Saturday's NBA Capsules
Sunday, April 1, 2012
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 20 seconds left, after starting the game with 15 straight misses, and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied to beat the last-place New Orleans Hornets 88-85 on Saturday.
It was just the third field goal of the game for Bryant, who finished with 11 points on 3 of 21 shooting as the Lakers ended a two-game skid at home. Pau Gasol had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Andrew Bynum added 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Ramon Sessions had 10 points and 10 assists.
Bryant was 0 for 7 on 3-pointers before making his only one. He had five assists, three rebounds and four fouls in 39 minutes.
Jarrett Jack had 18 points and 10 assists for the Hornets, but he missed a go-ahead bank shot with 4.9 seconds left.
76ERS 95, HAWKS 90
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Elton Brand scored 13 of his season-high 25 points in the fourth quarter to rally Philadelphia past Atlanta.
Andre Iguodala scored 18, and Brand had 10 rebounds to go with his 10-for-12 shooting.
Coming off a 21-point loss to lowly Washington on Friday that knocked them out of first place in the Atlantic Division and down to No. 7 in the Eastern Conference, the Sixers earned a hard-fought win against a team ahead of them in the standings.
Josh Smith led Atlanta with 34 points and Joe Johnson had 15. The Hawks have lost three of four after winning four straight.
The 76ers pulled within a half-game of Boston in the Atlantic.
KNICKS 91, CAVALIERS 75
NEW YORK (AP) — JR Smith scored 20 points, Carmelo Anthony had 19, and New York shook off bad Jeremy Lin injury news to beat Cleveland.
Already without Amare Stoudemire, the Knicks announced before the game that Lin would have surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee and could miss six weeks. That leaves them without their second- and third-leading scorers as they try to hold onto a playoff spot.
But they showed they still may have enough. Tyson Chandler had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the eighth-place Knicks, who bounced back from a loss in Atlanta on Friday to win for the ninth time in 11 games. They have won seven in a row at home.
Antawn Jamison scored 13 for the Cavaliers, who played without injured rookie Kyrie Irving.
PISTONS 110, BOBCATS 107, OT
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Will Bynum's 3-pointer with 15.7 seconds left in regulation sent the game into overtime, and Detroit went on to edge Charlotte.
The Bobcats led 93-85 with under 2:00 remaining before Detroit's Brandon Knight made a pair of 3-pointers and Bynum sank his tying shot from the left wing. Gerald Henderson had a great chance to win it for Charlotte, but his driving bank shot missed in the final seconds.
Jonas Jerebko put the Pistons ahead 105-103 on a tip-in with 50.5 seconds left in overtime, and Detroit led 108-104 before Reggie Williams made a 3-pointer with 6.4 seconds left to cut it to one. Tayshaun Prince made two free throws for Detroit, and Charlotte's Byron Mullens and Williams both missed last-ditch 3-pointers.
SPURS 112, PACERS 103
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tim Duncan had 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead San Antonio to its seventh consecutive win.
Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili added 18 points apiece for the Spurs, who are 8-1 since making a rare plunge into midseason moves by adding forwards Stephen Jackson and Boris Diaw.
Paul George and Danny Granger each scored 18 for Indiana. The Pacers have lost two of three while trying to break out of the jammed East playoff picture and secure some home-court edge.
The Spurs aren't budging in the standings, either. They're 2 1/2 games behind first-place Oklahoma City and remain stuck behind the similarly streaking Thunder.
GRIZZLIES 99, BUCKS 95
MILWAUKEE (AP) — O.J. Mayo scored a season-high 24 points, and Rudy Gay had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead Memphis past Milwaukee.
Marc Gasol added 13 points and 14 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who are in the midst of playing seven games in nine days. They opened the stretch with a 98-89 loss at Houston on Friday.
Brandon Jennings scored 24 points on 9-of-18 shooting for Milwaukee.
Ersan Illyasova added 18 points and 15 rebounds for the Bucks, who were coming off a 37-point victory at Cleveland on Friday — their largest margin of victory since Feb. 20, 2002.