Sunday's NBA Capsules
Monday, March 7, 2011
CLEVELAND (AP) — Chris Paul left the court on a stretcher and suffered a concussion in the New Orleans Hornets’ 96-81 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night.
The four-time All-Star lost the ball in the third quarter driving into the lane as he was defended by Ramon Sessions and Samardo Samuels. As Paul tried to retrieve the ball, he hit his forehead on Sessions’ right shoulder and immediately fell to the court. Paul stayed on the floor as trainers from both teams attended to him.
Paul, who was moving his legs and feet, was placed on a flat board and a brace was put on his neck. Players from both teams surrounded him. He was wheeled to the locker room and gave a thumbs up to the crowd as he left the court. He was taken to Cleveland Clinic for precautionary tests, then rejoined the team for its flight to Chicago. He will miss Monday’s game.
David West scored 23 points, and Paul had 13 points and 11 assists in 26 minutes.
Lakers 99, Spurs 83
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Kobe Bryant scored 26 points, Pau Gasol had 21 and Los Angeles embarrassed NBA-best San Antonio for its seventh consecutive victory.
What was billed as a potential Western Conference finals preview was a blowout from the start. And the Lakers likely relished this rout after losing twice to the Spurs, including on Antonio McDyess’ memorable buzzer tip-in last month.
Tony Parker led the Spurs with 14 points. He was their only starter in double figures.
The Lakers trail the Spurs by 6 1/2 games in the West, and coach Phil Jackson conceded before tipoff it was unlikely they’d catch up. But they can take satisfaction in emphatically ending San Antonio’s franchise-record home win streak at 22 games.
Bulls 87, Heat 86
MIAMI (AP) — Derrick Rose scored 27 points, Luol Deng capped an 18-point effort with two free throws that put Chicago ahead for good, and the Bulls handed Miami its fourth straight loss.
Carlos Boozer scored 12 and Joakim Noah added 11 for the Bulls, who moved a game ahead of Miami into outright possession of second place in the Eastern Conference and beat the Heat for the third time this season.
LeBron James scored 26 points, Chris Bosh added 23 and Dwyane Wade had 20 for the Heat. James and Wade both missed shots that would have won it for Miami in the final 8 seconds.
It was the fourth time since Feb. 24 where Miami held a double-digit lead and ultimately lost. The Heat led by as many as 12 on Sunday.
Grizzlies 104, Mavericks 103
DALLAS (AP) — Zach Randolph made a high-arching 17-footer with 0.3 seconds left, lifting Memphis over Dallas.
The Grizzlies erased an 18-point deficit shortly before halftime, then polished off the comeback with a wild finish.
Memphis went ahead with 14.3 seconds left when Shane Battier caught a blocked shot under the basket and flicked in a reverse layup. Then Dallas — which had won eight straight and 18 of 19 — went back ahead when Dirk Nowitzki made a jumper over Battier from the foul line with 3.1 seconds left.
The Grizzlies beat the Mavericks for the third time this season, winning the season series against their conference rival for the first time in franchise history.
Knicks 92, Hawks 79
ATLANTA (AP) — Amare Stoudemire scored 26 points, Landry Fields added 15 and New York easily beat Atlanta.
Carmelo Anthony, who was poked in the eye in the first quarter and later hit in the head in the first half, finished with 14 points, his lowest total since New York acquired him in a Feb. 22 trade.
Josh Smith scored 17 and Kirk Hinrich added 15 for Atlanta, which has lost two straight and three of four. The Knicks, who have won two of three, outscored Atlanta 48-30 after the Hawks took a 49-44 lead in the third quarter, including a 19-2 run that extended into the fourth.
Thunder 122, Suns 118, OT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook had 32 points and 11 assists, James Harden matched his career high with 26 points and Oklahoma City overcame an off night by NBA scoring leader Kevin Durant to beat Phoenix in overtime.
Vince Carter led Phoenix with 29 points but missed two of three free throws with the chance to put the Suns ahead with 17.4 seconds left. Steve Nash missed a potential tying 3-pointer after that, and the Thunder were able to close it out from the foul line.
Durant made a season-low three baskets on 14 attempts and scored 18 points, 11 of them on free throws.
Reserves Marcin Gortat and Mickael Pietrus each added 20 points for Phoenix. Nash had 11 points and 14 assists, moving past Isiah Thomas for sixth place on the NBA’s career assists list.
76ers 125, Warriors 117, OT
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Andre Iguodala had his second straight triple-double with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to help Philadelphia beat Golden State in overtime.
Iguodala had 22 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds Friday in a win over Minnesota. He fed Evan Turner for a dunk late in OT to earn his third triple-double of the season.
Thaddeus Young and Turner each scored 20 points for the Sixers, who moved two games over .500 for the first time this season.
Monta Ellis scored 18 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter to rally the Warriors from an 18-point hole and force overtime. Stephen Curry scored 22 points, and David Lee had 14 points and 14 rebounds.
Celtics 89, Bucks 83
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Paul Pierce scored 23 points and Kevin Garnett added 14 points and 11 rebounds, lifting Boston over Milwaukee for its fifth straight win.
The Celtics (46-15) held Milwaukee without a field goal in the final 3 1/2 minutes, proving they have no problem closing out games even with just nine players dressed. Boston remained three games up on Chicago atop the Eastern Conference.
With the game tied at 82, Boston’s Big Three came through. Ray Allen hit a 17-foot jumper, Garnett made an 11-foot fadeaway jumper while being heavily defended and Pierce converted a three-point play with 18 seconds left to seal it.
Brandon Jennings scored 23 points for the similarly short-handed Bucks, who have lost 12 of the last 16.
Pistons 113, Wizards 102
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Charlie Villanueva scored all of his 16 points in the second quarter, helping Detroit build a lead it wouldn’t relinquish in a win over Washington.
Villanueva made three 3-pointers, then added a conventional three-point play that started a 10-0 run that put Detroit ahead 60-49 shortly before halftime. Tayshaun Prince, who has been bothered by back problems, added 20 points for the Pistons in his first appearance in five games.
John Wall had 24 points and seven assists for the Wizards, who dropped to 1-29 on the road. Detroit has won eight straight over Washington.