Wednesday's NBA Capsules
Thursday, January 12, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Kobe Bryant scored 40 points and Andrew Bynum blocked Al Jefferson’s shot with 1.9 seconds left in overtime to lift the Los Angeles Lakers to a 90-87 victory over Utah on Wednesday night, ending the Jazz’s winning streak at five.
The win was the first on the road for the Lakers, while Utah dropped its first home game after starting 5-0. Los Angeles handed the Jazz a 96-71 loss Dec. 27 in Utah’s season opener.
This one was close, with Paul Millsap’s tip-in tying it at 78 with 21 seconds left in regulation.
Bryant, coming a 48-point game Tuesday night at home against Phoenix, missed a shot at the buzzer that would have won it in regulation for Los Angeles.
Millsap scored the first four points of overtime, but the Lakers fought back, with 3-pointers by Bryant and Pau Gasol. The Jazz had a chance to win it, but Bynum blocked Jefferson’s short jumper.
Millsap led Utah with 29 points.
MAVERICKS 90, CELTICS 85
BOSTON (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki scored 16 points, driving past Kevin Garnett for the go-ahead layup with 5.1 seconds left in Dallas’ victory over Boston.
Dallas led most of the game, but Paul Pierce hit a 3-pointer — just his second basket of the night — to tie it at 85 with 25 seconds to play. Former Celtic Delonte West dribbled the clock down to about 10 seconds before giving it to Nowitzki. The NBA finals MVP cut to the basket past Garnett and picked up a foul from Brandon Bass while floating the ball into the basket.
Rajon Rondo scored 24 points for Boston and Garnett had 16 points with 10 rebounds. The Celtics have lost two straight since winning four in a row.
Dallas has won three straight to improve to 6-5.
BULLS 78, WIZARDS 64
CHICAGO (AP) — John Lucas III scored a career-high 25 points filling in for injured Derrick Rose and Chicago beat Washington for its third victory in three nights.
Lucas, starting for the first time in his 70-game NBA career, was at the point in place of MVP Rose, who was out with a sprained big left toe. Lucas played 45 minutes, had eight assists, eight rebounds and hit 11 of 28 shots. Kyle Korver added 14 points, and Luol Deng had 12 points and 15 rebounds.
The Bulls are tied for NBA lead with Oklahoma City at 10-2.
Jordan Crawford had 14 points for Washington. The Wizards dropped to 1-9 a night after beating Toronto for their first victory.
THUNDER 95, HORNETS 85
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Kevin Durant had 29 points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma City.
Durant hit 11 of his last 14 shots after missing his first three. He took over in the third quarter, scoring 11 points in the first 8 minutes to help the Thunder extend a two-point halftime lead to 12 points. The Hornets pulled within four early in the fourth, but never threatened after that.
Russell Westbrook had 22 points and seven assists, and James Harden added 14 points for Oklahoma City, which won its fifth in a row to improve to 10-2. Chris Kaman and Carl Landry had 17 points each for New Orleans, which lost for the seventh time in eight games.
KNICKS 85, 76ERS 79
NEW YORK (AP) — Carmelo Anthony had 27 points and the nine rebounds, and New York won its fourth straight game and snapped Philadelphia’s six-game winning streak.
Amare Stoudemire added 20 points and 10 rebounds, and rookie Josh Harrellson had 13 desperately needed points from the bench to help the Knicks improve to 6-4 — the first time they’ve been two games over .500 this season.
Andre Iguodala and Evan Turner each scored 16 points for the 76ers, who were playing from behind nearly the entire way while trying to become the second team this season to win three games in three nights. They outscored opponents by 16 points per game during their 7-2 start, but trailed by 17 in this one.
SPURS 101, ROCKETS 95, OT
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tony Parker hit four free throws late in overtime to lift San Antonio past Houston.
Parker scored 28 points on 12-of-22 shooting to lead the Spurs. Tim Duncan had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Kawhi Leonard added 11 points.
Kyle Lowry scored 22 points for Houston, and Luis Scola had 20. Kevin Martin added 18, and Patrick Patterson had 10 points and seven rebounds.
The Spurs are 7-0 at home and 0-4 on the road. The last time the Spurs won seven straight at home to start a season was when they went 13-0 in 2007-08.
MAGIC 107, TRAIL BLAZERS 104
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Dwight Howard had 13 points and 13 rebounds and Orlando survived a late rally to hand Portland its first loss at home.
The Blazers closed in on the Magic when Nicolas Batum’s layup and LaMarcus Aldridge’s jumper made it 96-93 with 2:38 left. Hedo Turkoglu answered for Orlando with a layup and a 3-pointer that appeared to seal it.
But Portland narrowed it again when Jamal Crawford and Wesley Matthews hit consecutive layups to make it 102-99 with 32.1 seconds to go. After Jason Richardson made a free throw, Crawford’s finger-roll layup kept it close, but J.J. Reddick made four foul shots down the stretch.
Aldridge made a 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds left as the rally fell short.
PACERS 96, HAWKS 84
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Danny Granger scored 24 points to break out of a shooting slump, and Roy Hibbert added 12 points and 11 rebounds to lead Indiana past Atlanta.
The Pacers improved to 7-3, matching their best start since 2005-06. Indiana also is 4-0 at home for the first time since winning its first seven home games in 2002-03.
Josh Smith led Atlanta with 16 points, and Joe Johnson had 15.
Granger was 9 of 16 from the field, including 3-of-5 shooting from 3-point range. Granger and Hibbert scored all the points as the Pacers, up 53-50 at the half, put together a 16-2 run in the third quarter to make it 71-54 with 5:07 to go in the period.
KINGS 98, RAPTORS 91
TORONTO (AP) — Tyreke Evans scored a season-high 29 points, and DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points and a career-high 19 rebounds to help Sacramento beat Toronto for its first road victory of the season.
Isaiah Thomas scored 12 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and Jimmer Fredette had 10 for the Kings.
Leandro Barbosa scored a season-high 24 points for Toronto.
The Kings snapped a seven-game losing streak in Toronto dating to February 2004.
NUGGETS 123, NETS 115
DENVER (AP) — Danilo Gallinari scored 22 points, Arron Afflalo and Corey Brewer each had 19 points and Denver beat New Jersey.
Jordan Farmar had a game-high 26 points, Anthony Morrow scored 23 points and Deron Williams had 16 points and 13 assists for New Jersey. The Nets set a season high for 3-pointers with 20. Farmar was 6 for 8 from behind the arc and Morrow hit 5 of 9.
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