Rockets continue mastery over Nets
NEW YORK – James Harden and Carlos Delfino each scored 22 points Friday night, and the Houston Rockets tied their longest winning streak against any opponent by beating the Brooklyn Nets for the 13th straight time, 106-96.
Houston blew most of a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter before Delfino hit a big 3-pointer with 1:54 left. He later made another jumper before Harden followed with a 3 to put it away.
Delfino made six 3-pointers. Harden, coming off a career-high 46-point game Wednesday against Oklahoma City, made four 3s and finished 7 of 14 from the field.
Brook Lopez scored 27 points for the Nets, who played without starting guard Joe Johnson for the first time this season because of plantar fasciitis in his left foot.
Raptors 100, Knicks 98: At Toronto, Rudy Gay scored a season-high 32 points, DeMar DeRozan had 18 and Toronto handed New York its season-worst fourth straight loss.
Kyle Lowry scored 15 points, Amir Johnson 12 and John Lucas 10 as the Raptors won for the sixth time in seven games.
Carmelo Anthony had 32 points and J.R. Smith added 19 for the Knicks, winless since beating Minnesota on Feb. 8.
Celtics 113, Suns 88: At Phoenix, Jeff Green scored 31 points in his first start of the season, and short-handed Boston routed Phoenix.
The Celtics moved two games ahead of Milwaukee for seventh place in the Eastern Conference.
Thunder 127, Timberwolves 111: At Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook scored 37 points, Kevin Durant added 27 and Oklahoma City snapped a three-game losing streak by beating Minnesota.
The Thunder avoided losing four in a row for the first time since April 2009, near the end of their first season in Oklahoma City, but made little progress in getting their defense back in order.
Pacers 114, Pistons 82: At Indianapolis, David West scored 18 points, George Hill had 15 and surging Indiana beat Detroit.
Wizards 119, Nuggets 113: At Washington, Emeka Okafor had 17 points and 13 rebounds, and Washington put on one of its best offensive shows of the season against Denver.
Hawks 122, Kings 108: At Atlanta, Al Horford led Atlanta’s balanced scoring with 24 points and the Hawks overcame a slow start to beat Sacramento.
Grizzlies 88, Magic 82: At Memphis, Tenn., Marc Gasol had 19 points and 13 rebounds, Zach Randolph added 16 points and 14 boards, and Memphis beat short-handed Orlando for its sixth straight victory.
Mavericks 104, Hornets 100: At New Orleans, Vince Carter capped a 22-point performance with a 3-pointer that gave Dallas the lead with 6.5 seconds left, and the Mavericks held on to beat New Orleans for their third straight victory.