Wednesday's NBA Capsules
Thursday, February 17, 2011
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Lakers hit the All-Star break broken.
Looking nothing like two-defending NBA champions, they dropped their third straight game, a stunning 104-99 loss Wednesday night to the Cleveland Cavaliers — the league’s worst team, which avenged a 55-point embarrassment against Los Angeles last month.
Ramon Sessions came off the bench and scored a season-high 32 points for the Cavs, who were beaten 112-57 by the Lakers on Jan. 11. That loss was No. 11 in a league-record streak that eventually reached 26 before Cleveland ended it last week with an overtime win against L.A.’s less-heralded squad, the Clippers.
Pau Gasol had 30 points and 20 rebounds for the Lakers.
Celtics 94, Nets 80
BOSTON (AP) — Paul Pierce bounced back from one of the worst games of his career with 31 points to help Boston head into the All-Star break with the best record in the East.
Pierce, who was 0 for 10 and had one point in Sunday’s victory over Miami, scored seven points during a 16-0 run late in the fourth quarter as the Celtics turned a one-point deficit into a blowout.
Brook Lopez scored 18 points and Devin Harris had 16 for the Nets.
Heat 103, Raptors 95
TORONTO (AP) — Dwyane Wade scored 28 points, and LeBron James had 23 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists for Miami.
Chris Bosh scored 25 points in his first game in Toronto against his former team, which lost for the 17th time in 19 games.
Andrea Bargnani scored 17 of his 38 points in the fourth quarter and DeMar DeRozan finished with 24, but the Raptors never led after the first 6 minutes of the game.
Mavericks 116, Kings 100
DALLAS (AP) — Jason Kidd scored 17 points in the third quarter and Rodrigue Beaubois lived up to high expectations for his season debut with 13 points and six assists for Dallas.
Dallas broke the game open with a 24-4 spurt late in the third quarter powered mostly by 3-pointers by Kidd, several of which Beaubois set up. The Mavs matched their biggest margin of victory and won for the 12th time in 13 games.
Jermaine Taylor had 17 points as Sacramento lost its seventh in eight games.
Magic 101, Wizards 76
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Dwight Howard had 32 points and 10 rebounds for his 45th double-double of the season as Orlando won its second and fourth in five games.
Jason Richardson added 16 points and Ryan Anderson chipped in 14 for Orlando, which led by as many as 27 points and opened the second half with a 20-4 run.
John Wall scored 27 points and Andray Blatche had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Wizards, who have lost six of their last seven and haven’t won two straight since mid-January.
Nuggets 94, Bucks 87
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Carmelo Anthony scored 38 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to help Denver to a much needed win after losses in four of its previous five games.
Anthony was 16 of 30 from the field and Chauncey Billups scored nine of his 20 points in the fourth quarter for the Nuggets.
John Salmons scored a season-high 33 points and Andrew Bogut grabbed 20 rebounds, but the Bucks lost for the eighth time in 10 games.
Knicks 102, Hawks 90
NEW YORK (AP) — Amare Stoudemire scored 23 points to lead New York into the All-Star break with a winning record.
Wilson Chandler added 20 points and Danilo Gallinari had 17 for the Knicks, who at 28-26 matched their average victory total for the last five full seasons. They didn’t even earn their 28th victory last season until April 6.
Marvin Williams scored 17 points for the Hawks, who lost for the third time in four games.
Trail Blazers 103, Hornets 96
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 34 points to help Portland win its season-high sixth straight.
Wesley Matthews added 24 points for Portland, which has been able to win despite injuries to three-time All-Star Brandon Roy and starting center Marcus Camby.
David West had 27 points and Willie Green added 24 for the Hornets, who have lost three straight and nine of their last 11.
Clippers 98, Timberwolves 90
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Blake Griffin stole the show in a matchup of All-Star power forwards with 29 points, eight rebounds and five assists to lead Los Angeles.
Former Timberwolves player Randy Foye scored 21 points and Ryan Gomes added 18 to help the Clippers to just their second win on an eight-game road trip.
All-Star Kevin Love had 18 points and 18 rebounds for his 42nd double-double in a row, but he was slowed in the second quarter after briefly leaving with a right shoulder injury.
Pistons 115, Pacers 109, OT
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Tayshaun Prince had 25 points and 11 rebounds as Detroit held on after blowing a 10-point lead in fourth quarter.
Indiana’s Darren Collison tied the game with 15.4 seconds left. Prince had the ball in the final seconds of regulation with a chance to win it, but didn’t get a good shot off or the foul he wanted from the officials.
Roy Hibbert matched a career high with 29 points and Danny Granger scored 28 for Indiana.
Warriors 107, Jazz 100
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Monta Ellis scored 35 points as Golden State kept new Utah head coach Ty Corbin winless since Jerry Sloan retired.
The Warriors won their third straight despite an off night for star guard Stephen Curry, who was 1 of 7 from the field.
Al Jefferson scored 23 points, Paul Millsap added 22 and C.J. Miles 20 for the Jazz, who head into the All-Star break without any momentum after dropping 13 of their last 17.
76ers 114, Rockets 105
HOUSTON (AP) — Jrue Holiday scored 20 points to lead seven 76ers in double-figures and Philadelphia rallied from an early 12-point deficit.
Lou Williams and Thaddeus Young scored 19 points apiece, Spencer Hawes had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Andre Iguodala had 13 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for the 76ers.
Kyle Lowry scored a career-high 36 points and Luis Scola added 26 points and 13 rebounds for the Rockets.
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