knicks' fifth straight win, a 116-92 blasting of the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. The Knicks shot an impressive 52.5 percent and never trailed in matching a season high for consecutive victories. Tim Hardaway Jr. pitched in with 22 points off the bench on a 7-of-11 success rate, with Cole Aldrich coming through with a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds while making a rare start at center. Wednesday's win closed New York within three games of Atlanta for the eighth and final playoff seed in the Eastern Conference. With star point guard Rajon Rondo held out in the Celtics' second game in as many days, Jeff Green paced Boston with 27 points and Kris Humphries and Jerryd Bayless each finished with 15.