Saturday's NBA Capsules
Games played Dec. 15, 2012
Sunday, December 16, 2012
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Matt Barnes scored 21 points, Blake Griffin had 18 points and 11 rebounds and the Los Angeles Clippers routed the cold-shooting Milwaukee Bucks 111-85 on Saturday night for their ninth consecutive victory.
DeAndre Jordan added 15 points and 11 rebounds for Los Angeles, which had lost three in a row in Milwaukee. Griffin had three spectacular dunks in a brief stretch in the third quarter.
It's the longest winning streak for the franchise since the Buffalo Braves captured 11 in a row during the 1974-75 season
The Bucks, who had won four in a row, shot 36 percent from the field.
Marquis Daniels scored 16 points for Milwaukee and Monta Ellis had 13, but went 4 for 14 from the floor. Brandon Jennings was held to nine points on 3-for-13 shooting.
TIMBERWOLVES 114, MAVERICKS 106, OT
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ricky Rubio made a triumphant return to the court with nine assists and eight points in 18 minutes, sparking the Timberwolves to an overtime victory over the Mavericks.
Andrei Kirilenko scored five of his 14 points in overtime while Rubio watched from the bench because of a minutes restriction on his surgically repaired left knee.
Nikola Pekovic scored 21 points for the Timberwolves, who won their fourth straight game despite playing without All-Star Kevin Love because of an illness.
O.J. Mayo had 20 points, six assists and five rebounds and Shawn Marion had 14 points and 10 boards for the Mavericks, who led by 13 early before Rubio came off the bench for the first time since tearing up his left knee in March.
WARRIORS 115, HAWKS 93
ATLANTA (AP) — David Lee had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and the Warriors completed an impressive road trip with a victory.
Stephen Curry collected 18 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds for Golden State, which went in front to stay in the second quarter. Harrison Barnes and Carl Landry each had 19 points.
The Warriors capped a 6-1 tour against Eastern Conference teams, including a win at Miami. It was the team's first winning road trip of at least six games since a 4-3 trip in the 1970-71 season.
Al Horford led Atlanta with 17 points. Lou Williams scored 16 and Ivan Johnson had 15 points and nine rebounds. The Hawks had won 11 of 13.
Golden State completed a sweep of its two-game season series against Atlanta one night after a 99-85 loss at Orlando. It was Lee's seventh straight game with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds.
KNICKS 103, CAVALIERS 102
NEW YORK (AP) — Raymond Felton scored 25 points, Tyson Chandler had 23, and the Knicks earned their fourth straight win, overcoming Kyrie Irving's career-high 41 points and the absence of Carmelo Anthony.
The Knicks improved the NBA's only unbeaten home record to 10-0 when Anderson Varejao missed the second of two free throws with 1 second left. It's the best home start for New York since the 1991-92 team won its first 11 at Madison Square Garden.
Anthony, the NBA's No. 2 scorer, missed the game after spraining his left ankle Thursday in the third quarter of a victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
It almost wasn't enough thanks to Irving, who had no problems wearing a black protective mask after breaking a bone in his face on a hard fall Friday night against Milwaukee.
CJ Miles finished with 17 points for the Cavs, who had three masked men in uniform as they dropped their third straight.
HEAT 102, WIZARDS 72
MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and the Heat never trailed.
Udonis Haslem and Dwyane Wade each scored 13 for Miami, which outscored Washington 29-10 in the third quarter to build a 33-point lead. James had 16 points alone in the third, ensuring he would finish with at least 20 points for the 26th straight regular-season game and 42nd consecutive game overall dating to last season.
Chris Bosh added 12 points for the Heat, who turned 21 turnovers into 30 points.
Bradley Beal scored 19 points and Cartier Martin added 18 for the Wizards, who beat the Heat 105-101 in Washington on Dec. 4.
SPURS 103, CELTICS 88
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tony Parker had 22 points and eight assists to help the Spurs get the win.
Gary Neal added 20 points, Danny Green scored 12 and Tiago Splitter finished with 16 points and eight rebounds for San Antonio (19-6), which overcame the loss of Manu Ginobili to improve to 8-2 at home.
Ginobili departed with a bruised left quad after he ran into Chris Wilcox's knee on a screen with 2:42 left in the first quarter.
Paul Pierce and Jason Terry each scored 18 points for Boston (12-11). Kevin Garnett added 13 points and Courtney Lee had 11.
Parker scored nine points in the final quarter. He had one turnover in 36 minutes.
GRIZZLIES 99, JAZZ 86
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Zach Randolph had 25 points and g16 rebounds, and the Grizzlies snapped a three-game losing streak.
It was Memphis' first win in Salt Lake City since an overtime victory on Jan. 24, 2007.
The Grizzlies outscored Utah 28-10 in the third quarter to turn a 10-point halftime deficit into a 72-64 lead entering the fourth. The Jazz shot just 15 percent (3 of 20) in the quarter after shooting 56.4 percent at halftime.
Al Jefferson led Utah with 21 points. Paul Millsap added 12 and Gordon Hayward 11 for the Jazz (13-12), who have lost two straight.
Marc Gasol added 16 points for Memphis (15-6), including nine in the decisive third.
MAGIC 107, BOBCATS 98
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Glen Davis and Arron Afflalo each scored 20 points as the Magic handed the Bobcats their 11th straight loss.
Jameer Nelson added 16 points and six assists for Orlando, and J.J. Redick had 14 points, including a big 3-pointer down the stretch. Nikola Vucevic finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
The Magic have won three of four.
Kemba Walker had a career-high 32 points for Charlotte. The second-year point guard was 11 of 19 from the field, and also had seven assists.
BULLS 83, NETS 82
CHICAGO (AP) — Joakim Noah had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and helped force a key turnover as the Bulls rallied for the win.
Nets star Deron Williams missed a jumper that would have tied it in the finals seconds, helping Chicago win for the fifth time in six games.
Noah and Luol Deng trapped Joe Johnson late in the game, resulting in one of Brooklyn's 18 turnovers. Deng turned the mistake into a basket that tied it at 79.
Brook Lopez had 18 points and 10 rebounds in 25 minutes for Brooklyn, which played for the fourth time in five days.
Marco Belinelli led Chicago with 19 points and made two free throws to cap an 8-0 run in the closing minutes.
PACERS 88, PISTONS 77
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — David West had 23 points and George Hill added 18 points and seven assists to lead Indiana to the victory.
Paul George added 15 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Pacers (13-11), who have won three in a row to move two games over .500 for the first time this season.
Greg Monroe led the Pistons with 18 points and added eight rebounds. Rodney Stuckey had 15 points and seven assists, and Brandon Knight added 14 points.
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