Washington stun Miami, Lakers downed again

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Updated: December 5, 2012

Defending champions Miami were stunned last night by Washington, the Lakers fell off the wagon again, Oklahoma rolled on to 6 straight wins, Indiana took top spot in the Central and Memphis seized the win over Phoenix in overtime.

Alexey Shved scored 17 points and Josh Howard had 16 to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves past the Philadelphia 76ers, 105-88, on Tuesday. J.J. Barea had 11 points while Derrick Williams, Luke Ridnour and Malcolm Lee added 10 apiece for the Timberwolves, winners in three of their last four. Evan Turner poured in a game-high 19 points and Jrue Holiday had 13 points and nine assists for the Sixers, who have dropped their last two on the heels of a three-game winning streak. Jason Richardson had 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists and Thaddeus Young chipped in with 13 points in the setback.

Kevin Durant finished with 32 points, six assists and five rebounds as the Oklahoma City Thunder held off the Brooklyn Nets, 117-111, at Barclays Center. Russell Westbrook added 25 points and nine assists, while Serge Ibaka scored 18 points and Thabo Sefolosha contributed 14 for the Thunder, who have won six straight. Deron Williams dropped in a season-high 33 points with seven assists to pace Brooklyn, which had its six-game home win streak snapped. Andray Blatche and Kris Humphries each contributed a double-double in defeat, as Blatche finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds and Humphries scored 12 points to go along with 12 boards.

The Washington Wizards have had next to no success so far this season, but they’ve been more than able to hold their own in recent meetings with the mighty Miami Heat. Behind 22 points from Jordan Crawford and a 16-point, 10-rebound effort out of Kevin Seraphin, the Wizards registered only their second victory of the campaign with a shocking 105-101 decision over the defending world champions at the Verizon Center, despite a triple-double from LeBron James. A.J. Price added 14 points and Martell Webster scored 13 off the bench for Washington, which entered the matchup with a league-worst 1-13 record but have now won two of three following an 0-12 start. The triumph was also the third straight for the Wizards over Miami dating back to the latter portion of last season. James racked up game highs of 26 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists, but the Heat never held a lead after the 5:09 mark of the first quarter in seeing a six-game win streak come to an end. Dwyane Wade finished with 24 points in defeat for Miami, with Chris Bosh putting up 20 points and 12 rebounds in the setback.

Paul George poured in a game-high 34 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers to an 80-76 win over the Chicago Bulls, while Zach Randolph poured in a dominating performance, netting 38 points and ripping down 22 rebounds to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a hard-fought, 108-98, overtime victory over the Phoenix Suns at FedEx Forum.

Greg Smith scored 17 of his career-high 21 points in the second half to help spark a furious late comeback that catapulted the Houston Rockets to a 107-105 win over the slumping Los Angeles Lakers at Toyota Center. Smith went 7-of-8 from the field and pulled down nine rebounds as well, while fellow reserve Toney Douglas dropped in a season-best 22 points to help the Rockets post their fifth victory in six games despite an off-shooting night from James Harden and trailing by 13 points with under 9 1/2 minutes left. Harden finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds, but made just 3-of-19 field goal attempts. His slump was offset by a huge effort from the Houston bench, with Carlos Delfino adding 15 points in addition to Smith and Douglas’ big games to rally the Rockets to their sixth consecutive home triumph. Playing without injured stars Pau Gasol and Steve Nash, the Lakers received 39 points from Kobe Bryant and a 16-point, 12-rebound performance from Dwight Howard. However, Los Angeles failed to hold onto a lead that was as much as 17 points and lost for the third time in its last four outings.

Tonight’s action comes at you thick and fast with 11 matchups. The Knicks are looking to extend their winning run to 4 at Charlotte, top of the Central Indiana host bottom of the North West Portland, Minnesota on a run are at Boston, Golden State, Denver and Chicago are on the road to Detroit, Atlanta and Cleveland while the Lakers take on struggling New Orleans. San Antonio return to action when they host Milwaukee, Orlando are at Utah while Toronto and Dallas are away to Sacramento and the Clippers.