Wednesday's NBA Capsules
Thursday, December 16, 2010
NEW YORK (AP) — Paul Pierce made a tiebreaking jumper with 0.4 seconds left, Amare Stoudemire’s 3-pointer at the buzzer was ruled too late, and the Boston Celtics pulled out a thrilling 118-116 victory over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night for their 11th straight win.
The Knicks had their eight-game winning streak snapped when a video replay of Stoudemire’s shot showed the ball was clearly still in his hands as time expired.
Pierce scored 32 points for the Celtics, who trailed most of the fourth quarter before running their record to 20-4, best in the Eastern Conference.
Stoudemire had 39 points, extending his franchise-record streak to nine straight 30-point games. But the Knicks were denied the victory over a top team they desperately craved to punctuate their return to relevance.
They get another chance Friday, when LeBron James and the Miami Heat come to Madison Square Garden.
Ray Allen scored 26 points and Kevin Garnett had 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Celtics.
Raymond Felton had 26 points and 14 assists for the Knicks, who lost for the second time in 15 games.
Lakers 109, Pacers 94
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kobe Bryant scored 25 of his 31 points in the second half to help Los Angeles beat Indiana.
Pau Gasol scored 28 points and Lamar Odom had 13 points and 17 rebounds for the Lakers, who never trailed.
The Lakers shot 51 percent against the Pacers, who entered with the NBA’s No. 2 field-goal percentage defense. Los Angeles outrebounded Indiana 51-29 to win for the sixth time in seven games.
Darren Collison scored 17 points for the Pacers, who have lost three straight. Indiana was going for its first season sweep of the Lakers since 1992 after winning 95-92 on Nov. 28 in Los Angeles.
Bulls 110, Raptors 93
TORONTO (AP) — Carlos Boozer had a season-high 34 points and 12 rebounds, and Chicago won its seventh straight game by beating Toronto.
Luol Deng added 19 points, Joakim Noah had 11 points and 11 rebounds and Derrick Rose dished out 11 assists for the Bulls, who never trailed and led by as many as 29.
Kyle Korver scored 13 points as Chicago matched its longest winning streak since a seven-game run from Nov. 25 to Dec. 8, 2006.
Leandro Barbosa scored 21 points for Toronto, which lost for the sixth time in seven games.
Mavericks 103, Trail Blazers 98
DALLAS (AP) — Caron Butler matched his season high with 23 points, Dirk Nowitzki scored 12 of his 21 in the fourth quarter and Dallas got back on track with a victory over Portland.
Jason Terry added 13 points for the Mavericks, whose 12-game winning streak was snapped by Milwaukee on Monday night.
Dallas-area native LaMarcus Aldridge scored 20 of his season-high 35 points in the fourth quarter and Wesley Matthews added 17 for the Blazers, who lost their third in a row.
Portland rallied from a 17-point third-quarter deficit, tying it at 93 with 2:07 left on Aldridge’s reverse layup. But Nowitzki hit a 6-footer with 1:49 remaining to give Dallas the lead for good. He scored six points during an 8-2 run capped by his 19-footer with 29.9 seconds left for a 101-95 lead.
Heat 101, Cavaliers 95
MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade scored 17 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter, LeBron James added 21 points and a season-high 13 rebounds, and Miami held off Cleveland for its 10th straight victory.
Chris Bosh scored 16 points for Miami, 2-0 against James’ former team. Mario Chalmers had 14 and James Jones added 11 for the Heat.
Miami failed in its quest to become the fourth NBA team to win 10 straight games by at least 10 points. Still, the 10-game winning streak — by any margin — matched the fourth-longest in Heat history.
Daniel Gibson scored 26 points for Cleveland, which lost its ninth straight. Anderson Varejao had 18 points and 15 rebounds.
Emotions were nowhere near as high as they were when James appeared in Cleveland for the first time as an opponent on Dec. 2, though there was some tension. At least one skirmish broke out in the stands — a rare occurrence in Miami — during the fourth quarter as Miami pulled away.
76ers 105, Clippers 91
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jrue Holiday scored 24 points and Andre Iguodala had eight of his 20 points in Philadelphia’s dominating third quarter to lead the surging 76ers over the road-weary Los Angeles Clippers.
Spencer Hawes had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Elton Brand added 15 points for the Sixers, who have won three straight and seven of nine.
Blake Griffin had 20 points and 18 rebounds, matching his career high, to pace the Clippers, who have dropped all 11 of their road games this season. Counting last season, Los Angeles has lost 15 straight on the road and hasn’t won away from home since defeating Houston on March 25 last season.
Grizzlies 113, Bobcats 80
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — O.J. Mayo scored 24 points, Rudy Gay had 23 and Memphis jumped to an early lead and routed Charlotte.
Zach Randolph had 19 points and nine rebounds and Darrell Arthur finished with 10 points to help the Grizzlies run their season-best winning streak to four games.
Stephen Jackson led the Bobcats with 16 points.
The Grizzlies ended a four-game losing streak against Charlotte, handing the Bobcats their third loss in four games. Charlotte played without starting forward Gerald Wallace, the Bobcats’ second-leading scorer with a 16.7 average. He’s sidelined with a sprained left ankle.
Hornets 94, Kings 91
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Chris Paul had 22 points and 11 assists, and New Orleans completed a franchise-record 23-point comeback to beat Sacramento.
Marcus Thornton scored a season-high 19 points, including 13 during a crucial 6-minute span in the third quarter when the Hornets climbed back into the game.
David West added 11 points for New Orleans, which won for only the fourth time in 13 games.
Tyreke Evans scored 22 points and Beno Udrih 20 for the Kings, who led 66-43 on Donte Greene’s 3-pointer with 8:48 to go in the third quarter.
DeMarcus Cousins and Carl Landry each scored 13 for the Kings, who have lost 11 of 12.
Thunder 117, Rockets 105
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 32 points, Thabo Sefolosha added a season-high 15 points and nine rebounds and Oklahoma City beat Houston for its fourth straight win.
Durant was on the bench with four fouls late in the third quarter when the Thunder scored eight straight points to take control of the game. James Harden tacked on a 3-pointer to open the fourth and push Oklahoma City’s lead to 90-76, and the Rockets were never closer than a dozen points after that.
Kevin Martin scored 22 points for Houston, which was trying to win three games in a row for the first time this season on the same day it completed a pair of trades.
The Rockets added swingman Terrence Williams from New Jersey and traded Jermaine Taylor to Sacramento in separate deals before the game.
Spurs 92, Bucks 90
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Manu Ginobili hit a fallaway jumper as time expired, lifting San Antonio over Milwaukee.
Ginobili scored the last of his 26 points on a 17-footer from the left elbow over the outstretched arm of Luc Mbah a Moute, who missed a shot that would have given the Bucks the lead seconds earlier.
The Spurs improved their NBA-best record to 21-3 and stayed unbeaten against Eastern Conference teams. They also wrapped up a 6-0 homestand.
Ginobili scored the final six points for the Spurs. Tim Duncan finished with 13 points and a season-high seven blocks, while Tony Parker scored 16.
Chris Douglas-Roberts had 21 points and Drew Gooden added 20 for the Bucks.
Milwaukee couldn’t pull off its second upset in a row after ending Dallas’ 12-game winning streak Monday.
Suns 128, Timberwolves 122
PHOENIX (AP) — Channing Frye hit seven of Phoenix’s 15 3-pointers, Steve Nash had 19 assists and the Suns outlasted Minnesota.
Jason Richardson broke out of his shooting slump with 24 of his 29 points in the first half, while Grant Hill and Frye had 21 points each to help the Suns end a three-game losing streak. Phoenix made seven of 11 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and Nash hit six late free throws to seal it.
Kevin Love had 23 points and 16 rebounds for Minnesota despite wincing from pain after a hard fall in the first quarter. Corey Brewer had 20 points for the Timberwolves in their ninth consecutive road loss.