Sunday's NBA Capsules
Monday, March 19, 2012
MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade scored 14 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter, Chris Bosh added 23 points and the Miami Heat beat the Orlando Magic 91-81 on Sunday night to extend their home winning streak to 13 games.
LeBron James finished with 14 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and five steals for the Heat. His pass with 3:46 left made it past two Magic defenders and set up Bosh for perhaps the clincher, a three-point play that stretched Miami's lead to 84-73.
And with the way Miami was playing defense, that was enough: Orlando scored 12 points in a span of nearly 16 minutes in the second half.
Dwight Howard finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds for Orlando. Quentin Richardson was 5 for 7 on 3-pointers for a 15-point night for the Magic, who split four games with Miami this season, both teams going 2-0 at home.
JAZZ 103, LAKERS 99
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paul Millsap scored 24 points, Enes Kanter added 17 points and eight rebounds, and Utah handed Los Angeles just its second home loss since Christmas.
Rookie Alec Burks scored 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter for the Jazz, who snapped the Lakers' five-game winning streak while winning three straight games of their own for the first time in two months. Utah has posted back-to-back wins without leading scorer Al Jefferson, who attended his grandmother's funeral in Mississippi this weekend.
NBA scoring leader Kobe Bryant had 15 points on 3-for-20 shooting for the Lakers, punctuating his horrific night by missing a tying 3-point attempt in the waning seconds.
Andrew Bynum had 33 points and 11 rebounds while making 12 of his 14 shots for Los Angeles, which had won 19 of its last 20 games at Staples Center since losing its season opener to Chicago.
CLIPPERS 87, PISTONS 83, OT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Paul scored nine of his 19 points in overtime and added a season-high 15 assists, carrying Los Angeles over Detroit.
Blake Griffin had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and he tipped in Paul's missed layup with 19 seconds left in regulation before Paul swiped the ball from Tayshaun Prince to send it to overtime.
After hitting two long jumpers early in overtime, Paul capped a dominant performance by grabbing control of a jump-ball tip and getting it to Randy Foye for a layup with 7 seconds left. He added two free throws with 3.4 seconds left as Los Angeles finished 3-3 in a stretch of six home games in eight days.
Greg Monroe scored six of his 23 points in overtime and added 15 rebounds for Detroit, which dropped to 1-3 on its five-game Western Conference road trip. Prince scored 20 points for the Pistons, who went 3 for 16 in the fourth quarter while blowing a late nine-point lead.
THUNDER 111, TRAIL BLAZERS 95
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook scored 28 points, Kevin Durant had 26 points, seven rebounds and six assists, and Oklahoma City began work on restoring its home-court dominance, beating Portland.
James Harden added 14 points for Oklahoma City, which moved to 10-1 this season in the game immediately following a loss. The Thunder had lost at home to the San Antonio Spurs on Friday.
Oklahoma City had lost three of its last four games at Chesapeake Energy Arena after opening the season 17-1 at home. That lone loss was to the Blazers, but that Portland squad bore little resemblance to the lineup the Blazers fielded on Sunday.
Jamal Crawford led Portland with 23 points while Raymond Felton had 19.
SUNS 99, ROCKETS 86
PHOENIX (AP) — Michael Redd scored a season-high 25 points off the bench and Phoenix beat Houston for its fourth straight win.
Channing Frye scored 19 and Marcin Gortat had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Suns, who moved within a half-game of the Rockets for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Phoenix, which moved over .500 for the first time this season at 23-22, is 11-3 over its past 14 games and 8-1 at home since the All-Star break.
Luis Scola scored 18 points and Goran Dragic added 16 for the short-handed Rockets, who have lost eight of 11.
HAWKS 103, CAVALIERS 87
CLEVELAND (AP) — Joe Johnson scored 28 points and short-handed Atlanta beat Cleveland for the sixth straight time.
Atlanta had only 10 players available, but took an early lead that it never relinquished.
The Hawks built a 19-point lead midway through the third quarter and answered Cleveland's only run late in the period to win going away. Jeff Teague added 18 points for the Hawks and Kirk Hinrich scored 14.
Alonzo Gee matched a career high with 20 points to lead Cleveland, which has lost three straight. Rookie Kyrie Irving scored 19 points and had 10 assists for his first career double-double.
KINGS 115, TIMBERWOLVES 99
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Marcus Thornton scored 24 points and Sacramento used a strong second half to beat slumping Minnesota.
The Kings were tied at halftime, but gained the lead for good by outscoring Minnesota 33-25 in the third quarter. Sacramento quickly built on its eight-point lead after three quarters and the Timberwolves trailed by double digits for much of the fourth.
Isaiah Thomas scored 18 points, John Salmons added 15 and Jason Thompson had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Kings. Chuck Hayes had a season-high 12 points and eight rebounds.
Kevin Love had his 33rd 20-10 game, scoring 21 points and getting 11 rebounds for the Timberwolves, losers of three straight and four of five. Derrick Williams had 16 points and nine rebounds.
GRIZZLIES 97, WIZARDS 92
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Rudy Gay scored 27 points, including five in the final 23.9 seconds, to lift Memphis over Washington.
Mike Conley added 17 points and six assists for Memphis, which snapped a two-game losing streak. Marc Gasol had 15 points and Zach Randolph added 13. Randolph, Gay and Gasol had nine rebounds apiece, helping Memphis to a 53-40 advantage on the boards.
John Wall led the Wizards with 25 points and six assists. Jordan Crawford finished with 22 points, and Kevin Seraphin had 12 points and 12 rebounds as Washington lost for the fifth time in the last six.
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