Jamal Crawford scored 50 points to help undermanned Golden State beat the Charlotte Bobcats 110-103 on Saturday, giving Warriors coach Don Nelson a win in his first NBA game with a new coaching alignment.
A night after Nelson announced he would no longer have anything to do with the Warriors’ NBA-worst defense, assistant Keith Smart handled that while Crawford handled the offense — and then some.
Acquired from New York last month, Crawford was 14-of-26 from the field, 5-of-8 on 3-pointers and made 17 of 18 free throws. He was two points shy of his career high as the Warriors snapped a five-game losing streak.
Gerald Wallace had 26 points for Charlotte.
MAGIC 106, LAKERS 103
At Orlando, Florida, Jameer Nelson had 27 points, and Orlando overcame Kobe Bryant’s season-high 41 points for Los Angeles.
Bryant missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have forced overtime.
Rashard Lewis added 22 points for the Magic in their sixth straight home victory, and Dwight Howard had 18 in his second game back from a knee injury.
PACERS 95, 76ERS 94
At Philadelphia, T.J. Ford hit a 15-foot jumper with 3.9 seconds left and finished with 25 points for short-handed Indiana.
The Pacers dressed just nine players. For the second straight game, Indiana was without starters Troy Murphy, Marquis Daniels and Danny Granger, out with viral infections. The Pacers also were missing Maceo Baston (lower-back strain).
Andre Iguodala had 26 points for Philadelphia in its first loss in four games under new coach Tony DiLeo. Andre Miller had 14 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.
ROCKETS 109, TIMBERWOLVES 102
At Minneapolis, Tracy McGrady scored 23 points and Houston made 12 3-pointers to hand Minnesota its 12th straight loss, matching the team’s longest losing streak since 1994.
Aaron Brooks had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Rockets, who have won three in a row and seven of their last nine.
Al Jefferson had 34 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks for Minnesota.
HORNETS 99, KINGS 90
At New Orleans, Chris Paul had 34 points, nine assists and a season-high eight steals, and New Orleans won for the 11th time in 13 games.
Reserve James Posey added 19 points, and David West had 12. John Salmons scored 26 points, and Francisco Garcia added 16 for Sacramento.
HEAT 106, NETS 103
At East Rutherford, New Jersey, Dwyane Wade matched his season high with 43 points, scoring 12 of Miami’s final 14 points.
Wade put Miami ahead to stay with a reverse layup with 1:58 remaining for a 98-97 lead. Udonis Haslem sealed the win with a jumper from the corner with 14.7 seconds left that put the Heat up by 5.
Brook Lopez led New Jersey with 22 points and 13 rebounds.
SPURS 107, RAPTORS 97
At San Antonio, Tony Parker had 24 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds, and San Antonio matched a franchise record with 16 3-pointers.
Tim Duncan scored 19 points, and Roger Mason had 16.
Jermaine O’Neal led Toronto with 24 points. The Raptors have lost five straight for the second time this season to drop to 10-14.
BULLS 106, JAZZ 98
At Chicago, Ben Gordon scored 26 points, and Derrick Rose had 10 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter for Chicago.
The Bulls have won five straight home games and are 10-3 at the United Center.
Mehmet Okur had 23 points and 13 rebounds for Utah, and Paul Millsap added 22 points and 10 rebounds.
BUCKS 119, CLIPPERS 85