Wednesday's NBA Capsules
Thursday, January 13, 2011
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Emeka Okafor had 18 points and 14 rebounds, and the New Orleans Hornets held off Orlando 92-89 in overtime on Wednesday night, snapping the Magic’s nine-game winning streak.
Marcus Thornton capped a 22-point performance with a crucial jumper and two free throws in the final minute of the extra period as the Hornets took lead for good and won their second straight. Chris Paul had 12 points and 13 assists and David West had 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Dwight Howard had 29 points and 20 rebounds, but missed a pair of free throws that could have given Orlando a one-point lead with 11 seconds to go. Jason Richardson added 21 points, hitting five 3-pointers, including a pair in the final minute to help Orlando erase a seven-point deficit in the final minute of regulation and force overtime.
Trevor Ariza finished with 16 points for New Orleans, and Orlando’s Ryan Anderson had 14 points, hitting four 3-pointers.
Clippers 111, Heat 105
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Griffin had 24 points and 14 rebounds for his 30th double-double, and the Los Angeles Clippers ended Miami’s 13-game road winning streak.
Eric Gordon added 26 points and Baron Davis had 20 points and nine assists for the Clippers, who led virtually the entire game against the NBA’s second-best team. It was just the 13th win of the season for Los Angeles.
Dwyane Wade scored 31 points, LeBron James added 27 and Chris Bosh had 26 points and 13 rebounds for the Heat, who had also won nine in a row overall.
A three-point play by James and a 3-pointer by Bosh got the Heat within four, but Gordon calmly made two free throws to seal the win.
Los Angeles won its third in a row and eighth in its last 11, while notching its 10th home win nearly halfway through the season.
Lakers 115, Warriors 110
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kobe Bryant scored 17 of his 39 points in the final 5:49 and the sluggish Los Angeles Lakers rallied late to beat Golden State for their sixth straight victory.
Bryant also assisted on Ron Artest’s crucial 3-pointer with 1:55 to play. Lamar Odom did his part to fuel the comeback, scoring 10 straight points during a key fourth-quarter stretch on the way to 20 points and nine rebounds.
Pau Gasol added 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers, who looked uncharacteristically out of sync for much of the game before turning it on when it mattered for their 12th consecutive win over the Warriors and sixth straight in Oakland.
Golden State’s Monta Ellis scored 38 for his 10th 30-point game of the season after missing the two previous days of practice with the flu. But the Warriors couldn’t hold an early 14-point lead against the defending NBA champions.
Thunder 118, Rockets 112
HOUSTON (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 30 points, Russell Westbrook added 23 points and 13 assists, and Oklahoma City snapped the franchise’s 11-game losing streak in Houston.
Thabo Sefolosha grabbed 13 rebounds, and Serge Ibaka and Jeff Green added 16 points apiece for the Thunder. The franchise won in Houston for the first time since Feb. 22, 2005, when the team was still the Seattle SuperSonics.
Luis Scola scored 31 points, but none in the fourth quarter, for Houston. The Rockets played without leading scorer Kevin Martin (sore right wrist) and backup center Brad Miller (sore left knee) for the second straight game.
Houston scored a season-high 70 points in the paint, but went 5 for 18 from 3-point range.
Spurs 91, Bucks 84
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Reserve Matt Bonner scored all 17 of his points in the second half, Manu Ginobili added 23 and San Antonio picked up its fourth straight win.
The Spurs improved the NBA’s best record to 33-6 despite a pace more fitting to the grinding Bucks, who came in as the worst shooting and lowest scoring team in the league.
Trailing by two, Bonner sparked an 11-2 run after hitting two 3-pointers and a floater that gave San Antonio a 79-72 lead with 8:32 left. When Milwaukee cut it to three late, Bonner answered with a 15-footer with 57 seconds to play that halted the Bucks’ rally.
John Salmons scored 17 and Andrew Bogut had 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Bucks, losers of four of their last five.
Bobcats 96, Bulls 91
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — D.J. Augustin had 22 points and 12 assists, outplaying Derrick Rose in the Bobcats’ victory.
The Bulls, off to their best start since their last title under Michael Jordan in 1998, couldn’t keep it going with Jordan sitting courtside.
The Bobcats owner stood and clapped as the final seconds ticked down in Charlotte’s fourth straight win. Ex-Bull Tyrus Thomas added 17 points and 13 rebounds as the Bobcats moved to 6-2 under interim coach Paul Silas.
Carlos Boozer had 23 points and 14 rebounds, and Luol Deng added 22 points for Chicago, which lost for only the fifth time in 20 games. Rose, who had been on a tear of late, scored 17 points on 5-of-17 shooting and committed a key turnover in the final minute.
Jazz 131, Knicks 125
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Deron Williams and reserve C.J. Miles scored 24 points apiece, leading seven Utah players in double figures.
The game was a battle of 3-pointers, with the Jazz hitting 10 of 22 and New York making 14 of 29.
Reserve Shawne Williams was 7 of 8 from behind the arc and scored 25 points for the Knicks, who made it close after trailing by as many as 16 before finishing 2-2 on their western trip.
Al Jefferson added 19 points for Utah, Raja Bell had 18, Paul Millsap 17 and Andrei Kirilenko 14.
Utah improved to 26-13. New York dropped to 22-16 and hasn’t won in Salt Lake City since 2005.
Suns 118, Nets 109, OT
PHOENIX (AP) — Steve Nash had 23 points and 16 assists, Vince Carter also scored 23 points, and Phoenix erased a 15-point, fourth-quarter deficit on its way to the overtime victory.
Nash scored 10 in the extra period and Carter had his highest point total since coming from Orlando in a trade on Dec. 18.
Phoenix trailed 90-75 with eight minutes left in regulation before turning up the pressure on defense, winning for only the second time in six games.
Reserve Sasha Vujacic scored 19 points for the Nets.
Grizzlies 107, Pistons 99
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Zach Randolph had 34 points and 17 rebounds for Memphis, and Rudy Gay scored 26 points.
The Pistons debuted a new starting lineup — and benched Richard Hamilton. Ben Wallace (ankle) missed the game and was replaced by rookie Greg Monroe, while Tracy McGrady and Chris Wilcox came in for Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva.
Gordon had 25 points, all in the second half, and Monroe had his fourth straight double-double, finishing with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Memphis, which snapped a two-game losing streak, also got nine assists from Mike Conley.
Hamilton, rumored to be part of a potential Carmelo Anthony trade, did not play — the first game he has missed due to coach’s decision since sitting out the final regular-season game of the 2008-09 season to rest for the playoffs.
Celtics 119, Kings 95
BOSTON (AP) — Paul Pierce scored 25 points and Rajon Rondo had 10 points and 13 assists, leading the Celtics to the victory.
Pierce scored 15 in the first quarter as Boston got off to a quick start while bouncing back from a surprising home loss to Houston on Monday night. The Celtics had been 5-5 since Christmas, when they lost to the Orlando Magic to end a 14-game winning streak.
Reserve Carl Landry scored 17 points and Beno Udrih had 16 for Sacramento, which has lost 12 consecutive road games. The Kings lost 136-133 in overtime to the Wizards in Washington on Tuesday night and arrived in Boston at 3:30 a.m., just beating the worst of the blizzard that blanketed the Boston area with more than a foot of snow.
Pacers 102, Mavericks 89
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Brandon Rush scored eight of his 20 points in the fourth quarter to help Indiana get the victory.
Danny Granger and Darren Collison both scored 17 points and rookie Paul George added a season-high 16 for the Pacers, who won their second straight.
Jason Terry scored 18 points and Tyson Chandler had 13 points, nine rebounds and three blocks for the Mavericks in a disappointing return to Conseco Fieldhouse for former Pacers coach Rick Carlisle.
Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki missed his eighth straight game with a sprained right knee.
Hawks 104, Raptors 101
TORONTO (AP) — Mike Bibby made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 8.2 seconds left, Jamal Crawford scored a season-high 36 points and Atlanta earned its fifth straight victory.
Joe Johnson scored 26 points and Al Horford had 10 points and 13 rebounds for the Hawks, who have won nine of their past 11 meetings with the Raptors.
Leandro Barbosa scored a season-high 26 points for the Raptors, who also got 26 from Andrea Bargnani. Toronto has lost five of seven and 14 of 19.
Jose Calderon had 11 points and nine assists for Toronto, but lost the ball out of bounds in the final 10 seconds and his team down by a point.