Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Al Jefferson racked up 30 points and Anthony Tolliver added a season-high 22 in the Charlotte Bobcats' 114-89 drubbing of the Dallas Mavericks at Time Warner Cable Arena. Jefferson went 14-of-23 from the field and Tolliver knocked down 5-of-10 attempts from 3-point range for a Bobcats team that shot an impressive 54.9 percent en route to only its second win in 19 lifetime meetings with Dallas. Gerald Henderson finished with 15 points on a 7-of-11 success rate for Charlotte, with Josh McRoberts contributing a career-best 13 assists to the rout. Dirk Nowitzki battled through a sprained left ankle to record 16 points, but the Mavericks struggled mightily on the defensive end as their season-high five- game win streak was halted. Monta Ellis also had 16 points along with seven assists in the loss.
Final Score: Cleveland 109, Sacramento 99
Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Anthony Bennett had 19 points and 10 rebounds and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Sacramento Kings, 109-99, on Tuesday night. Luol Deng netted a game-high 22 points, Dion Waiters tallied 20 points and eight assists and Tristan Thompson added 16 points and 13 boards for the Cavaliers, who have won three straight for the second time this season. Cleveland had lost six in a row prior to the winning streak. DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points and 10 rebounds for Sacramento, which has dropped 10 of its last 12.
Final Score: Chicago 100, Atlanta 85
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Joakim Noah recorded his first triple-double of the season and fourth of his career, and all five Bulls starters scored in double figures as Chicago downed the Atlanta Hawks 100-85 on Tuesday. Noah filled the stat sheet with 17 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists, and Taj Gibson continued his improved play with 24 points, 12 boards and five assists for Chicago, which was coming off a moderately successful 3-3 road trip. The Bulls held a sizeable 54-23 rebounding advantage and scored at least 100 points for just the second time in the last 11 games. Paul Millsap led Atlanta with 15 points, Lou Williams chipped in with 13 and Jeff Teague had 12 in the club's season-high fourth consecutive setback.
Final Score: Memphis 92, Washington 89
Memphis, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Nick Calathes and Marc Gasol each had 18 points and seven rebounds as the Memphis Grizzlies edged the Washington Wizards by a 92-89 score at FedExForum. Calathes added six assists while going 8-of-12 from the field in another solid fill-in start for the injured Mike Conley, while Gasol came through with a key late basket to help the Grizzlies prevail in a game in which they squandered a 16-point third-quarter lead. Zach Randolph donated 13 points and 10 rebounds to the victory. The Wizards were dealt a third loss in four games despite a career-high 37-point effort from Bradley Beal. Nene finished with 17 points, but All-Star John Wall managed just five on 2-of-10 shooting.
Final Score: Miami 103, Phoenix 97
Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - LeBron James had 37 points, nine rebounds and five steals and the Miami Heat defeated the Phoenix Suns, 103-97, on Tuesday night. Chris Bosh added 21 points and eight rebounds for Miami, which has won seven of its last nine games. Dwyane Wade missed the game due to a migraine headache. Gerald Green netted 26 points, while Goran Dragic tallied 15 points, nine assists and four steals for the Suns, who have dropped three of their last four tilts.
Final Score: Oklahoma City 98, Portland 95
Portland, OR (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Durant had 36 points and 10 rebounds as Oklahoma City took a 98-95 win over Portland in a Northwest Division battle on Tuesday. Reggie Jackson scored 17 points with six rebounds and five assists while Jeremy Lamb added 19 points and five rebounds for the Thunder, who have won four of their last five. Oklahoma City now holds a five-game lead over Portland for first place in the division. Nicolas Batum had 18 points, Robin Lopez added 17 points and 14 rebounds, while Damian Lillard gave 16 points and seven assists for the Trail Blazers, who have dropped two of three.
Final Score: Utah 96, LA Lakers 79
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Alec Burks scored 24 points in 29-plus minutes off the bench to lead the Utah Jazz past the injury-ridden Los Angeles Lakers 96-79 on Tuesday. Gordon Hayward totaled 15 points, eight rebounds and seven assists as Utah avoided a letdown following its surprising win over the Heat on Saturday. Chris Kaman led Los Angeles with 25 points and 14 boards, but it wasn't enough as the club dropped its sixth straight at home -- tying a dubious franchise record. The already-hobbled Lakers saw Steve Nash, playing his fourth game after missing 39 because of a nerve problem in his back, aggravate the injury in the second quarter and miss the entire second half.