Wizards ride 15th straight home win to first place

Approaching the All-Star break, the Wizards are one of the hottest and most surprising teams in the NBA, and they aren’t showing any signs of slowing down.

With a convincing 117-101 win over the Knicks Tuesday in D.C., not only did the Wizards (28-20) tie the second-longest home win streak in franchise history at 15, but also jumped to the No. 4 seed in the East and into the Southeast Division lead over the idle Hawks.

Harrison Barnes led the way for the Mavericks with 24 points and 11 rebounds.

Despite early easy struggles, Dallas has won seven of their past 10 including back-to-back wins over the Spurs and Cavs.

DeMarcus Cousins became just the ninth player in the last 30 years with at least four 3-pointers and 20 made free throws in a game but his 45 points weren’t enough as the Kings blew a 16-point lead in a loss to the Sixers. Playing without Joel Embiid (knee), the Sixers scored 42 points in the third quarter and held on after the Kings’ Arron Afflalo missed a tying 3-pointer at the buzzer. Robert Covington had 23 points, 10 rebounds and four steals in the Sixers’ 122-119 win.

The Pistons were just 3 of 27 from beyond the arc in a 113-109 loss to the Celtics. Marcus Morris and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope were the only Pistons to hit a 3-pointer and couldn’t stop Boston All-Star Isaiah Thomas from his fourth 40-point game in his past 21 games.

Knicks (21-28) at Wizards (27-20), 7 p.m. ET — Washington is seeking its 15th straight home win Tuesday against the Knicks, who may be without Derrick Rose (questionable, ankle). The Wizards Cheap NFL Jerseys From China have won the previous two matchups against the Knicks this season but have been outscored 71-45 in Cheap Oakland Raiders Jerseys the fourth quarter.