National Basketball Association Game Capsules
(Wednesday, March 12th)
Final Score: Brooklyn 96, Miami 95
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Paul Pierce netted 17 of his 29 points in the third quarter and the Nets topped the Heat, 96-95, on Wednesday night. The Heat had possession of the ball following a timeout with 3.5 seconds left, but Shaun Livingston knocked away a pass that was intended for LeBron James in the paint to seal the outcome. Brooklyn is 3-0 against Miami this season. The Nets have won seven of their last eight and own the Eastern Conference's best record (23-9) in 2014. Mirza Teletovic netted 17 points off the bench, while Livingston added 13 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals in the triumph. Chris Bosh had 24 points and seven rebounds, Dwyane Wade provided 22 points and James supplied 19 points, seven assists and five boards for Miami, which has dropped four of its last five games.
Final Score: Denver 120, Orlando 112
Orlando, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Kenneth Faried scored 16 of his 26 points during two key runs and the Denver Nuggets held on to beat the Orlando Magic 120-112 on Wednesday night. Wilson Chandler added 21 points and 10 rebounds for Denver, J.J. Hickson scored 20 off the bench and Ty Lawson had 17 points and 12 assists. The Nuggets picked up their first win on a five-game road trip against mostly Eastern Conference teams after losses to New Orleans and Charlotte. They snapped a four-game road losing streak, winning for just the second time in their last 10 away from Pepsi Center, and moved to 4-13 since Feb. 7. Arron Afflalo scored 24 points to lead the Magic, who have lost four in a row. Nikola Vucevic added 20 points and 16 rebounds -- most in the first quarter -- and Jameer Nelson scored 16 of his 19 points in the second half.
Final Score: Sacramento 115, Philadelphia 98
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Rudy Gay had 27 points and seven rebounds to lead the Sacramento Kings to a 115-98 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday. Gay lived at the free-throw line, making a career-high 16 foul shots on a career-best 19 attempts. Isaiah Thomas tallied 20 points with six assists and DeMarcus Cousins recorded a 19-point, 12-rebound double- double for Sacramento, which snapped a three-game losing streak. The Sixers, meanwhile, remained mired their longest losing streak in over 40 years. Henry Sims set a career-high with 20 points to go along with 10 rebounds and James Anderson and Thaddeus Young had 17 and 16 points, respectively, in Philadelphia's 18th straight loss. It's the franchise's longest losing streak since a record 20-game skid in 1972-73.
Final Score: Toronto 101, Detroit 87
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - DeMar DeRozan and the Toronto Raptors got back on track by posting a 101-87 victory over the visiting Detroit Pistons behind 25 points from the All-Star guard. Amir Johnson compiled 20 points and nine rebounds to help the Raptors bounce back from Tuesday's loss at division- rival Brooklyn, during which DeRozan was held to 14 points. Kyle Lowry chipped in 19 points and six assists in the current Atlantic leaders' fourth win in five games. The fading Pistons were dealt a 10th straight road loss despite Brandon Jennings' 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting. Andre Drummond finished with 16 points for Detroit, while Greg Monroe recorded 13 along with 10 rebounds.
Final Score: Charlotte 98, Washington 85
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Al Jefferson donated 26 points and 10 rebounds and the Charlotte Bobcats pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 98-85 win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist also recorded a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds, while Kemba Walker and Gerald Henderson scored 16 and 13 points, respectively, for the Bobcats, who won for the fourth time in five games and equaled a single- season franchise record with their 13th road victory. John Wall finished with 23 points, Bradley Beal netted 18 and Marcin Gortat had 12 with 10 boards for the Wizards, who missed nine of their final 12 shots in dropping consecutive games for the first time in nearly a month.
Final Score: New York 116, Boston 92
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Carmelo Anthony's 34 points paved the way for the rejuvenated New York Knicks' fifth straight win, a 116-92 blasting of the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. The Knicks shot an impressive 52.5 percent and never trailed in matching a season high for consecutive victories. Tim Hardaway Jr. pitched in with 22 points off the bench on a 7-of-11 success rate, with Cole Aldrich coming through with a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds while making a rare start at center. Wednesday's win closed New York within three games of Atlanta for the eighth and final playoff seed in the Eastern Conference. With star point guard Rajon Rondo held out in the Celtics' second game in as many days, Jeff Green paced Boston with 27 points and Kris Humphries and Jerryd Bayless each finished with 15.
Final Score: Memphis 90, New Orleans 88
New Orleans, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Conley netted all 16 of his points in the second half, including a go-ahead floater with 1.5 seconds left to lift the Memphis Grizzlies to a 90-88 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. Conley's bucket capped a 9-0 Memphis run to end the game. Marc Gasol tallied 15 points, nine rebounds and four assists while Zach Randolph added 13 points and nine boards for the Grizzlies, who have won four in a row. Anthony Davis had 29 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks and Austin Rivers supplied 14 points and nine assists off the bench for New Orleans, which had its three- game winning streak snapped.
Final Score: Dallas 108, Utah 101
Salt Lake City, UT (SportsNetwork.com) - Dirk Nowitzki had 31 points and eight rebounds and the Dallas Mavericks pulled away for a 108-101 win over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday. Monta Ellis added 16 points and 11 assists and Devin Harris scored 12 off the bench for the Mavericks, who snapped a three-game road losing streak, bouncing back from a 23-point loss to Golden State Tuesday to open a three-game trek. Trey Burke scored 20 points and Enes Kanter had 18 points and 11 rebounds off the bench for the Jazz, who fell to 1-7 in their last eight games.
Final Score: San Antonio 103, Portland 90
San Antonio, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Patty Mills scored 15 points off the bench to lead six San Antonio players in double figures, and the Spurs defeated the Portland Trail Blazers, 103-90, on Wednesday. Danny Green netted 14 points, Manu Ginobili tallied 13, and Kawhi Leonard and Tiago Splitter each chipped 12 in San Antonio's eighth straight win. Splitter added 11 rebounds and Tim Duncan deposited a 10-point, 11 rebound double- double. Damian Lillard notched 23 points on 9-of-22 shooting for Portland and LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 14 points and four rebounds before exiting early in the third quarter. Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum each scored 13 points, with Batum adding a game-high 14 rebounds in the setback, Portland's season-high fourth consecutive loss.
Final Score: Cleveland 110, Phoenix 101
Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyrie Irving filled the box score with 23 points, nine rebounds and six assists in leading the Cleveland Cavaliers past the Phoenix Suns 110-101 on Wednesday. All five Cleveland starters scored in double figures, and Dion Waiters added 10 points in a reserve role to help snap the club's four-game skid. Spencer Hawes checked in with 19 points and Luol Deng added 18 for the Cavs, who overcame 19 turnovers by shooting 12- of-24 from 3-point range Goran Dragic netted 20 points, Channing Frye chipped in with 17 and Markieff Morris totaled 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Suns, who have dropped three in a row and are 3-7 in their last 10.
Final Score: LA Clippers 111, Golden State 98
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - With the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors each riding winning streaks, something had to give when the two Pacific Division rivals met on Wednesday. Blake Griffin scored 30 points with 15 rebounds to lead the Clippers to their ninth straight win with a 111-98 decision over the Warriors at Staples Center. Danny Granger scored 18 points off the bench for LA, his highest scoring output since April 19, 2012. Chris Paul deposited a 16-point, 12-assist double-double, Willie Green scored 13 points, and Darren Collison and Matt Barnes each chipped in with 11 in the victory. DeAndre Jordan recorded 10 points with 11 rebounds. Klay Thompson paced the Warriors with 26 points, while David Lee notched 20 points with seven rebounds and Stephen Curry dropped in 13 points with 11 assists. Golden State had its five-game winning streak snapped.
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