Dwight Howard posted a double-double and the Lakers received big efforts from Antawn Jamison and Steve Blake off the bench as Los Angeles downed the Indiana Pacers, 99-93, on Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Howard came through with 20 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks while Jamison and Blake combined for nine 3-pointers to help the Lakers to their fifth win in six games. Blake finished with 18 points, with Jamison scoring 17. Kobe Bryant, who was thought to be out indefinitely after severely spraining his ankle in the final seconds of a Wednesday loss to the Atlanta Hawks, miraculously started the contest, but didn't return after playing the entire first quarter. He was held scoreless on 0-for-4 shooting from the field. The Pacers suffered just their eighth defeat at home this season. George Hill scored a game-high 27 points on 11-for-19 shooting for Indiana, while Paul George contributed 20 points with nine rebounds.
Final Score: Toronto 92, Charlotte 78
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Rudy Gay poured in a game-high 28 points and Amir Johnson added 12 points and a career-high 21 rebounds to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 92-78 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats. Sebastian Telfair added 11 points and five assists and Jonas Valanciunas finished with 10 points and six boards for the Raptors, who had dropped seven of their last nine games entering the contest. Gerald Henderson scored 22 points and Kemba Walker added 20 for the Bobcats, who have dropped six straight road contests and fell to 6-27 as the guest this season. Charlotte, which hasn't won on the road since Feb. 19 at Orlando, has lost 11 of 12 overall.
Final Score: Washington 96, New Orleans 87
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - John Wall registered 29 points and nine assists and led the Washington Wizards to a 96-87 win over the New Orleans Hornets. Wall shot 12-of-15 from the field, including a perfect 3-for-3 from behind the arc, for the Wizards, who won their second straight game. Martell Webster had 18 points while Garrett Temple, Cartier Martin and Kevin Seraphin scored 10 points apiece. Eric Gordon had a team-high 20 points for the Hornets, who have lost five of their last six games. Greivis Vasquez recorded 18 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, and Anthony Davis scored 16 points.
Final Score: Atlanta 107, Phoenix 94
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Josh Smith showed no ill effects from his brief layoff, racking up 17 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists to lead the way in the Atlanta Hawks' 107-94 triumph over the Phoenix Suns at Philips Arena. Smith had sat out the Hawks' 96-92 home win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday due to a sprained left knee. Al Horford and Kyle Korver each chipped in 16 points to the victory, with Horford pulling down 11 rebounds as well, while Devin Harris ended with 15 points and DeShawn Stevenson had 12 for Atlanta. Goran Dragic topped Phoenix with 21 points and eight assists, with Jermaine O'Neal netting 18 points and Markieff Morris compiling 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Final Score: Houston 108, Minnesota 100
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - James Harden scored 25 of his 37 points in the second half to help the Houston Rockets overcome a 20-point third-quarter deficit and take a 108-100 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday. Harden was 3-for-4 from beyond the arc and sank 12-of-13 from the free throw line over the final two frames. Jeremy Lin chipped in 24 points and eight assists to the win. Minnesota was in control late in the second quarter, but was outscored 69-43 in the second half. Derrick Williams and J.J. Barea each scored 19 in the defeat, the T'Wolves 15th in their last 16 road games.
Final Score: Oklahoma City 117, Orlando 104
Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) - Kevin Durant scored 26 points and pulled down nine rebounds and Russell Westbrook added 23 points, six boards and six assists as the Oklahoma City Thunder held off the Orlando Magic, 117-104, on Friday. Serge Ibaka had 20 points, six rebounds and three blocks, while Kevin Martin chipped in with 15 points and six rebounds off the bench for the Thunder, winners in seven of their last eight games. Jameer Nelson scored 26 points and dished out seven assists and Nikola Vucevic scored 21 points and pulled down 14 boards for the Magic, losers in seven of their last nine games.
Final Score: Dallas 96, Cleveland 86
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Rodrigue Beaubois scored 18 points and fellow reserves Darren Collison and Brandan Wright each netted 13, as the Dallas bench spurred the Mavericks to a 96-86 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Dirk Nowitzki totaled 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Mavs, who shot 63 percent from the field in the second half to win for the fifth time in six games. Dion Waiters paced Cleveland with 21 points, while Tyler Zeller finished with a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds in the loss, the club's third in four games.
Final Score: Miami 107, Milwaukee 94
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - The Miami Heat now own the third-longest winning streak in NBA history with 21 consecutive victories. LeBron James and Chris Bosh each scored 28 points, and Dwyane Wade added 20 in Miami's 107-94 win over the Milwaukee Bucks Friday. James tallied 10 rebounds and seven assists, and Miami's big three went 32-of-57 from the field. Wade also had nine assists and seven rebounds. The Heat passed the 1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks for the third-longest single-season winning streak in league history. Miami can tie the second-longest streak all-time with a win Sunday afternoon at Toronto. Houston won 22 straight during the 2007-08 season. The all-time record of 33 belongs to the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers. Ersan Ilyasova had 26 points and 17 rebounds for the Bucks, who lost their third in a row. Brandon Jennings finished with 21 points.