Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Al Jefferson racked up 35 points and 15 rebounds to help lead the Charlotte Bobcats to a hard-earned 116-111 overtime victory over the Brooklyn Nets at Time Warner Cable Arena. Kemba Walker added 20 points and 12 assists and Chris Douglas-Roberts gave Charlotte a big lift off the bench, netting five of his 16 points in the extra period and knocking down a game-sealing jumper with 10.1 seconds remaining. The Nets dropped their second overtime decision in three nights despite Deron Williams' 29 points and the team hitting 17 shots from 3-point range, including six from Mirza Teletovic in a 22-point effort. Joe Johnson finished with 18 points in the loss, Brooklyn's second straight following a four-game win streak.
Final Score: Phoenix 99, Washington 93
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Goran Dragic had 25 points, Eric Bledsoe scored 23 and the Phoenix Suns held on to beat the Washington Wizards, 99-93, on Wednesday for their season high-tying fifth straight win. The Suns led by 25 points in the third quarter, but the Wizards cut it all the way down to three after John Wall scored eight straight points, the last four on a dunk after dribbling the length of the court and an easy layup with no resistance from the Phoenix defense with 90 seconds left. But Bledsoe knocked down a long 3-pointer at the other end and Wall missed a three for the Wizards, ending the rally. Gerald Green had 18 points off the bench for the Suns, who have won seven of their last eight, including five in a row for the third time this season. Wall scored 29 and Marcin Gortat added 17 points for the Wizards, who have lost four of five. Wizards guard Bradley Beal left the game late in the second quarter with a right hip pointer after going to the floor under the basket but returned in the third and had eight points. The Suns snapped a three-game losing streak to Washington.
Final Score: Toronto 99, Boston 90
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Three Toronto players scored at least 20 points and the Raptors held off the Boston Celtics, 99-90, on Wednesday at TD Garden. Terrence Ross netted 24 points to pace the Raptors, while Kyle Lowry posted 23 points with nine rebounds and DeMar DeRozan scored 20. DeRozan made 10-of-11 from the free throw line, with Toronto making 16-of-18 as a team. Jonas Valanciunas added 15 points and 14 boards as the Raptors broke an 11-game losing streak to the C's in Boston, winning there for the first time since 2008. Rajon Rondo handed out 15 assists for the Celtics, losers in seven of eight, and Jared Sullinger poured in a game-high 26 points off the bench.
Final Score: Cleveland 97, Detroit 96
Auburn Hills, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Dion Waiters received an inbounds pass from Luol Deng with 3.2 seconds left, dribbled to his left and nailed a long two-point jumper as time expired to lift the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 97-96 win over the Detroit Pistons. Detroit led 96-87 late in the fourth after a Kyle Singler jumper, but Jarrett Jack hit a 3-pointer that was part of an 8-0 run to cut the deficit to one with 53.8 seconds left. The Pistons had two chances to increase the lead, but came up empty both times and Deng pulled down a rebound with seconds remaining, allowing the Cavs a shot at the win. Matthew Dellavedova scored a career-high 21 points off the bench and Waiters tallied 18 points for the Cavs, who played without star point guard Kyrie Irving for the sixth straight game due to a strained bicep. Jack contributed a 17-point, 13-assist double-double in place of Irving and Anderson Varejao netted 12 points with 16 rebounds in the win. Josh Smith paced Detroit with 24 points to go along with eight rebounds and six assists. Singler notched 18 points, Brandon Jennings had 17 points with 13 assists and Greg Monroe deposited 14 points with eight rebounds in the Pistons' sixth loss in their last seven contests.
Final Score: Indiana 84, Miami 83
Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Evan Turner replaced the ejected Lance Stephenson and came up big for the Pacers down the stretch on Wednesday. Turner put in the go-ahead basket with 1:30 remaining, David West drained a clutch 3-pointer and Indiana survived Chris Bosh's attempt at the buzzer to hold off the Miami Heat, 84-83, in a highly anticipated duel between the Eastern Conference powers. The buildup to this showdown lasted three months after defeating one another on their home floors in December. The Pacers, who clinched the Central Division with the win, entered with a two-game lead for the East's top seed -- a crucial advantage having lost Game 7 of the conference finals in Miami last year. Paul George led the way with 23 points and eight rebounds, Roy Hibbert scored 21 and Stephenson and West netted 15 and 13, respectively, for Indiana, which had dropped three of four coming in. LeBron James filled the box score with 38 points, eight rebounds and five assists but committed six of Miami's 19 turnovers as the Heat fell to 4-5 over their last nine games.
Final Score: Minnesota 107, Atlanta 83
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Love and Gorgui Dieng both posted double-doubles and the Minnesota Timberwolves pulled away for a 107-83 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday to snap a three-game losing streak. The Timberwolves won for just the second time in their last 15 games against the Hawks. Love had 14 points and 12 rebounds and Dieng scored 15 with 15 boards to lead a well-rounded Minnesota offense that shot 50 percent overall and went 9-of-22 from 3-point range. Corey Brewer and Kevin Martin each scored 18 points, Chase Budinger had 12 off the bench and Ricky Rubio dished out 10 assists in the win. Mike Scott had 15 points to lead the Hawks, who have lost four in a row on the heels of a five-game winning streak. Paul Millsap chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.
Final Score: New Orleans 98, LA Clippers 96
New Orleans, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - Anthony Morrow poured in a team-high 27 points to help the New Orleans Pelicans edge the Los Angeles Clippers, 98-96, at Smoothie King Center. Anthony Davis added 16 points, 13 rebounds and six blocked shots and Alexis Ajinca finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Pelicans, winners in four straight and five of their last six overall. Darius Miller added 16 points off the bench and Tyreke Evans donated 10 points and nine assists in the win. Jamal Crawford scored a game-high 31 points on 7-of-15 shooting from 3-point range and Blake Griffin finished with 21 points and eight rebounds for the Clippers, who had won 13 of their last 14 games entering the contest. Chris Paul finished with just two points on 0- of-12 shooting from the field. He also had 12 assists, four rebounds and three steals in the setback.
Final Score: San Antonio 108, Denver 103
San Antonio, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Tim Duncan tallied 29 points, 13 rebounds and five assists to help the San Antonio Spurs to a 108-103 win over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday. Danny Green hit 5-of-9 from distance en route to 16 points, while Tony Parker, Tiago Splitter and Manu Ginobili all donated 10 points as the Spurs extended the NBA's longest current winning streak to 15 games. San Antonio has won both meetings this season over the Nuggets with a chance to complete the season-sweep on Friday in Denver. Aaron Brooks paced Denver with 25 points and eight assists off the bench. Kenneth Faried and Timofey Mozgov each posted double-doubles, with Faried totaling 24 points and 10 rebounds while Mozgov finished with 14 points and 11 boards.