Saturday's NBA Capsules
Sunday, March 18, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jeremy Lin scored 19 points to help the New York Knicks defeat the Indiana Pacers 102-88 on Saturday night and improve to 3-0 under interim coach Mike Woodson.
Lin also had seven rebounds and six assists. Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire each scored 16 points and J.R. Smith added 11 for the Knicks, who won on the road for just the eighth time this season.
The Knicks have won all three games by an average of 23.7 points since Woodson took over for Mike D'Antoni. New York defeated the Pacers 115-100 on Friday night in New York.
Roy Hibbert had 24 points and 12 rebounds, Paul George scored 18 points and Darren Collison added 15 points for Indiana, which made just 4 of 15 shots in the fourth quarter.
MAVERICKS 106, SPURS 99
DALLAS (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points, responding time after time despite being pushed and swatted at to lead Dallas over San Antonio.
Jason Terry added 17 points and Rodrigue Beaubois 16 for the Mavericks, who won their third consecutive game since a 2-7 stretch over 12 days.
After home wins over Washington and Charlotte, the NBA's two worst teams, beating the Spurs was much more impressive, even if the Southwest Division leaders were playing the second consecutive night. Dallas never trailed and the only tie was at 2-all.
With the shot clock running down late in the third quarter, Nowitzki got the ball with Manu Ginobili right on top of him. The Mavericks' perennial All-Star made a 20-foot jumper for a 10-point lead and let out a scream, as much exhilaration as letting officials know he thought he was also fouled.
BULLS 89, 76ERS 80
CHICAGO (AP) — C.J. Watson scored 20 points and Joakim Noah added 13 points and 11 rebounds to lead Chicago over Philadelphia.
The Bulls overcame an early 14-point deficit without Derrick Rose, who missed his third straight game with a strained groin. Even with the reigning MVP missing 13 games this season, the Bulls still have the best record in the NBA at 37-10. The Bulls are 9-4 without Rose.
Jrue Holiday led the 76ers with 30 points, who dropped its third straight overall and have lost seven of nine on the road. Holiday got little help as Andre Iguodala was held to seven points and Elton Brand to seven.
NUGGETS 98, CELTICS 91
DENVER (AP) — Danilo Gallinari scored 20 points and Kenneth Faried added 18 points and a career-high 16 rebounds leading Denver past Boston.
It was the sixth double-double in the past 13 games for Faried. Arron Afflalo added 15 points for Denver, which has beaten the Celtics seven of the past eight times in Denver.
Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett had 22 points each for Boston. Rajon Rondo had 12 points and 16 assists.
The Celtics are 2-3 on their eight-game road trip. They were coming off a 120-95 loss at Sacramento.
JAZZ 99, WARRIORS 92, OT
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Derrick Favors, starting for Al Jefferson, had career highs with 23 points and 17 rebounds to help Utah edge Golden State in overtime.
Jefferson, Utah's leading scorer and rebounder, was attending his grandmother's funeral in Mississippi.
Favors scored four of the first six points in overtime and the Jazz earned their sixth straight home win, and second straight in overtime.
Favors, whose previous scoring high was 20 points before he came to Utah from New Jersey in the trade for Deron Williams last season, made a three-point play and a block in the closing seconds of regulation to send the game to overtime.
Nate Robinson scored 19 points, David Lee had 18 and Klay Thompson added 17 points for the Warriors.
CLIPPERS 95, ROCKETS 91
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Paul scored 12 of his 23 points in the final 2:42, including a go-ahead layup with 24.6 seconds left, leading Los Angeles over Houston.
Blake Griffin had 18 points and eight rebounds before fouling out with 4.9 seconds remaining.
Randy Foye contributed 15 points in what could be his last start because of the acquisition of Nick Young on Thursday from Washington.
Courtney Lee led Houston with a season-high 25 points despite a strained tendon in the middle finger of his left hand. Chase Budinger added 19 points, and Goran Dragic had 14 assists along with his 11 points.
The victory put the Clippers within 2½ games of the idle Lakers in the race for the Pacific Division lead.
HORNETS 102, NETS 94
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Chris Kaman scored 20 points, including a key 23-foot jumper with a second left on the shot clock and 45 seconds left in the game, giving New Orleans a win over New Jersey.
With the Hornets leading 95-94, Kaman made his jumper and then Marco Belinelli sealed the win with a fall-away 3-pointer with 16.8 seconds left, also with the shot clock down to a second.
Belinelli also scored 20 points for the Hornets.
Jarrett Jack, whose 3-pointer in the final minute gave the Hornets the lead for good, added 16 points.
The Nets held an 82-70 lead going into the fourth quarter, but couldn't hold it.
Deron Williams had 20 points and 12 assists for the Nets. They also got 20 points from Anthony Morrow and 16 from Gerald Green.
Gerald Wallace, making his debut with the Nets after being acquired in a trade with Portland before Thursday's deadline, scored 11 points.
BOBCATS 107, RAPTORS 103
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — D.J. Augustin scored 23 points and had 11 assists and Charlotte held off Toronto.
Gerald Henderson added 24 points, Corey Maggette had 21 and Tyrus Thomas had 11 or the Bobcats, who overcame a 15-point deficit in the second quarter to win for the second time in their past four games.
Charlotte, which still has the league's worst record at 7-36, went on to lead by as many as 16 points with less than 4 minutes remaining. But the Raptors rallied, pulling within 105-103 on Jerryd Bayless' 3-pointer with 11.7 seconds left.
Augustin hit two free throws with 9.9 seconds left to put the Bobcats up by four points, and DeMar DeRozan missed a long 3-point attempt with 2 seconds remaining.
Bayless finished with 29 points, DeRozan added 20, Linas Kleiza 13 and Andrea Bargnani 11 for the Raptors.