Saturday's NBA Capsules
Sunday, March 6, 2011
LONDON (AP) — Travis Outlaw and the New Jersey Nets were up to the challenge of providing excitement for the NBA’s European fans.
The Toronto Raptors more than did their part, too.
Outlaw scored the final eight points for New Jersey in a 137-136 triple overtime win Saturday night that gave the Nets a sweep of their two games in London.
The game featured four missed buzzer-beaters and provided exactly the kind of thrilling finish league officials were looking for when they decided to bring regular-season games to Europe for the first time.
Outlaw made two free throws with 12.6 seconds remaining to put the Nets ahead for good and Andrea Bargnani missed a jumper at the buzzer as New Jersey swept the doubleheader at London’s O2 Arena.
Jazz 109, Kings 102, OT
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Al Jefferson scored 27 points and Raja Bell had two crucial jumpers and a steal in overtime.
After the Jazz lost Paul Millsap to injury, Jefferson scored six points in overtime and Utah outscored the Kings 10-2 after Francisco Garcia started overtime with a 3-pointer.
Bell, who scored 16 points, made the second of back-to-back jumpers with 17 seconds remaining to put the Jazz up 105-100.
DeMarcus Cousins had 18 points and 18 rebounds and Garcia returned from 21 games on the sidelines to add 18, but the Kings lost for the fourth time in their last five.
Trail Blazers 93, Bobcats 69
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Charlotte Bobcats 93-69 Saturday night, a little more than a week after the two teams pulled off a trade just minutes before the deadline.
Patty Mills made four 3-pointers for the Trail Blazers.
Gerald Henderson had 16 points for the Bobcats, who have lost four straight, all on the road.
The Blazers sent centers Joel Przybilla and Sean Marks, forward Dante Cunningham, and a pair of conditional first-round draft picks to Charlotte on Feb. 24 in exchange for Gerald Wallace, who was the last original member of the 7-year-old Bobcats. The deal was struck just seven minutes before the deadline.
Wizards 103, Timberwolves 96
WASHINGTON (AP) — John Wall scored 18 points and had 11 rebounds.
Kevin Love scored 20 points and had 21 rebounds for Minnesota, the third straight game with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds for the All-Star forward and his 11th of the season.
Andray Blatche scored 20 points and had seven rebounds for Washington, which snapped a seven-game losing streak. The Wizards have won their last seven games at home against the Timberwolves.
It was Love’s 50th double-double in a row, one game shy of tying the mark set by Moses Malone in 1978-79. Love leads the NBA with 59 this season.
Maurice Evans scored 11 of his 15 points, and all three of his 3-pointers, in the fourth quarter for Washington. JaVale McGee added 14 points.
Rockets 112, Pacers 95
HOUSTON (AP) — Kevin Martin scored 20 points, Chase Budinger and Kyle Lowry added 18 apiece.
Luis Scola scored 16 and Chuck Hayes had 10 rebounds for the Rockets, who’ve won six of seven and are climbing into the Western Conference playoff picture. Houston began the night in 11th place in the West, three games behind Memphis in the race for the No. 8 spot in the postseason.
Houston never trailed in this one, taking advantage of the Pacers’ poor shooting in the first half and then putting the game away with an 18-4 run to start the third quarter.
Tyler Hansbrough scored 17, Danny Granger added 16 points and Roy Hibbert had 15 for the Pacers, who’ve dropped five of six. Indiana came into the game holding the No. 8 spot in the East, but only one game ahead of Charlotte.
Clippers 100, Nuggets 94
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rookie Blake Griffin had 18 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high nine assists and the Los Angeles Clippers overcame yet another injury to leading scorer Eric Gordon to beat the Denver Nuggets.
Eric Bledsoe scored 15 of his career-high 20 points in the fourth quarter, to help the Clippers win their first two games this month, equaling their victory total for February, when they were 2-12. Newly acquired Mo Williams had 17 points.
Nene led Denver with 25 points and tied a season high with 14 rebounds.