Wednesday's NBA Capsules
Thursday, March 3, 2011
ATLANTA (AP) — Al Horford matched his career high with 31 points, including a jam with 29 seconds remaining to give Atlanta its first lead, and the Hawks beat the Chicago Bulls 83-80 on Wednesday night.
The Bulls scored the first 14 points of the game, took a 19-point lead in the second quarter and kept the lead until the final minute.
Horford had 16 rebounds and two steals, including one after his go-ahead basket that set up a jam by Joe Johnson for the final margin.
Luol Deng had 15 points, Joakim Noah had 13 points and 12 rebounds and Derrick Rose had 12 points and 12 assists for Chicago.
The Hawks, who were without injured forward Josh Smith, have six straight home wins in the series with the Bulls.
Chicago’s Kyle Korver missed a 3-pointer at the final buzzer.
Spurs 109, Cavaliers 99
CLEVELAND (AP) — George Hill tied a season high with 22 points, and San Antonio became the first NBA team to reach 50 wins.
Tim Duncan scored 16 points and DeJuan Blair had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Spurs, who bounced back from a 109-93 loss to Memphis on Tuesday. San Antonio, playing its second game since point guard Tony Parker with a calf injury, also got 14 points from Gary Neal and 13 each from All-Star Manu Ginobili and Matt Bonner.
Rookie forward Samardo Samuels, making his first NBA start, had a career-high 23 points and 10 rebounds for Cleveland.
Celtics 115, Suns 103
BOSTON (AP) — Kevin Garnett had 28 points and 11 rebounds, powering the Celtics to the victory.
Paul Pierce had 16 points and 13 boards for Boston, and Rajon Rondo added 16 points and 15 assists.
The Celtics led by 29 in the second half before Phoenix scored the last nine points in the third quarter and the first nine of the fourth. But the Suns never got closer than eight.
Aaron Brooks scored 17 points for Phoenix. Former Boston College star Jared Dudley had 15 and fellow reserve Marcin Gortat added 13 points and 13 rebounds.
The Suns played the last 17 minutes without Vince Carter and Channing Frye, who banged heads and left the game.
Knicks 107, Hornets 88
NEW YORK (AP) — Amare Stoudemire scored 24 points, Carmelo Anthony added 22 and the Knicks rolled to their sixth straight win over the Hornets.
Toney Douglas also scored 24 points in place of an injured Chauncey Billups, outplaying slumping Hornets All-Star Chris Paul in the point guard matchup. Shawne Williams finished with 16 points off the bench, 11 in the third quarter when the Knicks broke open the game.
Jarrett Jack scored 21 points and David West had 16 for the Hornets, who have lost three straight, six of eight and 12 of 16. Paul had 10 assists but just four points on 2-of-7 shooting, following nights of 2 for 12 and 3 for 10 in the previous two losses.
Clippers 106, Rockets 103
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eric Gordon scored nine of his 24 points during the final 4:46 in his return to the Clippers’ lineup, helping Los Angeles snap a five-game losing streak.
Blake Griffin had 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Clippers, and reserve Chris Kaman scored 10 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter.
Gordon shot 8 for 18 in 35 minutes after missing 18 games because of a sprained right wrist that had a small fracture in it.
Kyle Lowry led Houston with 24 points and 11 assists, and reserve Courtney Lee added 18 points.
Point guard Mo Williams and forward Jamario Moon played their first home game for the Clippers following last week’s trade that sent Baron Davis to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Williams finished with 17 points and 11 assists.
Thunder 113, Pacers 89
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 21 points before leaving with a sprained left ankle and the Thunder snapped their first three-game losing streak of the season.
The NBA’s scoring leader with a 28.5-point average, Durant was helped to the locker room by two trainers after he stepped on Tyler Hansbrough’s foot and got fouled on a drive to the basket with 2:44 left in the third quarter. He did not return.
Russell Westbrook added 21 points and nine assists and James Harden scored 17 of his 20 points during the first half, when Oklahoma City built a 22-point lead. The Thunder led by as many as 35 in the fourth quarter before emptying their bench.
Hansbrough led Indiana with 13 points and Dahntay Jones scored 12.
Nuggets 120, Bobcats 80
DENVER (AP) — Wilson Chandler had 16 points to lead seven Denver players scoring in double figures in the Nuggets’ most lopsided win of the season.
Nene, Chris Andersen, Ty Lawson and J.R. Smith had 14 points apiece for the Nuggets, who won for the fourth time in five games since completing the blockbuster trade that sent Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks. The 40-point margin of victory surpassed Denver’s previous high this season, a 34-point win against on Phoenix on Jan. 11.
Matt Carroll led Charlotte with 19 points. D.J. Augustin added 13 and Shaun Livingston 12.
Timberwolves 116, Pistons 105
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Kevin Love had 20 points and 20 rebounds, and Anthony Randolph was among three reserves in double figures scoring for the Timberwolves.
Lazar Hayward scored a career-high 16 points and Anthony Tolliver added 13 for Minnesota, which has won three of its last five road games after a 2-23 start away from home.
Love’s double-double was his 48th in a row, the longest streak since Moses Malone’s 51 straight games in 1978-79. Love appeared to hurt his right thigh late but played on.
Austin Daye scored a career-high 22 points for the Pistons.
Trail Blazers 107, Kings 102
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Wesley Matthews scored 11 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter and the Trail Blazers pulled away for the win.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Blazers, who had dropped three of four. Andre Miller had 19 points, Nicolas Batum added 17 and Patty Mills finished with 14.
Rookie center DeMarcus Cousins had 28 points and 11 rebounds for the Kings, who have lost two straight and six of eight. Marcus Thornton scored 26 points, Beno Udrih added 13 and Jermaine Taylor and Jason Thompson each had 10.
Warriors 106, Wizards 102
WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 29 points as the Warriors snapped a four-game losing streak and improved to 1-2 on their season-high seven-game road trip.
Playing without coach Flip Saunders, Washington trimmed a 20-point deficit to 103-102 with 6.3 seconds left on Nick Young’s deep 3-pointer. Curry then hit three free throws to seal it.
Monta Ellis scored 21 points and David Lee added nine points and 16 rebounds for the Warriors, who outrebounded Washington 54-40.
Nick Young had 31 points for the Wizards.
Assistant coach Randy Wittman led the Wizards with Saunders away to be with his ailing mother.