Wednesday's NBA Capsules
Thursday, March 15, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) — Mike D'Antoni is gone, and the Knicks finally got his offense right.
Amare Stoudemire made all seven shots in the first half, Carmelo Anthony passed and shot well, and the Knicks shook off the surprising departure of their coach to rout the Portland Trail Blazers 121-79 on Wednesday night, snapping a six-game losing streak.
Anthony, who denied wanting a trade or having friction with D'Antoni earlier Wednesday, had 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting and tied a season high with seven assists. Stoudemire finished with 17 points and shot 8 of 10, before both stars sat out the fourth quarter while the Knicks rang up their highest point total of the season.
LaMarcus Aldridge and Gerald Wallace each scored 15 points for the Trail Blazers.
LAKERS 107, HORNETS 101, OT
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Kobe Bryant scored 33 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers won their fourth straight game and second straight in overtime.
For the second night in a row, the Lakers climbed out of a double-digit hole in the second half to force an extra period. On Tuesday night, they came back from 17 down to win at Memphis in double-overtime. The Hornets also led by as many as 17 late in the second quarter and 15 in the second half.
The Lakers needed only one extra session in New Orleans, taking the lead on Derek Fisher's jumper in the final minute and going ahead 102-99 on Metta World Peace's steal and fast-break layup.
Andrew Bynum added 25 points and Pau Gasol 18 for Los Angeles.
Jarrett Jack scored 30 for New Orleans.
SPURS 122, MAGIC 111
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Dwight Howard had 22 points and 12 rebounds while losing what could be his last game with Orlando.
Howard, who said before the game he won't surrender his right to become a free agent this summer, had 22 points and 12 rebounds on the eve of the NBA trade deadline.
Tony Parker had 31 points and 12 assists, and Tim Duncan had 21 points and 13 rebounds as the Spurs closed a seven-game homestand by hosting the NBA's biggest drama.
Parker, averaging 29.8 points in his last four games, was serenaded by chants of "M-V-P! M-V-P!" in the closing minutes.
PACERS 111, 76ERS 94
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Danny Granger scored 20 points and Indiana shot a season-high 57 percent from the field to win its second straight.
David West scored 18 points, George Hill had 17 and Roy Hibbert added 14 points, nine rebounds, five assists and three blocks for the Pacers, who outrebounded the 76ers 37-26.
Evan Turner scored 21 points, Jrue Holiday had 17, Elton Brand added 16 and Andre Iguodala had 10 points and nine assists for the 76ers.
Philadelphia allowed 100 or more points for just the seventh time this season and ended a stretch of holding 12 consecutive opponents under the century mark. The 76ers gave up their highest field-goal percentage in a game this season and snapped a three-game win streak.
NETS 98, RAPTORS 84
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Kris Humphries had 16 points and a career-high 21 rebounds to lead New Jersey.
Former D-League star Gerald Green tied his season high by scoring 20 of his 26 points in the second half as the Nets snapped a two-game losing streak. Anthony Morrow added 15 points for New Jersey, which shot 48 percent from the field.
James Johnson and Jerryd Bayless had 16 points apiece for Toronto, which was limited to 38 second-half points, including 15 in the third quarter when the Nets took the lead.
With the NBA trading deadline on Thursday, there remained rumors that the Nets were still in the hunt for a trade to bring Dwight Howard from Orlando to New Jersey.
ROCKETS 107, BOBCATS 87
HOUSTON (AP) — Luis Scola scored 23 points, Goran Dragic had 14 points and 10 assists and Houston routed league-worst Charlotte.
Samuel Dalembert added 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Jordan Hill scored 14 and grabbed eight rebounds for the Rockets, who've won two in a row after dropping six of their previous seven games.
Derrick Brown scored 15 to lead the Bobcats, who've lost 20 of 23 road games this season.
Houston followed up an unlikely win in Oklahoma City on Tuesday night with one of its most efficient offensive performances. The Rockets matched its season high in assists (28) and shot 55 percent overall (45 of 84) from the field.
BUCKS 115, CAVALIERS 105
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Drew Gooden had 15 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists for his second career triple-double to lead Milwaukee.
Gooden completed the triple-double with a rebound near the end of the third quarter. Gooden also had a triple-double against the Cavaliers last April, marking the last time the Bucks had a player accomplish the feat.
Ersan Ilyasova had 22 points before fouling out for the Bucks, who have won four straight.
Kyrie Irving had 28 points for the Cavaliers, who lost their second in a row.
It was a significant win for the Bucks, who are battling the Cavaliers and New York Knicks for the No. 8 playoff seed in the Eastern Conference.
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