Josh, Pistons hardly knew ya
AUBURN HILLS, MICH. – D.J. Augustin had 28 points and 12 assists, and the Detroit Pistons held off former teammate Josh Smith and the Houston Rockets 114-101 on Saturday night.
Smith was booed throughout his return to the Palace, just more than a month after the Pistons waived the high-priced forward. He had seven points and seven rebounds, shooting only 3-for-11 from the field. James Harden scored 21 of his 26 points in the second half, returning from a bruised left knee to help the Rockets nearly rally from a 21-point, third-quarter deficit.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored a season-high 28 for Detroit, which broke a four-game skid and ended Houston's four-game winning streak. Harden led a 19-6 run to start the fourth, but Caldwell-Pope made big shots down the stretch to help the Pistons hold on.
Houston was without center Dwight Howard, who has a swollen right knee.
•KINGS END SLIDE: The Sacramento Kings broke their eight-game losing skid, beating the Indiana Pacers 99-94 in Indianapolis. Rudy Gay scored 31 points and DeMarcus Cousins earned his 28th double-double of the season with 20 points and 19 rebounds. He fouled out with 1:46 to play and the Kings ahead 93-85. David West and C.J. Miles each scored 17 points for the Pacers.
•MAKE IT 19: Al Horford scored 23 points, including a tying basket after Philadelphia took its first lead late in the game, and the Atlanta Hawks recovered after squandering a 21-point lead to beat the visiting 76ers 91-85 and stretch their franchise-record winning streak to 19 games. Horford also had a game-high 11 rebounds, four assists and three blocks.
•DOMINANT DALLAS: Monta Ellis had 25 points and 13 assists as the Dallas Mavericks sent the host Orlando Magic to its eighth straight loss, 108-93. Tyson Chandler finished with 20 points and nine rebounds for the Mavericks, who held off a fourth-quarter Magic rally after leading by 27 early in the second half. Nik Vucevic, who did not play in the fourth quarter, had 17 points and 16 rebounds for the Magic, but guard Ben Gordon was ejected after protesting a non-call during his team's rally that cut the Mavericks' lead to 94-89 with 5:50 left.
•RAPTORS CATCH A WAVE: The streaking Toronto Raptors won in overtime for the second consecutive night after losing a large second-half lead, defeating the host Washington Wizards 120-116. Lou Williams has 19 points for the Raptors, who tied a season high with their sixth straight victory. John Wall, battling migraines and a sprained right ankle, was a game-time decision for Washington. He started and led all scorers with 28 points and had 12 assists. Kyle Lowry scored seven points in overtime for Toronto, which squandered a 17-point, second-half lead Friday night before outlasting the Nets.
•DOUBLE-DOUBLE TROUBLE: Zach Randolph had 21 points and 18 rebounds and Marc Gasol added 15 points and 12 rebounds for the host Memphis Grizzlies in an 85-74 victory over Oklahoma City. Kevin Durant, who sat out the previous two games with a sprained big toe, led the Thunder with 15 points, but he and Russell Westbrook shot a combined 10-for-32.
•BLAZERS LIMPING: Jared Dudley scored 18 points and O.J. Mayo had 17 off the bench to help the host Milwaukee Bucks beat the struggling Portland Trail Blazers 95-88. Damian Lillard and Wesley Matthews scored 19 points apiece for Portland.
•A MAN DOWN: Atlanta forward Thabo Sefolosha will miss six to eight weeks with a right calf injury. The Hawks said Sefolosha was hurt 2:21 into a starting assignment in Friday's win over the Trail Blazers. The reserve guard/forward was starting in place of DeMarre Carroll, who is out with a left Achilles' strain.