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PHILADELPHIA — Guard/forward Hollis Thompson scored a career-high 23 points off the bench, and the Philadelphia 76ers held on to beat the struggling Denver Nuggets 105-98 Tuesday night.

Thompson made his first eight shots, including four 3-pointers, and finished 8-for-12 from the floor, 4-for-6 from the arc.

Forward Robert Covington added 17 points for the Sixers, who won a third consecutive home game for the first time since March 2013. Guard Michael Carter-Williams finished with 15 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds.

Reserve forward Danilo Gallinari had 22 points to lead Denver, which fell for the third straight time and the 10th time in its past 11 games. Forward Wilson Chandler added 19 points, and guard Ty Lawson had 14 assists.

Pistons 108, Heat 91

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — D.J. Augustin racked up 25 points and 13 assists, and Detroit overcame a season-high-tying 34 points from Chris Bosh to pound Miami.

Shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 18 points and center Andre Drummond contributed 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Pistons, who took control with a 25-1 outburst to finish the first quarter and never looked back. Small forward Kyle Singler added 13 points and power forward Greg Monroe chipped in 12 points and nine rebounds.

Bosh, Miami’s All-Star power forward, scored 21 of his points in the third quarter. Center Hassan Whiteside supplied 11 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks for the Heat, who lost for the third time in four games. Miami shooting guard Dwyane Wade missed his third consecutive game with a right hamstring strain.

Celtics 108, Knicks 97

NEW YORK — Point guard Avery Bradley made his first seven shots and scored 26 points, leading Boston to a wire-to-wire victory over New York. Bradley made 11 of 14 shots.

Boston forward Jared Sullinger collected 22 points and nine rebounds for his ninth game with at least 20 points. He also had nine rebounds and six assists. Rookie guard Marcus Smart and reserve forward Jae Crowder added 13 apiece. Center Brandon Bass contributed 12 for the Celtics, who shot 54.5 percent.

Forward Carmelo Anthony struggled from the floor from the outset, missing six of his first seven. He finished with 21 points on 9-of-22 shooting as the Knicks had a four-game home winning streak snapped. Point guard Jose Calderon added 17 for New York, which trailed by as many as 16 in the opening half.

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