Orlando Magic 87-103 Detroit Pistons > see highlights
Orlando coach Jacque Vaughn altered his lineup, inserting power forward and ex-Piston Jason Maxiell in order to combat Detroit’s size. It didn’t have any effect. The Pistons grabbed 17 offensive rebounds, leading to a 20-7 advantage in second-chance points, and out-rebounded the Magic overall, 56-40.
Memphis Grizzlies 98-81 Portland Trail Blazers > see highlights
Memphis Grizzlies focused their defensive attention at the 3-point line, attempting to contest every Portland shot from long range. The Blazers had fewer good looks than usual.
New Orleans Pelicans 100-89 Cleveland Cavaliers > see highlights
The Pelicans have won four of their last five games. Davis is averaging 23.3 points, 11.2 rebounds, and 4.67 blocked shots during the stretch. … Gordon did not commit a turnover in 36 minutes. … New Orleans point guard Brian Roberts had 12 points, marking his fifth consecutive double-digit scoring performance. … Cavaliers shooting guard Dion Waiters scored 21 points in 36 minutes off the bench.
Boston Celtics 88-114 New York Knicks > see highlights
NY Knicks paid back the Boston Celtics for a 41-point home thrashing last month as Carmelo Anthony went for 24 points and nine rebounds and Tyson Chandler added 12 points and 13 rebounds in a 114-88 blowout of the Celtics at Madison Square Garden.
San Antonio Spurs 90-97 Houston Rockets > see highlights
After struggling through a miserable opening half in which Duncan locked him down with stingy defense, Howard made his presence felt in a strong way during the third quarter. The 6-foot-11 center, who has posted a double-double in six consecutive games overall and nine straight meetings with San Antonio, knocked down 10 of 16 free-throw attempts while muscling his way to 12 points for the period.
Washington Wizards 85-88 Golden State Warriors > see highlights
“We’ve got to be better,” Jackson said. “The very good teams or the great teams in this league, they take care of their business. And right now we’re a team (that) if a championship-caliber team comes in here or an elite team comes in here, we play at that level. Or if a bad team or an average team comes in, then we play at that level. We are not good enough to allow who comes in here to determine how hard we play.”
Indiana Pacers 104-92 LA Lakers > see highlights
Indiana Pacers (35-9) seemed tired, maybe even a little homesick, as they tried to put a bow on their five-game road trip Tuesday night. Indiana missed more than its usual number of 3-pointers, missed a lot more free throws and missed out on several opportunities to put the injury-riddled Lakers (16-30) out of their misery early on. Still, the Pacers showed how they’ve become the best team in the NBA, grinding out a 104-92 victory at Staples Center to hand L.A. its 17th loss in the last 20 games.