Wednesday's NBA Capsules
Thursday, March 10, 2011
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Carmelo Anthony made a 19-footer with less than a second left as the New York Knicks withstood a late Memphis rally and beat the Grizzlies 110-108 on Wednesday night.
The winning shot by Anthony, who finished with 31 points, came over Tony Allen after Zach Randolph’s three-point play with 14 seconds remaining pulled Memphis even at 108.
Memphis had one more chance after Anthony’s basket, but an alley-oop attempt to Darrell Arthur was broken up at the basket, giving the Knicks their third straight win and strengthening their hold on the sixth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Amare Stoudemire added 26 points for the Knicks, while Toney Douglas finished with 18 points and a career-high 10 assists.
Allen led Memphis with 22 points, missing only one of his eight shots. Arthur scored 21 points, while Mike Conley and Randolph contributed 20 apiece. Randolph grabbed 11 rebounds.
Timberwolves 101, Pacers 75
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kevin Love recorded his 52nd double-double in a row to surpass Moses Malone for the longest such streak since the ABA and NBA merged in 1976 in Minnesota’s victory over free-falling Indiana.
Love overcame a bruised left knee to put up 16 points and 21 rebounds in just 27 minutes to help the Timberwolves win for just the 16th time this season. Love didn’t waste any time extending the streak, reaching double figures in points and rebounds with just under seven minutes to play in the first half.
Tyler Hansbrough scored 21 points for the Pacers, who shot a season-low 29 percent to lose their fifth straight game. Forward Danny Granger managed just 10 points on 2-for-19 shooting.
Thunder 110, 76ers 105, OT
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Kevin Durant had 34 points and 16 rebounds, and Russell Westbrook added 27 points and 12 assists to lead Oklahoma City over Philadelphia.
Nick Collison made it three Thunder players with double-doubles with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Durant erased a five-point deficit with a minute left in regulation, hitting a runner and a 3-pointer that sent the game into overtime. The Sixers scored only two baskets in the extra 5 minutes.
Jrue Holiday and Lou Williams each scored 22 points for the Sixers. Elton Brand had 13 points and 15 rebounds.
Durant, the NBA’s leading scorer, was 13 of 26 from the field and all 16 boards were defensive ones.
Bulls 101, Bobcats 84
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Derrick Rose and Kyle Korver scored 20 points apiece and Chicago pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Charlotte, a victory dimmed by Carlos Boozer’s leg injury.
Korver had 12 points in the final period and Joakim Noah added 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Bulls, who won for the 11th time in 13 games and expanded their hold on second place in the Eastern Conference to 2 1/2 games over slumping Miami.
Boozer limped off late in the game after his left leg bent awkwardly on a flagrant foul by Kwame Brown and didn’t return.
Gerald Henderson had 20 points and eight assists for the Bobcats, who played again without Stephen Jackson and Tyrus Thomas in their sixth straight loss.
Hornets 93, Mavericks 92
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Jarrett Jack scored 21 points, hitting three free throws to complete an unlikely 8-0 run inside the final 1:13, and New Orleans edged Dallas.
The Hornets trailed 92-85 when Dirk Nowitzki made a technical free throw, then Marco Belinelli hit a 3 and Emeka Okafor put back Belinelli’s missed reverse layup.
Tyson Chandler, who had 16 points and 13 rebounds in his return from a sprained right ankle, missed two free throws with 17 seconds to go, then Jason Kidd fouled Jack on a 3-point attempt, setting up Jack’s decisive free throws with 8.4 seconds left.
Dallas still had one more chance to win it, but for the second time in New Orleans this season, Nowitzki was unable to convert.
Spurs 111, Pistons 104
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tony Parker scored 23 points and San Antonio bounced back from a humbling loss and clinched a playoff berth by beating Detroit.
Tim Duncan, who matched a career low with two points in a blowout loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds in 31 minutes.
Richard Hamilton led the Pistons with 20 points off the bench, while Tayshaun Prince added 16.
The Spurs hit their first 14 shots and finished with a season-high 40 points in the first quarter to take a 14-point lead. San Antonio scored just 37 points in the first half in Sunday’s loss.
Clippers 108, Celtics 103
BOSTON (AP) — Mo Williams scored 28 points and Los Angeles withstood a late Boston surge for its fourth straight win despite a mediocre performance by Blake Griffin.
Williams scored the most points in his five games since being traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers. DeAndre Jordan had 21 points for the Clippers, while Griffin managed just 12 points as he missed 10 of 14 shots.
The Celtics were led by Ray Allen with 23 points, Nenad Krstic with 20 and Paul Pierce with 19. They lost for the first time in six games since obtaining Krstic and Jeff Green in a trade with Oklahoma City.
Magic 106, Kings 102
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Jameer Nelson scored 12 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, and Dwight Howard returned from a one-game suspension to lead Orlando over Sacramento.
Howard had 16 points and 15 rebounds but fouled out late, and Jason Richardson scored 19 points to help the Magic overcome an eight-point deficit and open a five-game road trip with a much-needed victory. Orlando was coming off an ugly loss to Portland that Howard missed because he picked up his 16th technical foul this season, forcing an automatic suspension.
DeMarcus Cousins had 29 points and Marcus Thornton finished with 22 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Kings, who upset the Magic earlier this season but collapsed late in this one.
Nets 94, Warriors 90
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Brook Lopez had 26 points and 10 rebounds, and made two clinching free throws with 3.3 seconds left as New Jersey beat Golden State for its first three-game winning streak in two years.
Anthony Morrow added 22 points for the Nets, who were without All-Star point guard Deron Williams. Sasha Vujacic, who entered the game averaging 8.9 points on 39.7 percent shooting, was 7 of 16 from the field for 16 points, and Kris Humphries chipped in with 11.
David Lee had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Warriors. Monta Ellis scored 16 points on 7-for-22 shooting, Stephen Curry finished with 15 and Reggie Williams scored 10 off the bench.
Deron Williams missed the game to be with his wife in Dallas for the birth of the couple’s fourth child.
Jazz 96, Raptors 94
TORONTO (AP) — Al Jefferson scored 34 points, including a game-winning layup at the buzzer, and Utah rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat Toronto for the 12th straight time.
C.J. Miles and Devin Harris each scored 23 points for Utah, which has not lost to the Raptors since a 98-86 defeat in Toronto on Dec. 22, 2004.
DeMar DeRozan scored 17 points and Sonny Weems had 16 as Toronto lost for the fifth time in six games.
Bucks 110, Cavaliers 90
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Brandon Jennings and Earl Boykins each scored 18 points to lead Milwaukee over Cleveland.
Boykins had all of his points in the first half, then Jennings scored 14 in the third quarter as Milwaukee enjoyed its second blowout in two days, thanks to 55.1 percent shooting.
The Bucks, who won 95-76 on Tuesday at Washington, have won back-to-back games for the first time since Jan. 28-29.
Samardo Samuels scored 11 of his 15 points in the first quarter for Cleveland, which lost for the fifth time in six games. The Cavaliers, 4-28 on the road, also 13 points from Daniel Gibson.