Jeremy Lin had 23 points and a career-high 10 assists, and Tyson Chandler scored 25 points and had 11 rebounds to lead the New York Knicks to their third straight win, 107-93 over the host Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.
Following his breakout games of 25 points against New Jersey and 28 against Utah, Lin was 9-for-14 from the field, and 5-for-6 from the line.
Washington dropped to 5-21, and failed again to win back-to-back games. Former Kentucky star John Wall led the Wizards with 29 points.
Magic 102, Heat 89: Dwight Howard had 25 points and 24 rebounds, Ryan Anderson scored 27 points and host Orlando hit 17 -pointers in a victory over Miami. Dwyane Wade led the Heat with 33 points, but only 11 after halftime. LeBron James added 17.
Spurs 100, 76ers 90: Tony Parker scored 37 points, Gary Neal added 18 off the bench and San Antonio beat host Philadelphia in a matchup of division leaders. Lou Williams led Philadelphia with 22 points.
Cavaliers 99, Clippers 92: Ramon Sessions scored a season-high 24 points as a last-minute replacement for injured rookie Kyrie Irving, leading host Cleveland over Los Angeles. Blake Griffin scored 25 before fouling out with 6.6 seconds left for the Clippers.
Three ex-Cats make roster
All-Star Blake Griffin and rookie guards Kyrie Irving and Ricky Rubio headline the list of 18 players chosen for the Rising Stars Challenge to be held during All-Star weekend. In this year's new format, first- and second-year players will be mixed in the game on Friday, Feb. 24 in Orlando. TNT analysts Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal will serve as general managers and draft players for their teams.
Former Kentucky players chosen Wednesday were John Wall (Washington), DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento) and rookie Brandon Knight (Detroit).
Magic-Bird goes Broadway
Showtime is about to have a whole new meaning for Magic Johnson. The story of the NBA Hall of Famer's rivalry and friendship with Larry Bird is coming to Broadway in Magic/Bird, set to open in April. The two consulted in its production.
"I guess it's the real Showtime," said Johnson, whose "Showtime" Lakers of the 1980s were a Hollywood hit.
Johnson and Bird met with the writers and the actors portraying them. Bird wanted assurances the play would be true to his life and found it to be accurate — though Tug Coker, the actor who portrays him, has dark hair.
Around the league
Cavaliers: Rookie guard Kyrie Irving has a concussion and was held out of Wednesday's game against the Clippers. Irving, the No. 1 overall pick in last year's draft, is averaging 18 points and 5.1 assists.