Sunday's NBA Capsules
Monday, January 2, 2012
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Ryan Anderson scored 24 points and led a fourth-quarter rally that sent the Orlando Magic past the Toronto Raptors 102-96 on Sunday night.
The Magic trailed by as many as 16 points, but went on a 16-0 run in the final period. Orlando shot 4 for 5 on 3-pointers during the burst, with Anderson making two of them, as the Magic took a 94-88 lead with 3:05 left.
Dwight Howard had 19 points and 15 rebounds for the Magic, who have won four straight since a season-opening loss to Oklahoma City. J.J. Redick added 21 points and Hedo Turkoglu had 15 points and seven assists.
Andrea Bargnani paced the Raptors with 28 points, and Jose Calderon had 18 points and 13 assists.
CELTICS 94, WIZARDS 86
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rajon Rondo had 18 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds while Kevin Garnett had 24 points and nine rebounds to lead Boston over the winless Wizards.
The victory was the Celtics' second straight after losing their first three. Washington is 0-4.
John Wall, who was 10 for 37 from the field in Washington's first three games, was 6 for 13. He had 19 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.
JaVale McGee had 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Wizards. Nick Young had 18.
HEAT 129, BOBCATS 90
MIAMI (AP) — Chris Bosh scored 20 of his 24 points in the first half as Miami improved to 5-0 for the first time in franchise history.
The 129 points is the most scored by any NBA team so far this season and the 39-point victory margin matched the third-largest in Heat history. Dwyane Wade scored 22 points and LeBron James and Mario Chalmers each scored 16 for the Heat, who ran out to an 18-point lead after one quarter and never trailed.
DJ White scored 21 points and Kemba Walker finished with 17 for Charlotte, which lost its seventh straight regular-season meeting against Miami.
CAVALIERS 98, NETS 82
CLEVELAND (AP) — Antawn Jamison scored 23 points and the Cavaliers made 16 3-pointers in a win over New Jersey.
Kyrie Irving, the No. 1 pick in the draft, had 13 points, four assists and four rebounds for Cleveland (2-2).
Deron Williams led New Jersey (1-4) with 16 points. The Nets dropped their fourth straight game despite having all five starters score in double figures.
Cleveland made 16 of 26 shots from 3-point range, falling one short of the team record for 3s in a game. The Cavaliers made 17 3-pointers in the 2008 and '09 seasons.
MAVERICKS 99, TIMBERWOLVES 82
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kevin Love had 25 points and 17 rebounds and hit two huge 3s in the fourth quarter to help the Timberwolves end an 18-game losing streak dating deep into last season.
The young Wolves closed the game with a 15-0 run. They lost the last 15 games of last season and the first three of this year, meaning it's been 295 days since the franchise's last victory.
Ricky Rubio added 14 points and seven assists and Luke Ridnour scored 11 for the Timberwolves (1-3), who were winners for the first time under new coach Rick Adelman.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points, but the defending champions have looked slow and sloppy in starting the season 1-4.
The Mavericks turned the ball over 17 times and Jason Terry, Jason Kidd and Lamar Odom combined to shoot 7 for 23.
BULLS 104, GRIZZLIES 64
CHICAGO (AP) — Carlos Boozer scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and the Bulls easily won their home opener.
Derrick Rose finished with 16 points after a slow start. Ronnie Brewer scored 17 with Richard Hamilton a late scratch because of a groin injury. But with Boozer dominating, the Bulls simply put this one away early.
Rudy Gay had just five points for Memphis. Zach Randolph bruised his right knee and scored only two points in 11 minutes. Josh Davis and Sam Young were the only Grizzlies to score in double figures, with 10 points apiece.
NUGGETS 99, LAKERS 90
DENVER (AP) — Danilo Gallinari scored 20 points, Ty Lawson had 17 points and 10 assists and the Nuggets beat the Lakers.
Nene had 13 points for the Nuggets, who avenged a three-point loss to the Lakers in Los Angeles less than 24 hours earlier.
Pau Gasol had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Andrew Bynum had 18 points and 16 rebounds for the Lakers. Kobe Bryant scored 16 points on 6-of-28 shooting.
After a seesaw battle for most of the final period, the Nuggets scored the final 11 points to pull out the win.
KINGS 96, HORNETS 80
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Tyreke Evans had 27 points and Marcus Thornton scored 25 for the Kings in a victory over New Orleans.
Playing without DeMarcus Cousins, who demanded a trade prior to the game and was told by coach Paul Westphal to stay home, the Kings ended a three game skid. Cousins was among several players who expressed frustration with the team's poor play after a 114-92 loss to the New York Knicks on Saturday.
Tervor Ariza had 17 points for the Hornets, who have dropped two straight after opening the season with a pair of victories. Chris Kaman contributed 14 points and 15 rebounds, Emeka Okafor had 13 points and 12 rebounds, and Carl Landry had 12 points.
CLIPPERS 93, TRAIL BLAZERS 88
Blake Griffin had his second straight double-double, Caron Butler scored 19 points and the Clippers opened the new year with a victory over Portland to snap a two-game skid.
Griffin had 20 points and 10 rebounds to go with 17 points by Chris Paul and 13 by reserve Mo Williams in sending the Blazers to their first loss of the season.
Jamal Crawford scored 23 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 19 for the Blazers, playing on the road for the first time after opening 3-0 at home. Nicolas Batum added 15 points.