CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Cody Zeller scored 19 points and the Charlotte Hornets snapped a three-game losing streak with a 98-93 victory over the Washington Wizards on Saturday night.
Kemba Walker had eight of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, and Marvin Williams had 16 points and eight rebounds as the Hornets handed the Wizards their second straight defeat.
The Hornets limited the Wizards to 37 percent shooting from the field.
John Wall had 19 points and eight assists for the Wizards, and Bradley Beal scored 18 points.
Charlotte entered the night 4 ¢ games back of Miami for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs with 14 games remaining.
Trail Blazers 113, Hawks 97
ATLANTA — Damian Lillard scored 27 points and the Portland Trail Blazers took control with a dominant opening quarter to beat the Atlanta Hawks.
C.J. McCollum had 22 points and Allen Crabbe added 16 for Portland, which raced out to a 17-3 lead and never trailed.
The Trail Blazers, who have won seven of nine, began the night 2¢ games behind Denver for the Western Conference’s final playoff spot.
The Hawks have lost three straight, including the last two at home.
Atlanta held out four-time All-Star forward Paul Millsap after he experienced tightness in his left knee during pregame warmups.
Ersan Ilyasova, who started for Millsap, had 23 points for the Hawks. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 22.
Thunder 110, Kings 94
OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook had 28 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists to help the Oklahoma City Thunder roll past the Sacramento Kings.
The Thunder won their fifth straight — the longest current streak in the NBA — and moved into a tie for fifth place in the Western Conference, pending the result of the Los Angeles Clippers’ game against Cleveland later Saturday.
Westbrook had a triple-double in each of the first four games of the streak to raise his season total to 34.
He needs seven more in Oklahoma City’s final 13 games to tie Oscar Robertson for the NBA single-season record, set in the 1961-62 season.
Georgios Papagiannis had 14 points and 11 rebounds for Sacramento, which had a two-game winning streak snapped.