The Washington Wizards had a 34-point lead against the Miami Heat reduced to single digits on Wednesday before holding on for a 114-97 victory in Greg Oden’s first game in more than four years.
John Wall scored 25 points, and Bradley Beal and Nene had 19 apiece to lead seven players in double figures for the Wizards, who shot a season-high 55 percent and closed the game with a 17-9 run to avoid an second-straight embarrassing collapse at home.
Chris Bosh scored 26 points, and LeBron James had 25 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and four turnovers for the Heat, who have dropped three straight, all on the road.
Oden stepped onto the court for his first regular-season game since Dec. 5, 2009.
Oden, who has struggled to overcome knee injuries throughout his NBA career, played nine minutes and scored six points.
BULLS 128, MAGIC 125, 3OTs
Joakim Noah had a season-high 26 points, Carlos Boozer scored 23, and Chicago extended Orlando’s season-high losing streak to nine games with a triple-overtime victory.
The Magic had a chance to win the game with less than 10 seconds to play, but Glen Davis’ jumper was partially blocked and rebounded by the Bulls with just 1.5 seconds remaining.
The Bulls have now won the last seven matchups with the Magic played in Orlando and improved to 4-1 since trading Luol Deng.
Victor Oladipo had a career-high 35 points and Jameer Nelson added 31 points and 10 assists for Orlando. Tobias Harris added 22 points and 16 rebounds.
CLIPPERS 129, MAVERICKS 127
J.J. Redick scored a career-high 33 points and Los Angeles rallied from 17 points down with 4 minutes left to beat Dallas.
Matt Barnes added 25 points, Blake Griffin had 23 and Jamal Crawford scored 16, including a pair of free throws that gave the Clippers the lead with 11 seconds to go. They improved to 18-3 at home with their fourth-straight win.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points and Samuel Dalembert added a season-high 20 for the Mavs, whose three-game winning streak ended when they could not hold a 123-106 lead. Jose Calderon hit four three-pointers on his way to 16 points.
NUGGETS 123, WARRIORS 116
Nate Robinson scored 14 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, J.J. Hickson grabbed a season-high 24 rebounds and streaky Denver outlasted Golden State.
Wilson Chandler added 22 points and six rebounds, and Ty Lawson finished with 22 points and 11 assists to give Oakland native and first-year Nuggets coach Brian Shaw a victory in his hometown.
Denver outshot Golden State 54 to 43 percent.
David Lee had 28 points and 11 rebounds, and Stephen Curry scored 24 points for the well-rested Warriors, who took the lead with 1 minute 13 seconds remaining, before the Nuggets pulled away again. Golden State, who had won 11 of their past 12 games, had not played since beating Boston on Friday.
ROCKETS 103, PELICANS 100
James Harden capped a 26-point performance with a tiebreaking jumper with 28 seconds left, and Houston beat reeling New Orleans for their third-straight victory.
Eric Gordon scored a season-high 35 points, but the Pelicans lost their seventh straight.
Terrence Jones scored 25 and Dwight Howard added 12 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks for the Rockets, who trailed by as many as 17 in the second quarter and by eight with about four minutes to go. Harden had a hand in 12 of Houston’s final 17 points, scoring 10 and assisting on Howard’s alley-oop dunk.