Saturday's NBA Capsules
Originally published March 16, 2013 at 11:42 p.m., updated March 17, 2013 at 12:30 a.m.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Spencer Hawes had 18 points and career highs with 16 rebounds and seven blocked shots to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 98-91 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.
Jrue Holiday added 27 points and 12 assists to help the Sixers win for only the third time in 15 games. While the Sixers are one of the worst road teams in the league, they are 19-17 at home.
The Sixers led by one at the end of the third quarter, then opened the fourth on a 19-4 run to put away the Pacers. Evan Turner and Thaddeus Young each contributed some lead-stretching buckets in the fourth to put all five starters in double figures.
Roy Hibbert had 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers.
CELTICS 105, BOBCATS 88
BOSTON (AP) — Paul Pierce had 14 points, eight assists and six rebounds before sitting out the fourth quarter, and Boston won its 11th straight at home.
Avery Bradley scored 13 and Courtney Lee had 12 points and five assists as the Celtics beat the Bobcats for the first time in three meetings this season. Two of the Bobcats' NBA-low 14 wins came against the Celtics, including a 100-74 blowout in Charlotte on Tuesday.
Kevin Garnett sat out with a strained left thigh muscle, but the Celtics put all five starters were in double figures.
Jannero Pargo led Charlotte with 18 points. Gerald Henderson had 16 points, Kemba Walker scored 14 and Josh McRoberts pulled down 10 rebounds for the Bobcats, who lost for the 12th time in 13 games. Charlotte's only win during that stretch was Tuesday against the Celtics, when Pierce rested.
SPURS 119, CAVALIERS 113
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tim Duncan had 30 points and 12 rebounds, Kawhi Leonard added 24 points and 13 boards, and San Antonio beat Cleveland.
Manu Ginobili added 14 points and 10 assists, Nando De Colo had 11 points and Tiago Splitter had 10 for San Antonio (51-16), which is 1½ games ahead of Oklahoma City in the Western Conference.
Wayne Ellington had 21 points and fellow reserve Marreese Speights added 19 for Cleveland (22-44). Shaun Livingston had 16 points, and Alonzo Gee and Dion Waiters added 15 apiece.
WIZARDS 127, SUNS 105
WASHINGTON (AP) — Martell Webster scored a career-high 34 points and became Washington's first 30-point scorer this season.
John Wall added 17 points and 11 assists as Washington won its fourth straight at home and third straight overall while setting its season high in scoring.
Emeka Okafor added 17 points and 10 rebounds as Washington snapped a 10-game losing streak to Phoenix, dating to 2006.
Michael Beasley scored 21 points and Goran Dragic added 12 points and 11 assists as the Suns lost their fourth straight and fell into last place in the Western Conference.
JAZZ 90, GRIZZLIES 84
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gordon Hayward scored 17 points in his first start since November, including a 3-pointer with 17 seconds left, and Utah beat Memphis.
The Grizzlies (44-21) had won 14 of 15 but have dropped two straight to close out a four-game road trip.
Utah (34-32) pulled within a half-game of the idle Lakers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Jerryd Bayless led all scorers with 24 points. Memphis teammate Zach Randolph added 19 and Mike Conley 13 but on just 6-of-18 shooting.
TRAIL BLAZERS 112, PISTONS 101
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge had 31 points and 12 rebounds, and Portland handed Detroit its eighth straight loss.
Rodney Stuckey had a season-high 32 points for the Pistons, who have yet to win a game in March. They've lost 11 of their last 12.
J.J. Hickson had 18 points and 15 rebounds and all of Portland starters were in double figures.
Will Bynum had 23 points off the bench for Detroit.
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