Paul George scored 16 points and pulled down 10 rebounds and Roy Hibbert added 18 points and four blocks as Indiana outlasted the Charlotte Bobcats, 103-76, at Time Warner Cable Arena on Tuesday. David West contributed 15 points and eight rebounds and George Hill added 16 points for the Pacers, who stopped a three-game road skid and improved to 14-4 in their last 18 games. Gerald Henderson scored 15 points and Kemba Walker tallied 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the floor for the Bobcats, who are now 2-24 in their last 26 games since starting the season 7-5.
Final Score: New Orleans 111, Philadelphia 99
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Greivis Vasquez led five Hornets players in double figures with 23 points, as New Orleans came away with a 111-99 road victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. Eric Gordon had 19 points, Ryan Anderson scored 14, Xavier Henry compiled 11 and rookie Anthony Davis added 10 for the Hornets, who have won five of their last six games. Jrue Holiday finished with a double-double, 29 points and 11 assists, to go along with five rebounds and four steals for Philadelphia, which was looking to win consecutive games for the first time since late November. The Sixers snapped a five-game losing streak Saturday against Houston.
Final Score: Brooklyn 113, Toronto 106
Brooklyn, NY (Sports Network) - When the Brooklyn Nets fired Avery Johnson on Dec. 27 many wondered which big name would be hired as the team's next head coach. It looks like they may already have found their man in interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo. Since taking over as head coach, Carlesimo has guided the Nets to a 9-1 record, including a 113-106 win over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday. Deron Williams finished with 21 points and seven assists, Brook Lopez tallied 22 to go with nine boards and Joe Johnson added 21 points on 9-of-18 shooting for Brooklyn, which has won a season-high seven straight games. Kyle Lowry scored 21 points off the bench despite leaving in the second quarter with a left ankle sprain and playing just under 15 minutes, and Amir Johnson and Jose Calderon chipped in with 15 points apiece for the Raptors, who have dropped their last three contests with Brooklyn.
Final Score: LA Clippers 117, Houston 109
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Chris Paul sat for a second straight game with a bruised kneecap, but for a second consecutive night, the result remained the same. Eric Bledsoe filled Paul's spot nicely once again, posting a season-high 19 points along with seven rebounds, five assists and two steals as the Los Angeles Clippers downed the Houston Rockets, 117-109, on Tuesday. Blake Griffin finished with 19 points and eight assists for the Clippers, who once again got solid contributions from their bench. Jamal Crawford sank 11- of-20 from the field en route to a season-best 30 points and Matt Barnes chipped in with 18 to help Los Angeles become the NBA's second 30-win team. Following a disappointing three-game road trip, the Rockets' poor shooting in the third quarter contributed largely to the team's fourth straight loss. James Harden led Houston with 23 points and Jeremy Lin added 12 points and 10 assists. Chandler Parsons and Carlos Delfino contributed 17 and 16 points, respectively, in the setback.
Final Score: Denver 115, Portland 111 (OT)
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Wilson Chandler buried the go-ahead 3-pointer with 14.9 seconds left in overtime to help lift the Denver Nuggets to a 115-111 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday. Chandler, who returned to the Nuggets' lineup on Sunday after missing two months because of a hip injury, finished with 13 points and six rebounds off the bench for Denver, who have won six straight. Ty Lawson poured in 24 points to go with 12 assists, Kenneth Faried dropped in 21 points and pulled down 11 boards, and Danilo Gallinari finished with 25 points for the Nuggets, who improved to 15-2 at home this season. LaMarcus Aldridge poured in a game-high 28 points to go with eight rebounds and six assists, while Nicolas Batum chipped in with 22 points, seven assists and seven boards and J.J. Hickson scored 19 points and pulled down 13 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who have dropped three straight. Damian Lillard and Wesley Matthews finished with 16 and 14 points, respectively, in defeat.
Final Score: LA Lakers 104, Milwaukee 88
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Dwight Howard finished with 31 points and 16 rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers downed the Milwaukee Bucks, 104-88, at Staples Center. Kobe Bryant also poured in 31 points, while Metta World Peace finished with 12 and Antawn Jamison contributed 10 with eight rebounds. Steve Nash added eight points and 11 assists for the Lakers, who have won two straight following a six-game slide. Monta Ellis scored 17 points to pace Milwaukee, which lost two of its last three games. Beno Udrih followed with 14 points and seven assists, Brandon Jennings had 12 points and Mike Dunleavy dropped in 10 in defeat.