NBA-Highlights of Wednesday's NBA games

Dec 31 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Wednesday's National Basketball Association games: - - - Spurs 95, Pelicans 93 (OT) Guard Manu Ginobili hit a lay-up with just under 25 seconds remaining in overtime as the San Antonio Spurs beat the New Orleans Pelicans 95-93. The victory was San Antonio's first in five overtime games in December. The Spurs almost lost in regulation before Pelicans center Omer Asik, who was guarding Tim Duncan, accidentally tipped the ball into his own basket as the clock expired to send the game to overtime. - - - Thunder 137, Suns 134 (OT) The Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Phoenix Suns 137-134 in overtime, despite losing guard Russell Westbrook to an ejection late in the second quarter. Thunder forward Kevin Durant led all scorers with 44 points in his return after missing the past six games with an ankle sprain. Westbrook received a technical after an altercation with Suns center Alex Len during a battle for a rebound. The second technical and the ejection came just 20 seconds later, when Westbrook had words with the Phoenix bench. - - - Clippers 99, Knicks 78 Guard J.J. Redick scored 20 points and the Los Angeles Clippers romped 99-78 past a woeful, injury-depleted New York Knicks, who lost their ninth in a row. - - - Bucks 96, Cavaliers 80 Guard Brandon Knight scored 26 points and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the beleaguered Cleveland Cavaliers 96-80. The Cavs played without forwards LeBron James, Kevin Love and Shawn Marion and shot a season-worst 34 percent. They narrowly missed setting a new low for points in a game this season (78). James missed his second consecutive game and third this season with a sore left knee. - - - Pacers 106, Heat 95 The Indiana Pacers scored 15 points in a row spanning the third and fourth quarters and maintained the momentum on the way to a 106-95 win over the Miami Heat in a match-up of the Eastern Conference's former powerhouses. Guard C.J. Miles scored a game-high 25 points to lead Indiana (12-21), while guard Dwyane Wade scored 20 and forward Chris Bosh 18 for Miami (14-19), which lost its third in a row and sixth in eight games. - - - Celtics 106, Kings 84 The Boston Celtics ended a four-game losing streak, cruising to a 106-84 victory over the sloppy Sacramento Kings. The Celtics never trailed against the Kings, whose forward DeMarcus Cousins received a second technical foul and an ejection for throwing Boston rookie guard Marcus Smart to the floor in the fourth quarter. - - - Rockets 102, Hornets 83 James Harden compiled 36 points on 12-for-19 shooting as the Houston Rockets recorded their eighth straight victory over the Charlotte Hornets, 102-83. (Editing by Andrew Both)