Wednesday's NBA Capsules
Thursday, February 9, 2012
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tony Parker scored 37 points, Gary Neal added 18 off the bench and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Philadelphia 76ers 100-90 in a matchup of division leaders Wednesday night.
Tim Duncan had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Tiago Splitter scored 15 for the Southwest Division-leading Spurs.
Lou Williams led Philadelphia with 22 points. Andre Iguodala had 17 and Thaddeus Young scored 16.
The Atlantic Division-leading Sixers fell to 4-2 during a seven-game stretch that coach Doug Collins termed “Death Row” because of the quality of their opponents. After building a strong record early in the season against lesser competition, they beat Orlando, Chicago, Atlanta (on the road) and the Los Angeles Lakers. Their other loss was at home to Miami.
The Spurs are a much different team on the road. But they outplayed the Sixers throughout to improve to 5-8 away from home. They’re 13-1 in their own building.
MAVERICKS 105, NUGGETS 95
DENVER (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki scored 25 points and Dallas snapped a three-game losing streak by beating an undermanned Denver squard.
Vince Carter added 17 for the Mavericks, who defeated Denver for the first time in five tries.
Rudy Fernandez and Al Harrington each had 17 points off the bench to lead the Nuggets, who lost their fourth straight. Nene had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Ty Lawson scored 16 with 10 assists.
Arron Afflalo (left ankle) and Nene (left heel) returned to the lineup after sitting out Monday night’s loss to Houston, but Denver was still without leading scorer Danilo Gallinari (left ankle) and Timofey Mozgov (left ankle). Corey Brewer took a leave of absence following the death of his father.
Dallas was without Jason Kidd, who missed his sixth game because of a strained right calf.
CAVALIERS 99, CLIPPERS 92
CLEVELAND (AP) — Ramon Sessions had a season-high 24 points as a last-minute replacement for injured rookie Kyrie Irving, and Antawn Jamison scored 27 to lead Cleveland over Los Angeles.
Sessions didn’t know he was starting until moments before the game when the Cavaliers diagnosed Irving with a concussion. Sessions added 13 assists in his first start this season.
Daniel Gibson scored 17 points in his return for Cleveland after missing five games with a neck infection.
Blake Griffin had 25 points and 15 rebounds before fouling out with 6.6 seconds left for the Clippers, who tied it at 87 with 2:10 left after trailing by 15 in the third quarter. But Gibson made a 3-pointer and Anderson Varejao dropped a key jumper with 29 seconds left as Cleveland hung on.
Chris Paul had 16 points and 12 assists for Los Angeles, playing its first game without injured guard Chauncey Billups, out for the season with a torn Achilles tendon.
MAGIC 102, HEAT 89
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Dwight Howard had 25 points and 24 rebounds, Ryan Anderson scored 27 and Orlando hit 17 3-pointers against Miami.
Anderson had five 3s — all in the first half — and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Magic. Howard posted his 20th double-double of the season.
Orlando fell two shy of its season high for 3s and set a team record with 42 attempts.
The Magic have won four of five since their season-high four-game losing streak. They have also beaten Miami in nine of their last 11 meetings in Orlando.
Dwyane Wade led the Heat with 33 points, but only 11 after halftime. LeBron James added 17 as the Heat had their three-game winning streak snapped.
BULLS 90, HORNETS 67
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Carlos Boozer scored 18 points and Chicago won its fourth straight game while nearly holding New Orleans to a franchise low in points.
Joakim Noah had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls. Taj Gibson scored 14 and Kyle Korver 12.
Star guard Derrick Rose started only two days after leaving Chicago’s previous game with back spasms. He played 22 minutes and finished with six points, six assists and five rebounds, but the Bulls would have been fine without him.
Chris Kaman scored 17 for the Hornets, who have lost seven straight and 22 of 24. New Orleans made its last six shots, including Marco Belinelli’s 3-pointer with a second left, to narrowly surpass the club low of 65 points.
KNICKS 107, WIZARDS 93
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jeremy Lin had 23 points and a career-high 10 assists, Tyson Chandler scored 25 points with 11 rebounds and New York beat Washington for its third straight win.
Chandler, a 10-year NBA veteran, finished two points short of his career high, but it was Lin’s night again. Following his two breakout games of 25 points against New Jersey and 28 against Utah, Lin was 9 for 14 from the field and 5 of 6 from the line.
Steve Novak added 19 points for the Knicks, who won again without leading scorers Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire. It was their eighth straight victory over Washington.
Washington dropped to 5-21 and failed to gain its first two-game winning streak of the season. John Wall led the Wizards with 29 points.
BUCKS 105, RAPTORS 99
TORONTO (AP) — Carlos Delfino scored a season-high 25 points against his former team, Drew Gooden had 20 points and 14 rebounds and Milwaukee snapped a three-game losing streak by beating Toronto.
Mike Dunleavy scored 16 of his 18 points in the second quarter and Stephen Jackson had 17 as the Bucks won for the seventh time in eight games against Toronto.
Delfino, who played for the Raptors in 2007-08, matched his season high with nine rebounds.
One night after scoring a season-low three points in a 107-105 loss to Phoenix, Bucks leading scorer Brandon Jennings was kept quiet again, scoring eight of his 11 in the final quarter but making just three of 12 field-goal attempts.
DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points for the Raptors, who have lost three straight and five of six. Jose Calderon had 15 assists.
HAWKS 97, PACERS 87
ATLANTA (AP) — Josh Smith scored 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as Atlanta defeated Indiana to snap a three-game home losing streak.
The Hawks, who had fallen behind by big margins in each game on the homestand, finally got off to a good start. Atlanta built a 21-point lead in the first half and withstood repeated runs by Indiana over the final two quarters.
Joe Johnson added 20 points for the Hawks, while Kirk Hinrich (17) and Tracy McGrady (13) contributed valuable minutes off the bench.
Danny Granger scored 21 points to lead the Pacers, who couldn’t overcome the big deficit after winning the night before at home. Indiana has lost nine straight in Atlanta, a streak dating to 2006.
GRIZZLIES 85, TIMBERWOLVES 80
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Rudy Gay had 19 points and nine rebounds, Quincy Pondexter added a career-high 17 points and Memphis ended a three-game slide with a victory over Minnesota.
Marc Gasol and Dante Cunningham scored 12 apiece, and O. J. Mayo finished with 10 for Memphis despite connecting on only three of 11 shots as the Grizzlies shot just 37 percent overall.
J.J. Barea led the Timberwolves with 17 points and six assists. Minnesota’s starting backcourt combination of Ricky Rubio and Luke Ridnour went a combined 2 of 14 from the field as the Timberwolves shot 39 percent and set a season low for points. They played their second game without leading scorer Kevin Love, who completed his two-game suspension for stepping on Houston’s Luis Scola.
PISTONS 99, NETS 92
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Greg Monroe had 20 points and 12 rebounds to lift Detroit over New Jersey for its season-best third straight victory.
Jonas Jerebko added 16 points and Tayshaun Prince had 15 as the Pistons snapped a seven-game road losing streak. Ben Gordon, playing for the first time in 11 games, added 14 points for Detroit, which almost blew an 18-point second-half lead.
Deron Williams scored 17 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Nets, who have lost four in a row. Jordan Farmar added 22 off the bench and Kris Humphries had 16 rebounds.
ROCKETS 103, TRAIL BLAZERS 96
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Chase Budinger had 22 points off the bench to lead Houston past Portland.
The Rockets lost starting guard Kyle Lowry to a right arm injury late in the third quarter and he did not return. The extent of the injury was not immediately known.
Lowry had 12 points before he left. Courtney Lee finished with 16 as the Rockets’ bench accounted for 66 points. Houston led by as many as 19 for its second consecutive win on the road.
Jamal Crawford came off the bench to score 21 points for the Trail Blazers, who rallied to tie it at 77 in the fourth quarter. Portland, however, could not pull ahead.
It was Portland’s second straight loss at the Rose Garden and only the team’s third at home this season.
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