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Howard finished with 15 points and seven rebounds. Chandler Parsons and Jeremy Lin added 11 points apiece for the Rockets.

BOBCATS 101, CAVALIERS 92

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Al Jefferson scored 28 points, Kemba Walker had 20 points and 14 assists, and Charlotte defeated Cleveland for its sixth straight win at home.

Jefferson shot 12 of 18 from the field and reached 20 points for the 22nd time in his last 24 games. Chris Douglas-Roberts added 14 points, including four 3-pointers, and a season-high nine rebounds for Charlotte (29-33), which surpassed its win total from the previous two seasons combined.

The Bobcats, seventh in the Eastern Conference, improved to 3-0 this season against the Cavaliers and now own the tiebreaker against both Detroit and Cleveland, the ninth- and 10th-place teams in the East.

Dion Waiters and Luol Deng each scored 19 points for Cleveland, which is 3½ games behind Atlanta for the final playoff spot in the East.

Charlotte’s six-game home winning streak is its longest since a seven-game run in March 2010.

GRIZZLIES 85, BULLS 77

CHICAGO (AP) - Marc Gasol had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Memphis used its stout defense to defeat Chicago.

Mike Miller made four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points as the Grizzlies closed out a three-game road trip with their third victory in four games. Zach Randolph added 10 points and 11 rebounds after missing Memphis’ previous game with the flu.

The Grizzlies shut out the Bulls after Taj Gibson’s layup trimmed Memphis’ lead to 81-77 with 3:15 to go.

Gibson had 18 points for Chicago, which had won 10 of 12. Playing with a sprained right thumb, Joakim Noah finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and six assists, but also had six of the Bulls’ 13 turnovers.WARRIORS 111, HAWKS 97

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - David Lee had 18 points and six rebounds, reserve Jermaine O’Neal added 17 points and eight rebounds, and Golden State returned home to beat Atlanta for its third straight win.

Andre Iguodala and Stephen Curry each scored 13 to help the Warriors build a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter. Golden State, fresh off a 4-2 road trip, is 8-2 since the All-Star break.

Paul Millsap had 16 points and seven rebounds after missing the last five games because of a bruised right knee for the Hawks, who have lost five straight.

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