The Denver Nuggets can go into the NBA’s All-Star break with the satisfaction of ending a 15-game losing streak in Orlando, having beaten the Magic 82-73 on Wednesday.
Carmelo Anthony had 29 points and eight rebounds for the Nuggets, who maintained their three-game lead atop the Northwest Division and won in Orlando for the first time since the 1991-92 season.
The Magic finished with a season low in points, a season-high 24 turnovers and were held to a season-low 30.4 percent shooting from the floor.
CELTICS 89, HORNETS 77
In New Orleans, Boston made it eight straight wins on the road by defeating New Orleans.
Paul Pierce scored 30 points for the Celtics.
Boston pulled away in the final quarter despite the absence of Ray Allen, who hyperextended his right thumb in the first half.
JAZZ 113, LAKERS 109
In Salt Lake City, Utah snapped Los Angeles’ seven-game winning streak with Deron Williams scoring 31 points for the Jazz, who shot a season-high 58.6 percent.
The Jazz didn’t score from the field and made just 2-for-8 from the line in a nearly 4-minute stretch in the fourth quarter to give the Lakers the lead with just over 90 seconds to play.
Two three-point plays then rallied the Jazz to an impressive victory.
ROCKETS 94, KINGS 82
In Houston, Yao Ming had 24 points and 18 rebounds as Houston again shone without injured Tracy McGrady, defeating Sacramento.
Rafer Alston dished out a season-high 13 assists for the Rockets, who improved to 12-6 with McGrady out of the lineup this season.
McGrady is nursing a sore left knee.
In other NBA action it was:
• Cavaliers 109, Suns 92
• Hawks 99, Pistons 95
• Raptors 91, Spurs 89
• Bucks 122, Pacers 110
• Trail Blazers 106, Thunder 92
• 76ers 91, Grizzlies 87
• Clippers 128, Knicks 124, OT
• Bobcats 101, Wizards 89