- Associated Press - Sunday, February 28, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - Taking advantage of a rare day off for LeBron James, the Washington Wizards got a much-needed victory in their bid to move into playoff position, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 113-99 on Sunday behind John Wall’s 21 points, 13 assists and seven rebounds.

Attacking from the start, Wall made 8 of 11 shots and came out on top in his matchup against opposing point guard Kyrie Irving, who wound up with 28 points and six assists on 9-of-20 shooting.

At one point late in the third quarter, Wall had the same number of assists as the entire Cavs team, 12, and he sat out the fourth quarter.

It was the second consecutive loss for Eastern Conference-leading Cleveland, which is in the middle of a stretch of three games in four days.


NEW YORK (AP) - Dwyane Wade scored 26 points, Joe Johnson made a 3-pointer on his first shot in a Heat uniform during a big game-opening run, and Miami beat New York.

Johnson was in the starting lineup a day after signing with the Heat and contributed to their 13-2 burst to start the game, a lead they never relinquished.

Hassan Whiteside added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Heat, who matched a franchise record with their fifth straight victory in New York. Luol Deng scored 15 points and Johnson finished with 12.

Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points for the Knicks, who have lost 14 of 17. Robin Lopez had 14 points and 14 rebounds.

Miami had dropped two in a row but made a nice pickup during that stretch Saturday with the signing of Johnson, a seven-time All-Star who had been waived by Brooklyn.


ATLANTA (AP) - Kent Bazemore scored 14 points and Al Horford had 13 points and tied a season high with 16 rebounds to help Atlanta beat Charlotte.

Marvin Williams finished with 16 points and Jeremy Lin scored 15 for Charlotte, which trailed the entire game. The Hornets were trying to be the first Charlotte team since 1996-97 to win eight games in February.

They pulled within two with 7 minutes left but couldn’t rally after scoring a season-worst nine points in the first quarter.

The Hawks ended a disappointing five-game home stand with two straight wins to pull two games ahead of third-place Charlotte in the Southeast Division.


DALLAS (AP) - Chandler Parsons scored 29 points and Dallas started fast in its first game since getting booed by the home crowd during a bad opening half, beating Minnesota.

Parsons scored 13 straight Dallas points in a stretch covering the second and third quarters to help the Mavericks restore a 20-point lead they built in the first 11 minutes of their sixth straight victory against Minnesota.

Two nights after scoring 27 points to help Dallas rally from 23 down in the second quarter of an overtime victory against Denver, Parsons was 10 of 15 from the field, made four of seven from 3-point range and hit all five of his free throws.

Shabazz Muhammad scored 24 points to lead the Timberwolves.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Damian Lillard had 33 points and five rebounds to lead Portland to a victory over Indiana.

CJ McCollumn and Gerald Henderson each scored 19 points for the Trail Blazers, who have won eight of nine games.

Monta Ellis had 18 points and Jordan Hill added 15 off the bench for the Pacers, who have lost three of four games.

Meyers Leonard made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Trail Blazers an 87-77 at the end of the third quarter. Then Leonard opened the fourth with a basket and two 3-pointers, including one to give Portland a 95-79 lead with 10:16 remaining.


AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Andre Drummond had 15 points and 18 rebounds, and Detroit Pistons took advantage of Kyle Lowry’s absence to beat Toronto.

Lowry sat out for the first time all season because the Raptors wanted to rest him after a 43-point performance against Cleveland on Friday. Detroit (31-29) won its fourth straight game and moved into a virtual tie with Charlotte (30-28) and Chicago (30-28) for seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

The Raptors had their four-game winning streak snapped.

Terrence Ross scored 27 points for the Raptors.

MAGIC 130, 76ERS 116

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Rookie Mario Hezonja dunked four seconds into his first NBA start, finishing with 13 points, and Orlando led all the way in a victory over Philadelphia.

Nik Vucevic and Victor Oladipo scored 28 points each and Aaron Gordon added a career-high 22 for the Magic.

Jahlil Okafor scored 26 points for the 76ers, who lost their eighth straight.

Starting in place of injured forward Evan Fournier, Hezonja’s game-opening baskets got the Magic off to an 11-0 start and they shot 65 percent (30-for-46) in dominating the first half.

Oladipo, Vucevic and Gordon all reached double figures in a 40-point first quarter, Orlando’s highest-scoring quarter of the season.

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