Tuesday's NBA Capsules
Games played Dec. 18, 2012
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade scored 24 points, LeBron James added 22 points and 11 assists and the Miami Heat survived a huge rebounding differential to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 103-92 on Tuesday night.
Chris Bosh scored 15 points and Mario Chalmers added 12 for the Heat, who gave up 21 of the game's first 24 rebounds and wound up getting beaten 52-24 on the boards — yet still won.
Andrei Kirilenko scored 22 for Minnesota, which played without guard Ricky Rubio, who's being eased back after recovering from knee surgery. The Timberwolves dropped their second straight. Kevin Love finished with 11 points and 18 rebounds, and Nikola Pekovic had a 18-point, 12-rebound effort for the Timberwolves.
James topped the 20-point mark for the 27th straight regular-season game and 43rd straight overall.
HAWKS 100, WIZARDS 95, OT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lou Williams scored a season-high 24 points and Josh Smith had 17 points and 13 rebounds to lead Atlanta past Washington in overtime.
Atlanta (15-7) has won all three meetings with the Wizards (3-19) this season.
After Washington took a 93-92 lead on a jumper by Earl Barron with 3:05 to play in overtime, the Hawks scored six straight points — capped by DeShawn Stevenson's 3-pointer — to go up five with 1:29 to play.
Stevenson and Al Horford each made 1 of 2 free throws, and then Jordan Crawford, who had a triple-double with 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, hit a jumper with 48 seconds left to pull Washington to 98-95.
Nene had a jumper blocked by Smith with 9 seconds to play, and Kyle Korver made two free throws to cap the scoring.
JAZZ 92, NETS 90
NEW YORK (AP) — Mo Williams scored 19 points, Al Jefferson had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Utah held on to beat Brooklyn.
Utah turned it over on two inbounds passes in the final 31 seconds, the last leading to a Nets steal. They pushed it up and got a potential go-ahead 3-pointer from Gerald Wallace that missed. The Jazz escaped when Reggie Evans' follow shot was no good as time expired.
Derrick Favors added 13 points against his former franchise for the Jazz, who improved to just 5-10 on the road.
Joe Johnson scored 21 points for the Nets, who led for most of the game and by as many as 13 points before dropping their second straight.
BULLS 100, CELTICS 89
CHICAGO (AP) — Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer scored 21 points apiece, Joakim Noah had a triple-double for Chicago.
Noah had 11 points, 13 rebounds and a career high-tying 10 assists for his second career triple-double, and the Bulls evened a 101-95 home loss to Boston on Nov. 12.
Nate Robinson scored 18 points for Chicago and keyed a fourth-quarter surge that put the game out of reach.
Rajon Rondo led the Celtics with 26 points and eight assists. Paul Pierce added 16 points. Boston has lost a season-high three straight games, all on the road.
The Bulls improved to 4-2 in the second of back-to-back games this season. Chicago bounced back from a loss at Memphis on Monday, putting up their lowest point total in five seasons.
RAPTORS 113, CAVALIERS 99
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jose Calderon scored a season-high 23 points, and Toronto won on the road for the second time this season.
The Raptors snapped an 11-game skid on the road, winning away from home for the first time since Nov. 13 when they beat Indiana. Toronto, which is 2-14 on the road, has also won three in a row for the first time this season.
Alan Anderson hit three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and finished with 18 points. Amir Johnson scored 17 points and DeMar DeRozan added 16.
Kyrie Irving, coming off a career-high 41 points Saturday, scored 23 points for Cleveland. The reigning rookie of the year, currently playing with a broken bone in his jaw, is wearing a protective mask.
BUCKS 98, PACERS 93
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Brandon Jennings scored 13 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter and Monta Ellis had 19 points, leading Milwaukee past Indiana.
Jennings scored four straight points midway through the fourth quarter to give the Bucks an 89-85 lead with 4:10 remaining.
Paul George drove the lane for Indiana for a dunk to cut the lead to two, but Jennings responded with a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 3:30 remaining to give the Bucks a 92-87 lead.
David West hit one of two free throws, but Mike Dunleavy rebounded his own miss and scored to give Milwaukee a 94-88 lead with 1:35 remaining.
George Hill hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 94-91 with 1:17 remaining. Jennings then drove the lane and scored with 1 minute left to boost the lead to 96-91 and the Bucks held on for the win.
MAVERICKS 107, 76ERS 100
DALLAS (AP) — O.J. Mayo scored 26 points, Chris Kaman added 20 and Dallas snapped a three-game losing streak.
Mayo and Kaman scored 17 of Dallas' last 19 points to help the Mavericks win their seventh straight at home against the 76ers.
Dorell Wright scored 25 points and Spencer Hawes had 18 for the 76ers, who lost their fourth straight game. Philadelphia point guard Jrue Holiday, the team's leading scorer at nearly 19 points per game, missed his third straight game with a sprained left foot.
Dallas point guard Derek Fisher left the game with 6:50 left in the first quarter with a strained right knee and did not return. Fisher, who wasn't expected to play because of the flu, went down to the ground after having his shot blocked by Evan Turner. The 17th-year guard walked slowly to the locker room.
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