Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - John Wall deposited 14 points and matched a career-high with 16 assists as the Washington Wizards snapped a four-game losing skid to top the Minnesota Timberwolves 104-100 on Tuesday. Wall pushed the Wizards in front with a jumper with 1:26 remaining but Kevin Martin drilled a 3-pointer at the other end to put the visitors on top. The Wizards took the shot clock down on their next possession, and on a broken play, Wall swung a pass to Martell Webster for a contested triple and a 100-98 Washington lead. Bradley Beal and Nene scored 25 and 20 points, respectively, and put the game away with a set of free throws in the final seconds. Webster made five 3s en route to 17 points while filling in for an injured Trevor Ariza. Marcin Gortat netted 14 points on 7-of-10 from the floor. The loss spoiled yet another terrific effort from Kevin Love, who tallied 25 points, 11 rebounds and four assists. Love got off to a hot start, dropping 16 points on 5-of-6 shooting in the first quarter. Minnesota shot 60 percent as a team and led 34-27 after one.
Final Score: Detroit 92, New York 86
Auburn Hills, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Rodney Stuckey helped the Pistons pull away from the Knicks in the second half, scoring 15 of his 21 points after the break as Detroit earned a 92-86 victory in a battle of struggling clubs. Both teams came in with disappointing 3-6 records, and it stayed close before Stuckey sparked the Pistons to just their second win in the past seven games. Josh Smith donated 19 points while Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond each posted double-doubles in the victory, Detroit's first in its last eight meetings against the Knicks. Carmelo Anthony paced the Knicks once again with a 25- point effort but shot a pedestrian 8-of-20 from the floor and committed seven turnovers. J.R. Smith put in 18 points off the bench in New York's third straight loss.
Final Score: Miami 104, Atlanta 88
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Miami Heat didn't have Dwyane Wade. Good thing they rarely have trouble with the Atlanta Hawks these days. Chris Bosh scored 19 points and Mario Chalmers keyed a big third-quarter run Tuesday night as the Heat topped the Hawks for the eighth straight time with a 104-88 win. Wade, who has battled knee injuries, was held out for precautionary reasons and the Heat spread the scoring out to extend their overall winning streak to four games. Ray Allen scored 17 points off the bench, Chalmers added 14 and LeBron James had 13. Mike Scott had 15 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for the Hawks, who had a two-game winning streak snapped. Al Horford and Pero Antic added 12 points apiece in Atlanta's 14th loss in its last 16 games against Miami.
Final Score: Houston 109, Boston 85
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Terrence Jones scored a career-high 24 points, including six during an 18-1 run to open the game, and the Houston Rockets shot almost 57 percent in a 109-85 win over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night. The outcome was never in doubt after Houston's game-opening run. The Rockets shot 80 percent in the first quarter for a 40-18 lead and 72.2 percent in the first half for a 68-44 advantage the break. Patrick Beverley had 16 points, James Harden scored 15, Chandler Parsons had 11 points and Dwight Howard filled the stat sheet with 10 points, 11 rebounds, two steals and three blocks in under 28 minutes. The Rockets have won three in a row and four of their last five. Courtney Lee scored 17 points off the bench to lead the Celtics, who have lost four in a row since a four-game winning streak. Avery Bradley added 11 points and Jared Sullinger scored 10.