Saturday's NBA Capsules
Games played Feb. 22, 2014
Originally published February 22, 2014 at 10:53 p.m., updated February 23, 2014 at 12:38 a.m.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kemba Walker scored 31 points and the Charlotte Bobcats won for the fourth time in five nights, defeating the Memphis Grizzlies 92-89 Saturday night.
Charlotte is 4-0 since the All-Star break, marking its longest winning streak since March 2011.
The Bobcats used an 18-3 run in the fourth quarter to break open a tight game and then held on down the stretch with Walker making four free throws in the final 25 seconds to snap Memphis' four-game win streak.
The Bobcats won despite the Grizzlies holding Al Jefferson to just six points on 2-of-13 shooting. Jefferson came in having scored 29 points or more in eight of his last 11 games and at least 20 points in 17 of the last 19.
The Grizzlies were led by Mike Conley, who had 16 points but missed two 3-pointers on Memphis' final possession that would have tied the game.
TIMBERWOLVES 121, JAZZ 104
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Kevin Love had 37 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for his first career triple-double to help Minnesota cruise past Utah.
Minnesota was again playing without starters Nikola Pekovic (ankle) and Kevin Martin (finger), but Love filled the void, keeping one step ahead of the Jazz through the game. He compiled all his statistics in 32 minutes to earn a spot on the bench for the final nine minutes of the Wolves' third runaway win against the Jazz this season.
Ricky Rubio had 15 points, and Corey Brewer and Chase Budinger scored 13 apiece as the Wolves won their third straight for just their third streak of three-plus victories.
Enes Kanter couldn't stop Love, but had success against him on the offensive end, scoring 25 points for the Jazz, who dropped their third in a row after a season-best three-game win streak.
WARRIORS 93, NETS 86
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jermaine O'Neal had season highs of 23 points and 13 rebounds, Stephen Curry banked in a big 3-pointer in the final minute to finish with 17 points, and Golden State held off Brooklyn for its third straight victory since the All-Star break.
With Andrew Bogut sidelined with a left shoulder injury and David Lee out with a stomach flu, O'Neal and Draymond Green more than filled the void in the absence of Golden State's frontcourt regulars. O'Neal shot 10 for 13 from the floor, and Green scored a career-best 18 points to go with 10 rebounds.
Deron Williams had 20 points and six assists, and Joe Johnson scored 15 points for a Nets team that made just 2 of 21 attempts from beyond the arc.
HAWKS 107, KNICKS 98
ATLANTA (AP) — Mike Scott scored a career-high 30 points, Jeff Teague added 28 and Atlanta snapped an eight-game losing streak by beating New York.
Carmelo Anthony finished with 35 points for the Knicks, who blew a double-digit, third-quarter lead for the second straight night.
New York has lost two straight and seven of nine to fall 5½ games behind Atlanta for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot.
Atlanta began the game without All-Star forward Paul Millsap, who sustained a right knee contusion late in the fourth quarter of Friday's loss at Detroit, but the Hawks rallied from a 17-point deficit in the third quarter to take a 74-73 lead on Lou Williams' 3 early in the fourth.
The Hawks never trailed again.
WIZARDS 94, PELICANS 93
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nene made the go-ahead dunk with 0.9 seconds left and matched a season high with 30 points to propel Washington past New Orleans.
Washington trailed 93-92 when Anthony Davis hit two free throws with seven seconds left. After a timeout, the Wizards inbounded to John Wall, who dribbled to the lane, drew the defense, and dished to a cutting Nene, who slammed the ball with his right hand. It was the 12th assist of the night for Wall.
The play spoiled a big performance by Davis, who had 26 points and 11 rebounds. Anthony Morrow added 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting.
But their efforts were trumped by Nene, who made 13 of 19 shots. With Wall and Beal, the Wizards' top two threats, combining for just 21 points, Washington turned to its frontcourt. Center Marcin Gortat contributed 16 points and 10 rebounds.
PACERS 110, BUCKS 110
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Paul George scored 32 points and David West tied a season high with 30, helping Indiana hang on to beat Milwaukee.
Lance Stephenson added 24 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for the Pacers, who had lost three of their previous five games. Stephenson scored seven straight points to open the fourth quarter.
Brandon Knight scored 30 points for Milwaukee, including 20 in the first half. Khris Middleton added 13.
With the Pacers leading by seven at the end of the third quarter, Stephenson opened the fourth with a pair of inside scores and a 3-pointer, extending the lead to 82-68. Milwaukee kept the game close into the final minutes, but West hit a jumper with 48 seconds left to help put away the game.
KINGS 105, CELTICS 98
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Rudy Gay scored eight of his 22 points over the final six minutes, Isaiah Thomas added 21 points and matched his career high with 12 assists, and Sacramento beat Boston.
DeMarcus Cousins had 13 points, while Derrick Williams and Carl Landry added 10 points apiece off the bench for Sacramento. The Kings never trailed and limited the Celtics to one basket over the final 7½ minutes after Boston tied the game midway through the fourth quarter.
Jeff Green scored 29 on 7-of-25 shooting for the Celtics, who played without Rajon Rondo and Jared Sullinger.
MAVERICKS 113, PISTONS 102
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points, Vince Carter added 18 and Dallas held off Detroit.
Dallas had surprising success on the boards against Detroit's imposing front line. The Mavericks finished with 16 offensive rebounds. The Pistons, who came in as the NBA's top team in that department, had only nine.
Detroit star Andre Drummond was in foul trouble all night and finished with only eight points and three rebounds in just under 20 minutes of action.
Josh Smith kept the Pistons in the game for a while and finished with 32 points, his most since signing with Detroit last offseason.
Monta Ellis had 12 points and 13 assists for the Mavericks.
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