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PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Houston Rockets are "broken," according to their coach and star player. The Portland Trail Blazers are in the middle of their best run of basketball all season.
When they went head-to-head Wednesday night, the result was a 116-103 win for the Blazers that vaulted them past Houston into a tie with Utah for seventh place in the Western Conference.
"We're broken. It's that simple," Rockets interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. "Right now we are a broken team. It's easy to see. It's a fragmented bunch. You can't win that way."
PHOENIX -- The Golden State-Phoenix mismatch wasn't the blowout most expected, just another routine Warriors victory.
Stephen Curry nearly had a triple-double before sitting out the fourth quarter, and the Warriors stormed into the All-Star break on an 11-game winning streak with a 112-104 victory over the free-falling Suns on Wednesday night.
"It wasn't our best effort but I told them before the game keep the turnovers down, just be solid and we should be fine," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "For the most part, we did a good job of taking care of the ball. Thirteen turnovers is a pretty good number for us. We didn't do much else that well but it was enough."
NEW ORLEANS -- Anthony Davis wasn't about to leave the court with any regrets.
Davis had missed eight of his first 13 shots, but the score was tied as New Orleans' game against Utah entered the final minute, and the Pelicans' front-court star didn't hesitate to assert himself.
"I feel like as a leader of the team that's my responsibility," Davis said. "At some point in time, you've got to take over a game."
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Toronto Raptors were rolling, beating up on a young Minnesota team when maybe, just maybe, their thoughts drifted to the party that awaits them back home this weekend.
That's when the Timberwolves pounced, and a Canadian star and his fellow No. 1 overall draft pick delivered a stunning comeback.
Karl-Anthony Towns had 35 points and 11 rebounds, and Toronto-born Andrew Wiggins scored 13 of his 26 in the fourth quarter to rally the Timberwolves from 18 points down to a 117-112 victory Wednesday night.
CHICAGO -- Al Horford set the tone with a strong start and got plenty of help. More important, Atlanta hit the All-Star break on a winning note after two tough losses.
Horford scored 16 points, Jeff Teague had 17 points and eight assists, and the Hawks routed the struggling Chicago Bulls 113-90 on Wednesday night.
Dennis Schroder had 18 points and made three of his team's 13 3-pointers. Paul Millsap scored 15, and the Southeast Division leaders headed into the break with a win after back-to-back losses to last-place Orlando.
CLEVELAND -- With 20,000 fans roaring, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James hugged and seemed to be in a world of their own.
One on one.
"It was just a lot of mutual respect," James said of the embrace. "Sometimes what is known doesn't need to be said."
AUBURN HIILS, Mich. -- Moments before his jersey went up to the rafters, Chauncey Billups spoke to the crowd about the night the Detroit Pistons wrapped up the 2004 NBA title by routing the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 5 of the Finals.
"We had one motivation," he said. "We wanted to win it here at home."
Billups was the most valuable player in the Finals that year, and his No. 1 jersey was retired by the Pistons on Wednesday night at halftime of their 103-92 loss to Denver.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Will Barton lifted the Denver Nuggets with another impressive fourth quarter.
Barton scored 15 of his 20 points in the final period, and the Nuggets held off the depleted Detroit Pistons 103-92 on Wednesday night.
Mike Conley scored 20 points, Jeff Green had 12 of his 18 in the third quarter, and the Grizzlies beat the Brooklyn Nets 109-90 on Wednesday in their first game since losing Marc Gasol to a broken right foot.
The Grizzlies unleashed a strong perimeter attack in the absence of their franchise center, making seven 3-pointers in a 39-point third quarter that blew open the game.
BOSTON -- The way the Boston Celtics are scoring right now, they may want to try bottling a little of it before they leave for the All-Star break.
Whatever it is, it has the Celtics looking like a probable playoff team heading into the second half of the season.
Isaiah Thomas had 36 points and 11 assists, including a fade away jumper that sent the game to an extra period, to help the Boston Celtics overtake the Los Angeles Clippers 139-134 in overtime on Wednesday night.