For the first 32 games of the season, the Washington Wizards were a sorry bunch -- winning only four times. The comical comparison was the Washington Generals -- the punching bag for the Harlem Globetrotters.
Not so much anymore.
Emeka Okafor had 15 points and 16 rebounds, helping the host Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls 86-73 on Saturday night for their seventh victory in the last 10 games.
"We are the team we thought we were supposed to be," Okafor said.
The run began before John Wall returned from a left knee injury, and now the injury-riddled team is healthy again.
"We have back all the players. There is our team," Nene said. "We gonna shut up people's mouths. That's what we're going to do."
Rockets 119, Nets 106: James Harden scored 29 points, Chandler Parsons added 16 points and a career-high 11 assists and host Houston posted its 12th consecutive win over the Nets. Jeremy Lin had 14 points, nine assists and six turnovers for the Rockets.
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76ers 97, Knicks 80: Jrue Holiday scored a career-high 35 points, and host Philadelphia cruised past New York.
Cavaliers 99, Raptors 98: First-time All-Star Kyrie Irving made a 3-pointer with 0.7 seconds left to give Cleveland a victory in Toronto. Irving finished with 32 points.
"He's just playing at an unbelievably high level right now," Cavaliers coach Byron Scott said.
Spurs 108, Suns 99: Tony Parker had 31 points, and host San Antonio won its eighth straight. The Spurs were without Tim Duncan (sore knee) and coach Gregg Popovich (illness) for a third consecutive game.
Bobcats 102, Timberwolves 101: Gerald Henderson made a 3-pointer with 4.6 seconds left to help Charlotte snap a 16-game home losing streak.