Antawn Jamison scored 23 points, rookie Nick Young had a career-high 22 and the host Washington Wizards used a fourth-quarter surge to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks, 105-97, last night.
The Wizards shot 50 percent from the field and got a much-needed lift after Saturday's disappointing home loss to the Charlotte Bobcats.
The victory moved Washington, eager to hold on to sixth place in the Eastern Conference, 1 1/2 games ahead of the charging Philadelphia 76ers.
Michael Redd scored 26 points and Charlie Villanueva had 24 points and 16 rebounds for the Bucks, who lost for the sixth time in seven games.
The score was tied at 83 with nine minutes remaining, but three-point plays from Darius Songaila and Young started a 12-2 run that helped seal the game with 6 1/2 minutes left.
The Wizards are 1-1 to start a five-game homestand as they attempt to hold off the 76ers until injured stars Gilbert Arenas (knee) and Caron Butler (hip) return. Arenas was cleared for full practice last week and Butler was back at practice Monday, although there is no timetable for either to return to the lineup.
Bulls 108, Jazz 96 -- Drew Gooden tied a season high with 24 points, Ben Gordon added 19 and Chicago beat visiting Utah to end the Jazz's five-game winning streak. Mehmet Okur (22 points, 18 rebounds) and Deron Williams (20 points, 10 assists) led Utah. The Bulls built a 14-point lead in the second quarter, were ahead 55-42 at halftime, and led by as much as 17 in the third quarter.
Suns 132, Grizzlies 111 -- Amare Stoudemire scored 29 points and had 13 rebounds to lead host Phoenix to an easy victory.
Pacers 114, SuperSonics 107 -- Mike Dunleavy scored 32 points and host Indiana ended a three-game losing streak by beating Seattle.
Trail Blazers 103, Timberwolves 96 -- Brandon Roy had 27 points and nine assists as visiting Portland had a 12-2 fourth quarter run to get past Minnesota.
Technical fouls the Lakers' Kobe Bryant has received. One more would earn him a suspension.