PHILADELPHIA — Tony Wroten had his first career triple-double, James Anderson scored a career-high 36 points and Spencer Hawes made the go-ahead basket with 34 seconds left in overtime to help the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Houston Rockets 123-117 Wednesday night.
Wroten had career highs with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in his first start for injured rookie Michael Carter-Williams, who didn’t play because of a bruised left arch.
Jeremy Lin scored 34 points, making a career-best nine 3-pointers. Dwight Howard had 23 points and 15 rebounds, and Chandler Parsons added 22 points for Houston.
Two days after the Sixers were blown out by San Antonio in coach Brett Brown’s first game against his former team, they beat general manager Sam Hinkie’s former club.
Magic 94, Bucks 91
ORLANDO, Fla. — Arron Afflalo scored a career-high 36 points, Nikola Vucevic added 17 points and 11 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic rallied to beat the Milwaukee Bucks and snap a three-game skid.
Afflalo was 8 of 11 from beyond the arc, adding six assists and eight rebounds. Maurice Harkless and Victor Oladipo had 10 points apiece for the Magic.
O.J. Mayo scored 25 points for the Bucks, losers of three straight. Caron Butler added 20 and Khris Middleton had 19. Butler injured his left shoulder with just over two minutes left and didn’t return to the game.
Afflalo scored 29 points in the second half, including 11 straight for the Magic in the fourth quarter. He ended the game with an assist to Vucevic with 9.2 seconds to play that gave Orlando a 94-91 lead. Afflalo then stole the ball from Mayo as the Bucks scrambled to attempt a game-tying 3-pointer.
Bobcats 89, Celtics 83
BOSTON — Al Jefferson had 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Charlotte Bobcats to a win over Boston, snapping the Celtics’ four-game winning streak.
Gerald Henderson had 13 points, Jeff Taylor 12 and Anthony Tolliver had 11 for Charlotte, which ended a two-game skid.
Jeff Green paced Boston with 19 points and Jordan Crawford had 16 points and six assists.
Both teams were without key big men. Celtics’ forward Jared Sullinger was out with a bruised right knee and Bobcats’ forward Josh McRoberts missed the game for personal reasons. He’s expected to play Friday when Charlotte is at Cleveland.
It was Bobcats’ coach Steve Clifford’s second game back after two stents were placed in his heart last week.
Timberwolves 124, Cavaliers 95
MINNEAPOLIS — Kevin Love had 33 points, eight rebounds and six assists, Ricky Rubio added 16 points and a career-high 16 assists, and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Corey Brewer scored 27 points for Minnesota while filling in for Kevin Martin, who was out with an illness, and the Timberwolves outscored Cleveland 29-6 in transition points to run the Cavaliers out of the building.
Kyrie Irving scored 20 points on 8-for-17 shooting and survived a nasty collision in the first quarter for the Cavaliers. Anderson Varejao had 13 points and five rebounds starting for Andrew Bynum, who missed the game for personal reasons. The Cavs fell to 0-6 on the road this season.
Knicks 95, Hawks 91
ATLANTA — Carmelo Anthony continued his success against Atlanta by scoring 25 points and the New York Knicks regrouped after blowing a 17-point lead to beat the Hawks.
The Knicks, relying on 3-pointers, led 47-30 in the second period and 55-45 at halftime. New York made only 5 of 25 shots from the field while being outscored 23-10 in the third period, leaving the Hawks with a 68-65 lead.
Anthony and the Knicks regained control after the Hawks led 78-72 early in the fourth quarter. Anthony made a free throw, driving layup and a 3-pointer to launch an 11-0 run that gave New York the lead. Andrea Bargnani’s 3-pointer capped the run.
Bargnani had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. had 14 points for New York.