Wednesday's NBA Capsules
Thursday, January 27, 2011
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kevin Durant had career highs of 47 points and 18 rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder overcame a 31-point, 21-rebound night from Kevin Love to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 118-117 in overtime on Wednesday night.
Jeff Green had 19 points and eight rebounds for the Thunder, who beat Minnesota for the eighth straight time. But it was Durant who carried the load, scoring 16 straight points for the Thunder in the fourth quarter of a thrilling back-and-forth game.
Durant’s 47 points tied Clippers star Blake Griffin for the highest total in the NBA this season.
Michael Beasley had 30 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the Timberwolves, who had a chance to win the game in the final 7 seconds. But Luke Ridnour rushed a 3-pointer after a missed free throw by Corey Brewer and the Thunder tracked down the loose ball to seal it.
Hornets 112, Warriors 103
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Chris Paul had 18 points and 17 assists, and the Hornets matched a franchise record with their 10th consecutive victory.
David West added 22 points as New Orleans kicked off a three-game West Coast trip by equaling the club’s longest unbeaten run, also produced from Feb. 21-March 13, 1998. The Hornets also avenged a disappointing seven-point home loss to the Warriors back on Jan. 5 with their fifth straight road victory.
New Orleans, owner of the NBA’s longest active winning streak, also got 19 points from Trevor Ariza and 11 from former Warrior Marco Belinelli.
Monta Ellis scored 26 points in another big night for his bid to become Golden State’s first All-Star since Latrell Sprewell in 1997. Stephen Curry added 20 points and six assists a day after spraining his troublesome right ankle during practice.
Spurs 112, Jazz 105
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Manu Ginobili scored 26 points, Tony Parker had 23 and San Antonio earned its 10th win the last 11 games.
Richard Jefferson scored 14 points, while Tim Duncan and Gary Neal each had 13 as the Spurs improved to a franchise-best 39-7 record after 46 games. Only five teams in NBA history have had better records than the Spurs at this point in the season.
Deron Williams scored 17 of his 39 points in the fourth quarter, but Utah lost its sixth straight. Al Jefferson had 22 points and CJ Miles added 13 for the Jazz, who swept the Spurs in 2009-10 but have lost both meetings this season.
Ginobili took a lob pass from Duncan and scored to make it 107-97 with 2:00 to play. Williams cut the lead to 109-105 on a driving layup, but he missed two long 3-point attempts in the final 15 seconds.
Nuggets 109, Pistons 100
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Chauncey Billups scored 26 points, including a trio of 3-pointers late in the game, and Denver ended a 14-game losing streak in Auburn Hills.
Carmelo Anthony had 18 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists — shaking off trade talk for another day — to help the Nuggets win for the seventh time in nine games overall.
Detroit reserves Will Bynum and Ben Gordon scored 19 and 15 points, respectively, while Tracy McGrady and rookie Greg Monroe each had 10 points.
The Pistons, who had won five of seven, trailed by one with a few minutes left. But Anthony converted a three-point play and Billups found his range from deep to help Denver win on the road against Detroit for the first time since March 10, 1995.
Nets 93, Grizzlies 88
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Devin Harris scored nine of his 13 points in the fourth quarter and the Nets rallied to get the win.
O.J. Mayo missed a tying 3-point attempt with about 3 seconds left and New Jersey’s Brook Lopez iced the game with two free throws, capping a 17-point performance.
Anthony Morrow had 19 points and Kris Humphries and Sasha Vujacic added 14 points apiece as the Nets closed out a 4-1 homestand that began with owner Mikhail Prokhorov halting trade talks with Denver about Carmelo Anthony.
Rudy Gay had 22 points for Memphis, and Zach Randolph added 20 points and 16 rebounds in posting his career-high 12th consecutive double-double.
Rockets 96, Clippers 83
HOUSTON (AP) — Kyle Lowry scored 20 points, leading Houston to the victory.
Aaron Brooks and Luis Scola added 16 points apiece for the Rockets, who are 24-5 against the Clippers since 2003. Chuck Hayes grabbed 11 rebounds and led Houston’s stingy defense on rookie star Blake Griffin.
Randy Foye scored a season-high 20 points and DeAndre Jordan grabbed 12 rebounds for the Clippers, who shot 36.4 percent (32 of 88) and mustered only 10 points in the final quarter to drop their fourth straight road game.
Griffin had 14 points and 11 rebounds. But he went 5 for 16 from the field with Hayes, Houston’s best low-post defender, guarding him all night.
Bobcats 114, Suns 107
PHOENIX (AP) — Stephen Jackson scored 16 of his 23 points in the second half and the Bobcats won for the fourth time in five games.
Gerald Wallace had 16 of his 22 points in the final two quarters for Charlotte, much improved since Paul Silas replaced Larry Brown as coach. After a 94-89 win at Sacramento on Tuesday, the Bobcats are off to a 2-0 start on a season-high, six-game road trip.
Steve Nash had 27 points and 15 assists and Vince Carter scored 22 for Phoenix on his 34th birthday, but the Bobcats shot 51 percent to beat the Suns for the fourth time in a row.
The Suns, back from a five-game trip, lost their third straight despite making 16 of 32 3-pointers, 12 of 19 in the second half.
Bucks 98, Hawks 90
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Earl Boykins scored 11 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, and Milwaukee stopped Atlanta’s road winning streak at six, one short of a franchise record.
The short-handed Bucks, missing three starters, went on a 22-3 run to start the fourth. Milwaukee is without Brandon Jennings (left foot), John Salmons (right hip) and Drew Gooden (left foot), but its depth came up big.
Corey Maggette scored 22 points before fouling out and Carlos Delfino added nine of his 15 in the fourth.
Jamal Crawford led Atlanta with 20 points, but the Hawks stumbled on the road for the first time since Dec. 31. Atlanta led 75-64 after three quarters.
Magic 111, Pacers 96
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Dwight Howard had 19 points and 16 rebounds, powering Orlando to the victory.
Jason Richardson had 19 points and nine rebounds, Hedo Turkoglu scored 18 points and Ryan Anderson added 14 for the Magic, who made 16 of 34 3-pointers and shot 50 percent from the field. Orlando has won four of its past five games, but was coming off a home loss to Detroit on Monday.
Danny Granger scored 27 points for the Pacers, but he shot 6 for 19 from the field. Darren Collison added 21 points for Indiana, which lost its sixth straight.
The Magic shot 59 percent in the first half and led 62-48 at the break.
76ers 107, Raptors 94
TORONTO (AP) — Marreese Speights scored 17 of his season-high 23 points in the second quarter, and the 76ers won their third straight, matching a season high.
Jrue Holiday had 15 points and 11 assists for Philadelphia. Andre Iguodala and Lou Williams each scored 15 and Elton Brand had 14.
Thanks to Speights, Williams and 10 points apiece from Thaddeus Young and Evan Turner, Philadelphia’s reserves outscored Toronto’s 58-17.
Speights finished with nine rebounds, narrowly missing his first double-double of the season.
DeMar DeRozan scored 29 and Andrea Bargnani had 17 as the Raptors lost their ninth straight game. It’s Toronto’s longest losing streak since a 10-game slide from March 26 to April 12, 2006.
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