Magic Down Pistons
Orlando, Fla. — Arron Afflalo scored 23 points to lead five Orlando players in double figures and the Magic snapped a three-game losing streak with a 109-92 win over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.
Orlando led the Pistons by as many as 22 and cruised in the fourth quarter.
Nik Vucevic added 20 points and 11 rebounds, and rookie Victor Oladipo finished with 16 points and a career-high 11 assists.
The victory also ends a five-game home losing streak for the Magic, who hadn’t won at the Amway Center since the day before Thanksgiving.
Raptors 95, Knicks 83
New York — Jonas Valanciunas had 16 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points, and Toronto rallied over New York.
The Raptors trailed by 12 points in the third quarter, but outscored the Knicks 29-12 in the fourth to take the opener of the home-and-home series.
Kyle Lowry had 15 points and 11 assists for the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors, who host the Knicks on Saturday with a chance to extend their lead to five games over last season’s division champions.
Thunder 89, Bobcats 85
Charlotte, n.c. — Kevin Durant had 34 points and 12 rebounds, and Oklahoma City held on to defeat Charlotte without injured guard Russell Westbrook.
The Thunder announced before the game that Westbrook had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and is out until after the All-Star break.
Durant scored 14 points in the fourth quarter and finished 14 of 28 from the field.
Timberwolves 120 Wizards 98
Minneapolis — Kevin Love had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and J.J. Barea scored 17 points off the bench to help Minnesota beat Washington.
Ricky Rubio had 11 points, nine assists and eight rebounds in 26 minutes, and Nikola Pekovic added 18 points and 10 boards for the Timberwolves. Minnesota outrebounded Washington 44-35 and only turned the ball over five times.
Nets 104, Bucks 93
New York — Shaun Livingston scored 20 points, Mirza Teletovic came off the bench to add 19 and the Nets rebounded from an embarrassing Christmas Day performance by ending their four-game losing streak.
Paul Pierce added 13 points for the Nets, who lost by 17 points in their two previous games.
Pelicans 105, Nuggets 89
New Orleans — Tyreke Evans had 19 points and 10 assists, and New Orleans handed the Nuggets their fifth straight loss.
Jrue Holiday had 17 points and four steals, causing two turnovers that led to late fast-break points as the Pelicans slammed the door on Denver’s comeback bid.
Anthony Davis added 17 points and four blocked shots despite playing sparingly in the first half because of three early fouls.