Monday's NBA Capsules
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
PHOENIX (AP) — Kevin Love scored 13 of his game-high 30 points in the fourth quarter and the Minnesota Timberwolves outlasted the Phoenix Suns 127-124 on Monday night.
Nikola Pekovic scored 24 points and Derrick Williams added 19 to help the Timberwolves snap a nine-game losing streak in Phoenix.
Jared Dudley scored a season-high 28 points, Steve Nash had 25 and Channing Frye added 18 for the Suns, who snapped a three-game winning streak.
Sebastian Telfair scored six points in seven seconds — converting a four-point play and stealing the ensuing inbounds pass and scoring a layup — to give the Suns a 111-107 lead with 6:38 left.
Luke Ridnour put Minnesota ahead for good, 121-120, with 1:50 to go and the Timberwolves made six straight free throws in the final 37.8 seconds to close out the game.
BULLS 104, KNICKS 99
CHICAGO (AP) — Derrick Rose scored 32 points as Chicago won for the 10th time in 11 games and handed New York its sixth straight loss.
Rose shot 12 of 29 from the floor and had six rebounds and seven assists for the Bulls. Taj Gibson had 15 points and a team-high 13 boards for Chicago, which outrebounded New ork 56-38. The Bulls entered the game leading the league in rebounding margin.
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 21 points and Amare Stoudemire added 20, but the two combined for just seven points in the fourth quarter as the Bulls pulled away.
Jeremy Lin had 15 points and eight assists for New York, but shot just 4 of 11 from the floor and had little luck stopping Rose.
CELTICS 94, CLIPPERS 85
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paul Pierce scored 10 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, Kevin Garnett added 21 points and eight rebounds, and Boston made an impressive late rally to win for the second time in their last nine road games.
Ray Allen scored 15 points and Rajon Rondo had 12 points and 10 assists for the Celtics, who recovered after blowing a 10-point lead in the final minutes.
Blake Griffin had 24 points and nine rebounds for the Clippers, who have lost four of five while falling behind the Lakers atop the Pacific Division. Chris Paul had 14 points on 3-for-12 shooting in his second game wearing a clear protective mask over his broken nose.
JAZZ 105, PISTONS 90
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Al Jefferson scored 33 points just 24 hours after his grandmother's death, leading Utah past Detroit.
C.J. Miles added 15 points, including three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, to help the Jazz end a two-game skid and snap Detroit's three-game winning streak.
Rodney Stuckey scored 29 points for the Pistons, who have not won in Salt Lake City since 2002 —losing their last nine visits here.
The win ended a drama-filled day for the Jazz that started with a closed-door meeting between guard Raja Bell and team brass. It came two days after Bell was sent home from a road trip following a verbal clash with coach Tyrone Corbin, but both sides proclaimed the matter closed. Bell started, but had just one point.
SPURS 112, WIZARDS 97
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tony Parker scored 31 points in his return from a one-game absence to lead San Antonio past Washington.
Parker, who missed Friday's loss to the Los Angeles Clippers with a strained right quadriceps, hit 13 of 18 shots and had seven assists. Tiago Splitter scored 17 points, Tim Duncan added 14, and DeJuan Blair had 11 points and 12 rebounds.
The Spurs extended their winning streak over the Wizards to 12. Washington has lost nine of its last 11 and fell to 3-15 on the road.
JaVale McGee led the Wizards with 21 points and 15 rebounds, and Jordan Crawford added 19 points.
BOBCATS 73, HORNETS 71
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Gerald Henderson scored 15 points, rookie Bismack Biyombo blocked Trevor Ariza's driving dunk attempt in the final seconds, and Charlotte held on to beat New Orleans.
Kemba Walker added 14 points, including 10 during a decisive 22-5 run the spanned from late in the third quarter to midway through the fourth. Biyombo finished with 12 points and four blocks for Charlotte, which snapped a three-game losing streak but still has the league's worst record at 6-34.
Jarrett Jack 15 points and nine assists for New Orleans, which has lost five of six in falling to 10-32. Chris Kaman has 12 points and 16 rebounds, while Marco Belinelli and Ariza each scored 12 points for the Hornets.
BUCKS 105, NETS 99
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Brandon Jennings has 34 points, seven assists and seven rebounds and Milwaukee won its third straight overall and beat New Jersey for the 10th consecutive time.
Drew Gooden added 23 points, eight rebounds and seven assists as the Bucks rallied from an early 12-point deficit. Beno Udrih added 15 points and seven assists and Mike Dunleavy had 15 points, including a 3-pointer from the corner with 1:30 to go that opened a 10-point lead.
Kris Humphries had a career-high 31 points and 18 rebounds for New Jersey, which lost its second straight without point guard Deron Williams. Jordan Farmar added 17 points and seven assist, while Anthony Morrow also scored 17.