Monday's NBA Capsules
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks lost Dirk Nowitzki to a knee injury in the second quarter, but beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 103-93 on Monday night for their 17th victory in 18 games.
Nowitzki scored 13 points before leaving with 9:10 left in the second with what the Mavericks said was a sore right knee. Shawn Marion led the effort to replace him, scoring 20 points off the bench.
Dallas improved to 11-1 on the road this season, best in the NBA, and 24-5 overall.
Kevin Durant scored 28 points, one game after a season-high 44 points on Christmas against Denver. James Harden had 18 for the Thunder, who dropped their second in a row to the Mavericks this season.
Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle also missed the game due to a knee injury.
Grizzlies 96, Raptors 85
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Zach Randolph scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half and the Grizzlies woke up from a slow start to beat the Raptors.
Rudy Gay added 18 for Memphis, which won its second straight. Tony Allen had 14 points and a season-high six steals, part of 15 Memphis steals on the night. Allen also had eight rebounds, also a season high.
Mike Conley and O.J. Mayo had 12 points apiece.
Linas Kleiza led the short-handed Raptors with 22 points on 10-of-16 shooting. DeMar DeRozan finished with 18 points. Jose Calderon had 13 and Leandro Barbosa scored 11.
Joey Dorsey finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds for the Raptors, who lost their third straight and fifth in the last six.
Hawks 95, Bucks 80
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Al Horford had 18 points and 12 rebounds, Joe Johnson added 15 points and the Hawks beat the Bucks to snap a five-game road losing streak.
The Hawks (20-13) were back in Milwaukee for the first time since winning a pivotal Game 6 in the first round of the playoffs last year to send the series back to Atlanta where they won to advance.
They were impressive once again, opening a double-digit lead in the first quarter and shooting 50.7 percent from the field for the game.
Marvin Williams and Jamaal Crawford each had 14 points.
John Salmons scored 18 for the Bucks, who struggled in their first home game after a successful Western Conference trip.
Magic 104, Nets 88
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Dwight Howard had 19 points and 13 rebounds, and the Magic won their third straight with a victory over the Nets.
Hedo Turkoglu scored 20 points as the Magic had six players in double figures in beating the Nets for the third time in three meetings this season.
Orlando hit a dozen 3-pointers and shot 49 percent from the field despite having the team show up less than 90 minutes before the game because one of its buses got stuck in a snow drift on the way to the Prudential Center.
Devin Harris had 24 points to lead New Jersey, which lost its second straight and for the eighth time in 11 games. Brook Lopez added 20.
Bobcats 105, Pistons 100
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — D.J. Augustin scored 27 points, Stephen Jackson added 23 and the new-look, uptempo Bobcats held on to beat the Pistons to give interim coach Paul Silas a victory in his debut.
With Silas using new combinations and forcing the pace after replacing the fired Larry Brown last week, the Bobcats built a 23-point lead and then nearly wasted it all.
Ben Gordon missed two tying 3-point attempts in the closing seconds before Tyrus Thomas’ two free throws with 1 second left finally put it away for the Bobcats, who snapped a four-game losing streak.
Charlie Villanueva scored 25 points on 10-of-14 shooting for the Pistons, who lost their second straight.
Timberwolves 113, Hornets 98
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Michael Beasley had 30 points, nine rebounds and a career-high seven assists to lead the Timberwolves to a victory over the stumbling Hornets.
Wes Johnson added a career-high 24 points and made six 3-pointers for the Timberwolves, who have won back-to-back games for just the second time this season.
Chris Paul had 22 points and 13 assists for the Hornets, who lost their seventh straight road game and are 7-12 after starting the season 11-1.
David West added 23 points, but New Orleans allowed the Timberwolves to shoot 53 percent from the field and 11 for 23 from 3-point range while losing to a team that entered with just seven victories on the season.
Trail Blazers 96, Jazz 91
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points, former Utah guard Wesley Matthews had 14, and the Trail Blazers halted a four-game road losing streak with a victory over the Jazz.
Deron Williams had 31 points, including back-to-back 3-pointers that pulled the Jazz within 94-91 with 7.7 seconds left. But Andre Miller made a pair of free throws to seal the win for Portland.
The Trail Blazers went on a 14-0 run in the third quarter to take a 60-53 lead and went on to avenge a 103-94 loss in Portland on Nov. 20.
The game was Matthews’ first in Salt Lake since he left the Jazz for a five-year, $34 million deal with Portland after last season.
Rockets 100, Wizards 93
HOUSTON (AP) — Kevin Martin scored 20 points, Shane Battier and Aaron Brooks each added 15 and the Rockets won their fifth straight game, beating the Wizards.
Luis Scola had 14 points and Jordan Hill added 13 points and seven rebounds for the Rockets, who’ve won eight consecutive home games heading into Wednesday’s showdown against Miami.
Kirk Hinrich scored 19 points and Andray Blatche had 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Wizards, who dropped to 0-15 on the road this season. Washington has lost 10 of 11 overall.
Brooks and Martin hit consecutive 3-pointers around the 2-minute mark to put away the stingy Wizards, who led by as many as 10.
Clippers 100, Kings 99
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Eric Gordon tied a career high with six 3-pointers and scored 31 points, leading the Clippers to a victory over the Kings.
Blake Griffin had 24 points and 14 rebounds for the Clippers, who have won three straight on the road after opening the season 0-11. Baron Davis had 11 points and nine assists, and Al-Farouq Aminu also had 11 points.
The Clippers, plagued by injuries this season, have won two straight overall and five of six.
Tyreke Evans scored a season-high 32 points for the Kings, who have dropped eight straight, 22 of 24 and own the NBA’s worst record (5-23).
Warriors 110, 76ers 95
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Monta Ellis had 22 points and a season-high 12 assists, David Lee added 21 points and 16 rebounds and Golden State won its third straight, beating the 76ers.
Stephen Curry added 17 points, including seven straight during a decisive run in the fourth quarter when the Warriors (12-18) pulled away.
The three-game winning streak is Golden State’s longest since it won three in a row in April 2009.
Jrue Holiday had 23 points and 11 assists for Philadelphia (12-19) while Elton Brand had his eighth double-double in 13 games with 16 points and 16 rebounds.