Pacers 108, Warriors 97
The Indiana Pacers won their fifth straight game by beating the Golden State Warriors, 108-97, but not without some extra fireworks. With the Pacers (36-21) leading by 10 midway through the fourth quarter, Roy Hibbert and David Lee started going after each other under the basket, leading to a full-out skirmish that spilled into the stands.
Hibbert was ejected for his role in the fight, while Lee, David West, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson all received technical fouls. The diminutive Curry took the worst of it all, getting thrown aside twice by Hibbert and getting knocked into the crowd by West.
As for what actually happened on the court, West led the Pacers with 28 points and seven rebounds. George Hill had 23 points and Paul George chipped in 21 points and 11 rebounds for Indiana, who used a big third quarter to take control of the game.
Danny Granger struggled again in his second game back from injury, starting his night with a couple of airballs and finishing just 1-of-7 for five points in 19 minutes. But Granger's poor performance had no ill effect on the Pacers as a whole.
Curry did have a huge night for the Warriors (33-24), scoring a season-high 38 points on 14-of-20 shooting and 7-of-10 from three. Lee added 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Heat 141, Kings 129 (2OT)
The Sacramento Kings fought valiantly all night long, taking nearly every Miami Heat punch and throwing one right back. But in the end, there was just too much LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, as the Heat (41-14) won their 12th straight game by beating the Kings, 141-129, in double-overtime.
James and Wade were at their absolutel best, with James putting up a season-high 40 points and Wade nearly matching him with 39. James also notched a career-high 16 assists and pulled down eight rebounds. Wade had eight rebounds and seven assists. The two combined to shoot 33-of-51, which is a ridiculous 64.7 percent. As Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said after the game, James and Wade put up "video game numbers."
James saved his best work for last, scoring 11 points and handing out three assists in the second overtime period as Miami was finally able to shake the feisty Sacramento (19-39) bunch. James' outburst came after he was denied a potential game-winner by John Salmons in the waning seconds of the first overtime, a play in which the reigning MVP thought he was fouled.
The Heat appeared to have this game wrapped up in regulation, leading by nine with just over two minutes left. But Marcus Thornton hit three straight threes and DeMarcus Cousins tied the game on a layup with eight seconds left after Wade missed a pair of free throws.
Thornton had a monster night, scoring 36 points off the bench for the Kings. Cousins had 24 points and 15 rebounds, while Tyreke Evans added 26 points in the loss.
Magic 98, 76ers 84
The Philadelphia 76ers are in complete free-fall mode, and head coach Doug Collins may be on his last legs. Collins bemoaned his team's effort among other things in an emotional postgame press conference after an ugly 98-84 loss to the Orlando Magic.
The Magic (16-41) offense was humming for most of the night, with six players scoring in double figures and the team shooting 53.9 percent. Newcomer Tobias Harris had 16 points and seven rebounds, while former Sixer Nikola Vucevic had 12 points and 19 rebounds.
Cavaliers 101, Bulls 98
No Kyrie Irving? No problem for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who shocked the Chicago Bulls, 101-98, at the United Center without their star. Dion Waiters stepped up big in Irving's absence, scoring 25 points on 10-of-16 shooting. Shaun Livingston, who got the start at point guard, had 15 points.
The Bulls got 27 points from Carlos Boozer and 26 points from Luol Deng, but their normally stout defense was in disarray much of the night without defensive stalwart Taj Gibson. Chicago (32-25) had beaten Cleveland (19-38) 11 straight times before this loss.
Bucks 95, Mavericks 90
Monta Ellis has struggled for much of this year, but it was his clutch play that pushed the Milwaukee Bucks past the Dallas Mavericks in a 95-90 come-from-behind victory. Ellis scored 11 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter for the Bucks (27-28), who trailed by as many as seven in that final frame. J.J. Redick had 14 points off the bench.
For the Mavs (25-31), it was just another disappointing loss in a season full of them. Dirk Nowitzki had a strong game, putting in 21 points and grabbing 20 rebounds, but it was not enough. O.J. Mayo added 18 points.
Suns 84, Timberwolves 83 (OT)
It certainly was not pretty, but the Phoenix Suns were able to grab an 84-83 overtime victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves after Alexey Shved missed a potential game-winner in the final seconds. Marcin Gortat, Wesley Johnson and Markieff Morris each scored 14 points for the Suns (19-39) in the win.
The Timberwolves (20-34) have lost three straight and have won just three games in February. Derrick Williams had 21 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.
Nets 101, Hornets 97
Deron Williams scored 33 points as the Brooklyn Nets beat the New Orleans, 101-97. The Nets (34-24) held off a second-half charge from the Hornets (20-38), who trailed by as many as 21 points in the first half. Brook Lopez added 20 points and seven rebounds.
Clippers 106, Bobcats 84
The Charlotte Bobcats actually led the Los Angeles Clippers, 30-24, after one quarter. But then the Clippers (41-18) decided to wake up, pounding the Bobcats (13-44) the rest of the way in a 106-84 win. Blake Griffin had 24 points on 11-of-14 shooting, throwing down numerous monster dunks in the process.
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