Sunday's NBA Capsules
Monday, April 11, 2011
MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James scored 27 points, Dwyane Wade added 14 and the Miami Heat moved past the Boston Celtics into second place in the Eastern Conference with a 100-77 victory on Sunday.
Miami had been 0-3 against the Celtics this season. The Heat need a combination of two wins or Boston losses to wrap up the No. 2 seed in the East.
Chris Bosh added 13 points and eight rebounds for Miami.
Paul Pierce scored 24 points and Kevin Garnett added 21 for Boston, which lost for the 10th time in its last 19 games.
Thunder 120, Lakers 106
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 31 points, Russell Westbrook added 26 and Oklahoma City sent Los Angeles to its fifth straight loss.
James Harden added 16 points and Serge Ibaka 15 for the Thunder, who moved a game behind the Lakers and Dallas with two remaining in the race for the No. 2 seed in the West. It was the Thunder’s fourth straight win and their first against the Lakers on the road since March 12, 2006.
Kobe Bryant scored 31 points, Pau Gasol added 26 and Andrew Bynum had 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Lakers, who led by five early in the fourth and by one with 3:10 to go, only to see the Thunder close on a 16-2 run.
The Lakers haven’t lost this many in a row since 2006-07, when they dropped seven straight in the last season before Gasol joined the team.
Bulls 102, Magic 99
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Derrick Rose had 39 points and five assists, and Luol Deng added 15 points to help Chicago hold off Orlando.
Orlando’s Jameer Nelson appeared to tie it with a 3-pointer at the buzzer, but an official review upheld an initial call of no basket. Ryan Anderson led the Magic with a career-high 28 points, Jason Richardson added 24 and Nelson had 17.
Chicago won its seventh consecutive game and for the 19th time in 21 games. The Bulls also kept alive their chances of finishing with the NBA’s best record, which would give them home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.
The Magic fell to 1-3 this season without center Dwight Howard. He sat out Sunday, serving his second suspension of the season after picking up his 18th technical foul.
Grizzlies 111, Hornets 89
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — O.J. Mayo scored 18 points, Marc Gasol added 16 and Memphis continued its march to the postseason by beating New Orleans.
Hornets All-Star guard Chris Paul was held scoreless for the first time in his career, missing all six of his field goal attempts. An 88-percent free throw shooter, Paul went to the line once and missed both shots. He did have 10 assists.
Both teams already have clinched spots in the Western Conference playoffs but are now jockeying for seeding position. The victory pulled Memphis even with the Hornets for the seventh spot. The teams split the season series 2-2, but the Hornets own the second tiebreaker with a better record in the Southwest Division.
Marco Belinelli led the Hornets with 18 points.
Knicks 110, Pacers 109
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points, making the go-ahead jumper with 4.9 seconds left and blocking a potential winning attempt, helping New York beat Indiana for its seventh straight win.
Chauncey Billups had 21 points and seven assists, and Toney Douglas scored 14 for the Knicks (42-38), who moved a game ahead of idle Philadelphia for the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference playoff chase.
Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire missed his second straight game with a sprained left ankle. Coach Mike D’Antoni said he could return Tuesday against Chicago.
Danny Granger had 20 points and Roy Hibbert added 19 points and 10 rebounds for Indiana (37-44). The Pacers are locked into the No. 8 seed and will play Chicago in the opening round of the playoffs.
Mavericks 115, Suns 90
DALLAS (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion led Dallas over Phoenix, keeping alive hopes of snagging the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference.
Nowitzki had 19 points, and Marion had 18 points and 11 rebounds. Each played only 28 minutes, which should help keep them fresh for the final two games — at Houston on Monday night and at home against New Orleans on Wednesday.
Marcin Gortat had 15 points and 11 rebounds for Phoenix, which lost its second straight and fourth in five games. It also was the 42nd loss of the season for the Suns, clinching their first losing record since 2003-04, their last season before bringing Steve Nash back from the Mavericks.
Pistons 112, Bobcats 101
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Rodney Stuckey scored 24 points, fellow reserve Charlie Villanueva added 20 and Detroit recovered from a terrible start to beat reeling Charlotte and snap an 11-game road losing streak.
Chris Wilcox chipped in with 14 points for the Pistons, who shot 56 percent from the field in their third straight win and second in three days since California investor Tom Gores reached a deal to buy the team.
Hours after coach John Kuester said he hopes to return for the last year of his contract, the Pistons overcame a 15-point, first-quarter deficit for their first road victory since Feb. 9 at Cleveland.
Gerald Henderson scored 21 points, Boris Diaw added 16 of his 20 points in the first quarter and Kwame Brown had 19 points and seven rebounds for the Bobcats, who have dropped six straight.
Raptors 99, Nets 92
TORONTO (AP) — Jerryd Bayless scored 19 points, James Johnson had a season-high 18 and Toronto beat New Jersey, snapping a three-game losing streak.
DeMar DeRozan and Ed Davis both scored 18 points and Julian Wright had 10 for the Raptors, who had to hold on after leading by as many as 21.
Reggie Evans had 15 rebounds for Toronto, which had lost nine of 10.
Brook Lopez had 35 points and 11 rebounds for the Nets, who have lost three straight and nine of 11. Sasha Vujacic, who scored 19, was the only other Nets player to reach double figures.
Kings 104, Warriors 103
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Marcus Thornton scored 21 points and made several big shots late to lead Sacramento over Golden State.
Thornton’s jumper with 12.6 seconds remaining put the Kings ahead by four and sealed the victory, snapping Sacramento’s two-game losing streak. The teams split the season series 2-2.
DeMarcus Cousins added 15 points and 13 rebounds, and Tyreke Evans and Jason Thompson each scored 14 points for the Kings, who overcame an eight-point deficit late in the fourth quarter.
Stephen Curry had 27 points and eight assists, and David Lee finished with 24 points and 14 rebounds for the Warriors, who had won three straight. Monta Ellis left in the final minutes with a head injury and did not return.
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