Monday's NBA Capsules
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
MIAMI (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki scored 26 points, Jason Terry hit two big 3-pointers in the final 2 1/2 minutes, and the Dallas Mavericks ended Miami’s 12-game winning streak by beating the Heat 98-96 on Monday night.
It was Dallas’ 14th straight regular-season victory over Miami, a streak that doesn’t include the Heat win in the 2006 NBA finals.
Terry finished with 19 and Caron Butler scored 13 for Dallas, which won despite giving up a 17-0 run in the first half and a 13-0 run in the third quarter.
Dwyane Wade scored 22 points, while LeBron James and Chris Bosh each scored 19 for Miami.
Spurs 118, Suns 110
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tim Duncan had 20 points and 15 rebounds, and San Antonio beat undermanned Phoenix for its ninth win in a row.
Gary Neal scored 22 off the bench for the Spurs, who improved the NBA’s best record to 24-3 and are one victory from their second double-digit winning streak already this season.
Jared Dudley had 27 points for the Suns, who were still waiting to unite with trade acquisitions Vince Carter, Marcin Gortat and Mickael Pietrus. They’re expected to be ready for Phoenix’s next game Thursday against Miami.
Jazz 101, Cavaliers 90
CLEVELAND (AP) — CJ Miles scored 22 points, Paul Millsap and Raja Bell added 19 apiece and Utah beat Cleveland, moving coach Jerry Sloan into a tie with Pat Riley for the third-most wins in NBA history.
Deron Williams had 17 points and 10 assists as the Jazz improved to 11-1 against the Eastern Conference.
Sloan, Utah’s coach since 1988, has matched Riley with 1,210 victories. Up next is Lenny Wilkens (1,332) and Don Nelson (1,335). During Sloan’s long run, which began before Jazz rookie Gordon Hayward was born, there have been 234 coaching changes across the league.
Daniel Gibson scored a career-high 29 for the Cavaliers, who have lost 11 of 12.
Hawks 91, Magic 81
ATLANTA (AP) — Al Horford scored 24 points and Atlanta rolled over Dwight Howard and reconstructed Orlando.
Orlando, which hasn’t had time to practice since acquiring Gilbert Arenas, Jason Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu on Saturday, struggled to find an offensive flow all night.
After setting a season low with 14 points in the first quarter, the Magic were held without a field goal for the first 8 minutes of the final period. The Hawks led by 17 when Richardson finally ended the drought with Orlando’s first basket of the period.
Howard had 19 points and 20 rebounds, but too little help. Jameer Nelson scored 18 points but Arenas made only 2-of-11 shots for 10 points. Richardson had nine points and Turkoglu eight.
Wizards 108, Bobcats 75
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington limited Charlotte to one field goal in the third quarter and snapped a seven-game losing streak.
Nick Young scored 21 points for the Wizards, short-handed while No. 1 pick John Wall remained injured and Rashard Lewis was unavailable after coming in a trade with Orlando for Gilbert Arenas.
Washington used a 21-2 run to start the third quarter and held Charlotte without a field goal for 12:20 in the second half of its biggest victory since a 103-72 win over Atlanta in January 2006.
Charlotte set a franchise low by getting only Boris Diaw’s layup with 10:13 left in the third. Stephen Jackson scored 13 points for the Bobcats, who have lost three of their last five games by more than 25 points.
Pacers 94, Hornets 93
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Mike Dunleavy’s tip-in at the buzzer gave Indiana a victory over New Orleans.
The Hornets had taken the lead on a jumper by David West with 3.9 seconds left. Indiana’s Danny Granger’s long shot rattled around the rim, and Dunleavy was uncontested for the rebound under the hoop. The officials reviewed the play and the basket stood.
Granger led the Pacers with 27 points. Darren Collison scored 18 points and James Posey added 15 in their first game against the team that traded them in the offseason.
Emeka Okafor had 19 points and 15 rebounds for the Hornets, who lost their sixth straight road game. West scored 18 points and Chris Paul added 15.