WASHINGTON — No matter how well things are going for either team, the Detroit Pistons nearly always get the better of the Washington Wizards.
Brandon Knight returned from a right knee injury to score a career-high 32 points, Greg Monroe added 26 points and 11 rebounds on the court where he played college home games for Georgetown, Jose Calderon finished with 18 assists, and Detroit escaped with a 96-95 victory over Washington on Wednesday night.
The Pistons have won six games in a row over the Wizards, and 14 of their past 16 meetings. And Wednesday’s result represented a reversal of fortunes for both clubs: Detroit had lost three straight games; Washington had won three straight.
Cavaliers 103, Raptors 92
CLEVELAND — Rookie Dion Waiters scored 23 points, Shaun Livingston added 15 and the Cleveland Cavaliers overcame a horrendous start and playing without injured All-Star Kyrie Irving for the second straight game, beating the Raptors.
The Cavs made only one of their first 15 shots, but recovered and finished February at 7-5, their first winning month since March 2010, when LeBron James was still around.
Wayne Ellington added 13 points and Luke Walton had seven rebounds and seven assists for the Cavs, who closed with a 10-2 run.
DeMar DeRozan scored 34 and Rudy Gay had 24 for the Raptors. Toronto was within 93-90 when Waiters hit a 15-foot jumper with 1:43 left.
Irving sat out with a hyperextended right knee, an injury he sustained in practice.
Kings 125, Magic 101
ORLANDO, Fla. — John Salmons had 21 points to lead six players in double-figures and the hot-shooting Kings cruised to the victory.
The Kings were coming off a double -overtime loss to Miami on Tuesday, but showed few signs of a hangover, knocking down 10 3-pointers. Reserve Marcus Thornton added 20 points.
The win ends a six-game losing streak and snaps a string of nine consecutive road losses. It also marks the Kings’ first season sweep of the Magic in nine years.
Tobias Harris led the Magic with 23 points, followed by Arron Afflalo with 15.
Orlando has lost 29 of its last 33 games and hasn’t won back-to-back games since mid-December.
The Magic resume their three-game home stand Friday against Houston.