Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jeff Green and Jordan Crawford each had 19 points as the Boston Celtics held off the Cleveland Cavaliers, 103-100, on Saturday. Avery Bradley added 18 points and eight rebounds for the Celtics, who almost blew a 22-point lead. Brandon Bass and Courtney Lee tallied 15 and 11 points, respectively. Kyrie Irving ended with 32 points for the Cavaliers, who fell to 2-13 on the road this season. Dion Waiters and Jarrett Jack had 17 and 14 points, respectively. Prior to the game, Cleveland suspended center Andrew Bynum indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team. Bynum did not travel with the Cavaliers to Boston and has been excused from all team activities indefinitely.
Final Score: Indiana 105, Brooklyn 91
Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Paul George scored 24 points and the Indiana Pacers beat the Brooklyn Nets for the second time this week, 105-91 on Saturday night. The Pacers had four days off after beating the Nets in Brooklyn on Monday. Any rust from the layoff was gone by the second half, when Indiana pulled away for its fourth straight win. George said the Pacers might have had a little too much energy and a case of the jitters in a sub-par first half. Lance Stephenson had 23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the Eastern Conference-leading Pacers, who improved to 14-1 at home this season. They are 3-0 against the Nets this season and 16-5 in the last 21 meetings. George Hill added 21 points in the win and Indiana shot 53.5 percent. Paul Pierce scored 18 points and Mirza Teletovic had 17 for the Nets, who have lost five of their last six. The only win in that stretch came over Milwaukee on Friday to snap a four-game slide. Deron Williams chipped in 14 points and six assists for Brooklyn.
Final Score: Toronto 115, New York 100
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyle Lowry donated his second straight double-double as the Toronto Raptor rolled to a 115-100 victory over the New York Knicks to take both games of a home-and-home. Lowry followed his 15- point, 11-assist performance in a win at Madison Square Garden on Friday with a season-high 32 points, 11 helpers and eight rebounds. Lowry has at least six assists in 20 straight games. Ross made a career-best seven triples and scored 23 points for the Raptors, who have won six of eight overall. DeMar DeRozan added 20 while Jonas Valanciunas grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds. Amar'e Stoudemire paced New York with 23 points and nine rebounds off the bench. Tyson Chandler netted 16 and J.R. Smith totaled 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists as the Knicks dropped their fourth game in their last five. Carmelo Anthony missed his third straight tilt with a sprained ankle. The Knicks' leading scorer is expected to join the team after the New Year in San Antonio.
Final Score: Washington 106, Detroit 82
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - John Wall scored 20 points and had 11 assists, both game highs, to lead the Washington Wizards to a 106-82 victory over the Detroit Pistons. Marcin Gortat scored 16 and had seven rebounds, Bradley Beal and Trevor Ariza had 15 points apiece with Ariza adding six assists and five rebounds for the Wizards, who have won four of their last five. Greg Monroe finished with 14 points and seven rebounds and Brandon Jennings added 13 points and six assists for Detroit, which has lost four of its last five. Josh Harrellson and Will Bynum added 10 points apiece.
Final Score: Atlanta 118, Charlotte 116 (OT)
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Paul Millsap poured in 33 points and 13 rebounds and the Atlanta Hawks defeated the Charlotte Bobcats for a 10th straight time with a 118-116 overtime win. Playing for the first time without Al Horford, who will likely miss the remainder of the regular season with a torn right pectoral muscle, the Hawks came back from as many as 14 in the second half to force overtime and continue their dominance over their division foe. Lou Williams scored 28 points off the bench, including 8-for-8 from the free-throw line in the extra session, and Jeff Teague netted 20 points with nine assists for the Hawks. Mike Scott added 18 points off the pine for Atlanta, which played in its third consecutive overtime contest. Al Jefferson had a monster outing for Charlotte with 24 points and 23 rebounds and Gerald Henderson added 22 points. Kemba Walker finished with 16 points and five assists for the Bobcats, who have lost three of their last four tilts.
Final Score: Dallas 105, Chicago 83
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Monta Ellis had 22 points, Dirk Nowitzki and Vince Carter scored 18 apiece and the Dallas Mavericks rolled to a 105-83 win over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night. Nowitzki made all four of his 3- pointers and the Mavericks were 13-for-26 as a team while shooting better than 52 percent overall. They won for the second time in their last five games. Joakim Noah had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls, who had a two-game winning streak snapped -- their only back-to-back wins since losing Derrick Rose to another knee injury on Nov. 22. Bulls leading scorer Luol Deng (Achilles) missed his fourth straight game.
Final Score: Houston 107, New Orleans 98
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Dwight Howard led all five Houston starters in double figures with 24 points and 18 rebounds in the Rockets' 107-98 win over the New Orleans Pelicans from Toyota Center. The Rockets trailed 94-91 when Jeremy Lin drilled a 3 to tie the score with 3:39 remaining. James Harden followed with a triple of his own, and Houston held the Pelicans scoreless in the final 1:52 of the contest to pull away. Harden scored 21 points while Chandler Parsons and Terrence Jones tallied 19 and 17, respectively, as the Rockets won their third straight. Lin added 10 points with a team-high five assists. Ryan Anderson and Anthony Davis each registered double-doubles in the setback. Anderson netted 22 points and 12 rebounds while Davis went for 18 and 16. Tyreke Evans and Jrue Holiday each had nine assists.
Final Score: Memphis 120, Denver 99
Memphis, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Zach Randolph had 20 points, six rebounds and five assists as the Memphis Grizzlies routed the Denver Nuggets 120-99 on Saturday night. Ed Davis netted 17 points, while Jerryd Bayless added 15 points for the Grizzlies, who had dropped six of their last eight games heading into the tilt. Mike Conley tallied 14 points, six rebounds and four assists, while James Johnson registered 14 points, seven rebounds and six helpers in the triumph. Ty Lawson had 20 points and eight assists for Denver, which has lost six straight, and Wilson Chandler added 19.
Final Score: Minnesota 117, Milwaukee 95
Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Love scored 33 points to go along with 15 rebounds in helping the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 117-95 drubbing of the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night. Kevin Martin had 20 points on 4-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc and Nikola Pekovic added a double-double with 19 points and 11 boards for Minnesota, which snapped a three-game road losing skid. Khris Middleton paced Milwaukee with 23 points, while O.J. Mayo and Brandon Knight scored 19 and 18 points, respectively, in defeat. Larry Sanders, starting in place of John Henson who sat with a sprained ankle, scored nine points with 10 rebounds for the Bucks, who have lost eight of their last nine games.
Final Score: Phoenix 115, Philadelphia 101
Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Miles Plumlee had 22 points and 13 rebounds and the Phoenix Suns pulled away in the second half to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 115-101 on Saturday. Goran Dragic had 21 points, Eric Bledsoe scored 20 and Marcus Morris added 18 off the bench for the Suns, who bounced back from a 29-point road loss to the Golden State Warriors on Friday to win for the eighth time in 11 games. Thaddeus Young scored a game-high 30 points with 10 rebounds to lead the Sixers and Michael Carter-Williams had 27 points, six assists, six rebounds and four steals. Philadelphia fell to 1-9 in its last 10 games, 3-17 in its last 20 and saw its road losing streak reach 13 games. The Sixers are 1-13 away from home this season and in the midst of a six-game road trip that continues Sunday in Los Angeles against the Lakers and will also take the team to Denver, Sacramento and Portland.
Final Score: Miami 108, Portland 107
Portland, OR (SportsNetwork.com) - No LeBron James, no problem. Chris Bosh stepped up in a big way for the short-handed Miami Heat, scoring 37 points and knocking down a go-ahead 3-pointer in the final seconds of a 108-107 road victory over the Portland Trail Blazers from Moda Center. Miami trailed 107-105 with 7.7 ticks left after a pair of Nicolas Batum free throws. Out of a timeout, Dwyane Wade drove right and drew a double-team, leaving Bosh open on the left wing. Wade threw a low behind-the-back pass for Bosh, who gathered himself and shot a high-arcing 3 that hit nothing but net with less than a second remaining. Portland's inbounds pass went toward the rim, where LaMarcus Aldridge's tip layup missed everything as the buzzer sounded. Bosh shot 15-of-26 from the floor, including a 3-of-3 mark from behind the arc -- all in the fourth quarter -- and added 10 rebounds in his second 30-point game of 2013. His only other 30-plus scoring outburst came on Feb. 12 when the Heat hosted Portland. Wade added 16 points for the Heat, and Mario Chalmers flirted with a triple-double, tallying nine points, nine rebounds and nine assists. James (groin, ankle) did not dress for the first time this season. He is considered day-to-day.
Final Score: LA Clippers 98, Utah 90
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Blake Griffin scored 38 of his season- high 40 points after the opening 12 minutes to help the Los Angeles Clippers stave off the Utah Jazz with a 98-90 win from Staples Center. Griffin also finished with 10 rebounds as the Clippers fed him in the second half to the tune of 26 points in the third and fourth quarters. Chris Paul nearly registered a triple-double with 21 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists for the Clippers, who have now defeated the Jazz seven straight times. Enes Kanter paced Utah with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Richard Jefferson and Marvin Williams contributed 15 points apiece. Trey Burke scored 12 points to go along with six assists in the loss, Utah's third in its last four games.