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Brooklyn Nets' Paul Pierce (34) drives past Miami Heat's Chris Andersen (11) during the first half Friday in New York. Both teams wore jerseys with their nicknames on the backs, including Michael Beasley (8).
Brooklyn Nets' Paul Pierce (34) drives past Miami Heat's Chris Andersen (11) during the first half Friday in New York. Both teams wore jerseys with their nicknames on the backs, including Michael Beasley (8).
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PHILADELPHIA — Josh Smith had 22 points in an outstanding all-around game, Brandon Jennings made four 3-pointers in the second half and the Detroit Pistons snapped a six-game losing streak with a 114-104 comeback victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.


Five other players scored in double figures for the Pistons, who averaged just 88.8 points during their skid. Kyle Singler and Will Bynum each had 16 off the bench.


Thaddeus Young scored 22 points for the Sixers, who have lost three straight after reeling off four consecutive road wins. Michael Carter-Williams added 21 points and Spencer Hawes finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.


Detroit outrebounded the Sixers 62-42, tying the Wells Fargo Center record for offensive rebounds with 25. Smith led the way with 13 boards to go with seven assists, five blocks and four steals.


Pacers 93, Wizards 66


INDIANAPOLIS — David West scored 20 points and C.J. Watson had 16, leading the Indiana Pacers over the Washington Wizards.


Indiana (29-7) used an 11-3 run in the third quarter to create separation from Washington. Two field goals from West capped off the swing, which put the Pacers up 56-40.


The Wizards (16-18) stumbled at the foul line. They finished 9 of 23 on free throws, hitting just five of their first 14.


Stars Paul George for the Pacers and John Wall for Wizards each opened 1 of 8 from the field. George finished with eight points on 2-of-14 shooting and Wall had 13 points.


West helped pick up the Pacers, connecting on his first five field goals.


Hawks 83, Rockets 80


ATLANTA — Kyle Korver scored 20 points, including four free throws in the final 16 seconds, and the Atlanta Hawks fought off Houston’s late comeback.


Paul Millsap also had 20 points for Atlanta.


James Harden led the Rockets with 25 points. Dwight Howard had 15 points and 11 rebounds.


Mike Scott had 14 points for Atlanta, which earned its second straight impressive home win following a victory over Indiana on Wednesday night.


Aaron Brooks had 13 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, and Jeremy Lin added 11 for Houston.


Timberwolves 119, Bobcats 92


MINNEAPOLIS — Nikola Pekovic scored 26 points in 27 minutes, and the Minnesota Timberwolves blew off some steam with a victory over the Charlotte Bobcats.


Kevin Love had 19 points and 14 rebounds, Kevin Martin added 19 points and Minnesota’s bench had 20 points before Charlotte’s reserves even got on the board late in the second quarter.


Anthony Tolliver led the Bobcats with 21 points on 5-for-5 shooting from 3-point range. The Bobcats lost for the seventh time in eight games.


The Timberwolves lost on Wednesday in the last seconds again, 104-103 to Phoenix to fall to 0-10 in games decided by four points or fewer. Then the tension lingered into the locker room where Love, who was critical recently of a particularly paltry output by the reserves, ripped J.J. Barea and Dante Cunningham for their disinterested body language at the end of the bench.


Mavericks 107, Pelicans 90


NEW ORLEANS — Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points, Monta Ellis added 23 and the Dallas Mavericks sent the short-handed New Orleans Pelicans to their fourth straight loss.


Vince Carter added 14 points and Jae Crowder 12 for Dallas, which never trailed. The Mavericks led by as many as 23 points in the third quarter before cruising against a Pelicans squad minus starting point guard Jrue Holiday and leading scorer Ryan Anderson.


Eric Gordon scored 27 points for New Orleans, while Anthony Davis added 21 points and 13 rebounds.


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