DeMarcus Cousins had 18 points, 16 rebounds and six assists to lead the Sacramento Kings to a 97-94 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday. Cousins, who posted a triple- double on Sunday, has been superb for the Kings since returning from a two- game suspension for violating team rules, averaging 16.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5.8 assists per contest. Jason Thompson also recorded a double-double with 19 points and 10 boards and Francisco Garcia added 14 points for the Kings, who won on the road for just the second time this season. Kyrie Irving poured in 22 points and dished out six assists and Dion Waiters added 20 points off the bench for the Cavaliers, who have won just three of their last 17 games.
Final Score: Indiana 89, Washington 81
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - With one George still on the mend, Indiana's other George continued to keep the Pacers rolling, as Paul George recorded 29 points and 14 rebounds in an 89-81 victory over the Washington Wizards. Despite George Hill sitting out a second straight game due to a strained right groin, the Pacers led wire-to-wire Wednesday to win their sixth straight home game and ninth straight over the lowly Wizards. D.J. Augustin, starting in place of Hill, totaled 18 points and six assists, while Roy Hibbert added 13 points in Indiana's sixth victory in seven games. The Wizards, playing the second game of a back-to-back, tried rallying from an early 17-point deficit but never got over the hump in losing for the 11th time in 12 games. Jordan Crawford netted a team-high 20 points in defeat.
Final Score: Chicago 96, Orlando 94
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Carlos Boozer tallied 31 points and 11 rebounds in the Chicago Bulls' 96-94 triumph over the Orlando Magic. Luol Deng netted 23 points, while Taj Gibson added 21 points and 11 boards for the Bulls, who nearly surrendered an 18-point lead. Jameer Nelson nailed six 3-pointers and tied a career-high with 32 points for Orlando, which has dropped seven consecutive contests.
Final Score: Toronto 102, Portland 79
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Terrence Ross came off the bench and knocked down six 3-pointers en route to a career-high 26 points on Wednesday, as the Toronto Raptors routed the Portland Trail Blazers, 102-79, at Air Canada Centre. DeMar DeRozan donated 24 points and Ed Davis followed with 19 points and seven rebounds for the Raptors, who have won three straight and eight of their last nine games. Toronto shot a scorching 53.2 percent (41-for-77) from the field and turned 18 Portland turnovers into 28 points to complete the wire-to-wire victory. Rookie Damian Lillard paced Portland with 18 points and seven assists, while LaMarcus Aldridge registered a double-double with 14 points and 10 boards for the Blazers, who had won two straight.
Final Score: Memphis 93, Boston 83
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Mike Conley paced Memphis with 23 points and Rudy Gay followed with 19 to help push the Grizzlies past the Boston Celtics, 93-83, at TD Garden on Wednesday. In addition to his game-high scoring effort, Conley dished out nine assists and former Celtic Tony Allen contributed 15 points for Memphis, which bounced back after losing at Indiana on Monday. With the loss, the reeling Celtics fell three games below .500 and have dropped four straight for the first time this season. Paul Pierce netted 17 points and Rajon Rondo tallied a double-double with 11 points and 10 assists.
Final Score: Miami 119, Dallas 109 (OT)
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - LeBron James finished just shy of a triple-double and the Miami Heat extended Dallas' overtime struggles by posting a 119-109 victory over the slumping Mavericks at American Airlines Arena. James tallied 32 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists to lead the Heat to a second consecutive triumph in extra time. Miami halted a two-game skid with a 112-110 overtime decision over Orlando on Monday. Dwyane Wade added 27 points and 10 rebounds for the Heat, which began the additional frame with a 7-0 run that eventually resulted in the Mavericks' ninth consecutive overtime loss dating back to last season. Chris Bosh and Ray Allen contributed 17 and 15 points, respectively, to the win. Dallas was dealt its seventh setback in its last eight overall games as well, despite 30 points from O.J. Mayo and a season- best performance from Dirk Nowitzki in his sixth outing back from right knee surgery. Nowitzki amassed 19 points and six rebounds in 29 minutes for Dallas, which also received a 14-point, 10-rebound effort out of Chris Kaman.
Final Score: Houston 104, New Orleans 92
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - James Harden scored 31 points and dished out seven assists, lifting the Houston Rockets over the New Orleans Hornets, 104-92, on Wednesday. Omer Asik added 21 points and eight rebounds for the Rockets, who have won two in a row. Patrick Patterson tallied 15 points and 10 boards off the bench. Ryan Anderson ended with 18 points and seven rebounds to pace the Hornets, who have lost two straight to fall to 7-25 on the season. Greivis Vasquez donated 15 points and 14 assists.
Final Score: San Antonio 117, Milwaukee 110
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Tim Duncan posted a double-double with 28 points and 13 rebounds to help the San Antonio Spurs take a 117-110 triumph over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday at Bradley Center. Tony Parker recorded a double-double as well, pouring in 23 points and handing out 11 assists in San Antonio's seventh consecutive victory. Brandon Jennings netted a game-high 31 points, while rookie John Henson added 20 points and nine boards off the bench for the Bucks, who have lost two straight.
Final Score: Brooklyn 110, Oklahoma City 93
Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) - Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez and the Brooklyn Nets got out to a fast start and held off a late Thunder run to snap Oklahoma City's lengthy home winning streak in a 110-93 decision on Wednesday. Johnson made five of Brooklyn's nine 3-pointers and netted a season-high 33 points, while Lopez added 25 in putting an end to the Nets' seven-game skid against the Thunder. Deron Williams totaled 19 points, 13 assists and five steals for the Nets, who improved to 3-1 under interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo. Kevin Durant led the way with 27 points, but was ejected for the first time in his career after getting hit with two technical fouls during the Nets' final push. Russell Westbrook chipped in 26 points and 10 assists, but committed six of the club's 20 turnovers.
Final Score: Phoenix 95, Philadelphia 89
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Luis Scola scored 21 points and dished out nine assists, helping the Phoenix Suns hold off the Philadelphia 76ers, 95-89, on Wednesday. Goran Dragic added 20 points and six assists for the Suns, who snapped a six- game losing streak. Marcin Gortat donated a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds. Jrue Holiday recorded a triple-double with 16 points, 10 boards and 10 assists for the Sixers, who fell to 2-4 on an eight- game road trip. Thaddeus Young and Dorell Wright donated 14 points apiece. Young also pulled down 10 rebounds.
Final Score: Utah 106, Minnesota 84
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) - Gordon Hayward led six Utah players in double figures with 17 points and Enes Kanter added 15 points as the Jazz stomped the Minnesota Timberwolves, 106-84, on Wednesday. Paul Millsap scored 14 points, Al Jefferson and Jamaal Tinsley each dropped in 12 and Marvin Williams finished with 11 for the Jazz, who snapped a three-game skid. Kevin Love posted a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, Alexey Shved scored 13 and Andrei Kirilenko had 12 points and seven boards for the Timberwolves, who have dropped five of their last seven overall.
Final Score: Golden State 115, LA Clippers 94
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Stephen Curry finished with 31 points, eight assists and six rebounds on Wednesday, as the Golden State Warriors handed the Los Angeles Clippers their second consecutive loss with a 115-94 triumph at Oracle Arena. David Lee stuffed the stat sheet with 24 points, 13 boards and seven assists, while Klay Thompson knocked down five 3-pointers en route to 19 points for the Warriors, who have won four straight. Los Angeles closed out 2012 on a franchise-record 17-game win streak, but the Clippers dropped a 92-78 decision to the Denver Nuggets on New Year's Day before suffering a second straight setback on Wednesday. Jamal Crawford led Los Angeles with 24 points, while Chris Paul added 23 points and six assists in a losing effort.