Friday's NBA Capsules
Saturday, January 28, 2012
MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James scored 31 points, Dwyane Wade scored 28 in his return from a sprained right ankle, and the Miami Heat beat the 3-point-obsessed New York Knicks 99-89 on Friday night.
Chris Bosh scored 13 points and James finished with eight rebounds and seven assists for Miami, which plays host to Chicago on Sunday in a rematch of last season’s Eastern Conference finals.
Bill Walker scored 21 points for New York, which took 43 shots from 3-point range, the most in the NBA this season and a total that had the Knicks flirting with Dallas’ NBA record of 49 set in 1996. The Knicks connected on 18 from beyond the arc, Walker making seven of them.
Toney Douglas scored 16 points, Landry Fields had 14 and Amare Stoudemire finished with 12 for New York, which tried more 3’s than 2-point shots (41).
HAWKS 107, PISTONS 101, OT
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Joe Johnson scored 28 of his 30 points after halftime, including a tying 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds left in regulation, and the Hawks beat the Pistons.
Atlanta forced overtime with a pair of late 3-pointers. Marvin Williams made one with 33.5 seconds left in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to three, then Johnson stole a pass inside and brought the ball up the court. Johnson looked like as if might have hurt himself, but he kept the ball and sank a tough 3-pointer over Rodney Stuckey to tie it.
The Hawks started the extra session with a 12-2 run, including 3-pointers by Williams and Josh Smith.
Greg Monroe scored 22 points for the Pistons and Brandon Knight added 20.
BULLS 107, BUCKS 100
CHICAGO (AP) — Derrick Rose scored a season-high 34 points to lead the Bulls to a win over the Bucks.
Rose outdueled Milwaukee counterpart Brandon Jennings, hitting 14 of 24 from the floor and scoring 18 of his points in the second half.
Carlos Boozer had 20 points and 13 rebounds and Joakim Noah added 15 points and 16 rebounds as Chicago bounced back from its first home loss of the season against Indiana on Wednesday.
Jennings led Milwaukee with 25 points and seven rebounds. Rookie Jon Leuer scored all 19 of his points in the second half.
The Bucks played without center Andrew Bogut, who fractured his left ankle in a win at Houston on Wednesday. The Bucks are now 0-6 without Bogut this season.
Former Bull Drew Gooden started in place of Bogut and had 23 points, 15 rebounds and six assists.
TIMBERWOLVES 87, SPURS 79
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ricky Rubio scored nine of his 18 points in the fourth quarter and dished out 10 assists to lift the Timberwolves to a victory over the Spurs.
Kevin Love had 18 points and 16 rebounds and Nikola Pekovic added 14 points and 10 boards for the Wolves, who have beaten the Spurs two straight times in the same season for the first time since 2000.
Tony Parker scored 20 points and Tiago Splitter continued his strong play off the bench for the Spurs, scoring 12 points and grabbing seven rebounds.
Derrick Williams scored 12 points for the Wolves, who held the third-leading scoring team in the league 20.5 points under its average.
CELTICS 94, PACERS 87
BOSTON (AP) — Paul Pierce scored 17 of his 28 points in the third quarter, hitting a 3-pointer and two more baskets as the Celtics ran off 11 consecutive points to pull away and beat the Pacers.
Pierce added 10 rebounds and eight assists to help Boston win its fourth consecutive game despite playing without starters Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo and Jermaine O’Neal. Kevin Garnett and Mickael Pietrus added 13 points and eight rebounds apiece as the Celtics matched their longest winning streak of the year.
Danny Granger scored 21 points for Indiana, which had beaten Boston twice this season — both times by more than 10 points. Paul George scored 16 with nine rebounds and David West had 14 points and eight rebounds.
NETS 99, CAVALIERS 96
CLEVELAND (AP) — Deron Williams scored 27 points and the New Jersey Nets won consecutive games for the first time this season with a victory over the Cavaliers.
New Jersey came into the game battling illness and injuries. Forward Kris Humphries missed Friday morning’s shoot-around with the stomach flu, but was in the starting lineup and scored 18 points with 11 rebounds in 33 minutes. The Nets played without center Mehmet Okur (back injury) and guard MarShon Brooks (strained Achilles), but New Jersey led from wire-to-wire despite dressing only 10 players.
The Nets, who defeated Philadelphia in overtime on Wednesday, also completed their first winning road trip with a 2-1 record.
Rookie point guard Kyrie Irving scored a season-high 32 points, including 21 in the fourth quarter, for Cleveland, which has lost five of six.
76ERS 89, BOBCATS 72
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lou Williams scored 17 points and Jrue Holiday had 15 to help the 76ers beat the Bobcats.
Jodie Meeks scored 14 points for the Sixers, who bounced back from a rare home loss and still haven’t lost two straight games all season.
The Sixers won in front of co-owners Will Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. The Hollywood power couple had a front-row seat for their first Sixers game of the season.
The Bobcats scored only 10 points in the first quarter and lost their seventh straight game. Kemba Walker scored 14 points.
The Sixers improved to 9-2 at home.
ROCKETS 103, WIZARDS 76
HOUSTON (AP) — Chase Budinger scored a season-high 21 points and Luis Scola added 19 points to help the Rockets blow out Washington.
Jordan Hill had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Rockets, who scored 41 points off Washington’s season-high 24 turnovers. Courtney Lee scored eight points for Houston in place of leading scorer Kevin Martin, who sat out with plantar fasciitis in his right foot.
By the fourth quarter, the Rockets hardly missed Martin. The Wizards had 10 turnovers in the last 18 minutes, helping Houston outscore them 46-21 over that span to win for the eighth time in nine games.
John Wall had 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists for Washington, playing its second game under Randy Wittman.
HORNETS 93, MAGIC 67
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Carl Landry scored 17 points and the New Orleans Hornets snapped a nine-game losing streak with a victory over the Magic.
Marco Belinelli added 15 points and Jason Smith 14 for New Orleans, which won for only the fourth time this season against 15 losses. Jarrett Jack added 11 points and nine assists.
Dwight Howard had 28 points and 16 rebounds, but was the only player in double figures for the Magic, who appeared to be still reeling from blowing a 27-point lead in a loss to Boston a night earlier. Starting in with the third quarter against the Celtics, the Magic have now gone six straight quarters without scoring 20 points in any of them.
Orlando shot only 39 percent (24 of 61).
NUGGETS 96, RAPTORS 81
DENVER (AP) — Rudy Fernandez scored a season-high 23 in his return from a sore Achilles as the Nuggets beat the short-handed Raptors.
Danilo Gallinari added 21 points and Nene had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Nuggets in their sixth straight win. They capitalized on a Toronto lineup that was missing leading scorer Andrea Bargnani, out indefinitely after aggravating a strained left calf this week.
The Raptors took a while to adjust to his absence, and by the time they did, it was too late as they fell to 0-7 in games Bargnani has been sidelined.
They missed 14 of their first 15 shots, fell behind 16-2, scored just a dozen points in the first quarter and trudged off the court at halftime trailing 54-32.
MAVERICKS 116, JAZZ 101
DALLAS (AP) — Roddy Beaubois had a season-high 22 points and Lamar Odom added 19 points, his most since joining the Mavericks at the start of the season, to lead Dallas over the Jazz.
Beaubois made his first start of the season, subbing for Delonte West, who was out with a strained right hamstring.
Odom has been struggling since his departure from the Los Angeles Lakers, but he made three 3-pointers and was 7 for 12 from the floor to help the Mavs to a season-high for points.
Odom has been starting in place of the team’s top scorer, Dirk Nowitzki, sidelined for a fourth straight game while he improves his conditioning and gets treatment for a sore right knee.
TRAIL BLAZERS 109, SUNS 71
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge had 23 points and seven rebounds and the Trail Blazers blew out the Suns for their sixth straight win at home.
Gerald Wallace added 17 points, Wesley Matthews had 16 and Nicolas Batum added 14 for the Blazers (12-8). Marcus Camby had 20 rebounds and was the only Blazers player who didn’t score on a night where both benches emptied early.
Grant Hill had 12 points for Phoenix, which was held to a season-low in scoring. Sebastian Telfair had 10 and Hakim Warrick had nine.
THUNDER 120, WARRIORS 109
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant had 37 points and 14 rebounds, Russell Westbrook dazzled with 28 points and 11 assists and the NBA-leading Thunder started a critical road stretch with a victory over the Warriors.
James Harden scored 19 points off the bench and Westbrook added six rebounds in the Thunder’s fourth straight win. Oklahoma City pulled away with a 14-3 run late in the fourth quarter to begin a string of nine of 11 away from home.
Dorell Wright scored 23 and David Lee had 19 points and seven rebounds for the Warriors, who pushed another one of the NBA’s elite to the brink. While Golden State already topped Miami, Chicago and Orlando this season, rookie coach Mark Jackson’s bunch came up short this time.
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