Sunday's NBA Capsules
Sunday, November 21, 2010
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pau Gasol scored 28 points without missing a shot, Kobe Bryant added 20 points and the Los Angeles Lakers took a 30-point lead in the first half of their fourth straight victory, 117-89 over the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night.
Gasol was 10 of 10 from the field, made all eight of his free throws, and had nine rebounds and five assists before sitting out the fourth quarter.
According to the Lakers, Gasol became just the third player in NBA history with at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists while making at least five shots and five free throws without a miss.
Why do the Lakers know about that statistical oddity? Because Matt Barnes became the second player to do it two days earlier, scoring 24 points in a perfect performance at Minnesota. Charles Barkley is the only other NBA player to accomplish the feat, doing it during the 1988-89 season.
Lamar Odom had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who beat their upstate rivals for the 11th straight time, including twice at Staples Center in three weeks. Los Angeles’ 12th win in 14 games to open the season was a laugher by halftime, when the Lakers had hit nearly 66 percent of their shots.
Dorell Wright scored 16 points on 5-of-17 shooting in the Warriors’ fourth loss in five games.
Raptors 102, Celtics 101
TORONTO (AP) — Amir Johnson made two free throws with 2.7 seconds left, Andrea Bargnani scored 29 points and Toronto beat Boston to snap an eight-game losing streak against the Celtics.
Paul Pierce’s shot bounced off the rim at the buzzer, giving Toronto its first victory over the Celtics since a 114-112 decision in Boston on Jan. 23, 2008.
Johnson had 17 points and 11 rebounds, Sonny Weems added 16 points, and Reggie Evans had 16 rebounds and a season-high nine points for the Raptors. Toronto has won three straight.
Nate Robinson led Boston with a season-high 22 points, and Pierce and Ray Allen each had 19. Boston has lost two straight for the first time this season.
Hornets 75, Kings 71
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — David West had 17 points, and Trevor Ariza added 16 to help New Orleans improve to 11-1, matching San Antonio for the best record in the NBA.
Marco Belinelli scored 12 points, and Chris Paul had nine points and 14 assists for the Hornets, who shot 32 percent and had a season-low point total. New Orleans has won three straight.
Donte Greene had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Sacramento. The Kings are 1-9 in their last 10 games.
The Hornets completed a trade Saturday that sent Peja Stojakovic and Jerryd Bayless to Toronto for point guard Jarrett Jack, center David Andersen and guard Marcus Banks. The three new players are expected to join the Hornets on Monday night in Los Angeles for a game against the Clippers.
Pistons 115, Wizards 110, OT
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Richard Hamilton scored 12 of his 27 points in overtime for Detroit.
Wizards rookie star John Wall missed his fourth straight game because of a sprained left foot. He was on the Wizards’ active list, and coach Flip Saunders said before the game that he hoped to get a few minutes out of him, but Wall ended up watching in street clothes.
Charlie Villanueva added 25 points for Detroit. JaVale McGee had 20 points and 16 rebounds for the Wizards. Gilbert Arenas added 19 points and a career-high 16 assists.