Wizards defeat Hornets to end 16-game losing streak

Kyle Kuzma scored 28 points and Deni Avdija had a big fourth quarter to finish with 18 points, leading the Washington Wizards to end a 16-game losing streak by beating the visiting Charlotte Hornets 112-100 on Friday night.

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The Wizards trailed 76-68 heading into the fourth quarter, but gave their fans a rare treat at home. They scored 44 points in the fourth quarter, more than doubling their third-quarter total. Jordan Poole finished with 15 points off the bench, Richaun Holmes provided 14 points and 11 rebounds, reserve Corey Kispert produced 13 points and Bilal Coulibaly had 11 points. Avdija added 14 rebounds.

The Hornets, who have lost six in a row, were unable to maintain their lead in the fourth quarter despite the efforts of Miles Bridges, who had 32 points and 12 rebounds. The Hornets shot 40 percent from the field, making 9 of 42 three-point shots. Bridges struggled from three-point range, and his team struggled to find its rhythm in the fourth quarter.

The Knicks 98, Magic 74

Jalen Brunson returned to the New York lineup and scored 26 points to lead the Knicks to a wire-to-wire victory over the visiting Magic in a matchup with major Eastern Conference playoff implications. With their fourth victory in the last 12 games, the Knicks moved half a game ahead of the Magic, who had their five-game winning streak snapped. The top four teams in each conference have home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

Pelicans 103, 76ers 95

Zion Williamson had 23 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks, Naji Marshall added 19 points and New Orleans built a 35-point lead before holding on for a victory over Philadelphia. Brandon Ingram scored 17 points while CJ McCollum and Trey Murphy III each added 10 for the Pelicans, who won their third straight game.

Cavaliers 113, Timberwolves 104 (OT)

Darius Garland scored 34 points and dished out eight assists, and Cleveland held out against Minnesota. Jarrett Allen added 33 points and 18 rebounds for the Cavaliers. Naz Reid finished with 34 points for Minnesota.

Thunder 107, Heat 100

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 37 points to help Oklahoma City beat Miami. The Heat lost their second straight game after Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder in a two-game series sweep against Miami.

Lakers 123, Bucks 122

D'Angelo Russell scored a season-high 44 points with nine assists, including a floater that gave Los Angeles the lead over Milwaukee. The Lakers won without LeBron James after he aggravated a left ankle injury during a loss to the Sacramento Kings.

Hawks 99, Grizzlies 92

Dejounte Murray scored 41 points to help Atlanta beat Memphis in its third straight game. Bogdan Bogdanovic added 16 points for the Hawks. Jaren Jackson Jr. led Memphis with 21 points.

Rockets 123, Blazers 107

Jalen Green scored 27 points and Alperen Sengun added 19 points, nine rebounds and six assists to help Houston beat Portland. The Rockets outscored the Trail Blazers 68-44 in the second half. Dalano Banton scored a career-high 30 points for the Blazers.

The Wizards take an important victory by ending their losing streak, while other teams also show their strength in an exciting night in the NBA.