Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era
Nets earn 8th straight home win
Deron Williams had 20 points and nine assists, and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Orlando Magic 97-77 on Monday night for their eighth straight home victory.
The Nets rebounded from their first two-game losing streak under P.J. Carlesimo, finishing off a four-game sweep of the Magic, who dropped their sixth straight.
Brook Lopez scored 16 points and Joe Johnson had 13 for the Nets, who tied a franchise record with their 11th victory in January and can break it when they host the NBA champion Miami Heat on Wednesday.
Nikola Vucevic had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Magic, who lost for the 17th time in 19 games.
Kings 96, Wizards 94: Isaiah Thomas made a floater with a second to play, capping a seesaw finish as Sacramento snapped a four-game losing streak.
Thomas had 10 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter. Emeka Okafor scored a season-high 23 points for the Wizards.
Warriors 114, Raptors 102: David Lee had 21 points and 12 rebounds, Stephen Curry scored 17 points before leaving with a injury to help pace Golden State.
Aaron Gray had a career-high 22 points for the Raptors.
Bulls 93, Bobcats 85: Jimmy Butler scored a career-high 19 points and Nate Robinson added 15 as for Chicago.
Kemba Walker and Ben Gordon led the Bobcats with 18 points apeice. Charlotte has lost nine of its last 11 games.
Rockets 125, Jazz 80:James Harden scored 25 points and Houston handed Utah its worst home loss in franchise history.
The Jazz had won six straight at home but simply couldn't keep pace in transition. They were outscored 26-2 on the break and shot just 39.5 percent. Their previous worst was by 33 points to Milwaukee on Nov. 18, 1980.
Nuggets 102, Pacers 101: Danilo Gallinari's 27 points led a list of four Denver players who scored in double figures as the Nuggets held off Indiana.
Celtics' Rondo out: Rajon Rondo is out for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee that requires surgery. So coach Doc Rivers must find a replacement from a group short on point-guard experience amid a widespread feeling that the Celtics' already shaky playoff prospects are over.
Courtney Lee could fill in at Rondo's position. Or Jason Terry. Or Leandro Barbosa. Or, less likely, the Celtics could sign a free agent or trade for a point guard.
Adelman returns: Coach Rick Adelman has returned to the Minnesota Timberwolves after spending three weeks with his ailing wife. He rejoins a club that lost nine of 11 games in his absence.