Monday's NBA Capsules
Games played Feb. 3, 2014
Monday, February 3, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kevin Durant had 31 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, Serge Ibaka had 21 points and 12 rebounds and the Oklahoma City Thunder continued their home dominance, beating the Memphis Grizzlies 86-77 on Monday night.
Oklahoma City (39-11) had a 10-game winning streak snapped Saturday at Washington, but the Thunder moved to 21-3 at home while winning their seventh straight game at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Zach Randolph had 13 points and 13 rebounds and Marc Gasol added 13 points for Memphis (26-21), which lost for the second time in 13 games. The Grizzlies had won six straight games, the NBA's longest winning streak entering Monday.
Coming off a remarkable January during which he averaged 35.9 points per game on 54.9-percent shooting, Durant finished 11 of 21 from the field.
PACERS 98, MAGIC 79
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Danny Granger scored 16 points, Paul George and Lance Stephenson each added 15, and Indiana beat Orlando.
Indiana (37-10) won for the second time in three days and maintained its grip on the NBA's best record.
The reeling Magic were led by Arron Afflalo with 20 points and Nikola Vucevic with 16. Orlando (13-37) lost for the fourth time in five games and is a league-worst 3-23 on the road.
It wasn't nearly as easy as it seemed.
Orlando cut a 16-point second-quarter deficit to nine at the half, to 60-58 in the third quarter and even had two chances to tie the score.
But the Pacers answered with six straight points and put away the Magic with an 18-1 run that started late in the third quarter and ended with the Pacers up 86-64 with 7:45 left in the game.
HEAT 102, PISTONS 96
MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James came within two rebounds of his first triple-double this season, and Miami on for the fifth time in six games.
James had 24 points and 11 assists, Dwyane Wade scored 30 points and Chris Bosh added 17.
Wade had one of his best performances in an injury-hampered season, shooting 13 for 19 and adding 10 rebounds and five assists in 37 minutes. His point total was his highest since Dec. 18.
James was blanked in the rebound department down the stretch. When Wade snatched a rebound away from him with 4 minutes left, a grinning James chided him as they ran upcourt. Wade waved his arms in sheepish apology.
Teammate Ray Allen outfought James for a rebound a minute later, which left James muttering to the Heat bench.
NETS 108, 76ERS 102
NEW YORK (AP) — Paul Pierce scored 25 points, Deron Williams added 21 and Brooklyn stopped a three-game losing streak.
The Nets had lost to division leaders Toronto, Oklahoma City and Indiana after starting 2014 by winning 10 of their first 11 games, but got back on track against a Philadelphia team that has lost 13 of its last 16 games.
Brooklyn had a 19-point lead with 4:21 left in the third quarter cut to 104-102 after James Anderson hit a 3-pointer with 22 seconds left. Pierce then made two free throws before Shaun Livingston intercepted Michael Carter-Williams' pass and converted a pair of free throws to put it away.
Carter-Williams led Philadelphia with 21 points and Elliot Williams had 18 off the bench.
SPURS 102, PELICANS 95
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tony Parker scored 21 of his 32 points in the second half and also doled out nine assists, and San Antonio overcame a 14-point deficit.
Tim Duncan scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half, and Marco Belinelli added 13 against his former club.
Anthony Davis had 17 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks, Anthony Morrow added 20 points and Eric Gordon scored 19 points for the Pelicans, who appeared in line for their fifth win in six games when they led by 14 near the end of the third quarter.
The Spurs, however, had other plans. Parker strung together an array of dazzling driving layups through crowds of defenders, and San Antonio outscored New Orleans 38-19 in the final period.
BUCKS 101, KNICKS 98
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Brandon Knight made a 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds left and finished with 25 points, and Milwaukee snapped a six-game losing streak.
Knight took a couple dribbles, then quickly fired his 3 from the wing with Raymond Felton leaping into the air. Felton turned in disbelief as Knight rushed down the other end to celebrate.
The Knicks had one last chance, though Carmelo Anthony misfired on a deep 3. He finished with 36 points.
New York rallied from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter, but ended up falling to the worst team in the NBA.
Khris Middleton added 19 points and a season-high five 3s for Milwaukee, which also snapped a seven-game skid to New York.
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