Wednesday's NBA Capsules
Thursday, March 22, 2012
DALLAS (AP) — Kobe Bryant scored 30 points, Pau Gasol added 27 points and nine rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers stopped the Dallas Mavericks’ four-game winning streak with a 109-93 victory on Wednesday night.
Ramon Sessions contributed 17 points and nine assists in his fourth game for the Lakers since he was acquired in a trade with Cleveland on March 15.
Dirk Nowitzki had 26 points and 10 rebounds, and Jason Terry scored 23 points for the defending NBA champion Mavericks, who fell to 0-3 against the Lakers this season.
The Lakers ended a two-game skid and have won six of eight overall. They were on the second leg of a back-to-back following Tuesday night’s 107-104 loss at Houston.
THUNDER 114, CLIPPERS 91
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kevin Durant had 32 points and nine rebounds, Russell Westbrook added 19 points and Oklahoma City Thunder shut down Blake Griffin to beat the Clippers.
Playing in his hometown, Griffin was held to a career-low seven points in the rematch of a Clippers victory perhaps best remembered for his emphatic dunk over Kendrick Perkins.
Griffin didn’t have any dunks in this one, settling mostly for long jumpers and hook shots, and went just 3 for 11 from the field.
Randy Foye started in place of Caron Butler and scored 23 points to lead Los Angeles, which hit 37 percent on a miserable shooting night from inside the 3-point line.
BULLS 94, RAPTORS 82
TORONTO (AP) — John Lucas scored all 13 of his points in the fourth quarter, Luol Deng had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Chicago rallied to beat Toronto.
Kyle Korver also came up big in the final quarter, scoring all 10 of his points in the fourth as the Bulls came back after trailing by 12 early in the second half.
C.J. Watson scored 15 points and Ronnie Brewer had 12 for the Bulls, who won their third straight. The Bulls also won for the fourth time in five games without leading scorer Derrick Rose, who is still sidelined with a sore right groin.
DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points and James Johnson had 16 for the Raptors.
SPURS 116, TIMBERWOLVES 100
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tim Duncan had 21 points and 15 rebounds, and San Antonio beat Minnesota despite playing most of the game without All-Star guard Tony Parker.
Stephen Jackson and Gary Neal each added 16 points for the Spurs, who won their fourth straight and fifth in their last six.
Parker left with tightness in his left hamstring with 8:03 remaining in the first half. He spoke briefly with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich before heading to the locker room with two points and six assists.
Kevin Love had 17 points and 12 rebounds as Minnesota lost its fourth in six games.
KNICKS 82, 76ERS 79
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Amare Stoudemire had 21 points and nine rebounds to lead New York over Philadelphia for its fifth straight victory.
Jeremy Lin scored 18 points and Carmelo Anthony had 10 to help the Knicks pull within three games of the Atlantic Division leaders.
Elton Brand had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Sixers. Jrue Holiday scored 16.
The Sixers shook off a miserable start and a double-digit hole to make a run in the fourth, with Lou Williams nailing a 3-pointer to tie it at 63.
Stoudemire answered with a dunk and a pull-up jumper to push the Knicks’ lead to four.
MAGIC 103, SUNS 93
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Ryan Anderson hit seven 3-pointers and scored 29 points, and Dwight Howard added 28 points and 16 rebounds to help Orlando hold off Phoenix.
Orlando led by as many as 22 before the Suns rallied with under 5 minutes to play. But the Magic, who were 11 for 23 from beyond the arc, were able to string together enough baskets down the stretch to hold on.
The Magic snapped a two-game losing streak and won for the sixth time in seven matchups with the Suns in Orlando.
Jared Dudley had 17 points and Robin Lopez added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Suns.
HAWKS 103, CAVALIERS 102, OT
ATLANTA (AP) — Joe Johnson hit a tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation and knocked down a baseline jumper with 10 seconds left in overtime, giving Atlanta the win over Cleveland.
The Hawks rallied from a six-point deficit in OT, pulling even on Johnson’s third trey of the night and a three-point play by Josh Smith, who led Atlanta with 32 points and 17 rebounds.
Cleveland had two shots at the end. Irving missed and Gee botched the follow.
Johnson rallied to finish with 22 points for the Hawks.
Irving nearly had a triple double for the Cavaliers, scoring 29 points to go along with nine rebounds and nine assists. Antawn Jamison added 23 points.
WIZARDS 108, NETS 89
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Nene had 22 points and 10 rebounds in his Washington debut, and the Wizards beat New Jersey in a game marred by the third-quarter ejections of Nets’ All-Star point guard Deron Williams and head coach Avery Johnson.
Williams and Johnson were tossed by referee Josh Tiven with 5:18 left in the quarter for arguing a non-call on a Williams’ drive to the basket seconds earlier. Tiven appeared to call all four technical fouls, getting Williams first and then the coach.
Jordan Crawford added 23 points and John Wall had 12 and eight assists for Washington.
Williams had 17 for the Nets. Kris Humphries added 13 points and 16 rebounds.
WARRIORS 101, HORNETS 92
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Rookie Klay Thompson scored a career-high 27 points, David Lee added 25 and Golden State beat New Orleans to end a four-game losing streak.
The Warriors trailed 58-51 midway through the third before Thompson sparked a 20-5 run. He hit a 3-pointer and converted a three-point play to give the Warriors a 60-58 lead, and Brandon Rush hit a wide open 3-pointer that gave Golden State the lead for good, 63-60.
Lee, who also had 11 rebounds, finished the spurt with a jumper that made it 71-63.
Jarrett Jack had his first career triple double for the Hornets with 17 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. Chris Kaman and Xavier Henry added 13 points apiece.
NUGGETS 116, PISTONS 115
DENVER (AP) — JaVale McGee rebounded a missed free throw following a basket with 5 seconds remaining and dunked to give Denver the win over Detroit.
Not a bad Denver debut for McGee, who completed a four-point possession as the Nuggets held on despite wasting a 25-point lead.
McGee, in his first game with Denver following his acquisition a week ago as part of the trade that sent Nene to Washington, finished with 15 points.
Ty Lawson led the Nuggets with 25 points and Arron Afflalo had 23.
Ben Gordon scored 45 points for the Pistons, making all nine of his 3-point attempts.
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