Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Jordan Crawford scored 21 points, Gerald Wallace chipped in with 17, and the Boston Celtics shook off a sluggish start to defeat the Charlotte Bobcats, 96-86, at Times Warner Cable Arena. Brandon Bass scored 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting and Jeff Green added 13 points with seven rebounds for Boston, which avenged an 89-83 home loss to Charlotte on Nov. 13. Kemba Walker had a game-high 28 points with six rebounds and five assists, Gerald Henderson netted 20 points and Al Jefferson scored 14 for the Bobcats.
Final Score: Indiana 98, Minnesota 84
Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Paul George and George Hill netted 26 points apiece as the Indiana Pacers defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves, 98-84, on Monday night. George, who was 4-of-4 from beyond the arc, also tallied eight rebounds, four steals and four assists for Indiana, which remained unbeaten (8-0) at home. Hill added seven assists and five steals. Kevin Love had 20 points and 17 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who have dropped four of their last five tilts. Nikola Pekovic registered 18 points and 11 boards in defeat.
Final Score: Detroit 113, Milwaukee 94
Auburn Hills, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Brandon Jennings had 15 points and 13 assists and Greg Monroe added 16 points and six rebounds as the Detroit Pistons cruised to a 113-94 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday. Jennings went 4-for-6 from behind the arc in his first game against his former team. Rodney Stuckey scored 17 points off the bench and Andre Drummond added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Pistons, who have won two straight. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 14, Charlie Villanueva had 12 and Josh Smith scored 10 points to go with seven rebounds and four assists in the win.
Final Score: Miami 107, Phoenix 92
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - LeBron James poured in 35 points on an efficient 11-of-14 shooting night to help the Miami Heat hand the Phoenix Suns their first double-digit loss of the season, 107-92, on Monday. Dwyane Wade added 21 points with 12 assists -- his most in more than three years -- while Ray Allen scored nine of his 17 points in a fourth quarter that saw the Heat pull away for their seventh straight win. Channing Frye led six Phoenix players in double figures with 16 points to go with eight rebounds, while Goran Dragic donated 14 points, nine assists and eight boards in a losing effort.
Final Score: Houston 93, Memphis 86
Memphis, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Chandler Parsons scored 17 points on 8-of-9 shooting and Dwight Howard added 15 points with seven rebounds to help the Houston Rockets to a 93-86 win over the Memphis Grizzlies at FedEx Forum. Houston trailed 63-55 heading into the fourth quarter and scored 38 points in the final frame to cap the comeback. Omri Casspi scored 16 points off the bench, while Jeremy Lin netted 14 and Terrence Jones finished with 11 for Houston, which snapped a five-game losing streak in Memphis. Tayshaun Prince paced Memphis with 16 points and Mike Conley added 10 points with 10 assists in the loss.
Final Score: Denver 110, Dallas 96
Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Ty Lawson scored 19 points and handed out 11 assists to lead the Denver Nuggets to a 110-96 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday. J.J. Hickson finished with 22 points and eight rebounds and Nate Robinson added 17 points off the bench for the Nuggets, winners in three straight. Monta Ellis poured in 22 points and Dirk Nowitzki finished with 18 for the Mavericks, who have dropped two straight -- both to the Nuggets.
Final Score: San Antonio 112, New Orleans 93
San Antonio, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Manu Ginobili only played 19 minutes but racked up 16 points, six assists and five rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs rolled to a 112-93 drubbing of the New Orleans Pelicans to tie the best start in franchise history. The Spurs shot 54 percent from the floor, had seven players score in double figures and led by as many as 32 en route to matching the 2010-11 club's 13-1 start in convincing fashion. Tony Parker and Marco Belinelli each netted 14 points, Boris Diaw added 13 and Patty Mills checked in with 12 in the rout. Ryan Anderson paced the Pelicans with 17 points, but a 38-percent shooting effort put the club's three-game winning streak in the rearview mirror.
Final Score: Utah 89, Chicago 83 (OT)
Salt Lake City, UT (SportsNetwork.com) - Marvin Williams scored 17 points with nine rebounds while Richard Jefferson and Gordon Heyward scored 15 points apiece as the Utah Jazz defeated the Chicago Bulls, 89-83, in overtime on Monday night. Rookie Trey Burke scored 14 points, and none were bigger than his 3-pointer in overtime that put the Jazz up 83-78. Utah, which snapped a six-game skid, squandered a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter as the Bulls locked down on defense and forced the extra stanza. Both teams had chances to win it in their final possession of regulation but neither connected on their attempts. Carlos Boozer had a game-high 26 points with 16 rebounds and Luol Deng also chipped in with a double-double, scoring 24 points with 10 boards.
Final Score: Portland 102, New York 91
Portland, OR (SportsNetwork.com) - Talk about two teams heading in opposite directions. Nicolas Batum had 23 points, seven rebounds and six assists as the Portland Trail Blazers won their 11th straight game following a 102-91 triumph over the New York Knicks. LaMarcus Aldridge posted 18 points and 14 boards, while Damian Lillard added 23 points and six assists for Portland, which outscored the Knicks 34-18 in the opening frame in its wire-to-wire triumph. Carmelo Anthony had 34 points and 15 rebounds for the Knicks, who lost their sixth in a row.