Sunday's NBA Capsules
Monday, January 31, 2011
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paul Pierce scored 32 points, Kevin Garnett had 18 points and 13 rebounds with a large bandage over a cut on his head, and the Boston Celtics won their NBA finals rematch with the Lakers on Sunday, overcoming Kobe Bryant’s 41 points in a 109-96 victory.
Ray Allen scored 21 points for the Celtics in the longtime rivals’ first meeting since Los Angeles rallied from a late 13-point deficit for an 83-79 win in Game 7 last June.
Bryant scored his 27,000th career point but couldn’t spark his Lakers teammates, who followed up their Christmas home loss to Miami with another flop against the best of the East.
Pau Gasol had 12 points in a quiet game for Los Angeles, which has lost four of seven.
Heat 108, Thunder 103
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Dwyane Wade scored 32 points and Eddie House hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 22.2 seconds left as Miami got its Big 3 back together to beat Oklahoma City.
LeBron James added 23 points and 13 rebounds, Chris Bosh scored 20 points in his first game back after a four-game absence and the Heat snapped Oklahoma City’s home winning streak at six.
Kevin Durant scored 33 points but missed a contested jumper along the left baseline that would’ve tied it. Jeff Green had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and Russell Westbrook added 21 points and 10 assists.
Suns 104, Hornets 102
PHOENIX (AP) — Backup center Marcin Gortat scored a career-high 25 points and Phoenix beat a team with a winning record for the fourth straight time, surviving New Orleans’ frantic late rally.
The Suns nearly blew an eight-point lead in the final 18 seconds, but Grant Hill blocked Marcus Thornton’s inside attempt with 3.9 seconds left and Hornets guard Chris Paul’s desperation 3-point attempt missed the rim as time expired. Paul led New Orleans with 26 points. The Hornets were coming off a loss Saturday night in Sacramento that snapped their winning streak at 10.
Paul made a 3-pointer with 17.2 seconds left to cut it to 104-99, Trevor Ariza then stole Hill’s pass and Paul made three free throws with 12 seconds to go after he was fouled by Channing Frye. The Hornets got the ball back with 10 seconds left when Steve Nash stepped out of bounds trying to control Hill’s inbounds pass.
Gortat was 9 of 10 from the field and had 11 rebounds in 23 minutes.
Magic 103, Cavaliers 87
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Dwight Howard had 20 points and 20 rebounds in three quarters of work, Ryan Anderson added 23 points and 16 rebounds and Orlando handed Cleveland its 20th straight loss and 30th in 31 games.
Howard had his 36th double-double of the season by halftime.
J.J. Redick added 17 points, and Brandon Bass and Jason Richardson had 12 apiece.
Cleveland coach Byron Scott started guard Manny Harris in place of Daniel Gibson, but it had little effect. Harris led the Cavs with 20 points, but was the only starter in double figures.
Knicks 124, Pistons 106
NEW YORK (AP) — Amare Stoudemire scored 33 points despite a sprained right knee, rookie Timofey Mozgov had career highs of 23 points and 14 rebounds in his first appearance in three weeks for New York.
Danilo Gallinari added 29 points for the Knicks, who seized control early in the fourth quarter after it was tied through three. He made two 3-pointers in a decisive 12-2 burst to open the final period and New York went on to win for the third time in four games. Ben Gordon made seven 3-pointers and scored a season-high 35 points for Detroit. The Pistons have lost three in a row.
76ers 110, Nuggets 99
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Andre Iguodala scored 24 points and Thaddeus Young had 21 for Philadelphia.
Elton Brand added 15 points to help the 76ers sweep the season series for the first time since 2002-03.
Chauncey Billups led Denver with 27 points. Carmelo Anthony was 3 of 12 from the field and had 12 points. Anthony and the Nuggets will play Monday night at New Jersey for the first time since Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov ended the drawn-out trade talks with Denver.
Warriors 96, Jazz 81
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry had 27 points and seven assists and Golden State overcame scoring leader Monta Ellis’ horrendous shooting performance to beat undermanned Utah.
Dorell Wright scored 16 points, and Reggie Williams added 15 to help the Warriors build an 18-point lead in the fourth quarter while Ellis was on the bench. Ellis, averaging more than 25 points, was held to a season-low two points on 1-for-9 shooting. Al Jefferson had 16 points and 14 rebounds for Utah.