Wednesday's NBA Capsules
Thursday, December 2, 2010
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Russell Westbrook capped a 38-point, 15-rebound, nine-assist performance by scoring all of Oklahoma City’s 13 points in the third overtime, and the Thunder overcame the absence of an injured Kevin Durant with a 123-120 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Wednesday night.
Jeff Green added a career-high 37 points as the Thunder outlasted New Jersey in a game in which the Nets tied the game at the end of regulation on a running 26-foot 3-pointer by Anthony Morrow, then blew leads of six points in the first overtime and three points with 4.6 seconds to go in the second when Stephen Graham fouled Green on a 3-point attempt.
Brook Lopez led New Jersey with 28 points and 11 rebounds. Jordan Farmar added a career-high 28 points and nine assists while starting for injured point guard Devin Harris. Morrow had 25 points.
Rockets 109, Lakers 99
HOUSTON (AP) — Kevin Martin scored 22 points and Shane Battier added 11 of his 17 in the final three minutes to lift Houston over Los Angeles.
The loss is the fourth in a row for the Lakers, who were led by Kobe Bryant’s 27 points.
Luis Scola had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Rockets, and Chase Budinger and Jordan Hill added 10 points apiece.
Lamar Odom had a season-high 25 points with 11 rebounds and two blocks, but did not score in the fourth quarter. Matt Barnes added 14 points and eight rebounds.
Clippers 90, Spurs 85
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Griffin had 31 points and 13 rebounds, Eric Gordon added 21 points and Los Angeles ended an 18-game skid against San Antonio.
Baron Davis had seven points and 10 assists in his return from a 10-game injury absence for the Clippers, who have the league’s worst record at 4-15. They still beat the club with the NBA’s best record for the second time in 10 days, following a similarly stunning win over New Orleans late last month.
George Hill scored 17 points and Manu Ginobili added 15 for the Spurs, who dropped to 15-3 with their first road loss of the season after an 8-0 start away from San Antonio. Tim Duncan had just eight points one night after posting a triple-double at Golden State.
Magic 107, Bulls 78
CHICAGO (AP) — Jameer Nelson scored 24 points and Orlando dominated the paint and cruised over Chicago, spoiling the Bulls debut of forward Carlos Boozer.
Boozer played his first game of the season after missing all of Chicago’s preseason games plus the first 15 of the regular season after breaking the fifth metatarsal in his right hand in an accident at his home on Oct. 2. Tentative most of the game, he finished with five points and two rebounds in 22 minutes, shooting 2 for 5 from the floor.
Vince Carter scored 22 points for Orlando, Brandon Bass had 17 off the bench and Nelson added nine assists.
Joakim Noah led Chicago with 16 points in 25 minutes, but failed to grab a rebound. Noah entered the contest as the NBA’s second-leading rebounder with 13.2 per game.
Celtics 99, Trail Blazers 95
BOSTON (AP) — Ray Allen missed his first five 3-point attempts before hitting one with 10.7 seconds left to help Boston hold off a late charge by Portland.
It was Boston’s fifth straight victory, and the fifth straight loss for Portland.
Paul Pierce scored 28 points, Kevin Garnett had 17 points and eight rebounds, and Rajon Rondo had 10 points and 10 assists as the Celtics built a 96-80 lead, then watched the Blazers score 15 in a row to make it a one-point game with 42 seconds left. Pierce dribbled down the 24-second clock, then fed it to Allen on the left side for the clinching 3.
Wesley Matthews scored 23 points and Andre Miller had 20 for the Blazers.
Heat 97, Pistons 72
MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James scored 18 points in the final game before he heads back to Cleveland as an opponent, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh each added 16 and Miami rolled past Detroit.
Miami visits Cleveland on Thursday, James’ first trip back to his former arena as an opposing player.
It wasn’t a distraction on Wednesday. The Heat held Detroit to nine points in the third quarter, turning the game into a rout.
Juwan Howard scored 12 and Eddie House added 10 for Miami. Greg Monroe scored 15 for Detroit, which didn’t have any starter reach double figures.
Mavericks 100, Timberwolves 86
DALLAS (AP) — Shawn Marion scored 16 points, leading a productive effort by Dallas’ reserves, and the Mavericks beat Minnesota for their seventh consecutive victory.
Tyson Chandler had 14 rebounds in the third quarter, setting a Mavericks record for any quarter, and finished with 18 overall. Lorenzo Williams and Popeye Jones shared the previous quarter mark of 12 boards.
J.J. Barea scored 14 points and Jason Terry had 12 as Dallas’ backups outscored their counterparts 59-32.
The Mavericks were playing their sixth game in nine nights, and they were able to rest stars Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd and Caron Butler. Nowitzki and Butler had 10 points apiece.
Nuggets 105, Bucks 94
DENVER (AP) — Nene scored 24 points and Denver weathered the third-quarter ejection of star forward Carmelo Anthony to beat Milwaukee for its fifth consecutive win.
J.R. Smith had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Chauncey Billups added 16 points for the Nuggets, who defeated the only team to sweep the season series from them last year. Milwaukee went 2-0 against Denver in 2009-10.
John Salmons scored 21 points for the Bucks. Corey Maggette added 17 points and Larry Sanders and Brandon Jennings had 14 apiece.
Anthony had 14 points when he was tossed with 2:40 remaining in the third quarter for arguing with officials over a non-call.
Jazz 110, Pacers 88
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Deron Williams had 24 points and 16 assists, and fueled a 35-point first quarter as Utah beat Indiana.
It was the seventh straight win for the Jazz (15-5) and fifth in a row at home.
Darren Collison led Indiana with 16 points. Brandon Rush and Roy Hibbert added 15 apiece for the Pacers, who had their four-game road win streak end.
Raptors 127, Wizards 108
TORONTO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points, Andrea Bargnani and Sonny Weems each had 18, and Toronto set a season high in points while beating Washington.
Leandro Barbosa and Jerryd Bayless each scored 16 for Toronto. For Bayless, it was a season high.
Jose Calderon had 11 points and eight assists for Toronto, which led by as many as 27 and avenged a 109-94 loss at Washington on Nov. 16. The Raptors shot 51 for 88 (58 percent), their highest percentage of the season.
JaVale McGee scored 21 points for the Wizards, who have lost four straight and fell to 0-9 on the road. The Los Angeles Clippers (0-8) are the NBA’s only other team without a road win.
Hawks 112, Grizzlies 109
ATLANTA (AP) — Al Horford scored 20 points and Atlanta beat Memphis after learning star Joe Johnson will have elbow surgery and miss four to six weeks.
The Hawks had six players score in double figures, including a season-high 16 points off the bench by Josh Powell, to overcome the loss of Johnson, the team’s four-time All-Star and top scorer. The Hawks have won four straight.
Mike Bibby, who had 15 points, hit three 3-pointers in the last 5 minutes after Memphis trailed just 95-94. Bibby’s last 3, with 17 seconds remaining, came after Horford and Josh Smith grabbed offensive rebounds to extend a long possession.
Rudy Gay led Memphis with 23 points, including a 3-pointer and another basket in the final 10 seconds.
Hornets 89, Bobcats 73
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — David West scored 22 points and New Orleans beat Charlotte to snap a two-game skid.
Emeka Okafor had 14 points and 13 rebounds, and Chris Paul dished out 14 assists for New Orleans. Trevor Ariza and Willie Green each scored 10 points for the Hornets.
Charlotte scored only four points over the last 9:04, during which the Hornets closed the game on an 18-4 run that turned what had been a close game with 16 lead changes into a lopsided affair in the final couple minutes. West scored 15 points in the second half.
Gerald Wallace led Charlotte with 18 points. Boris Diaw and D.J. Augustin each scored 13 for the Bobcats, losers of two straight.