Tuesday's NBA Capsules
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
MIAMI (AP) — For three quarters, the Miami Heat looked stagnant, nothing like the team with the NBA’s best record over the last five weeks.
One big run was all the Heat needed to break free again.
Dwyane Wade scored 34 points, LeBron James added 25 points and nine assists, and the sizzling Miami Heat pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 101-89 on Tuesday night for their 19th win in 20 games.
Chris Bosh finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Heat, who trailed most of the third quarter before putting together a 32-13 burst, sealed by a 13-0 run in the final minutes.
It was Miami’s final home game for two weeks; the Heat start a five-game, 10-day trip in Milwaukee on Friday. Miami has won 11 straight away from home.
John Salmons scored 18 points for Milwaukee, which got 16 from Andrew Bogut and 14 from former Heat guard Keyon Dooling. The Bucks were outrebounded 47-34.
Lakers 108, Pistons 83
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pau Gasol scored 21 points and the Lakers finally found a sub.-500 team they could beat easily.
Kobe Bryant added 17 points, moving him past Dominique Wilkins into 10th on the NBA’s career scoring list with 26,671. Andrew Bynum finished with 13 points after scoring eight of the Lakers’ first 14 points of the game. Lamar Odom had 16.
Tracy McGrady and Greg Monroe scored 14 points each, and Tayshaun Prince added 12 for the Pistons, who lost their fifth straight to the Lakers and fell to 3-16 on the road.
The Lakers had lost four of their previous six, including three at home. They had mixed results against their last two sub.-500 opponents, barely beating Philadelphia 102-98 before losing to Memphis 104-85.
Knicks 128, Spurs 115
NEW YORK (AP) — Wilson Chandler scored a season-high 31 points, and the Knicks overwhelmed with a sensational offensive performance.
Amare Stoudemire and Raymond Felton added 28 apiece for the Knicks, who snapped the Spurs’ four-game winning streak and dropped them to 29-5. New York rang up the highest point total San Antonio has allowed this season, shooting 55 percent and leading most of the way in its second straight victory.
Tony Parker had 26 points for the Spurs, who will try to regroup when they head to Boston on Wednesday for a matchup of conference leaders. DeJuan Blair added 17, Manu Ginobili scored 15 and Tim Duncan finished with 14 on just 5-of-14 shooting.
Mavericks 84, Trail Blazers 81
DALLAS (AP) — Jason Terry scored 12 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, DeShawn Stevenson also had 18 points and injury-depleted Dallas held on for the victory.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 28 points and 10 rebounds and Marcus Camby contributed 10 points and 20 rebounds for Portland.
Tyson Chandler added 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Mavericks, who are without injured starters Dirk Nowitzki and Caron Butler.
Earlier in the day, the team announced that Butler will miss the rest of the season following surgery Tuesday to repair a torn tendon in his right knee. Nowitzki missed his fifth straight game with a sprained right knee and is day to day.
Grizzlies 110, Thunder 105
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Zach Randolph scored 31 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter, and Tony Allen made two late free throws to help the Grizzlies get the win.
Allen’s two free throws with 15 seconds left gave Memphis a 108-105 lead. Thunder star Kevin Durant missed a deep 3-pointer on the next possession and Randolph sealed the win with two more foul shots.
After struggling early in the game, including three missed layups, Allen scored a season-high 19 points. Rudy Gay scored 27 points and Randolph added 16 rebounds, leading Memphis to a 42-31 advantage on the boards.
Durant and Russell Westbrook each scored 28 points for Oklahoma City. James Harden had 17.
Hawks 108, Kings 102
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Jamal Crawford scored a season-high 31 points, Joe Johnson had 29 and Atlanta earned its fourth victory in five games.
The Hawks squandered a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter, but made 10 free throws in the final minute to beat the Kings for the sixth straight time. Josh Smith had 14 points and 11 rebounds, and former Sacramento star Mike Bibby added nine points and 10 boards.
Tyreke Evans had 15 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter for the Kings, who outscored Atlanta 39-31 in the final period. DeMarcus Cousins also had a huge fourth, scoring 16 of his 24 points.
Sacramento owns the NBA’s worst record at 7-25.
Bulls 111, Raptors 91
CHICAGO (AP) — Luol Deng scored 24 points, leading surging Chicago to another victory.
Derrick Rose added 19 points and six assists for the Bulls, who have won five straight and 14 of 16. Reserve Taj Gibson had 16 points and 14 rebounds, helping Chicago to a 44-33 edge on the glass and a 58-38 advantage in points in the paint.
Chicago pulled away in the second quarter. Leading 35-31 with 9:14 left, the Bulls closed the half with a 24-10 surge.
Andrea Bargnani, returning after missing four games with sore left calf, scored 23 for Toronto. DeMar DeRozan had 18 points.
Toronto has lost 12 of its last 15 games.