Wednesday's NBA Capsules
Thursday, March 1, 2012
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant had 31 points, seven rebounds and eight assists while playing with a clear mask over his broken nose, and the Los Angeles Lakers returned from the All-Star break with their 17th consecutive win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, 104-85 on Wednesday night.
Bryant didn’t miss a game after Dwyane Wade broke his nose and gave him a concussion with a hard foul in the All-Star game Sunday. After getting clearance to play about an hour before tipoff, Bryant wore a Richard Hamilton-style mask that didn’t appear to affect the NBA scoring leader, who made nine of 10 free throws through the plastic.
Pau Gasol scored 15 points and Andrew Bynum had 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Lakers, who improved to 15-1 at home since losing their Christmas opener.
Michael Beasley and Martell Webster scored 14 points apiece as the Timberwolves played the middle game of a back-to-back-to-back set without Kevin Love, who sat out with an apparent case of the flu.
KNICKS 120, CAVALIERS 103
NEW YORK (AP) — Jeremy Lin had 19 points and 13 assists, Carmelo Anthony scored 22 and the New York Knicks turned around the game with their reserves to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Steve Novak had 17 points off the bench as the Knicks turned a 17-point deficit into an easy win, outscoring the Cavs 71-42 in the second half. They capped a 10-5 month, their first 10-win February since going 10-3 in 1996-97.
The Knicks didn’t lead until Novak made consecutive 3-pointers to put them up 75-74 with 2:52 left in the third quarter, then dominated the fourth quarter to send the Cavs to their third straight loss.
Antawn Jamison had 23 points and 10 rebounds for Cleveland.
THUNDER 92, 76ERS 88
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Kevin Durant scored eight of his 23 points down the stretch to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder over the Philadelphia 76ers.
Russell Westbrook had 22 points and 13 rebounds and James Harden added 16 points as the NBA-leading Thunder overcame a seven-point deficit in the fourth quarter and won their sixth straight game.
Andre Iguodala and Jrue Holiday each had 18 points for the Atlantic Division-leading 76ers, who beat Detroit on Tuesday night to snap a five-game losing streak.
Coming off his MVP performance in the All-Star game, Durant struggled a bit. The two-time scoring champion shot 7 of 18. But he made key baskets and free throws and added a clutch steal late in the game.
CELTICS 102, BUCKS 96
BOSTON (AP) — Rajon Rondo had 15 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to record his third triple-double of the season and lead the Boston Celtics past the Milwaukee Bucks.
Rondo had six rebounds and five assists in the third quarter, when the Celtics went on a 20-4 run to turn a five-point deficit into a double-digit lead. The Bucks cut it to two points in the final minute, but Kevin Garnett made four free throws in the last 15 seconds to clinch it.
Garnett scored 25 points with 10 rebounds, and Chris Wilcox came off the bench to grab 13 rebounds in 26 minutes for Boston, which returned to .500 with its second straight win.
Ersan Ilyasova had 25 points with 10 rebounds and Drew Gooden scored 23 for the Bucks.
WARRIORS 85, HAWKS 82
ATLANTA (AP) — David Lee scored 22 points, including the go-ahead basket with 30 seconds remaining, and the Golden State Warriors answered a late comeback by Atlanta to beat the Hawks.
The Warriors kept the lead until Zaza Pachulia scored on a follow-up shot after a miss by Teague with 52 seconds remaining for a 78-78 tie. Lee drove past Pachulia to score with 30 seconds remaining to give the lead back to Golden State.
Donta Ellis had 24 points and eight assists, while Lee had 12 rebounds for a double-double.
Joe Johnson, returning from a knee injury, led Atlanta with 18 points. The Hawks were held to a season-low 34.1 percent shooting from the field. Pachulia had 13 points and 16 rebounds for Atlanta.
MAGIC 102, WIZARDS 95
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ryan Anderson had 23 points and 15 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic pulled away late in the fourth quarter and returned from the All-Star break with a win over the lineup-shuffling Washington Wizards.
Anderson scored 11 in the fourth quarter and led seven players in double figures for the Magic, who have won 11 of 15 and bounced back from a five-point loss to Atlanta that prompted a quick players-only meeting before the break.
Even so, the Magic blew a 17-point first-quarter lead against the lowly Wizards, committed 18 turnovers and survived an off-night from Dwight Howard, who was 4 for 9 from the field and 6 for 11 from the free-throw line, yet still finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
John Wall had 33 points to the lead the Wizards, who lost their sixth straight.
PISTONS 109, BOBCATS 94
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Rodney Stuckey scored 29 points and Greg Monroe added 19 points and a career-high 20 rebounds and the Detroit Pistons routed the Charlotte Bobcats.
Brandon Knight scored 20 points and Tayshaun Prince added 14 points and 10 rebounds for Detroit, which bounced back from Tuesday’s 29-point home loss to Philadelphia.
Corey Maggette had 17 points for Charlotte, which has lost 19 of 20 and is 4-29 on the season.
Bismack Biyombo got off to a quick start, winning the opening tip, hitting the game’s first shot and blocking Detroit’s first attempt. Biyombo strained his left shoulder later in the first quarter and did not return.
RAPTORS 95, HORNETS 84
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Linas Kleiza and DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points apiece and the Toronto Raptors rallied to beat the New Orleans Hornets.
The Raptors, who trailed 69-62 after tying a season low for points in a quarter with 11 in the third, broke loose for 33 in the fourth — matching a season best for any quarter. They hit their first eight shots and took control by scoring 22 points in the first 4:22.
Kleiza tied a career high with five 3-pointers off the bench, including three in the fourth. Leandro Barbosa, another reserve, added 15 points.
Marco Belinelli had 20 points for the Hornets, who missed 13 consecutive shots in the fourth quarter and lost for the 16th straight time after trailing at the half. Chris Kaman added 17 points and 10 rebounds.
GRIZZLIES 96, MAVERICKS 85
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Marc Gasol had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Mike Conley added 20 points and 10 assists as the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Dallas Mavericks.
Rudy Gay added 18 points for Memphis, despite hitting just eight of his 19 shots. Dante Cunningham was 5 of 6 from the field and scored 10 points.
Jason Terry led the Mavericks with 18 points, while Rodrigue Beaubois scored 16. Brendan Haywood had 10 points for Dallas, which lost its third straight.
The Mavericks played most of the game without leading scorer Dirk Nowitzki, who scored only one point before leaving early in the second quarter with lower back tightness. He did not return.
NUGGETS 104, TRAIL BLAZERS 95
DENVER (AP) — Ty Lawson had 18 points and nine assists after missing two games with a sprained left ankle, Kenneth Faried scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and the Denver Nuggets beat the Portland Trail Blazers.
Timofey Mozgov had 14 points and nine rebounds and Al Harrington came off the bench to score 13 points and add nine rebounds for the Nuggets, who ended a two-game skid.
Jamal Crawford had 21 points and LaMarcus Aldridge had 20 points and nine rebounds for the Trail Blazers.
The Nuggets beat the Trail Blazers for the 16th time in the last 17 games in Denver. The Trail Blazers’ only win in that span came on Dec. 16, 2007.
BULLS 96, SPURS 89
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Derrick Rose scored 29 points and the Chicago Bulls stayed on a roll by cooling off the streaking San Antonio Spurs.
Rose shook off a scary-looking collision with Tony Parker early that kept the reigning MVP on the floor clutching his right knee for several minutes. But he never left the game and the Bulls became just the second team to win in San Antonio this season.
Gary Neal led the Spurs with 21 points. San Antonio floundered late and had its homecoming spoiled after going 8-1 during the winningest nine-game road trip in NBA history.
Joakim Noah added 10 points and 13 rebounds for Chicago, which has won 11 of 13 and nudged a half-game past Miami for first place in the Eastern Conference.
JAZZ 104, ROCKETS 83
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — C.J. Miles scored a season-high 27 points and the Utah Jazz halted a four-game losing streak and the Houston Rockets’ four-game winning streak.
Devin Harris added 19 points for Utah, which avenged a 101-85 loss in Houston on Feb. 19.
Luis Scola led Houston with 18 points, while Kyle Lowry was held to 13 on 4-of-9 shooting after scoring 32 in the first meeting.
The Jazz won despite playing without injured starters Paul Millsap and Raja Bell. Harris left late in the game with nausea and did not return.
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