Chris Paul had 40 points and nine assists, and the New Orleans Hornets used a third-quarter spurt to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 116-98 on Wednesday night in Memphis..
Paul shot 17-of-25 from the field, including 5-of-8 from 3-point range, as the Hornets won their third straight. It marked the second-highest point total in Paul's career. Only his 43 points against the Grizzlies on Dec. 7 was better.
Peja Stojakovic finished with 21 points and David West added 20 for the Hornets, who shot 56 percent.
Rudy Gay and Mike Miller led Memphis with 19 points apiece, while Kyle Lowry finished with 15 on 6-of-8 from the field. Lowry also had eight assists.
Pau Gasol, the Grizzlies' second-leading scorer, finished with eight points, ending a streak of 81 games in double figures. That was the third-highest in the league behind Carmelo Anthony and Ray Allen.
SPURS 94, BULLS 79: At San Antomio, Tony Parker scored 28 points and the Spurs easily beat Chicago in the Bulls' first game since firing coach Scott Skiles.
Michael Finley added 15 points for San Antonio and Tim Duncan had 11 rebounds.
Joe Smith had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Ben Gordon added 18 points for the Bulls, who have dropped four of their last five. Assistant coach Pete Myers, who played in the league for eight years, served as interim coach for Chicago.
NUGGETS 125, BUCKS 105: At Denver, Marcus Camby had a triple-double and Carmelo Anthony posted his fourth straight double-double for the Nuggets.
Anthony, who had four double-doubles last season and six so far this year, finished with 29 points and 10 rebounds in three quarters of work. He was 11-for-16 from the field and 7-of-8 from the free throw line, continuing his recovery from a shooting funk earlier this month.
PISTONS 101, NETS 83: At East Rutherford, N.J., Richard Hamilton scored 22 points and Detroit shot 78 percent in the third quarter in beating New Jersey for its sixth straight victory.
Hamilton hit all five of his shots and the Pistons connected on 14 of 18 from the field in turning a one-point halftime lead into a 14-point margin entering the final quarter.
Chauncey Billups added 17 points and 10 assists and Antonio McDyess had 15 points and nine rebounds for Detroit, which has won 13 of 15. Rasheed Wallace added 13 points for the Pistons, who were 24-of-37 from the field in the second half.
Vince Carter led the Nets with 21 points, but only six came in the second half when New Jersey was limited to 39 points on 12-of-32 shooting. Jason Kidd had 13 assists but missed all eight of his shots from the field. Richard Jefferson added 18 points.
HAWKS 107, PACERS 95: At Atlanta, Joe Johnson scored the first two baskets in a 12-0 run and Atlanta beat Indiana for its first five-game winning streak in eight years.
The Hawks are three games over .500 this late in the season for the first time since the 1998-99 season, the last time they made the playoffs. The Hawks' last five-game winning streak came early the following season, from Nov. 27-Dec. 8 in 1999.
Johnson had 26 points and 11 assists to lead six Hawks who scored in double figures. Smith added 16 points and seven rebounds. Marvin Williams had 14 points.
Troy Murphy led Indiana with 19 points. Jermaine O'Neal had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Indiana. Tinsley had 16 points and 12 assists.
MAGIC 110, KNICKS 96: At Orlando, Fla., Hedo Turkoglu scored 26 points, Rashard Lewis added 25 and Orlando broke a four-game home losing streak by beating New York.
Orlando outscored the Knicks 60-45 in the second half to win at home for the first time in more than a month. Dwight Howard added 16 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks for the Magic, who shot 53 percent from the field.
Jamal Crawford led New York with 29 points and eight assists, but had little offensive help in the second half. David Lee was the only other starter in double figures with 11 points. Reserves Zach Randolph and Nate Robinson added 22 and 16, respectively, for the Knicks, who lost their third straight.
WIZARDS 108, BOBCATS 104: At Charlotte, N.C., Caron Butler returned from two sore ankles to score 25 points, and Washington rode big games from four players to beat Charlotte and snap a three-game losing streak.
Antawn Jamison added 26 points and 14 rebounds, Roger Mason scored a career-high 24 points and Brendan Haywood had 20 points and nine rebounds for the Wizards, who gave coach Eddie Jordan his 200th career win.
Butler, who missed Saturday's loss to Indiana after injuring both ankles in a week, had a three-point play late in the third quarter to put Washington ahead to stay.
Gerald Wallace scored 32 points and Jason Richardson added 27 for the Bobcats, who lost their second straight game.
76ERS 96, HEAT 85: At Philadelphia, Andre Iguodala scored a season-high 28 points, Kyle Korver and Lou Williams added 13 apiece and Philadelphia held off Miami.
Andre Miller had 12 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds for the Sixers, who improved to 12-16 and defeated the Heat for the 13th time in the last 15 games in Philadelphia. The Sixers won their second game in a row before starting a six-game road trip beginning Friday night in Sacramento.
Dwyane Wade scored 20 of his 27 points in the second half and Ricky Davis added 21 for Miami, which dropped its second in a row on back-to-back nights. The Heat (8-21), who lost 96-82 at Cleveland on Wednesday, fell to 4-12 on the road and remain mired in last place in the Southeast Division. Daequan Cook had 12.
CELTICS 89, KINGS 69: At Sacramento, Calif., Paul Pierce scored 14 of his 16 points during a dominating second-quarter run that carried Boston to its first win in Sacramento in more than 11 years.
It was the opener of the Celtics' first West Coast trip this season.
WARRIORS 105, TIMBERWOLVES 101: At Oakland, Calif., Monta Ellis scored a career-high 35 points to go with six rebounds and four assists, and the Warriors held on to beat the Timberwolves for their fifth straight home victory.