Monday's NBA Capsules
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
MIAMI (AP) — Chris Bosh scored 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, Dwyane Wade scored 29 and the Miami Heat avenged their worst loss of the season by rolling past the NBA-leading Spurs 110-80 on Monday night.
LeBron James finished with 21 points, eight assists and six rebounds for the Heat, who have won three straight and moved within two games of Eastern Conference front-runners Boston and Chicago. Miami lost 125-95 in San Antonio on March 4, the midpoint of a five-game slide that now seems all but forgotten after wins over the Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies and now the Spurs.
Tony Parker scored 18 points and Tim Duncan added 14 for the Spurs, who had won 15 of their last 18 against Miami.
Kings 129, Warriors 119
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Marcus Thornton and Samuel Dalembert had career scoring nights with 42 and 27 points in what might have been the final meeting ever in Sacramento between the Northern California rivals.
DeMarcus Cousins added 15 as the Kings had their second-highest scoring game of the season and shot 57 percent to win for just the second time in their past nine home games.
Al Thornton scored 23 points and Stephen Curry added 19 to lead the Warriors, who were never in this game a night after beating Minnesota 100-77 in their most lopsided win of the season.
With the Kings contemplating a move to Anaheim after the season, this could have been the final meeting ever between the teams in Sacramento. The teams will still meet once more in Oakland this season on April 10.
Rockets 95, Suns 93
HOUSTON (AP) — Kevin Martin scored 23 points, Chuck Hayes had a career-high 21 points and nine rebounds and Houston snapped a seven-game losing streak to Phoenix.
Kyle Lowry added 18 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Rockets, who stayed three games behind Memphis in the race for the final playoff spot.
Vince Carter scored 21 to lead the Suns, who played without point guard Steve Nash for the second straight game.
Aaron Brooks, acquired from Houston in a trade at the deadline, started for Nash and struggled, scoring two points on 1 for 9 shooting.
The Suns slipped 2 1/2 games behind the Grizzlies in the race for the No. 8 playoff spot in the West.
Nets 88, Celtics 79
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Brook Lopez scored 20 points, Deron Williams added 16 and made the clinching 3-pointer, and the New Jersey Nets extended their longest winning streak in three years to five games.
Kris Humphries had 16 points and 15 rebounds, following his strong performance against Blake Griffin by turning in one against Kevin Garnett to help the Nets snap a nine-game home losing streak against the Celtics.
New Jersey has won five in a row overall for the first time since late December-early January in the 2007-08 season.
Ray Allen scored 19 points and Garnett had 18 for the Celtics, who couldn’t overcome horrible shooting nights from All-Stars Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo and fell back into a tie with Chicago for the best record in the Eastern Conference.
Thunder 116, Wizards 89
WASHINGTON (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 32 points and Russell Westbrook had 18 points and 12 assists.
It was the 25th time this season that Durant, the NBA scoring leader, scored at least 30 points. He scored 40 in the previous meeting between the two teams on Jan. 28.
Daequan Cook had 18 points and was 6 for 9 on 3-pointers for Oklahoma City, which has now won four straight and six of seven, as well as the last five meetings against Washington. The Thunder are 23-4 this season against teams with sub-.500 records.
Trevor Booker had 14 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, John Wall had 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists, and JaVale McGee also scored 14 points for the Wizards.
Nuggets 114, Hornets 103
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ty Lawson scored 23 points and the Denver Nuggets combined for 17 3-pointers in a 114-103 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Monday night.
Raymond Felton added 22 points, hitting six 3s for Denver, while J.R. Smith hit five 3s and finished with 18 points.
Denver made 17 of 29 3-pointers to build a 23-point lead Wilson Chandler’s 3 made it 91-68 in the third quarter. Chandler hit four 3s and finished with 21 points.
The Nuggets were just short of the season high of 18 they set one game earlier in a victory over Detroit.
Chris Paul had 27 points and 10 assists for the Hornets.
Grizzlies 105, Clippers 82
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Zach Randolph had 30 points and 12 rebounds to help the Memphis Grizzlies snap a two-game skid.
Randolph connected on 12 of 18 shots from the field, and Memphis secured its hold on the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Sam Young finished with 14 points and Mike Conley had 13 for Memphis. Darrell Arthur chipped in 12 points and Greivis Vasquez scored a career-high 11.
Eric Bledsoe scored 19 points, Chris Kaman added 14 and Mo Williams 11 for the Clippers. Rookie forward Blake Griffin was limited to eight points and nine rebounds, his fourth straight game without reaching a double-double — the longest such drought for Griffin.
Los Angeles trailed by 31 in the fourth quarter, its largest deficit of the season.
Jazz 112, Sixers 107, OT
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Andrei Kirilenko scored seven of his 16 points in overtime for short-handed Utah.
The Jazz led by as many as 21 points in the second quarter, 18 in the third and 15 in the fourth before Philadelphia rallied. The Sixers had a 103-101 lead with 11.5 seconds left in regulation thanks to a 14-point quarter by Andre Iguodala.
But C.J. Miles’ driving layup tied it and Iguodala missed what would have been the game-winner.
Kirilenko then took over, hitting a 3-pointer, putback dunk and two free throws to seal the win.
The Sixers haven’t won in Utah since Jan. 5, 2005, losing 10 of the last 12 overall against the Jazz.