Jefferson lifts Bobcats past free-falling Lakers
Center Al Jefferson scored a season-high 40 points and grabbed 18 rebounds to lift the Charlotte Bobcats to a 110-100 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
Jefferson connected on 18 of 32 field goals as Charlotte (21-27) beat the Lakers for the first time in Los Angeles in five years. The Bobcats also handed Los Angeles (16-31) its sixth straight loss.
Mavericks 107, Kings 103
The hard-luck and short-handed Sacramento Kings could not hold onto a 14-point fourth-quarter lead and lost 107-103 to the Dallas Mavericks.
Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavs' comeback with 34 points, 12 in the decisive final period.
He spoiled Kings forward Rudy Gay's effort that included 35 points, 12 rebounds and six assists.
Raptors 100, Nuggets 90
Guard DeMar DeRozan returned to the lineup to score 19 points and the Toronto Raptors beat the Denver Nuggets 100-90. Forward Terrence Ross had 18 points for the Raptors, who won for the first time in 11 years in Denver.
Center J.J. Hickson had 18 points and 13 rebounds and guard Evan Fournier scored 18 points for the Nuggets.
Warriors 95, Jazz 90
All-Star guard Steph Curry scored 44 points and the Golden State Warriors spoiled a festive banner-raising night for former Utah coach Jerry Sloan with a come-from-behind 95-90 victory over the Jazz.
Curry hit two of his eight three-pointers during a key 12-0 run in the fourth quarter that put the Warriors (29-19) in position to win and dampen the party-like atmosphere.
Center Andrew Bogut scored 16 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to help Golden State.