Things are looking up for the Sixers as Andrew Bynum's expected return draws nearer (see story).
And while he's been out, Thaddeus Young has been have a tremendous season (see story).
Here's a wrap from around the league in a mostly quiet night of basketball:
Lakers win third straight
LOS ANGELES -- Dwight Howard scored 24 points, Kobe Bryant had 14 points and 11 assists in another pass-first performance, and the Los Angeles Lakers hung on to beat the New Orleans Hornets 111-106 Tuesday night for their first three-game winning streak in five weeks.
Earl Clark had 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Lakers, whose 18-point lead with 5 minutes to play dwindled to 102-101 with 2 minutes left before Clark and Steve Nash hit big shots to clinch Los Angeles' ninth straight win over New Orleans.
Eric Gordon scored 18 of his 25 points in the first half for the Hornets, who were all but finished before making a 16-2 run in an electric 2-minute stretch. New Orleans got within one point on Greivis Vasquez's running jumper, but Clark hit an inside layup and Nash buried a 3-pointer with 1:21 to play (see full recap).
Short-handed, Warriors beat Cavs
CLEVELAND -- Tired, short-handed and eager to get home, the Golden State Warriors could have taken the night off.
Instead, they looked like a team that needs to be taken seriously.
Klay Thompson scored a career-high 32 points and the Warriors, playing without three starters and a key reserve, beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-95 Tuesday night.
The Warriors were missing guard Stephen Curry (ankle), center Andrew Bogut (ankle) and forward Harrison Barnes (knee). Also, Carl Landry, one of the first players off Golden State's bench, didn't play because of a shoulder injury.
In all, the Warriors were missing an average of 49.1 points and 19.5 rebounds, but that didn't matter. Golden State shot 54 percent, including 11 for 16 on 3-pointers as it hit the first nine from beyond the arc. The Warriors took control in the second quarter and built a 16-point lead in the second half. (See full recap.)
Bucks pummel Pistons
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Brandon Jennings scored 20 of his 30 points in the third quarter, leading the Milwaukee Bucks to a 117-90 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.
Mike Dunleavy had 17 points and Monta Ellis added 14 for the Bucks, who led by as much as 29 points.
Rookie Andre Drummond had 18 points and 18 rebounds for Detroit, while Greg Monroe scored 14 points. Drummond became just the second teenager to have an 18-18 game since 1985-86, joining Dwight Howard.
The Pistons led by 15 points late in the first quarter, were outscored 78-40 over the next 25 minutes.
Milwaukee had a 33-14 scoring edge in the second quarter, including Samuel Dalembert tipping in a missed free throw that had been taken with 0.1 seconds left. (See full recap.)