Lou Williams and Zaza Pachulia each recorded a double-double to lead the Atlanta Hawks past the Indiana Pacers, 109-100, at Philips Arena. Williams finished with 21 points and a career-high 12 assists, while Pachulia had 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Hawks, who have won 11 straight home games against the Pacers. Al Horford added 20 points and Kyle Korver connected on four 3-pointers en route to 16 points in the victory. David West poured in a game-high 29 points for Indiana, which had its season- high four-game win streak snapped.
Final Score: New Orleans 98, Charlotte 95
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Eric Gordon provided the Hornets with the spark they needed, pouring in 24 points in 25 minutes in his return to the court as New Orleans rallied for a 98-95 victory over the reeling Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena. Gordon, who had sat out this season's first 29 games while recovering from right knee surgery, added seven assists and helped the Hornets overcome a deficit that was as much as 21 points late in the first half. Twelve of his points came in the fourth quarter, during which New Orleans used a 22-7 run to take the lead for good. The Hornets outscored Charlotte by a 58-38 margin in the second half to deal the lowly Bobcats their 18th consecutive defeat. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist paced the Bobcats with 22 points, but only four came after halftime. Charlotte made just 14-of-39 field goal attempts over the final two quarters after shooting a scorching 62.5 percent in the first half.
Final Score: Toronto 123, Orlando 88
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - DeMar DeRozan poured in 21 points to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 123-88 dismantling of the Orlando Magic on Saturday. Ed Davis added 18 points and Jose Calderon had 15 points and 10 assists for the Raptors, who have won seven of their last eight. Kyle Lowry and Terrence Ross chipped in with 16 point apiece in the triumph. Andrew Nicholson had a career- high 22 points and seven rebounds and Arron Afflalo added 14 points and six assists for the Magic, who were without Jameer Nelson because of a sore hip.
Final Score: Brooklyn 103, Cleveland 100
Brooklyn, NY (Sports Network) - Brook Lopez poured in 35 points on 13-of-20 shooting and ripped down 11 rebounds as the Brooklyn Nets held on for a 103-100 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday at Barclays Center. Deron Williams netted 15 points to go with seven assists, while Joe Johnson added 15 points for the Nets, who improved to 2-0 under interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo. Reggie Evans and Gerald Wallace each pulled down 10 rebounds to go with seven points in the victory. C.J. Miles dropped 33 points and made 8- of-10 from three-point range, while Tristan Thompson added a double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds for the Cavs, who have lost two straight. Kyrie Irving netted 13 points and handed out seven assists, but missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Final Score: Chicago 87, Washington 77
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Marco Belinelli paced Chicago with 17 points off the bench as the Bulls downed the Washington Wizards, 87-77, at the United Center. Carlos Boozer added a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Luol Deng contributed 11 points and Kirk Hinrich poured in 10 for the Bulls, who snapped a two-game slide. Richard Hamilton returned from a 12-game absence because of a torn plantar fascia in his left foot and recorded nine points in the victory. Bradley Beal netted 14 points and Emeka Okafor finished with 11 points and 18 rebounds for Washington, which lost for the ninth time in 10 games.
Final Score: Oklahoma City 124, Houston 94
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Russell Westbrook scored 28 points and Kevin Durant tallied 26 as the Oklahoma City Thunder delivered their highest scoring output of the season in a 124-94 thrashing of the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Westbrook added eight assists and eight rebounds, while Kevin Martin racked up 19 points off the bench to help the Thunder top their previous scoring high. That also came against the Rockets, a 120-98 rout in Oklahoma City on Nov. 28 that marked the first meeting between the teams since the preseason trade that sent star guard James Harden to Houston. Harden finished with 25 points against his former club, but shot just 6-of-17 from the field. Marcus Morris notched a career-high 24 points and Toney Douglas scored 17 for Houston, which was dealt a second straight loss following a season-best five- game win streak.
Final Score: Memphis 81, Denver 72
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) - Rudy Gay had 19 points in his return to the lineup, lifting the Memphis Grizzlies over the Denver Nuggets, 81-72, on Saturday. Gay, who also pulled down six rebounds, missed Wednesday's game against Philadelphia due to personal reasons. Zach Randolph added 12 points and seven rebounds for the Grizzlies, who improved to 13-3 at home this season. JaVale McGee, Corey Brewer and Andre Iguodala had 12 points apiece for the Nuggets, who had a two-game winning streak snapped. Kenneth Faried tallied 11 points.
Final Score: Minnesota 111, Phoenix 107
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Nikola Pekovic led six Minnesota players in double figures with 28 points, as the Timberwolves edged the Phoenix Suns, 111-107, on Saturday. Kevin Love had 23 points and 18 rebounds and Andrei Kirilenko chipped in with 20 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Timberwolves, who put the brakes on a two-game skid. Luis Scola poured in a game-high 33 points and 10 rebounds, Shannon Brown had 21 points and Goran Dragic added 16 points and 12 assists for the Suns, who fell to 2-13 on the road this season.
Final Score: Milwaukee 104, Miami 85
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Brandon Jennings netted a team-high 25 points to go with seven assists and four steals, as the Milwaukee Bucks used a huge fourth quarter to top the Miami Heat, 104-85, on Saturday at the Bradley Center. Luc Mbah a Moute connected on 8-of-15 from the field for 19 points to go with seven rebounds, while Mike Dunleavy added 18 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Bucks, who have won three of their last four. Dwyane Wade returned to action after serving a 1-game suspension for striking Bobcats guard Ramon Sessions and dropped 24 points with six rebounds, while LeBron James netted a game-high 26 points to go with seven assists and six rebounds, but it wasn't enough for the Heat, who have lost back-to-back games for just the second time this season.
Final Score: Portland 89, Philadelphia 85
Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Nicolas Batum filled the stat sheet with 22 points, eight assists and seven rebounds as the Portland Trail Blazers held off the Philadelphia 76ers, 89-85, at the Rose Garden. Damian Lillard followed with 20 points, while J.J. Hickson contributed a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds for Portland, which won for the seventh time in nine games. Jrue Holiday scored a game-high 29 points to go along with nine assists, but also recorded seven of the Sixers' 13 turnovers. Thaddeus Young poured in 17 points, while Nick Young and Spencer Hawes each scored 10 in Philadelphia's eighth loss in its last nine road games.
Final Score: Golden State 101, Boston 83
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Stephen Curry poured in a game-high 22 points to go with nine assists on Saturday, as the Golden State Warriors handled the Boston Celtics, 101-83, at Oracle Arena. David Lee followed with 20 points and Harrison Barnes added 15 points and eight rebounds for the Warriors, who have won three straight. The Celtics were without starting point guard Rajon Rondo, who missed the contest because of a bruised right thigh and hip. Rondo's replacement, Courtney Lee, finished with a team-high 18 points, while Jason Terry and Paul Pierce chipped in 13 points apiece for Boston, which has lost two straight and six of its last eight.