Monday's NBA Capsules
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kevin Love had 39 points and 17 rebounds to carry the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 95-94 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night.
Darko Milicic had 13 points in a spot start for the injured Nikola Pekovic and Michael Beasley scored all nine of his points in the fourth quarter for the Wolves.
Blake Griffin had 26 points and 12 rebounds, but scored just four in the final period for the Clippers. Mo Williams scored 19 points for Los Angeles, which outrebounded Minnesota 52-43. Three of the Clippers' 14 losses this season have come to Minnesota.
Chris Paul had a chance to tie the game with 2.7 seconds left, but he missed the third of three free throws and Ricky Rubio corralled the rebound.
BUCKS 97, 76ERS 93
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Beno Udrih hit a go-ahead jumper with just under a minute left, and Milwaukee Bucks held off Philadelphia's late comeback.
Brandon Jennings had 33 points and Drew Gooden added 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Bucks, who have been stuck in a funk for a little more than a month. Since beating the Miami Heat on Feb. 1, Milwaukee had lost 12 of its last 16 games coming into Monday night's game.
Lou Williams had 26 points for the 76ers, who were coming off a narrow home loss to Chicago on Sunday and have lost eight of 10.
Williams almost single-handedly brought the 76ers back in the game in the final minutes, but the 76ers couldn't complete the comeback.
NUGGETS 119, KINGS 116, OT
DENVER (AP) — Arron Afflalo hit three free throws with 0.6 seconds left in regulation and Ty Lawson made a 3-pointer with 4 seconds to go in overtime as Denver improved to 4-0 since the All-Star break.
Afflalo finished with a career-high 32 points for the Nuggets.
Lawson came up with the clutch basket for the second straight night, finishing with 16 points and 13 assists.
Marcus Thornton and Tyreke Evans each had 27 points for the Kings, who dropped their four straight on the day they announced they had extended the contract of coach Keith Smart through the 2012-13 season.
BULLS 92, PACERS 72
CHICAGO (AP) — Luol Deng scored 20 points, teaming with Derrick Rose in a decisive third-quarter rally that sent Chicago to its seventh straight victory.
Rose added 13 points and nine assists, hitting three 3-pointers while Deng had two in the third as the Bulls blew open a close game.
Joakim Noah had 17 rebounds to lead the Bulls to a dominating 60-32 edge on the boards. Chicago outscored the Pacers 20-4 on second-chance points. John Lucas III scored 13 points, one of three Chicago reserves in double figures.
Paul George scored 21 points for Indiana, which had a six-game winning streak snapped. George Hill scored 17 points off the bench.
THUNDER 95, MAVERICKS 91
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook scored 24 points, Kevin Durant added 22 and Oklahoma City scored the final eight points to extend its home winning streak to 13 games.
Westbrook answered Dirk Nowitzki's fourth 3-pointer of the final period by hitting one of his own from the right wing to get the Thunder within 91-90 with 2:25 remaining, and Dallas didn't score again.
Serge Ibaka hit two free throws with 46 seconds left to give Oklahoma City the lead, and Jason Terry missed two shots down the stretch for the Mavericks.
Nowitzki finished with 27 points but didn't touch the ball on a key possession when Dallas was down by two with 13 seconds left.
MAGIC 92, RAPTORS 88
TORONTO (AP) — Dwight Howard had 36 points and 13 rebounds, Ryan Anderson added 19 points and 13 boards, and Orlando won for the fifth time in seven games.
J.J. Redick scored 13 points, making a key 3 pointer in the final 10 seconds, and Jameer Nelson had 11 for the Magic, who have won nine of their last 12.
DeMar DeRozan scored 23 for the Raptors, who have not won back-to-back games since road wins over Phoenix and Utah on Jan. 24 and 25. Toronto has gone 6-13 since.
Jerryd Bayless scored 15 and James Johnson had 13 for Toronto, while Aaron Gray had 11 points and 11 rebounds.
JAZZ 109, CAVALIERS 100
CLEVELAND (AP) — Al Jefferson scored 25 points, Gordon Hayward added 23, and Utah handed Cleveland its sixth straight loss.
Utah snapped a six-game road losing streak with only its fourth victory away from home in 17 games.
Rookie Kyrie Irving led Cleveland with 22 points — 21 in the second half. He scored 13 points in the third quarter.
Jefferson was 9 for 16 from the field and had 13 rebounds.
WARRIORS 120, WIZARDS 100
WASHINGTON (AP) — Monta Ellis scored 25 points and Klay Thompson added 18 to lead Golden State.
David Lee had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Warriors, who had six players in double figures.
Ellis was 10 for 16 from the floor and didn't play at all in the fourth quarter as both teams rested their starters. The Warriors ended their six-game road trip with a 3-3 record.
It was Golden State's highest-scoring game since beating Toronto 138-100 on March 25, 2011.
Nick Young scored 25 points, 15 in the fourth quarter, and John Wall had 20 points and 14 assists for Washington, which lost for the seventh time in eight games.
TRAIL BLAZERS 86, HORNETS 74
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Nicolas Batum scored 19 points and Portland snapped a three-game losing streak.
LaMarcus Aldridge, who had just two points and three rebounds in the first half, finished with 10 points and 11 boards the Trail Blazers, who led by as many as 26 points and got a morale-boosting victory before heading out on a seven-game, 12-night road trip. Aldridge did not play in the fourth quarter.
Marco Belinelli had 18 points for New Orleans, which has lost four of its last five games. At 9-29, the injury-depleted Hornets have the worst record in the Western Conference. Chris Kaman had 10 points and 11 rebounds.