Sunday's NBA Capsules
Monday, January 10, 2011
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — LeBron James had 44 points, 13 rebounds and six assists, Dwyane Wade added 34 points and eight rebounds, and the Miami Heat beat the Portland Trail Blazers 107-100 in overtime Sunday night for their 13th straight road victory.
James buried two deep 3-pointers and made two free throws in the extra period for the Heat (30-9), who have won 21 of their last 22 games after a slow start to the season. Chris Bosh added 18 points and eight rebounds. The Big Three combined for all but 11 of Miami’s points.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 31 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists for the Blazers (20-18), who had an eight-game home win streak snapped. Nicolas Batum added 22 points and Wesley Matthews had 14.
Spurs 94, Timberwolves 91
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Manu Ginobili scored 14 of his 21 points in the second quarter, and the Spurs won their 15th straight victory over the Timberwolves.
San Antonio put six players in double figures and ran its NBA-best record to 31-6 while extending the league’s longest current winning streak against an opponent.
Richard Jefferson and Gary Neal each added 13 points, while Tony Parker, George Hill and Matt Bonner all had 11.
Kevin Love, who averaged 28.5 points and 20 rebounds in two previous losses against the Spurs, had 18 points and 17 rebounds. Darko Milicic had 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Luke Ridnour added 16 points in Minnesota’s fourth straight loss.
Lakers 109, Knicks 87
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant scored 27 points, Andrew Bynum added 18 points and seven rebounds before getting ejected in the fourth quarter, and the Lakers mixed it up with New York in their fourth straight victory.
Pau Gasol had 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Lakers, who thoroughly dominated undersized New York in the paint and on defense during their seventh straight win over the Knicks.
The second half got testy, with numerous hard fouls and arguments highlighted by Ron Artest clotheslining New York’s Amare Stoudemire on a drive to the hoop, earning a flagrant foul.
Stoudemire scored 18 of his 23 points after halftime for the Knicks, whose three-game winning streak ended with a poor shooting performance.
Hornets 96, Nuggets 87
DENVER (AP) — Carmelo Anthony scored just eight points in the Nuggets’ loss to New Orleans, putting a sour finish on a day filled with speculation that the superstar’s departure from Denver was close after 7 1/2 seasons.
A person with knowledge of the discussions told The Associated Press on Sunday night that the Nuggets are closing in on a deal that would send Anthony to New Jersey in a three-team trade.
Anthony declined to comment on the latest trade speculation before the game, but his performance was one of the worst of his career and he was even booed when the Nuggets were closing in after trailing by 19 in the third quarter.
Chris Paul, who scored 20, and David West (19) helped New Orleans stave off the Nuggets and send Denver to its third straight loss.
Clippers 105, Warriors 91
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eric Gordon scored 25 points, Blake Griffin had 23 points and 12 rebounds, and Los Angeles beat Golden State for their seventh win in 10 games.
Baron Davis had 17 points and 11 assists for the Clippers, who have roared to life after a 5-21 start to the season. Los Angeles easily beat the Warriors with the inside-outside punch of Griffin and Gordon, who scored 23 points apiece in the first three quarters while claiming an 18-point lead.
Dorell Wright scored 27 points and hit five 3-pointers for the Warriors, who also had won six of nine after a 3-16 stretch. Monta Ellis, the NBA’s third-leading scorer, managed just 13 points on 4 for 19 shooting.
Raptors 118, Kings 112
TORONTO (AP) — Andrea Bargnani scored 30 points, DeMar DeRozan had 28 and Toronto handed Sacramento its 10th straight road loss.
Leandro Barbosa scored 11 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter and Jose Calderon had 13 points and nine assists for the Raptors, who had lost 13 of their previous 17. Toronto had lost six of seven home games during that stretch.
Jerryd Bayless returned from injury to score 10 points and Amir Johnson had eight points and nine rebounds for Toronto.
Beno Udrih scored 25 points and Carl Landry had 22 for the Kings, who were without leading scorer Tyreke Evans, sidelined by a sprained left ankle.
Suns 108, Cavaliers 100
PHOENIX (AP) — Jared Dudley came off the bench to score 21 points, Steve Nash had 20 points and 15 assists, and the Suns handed the undermanned Cavaliers their 10th consecutive loss.
The victory ended the Suns’ three-game losing streak and marked the first time in five games the usually high-scoring Suns had reached 100 points.
The loss was the 20th in 21 games and the 16th in a row on the road for the Cavaliers.
Vince Carter added 19 points for Phoenix, Channing Frye had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Robin Lopez scored 15 points.
Rookie Manny Harris scored a season-high 27 points for Cleveland. J.J. Hickson had 23 points and a season-high 17 rebounds and Antawn Jamison also scored 23.