LeBron James returned from a groin injury on his birthday and wasted no time finding his shooting touch.
Goran Dragic had 26 points and eight assists before sitting out the fourth quarter, Gerald Green added 21 points off the bench, and the Phoenix Suns ended the year with a 107-88 rout of the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night.
Tyreke Evans hit the final shot. Jrue Holiday made every big play before that to put the New Orleans Pelicans in position to win.
Tyreke Evans hit a pull-up jumper from 17 feet with 1.2 seconds left and the host New Orleans Pelicans beat the Portland Trail Blazers, 110-108.
Trey Burke beat the shot clock on a driving layup with 19 seconds left and scored 21 points to power the Utah Jazz past the Charlotte Bobcats 83-80 on Monday night.
Jimmy Butler scored 14 of his 26 points in the third quarter, Carlos Boozer added 21 points and 10 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 95-91 on Monday night.
Shawn Marion scored 32 points and hit two huge 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to help the Dallas Mavericks withstand a furious second-half charge from the Minnesota Timberwolves in a 100-98 victory Monday night.
John Wall scored 29 points and the Washington Wizards became the latest team to rally past Detroit in the fourth quarter, beating the Pistons 106-99 on Monday night.
LeBron James is back in the Miami Heat’s starting lineup against the Denver Nuggets after missing the previous game because of a groin injury.
The Knicks have made the decision to waive controversial point guard Chris Smith to make room for big man Jeremy Tyler on the team’s 15-man roster, according to a source close to the situation. J.R. Smith, Chris’s older brother, didn’t seem too pleased by the move.
Carmelo Anthony rested his 6-8 frame against a partition at the Knicks’ practice facility on Monday, shifting most of his weight off his sprained left ankle and onto his right, which he will be leaning on a little more often for the foreseeable future.