Knicks, Clippers and Lakers downed, James and Wade lead Miami win

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Updated: November 22, 2012

On a busy night of NBA ahead of the brief Thanksgiving break, Miami needed over time to beat Milwaukee, the Lakers came crashing back down to earth, Harden starred for the Rockets and the Clippers went down to Oklahoma. Washington went 10 straight losses in their first 10 games, while there were also wins for Charlotte, Orlando, Cleveland, Indiana, San Antonio and Atlanta. Denver powered to victory over Minnesota, New York wont be giving thanks to Dallas, while Phoenix and Golden State also registered wins.

Jeremy Pargo scored a career-high 28 points and the Kyrie Irving-less Cleveland Cavaliers snapped a six-game skid with a 92-83 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.

Tim Duncan posted 20 points and 15 rebounds to guide the San Antonio Spurs to a 112-100 win over the Boston Celtics. Tony Parker totaled 26 points on 12-of-17 shooting from the field, and added six assists. Tiago Splitter was also efficient, going 9-of-11 for 23 points off the bench, as the Spurs ended 58.4 percent from the floor.

Danilo Gallinari led five Denver players in double figures with 19 points, as the Nuggets spoiled Kevin Love’s season debut by sneaking away with a 101-94 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center.

LeBron James finished with 28 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, as the Miami Heat held off the Milwaukee Bucks, 113-106, in overtime. Dwyane Wade returned from a two-game absence and matched James with 28 points, while Chris Bosh recorded a double-double with 24 points and 18 boards to help the Heat improve to 5-0 at home for the first time in club history. Brandon Jennings paced Milwaukee with 19 points, seven boards, six assists and five steals, while rookie John Henson donated a double-double with 17 points and 18 rebounds for the Bucks, who have lost two straight.

Andrew Nicholson scored a career-high 15 points and the Orlando Magic used a dominant third quarter to deliver a 90-74 victory over a poor-shooting Detroit Pistons team at the Amway Center.

The Washington Wizards were fingertips away from notching their first win of the season. But the Wizards’ worst start in franchise history remains intact after the Atlanta Hawks prevailed in overtime, 101-100, at Philips Arena.

Ramon Sessions put home the game-winning bucket with 28.3 seconds to play and the Charlotte Bobcats hung on for a 98-97 win over the Toronto Raptors at Time Warner Cable Arena.

Behind Paul George’s nine 3-pointers and Roy Hibbert’s first career triple-double, the Indiana Pacers outlasted the New Orleans Hornets in overtime, 115-107.

Vince Carter scored 14 of his season-high 25 points in the fourth quarter and the Dallas Mavericks held off a late surge by the New York Knicks to earn a 114-111 win at American Airlines Center. Carter drained 5-of-10 from behind the arc and O.J. Mayo scored a game-high 27 points for the Mavericks, who bounced back after losing to Golden State in overtime on Monday. Darren Collison added 19 points and seven assists in the win. In his return to Dallas, New York’s Jason Kidd notched a season-best 17 points. He also finished with six rebounds, five assists and five steals.

Marcin Gortat scored 22 points and pulled down seven rebounds, helping the Phoenix Suns beat the Portland Trail Blazers, 114-87.

James Harden shook off a flu bug to score 28 points, while the Houston Rockets orchestrated a strong late finish to pull out a 93-89 win over the Chicago Bulls at the Toyota Center. Two nights after being limited to six points and 17 1/2 minutes by his sickness in a loss at Utah, Harden made good on 8-of-14 field goal attempts and added five steals while being on the court for over 42 minutes. His efforts, along with a critical 10-0 run down the stretch, enabled the Rockets to put an end to a three-game skid.

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson found their rhythm in the second half and commanded the floor. The duo tallied 38 second-half points in the Golden State Warriors’ 102-93 victory over the Brooklyn Nets. Curry netted 25 points, while Thompson added 23 for the Warriors, who have won four of their past five games. Both players had 19 points apiece over the final 24 minutes.

Kevin Durant struggled with his shot, but continued to attack and used the charity stripe to his advantage. Durant nailed 19-of-21 free-throw attempts and netted 35 points in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 117-111 overtime win over the Los Angeles Clippers. Durant was just 7-of-19 from the floor and turned the ball over six times, but snatched six rebounds, dished out five assists and tallied five steals for Oklahoma City, which has prevailed in eight of its last nine contests. Russell Westbrook registered 23 points and nine assists, while Serge Ibaka added 15 points and 12 boards in the victory.

Marcus Thornton scored a team-high 23 points off the bench and the Sacramento Kings cooled off the Los Angeles Lakers with a 113-97 victory to snap a five-game skid. Thornton, who led a 49-point effort from the Sacramento bench, scored 12 in the final period, helping the Kings out to their highest point total of the season. Tyreke Evans shot 7-for-11 and finished with 18 points, while John Salmons and Jason Thompson added 13 apiece for Sacramento, which notched its third win of the season. Thompson also hauled in 10 boards. Kobe Bryant scored a game-high 38 points, but didn’t get much help from the rest of the Lakers starting lineup. Dwight Howard finished with just seven points and Pau Gasol scored eight, as Los Angeles lost for the first time under new head coach Mike D’Antoni.

In Friday’s games, Atlanta take on Charlotte in the South East matchup, Cleveland, Oklahoma and Toronto are on the road to Orlando, Boston and Detroit, while the Clippers and Brooklyn look to get back to winning ways. San Antonio are in Indiana who are looking tto make it 3 straight wins, the Lakers go in search of consistency at top of the south west Memphis, the Knicks are up against Harden and Houston and Golden State are at Denver. Other teams on the road are Sacramento, New Orleans and Minnesota against Utah, Phoenix and Portland.