Saturday's NBA Capsules
Originally published March 4, 2012 at 12:03 a.m., updated March 4, 2012 at 12:20 a.m.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Dwight Howard had 28 points and 14 rebounds to lead six Magic players in double figures, and Orlando beat the Milwaukee Bucks 114-98 on Saturday night.
The game was close until the Magic pulled away in the fourth quarter thanks to some hot 3-point shooting and dominant play from Howard.
Jason Richardson had 18 points for the Magic, while Hedo Turkoglu and Ryan Anderson chipped in 16 points apiece. The Magic shot 51.7 percent (14 of 27) from 3-point distance.
It was the Magic’s fourth victory over the Bucks in 22 days. The Magic overcame fourth-quarter deficits in the first three wins, but they didn’t need a comeback on Saturday night.
Brandon Jennings led Milwaukee with 27 points.
TIMBERWOLVES 122, TRAIL BLAZERS 110
Kevin Love scored a season-high 42 points and added 10 rebounds, and Minnesota snapped a 16-game losing streak to Portland.
The Timberwolves had not defeated the Blazers since a 94-93 victory at home on March 25, 2007. The Timberwolves hadn’t won in Portland since Dec. 7, 2005, a string of 11 straight games.
Former Blazers swingman Martel Webster added 21 points and eight rebounds for the Timberwolves.
Gerald Wallace had 25 points and 14 rebounds for the Blazers, who have lost nine of their last 13 games. Nicolas Batum finished with 29 points.
WIZARDS 101, CAVALIERS 98
Jordan Crawford scored 31 points and John Wall added 24 to lead the Wizards.
Antawn Jamison scored 29 in his return to Washington but missed a 3-point attempt to tie the game with 35 seconds to play. It was Jamison’s first appearance in the Verizon Center since being traded from the Wizards to Cleveland in February 2010.
JaVale McGee had nine points and 12 rebounds for Washington, which snapped a six-game losing streak.
Kyrie Irving scored 20 points, 12 in the fourth quarter, and Ryan Hollins had 15 for the Cavaliers, who lost their fifth straight.
MAVERICKS 102, JAZZ 96
Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 40 points and Dallas snapped its four-game losing streak.
Nowitzki scored 10 points in the fourth quarter as the Mavericks turned away a late rally by the Jazz, who sliced a 23-point deficit down to five points.
Dallas forward Lamar Odom played for the first time after missing four games because of a family matter and personal reasons. Odom was supposed to play Saturday night in the NBA Development League. Instead, he was recalled to play against the Jazz and scored nine points in 18 minutes.
Paul Millsap scored 24 points and Derrick Favors added 14 points for Utah, which beat the Miami Heat on Friday night.
HAWKS 97, THUNDER 90
Josh Smith scored 13 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, Jeff Teague added 16 points and Atlanta snapped Oklahoma City’s seven-game winning streak.
Kevin Durant finished with 35 points, going 14 of 17 on free throw attempts, and Russell Westbrook had 25 points for the league-best Thunder.
Smith, who matched a season-high in scoring and pulled down seven of his 12 rebounds in the fourth, had dunks on consecutive possessions to give the Hawks an 87-79 lead with 4:43 remaining.
Then, after forcing Durant to commit a turnover and pounding his first against his own chest with 3:04 left, Smith matched Durant 3-pointer for 3-pointer to put Atlanta up 92-88 at the 2-minute mark.
PACERS 102, HORNETS 84
Danny Granger scored 20 points and Indiana got its first six-game winning streak in seven years.
David West had 14 points and 13 rebounds in his first game back in New Orleans after playing the first eight years of his career with the Hornets. Darren Collison added 13 points, including a circus shot at the halftime buzzer.
Indiana, playing only its second game in the last 10 days, blew it open with a 21-4 run to take a 54-37 lead at the half. The Pacers led by 30 in the fourth quarter.
Jarrett Jack scored 18 and Marco Belinelli added 15 for New Orleans, which played its third game in four days and dressed only nine players for the second consecutive night. The Hornets avoided their most lopsided loss of the season by outscoring the Pacers 19-7 to close the game.
GRIZZLIES 100, PISTONS 83
O.J. Mayo scored 17 points and sparked a fourth-quarter rally with his 3-point shooting, and Memphis won its fourth straight.
Mayo was 4 of 5 outside the arc, connecting on all three attempts in the fourth quarter, when Memphis broke open a close game with 17 unanswered points.
Marc Gasol added 17 points and nine rebounds. Marreese Speights had 16 points, and Rudy Gay added 15. Quincy Pondexter had 10 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter, while Mike Conley finished with 10 points and 12 assists.
Rodney Stuckey led the Pistons with 20 points, although he was 6 of 22 from the field.
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