BOSTON — Evan Turner sank a layup at the buzzer to give the Philadelphia 76ers a 95-94 win over the Boston Celtics in a matchup of the two worst teams in the Atlantic Division on Wednesday night.
The 76ers rebounded the ball after Kris Humphries missed a jumper with 12 seconds left. They hurried up court and Turner released his shot just in time to give the 76ers only their third win in 13 games.
The Celtics lost for the 19th time in 22 games and dropped behind the 76ers in the standings by one game.
Spencer Hawes led Philadelphia with 20 points and tied his career high with four 3-pointers. Turner had 16 points and eight assists and Thaddeus Young added 16 points.
Jared Sullinger led Boston with 24 points and 17 rebounds and Jeff Green had 18 points, but just five after the first quarter.
Sullinger had broken a 90-90 tie with two free throws, putting Boston ahead with 3:06 left. Then both teams had trouble connecting from the line.
Thunder 112, Heat 95
MIAMI — Kevin Durant scored 33 points, Serge Ibaka added 22 and the Oklahoma City Thunder erased an 18-point early deficit on the way to overwhelming the Miami Heat.
Jeremy Lamb and Derek Fisher came off the bench to score a combined 33 more for the Thunder, who have now won nine straight. Durant scored at least 30 points for the 12th straight game, matching the league’s longest such streak since Tracy McGrady did it in 14 consecutive outings in the 2002-03 season.
Miami led 22-4, and then got outscored 87-53 in the next 2½ quarters.
LeBron James scored 34 for the Heat, with Chris Bosh scoring 18 and Dwyane Wade adding 15.
Timberwolves 88, Pelicans 77
MINNEAPOLIS — Kevin Love had 30 points and 14 rebounds to finally carry the Minnesota Timberwolves over the .500 mark.
Kevin Martin added 18 points on 7-of-18 shooting and six boards for the Timberwolves (23-22) in their first game without center Nikola Pekovic, who is expected to miss at least a week with bursitis in his right ankle. They still managed to get over .500 after failing in their previous 10 chances to do so.
Al-Farouq Aminu had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Pelicans, who were missing star forward Anthony Davis with a dislocated left index finger. They shot just 35 percent and managed a season-low 35 points in the first half to snap a three-game winning streak.