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April 14, 2013

Clippers edge Grizzlies 91-87 to win season series

chris paulChris Paul hit a free throw with 18.3 seconds left, and the Los Angeles Clippers edged the Memphis Grizzlies 91-87 Saturday night in a possible preview of a first-round playoff series. With the win, the Clippers took the season series 3-1 for what could be a crucial tiebreaker giving Los Angeles home-court advantage in the postseason even though the teams now are tied at 54-26. That puts them both one-half game behind Denver for the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference. DeAndre Jordan led the Clippers with 16 points. Paul finished with 13, Blake Griffin had 12 and Willie Green 10. Marc Gasol had 18 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists for Memphis. Zach Randolph finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Tayshaun Prince scored 13, and Mike Conley added 12 points and six assists. Read more here.

Celtics lock up East's 7th seed, rout Magic 120-88

kevin garnettCourtney Lee scored 20 points and Jeff Green added 17 as the Boston Celtics cruised to a 120-88 victory over the Orlando Magic on Saturday night. The win locked up the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference for Boston, which never trailed in beating Orlando for the eighth straight time. All five Celtics starters reached double figures, with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce scoring 14 and 12 points, respectively, after sitting out Friday against Miami. Tobias Harris led the Magic with 22 points, and Nik Vucevic added 16 points and 12 rebounds. Orlando hasn't won back-to-back games since December. The Magic play their final home game of season on Monday against Chicago, and head to Miami for the season finale on Wednesday. The Celtics conclude their regular-season schedule against Indiana on Tuesday and visit Toronto on Wednesday. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com

April 7, 2013

Nuggets tie team mark with 20th straight home win

corey brewerShowcasing their depth in stunning fashion, the Denver Nuggets rolled to a season high in points and matched a team record with a 20th consecutive home win despite missing their top two scorers because of injuries. Corey Brewer had 22 points off the bench and Wilson Chandler scored 21 points in place of the injured Danilo Gallinari, leading the Nuggets past the Houston Rockets, 132-114 Saturday night. Even Nuggets coach George Karl acknowledged some surprise over the dominant showing by his squad, playing for the first time since losing the sharp-shooting Gallinari to a season-ending left knee injury. Playmaking guard Ty Lawson, the Nuggets' leading scorer, is out indefinitely because of a plantar fascia tear in his right foot. Read more here.

LeBron returns, Heat top 76ers 106-87

lebron jamesLeBron James went through a series of tests before the game, all under the watchful eye of the Miami Heat training staff and some coaches. He passed with flying colors, and looked good as new afterward. James scored 27 points after a three-game absence caused by a strained right hamstring, five other Miami players reached double figures and the Heat moved closer to securing home-court advantage for the entire NBA playoffs by topping the Philadelphia 76ers 106-87 on Saturday night. ''He knows his body better than anybody,'' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. ''So he knew how to pace himself and put his fingerprints on the game.'' Playing only 31 minutes, James made 12 of 17 shots from the field and added five assists and four rebounds. Rashard Lewis scored 14 points, Norris Cole added 13 and Chris Andersen grabbed 15 rebounds - as many as he had in any two previous games this season combined - for the Heat, whose magic number for clinching the league's best regular-season record was trimmed to two. Read more here.

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March 31, 2013

Durant, Westbrook lead Thunder past Bucks, 109-99

kevin durantDown five early in the fourth quarter, it was time for the Oklahoma City Thunder to take pride in their defense. They did just that. Kevin Durant scored 30 points and Russell Westbrook had a triple-double to lead the Thunder to a 109-99 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night. The Thunder used a 19-2 run in the fourth quarter for their fourth win in five games. Instead of their top-scoring offense being the reason for that game-clinching run, it was the defense that got the final charge going. ''I told them we had to take some pride in our defensive possessions,'' Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. ''It was an individual effort by a lot of guys. Serge Ibaka did a phenomenal job protecting the basket and blocking and altering their shots. Russell and Kevin did a good job defending their players.'' They did more than just a good job. Milwaukee held a five-point lead early in the fourth quarter. Read more here.

Rockets cruise past Clippers, 98-81

jeremy linPlaying without leading scorer James Harden, the Houston Rockets cracked one of the league's best defenses by spreading the ball around. Jeremy Lin, Chandler Parsons and Francisco Garcia scored 15 points apiece and Omer Asik added 13 points to lead the Rockets to a 98-81 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night. Harden missed his third game of the season with a right ankle sprain, but the Rockets had all the right answers in his absence. Harden, who played 26 minutes and scored a four-month low seven points in a 103-94 road loss to Memphis on Friday night, ranks fifth in the league at 26.0 points per game. ''We had a lot of guys play well,'' Rockets coach Kevin McHale said. ''The ball was really moving tonight, and it was good to see that. Everybody was in tune.'' Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com

March 24, 2013

Nuggets win 15th straight, 101-95 over Kings

kenneth fariedGeorge Karl didn't sound like the coach of a Denver team on a streak not seen in 43 years. He sounded like a coach ready to shake things up in the final weeks before the playoffs. Moments after his Nuggets beat the Sacramento Kings 101-95 on Saturday night for their 15th straight win, Karl was lamenting his players' second straight lackluster performance. ''What I've been telling the team, telling them for three days, the next (11) games I don't want to hear about rest, I don't want to hear we're tired, I want our attitude to be the best basketball we've played all year,'' he said. ''And if you don't want to do that then I'll play somebody else. I don't want to hear about my body hurts, I'm sore. Everybody plays the same amount of games, and resting's not going to get us ready for the opportunities. Read more here.

Deng scores 20 and Bulls beat Pacers 87-84

luol dengThe Chicago Bulls are used to dealing with injuries so they weren't rattled when All-Star center Joakim Noah didn't play Saturday night against the Indiana Pacers. As they have done all season, the Bulls turned to their reserves, including veteran center Nazr Mohammed, forward Taj Gibson, and guards Daequan Cook and Nate Robinson, to rally from a 10-point deficit for an 87-84 victory that snapped Indiana's three-game winning streak. ''That is the way we have to play; we have to do it collectively,'' Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said after his team avoided a three-game losing streak. ''A lot of guys stepped up.'' Forward Luol Deng scored 20 points and Carlos Boozer had 18, but the offensive stars of the second-half Chicago rally came off the bench. Read more here. Read more here.

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March 17, 2013

Duncan, Leonard lead Spurs over Cavs, 119-113

tim duncanThe San Antonio Spurs are without Tony Parker and their usual fire on defense, but they still have Tim Duncan. They needed the All-Star power forward to overcome their alarming lack of defense. Duncan had 30 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks, and the Spurs beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 119-113 on Saturday night. Kawhi Leonard added 24 points and 13 boards, and Manu Ginobili added 14 points and 10 assists for San Antonio (51-16), which is 1 1/2 games ahead of Oklahoma City for the top seed in the Western Conference. ''Tim saved our (butt),'' said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who was ejected midway through the second quarter. ''He obviously carried the whole night for us. He was great. It shouldn't have to be that way.'' Nando De Colo had 11 points and Tiago Splitter 10 for the Spurs. Read more here.

Pierce has 14 in 3 quarters, Celtics beat Bobcats

paul pierceThe Boston Celtics finally found a way to beat the team with the NBA's worst record. Actually, it was several ways as the Celtics avenged an embarrassing loss earlier in the week at Charlotte by routing the Bobcats 105-88 on Saturday night. Paul Pierce had 14 points, eight assists and six rebounds before sitting out the entire fourth quarter, cheering on his teammates from the bench as they beat the Bobcats for the first time in three tries this season. ''It wasn't a sense that we owed them one. It was a sense that we need to play better against them and we need to keep playing well at home,'' said Pierce, who also had three blocks. ''It's about us playing well and playing the right way.'' All five Boston starters scored in double figures and all 11 players who dressed for the Celtics scored at least five points. The only player in the official lineup that didn't score was Kevin Garnett, who sat out to rest a strained muscle in his left thigh. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com

March 10, 2013

Balanced Grizzlies beat Hornets 96-85

mike conleyThe Memphis Grizzlies keep returning from halftime and imposing their style on opponents. With an emphasis on defense and pressure to increase the pace, Memphis again used a strong third quarter to beat the New Orleans Hornets 96-85 on Saturday night. ''I think our focus coming out of halftime, understanding what we need to adjust, then going out and executing it, has been phenomenal,'' said guard Mike Conley, who led Memphis scorers with 22 points. ''We came in the locker room and said: 'We have to do this, that and this,' and we go out there and do it.'' Conley, who also had eight assists, led seven Memphis players in double figures as the Grizzlies won their fourth straight. Tony Allen had 14 points, while Tayshaun Prince and Quincy Pondexter scored 13 points apiece. Read more here.

Nuggets win 13th in a row at home

ty lawsonNearly unbeatable at home this season, the Denver Nuggets got the better of one of the few teams that has managed to get out of town with a victory. Ty Lawson matched his season high with 32 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter, and the Nuggets beat the injury-depleted Minnesota Timberwolves 111-88 Saturday night to stretch their home winning streak to 13 games, their longest in 14 years. ''We've all been playing better in the second half of the season and our record is showing that,'' Lawson said. ''The first half of the season, there were worries in management, coaching staff if we were going to make the playoffs, but we've gotten into shape and we've been playing well.'' Corey Brewer had 15 points, while Danilo Gallinari and Andre Iguodala added 11 apiece for the Nuggets, who have won eight in a row overall. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com

March 3, 2013

Turner, Holiday lead 76ers over Warriors

jrue hollidayEvan Turner had 22 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, Jrue Holiday scored 27, and the Philadelphia 76ers snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 104-97 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night. Thad Young had 14 points and 16 rebounds and Royal Ivey chipped in with 17 points for the Sixers, who are 5 1/2 games behind Milwaukee for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 25 games left. Stephen Curry scored 30 and Klay Thompson added 29 for the Warriors, who've lost four in a row. Despite losing 10 of 13, Golden State remains sixth in the West. The Warriors are one game up on eighth-place Houston and 3 1/2 ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers, who are fighting for the last spot. The Sixers overcame deficits of 16 in the first half and 11 in the third quarter and took an 82-81 lead into the fourth. Read more here.

Noah, Boozer lead Bulls past Nets 96-85

joakim noahComing off one of the best performances of his career, Joakim Noah did all he could to match it. He came up short, but not by much. Noah finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds, Carlos Boozer scored 20 and the Chicago Bulls beat the Brooklyn Nets 96-85 on Saturday night. The Bulls went on a 19-0 run that started in the second quarter and stretched into third, giving them an 18-point lead. And they opened March on a winning note after going 5-8 in February, just their second losing month in 2 1/2 seasons under coach Tom Thibodeau. ''It's been an up-and-down year,'' Noah said. ''But I really feel like when we're playing our best, we can really beat a lot of people. So the potential is definitely there.'' Their superstar point guard is not playing, and to many, the Bulls can forget about contending for a championship until Derrick Rose is back and dominating. Read more here.

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February 24, 2013

LeBron's triple-double lifts Heat over 76ers

lebron jamesBefore he took a seat on the bench, LeBron James made sure to grab one more rebound. James had 16 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for his 35th career triple-double and the Miami Heat cruised to their 10th straight win, 114-90 over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night. The three-time NBA MVP knew he was one board away from a special night so he went after it hard early in the fourth quarter. After Chris Anderson blocked Evan Turner's shot, James hauled it in, drove up court and banked a shot in for good measure. ''I was going to stay out there until I got it,'' James said. ''I wasn't going to let this one slip away. I've had too many games where I was one assist, one rebound away. I wasn't coming out.'' Read more here.

Wizards fend off Rockets' 3s for 105-103 win

bradley bealThe Rockets dominated early with an impressive 3-point shooting display and finished with more attempts than any NBA team this season. The Wizards countered by going big and going inside and it paid off when the former league laughingstock took down another winning team. Bradley Beal scored 21 points and Emeka Okafor had 17 points, 11 rebounds and made the go-ahead free throw with 5.2 seconds remaining to help the Washington defeat Houston 105-103 on Saturday night. Trevor Ariza added 18 points and John Wall had 12 points and 11 assists for the Wizards, who came back from a 17-point deficit for their second straight win. Washington, winner of 10 of its last 12 home games, scored 54 points in the paint to offset the 57 points Houston scored on 19 3-pointers. Read more here.

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February 17, 2013

Ross beats Evans in dunk contest

terrence rossTerrence Ross had to settle his nerves at the start of the All-Star dunk contest. By the end, he was calming down a ball boy he needed as a prop for his winning slam. The 6-foot-6 Toronto rookie leapfrogged Michael Costolo, the son of Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, whipped the ball between his legs and hammered home a one-handed dunk to beat defending champion Jeremy Evans in the climax to All-Star Saturday. ''I told him the day before that I was going to jump over him, but I never told him I was going to go through the legs,'' Ross said. ''He was kind of nervous. When I first grabbed him, he said, 'You're not going to hit me, right?' I said, 'No, I'm not going to hit you.''' Ross seemed to be unsure of himself in the beginning, botching his first three dunk attempts in the first round. Read more here.

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February 10, 2013

Marion, Mavericks down slumping Warriors 116-91

shawn marionDallas didn't have to worry about another close finish against the weary Golden State Warriors. Shawn Marion scored a season-high 26 points, O.J. Mayo added 19 and the Mavericks handed the Golden State Warriors their fourth straight loss, 116-91 on Saturday night. Dallas had lost its first two meetings to Golden State by a combined seven points. The Warriors beat the Mavericks 105-101 in overtime on Nov. 19 and edged Dallas 100-97 on Jan. 31. The narrow loss last week was still on Dallas' mind, especially since coach Rick Carlisle was fined $25,000 for criticizing the late-game officiating. Darren Collison, who had 18 points and eight assists, keyed a 21-6 first-quarter run. The Mavericks stretched the lead to 27 in the second quarter and were barely threatened after that. Read more here.

Nuggets win ninth straight, beat Cavaliers 111-103

danilo gallinariDenver coach George Karl thinks it's about time people started taking notice of his team. Given the fact the Nuggets are the NBA's longest active winning streak, Karl has good reason to feel that way. Danilo Gallinari scored 19 points, Kenneth Faried added 17 and Denver won their ninth straight game with a 111-103 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night. Although the Nuggets have the fourth-best record in the Western Conference, no Denver player was selected for next Sunday's All-Star Game, a fact Karl is quick to point out. ''We're going to try and shock the world and become the first team to win a championship without an All-Star,'' he said. The Nuggets, who have won 15 of 17, are on their longest winning streak since posting 10 straight victories from March 30-April 15, 2005. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com

February 3, 2013

Harden gets triple-double as Rockets beat Bobcats

james hardenJames Harden never had a game like this, and he never saw a player hurt the way Charlotte's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was on Saturday night. Harden had 21 points, a career-high 11 rebounds and 11 assists for his first career triple-double in the Rockets' 109-95 win over the Bobcats on Saturday night. The Rockets broke open a close game in the fourth quarter, after Kidd-Gilchrist collided with teammate Jeff Taylor and left the court on a stretcher. Kidd-Gilchrist, the second overall pick in last year's draft out of Kentucky, was fitted with a neck brace and taken to the hospital for X-rays. The team said late Saturday night that Kidd-Gilchrist would be hospitalized overnight with a concussion. The X-rays and a CT scan were negative, the Bobcats said. Read more here.

Irving's 35 pace Cavaliers over Thunder

kyrie irvingKyrie Irving wasn't just interested. He was incredible. With one shot better than his last, Irving scored 35 points, including 13 in the final 2:52, as the Cleveland Cavaliers stunned the Oklahoma City Thunder 115-110 on Saturday. One night after saying he was ''disinterested'' during a loss in Detroit, Irving was simply spectacular down the stretch. He single-handedly closed out one of the NBA's best teams, making his last five shots and showing why he's an All-Star at age 20. Irving's biggest bucket was a 3-pointer with 42 seconds left to make it 113-108. ''He's a killer,'' said newly acquired Cavs forward Marreese Speights, who added 21 points. ''I knew a little about him, I didn't know THAT.'' Kevin Durant scored 32 points and Russell Westbrook had 28 for the Thunder. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com

January 27, 2013

Blazers rebound to beat Clippers 101-100

nicolas batumNicolas Batum held on to the game ball long after the confetti celebrating Portland's victory stopped falling from the rafters of the Rose Garden. Batum had 20 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high 12 assists - for his second triple-double in three games - and the Trail Blazers edged the Los Angeles Clippers 101-100 on Saturday night. Batum had his first career triple-double on Monday in Portland's 98-95 loss to Washington. He had 12 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. But that one didn't quite mean as much. ''It's a better taste when you win the game,'' he said following the victory, the ball sitting in front of his locker. It was the fourth straight loss for the Clippers, who played without guard Chris Paul for the third consecutive game with a bruised right kneecap. Read more here.

Irving lifts Cavaliers past Raptors 99-98

kyrie irvingThis has been one fun stretch for Kyrie Irving. The second-year star made a 3-pointer with 0.7 seconds left on Saturday night, giving the Cleveland Cavaliers a 99-98 victory over the Toronto Raptors. The clutch shot capped off a memorable week that also included his first All-Star selection, a 40-point performance against Boston, and a 35-point effort in a win over Milwaukee. ''He's just playing at an unbelievably high level right now,'' Cavaliers coach Byron Scott said. No kidding. With time running down, Irving calmly drained a pull-up jumper from well behind the top of the arc, sending the Cavaliers to their season-high third straight win. ''I wanted to get a win,'' Irving said. ''It was personal for me. In a year and a half of being in the NBA, I hadn't gotten a win against Toronto. To hit a game-winner and beat them on their home court feels good.'' Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com

January 20, 2013

Clippers hold off upset-minded Wizards 94-87

blake griffinBlake Griffin had one of those rare nights when his free throw percentage for the game was actually higher than his field goal percentage. The three-time All-Star made a pair of clutch foul shots in the final 2 minutes, finishing 7 for 10 from the line and partially atoning for his dreadful 5-for-18 performance as the Clippers held off the pesky Washington Wizards 94-87 on Saturday night. Griffin has converted 23 of his last 29 from the line to improve his season percentage from 61.9 to 64.2. ''I'm just putting in the work every day and trying to turn that into something that's a strength of mine and not something that can be a liability,'' Griffin said. ''It's going to be huge for us, especially down the stretch and in the playoffs. So if I can shoot better from the free throw line, that will take a little pressure off the rest of the team.'' Read more here.

Tony Parker, Spurs hold off Hawks, 98-93

tony parkerWith Tim Duncan given a night off and Manu Ginobili still out with a hamstring injury, Tony Parker took the lead for the San Antonio Spurs. Parker had 23 points and 12 assists, and the Spurs held off the short-handed Atlanta Hawks 98-93 on Saturday night for their fourth straight victory. ''Tony is just incredible,'' said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. ''What competitiveness. What a will to win. What a will to carry the team. He's really fun to watch at both ends of the court. And he's been doing that all year.'' The Spurs snapped a streak of three straight road losses with their first win away from San Antonio since Jan. 2. Matt Bonner added 17 points, and Kawhi Leonard and Tiago Splitter each had 14 for the Spurs. Parker had 10 points in the final period as the Spurs held off the Hawks' comeback. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com

January 13, 2013

Chalmers hits 10 3-pointers as Heat rout Kings

mario chalmersOften overlooked on the star-laden Miami Heat, Mario Chalmers came up big against the Sacramento Kings. Chalmers had career highs with 10 3-pointers and 34 points to lead the Heat to a 128-99 victory over the Kings on Saturday night. Chalmers' 3s tied Brian Shaw's franchise record and set the new mark at Sacramento's Sleep Train Arena as he finished 10 of 13 from 3-point territory. ''He had it going and we kept finding him. Mario was awesome,'' LeBron James said. ''He was knocking down shots all game.'' And that included the fourth quarter, when the Heat led by more than 30 points and the only suspense was whether Chalmers would exceed his career-high for points and break the Heat 3-point record. Read more here.

Magic beat Clippers 104-101 to end 10-game skid

arron afflaloTwo streaking teams going in opposite directions. The Clippers, co-owners of the NBA's best record and on a roll at home. The Magic, playing opponents close only to fall short while piling up the franchise's longest skid since the 2003-04 season. Something had to give, and this time, it was the Clippers. J.J. Redick gave Orlando its first lead of the game on a 3-pointer with 42 seconds left, Arron Afflalo tied his season high with 30 points, and the Magic won 104-101 on Saturday to snap a 10-game skid. ''It wasn't a letdown by us. Don't try to take anything away from them,'' Clippers guard Chris Paul said. ''They made tough shot after tough shot. J.J. Reddick had a hand in his face half the time.'' The loss ended the Clippers' franchise-record, 13-game home-winning streak. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com

January 6, 2013

Clippers get club-record 12th straight home win

chris paulThe Los Angeles Clippers had no intention of going 0-3 against the Golden State Warriors, and they played like it. Chris Paul had 27 points and nine assists, Blake Griffin added 20 points and the Clippers set a franchise record with their 12th straight home victory, 115-89 over the Warriors on Saturday night. ''We've been pretty good at home,'' Paul said. ''I think that's 12 in a row for us here. It's all about our fans, and we feed off them. So we've got to keep making this a tough place to play. ''The first time they beat us here, you would have thought they won the NBA Finals,'' Paul added. ''Then they beat us up there pretty handily, so we wanted to protect our home court. Read more here.

Timberwolves star Love re-fractures right hand

kevin loveThe injury-riddled Minnesota Timberwolves lost star forward Kevin Love to a broken right hand for the second time this season when an MRI confirmed the injury on Saturday. Love re-fractured his third metacarpal in the hand, and the team said it expects to know more about a timetable for his return after he is examined by a hand specialist in New York. The original injury, which occurred on Oct. 17, sidelined Love for the first three weeks of the season and has hampered his shooting. He re-injured the hand during the third quarter Thursday night at Denver. ''He's a huge part of what we were hoping to do and now we have to find other ways to do it,'' coach Rick Adelman said before Saturday night's game against Portland. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com

January 1, 2013

Durant and Westbrook lift Thunder over Suns

russell westbrookReceiving eight stitches above his right eye might have been painful, but it wasn't enough to keep Russell Westbrook from practicing his whirling dervish ways Monday night for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Westbrook returned from the wound to finish with 24 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, Kevin Durant scored 30 points and the Thunder pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 114-96 win over the Phoenix Suns. ''When you see blood, you don't know what to do,'' Durant said of Westbrook. ''I was glad he came back here and got stitched up and was able to play again. He came out there with a lot of anger and it showed on both ends of the floor. Read more here.

Bobcats end 18-game skid with 91-81 win over Bulls

gerald hendersonSquandering a healthy lead is nothing new to the Charlotte Bobcats - hanging onto one is. Kemba Walker had 18 points and eight rebounds, and the Bobcats ended an 18-game losing streak with a 91-81 win over the Chicago Bulls on Monday. Gerald Henderson added 16 points and reserve Ben Gordon had 15 to help Charlotte snap the second-longest skid in team history. It was the Bobcats' first win in their last 10 road games. ''We're a desperate team right now,'' Henderson said. ''This losing streak has been very tough on us.'' Luol Deng scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Chicago. Carlos Boozer also had a double-double with 19 points and 14 boards. Read more here.

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December 30, 2012

Even with Wade back, Bucks too much for Heat

brandon jenningsDwyane Wade's return to the lineup wasn't nearly enough for Miami. Brandon Jennings scored 25 points and Mike Dunleavy had 13 of his 18 in the fourth quarter as the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Heat 104-85 on Saturday night. Wade was back after serving a one-game suspension for flailing his leg and making contact with guard Ramon Sessions' groin during the Heat's 105-92 victory over Charlotte on Wednesday. Wade sat out Miami's 109-99 loss to Detroit on Friday night, which snapped the Heat's six-game winning streak. ''Obviously, the last 48 hours has not gone the way we wanted it to,'' Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. ''We don't want to make any excuses about it. Milwaukee kicked our butt. They were the better team tonight. We will gather ourselves, get to Orlando and start to work on it.'' Read more here.

Thunder roll to 124-94 win over Rockets

kevin durantKevin Durant made one of his first eight shots, and the Oklahoma City Thunder were clinging to a two-point lead in the second quarter on Saturday against the Houston Rockets. Then, Durant and the Thunder got going and finished the night with their best offensive performance on the road since 2009. Russell Westbrook scored 28 points and Durant added 26 as the Thunder built a big lead in the second quarter and rolled to a 124-94 win over Houston. It was their largest road win since beating the Clippers 126-85 on April 15, 2009. ''I started off terrible and I just wanted to get going,'' Durant said. ''I just wanted to come out and shoot a good shot, and I was able to get started.'' Durant scored 11 points during a 16-0 run by the Thunder to end the first half and extend the lead to 18. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com

December 23, 2012

Lakers rally past Warriors in OT in Nash's return

steve nashSteve Nash sliced through the lane, broke down the defense, and created shots for Kobe Bryant time and again, just the way he has for teammates throughout his brilliant 17-year NBA career. So much for an adjustment period. Bryant had 34 points and 10 rebounds, Nash finished with 12 points and nine assists in his first game in almost two months, and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied from 14 points down in the fourth quarter to beat the Golden State Warriors 118-115 in overtime on Saturday night. ''It's easy. It's very easy. It's beyond easy,'' Bryant said about playing with Nash, who had missed 24 straight games while recovering from a small fracture in his lower left leg. ''You put two guys together who can do opposite things and it fits extremely well. Read more here.

Kings suspend C DeMarcus Cousins indefinitely

demarcus cousinsDeMarcus Cousins was suspended indefinitely by the Sacramento Kings on Saturday for ''unprofessional behavior and conduct detrimental to the team.'' Cousins and Kings coach Keith Smart exchanged words in the locker room during halftime of Sacramento's 97-85 loss at the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night. Smart benched Cousins for the entire second half and ordered him to remain in the locker room. Cousins also was suspended one game without pay by the NBA for striking O.J. Mayo in the groin during a loss at Dallas on Dec. 10. Following a loss at San Antonio on Nov. 9, the league suspended Cousins two games without pay for confronting Spurs announcer Sean Elliott in a ''hostile manner.'' Read more here.

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December 16, 2012

Rubio's return sparks Wolves to win over Mavericks

alexey shvedThe white sleeve on Ricky Rubio's left knee served as a reminder of what he went through to get back on the court. While it served to protect his surgically repaired joint, it clearly does nothing to constrict the creativity and unbridled joy that made him one of the most exciting players in the league before he went down last season. Nine long months later, it's as if Rubio never left. Zipping passes between his legs to his Timberwolves teammates in a dazzling season debut, Rubio had nine assists and eight points in 18 minutes of Minnesota's 114-106 overtime victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night. Andrei Kirilenko scored five of his 14 points in overtime while Rubio watched from the bench because of a minutes restriction. Read more here.

Knicks overcome Irving's 41, hold off Cavs 103-102

jason kiddOnce they outlasted Kyrie Irving, the New York Knicks could turn their attention to the next point guard coming to Madison Square Garden. Even Linsanity shouldn't be as tough to deal with as the guy wearing the black mask Saturday night. Raymond Felton scored 25 points, Tyson Chandler had 23, and the New York Knicks overcame Irving's career-high 41 points and the absence of Carmelo Anthony to post a 103-102 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Knicks won their fourth straight when Anderson Varejao missed the second of two free throws with 1 second left. They improved the NBA's only unbeaten home record to 10-0, their best start since the 1991-92 team won its first 11 at Madison Square Garden. Read more here.

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December 9, 2012

Hawks use 3rd-quarter rally to beat Memphis 93-83

devin harrisAt halftime, the Atlanta Hawks figured they had played cautiously long enough. With a burst of energy, tough defense and 3-point shooting from Lou Williams in the third quarter, the Hawks were able to pull away for a 93-83 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night. ''I think we were just trying to play it safe because (the Grizzlies) are a really good team,'' Atlanta guard Jeff Teague said of the first-half effort. ''They were playing at home, so we didn't want to make any false moves and just keep it close. ''We just came in, (at halftime) and it was like: 'Forget it. Let's play Hawks basketball and get after it.' And it helped.'' Josh Smith had 24 points. Read more here.

Mayo has 40, Mavs win in McHale's return

chris kamanChris Kaman scored half as many points as O.J. Mayo for the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night. Considering the way Kaman's left ankle looked, those 20 points were just as impressive to coach Rick Carlisle. Mayo tied a career high with 40 points, including 10 in the last three minutes, to lift the Mavericks to a 116-109 victory over the Rockets in coach Kevin McHale's return to the Houston bench. Kaman left the Mavericks' last game on Thursday night with a sprained left ankle. He started Saturday night and played more than 18 minutes despite the left side of his ankle being almost completely covered by a deep purple bruise. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com

December 2, 2012

Thunder blow past Hornets, 100-79

kevin durantRussell Westbrook intercepted Ryan Anderson's inbounds pass, immediately pulled up for a 3-pointer that he nailed, blew on the tips of his pistol-shaped hands, then emphatically jammed both hands into the imaginary holsters on his hips. Westbrook's gun-slinging mentality is in full swing, serving as a perfect complement to Kevin Durant's habitually prolific performances and making the Oklahoma City Thunder a blowout machine. Durant scored 20 points, Westbrook added 18 points, 10 assists and three steals, and the Thunder won their fifth straight game, 100-79 over the struggling New Orleans Hornets on Saturday night. Read more here.

Wade's 34 lifts Heat past Nets, 102-89

dwyane wadeDwyane Wade scored a season-high 34 points, LeBron James added 21 points and the Miami Heat rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat the Brooklyn Nets 102-89 on Saturday night. Ray Allen scored 13 and Norris Cole finished with 12 for the Heat, who won their sixth straight and remained atop the Eastern Conference. Miami held the Nets to 30 points in the second half. Andray Blatche scored 20 points for Brooklyn, which had won five in a row. Gerald Wallace had 13 points, Joe Johnson added 12 and Deron Williams finished with 10 points and 12 assists. The Nets were 10 for 31 from the field in the second half and lost to Miami for the 12th straight time.

Source: sports.yahoo.com

November 25, 2012

Lakers start hot, roll past Mavericks, 115-89

kobe bryantThe Los Angeles Lakers have scoring beyond Kobe Bryant in Mike D'Antoni's offense. Not so much for the Dallas Mavericks when O.J. Mayo is a bit off, at least until Dirk Nowitzki gets back. Metta World Peace hit three quick 3-pointers to spark a Los Angeles barrage from long range, and the Lakers scored 36 points before Bryant took his first shot in a 115-89 blowout of the Mavericks on Saturday night. Once he started shooting, Bryant, the league's leading scorer, ended up joining World Peace among three Lakers with 19 points, and Los Angeles avoided its first 0-5 road start in nearly 20 years by scoring 100 points for the first time in four games under its hobbled coach. Read more here.

Heat escape Cavs with late rally, 110-108

lebron jamesDown by seven points with less than 2 minutes left, LeBron James' current team was in big trouble against his former team. That is, until the Miami Heat saved their very best for the very end. James found Ray Allen for the go-ahead 3-pointer with 18.2 seconds left, highlighting a nine-point run to end the game and lift the Heat to a 110-108 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night. Miami held the lead for just 2 minutes, 29 seconds. Cleveland led 108-101 with 1:58 remaining, before the reigning NBA champions found a way to stay perfect at home. ''It speaks to the competitive will that the guys have at the end of close games,'' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com

November 18, 2012

Rondo has 20 assists, Celtics beat Raptors 107-89

rajon rondoRajon Rondo made up for lost time in a big way for the Boston Celtics after missing a game because of a sprained right ankle. Rondo had 20 assists for the second time this season and added six points to help the Celtics beat the Toronto Raptors 107-89 on Saturday. Jason Terry scored 20 points, Paul Pierce added 19 points and six rebounds before sitting out the fourth quarter, and Kevin Garnett scored 15 points in 17 minutes of playing time. The Celtics held big leads early and late, but had to survive several surges in between while winning for the fourth time in five games. And any worries Boston fans might have had about Rondo's ankle were quickly washed away when he had seven assists in the first quarter. Read more here.

Jazz drop Wizards to 0-8 with 83-76 victory

jordan crawfordThe Washington Wizards had the perfect opportunity for a first victory, facing a struggling and tired Utah Jazz team ready to go home after nearly a week on the road. Instead, the night ended with another demoralizing loss that turned awkward and surreal in the final minute - when the home crowd started cheering wildly for a chicken sandwich giveaway. The Jazz pulled away in the fourth quarter and capped a four-game road trip with an 83-76 win Saturday, making the Wizards only the second team in NBA history to start 0-8 in back-to-back seasons. ''It's tough,'' Washington coach Randy Wittman said. ''I don't know how else to put it.'' Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com

November 9, 2012

Clippers build big lead, beat Blazers 103-90

chris paulChris Paul joked that the Trail Blazers' near-comeback against the Clippers made for good television. ''You always gotta make it interesting,'' he said with a smile. But only to a point. The Clippers built a 25-point lead in the first half then held off a second-half rally by the Blazers for a 103-90 victory on Thursday night. Jamal Crawford scored 25 points off the bench while Paul and DeAndre Jordan had 21 apiece. ''We all knew what we were supposed to do. We came out a little flat defensively in the third quarter, so we all got on each other,'' Jordan said. ''We knew in the fourth quarter we had to come out and play.'' Read more here.

Durant helps Thunder edge Bulls 97-91

kevin durantOklahoma City went to Kevin Durant in the fourth quarter. Chicago was missing its best closer, so all the Bulls had to pitch in. Durant and Co. were just too much to overcome. The NBA scoring champion had 10 of his 24 points in the final period and the Thunder beat the Bulls 97-91 on Thursday night. ''It was one of those games you have to grind out,'' Durant said. ''We've been through so many. We know what it takes.'' Durant iced the game with an off-balance jumper off one foot with 35.1 seconds to play. He added another jumper a few seconds later and then finished off his game-ending spree with a couple of free throws. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com

October 31, 2012

Dallas stuns loaded Lakers in opener, 99-91

eddy curryDwight Howard missed a two-handed dunk on his first shot, and the night never got much better for the Los Angeles Lakers. When Howard and Steve Nash took their places alongside Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol under the Hollywood spotlight, the Lakers opened a season of enormous expectations with an equally big dud of a performance. Darren Collison scored 17 points, Brandan Wright added 14, and the Dallas Mavericks spoiled the Lakers debuts of Howard and Steve Nash with a 99-91 victory over Los Angeles on Tuesday night. In his first regular-season game in a gold jersey, Howard had 19 points and 10 rebounds while missing 11 of his 14 free throws before fouling out with 2:02 to play. Read more here.

Heat get rings, then win over Celtics, 120-107

erik spoelstraLeBron James got cramps, Ray Allen was snubbed and Dwyane Wade was steaming. None of that spoiled the Miami Heat mood on ring night. Wade scored 29 points, James finished 26 points and 10 rebounds while missing much of the second half because of cramps in both legs, and the reigning NBA champion Heat beat the Boston Celtics 120-107 on Tuesday night in the season opener for both teams. There were actual fireworks before the game to close the ceremony where the Heat got their championship rings and raised their title banner. There also were plenty of figurative fireworks late, first with Boston almost digging out of a 19-point hole and, after the outcome was decided, Rajon Rondo flagrantly fouling Wade by wrapping his arms around his neck on a drive. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com

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