Sunday's NBA Capsules
Monday, February 14, 2011
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Wizards traveled to the right place for a road win.
Nick Young scored 31 points, John Wall had 19 points and 14 assists and Washington snapped its 25-game road winless streak to start the season with a 115-100 win Sunday night over the Cleveland Cavaliers, who reverted to their losing ways one game after ending their record skid.
The Wizards opened a 25-point lead in the third quarter, survived a Cleveland comeback and got their first road win since April 9 at Boston.
Antawn Jamison scored 21 and J.J. Hickson added 16 and 13 rebounds for the Cavs, who stopped their losing streak at 26 on Friday night against the Los Angeles Clippers but failed to post back-to-back wins for the second time this season.
Washington finished four losses shy of matching the league’s longest road losing streak to start a season, 29 in a row by the 1992-93 Dallas Mavericks.
Celtics 85, Heat 82
BOSTON (AP) — Rajon Rondo had a triple-double with 11 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds, and the Boston Celtics beat the Miami Heat, with the defending Eastern Conference champions clinching the season series against their top pursuer.
LeBron James scored 22 points for Miami, which had won eight in a row. But he missed the first of two free throws with 13 seconds left and the Heat trailing by two points. He dived into the stands to knock away the inbound pass, but threw it right to Ray Allen.
Glen “Big Baby” Davis made both of his free throws with 6.3 seconds to go, and Mike Miller missed a 3-point attempt in the final seconds that would have sent the game to overtime.
With the win, the Celtics (39-14) took back the top spot in the conference from Miami (39-15) and earned the tiebreaker for home-court advantage in the playoffs.
Magic 89, Lakers 75
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Dwight Howard had 31 points and 13 rebounds as the Orlando Magic earned their first victory over a winning team in more than a month.
Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum each had 17 points to lead the Lakers. Lamar Odom added 13 and Pau Gasol 11.
Jason Richardson chipped in 12 points for the Magic.
Orlando rebounded from a six-point home loss to New Orleans on Friday and a snapped a string of eight straight losses to teams with winning records. Orlando’s previous win against a team above .500 was Jan. 8 at Dallas.
The Lakers’ loss snapped a four-game winning streak. They conclude their seven-game road trip with visits to Charlotte on Monday and Cleveland on Wednesday.
Grizzlies 116, Nuggets 108
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Darrell Arthur scored a career-high 24 points and Zach Randolph led a late rally that helped the Memphis Grizzlies erase a 17-point third-quarter deficit against the Denver Nuggets.
Rudy Gay had 23 points for Memphis, which used defensive pressure in the final period to outscore Denver 34-18. Tony Allen, who added 17 points, energized the defense while Randolph scored 12 of his 14 points in the fourth.
Mike Conley also had 17 points for Memphis and Marc Gasol added 15 — all in the first half.
Carmelo Anthony, who entered averaging 32.8 points per game in February, finished with 28 — his sixth game in the last seven with at least 25 points.
Raptors 98, Clippers 93
TORONTO (AP) — Andrea Bargnani scored 27 points, Ed Davis had 13 points and a career-high 14 rebounds and the Toronto Raptors beat the Los Angeles Clippers.
DeMar DeRozan scored 17 points, Leandro Barbosa had 11 and Sonny Weems 10 for the Raptors, who had lost 16 of their previous 17.
Jose Calderon had 10 points and 11 assists as Toronto won its fifth straight over the Clippers.
Blake Griffin had 21 points and 15 rebounds and Baron Davis scored 20 points as Los Angeles lost for the sixth time in seven games. Brian Cook scored 17 points and Ryan Gomes had 14 for the Clippers, who lost their second straight to a slumping Eastern Conference opponent. Los Angeles lost 126-119 in overtime at Cleveland on Friday, a game that snapped the Cavaliers’ NBA-record 26-game losing streak.
Trail Blazers 105, Pistons 100
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 36 points, Wesley Matthews added 24 and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Detroit Pistons for their fourth straight victory.
Andre Miller finished with 15 points and 12 assists for Portland, which has won six straight over the Pistons.
Ben Gordon scored 18 points and Tracy McGrady had 16 for Detroit.
Detroit coach John Kuester stayed with his reserves throughout the fourth quarter, and it paid off when two straight Bynum steals led to a 95-93 lead with 1:48 to play. Chris Wilcox, though, made several key mistakes in the last 90 seconds. He committed two shooting fouls and a three-second violation, then missed a potential tying free throw with 54 seconds left.
Kings 113, Suns 108
PHOENIX (AP) — Donte Greene scored 12 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and the Sacramento Kings, playing without DeMarcus Cousins, ended a five-game losing streak.
Carl Landry added 20 points for the Kings, all but two in the second half. Samuel Dalembert, starting in place of Cousins, had 18 points and 15 rebounds. Cousins, a rookie averaging just under 14 points a game, did not make the trip because of an altercation in the locker room with Greene after the Kings’ 99-97 home loss to Oklahoma City on Saturday night.
Steve Nash had 22 points and 18 assists, but the Suns lost for just the second time in eight games.
Warriors 100, Thunder 94
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Monta Ellis had 32 points, David Lee added 23 points and a season-high 19 rebounds and Golden State led the entire fourth quarter on its way to a win over Oklahoma City.
Stephen Curry scored 23 points and had a season-high 13 assists to lead the Warriors to their sixth win in seven games.
Kevin Durant had 29 points and Russell Westbrook added 21 as Oklahoma City lost for the second time in its last three games. The Thunder failed to score 100 points for the second consecutive night after reaching that mark in seven straight games.
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