Kelly Oubre Jr. connected on 10 shots from 3-point range on his way to 39 points and LaMelo Ball had a triple-double as the record-setting Charlotte Hornets overwhelmed the Indiana Pacers in a 158–126 rout Wednesday night at Indianapolis.
The Hornets set a franchise single-game record for points while establishing an NBA season high. The Hornets' all-time record had come this season in a 146–143 overtime loss to the Houston Rockets on Nov. 27. The Memphis Grizzlies previously held the 2021–22 mark thanks to a 152–79 rout of the Oklahoma City Thunder on Dec. 2.
Oubre tied the franchise record for made 3-pointers, and Ball poured in 29 points to go with 13 assists and 10 rebounds as Charlotte produced a season-high point total.
Miles Bridges posted 22 points to help the Hornets snap a two-game losing streak.
Cavaliers 115, Bucks 99Kevin Love and Cedi Osman scored 25 and 23 points off the bench, respectively, to lead Cleveland past visiting Milwaukee.
Love, who also grabbed nine rebounds, sank five 3-pointers, and Osman added six more from beyond the arc. Osman entered the game having made just 1 of 20 attempts from 3-point range over his previous five games. Darius Garland celebrated his 22nd birthday by collecting 19 points and eight assists for Cleveland.
Suns 105, Jazz 97Devin Booker scored 43 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as Phoenix increased its winning streak to eight with a victory over Utah in Salt Lake City.
Booker scored 21 points in the first quarter, helping the Suns take an early 21-point lead, and then took turns with teammate Chris Paul hitting clutch jumpers down the stretch to thwart Utah's comeback attempt. Paul finished with 21 points.
Clippers 111, Magic 102Amir Coffey had 19 points, six rebounds and five assists, and Los Angeles followed up the largest comeback in franchise history with a win at Orlando.
The Clippers, who trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half, outscored Orlando 35–24 in the fourth quarter. Los Angeles converted 23 of 25 free throws in the final period after having only two total attempts through three quarters. A night earlier, the Clippers erased a 35-point deficit to beat the Washington Wizards
Mavericks 132, Trail Blazers 112Kristaps Porzingis scored 22 points to lead seven players in double figures as visiting Dallas led wire to wire in a win over depleted Portland.
Jalen Brunson contributed 20 points, 11 assists and six rebounds for Dallas, which led by as many as 23 and won for the 12th time in 15 games. Luka Doncic recorded 15 points, 15 assists, and 10 rebounds.
Nuggets 124, Nets 118Nikola Jokic totaled 26 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists as Denver held slumping Brooklyn to five points over the final 5:18 of a victory in New York.
Denver won its third straight and improved to 11–5 in its past 16 games thanks to a balanced offense that placed six in double figures. Reserve Austin Rivers tied a career high with seven 3-pointers and added 25 points—22 in the second half as Denver erased an 11-point halftime deficit. Will Barton added 21 points and 10 rebounds while DeMarcus Cousins chipped in 13 points before being ejected for disputing a traveling call early in the fourth quarter.
Bulls 111, Raptors 105DeMar DeRozan produced 29 points, seven rebounds and seven assists and Zach LaVine scored 23 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished eight assists to lead host Chicago past Toronto.
Chicago leveraged a 68–46 scoring advantage in the paint to lead most of the way. Nikola Vucevic contributed 17 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists, and he put the game away with a late 3-pointer.
Heat 110, Knicks 96Duncan Robinson scored a game-high 25 points, leading host Miami past New York. The Heat never trailed in the game, and they have beaten the Knicks 10 times in their past 12 meetings.
Miami's Jimmy Butler added 22 points and Tyler Herro—who had missed the past three games due to COVID protocol—scored 21. P.J. Tucker had one of his best games of the season with 20 points.
Grizzlies 118, Spurs 110Ja Morant scored 41 points to tie his season high and nailed four big free throws in the final 1:08 as visiting Memphis outlasted San Antonio.
Jaren Jackson Jr. added 22 points for the Grizzlies, with Desmond Bane hitting for 20. Memphis has won two of its past three games and has taken the past six games against San Antonio.
Hawks 121, Kings 104Onyeka Okongwu and Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 18 points apiece, Trae Young added 17 and Atlanta thumped visiting Sacramento.
Returning from a five-day absence caused by a sore right knee, Bogdanovic shot 6-for-11 overall and 3-for-8 on 3-point attempts, helping the Hawks win their fifth straight game.
Harrison Barnes had a game-high 28 points for the Kings, who took their fifth loss in a row. Rookie Davion Mitchell, starting in place of injured De'Aaron Fox, chipped in with 20 points.