Friday's NBA Capsules
Games played Dec. 13, 2013
Originally published December 13, 2013 at 10:22 p.m., updated December 14, 2013 at 1:17 a.m.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 31 points, Russell Westbrook added 19 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds and the Oklahoma City Thunder rolled to a 122-97 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.
Serge Ibaka added 19 points and 10 rebounds for his 11th double-double of the season and Reggie Jackson also scored 19 for Oklahoma City, which has won five straight and 13 of its past 14 games.
The Thunder are unbeaten in 11 home games this season and have won four straight at home over the Lakers.
Los Angeles has lost all three games since the return of Kobe Bryant from a torn Achilles tendon. Bryant had 13 assists — just two shy of his career high — but showed little of his trademark offensive ability, finishing with four points on 2-of-6 shooting.
He played 23 minutes and sat out the fourth quarter with the game out of hand.
ROCKETS 116, WARRIORS 112
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — James Harden had 26 points and nine assists, Chandler Parsons scored 23 points and Houston held off Golden State.
Dwight Howard finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds while spending most of the night in foul trouble for the Rockets, who led by 13 points late in the third quarter before the Warriors briefly rallied ahead in the fourth. Patrick Beverley scored nine of his 16 points in the final period to help Houston hand Golden State its second loss in a week.
David Lee had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and Stephen Curry had 20 points and nine assists for the Warriors, who outrebounded the Rockets 56-32. But Houston outshot Golden State 49.4 to 47.8 percent and made more big plays late.
PISTONS 103, NETS 99
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Andre Drummond had 22 points and 13 rebounds, and Detroit held off a determined Brooklyn rally.
Detroit led by 21 early in the third quarter, but the Nets cut the deficit to two before Detroit's Kyle Singler made two free throws with 10 seconds left. The Pistons snapped a three-game losing streak and ended Brooklyn's three-game winning streak.
Drummond, who was shooting 38 percent from the foul line coming into the game — and was much worse than that earlier this season — went 6 of 8 on free throws. Those shots ended up being crucial.
Deron Williams led Brooklyn with 22 points. The Nets were without center Brook Lopez, who sat out with a sprained left ankle.
HAWKS 101, WIZARDS 99, OT
ATLANTA (AP) — Al Horford scored a season-high 34 points, including a jumper as time expired in overtime, and Atlanta recovered after blowing a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter to beat Washington.
With the game tied at 99 with 1.8 seconds remaining, Pero Antic passed to Horford, who hit a short fallaway as the buzzer sounded. A video review confirmed the shot beat the buzzer.
Paul Millsap and Kyle Korver had 16 points for Atlanta. Horford grabbed 15 rebounds.
Trevor Booker led Washington with 24 points and 14 rebounds.
CELTICS 90, KNICKS 86
BOSTON (AP) — Avery Bradley scored seven of his 13 points in the fourth quarter, hitting a 3-pointer with 2:38 to play to give the Celtics the lead for good, and Boston beat New York.
Jared Sullinger had 19 points and six rebounds, all but one basket in the first half when the Celtics opened a 17-point lead. Courtney Lee scored 18 points and Brandon Bass had 10 points and eight rebounds for Boston, which snapped a two-game losing streak and held onto first place in the woeful Atlantic Division.
Carmelo Anthony scored 26 points and Andrea Bargnani had 22 for the Knicks. But Anthony missed a jumper that could have tied it after Bradley gave Boston the lead, and then he was blocked by Jeff Green with a minute to play.
The Knicks lost for the third time in four games and their 12th in their past 15.
BULLS 91, BUCKS 90
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Mike Dunleavy hit a three-pointer with 5.8 seconds left and Joakim Noah came up with a block on the other end, leading Chicago over Milwaukee.
Trailing by two in the final seconds, Chicago came up with a tie-up on the defensive end and won the jump ball, allowing Dunleavy to hit a high-arching 3 for the lead.
Noah then blocked O.J. Mayo's shot to preserve the lead — and a victory that appeared unlikely just seconds before.
Noah scored 21 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for the Bulls, who ended a three-game losing streak.
Jimmy Butler scored 16 points in his return from injury for Chicago. Carlos Boozer scored 14 points and added 12 rebounds.
PELICANS 104, GRIZZLIES 98
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Eric Gordon made 10 of 12 shots on his way to 25 points, and New Orleans won its second straight game.
Jrue Holiday added 20 points and 12 assists, hitting a clutch 3-pointer in the final minute to give New Orleans some breathing room after the Pelicans' 19-point, fourth-quarter lead was trimmed to six with nearly five minutes remaining.
Ryan Anderson scored 18 for New Orleans, which also benefited from a season-low six turnovers.
Jon Leuer scored 19 and Mike Conley 18 for Memphis, which has lost two straight. Zach Randolph added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who were done in by a 21-3 Pelicans run that started in the last half of the third quarter.
RAPTORS 108, 76ERS 100
TORONTO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points, Terrence Ross had a season-high 24 and Toronto handed Philadelphia its fifth straight loss.
Jonas Valanciunas had 12 points and matched his career high with 13 rebounds, Amir Johnson had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Greivis Vasquez scored 12 in his first game with Toronto as the Raptors won for just the second time in eight games. Kyle Lowry had a season-high 11 assists for Toronto.
Tony Wroten scored 23 points, Evan Turner had 21 and Thaddeus Young 18 for the 76ers, who lost for the ninth time in 10 games. Spencer Hawes had 15 points and James Anderson scored 13 for the Sixers, who have gone 4-17 since starting the season 3-0.
SPURS 117, TIMBERWOLVES 110
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tony Parker had 29 points to offset a season-high 42 points from Kevin Love and San Antonio rallied for a victory over Minnesota.
Manu Ginobili had 20 points and nine assists, fueling a 37-21 fourth quarter that helped the Spurs avoid their second home loss this season.
Kawhi Leonard had 19 points and Boris Diaw, Marco Belinelli and Tim Duncan had 12 points apiece. Duncan added 14 rebounds.
Nikola Pekovic had 18 points, Ricky Rubio added 15 points and Kevin Martin had 14 for Minnesota, which had won two straight.
CAVALIERS 109, MAGIC 100
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Kyrie Irving scored 31 points, Dion Waiters added 21, and Cleveland used a big second half to earn its second road victory of the season.
Waiters had 20 points in the second half and Cleveland outmuscled the Magic 36-30 in the paint.
Cleveland has won three straight and five out of six. It was the Cavaliers' first road win since Nov. 16.
Orlando tried different combinations to try and contain Irving, but nothing worked as it blew a 14-point, first-half lead. The Magic have lost seven of their last eight.
Victor Oladipo tied a career high with 26 points. Arron Afflalo and Jameer Nelson each added 17, but Orlando shot just 43 percent from the field.
PACERS 99, BOBCATS 94
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Lance Stephenson had 20 points and 11 rebounds to help Indiana its improve its franchise-record home start to 11-0 with a victory over Charlotte.
Center Roy Hibbert added 18 points and 11 rebounds as Indiana overcame an off night from Paul George, who had 10 points.
Al Jefferson had 21 points and nine rebounds for the Bobcats.
SUNS 116, KINGS 107
PHOENIX (AP) — Goran Dragic scored 29 points, fellow guard Eric Bledsoe had a career-high 28 and Phoenix extended its season-high winning streak to four games.
The Suns' Miles Plumlee had two crucial blocks of DeMarcus Cousins' shots and had four emphatic fourth-quarter dunks for 12 points.
Isaiah Thomas scored 29 for Sacramento. Rudy Gay added 22 in his first game for the Kings since being acquired this week in a trade with Toronto. Cousins had 15 points and 15 rebounds but shot just 5 of 15.
JAZZ 103, NUGGETS 93
DENVER (AP) — Gordon Hayward scored a season-high 30 points to go with a career-high 13 rebounds, Derrick Favors had 19 points and Utah rallied after blowing a big third-quarter lead to beat Denver.
Wilson Chandler and Jordan Hamilton had 17 apiece for the Nuggets.
The Nuggets struggled from the foul line, going 14 for 24, while the Jazz hit their first 13 free throws in going 19 of 20 from the line.
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