Saturday's NBA Capsules
Sunday, January 2, 2011
MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James had 25 points and 10 assists, Dwyane Wade also scored 25 points and the Miami Heat overcame a 20-point deficit to beat the Golden State Warriors 114-107 on Saturday night for their 17th victory in 18 games.
Chris Bosh added 20 points and 11 rebounds to help Miami pull into a virtual tie with Boston atop the Eastern Conference. The Celtics lead by .031 percentage points, but the teams are tied in the games-back column.
Former Heat forward Dorell Wright scored 30 points for Golden State in his first trip back to Miami as an opponent. Monta Ellis added 25 and Stephen Curry had 15 for the Warriors.
Golden State had 36 points in each of the first two quarters, then 35 in the entire second half.
Spurs 101, Thunder 74
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tim Duncan scored 21 points, George Hill had 16 and NBA-best San Antonio won its fourth in a row, handing Oklahoma City its most-lopsided loss of the season.
Coming off wins over the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas, the Spurs again beat one of the West’s top teams to improve to 29-4 — one the 10 best starts in NBA history. San Antonio has won 14 of 15.
Kevin Durant had 16 points for the Thunder, who started the game 4 for 24 and shot a season-low 32.9 percent.
Bulls 100, Cavaliers 91
CHICAGO (AP) — Derrick Rose had 28 points and 11 assists and Chicago won for the 13th time in 15 games.
Sluggish in a win over New Jersey on Friday, the Bulls trailed by 10 against a team that was missing three of its best players. But they outscored Cleveland 32-9 in the third quarter and hung on after nearly blowing a 15-point lead in the fourth, sending the Cavaliers to their 16th loss in 17 games.
Luol Deng had 23 points for Chicago, and Carlos Boozer added 20 points and 11 rebounds.
The Cavaliers hung in even though center Anderson Varejao (broken cheekbone) and guards Mo Williams (left hip flexor strain) and Daniel Gibson (left thigh contusion) were sidelined.
J.J. Hickson led Cleveland with 21 points.
Bucks 99, Mavericks 87
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Earl Boykins returned after a one-game suspension to score a season-high 26 points and Milwaukee handed injury-depleted Dallas its third straight loss.
Missing Dirk Nowitzki for the third consecutive game because of a sprained right knee and Shawn Marion with a thigh injury, the Mavericks suffered another blow when Caron Butler injured his right knee with 2:47 left in the first quarter. Jose Barea scored a career-high 29 points for Dallas.
John Salmons scored 21 points for Milwaukee, and Ersan Ilyasova had 16 points and a season-high 17 rebounds.
Nuggets 104, Kings 86
DENVER (AP) — Carmelo Anthony was rusty in his return to the Denver lineup after a two-week absence following the death of his sister, Anthony missing 15 of his first 18 shots and finishing with 16 points and 10 rebounds in 31 minutes in the Nuggets’ victory.
Anthony hadn’t played since Dec. 18, missing five games following the death of Michelle Anthony, a 38-year-old mother of four who died Dec. 21. The funeral was Monday in Baltimore.
Chauncey Billups led Denver with 22 points and Nene had 16 points and 14 rebounds.
Jason Thompson led the Kings with 17 points, and DeMarcus Cousins had 16.
Timberwolves 103, Nets 88
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kevin Love had 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead Minnesota
Darko Milicic scored 16 points on 8-for-9 shooting and the defensively porous Wolves held the Nets to nine points in the third quarter to win for the third time in four games.
Sasha Vujacic tied a career high with 22 points for the Nets, who have lost five in a row. Former University of Minnesota star Kris Humphries added 12 points and 14 rebounds, but managed just two points and four rebounds in the second half.
Hornets 92, Wizards 81
WASHINGTON (AP) — Trevor Ariza scored a season-high 22 points, Emeka Okafor had 17 points and a season-high 15 rebounds and Chris Paul added 13 points and 11 assists for New Orleans.
Paul also had seven steals and one turnover. Wizards rookie point guard John Wall had 12 points, 10 assists and eight turnovers — four in the third quarter. Nick Young led Washington with 24 points. The Wizards, who fell to 0-16 on the road Friday with a loss in Indiana, have lost 16 of 19.
Jazz 98, Grizzlies 92
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Paul Millsap scored 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting and Deron Williams had 10 points in the fourth quarter to help short-handed Utah beat Memphis.
It was Utah’s eighth straight home win against the Grizzlies.
Zach Randolph led Memphis with 27 points and 16 rebounds.