Saturday's NBA Capsules
Sunday, April 3, 2011
CHICAGO (AP) — Derrick Rose had 36 points and 10 assists, and the Chicago Bulls took another step toward the top seed in the Eastern Conference with their 15th victory in 17 games, hanging on to beat the short-handed Toronto Raptors 113-106 on Saturday night.
The Bulls lead Miami by three games and Boston by 3 1/2. They also are within one of San Antonio for the NBA’s best record after squeezing by one of the league’s weakest teams.
Rose came up big after scoring 27 points the previous night in a win at Detroit, and Tom Thibodeau broke Phil Jackson’s club record for wins by a first-year coach as the Bulls improved to 56-20.
Carlos Boozer added 18 points and 10 rebounds despite early foul trouble. Luol Deng scored 17 points, Taj Gibson had 15 points and nine rebounds, and Kyle Korver came up big down the stretch to finish with 10 points.
Jerryd Bayless and DeMar DeRozan each scored 26 points for Toronto.
Warriors 99, Mavericks 92
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Monta Ellis had 32 points, David Lee added 16 and Golden State beat Dallas to deliver a big blow to the Mavericks’ chances of moving up to second in the Western Conference.
Ellis shook off the pain in his strained right ankle to score 18 points in a dominant third quarter that helped the Warriors pull away. Golden State avoided a four-game sweep against Dallas this season.
Shawn Marion had 21 points and Jason Terry added 17 in Dallas’ second straight loss. Two nights after a crushing 28-point loss to the Lakers, the Mavericks’ hopes of improving their playoff seeding took an even bigger hit. They trail the Lakers by 2 1/2 games for second place in the West with only six games left.
Grizzlies 106, Timberwolves 89
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Zach Randolph scored 22 points and Memphis won its fourth straight and seventh in eight games to move a half-game ahead of New Orleans for seventh place in the Western Conference.
O.J. Mayo added 20 points, Tony Allen had 12, Leon Powe finished with 11, and Marc Gasol had 10 points and nine rebounds. Michael Beasley led Minnesota with 20 points. The Timberwolves have lost 10 straight.
Clippers 98, Thunder 92
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Griffin had 26 points and 16 rebounds, and Eric Gordon capped an 18-point effort with a go-ahead 3-pointer with 43.2 seconds left for Los Angeles.
Kevin Durant scored 23 points for Oklahoma City, shooting 10 for 24 overall and 0 for 4 from 3-point range. The last time the Clippers hosted the Thunder, they beat them 107-92 on Nov. 3 for the only victory in their 1-13 start. Durant was 0 for 10 from behind the arc that night and 6 for 24 overall with a season-low 16 points.
The Clippers handed the Thunder their second straight loss after five consecutive victories. The lead changed hands 10 times in the fourth quarter before Gordon drained his clutch 27-footer over Thabo Sefolosha from an angle to the left of the basket following a timeout.
Bucks 93, 76ers 87, OT
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Brandon Jennings scored nine of his 13 points in overtime for Milwaukee after missing a 3-pointer at the regulation buzzer.
The Bucks kept their faint playoff hopes alive and snapped Philadelphia’s three-game winning streak. Milwaukee is 3 1/2 games behind Indiana for eighth place in the Eastern Conference with six games left.
Elton Brand had 20 points and 12 rebounds for Philadelphia. The 76ers wrapped up a playoff spot Friday night with a victory over New Jersey.