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Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Tayshaun Prince scored 21 points and Mike Conley had 20 points and seven assists as the Memphis Grizzlies took a 110-104 win over the Washington Wizards on Monday. Zach Randolph finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds and Mike Miller added 10 points off the bench for the Grizzlies, who improved to 5-2 since the All-Star break. John Wall poured in a game-high 23 points and handed out nine assists, Bradley Beal scored 21 points and Marcin Gortat added 16 for the Wizards, who had a six-game winning streak snapped. Washington was trying to win seven in a row for the first time since Jan. 2-15, 2005. Trevor Booker and Trevor Ariza both finished with 15 points and seven rebounds in the loss.

Final Score: Brooklyn 96, Chicago 80

Brooklyn, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Deron Williams had 20 points, Joe Johnson scored 19 and the Brooklyn Nets rolled to a 96-80 win over the red-hot Chicago Bulls on Monday. Paul Pierce and Shaun Livingston added 14 points apiece for the Nets, who returned from a 4-3 road trip to win their third straight game. The Nets hadn't played at home in 19 days, so Monday's game was the Barclays Center debut of Jason Collins, who became the NBA's first active openly gay player in a Feb. 23 game in Los Angeles. Collins got a standing ovation when he checked into the game with 2:41 left. His Brooklyn debut came amid reports Collins, 35, would sign a second 10-day contract with the team. Brooklyn was without Kevin Garnett for the second straight game because of back spasms but still snapped a four-game losing streak to Chicago. D.J. Augustin had 16 points off the bench and Jimmy Butler scored 13 to lead the Bulls, who had a four-game winning streak snapped, losing for just the second time in their last 11.

Final Score: Detroit 96, New York 85

Auburn Hills, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - The Pistons kept the Knicks reeling Monday, as Detroit dug out of an early hole and rolled to a 96-85 decision that sent New York to a seventh straight loss. Andre Drummond scored 17 points and grabbed a career-high 26 rebounds while playing 46-plus minutes for the Pistons, who snapped their own four-game slide despite falling behind by 14 early on. Will Bynum scored all 16 of his points in the fourth quarter, Rodney Stuckey also netted 16 and Josh Smith added 15 for the victors. Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire paced the Knicks with 28 and 22 points, respectively, but it wasn't enough to halt New York's latest collapse.

Final Score: Miami 124, Charlotte 107

Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Miami Heat needed LeBron James to step up offensively with Dwyane Wade resting on Monday night. All James did was break the franchise record for points in a game. James drained eight 3-pointers en route to a career-high 61 points, as the Heat bested the Charlotte Bobcats for the 16th straight time with a 124-107 decision at American Airlines Arena. James shot a scorching 22-of-33 from the floor and added seven rebounds and five assists while snapping Glen Rice's franchise-record of 56 points set in April of 1995. Chris Bosh chipped in with 15 points and seven boards, as the Heat shot a red- hot 55.4 percent from the floor, including 16-of-28 from long distance, in claiming their eighth straight victory. James' record-setting night spoiled a stellar effort from Al Jefferson, who scored 38 points and grabbed 19 rebounds for the Bobcats, who haven't beaten the Heat since an 83-78 win in Charlotte on March 9, 2010.

Final Score: Milwaukee 114, Utah 88

Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Ersan Ilyasova scored a game-high 31 points on 13-of-14 shooting to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 114-88 rout of the Utah Jazz. Ramon Sessions and Zaza Pachulia added 14 points apiece and Brandon Knight scored 11 points and handed out five assists for the Bucks, who had dropped four of five entering the contest. Enes Kanter scored a career- high 27 points and pulled down 14 rebounds, Gordon Hayward scored 20 and Alec Burks netted 12 for the Jazz, losers in three straight.

Final Score: Minnesota 132, Denver 128

Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Martin finished with 22 points, including eight from the free throw line in the final 30 seconds to help the Minnesota Timberwolves hang on for a 132-128 triumph over the Denver Nuggets on Monday at Pepsi Center. Kevin Love led the way with 33 points and 19 rebounds, while Corey Brewer, Nikola Pekovic and J.J. Barea each netted 16 points for the Timberwolves, who went 52-of-64 from the charity stripe as they wrapped up a five-game road trip at 4-1. Ty Lawson, who had missed Denver's last nine games with a cracked rib, supplied 31 points and 11 assists. Wilson Chandler donated 25 points and 10 boards, while Randy Foye and Kenneth Faried finished with 22 and 21 points, respectively, for Denver, which has dropped six straight and 11 of its last 12 games.

Final Score: LA Lakers 107, Portland 106

Portland, OR (SportsNetwork.com) - Wesley Johnson's alley-oop lay-in off an inbounds pass with 6.9 seconds remaining sent the Los Angeles Lakers over the Portland Trail Blazers 107-106 in an entertaining battle on Monday. The Blazers came in with 21 more wins than LA, but trailed for most of the game until Damian Lillard's free throw with 34.6 seconds remaining gave them a 106-105 lead -- the team's first since it was a 6-4 game. Wesley Matthews could have put the game away but missed a 3-point try that led to a breakout for Kent Bazemore, who tried to split a pair of defenders and had the ball knocked out of bounds with 7.1 seconds showing. Replay was used to overturn the original call of Blazers ball, and Mike D'Antoni drew up an inbounds play that saw Bazemore lob one for Johnson from the sideline. Despite LaMarcus Aldridge being draped all over him, Johnson got the go-ahead bucket to fall, and the Lakers survived Lillard's off-balanced 25-footer at the buzzer. Pau Gasol and Jodie Meeks led LA with 22 and 21 points, respectively, while Bazemore and Johnson both netted 14 in just the third back-to-back win for the club since the beginning of January. Robin Lopez and Nicolas Batum combined for 36 points and 31 rebounds for the Blazers, who got 21 points from Aldridge and 20 from Lillard in the setback.

Final Score: Sacramento 96, New Orleans 89

Sacramento, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - DeMarcus Cousins contributed 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Sacramento Kings to a 96-89 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday at Sleep Train Arena. Isaiah Thomas tallied 22 points and five assists, while Rudy Gay added 14 points for the Kings, who halted a three-game slide. Tyreke Evans, who spent his first four seasons in Sacramento before being traded to New Orleans last July, totaled 27 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in the setback, the Pelicans' eighth in a row.

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