The Latest in the NBA 2/4/14
For the first time in more than four years, the Washington Wizards are over the .500 mark. On their eighth attempt this season to get over the .500 plateau, the Wizards knocked off Portland 100-90 behind John Wall's 22 points. Trevor Ariza added 20.
The Wizards forced 16 Portland turnovers while committing just six. Damian Lillard scored 25 points, and LaMarcus Aldridge had 20 to lead the Trail Blazers, who have lost four straight road games.
In other NBA action:
— Oklahoma City, which had its 10-game winning streak end in Washington Saturday night, got back in the win column with an 86-77 win over Memphis. Kevin Durant scored 31. Serge Ibaka added 21 points and 12 rebounds. That ended the Grizzlies' six-game win streak.
— Randy Foye hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key at the buzzer, and the Denver Nuggets overcame a 36-point performance by Blake Griffin to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 116-115.
— Tony Parker scored 21 of his 32 points in the second half and also doled out nine assists in the San Antonio Spurs' 102-95 win over New Orleans.
— The Sacramento Kings broke their seven-game losing streak in a big way by trouncing the Chicago Bulls 99-70. DeMarcus Cousins led the way with 25 points and 16 rebounds. It was Cousins' first game back after missing six games with a sprained ankle.
— The Milwaukee Bucks overcame Carmelo Anthony's 36 points in their 101-98 win over the New York Knicks. Brandon Knight led the Bucks with 25. Knight made a 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds left for the win.
— LeBron James came within two rebounds of his first triple-double this season, and the Miami Heat won for the fifth time in six games by beating the Detroit Pistons 102-96. James had 24 points and 11 assists. Dwyane Wade scored 30 points and Chris Bosh added 17.
— Indiana, with the best record in the East at 37-10, trounced Orlando 98-79. Danny Granger led five Pacers in double figures with 16.
— Brooklyn topped Philadelphia 108-102. Paul Pierce had 25 points and Deron Williams added 21. The Nets ended a three-game slide.
— Dirk Nowitzki scored 23 points, Devin Harris had a season-high 16 and the Dallas Mavericks beat Cleveland 124-107.
— Atlantic Division-leading Toronto went on the road and beat Utah 94-79. DeMar DeRozan scored 23 in the Raptors' fourth win in their last five games.