NBA roundup: Hornets hold off Phoenix
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dwight Howard had 30 points and 12 rebounds, Nic Batum flirted with a triple-double and the Charlotte Hornets held on to beat the Phoenix Suns, 122-115, on Saturday night to snap a five-game losing streak.
Batum added 29 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists and Marvin Williams chipped in with 16 points as the Hornets won despite nearly squandering a 22-point fourth quarter lead to a Suns team playing without star Devin Booker.
The Hornets led by eight at halftime and seemed ready to put this one on cruise control after outscoring the Suns 35-21 in the third quarter behind 14 points from Batum.
Heat 129, Wizards 102
MIAMI (AP) — James Johnson scored 20 points, Wayne Ellington added 17 and Miami ran away in the third quarter to beat Washington.
Tyler Johnson, Josh Richardson, Rodney McGruder and Kelly Olynyk all scored 13 for the Heat.