EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Rookie Adam Morrison scored 22 points and Sean May had a career-high 20 Tuesday night as the Charlotte Bobcats beat New Jersey 96-92, sending the Nets to their sixth straight loss.

Primoz Brezec had 13 for the Bobcats, who ended a two-game losing streak and won for only the second time in seven road games.

Raymond Felton and Gerald Wallace each added 12.

Richard Jefferson led New Jersey with 27 points. Vince Carter had 25 and Nenad Krstic 20.

Raptors 94, Hornets 77

OKLAHOMA CITY – Chris Bosh had 19 points and 14 rebounds, and got a big lift from Toronto’s bench as the Raptors beat the New Orleans Hornets 94-77 Tuesday night for their first road win of the season.

Anthony Parker also had 19 points, No. 1 overall pick Andrea Bargnani scored a career-high 16, Joey Graham added 14 and Jose Calderon tied his season best with 13 points for Toronto, which had lost its first seven road games. The Raptors opened a 61-51 lead with a 12-4 run after New Orleans’ Tyson Chandler started the second half by tipping in Desmond Mason’s miss. Chris Paul brought the Hornets back within four with a 3-pointer from the top of the key, but Bosh’s three-point play sparked a surge of nine straight Toronto points for a 72-59 lead after three quarters.

Wizards 96, Hawks 95

WASHINGTON – Caron Butler’s three-point play with 1:04 remaining helped the Washington Wizards beat the Atlanta Hawks 96-95 on Tuesday night.

Butler scored 21 points and was perfect on 15 free throws to extend his streak to 32 straight, dating to Nov. 15 against the New York Knicks. None was bigger than the one that ended the Wizards’ four-game losing streak and bailed out backcourt mate Gilbert Arenas, who also had 21 points but committed nine turnovers.

Bulls 102, Knicks 85

CHICAGO – Ben Gordon scored 23 points, Ben Wallace kept his headband out of sight, and the Chicago Bulls beat the New York Knicks for the second time in four nights, 102-85 on Tuesday.

Back home after going 1-6 on the annual circus road trip, the Bulls pulled away midway through the fourth quarter.

But there was a new twist in the controversy between Wallace and the team. He said Tuesday his right hand – which he injured in Saturday’s 106-95 victory at New York – has ligament damage and bone chips. A day earlier, the team said he had a sprained index finger and bruised wrist.

Rockets 82, ‘Wolves 75

HOUSTON – Yao Ming scored 25 points, Shane Battier hit a pair of key 3-pointers and added 17, and the Houston Rockets beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 82-75 on Tuesday night.

Rafer Alston also hit a late 3-pointer and scored 13 points as the Rockets won their fourth straight game despite an injury to Tracy McGrady.

The six-time All-Star bruised his left hip in a first-half collision and seemed affected the rest of the game, scoring only eight points on 4-of-14 shooting. He also had seven assists.

Grizzlies 108, Nuggets 96

DENVER – Hakim Warrick scored 25 points and the Memphis Grizzlies broke a 17-game losing streak in Denver with a 108-96 victory over the Nuggets on Tuesday night.

Chucky Atkins added 22, including four 3-pointers, and Mike Miller had 13 points and 14 assists.

Carmelo Anthony, who was recently named the Western Conference Player of the Week, finished with 37 points. He has now scored 30 or more points in 10 of his last 11 games.

The Grizzlies were the only NBA team without a win at the Pepsi Center until Tuesday night. They hadn’t won in Denver since Nov. 18, 1997, when the Nuggets played at McNichols Arena.

Memphis also snapped a seven-game skid on the road this season.

The Grizzlies led by one entering the fourth quarter, but opened a 104-92 lead with 2:46 remaining on Lawrence Roberts’ layup.

Roberts had eight of his career-high 16 points in the fourth quarter. Denver went more than 5 minutes between field goals early in the final quarter.

Andre Miller finished with 13 assists and Marcus Camby had 10 rebounds and 14 points for his ninth double-double of the season.


Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.