Friday's NBA Capsules
Originally published February 18, 2012 at 12:08 a.m., updated February 18, 2012 at 1:12 a.m.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Lin-ning streak is over. And Jeremy Lin’s sloppiness was one of the problems.
Lin committed nine turnovers, tied for the most in the NBA this season, and the New York Knicks had their seven-game winning streak stopped with an 89-85 loss to the New Orleans Hornets on Friday night.
Lin scored 26 points, but his turnovers nearly doubled his five assists and the Knicks lost for the first time since Linsanity began, falling back below .500 at 15-16 heading into a matchup with the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.
Trevor Ariza scored 25 points for the Hornets, who have won three in a row after a 4-23 start. Marco Belinelli added 17.
Amare Stoudemire had 26 points and 12 rebounds for New York.
HEAT 111, CAVALIERS 87
CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James scored 28 points in his third game back to Cleveland as a visitor, Dwyane Wade added 22 and Miami won its fifth straight — all on the road.
James, booed loudly every time he touched the ball by fans who haven’t forgiven him for leaving two years ago, scored 16 in the third quarter when the Heat opened a 34-point lead. James added four dunks, three 3-pointers, five rebounds, five assists and rested the entire fourth quarter.
Miami has won eight of nine and went 5-1 on its trip, winning by an average of 18.8 points.
The Heat showed no mercy on the Cavs, who got 17 points from rookie Kyrie Irving.
MAVERICKS 82, 76ERS 75
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki had 28 points and 12 rebounds, and Dallas erased a 15-point deficit with a dominant second half against Philadelphia.
Dominique Jones added 12 points and Jason Kidd had nine points, nine rebounds and eight assists to help the Mavericks win their sixth straight game. Dallas snapped a tie early in the fourth with a 9-0 run, and that was more than enough with the 76ers losing their touch in the second half.
Nowitzki nearly beat the Sixers on his own in the second half, scoring 24 points to match Philadelphia’s total after halftime. Nik Vucevic had 16 points off the bench to lead the 76ers, who missed 13 of 14 attempts from 3-point range.
THUNDER 110, WARRIORS 87
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — James Harden scored 25 points, Kevin Durant added 23 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, and Oklahoma City completed a season sweep of Golden State.
Russell Westbrook scored 18 points for Oklahoma City, but the All-Star point guard left with 1:13 remaining in the third quarter with what the team said was a sprained right ankle. He didn’t return.
Still, the Thunder improved to 23-7, the best record in the Western Conference, with their third win over the Warriors in 22 days.
David Lee led Golden State with 23 points. Monta Ellis, who scored 48 the last time the teams played, had 11 in this one.
GRIZZLIES 103, NUGGETS 102
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Dante Cunningham tipped in Rudy Gay’s miss with less than a second left to lift Memphis over Denver.
Andre Miller’s inbounds pass with 0.2 seconds left was batted away at the rim, allowing Memphis to win its third straight despite blowing a 23-point second-half lead.
Gay had 20 points to lead six Grizzlies players in double figures. O.J. Mayo finished with 17, while Mike Conley and Marc Gasol scored 16 apiece. Gasol also grabbed 14 rebounds and handed out eight assists. Marreesse Speights added 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Corey Brewer keyed the Nuggets’ rally by scoring a season-high 26 points, all in the second half, on 10-of-14 shooting.
BOBCATS 98, RAPTORS 91
TORONTO (AP) — Reggie Williams scored a season-high 22 points to help Charlotte snap a 16-game losing streak by beating Toronto.
D.J. Augustin had 11 points and 10 assists, Kemba Walker scored 14 points and fellow rookie Bismack Biyombo had a career-high 13 rebounds as the Bobcats won for the first time since beating Golden State on Jan. 14. Corey Maggette added 16 points as Charlotte avoided becoming the 28th team in NBA history to drop at least 17 straight games.
All of Williams’ points came in the first three quarters. He did not play in the fourth.
DeMar DeRozan scored 24 and Amir Johnson had a career-high 15 rebounds for the Raptors, who have lost four straight and 10 of 13. Toronto has lost five in a row to Charlotte and is 4-11 at home this season.
MAGIC 94, BUCKS 85
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Dwight Howard had 26 points and 20 rebounds as Orlando rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Milwaukee.
It was Howard’s seventh 20-point, 20-rebound game of the season. Ryan Anderson added 23 points, including four 3-pointers, and Hedo Turkoglu had 14 points and seven assists.
The Magic have won four straight overall and 12 in a row at home against the Bucks.
Carlos Delfino led the Bucks with 16 points and Ersan Ilyasova added 14 points and 10 rebounds. Milwaukee has lost four in a row.
PISTONS 114, KINGS 108
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Rodney Stuckey scored a season-high 36 points and rookie Brandon Knight added 23 points and 10 assists to help Detroit rally past Sacramento.
Tayshaun Prince finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds, while Stuckey was 12 for 20 from the floor and 11 for 12 from the free throw line. Detroit has won six of eight after a 4-20 start.
DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings with 26 points and 15 rebounds, while Marcus Thornton added 24.
TIMBERWOLVES 111, ROCKETS 98
HOUSTON (AP) — Kevin Love scored 33 points, including eight straight during a key fourth-quarter stretch, and Nikola Pekovic added a career-high 30 to lead Minnesota past Houston.
Love’s fourth 30-point outing in the last five games helped the Timberwolves improve to 3-1 against Houston this season. Ricky Rubio added 18 points and nine assists.
A big run by the Rockets at the beginning of the fourth cut Minnesota’s lead from 14 to one before Love took over. He scored eight points in a row, fueled by a pair of 3-pointers, to push Minnesota’s lead to 103-94 with 3 minutes left. Houston never threatened again.
Love also had 17 rebounds for his 27th double-double of the season, most in the NBA.
Chandler Parsons scored 18 points for the Rockets.
JAZZ 114, WIZARDS 100
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Al Jefferson scored a season-high 34 points, including 26 in the first half, to lead Utah over Washington.
The Jazz, who had lost five of six, broke it open in the third quarter when they outscored the Wizards 38-28, fueled by runs of 8-0 and 20-8.
Jefferson had eclipsed his season high of 30 points with nearly 5 minutes left in the third as the Jazz led by as many as 28. He finished 16 of 23 with 12 rebounds, three steals and a blocked shot.
John Wall led the Wizards with 24 points, while Jordan Crawford added 21 off the bench.
Paul Millsap had 14 points and 12 rebounds for Utah, which held a 70-44 advantage in the paint.
LAKERS 111, SUNS 99
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant scored 18 of his 36 points in the third quarter, Andrew Bynum had 17 points and 14 rebounds, and the Lakers handed the Phoenix Suns their fourth straight loss.
It was only the fourth time in 30 games this season that the Lakers reached the 100-point mark. Pau Gasol had 13 rebounds and 10 points, and Matt Barnes added 17 points off the bench along with seven boards in 25 minutes. Bryant had nine rebounds and six assists.
Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping attended the game, capping a four-day visit to the U.S. He entered the arena on a red carpet during the second quarter and observed the proceedings from the second tier of luxury suites above the official scorer’s table and the players’ benches.
Marcin Gortat, the only player to start all 31 games for the Suns, led them with 21 points and 16 rebounds on his 28th birthday.
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