Sunday's NBA Capsules
Monday, January 30, 2012
MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James scored 35 points, reigning NBA MVP Derrick Rose wasted two chances in the final 23 seconds and the Miami Heat escaped with a 97-93 win Sunday over the Chicago Bulls.
Chris Bosh had 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Heat, who never trailed — but this win in a rematch of last season's Eastern Conference finals was not easy. Dwyane Wade added 15 points for Miami.
Rose scored 34 points for the Bulls, but missed a pair of foul shots that would have given Chicago the lead with 22.7 seconds left. He had made all 28 of his free throws in the fourth quarter this season.
Rose also had a shot to tie in the final seconds, but his short jumper bounced off the rim.
Bosh sealed it with two free throws with 0.1 seconds left for Miami, which has won five straight over the Bulls — counting the last four games of last season's East title series.
MAVERICKS 101, SPURS 100, OT
DALLAS (AP) — Jason Terry scored a season-high 34 points, including four in the last 42 seconds of overtime, and Dallas rebounded after blowing an 18-point lead against San Antonio.
Terry put the Mavericks back in the lead to stay when he took a pass from Dirk Nowitzki for a 12-foot baseline jumper with 42 seconds left. After Shawn Marion stole the ball from Gary Neal, Terry hit two free throws with 17 seconds left to make it 101-98.
Neal, who finished with 19 points, then drove for a layup and was fouled by Marion. But Neal missed a potential tying free throw that was rebounded by Ian Mahinmi, who missed two free throws.
After Neal got the rebound and the Spurs called timeout, Vince Carter knocked the ball loose. Danny Green grabbed it and threw up a shot that ricocheted off the front of the rim as the game ended.
Green and the Spurs thought he had a game-winner at the end of regulation, but his 14-footer was disallowed when replay clearly showed that shot didn't get out of his hands before the buzzer sounded.
Carter had 21 points, his most with the Mavericks. Nowitzki, playing for the first time after a four-game hiatus to strengthen his sore right knee and do conditioning work, had 10 points on 5-of-14 shooting with 13 rebounds.
CAVALIERS 88, CELTICS 87
BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving scored 23 points, sinking a layup with 2.6 seconds left as Cleveland scored the last 12 points of the game to beat Boston.
Anderson Varejao had 18 points and nine rebounds for Cleveland, which had lost five of six.
Ray Allen returned from an ankle injury and scored 22 points, making 4 of 6 from 3-point range. But he missed a jumper from the left corner when Boston still held a one-point lead on its second-to-last possession.
Paul Pierce scored 18 points with six rebounds and five assists for the Celtics, who had won four in a row.
CLIPPERS 109, NUGGETS 105
DENVER (AP) — Chauncey Billups' homecoming couldn't have gone better. He scored a season-high 32 points and drew a crucial foul in the waning seconds to help seal Los Angeles' victory that snapped Denver's six-game winning streak.
It was Billups' first game at the Pepsi Center since the Nuggets included him in the Carmelo Anthony blockbuster trade nearly a year ago.
Billups received a rousing ovation during introductions, and some highlights of his days with the Nuggets were shown on the overhead scoreboards.
Those cheers turned to groans when Billups scored a dozen points in the first quarter and swished a trio of 3-pointers in the third. But he saved his best play for the fourth quarter.
His sixth 3-pointer tied it at 99, and his three-point play finished off an 8-0 spurt that gave the Clippers a 102-99 lead with 2:37 left.
Chris Paul finished with 25 points, and Blake Griffin added 17.
PACERS 106, MAGIC 85
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Danny Granger scored 24 points, and David West and George Hill each had 16 as Indiana ran past Orlando.
The Pacers snapped a six-game losing streak to the Magic and avoided losing consecutive games for the first time this season.
Indiana had a 16-2 edge in second-chance points and got 42 points from its bench. The Pacers also went 8 for 17 from 3-point range.
Dwight Howard led the Magic with 24 points and 13 rebounds, but was a dismal 4 for 15 from the free throw line. The Magic's loss marked their first three-game skid of the season.
LAKERS 106, TIMBERWOLVES 101
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kobe Bryant had 35 points and 14 rebounds and Pau Gasol scored 28 to give Los Angeles a much-needed road victory over Minnesota.
Andrew Bynum added 21 points for the Lakers, who won for the second time in nine road games this season. They led by 18 in the third quarter, then withstood a furious Timberwolves charge to hang on for their second victory in six games.
Kevin Love had 33 points and 13 rebounds and Michael Beasley added 18 points and 12 boards for the Wolves, who lost to the Lakers for the 16th straight time.
Minnesota led 94-93 with 3:19 to play, but the Lakers' size was too much down the stretch. Bynum threw down two dunks and Bryant slithered into the lane for two clutch jumpers to turn back the young Wolves.
HAWKS 94, HORNETS 72
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Jeff Teague tied a career high with 24 points despite playing on a sore left ankle and Atlanta beat New Orleans.
Willie Green added 16 points and Marvin Williams 14 for Atlanta, which won for the fourth time in five games and handed the struggling Hornets their most lopsided loss of the season.
The Hawks broke the game open with a 23-4 run during the last half of the third quarter, while New Orleans was in the midst of missing 12 straight shots.
Emeka Okafor scored 13 points for New Orleans, which has lost 16 of 18.
RAPTORS 94, NETS 73
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 19 of his 27 points in the second half, leading Toronto over New Jersey.
With injuries playing a role in their 7-14 start, the Raptors received a huge lift from DeRozan. He made eight of 12 shots from the field and 11 of 16 free throws.
Toronto led 46-41 when it scored 10 straight to go up by 15. Jerryd Bayless finished with 17 points, six rebounds and six assists.
Deron Williams scored 24 for the Nets.