Friday's NBA Capsules
Games played Feb. 7, 2014
Originally published February 7, 2014 at 11:13 p.m., updated February 8, 2014 at 12:44 a.m.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Steve Nash celebrated his 40th birthday by scoring a season-high 19 points as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Philadelphia 76ers 112-98 Friday night.
Wesley Johnson and Chris Kaman each scored 17 for the Lakers. Los Angeles won its second straight after losing seven in a row.
Tony Wroten scored 16 for Philadelphia, which lost its fifth straight game and seventh in a row at home.
Nash played more like a guy who was a two-time NBA MVP a decade ago instead of the oldest player in the league. Banged up this season, he had five assists, four rebounds and shot 8 for 15.
CLIPPERS 118, RAPTORS 105
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Griffin scored 19 of his 36 points in the first quarter and Jamal Crawford added 21, leading the Clippers to a victory over the Raptors in a matchup of division leaders.
DeAndre Jordan had 18 points and 13 rebounds for the defending Pacific Division champions, who are 12-6 since Chris Paul separated his right shoulder on Jan. 3. Jordan attempted 22 free throws and converted a career-high 10 after entering the game averaging 43.4 percent from the foul line.
DeMar DeRozan had 36 points and eight assists for the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors, who concluded their road trip 2-3.
PACERS 118, TRAIL BLAZERS 113, OT
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — George Hill had a career-high 37 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, leading Indiana over Portland in overtime.
David West scored a season-high 30 points and had 10 rebounds and Paul George added 17 points for the Pacers, who have won five of their last six games.
Damian Lillard had 38 points and 11 assists and LaMarcus Aldridge had 22 points for the Trail Blazers.
George converted a steal into the go-ahead dunk with 3:48 left in overtime, putting the Pacers ahead 107-105. West dunked with 1:37 left to make it 111-107.
MAGIC 103, THUNDER 102
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Tobias Harris slammed home a fast-break pass from Maurice Harkless at the buzzer, lifting the Orlando Magic over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Thunder led 102-101 in the closing seconds when Kevin Durant missed a jumper to set up the last-second play. Harris' dunk was reviewed by officials and upheld.
Harris led the Magic with 18 points and Arron Afflalo had 16. Orlando has its first four-game home winning streak in two years.
Durant led the Thunder with 29 points and 12 assists. Serge Ibaka added 26 points.
The loss was just the second in 14 games for Oklahoma City.
MAVERICKS 103, JAZZ 81
DALLAS (AP) — Monta Ellis scored 22 points and the Dallas Mavericks beat Utah, matching a season high with their fourth straight win.
All-Star forward Dirk Nowitzki had 20 points while playing only 26½ minutes for the Mavericks, who moved a season-best nine games over. 500 at 30-21. It is only the second time they have been that far above the break-even mark since their 2010-11 NBA championship season.
The Jazz lost their fourth game in a row. Starting center Derrick Favors was back after missing three games with an inflamed right hip and reserve forward Jeremy Evans had missed two games with a bruised tailbone and bruised right elbow.
KNICKS 117, NUGGETS 90
NEW YORK (AP) — Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points in three quarters, then watched from the bench as the New York Knicks ran away from his old team in the fourth to defeat Denver.
J.R. Smith added 10 of his 13 points in the fourth. He also threw the pass of the game during the decisive spurt when he went behind the back to Jeremy Tyler, who scored while being fouled.
Amare Stoudemire finished with 17 points for the Knicks, who snapped a three-game losing streak.
Ty Lawson scored 24 points for the Nuggets, who had their two-game winning streak end and fell back to .500 at 24-24.
PELICANS 98, TIMBERWOLVES 91
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis responded to his selection to the Western Conference All-Star squad with 26 points and 10 rebounds, and New Orleans overcame a 10-point fourth quarter deficit to defeat Minnesota.
Eric Gordon scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half to fuel New Orleans' comeback, while Davis, who was appointed by to the All-Star team in place of injured Kobe Bryant earlier in the day, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked his only shot in the final period.
Brian Roberts added 16 points, including a 22-foot pullup jumper to make it 96-91 with 22 seconds left, and the Pelicans made 13 of 20 shots in the fourth quarter, outscoring Minnesota 37-20 in the period.
Kevin Love had 26 points and 19 rebounds for Minnesota, while Corey Brewer had 16 points and Kevin Martin 15.
CAVALIERS 115, WIZARDS 113
WASHINGTON (AP) — Dion Waiters scored 24 points and Kyrie Irving had 23 points and tied a career high with 12 assists to help Cleveland break its six-game skid with a victory over Washington.
The Cavaliers played without their second leading scorer, Luol Deng, who was out with flu-like symptoms. Irving missed Friday's shootaround because of illness, but managed to hit all 13 free throws he attempted.
John Wall led Washington with 32 points and 10 assists. The Wizards trailed by 14 early in the fourth quarter. Wall led a late charge with nine points in the game's last two minutes. Martell Webster the second of two late 3-pointers with 2.9 seconds to go to cut the lead to 115-113.
CELTICS 99, KINGS 89
BOSTON (AP) — Jared Sullinger scored a career-high 31 points and added 16 rebounds and Boston Celtics went on a 15-0 fourth-quarter run to beat Sacramento for their longest winning streak in more than two months.
Jerryd Bayless scored 19 points and Jeff Green added 17 for the Celtics, who won their third straight game for the first time since Dec. 3-8.
And they did it without their starting backcourt.
Rajon Rondo (soreness) and Avery Bradley (ankle) both sat out, allowing Bayless and rookie Phil Pressey to run the offense.
DeMarcus Cousins had 31 points and 16 rebounds for the Kings, who had won two straight. Isaiah Thomas had 24 points for Sacramento, and Derrick Williams had 11 points and 12 boards.
PISTONS 111, NETS 95
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Andre Drummond had 15 points and 21 assists, Brandon Jennings narrowly missed a triple-double and Detroit beat Brooklyn.
Jennings finished with 26 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists as Detroit had six players in double figures.
With the Nets resting Kevin Garnett, the starting lineup struggled badly, combining for just 42 points. Jason Terry's 18 off the bench helped Brooklyn rally late.
The Nets had no answer for Detroit inside. When the Pistons weren't feeding Drummond, Josh Smith and Greg Monroe in the post, Rodney Stuckey and Jennings were driving to the basket with ease.
Smith finished with 23 points and Drummond and Kyle Singler had 16 apiece.
Joe Johnson added 16 for the Nets.
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