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PHILADELPHIA — Tony Wroten scored nine of his 20 points in the last 3:48, including the go-ahead layup with 9.1 seconds left, as the Philadelphia 76ers beat the short-handed Cleveland Cavaliers 95-92 on Monday night for their first home victory of the season.

Guard Michael Carter-Williams had 18 points, 13 assists and six rebounds for the Sixers (5-28), who had dropped their first 14 at home, five shy of the NBA record held by the 1993-94 Dallas Mavericks.

Kevin Love collected 28 points and 19 rebounds for Cleveland (19-16), which lost for the fifth time in six games. Forward Tristan Thompson added 18 points and nine boards.

The Cavaliers had nine available players because of injuries to forward LeBron James (knee and back strains) and guard Kyrie Irving (lower back tightness) and a pending three-team trade that prevented guard Dion Waiters, forward Lou Amundson and center Alex Kirk from participating.

Grizzlies 105, Knicks 83

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis dealt depleted New York a loss at FedExForum, sending the Knicks to their 12th straight defeat while team president Phil Jackson was in the process of shedding players.

Point guard Mike Conley led the Grizzlies (25-9) with 22 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Center Marc Gasol finished with 14 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Both played fewer than 30 minutes as the Grizzlies took control early in the third quarter.

The Knicks (5-32) already were short-handed with forward Carmelo Anthony, guard Iman Shumpert and forward Amar’e Stoudemire all inactive for the Memphis game and forward/center Andrea Bargnani out with a calf strain.

But then forward J.R. Smith was held out of the game as news broke that Smith, the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year in 2012-13, and Shumpert were part of a proposed three-team deal that would send them to Cleveland and bring multiple players with non-guaranteed contracts (including Lance Thomas from Oklahoma City) to the Knicks. The Knicks reportedly will waive all those players, plus center Samuel Dalembert, as Jackson looks to cut payroll and increase flexibility going forward.

Hornets 104, Celtics 95

BOSTON — Charlotte, playing without two key offensive players, held off Boston.

With center Al Jefferson and forward Lance Stephenson still out due to injuries, the Hornets, leading by 22 points in the final minute of the third quarter, survived a Boston charge and walked away with the win.

The Hornets (12-24) earned their second consecutive win after five losses in a row. The Celtics (11-21) lost for the eighth time in nine games.

Mavericks 96, Nets 88 (OT)

NEW YORK — Forward Dirk Nowitzki moved into sole possession of seventh place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list by hitting a clinching 3-pointer with 34.8 seconds remaining in overtime, and Dallas ran its winning streak to six games with a victory over Brooklyn.

Needing 13 points to surpass Hall of Famer Moses Malone, Nowitzki finished with 15 points. His final points were a 3-pointer from the left wing that brought his teammates to their feet and gave the Mavericks their final margin and the superstar 27,412 career points.

Guard Monta Ellis led the Mavericks with 19 points and had three key plays in the extra session. He began overtime by hitting a 17-footer and then a 20-footer as Dallas opened an 86-82 lead in the first minute. He then drew a key charge on forward Mason Plumlee with 3:13 remaining on a play that potentially could have forged an 86-86 tie.

Nuggets 110, Timberwolves 101

MINNEAPOLIS — Denver guard Arron Afflalo scored 34 points, leading the Nuggets to a win over Minnesota at Target Center.

Afflalo was 4-of-6 shooting in the first quarter and led all scorers with 13 points after one. He had 20 points at the break, as the Nuggets led by as many as 24 in the second quarter and had already tied his season high with 31 points heading to the fourth quarter.

After trailing 62-41 at the half, the Wolves got as close as 12 points late in the third quarter, led by center Gorgui Dieng, who tied a career high with 22 points and added 12 rebounds.

Wizards 92, Pelicans 85

NEW ORLEANS — Guard John Wall scored 15 points and dished out 12 assists, leading five players in double figures, as Washington snapped a three-game road losing streak with a victory over New Orleans at the Smoothie King Center.

The Wizards (23-11) forced the Pelicans (17-17) into 18 turnovers to build an 89-80 lead with 1:51 left.

Washington also was led by forward Paul Pierce with 14 points, guard Andre Miller with 12, and centers Marcin Gortat and Kris Humphries with 10 each. The Pelicans were paced by forward Anthony Davis and guard Tyreke Evans, who scored 21 points each.

Bulls 114, Rockets 105

CHICAGO — Chicago outscored Houston 31-16 in the fourth quarter at the United Center to earn its third consecutive victory and 10th in 11 games.

Forward Pau Gasol led the Bulls (25-10) with 27 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Jimmy Butler scored 22 points, and guard Derrick Rose added 19 points and nine assists in the win. Chicago rookie forward Nikola Mirotic finished with 17 points and eight rebounds off the bench.

Forward Josh Smith had 21 points and guard James Harden finished with 20 to lead five Rockets in double-figure scoring. Center Dwight Howard had 12 points and 14 rebounds. Harden, the NBA’s scoring leader, was held to three points in the second half.

Pacers 105, Jazz 101

SALT LAKE CITY — Center Roy Hibbert scored 22 points and collected eight rebounds while guard C.J. Miles and forward Solomon Hill each hit a pair of free throws in the final seconds to lead Indiana to a victory over Utah.

Forward Luis Scola added 16 points off the bench while Miles and guard Rodney Stuckey chipped in 13 apiece to help the Pacers (14-22) hold off a furious fourth-quarter rally by Utah.

Forward Derrick Favors had 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Jazz (12-23), who trailed by as many as 19 points before mounting a comeback. Forward Gordon Hayward chipped in 24 points and seven rebounds for Utah, and guard Dante Exum tied a season high with 13 points.

Trail Blazers 98, Lakers 94

PORTLAND — Guard Damian Lillard scored 14 of his 39 points in the final six minutes as Portland rallied from a seven-point fourth-quarter deficit to down Los Angeles at the Moda Center.

Forward LaMarcus Aldridge added 21 points with eight rebounds as the Trail Blazers (27-8) won for the 15th time in 19 outings.

Center Jordan Hill matched his season high with 23 points on 10-for-15 shooting and grabbed 11 boards for the Lakers (11-24), who went without guard Kobe Bryant, held out to rest in the second of back-to-back games.

Lillard scored 15 points to stake Portland to a 47-45 halftime lead. He got help from center Chris Kaman (eight points, nine rebounds, three blocks) and forward Meyers Leonard (eight points, four rebounds).

Warriors 117, Thunder 91

OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State harassed Oklahoma City stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook into 8-for-37 shooting en route to its third consecutive win over the

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