INDIANAPOLIS — The Charlotte Hornets broke the franchise’s single-game scoring record on Wednesday night and notched the highest point total in the NBA this season in their 158-126 route of the Indiana Pacers.
Kelly Oubre Jr. had a career-high 39 points, going 10 of 15 on 3s – also a career best. LaMelo Ball had his fourth triple-double of the season with 29 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds. Four players scored 20 or more points, and the Hornets matched a season-best by making 24 3s.
Charlotte snapped a two-game losing streak and pulled off a four-game sweep of the injury-depleted Pacers. The previous team scoring record was set in a 146-143 overtime loss to Houston in November.
CAVALIERS 115, BUCKS 99: Kevin Love scored 25 points, Cedi Osman added 23 and Cleveland won at home.
The Cavs made 19 3-pointers, won for the eighth time in nine games and leap-frogged Milwaukee in the Eastern Conference standings – a turnaround from last season when Cleveland went 22-50. Darius Garland scored 19 and rookie Evan Mobley had 16 for the Cavs.
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 26 points after missing a game with knee soreness, but he had seven of Milwaukee’s 19 turnovers that led to 31 points for Cleveland. Bobby Portis added 22 points and Khris Middleton 21 for the Bucks, who had their winning streak stopped at three.
Milwaukee has lost a season-high four straight on the road.
CLIPPERS 111, MAGIC 102: Amir Coffey scored 19 points, Luke Kennard added 17 and Los Angeles rallied for a win in Orlando, on a day after matching the second-largest comeback in NBA history.
The Clippers were down by as many as 14 points and trailed by two to start the fourth quarter, in which they outscored the Magic 35-24. While it wasn’t as impressive as the 35-point deficit they rallied from against the Washington Wizards on Tuesday, it was good enough to give them their third win in four games.
HAWKS 121, KINGS 104: Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 18 points in his return from a knee injury, Onyeka Okongwu also scored 18 off the bench and Atlanta recovered from a slow start to beat visiting Sacramento.
The Hawks relied on their backups for their fifth consecutive win. Atlanta’s bench outscored Sacramento’s backups 70-24, including a 41-11 advantage in the first half.
Harrison Barnes led Sacramento with 28 points. The Kings suffered their fifth consecutive loss overall and 10th straight on the road.
HEAT 110, KNICKS 96: Duncan Robinson scored 25 points while shooting 7 of 11 from 3-point range, leading four Miami players with 20 or more points in a victory over visiting New York.
Jimmy Butler added 22 points, Tyler Herro scored 21 and PJ Tucker had 20 for the Eastern Division-leading Heat, who have won eight of 10.
Miami never trailed and maintained a double-digit advantage after outscoring New York 30-16 in the first quarter.
BULLS 111, RAPTORS 105: DeMar DeRozan scored 29 points, Zach LaVine added 23 and Chicago won at home.
Nikola Vucevic also scored 17 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, notching his fifth straight double-double and helping the Bulls win consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 7.
Gary Trent Jr. led the Raptors with 32 points, while OG Anunoby added 23 points. Toronto has lost six of its last nine games.
NUGGETS 124, NETS 108: Nikola Jokic had 26 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, Austin Rivers added 25 points off the bench and visiting Denver outlasted Brooklyn.
Will Barton had 21 points and 10 rebounds and DeMarcus Cousins chipped in 13 points off the bench for the Nuggets, who have won their last three games.
The struggling Nets were playing without All-Star guard James Harden, who got the night off to rest an ailing left hamstring a day after playing 38 minutes in Tuesday’s loss against the Los Angeles Lakers.
KINGS: Sacramento guard Terence Davis will be out indefinitely after injuring his right wrist on Tuesday night’s loss to the Boston Celtics.
Davis took a hard fall in the 128-75 loss at Boston. The Kings say tests on Wednesday revealed damage to tendons in the wrist.
Davis has emerged as a prominent scorer and starter for the struggling Kings. The second-year player is averaging 10.4 points per game. He scored a career-high 35 points on Jan. 19 against Detroit and 22 points the following game against Milwaukee.
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