The Rockets’ Luis Scola dribbles the ball in the closing moments of the Rockets’ 87-85 win over the San Antonio Spurs Sunday.AP photo
SAN ANTONIO — The Houston Rockets are tops in Texas and the Southwest Division once again.
Luis Scola dropped in the winning layup with 11.2 seconds left after a bullet pass from Yao Ming, and the Rockets rallied in the fourth to wrest first place in the division from the San Antonio Spurs with an 87-85 victory Sunday.
Ron Artest scored 24 as Houston won its fourth straight to reclaim the top spot in the division for the first time since Christmas. The Rockets lead San Antonio by a half-game.
Tim Duncan scored 23 points for the Spurs, whose grip on the No. 2 spot in the West disappeared when Matt Bonner’s 3-pointer at the buzzer clanked off the rim.
Scola finished with 19 points and 17 rebounds for Houston, which trailed by five midway through the fourth before storming back.
Tony Parker had 22 points and 12 assists but missed a tough 7-footer with 2.9 seconds left with San Antonio trailing by one.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — LeBron James had 30 points and 11 rebounds, and Cleveland won its ninth straight game to tie a franchise record with its 57th victory.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 18 points and became the career leader in blocked shots for the Cavaliers, who improved the NBA’s best record to 57-13.
Vince Carter had 25 points and nine rebounds, but without injured All-Star point guard Devin Harris the Nets simply lacked the firepower to hang with the NBA’s toughest defensive team.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Dwyane Wade scored 39 points for Miami and Udonis Haslem hit the go-ahead jumper with 6.3 seconds left.
Wade also blocked two shots in the final 30 seconds, helping fifth-place Miami stretch its lead over Detroit to three games in the Eastern Conference standings.
Rodney Stuckey scored 24 points and Antonio McDyess had 16 points and 14 rebounds for the seventh-place Pistons.
Walter Hermann’s baseline 3-pointer gave the Pistons a 96-95 lead with 13 seconds left.
TORONTO — Chris Bosh had 16 points and 13 rebounds and Shawn Marion added 14 points and 13 boards for Toronto.
Jose Calderon scored 15 points and Joey Graham added 13 for the Raptors, who have won five of six against the Clippers.
The Raptors had lost nine of 10 coming in but had little difficulty handling the struggling Clippers, leading by as many as 28 in a runaway fourth quarter. Toronto outrebounded Los Angeles 57-34.
MINNEAPOLIS — Kevin Durant scored 30 points and Jeff Green added 17 to lead Oklahoma City to the victory.
Durant has scored more than 20 points in 16 of his last 17 games for the Thunder, who improved to 7-5 in their last 12 games. His lone exception during that span came Feb. 27 at Dallas, when he logged only eight minutes after spraining his right ankle.
Craig Smith scored 19 points and Bobby Brown fueled a late Wolves run with 12 points in the fourth quarter. Rodney Carney had 12 of his 15 points in the fourth and Kevin Love finished with 10 for Minnesota, which trailed by as many as 32.
NEW ORLEANS — Chris Paul scored 27 points and David West added 23 points, leading New Orleans to victory.
The Hornets, who won their third in a row during a four-game home stretch, pulled within 1 1/2 games of the Houston Rockets in the Southwest division. They trail the San Antonio Spurs, who lost to the Rockets earlier Sunday, by a game.