Sunday's NBA Capsules
Monday, February 28, 2011
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Pau Gasol had 18 points and 11 rebounds, Kobe Bryant scored 17 points and the Los Angeles Lakers extended their cushion over Oklahoma City in the Western Conference standings by beating the Thunder 90-87 on Sunday.
Andrew Bynum added 16 points and 10 rebounds, but the Lakers weren’t able to simply overpower the a Thunder team that added Kendrick Perkins for interior toughness but won’t get him in the lineup for a couple weeks.
Lamar Odom missed a pair of free throws with 10.9 seconds left to leave the door open for Oklahoma City, but Kevin Durant and James Harden each missed 3-pointers from the top of the key in the closing moments.
Russell Westbrook led Oklahoma City with 22 points and Durant scored 21.
Knicks 91, Heat 86
MIAMI (AP) — Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points, Amare Stoudemire added 16 points and a huge blocked shot against LeBron James with 7 seconds left, and New York stunned Miami.
Chauncey Billups had 16 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:01 left for New York, which rallied from a 15-point, first-half deficit. Stoudemire finished with 10 rebounds for the Knicks, who improved to 2-1 since the megatrade with Denver that dramatically changed their roster.
James scored 27 for Miami, which had won seven straight at home. Chris Bosh added 20 points and 12 rebounds, and Dwyane Wade finished with only 12 points for the Heat.
Suns 110, Pacers 108, OT
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Channing Frye hit a long jumper as the overtime buzzer sounded to lift Phoenix.
Grant Hill had 34 points for the Suns, who scored the first seven points of overtime before the Pacers rallied.
Josh McRoberts tied the game at 108-all on a three-point play with 23.9 seconds remaining. But the Suns worked the clock to 3.5 seconds, and after a timeout, Frye converted from 23 feet for the victory.
A.J. Price had 11 of his 16 points during the Pacers’ fourth-quarter rally.
Steve Nash had 10 points and 12 assists for the Suns, who tied it 99-99 on a 3-pointer by Hill with 44.4 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game to OT.
Timberwolves 126, Warriors 123
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kevin Love had 37 points and 23 rebounds to extend his NBA-leading double-double streak to 46 games, and Minnesota snapped a seven-game skid.
Love had his fourth 30-point, 20-rebound game of the season as the Timberwolves overcame a 14-point deficit and avoided extending their longest losing streak of a frustrating season. The All-Star forward also went 18 for 23 from the free throw line to tie Minnesota’s franchise records for attempts and makes.
The Warriors, meanwhile, lost their third straight since the All-Star break. Stephen Curry led Golden State with 33 points while Dorell Wright added 26.
Rockets 91, Hornets 89
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Kevin Martin scored 33 points and Houston won its fourth straight.
Kyle Lowry added 18 points for the Rockets, who overcame a 16-point, second-half deficit and made 11 3-pointers in the game, four each by Martin and Lowry. Martin was 13 of 13 on free throws, hitting two key foul shots with 18.4 seconds left to give Houston a 90-87 lead.
Willie Green’s attempted 3-pointer to tie it rimmed out and Courtney Lee secured the rebound with 5 seconds left, then made one free throw to essentially secure the victory.
David West had 20 points and Chris Paul had 12 assists for New Orleans, which lost for the first time in three games since the All-Star break.
76ers 95, Cavaliers 91
CLEVELAND (AP) — Elton Brand and Lou Williams scored 16 points apiece, and Philadelphia moved above .500 for the first time this season.
The 76ers, who have won a season-high four straight games, placed six players in double figures. Philadelphia (30-29) has won six of seven and 13 of 17, but had to hold off a late Cleveland rally that saw the Cavaliers cut a 15-point lead in the second half to two in the final seconds.
Cleveland forward Antawn Jamison left the game in the third quarter with a broken little finger on his left hand. He scored 16 points in 30 minutes. J.J. Hickson had 22 points and 16 rebounds for Cleveland.
Mavericks 114, Raptors 96
TORONTO (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki had 31 points and 13 rebounds, Shawn Marion scored 20 points and Dallas won its sixth straight game.
Jason Terry scored 19 points for the Mavericks, who have won 16 of 17, including nine of 10 on the road. Dallas came in having lost two straight against the Raptors, but won for the 12th in 15 meetings.
Ian Mahinmi scored 13 points, and Jose Barea had 12 points and nine assists for Dallas.
Amir Johnson scored 21 points and DeMar DeRozan had 19 for Toronto, which has lost seven of 10 and 20 of 23.
Magic 100, Bobcats 86
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Dwight Howard had 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead Orlando past Charlotte.
Brandon Bass added 17 points and Gilbert Arenas chipped in 16, making four 3-pointers to break out of a recent shooting slump.
Orlando won for the fourth time in five games and 12th in 14 meetings with Charlotte. The Bobcats had a two-game winning streak snapped and remained a half-game behind Indiana in the chase for the East’s final playoff spot.
Stephen Jackson led Charlotte with 35 points, followed by D.J. Augustin and Boris Diaw with 11 apiece.
Spurs 95, Grizzlies 88
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Manu Ginobili scored 18 of his season-high 35 points in the fourth quarter to rally San Antonio past Memphis.
The Spurs overcame the loss of Tony Parker and improved their NBA-best record to 49-10, tying a single-season franchise record with their 21st straight home victory.
Parker left with a left calf injury after he collided with Grizzlies guard Mike Conley with 2:45 remaining in the second quarter. Parker didn’t return in the second half.
Zach Randolph led the Grizzlies with 24 points and Conley scored nine of his 19 in the fourth.