Monday's NBA Capsules
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Griffin had a career-high 47 points and 14 rebounds for his 27th consecutive double-double, and the Los Angeles Clippers rallied to beat the Indiana Pacers 114-107 on Monday.
It was Griffin’s 33rd double-double of his rookie season, and his 19 field goals made were a career best.
Danny Granger scored 32 points, making 10 of 11 free throws, and former UCLA star Darren Collison added 30 points and eight assists for the Pacers.
Eric Gordon added 23 points and Baron Davis had 14 points and 12 assists for the Clippers, who were coming off a win over the two-time defending NBA champion Lakers a day earlier and have won 10 of their last 14.
Celtics 109, Magic 106
BOSTON (AP) — Kevin Garnett returned after missing nine games with an injured leg and came up with a steal in the final seconds to help Boston beat Orlando.
Garnett went around Jameer Nelson and intercepted a pass intended for Jason Richardson, then threw the ball ahead to Ray Allen. Allen was fouled trying to dribble out the clock, but he made both free throws — giving him 26 points for the game and 13 in the fourth quarter alone.
Garnett scored 19 with eight rebounds in his first game since he strained his right calf on Dec. 29. Rajon Rondo had 10 points and 13 assists.
Dwight Howard scored 33 points with 13 rebounds and Ryan Anderson scored 16 points, including four 3-pointers, for the Magic.
Trail Blazers 113, Timberwolves 102
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge scored a career-high 37 points and Portland beat Minnesota for the 15th consecutive time.
Aldridge, who scored 36 points Minnesota on Dec. 17, hit 15 of 24 shots in leading the Trail Blazers to their second consecutive win. He also grabbed 12 rebounds and is averaging 34 points and 11 rebounds in three games against Minnesota this season.
Wesley Matthews scored 23 points for Portland. Andre Miller had 15 points and 10 assists for the Blazers.
Darko Milicic and Kevin Love each scored 22 points to lead Minnesota, which has lost seven of eight games. Milicic hit 11 of 16 shots in his best scoring game of season.
Hawks 100, Kings 98
ATLANTA (AP) — Joe Johnson scored a season-high 36 points, including two free throws with 0.6 seconds remaining to help Atlanta recover after trailing most of the game.
Johnson drove past three defenders for a layup with 23 seconds remaining to give Atlanta a 98-96 lead. Carl Landry answered with a tying basket for Sacramento with 11.7 seconds remaining.
Following a timeout, Johnson was fouled by Tyreke Evans on a drive with less than a second remaining. Johnson made both free throws.
Al Horford added 23 points, nine rebounds and seven blocks for Atlanta.
DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings with 20 points.
Suns 129, Knicks 121
NEW YORK (AP) — Vince Carter scored 29 points, including the 20,000th of his career, and Phoenix matched a season high with its third straight victory.
Grant Hill added 25 points for the Suns, who overcame a season-high 41 points from former Phoenix All-Star Amare Stoudemire and handed the Knicks their third loss in a row. Steve Nash finished with 15 points and 11 assists in a good start to a five-game Eastern trip for the Suns.
The Suns also held Stoudemire scoreless for the first eight minutes of the final period after he had 33 points through three.
Wilson Chandler scored 23 points for the Knicks. Raymond Felton had 13 assists.
Pistons 103, Mavericks 89
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Rodney Stuckey scored 20 points to help Detroit send Dallas to its sixth consecutive loss.
Tayshaun Prince added 19 points and rookie Greg Monroe had 16 points and nine rebounds for Detroit, which has won three straight for the first time all season. The Pistons shot 65 percent in the second half, including a stretch of 11 straight shots without a miss in the third quarter as they turned a close game into a surprising rout.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 32 points for Dallas in his second game back from a sprained right knee. Jason Terry added 18 points, but no other Maverick was in double figures.
Hornets 85, Raptors 81
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — David West had 23 points and 10 rebounds to help New Orleans win its fifth straight.
West’s jumper with 31.7 seconds left put the Hornets ahead 83-81. He then preserved the lead with a block on Amir Johnson in the paint, got the rebound, was fouled and hit two free throws for the final margin.
Emeka Okafor had 17 points and a season-high 16 rebounds, tying a Hornets franchise record with 12 offensive rebounds. Jarrett Jack added 17 points and Chris Paul had 11 assists.
DeMar DeRozen scored 23 points for Toronto and Johnson added 17.
Bulls 96, Grizzlies 84
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Derrick Rose returned to Memphis with his first career triple-double, and Luol Deng scored 28 points to lead Chicago.
Rose, coming back to the city where he starred at the University of Memphis, scored 22 points, handed out 12 assists and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Chicago broke a five-game losing streak in Memphis and has won three straight overall. Kyle Korver scored 22 points on 6-of-10 shooting from three-point range.
Zach Randolph led the Grizzlies with 21 points and 13 rebounds, and Rudy Gay, who entered the game averaging 21 points, was held to nine points on 1-of-10 shooting.
Rockets 93, Bucks 84
HOUSTON (AP) — Kevin Martin scored 36 points and Houston recovered from its lowest first-half point total of the season.
Luis Scola had 19 points and 14 rebounds, and reserve Jordan Hill added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Rockets, who snapped a four-game home losing streak.
Corey Maggette scored a season-high 25 points for the Bucks, who’ve lost 11 straight games in Houston and remain the only team without a victory at the Toyota Center.
The Rockets shot 37 percent (35 of 95) and went 1 for 11 from 3-point range. They had only 39 points at halftime, then took control with a 35-point third quarter.
76ers 96, Bobcats 92
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Andre Iguodala hit the go-ahead jumper with 37.6 seconds left in overtime, and Thaddeus Young followed with a game-saving steal for Philadelphia.
Kwame Brown’s errant cross-court pass was intercepted by Young, and Evan Turner hit four free throws in the final 17 seconds for the Sixers.
Iguodala had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Elton Brand added 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Boris Diaw had a triple-double for the Bobcats with 25 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds.
Lou Williams, who led the Sixers with 23 points, sent the game into overtime after he hit a 3 with 4.7 seconds left to make it 86-86.
Wizards 108, Wizards 101
WASHINGTON (AP) — John Wall had 19 points and a career-high 15 assists to lead Washington Wizards to its fourth straight home victory and first two-game winning streak of the season.
Nick Young scored 25 points, and Andray Blatche had 21 points and 11 rebounds. Blatche hit his first five shots, while Wall had 10 assists in the first 18 minutes as Washington led 42-39 at halftime.
Deron Williams had 28 points and 11 assists for Utah in his first matchup with Wall. Al Jefferson had 25 points and 10 rebounds. The Jazz complete the first half of the season with a 27-14 record.
Warriors 109, Nets 100
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Monta Ellis had 26 points and nine assists to help Golden State beat New Jersey for the sixth straight time.
David Lee added 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Warriors, who have won two of their first three games in a key stretch to the season that features 13 of 14 games at home.
Brook Lopez scored 20 points and Devin Harris added 19 for New Jersey, which has have lost six straight and 11 of 12.
The Nets are in a tumultuous stretch, with many of their players linked to a possible three-team trade that would bring All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony from Denver to New Jersey.