Rockets Defeat Thunder
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Chris Paul scored 25 points and the Houston Rockets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 122-112 on Tuesday night for their 16th straight win.
James Harden had 23 points and 11 assists, and Trevor Ariza added 15 points for the Rockets, who are on the second-longest win streak in franchise history.
Russell Westbrook scored 32 points and Carmelo Anthony added 23 for Oklahoma City, which is in a logjam of teams trying to fight their way into third place in the West.
DALLAS (AP) — Yogi Ferrell rode hot 3-point shooting to a season-high 24 points, Dirk Nowitzki also was strong from long range to score 17 and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Denver Nuggets.
Ferrell and Nowitzki both made their first five 3s, and Ferrell finished 9 of 11 from the field to help one of the NBA’s worst teams hand the Nuggets a loss they didn’t need in the tight Western Conference playoff race.
A second-year guard who came to Dallas on a 10-day contract last season, Ferrell finished 6 of 7 from long range. The 39-year-old Nowitzki, in his 20th season, all with the Mavericks, was 5 of 7.
Heat 113, OT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bradley Beal scored 30 points on 12-of-16 shooting and the Washington Wizards had their best 3-point shooting night of the season in a victory over the Miami Heat.
Beal went 6 of 7 from beyond the arc, leading a Washington team that finished 14 for 24 there while snapping its first three-game losing streak of the season.
76ers 128, Hornets 114
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Robert Covington scored 22 points, rookie sensation Ben Simmons flirted with a triple-double and the Philadelphia 76ers handed the Charlotte Hornets their fourth straight loss.
Simmons had 16 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds as the 76ers won for the third time in the last four games.
.Raptors 106, Hawks 90
TORONTO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 and the Toronto Raptors beat the Atlanta Hawks for their fifth straight win.
C.J. Miles added 14 points, and Delon Wright and Serge Ibaka each had 10 as the Eastern Conference leaders won for the 12th time in 13 games and completed their first season sweep of the Hawks since 2001-02.