Wednesday's NBA Capsules
Thursday, March 24, 2011
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Dwyane Wade scored 24 points and Chris Bosh added 23 to help the Miami Heat rally for a 100-94 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.
LeBron James had 19 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for Miami, which has won six of seven following a five-game losing streak.
The Heat trailed by 11 late in the third quarter before Mike Miller made a 3-pointer in the final seconds. Miami then scored the first 15 points of the fourth to take an 88-81 lead.
Detroit had the ball down by four in the final minute, but Greg Monroe missed a layup, forcing the Pistons to foul.
Richard Hamilton led Detroit with 27 points.
Nuggets 115, Spurs 112
DENVER (AP) — Wilson Chandler hit a go-ahead jumper with 29.3 seconds remaining.
The Spurs were playing their first game since losing Tim Duncan indefinitely to a left ankle sprain in Monday night’s night win over Golden State.
Rookie center Tiago Splitter got the start in place of Duncan and had a quiet night, scoring 4 points and remaining on the bench after picking up his fourth foul with 5:37 left in the third quarter.
Up by five at the half, the Spurs took a 93-90 lead into the fourth quarter and stretched it to 98-91 on a layup by Matt Bonner. That’s when the Nuggets countered with an 11-0 flurry that put them in front 102-98 for their first lead since the game’s opening moments. Al Harrington had 3-pointers to start and finish the flurry.
Suns 114, Raptors 106
PHOENIX (AP) — Aaron Brooks energized a tired, ailing Phoenix Suns team with 25 points.
Brooks hit the biggest shot of the game, a 3-pointer from the left corner with 54.9 seconds left to play that gave the Suns a 110-105 lead. It came after Phoenix grabbed the lead for good with 2:14 left, on a Jared Dudley’s 3-pointer.
The Suns, playing the second of back-to-back set games only about 20 hours after a triple-overtime road loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, struggled with their shooting until late in the game and played shorthanded throughout.
Starting guard Grant Hill left the game midway through the first quarter with flu-like symptoms and reserve forward Mickael Pietrus played two minutes and 24 seconds of the first before leaving with a sprained right knee.
Pacers 111, Bobcats 88
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Danny Granger scored 33 points and the Indiana Pacers created breathing room over one of their closest competitors for the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot.
Tyler Hansbrough added 24 points and Roy Hibbert had 13 points and 14 rebounds for the Pacers, who moved three games ahead of Charlotte for eighth place by completing a four-game season sweep.
The Pacers turned a 12-point, second-quarter deficit into a rout behind the hot-shooting Granger, who scored 25 points in a 16-minute stretch bridging the second and third periods.
D.J. Augustin scored 17 points and Kwame Brown had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Bobcats, who got 11 points from top scorer Stephen Jackson as he labored through a hamstring injury.
Rockets 131, Warriors 112
HOUSTON (AP) — Kevin Martin scored 34 points, Chuck Hayes got his first career triple-double and Houston won its fifth straight.
Hayes had 14 rebounds, 13 points and 11 assists for the Rockets, who remained two games behind Memphis for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Courtney Lee, starting for injured Chase Budinger, scored 25 points and Luis Scola added 20 for Houston.
Dorell Wright had 34 points, David Lee 19 and Stephen Curry 16 for the Warriors.
Thunder 106, Jazz 94
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook scored 31 points and Kevin Durant added 29 to help Oklahoma City drop depleted Utah to .500 for the first time since Nov. 6.
The Jazz (36-36) played without starting point guard Devin Harris because of a strained right hamstring, and Andrei Kirilenko sat out the second half after bruising a nerve in his left knee. That proved to be too much to overcome.
Al Jefferson had 32 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Jazz, who dropped four games behind Memphis for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with 10 games left.
76ers 105, Hawks 100
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lou Williams scored 17 points, Andre Iguodala and Thaddeus Young each had 16, and Philadelphia rallied with a 25-6 run to open the fourth quarter.
Williams and Young keyed the Sixers’ rally off the bench in the fourth. Philadelphia was down 10 late in the third quarter before an 11-0 run early in the fourth fueled the comeback.
Josh Smith had 33 points and 12 rebounds for the slumping Hawks. Smith’s 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds left pulled the Hawks within three.
Iguodala hit two free throws to clinch the win.
Grizzlies 90, Celtics 87
BOSTON (AP) — Marc Gasol scored 11 points with 11 rebounds and Zach Randolph had 13 points and eight rebounds.
Gasol stole the ball from Ray Allen and then hit a layup with just over a minute left to put Memphis ahead 88-85. After Gasol missed a pair of free throws with 4.6 seconds left and a chance to go up by five, Paul Pierce missed an off-balance 3-pointer that would have sent the game into overtime.
The victory helped Memphis solidify its hold on the eighth and final playoff spot in the West. The Grizzlies (40-32) are just one-half game behind seventh-place New Orleans.
The Celtics (50-20) missed a chance to move into a tie with Chicago for the best record in the Eastern Conference.
Pierce scored 22 for Boston, which lost for the fifth time in nine games. Rajon Rondo had six points, seven steals, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.
Kings 97, Bucks 90
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Marcus Thornton scored 27 points, Beno Udrih added 25 and Sacramento damaged the Bucks’ fading playoff hopes.
Milwaukee (28-42) fell three games behind Indiana for the eighth and final spot in the Eastern Conference with 12 left to play.
Sacramento has won two of three on this five-game road trip and rebounded from an ugly 40-point loss to Chicago on Monday night, the Kings’ worst in more than two years.
Milwaukee’s Carlos Delfino scored 30 points for the second consecutive game to again match his career high, but had 22 of them in the first half.
The Kings, who are expected to get Tyreke Evans back for Friday’s game at Indiana, got contributions from all over, including 13 points from DeMarcus Cousins and 11 points and 12 rebounds for Samuel Dalembert to snap Milwaukee’s two-game winning streak.
Magic 111, Knicks 99
NEW YORK (AP) — Dwight Howard had 33 points and 11 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic won their fourth straight.
Jameer Nelson added 19 points, Hedo Turkoglu had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Brandon Bass chipped in 15 points for the Magic, who held Amare Stoudemire to his worst game this season and beat the Knicks for the sixth straight time and 13th in the last 15.
Jason Richardson scored nine of his 12 points in the fourth quarter, when the Magic broke away after leading by one after three.
Carmelo Anthony had 24 points for the Knicks (35-36), who lost for the seventh time in eight games and are below .500 for the first time since they were 8-9 after losing to Atlanta on Nov. 27.
Nets 98, Cavaliers 94, OT
CLEVELAND (AP) — Kris Humphries grabbed a career-high 23 rebounds and made several big plays in overtime, leading New Jersey to its fifth road win in a matchup of two bad teams winding down miserable seasons.
Jordan Farmar’s two free throws with 3.8 seconds left helped seal it for the Nets, who snapped a four-game losing streak and improved to 5-29 in road games.
Humphries, Brook Lopez and Sasha Vujacic scored 18 apiece for New Jersey.
Ramon Sessions scored 21 and J.J. Hickson had 17 with 17 boards for the Cavs, who have lost four straight and seven in a row at home.