Basketball: Batum's big night carries Hornets to best ever month

Nicolas Batum of the Charlotte Hornets controls the ball against Philadelphia. Photo / Getty Images
Nicolas Batum of the Charlotte Hornets controls the ball against Philadelphia. Photo / Getty Images

Nicolas Batum had a triple-double consisting of 19 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists to lead the Charlotte Hornets past the Philadelphia 76ers 100-85 Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Center.

Cody Zeller scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Hornets (43-31) improved to 13-3 in March. The victory total is a franchise record for a calendar month.

Marcus Morris scored 24 points and the Detroit Pistons snapped Oklahoma City's eight-game winning streak with an 88-82 victory at The Palace.

The Thunder rested All-Star small forward Kevin Durant and power forward Serge Ibaka after defeating the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday.

Reserve forward Andrew Nicholson had a career-high 24 points and seven teammates also scored in double figures to lead the Orlando Magic to an easy 139-105 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.

The Magic, who beat the Chicago Bulls by 21 points on Sunday, won back-to-back games for the first time since early February. The Nets (21-52) lost their second consecutive game after falling Tuesday in Miami.

Jimmy Butler sank a pull-up jumper with 3.7 seconds left to lift the Chicago Bulls to a 98-96 victory over the Indiana Pacers in Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

A 3-point shot by Indiana's C.J.

Miles bounced off the rim at the buzzer.

James Harden scored 18 points in the fourth quarter and Trevor Ariza's 3-pointer in the corner with 17 seconds left capped a furious second-half rally, giving the Houston Rockets a 106-100 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on a night that LeBron James rested.

The Cavs fell to 1-3 this season without James and 4-13 since he returned to Cleveland before last season. This time, they led by 20 points early in the third quarter and by 13 entering the fourth before giving it all back.

The Golden State Warriors finally got their defence in high gear, limiting the Washington Wizards to 41.9 percent shooting en route to their 54th consecutive home-court win, a 102-94 victory over an Eastern Conference playoff contender.

The Warriors, who held only four of their previous 18 opponents under 100 points, limited the Wizards to one field goal over a 9-minute, 58-second stretch bridging the third and fourth quarters in building an insurmountable lead. The result was Golden State's franchise-record-tying 67th win of the season.

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