Denver fires coach, gets rare home win
DENVER – Danilo Gallinari scored a season-high 26 points, Kenneth Faried had 14 points and 14 rebounds and Denver beat Milwaukee 106-95 just hours after Brian Shaw was fired as Nuggets coach.
Guard Ty Lawson had 16 points and 10 assists for Denver, which ended a six-game losing streak and won at home for the first time since Jan. 14.
Shaw was fired after 1½ seasons with the team at 20-39. Assistant coach Melvin Hunt was named interim head coach.
Khris Middleton led Milwaukee with 20 points. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Bucks, who have lost five of six.
•CAVALIERS CRUISE: LeBron James scored 27 points to move into 21st place on the NBA's career list, and Cleveland eased to a 110-79 home victory over the Celtics. James, who has 24,508 career points, moved past Ray Allen with a layup in the third quarter.
•MORE MO: Mo Williams had 20 points and 13 assists as host Charlotte beat the Lakers 104-103 for its third win in four games. He knocked down a three-pointer with a minute to play to push the lead to six and added five free throws in the final 18 seconds to seal the victory.
•KINGS RULE: Rudy Gay scored 25 points and DeMarcus Cousins had 22 as the Kings handed the Knicks their worst loss of the year, 124-86.
•HAWKS RALLY: Jeff Teague scored 25 points, Al Horford added 18 and the NBA-leading Hawks rallied from an 18-point deficit to win their fifth consecutive game, 104-96 over the Rockets. James Harden, the league's leading scorer, was serving a one-game suspension and did not play for Houston, but the Rockets led for the most of the game until Teague's three-pointer with 4:24 remaining put Atlanta up 91-90.