National Basketball Association Game Capsules
(Tuesday, December 10th)
Final Score: Cleveland 109, New York 94
Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyrie Irving continued his recent dominance of the Knicks, tallying 37 points and 11 assists in the Cleveland Cavaliers' 109-94 win over New York from Quicken Loans Arena. Irving, who entered the tilt averaging 27.4 points per game in his last five against New York, shot 14-of-23 from the floor and 4-of-7 from the arc as Cleveland won for the fourth time in five games. Jarrett Jack added 17 points off the bench for Cleveland, while Tristan Thompson and C.J. Miles went for 12 and 10 points, respectively, in the triumph. Carmelo Anthony poured in 29 points for New York, which lost its second consecutive game. Amar'e Stoudemire scored 15 points, J.R. Smith chipped in 14 and Pablo Prigioni dished out a season-high nine assists in extended minutes off the bench.
Final Score: Indiana 90, Miami 84
Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Roy Hibbert is still having his way against the Miami Heat. Hibbert had 24 points and the Indiana Pacers overcame a 13-point first half deficit to defeat the Heat 90-84 on Tuesday night in a rematch of the Eastern Conference finals. The two teams, who have raced out to the two best records in the East so far, met for the first time since the Heat won that back-and-forth series in seven games. Hibbert averaged 22.1 points and 10.4 rebounds. Miami also defeated Indiana in six games in the 2012 East semis. Swarmed by Miami Heat defenders for much of the first half, Paul George struggled but remained patient. His composure was rewarded. George had five turnovers, two points and missed all four of his shots in the first half, but netted 15 of his 17 points on 4- of-7 shooting over the final 24 minutes. David West added 17 points and nine rebounds for Indiana, which came off its worst performance of the season in a 118-94 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night by beating the Heat at home for a fourth straight time. The triumph moved Indiana to an NBA-best 19-3. LeBron James netted 17 points to go with 14 rebounds and six assists for the Heat, who have dropped three of their last five. Dwyane Wade scored 17 in defeat.
Final Score: San Antonio 116, Toronto 103
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Antonio Spurs shook off a sluggish opening quarter to continue their dominance over the Toronto Raptors with a 116-103 win from Air Canada Centre. Manu Ginobili led seven Spurs in double figures with 16 points, while Tony Parker netted 15 with six assists. Tim Duncan, Danny Green and Aron Baynes each chipped in 14 points, with Baynes' effort a career-high for the second-year pro out of Australia. DeMar DeRozan and Amir Johnson each scored 19 points for Toronto, which has lost six straight games against San Antonio. Jonas Valanciunas and Terrence Ross each netted 14 points, while Kyle Lowry finished with 11 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists in the setback.
Final Score: Oklahoma City 101, Atlanta 92
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Durant filled the stat sheet with 30 points, 10 rebounds and five assists as the Oklahoma City Thunder overcame a late Atlanta charge to top the Hawks 101-92 from Philips Arena. Paul Millsap and Shelvin Mack drained consecutive triples for a four-point margin with 3:28 remaining. Mack then cut it to 95-92 with a jumper with two minutes left, but Russell Westbrook went to his left hand on a reverse layup on the other end and Durant made 4-of-4 from the foul line to put it away. Westbrook scored 14 points with 11 assists for OKC, winners in three straight and 11 of 12. Serge Ibaka added 19 points and 10 boards. Millsap's 23-point, 12-rebound effort paced Atlanta, which had its brief two-game winning streak come to an end to fall back to .500. The loss leaves Miami and Indiana as the only two teams in the Eastern Conference with a winning record. Jeff Teague and Mack had 17 points and six assists apiece in the setback, while Kyle Korver extended his 3-point shooting streak to 91 games with a third quarter trey.
Final Score: Minnesota 121, Detroit 94
Auburn Hills, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Love had 26 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists as the Minnesota Timberwolves routed the Detroit Pistons, 121-94. Ricky Rubio added 15 points and nine assists, while Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Martin netted 18 points apiece for Minnesota, which had dropped seven of its last nine games coming in. The Wolves were 11-of-24 from beyond the arc in the triumph. Brandon Jennings registered 20 points and seven assists for the Pistons, who have lost two straight on the heels of a four-game winning streak.
Final Score: Milwaukee 78, Chicago 74
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - John Henson had a monster night with 25 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks as the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Chicago Bulls, 78-74, from United Center. Brandon Knight also added a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Ersan Ilyasova chipped in with 10 points. Milwaukee's leading scorer, O.J. Mayo, shot a pedestrian 2-of-12 from the field for seven points. Mike Dunleavy paced Chicago with 24 points and Carlos Boozer netted 21 points with 12 rebounds in the loss.
Final Score: Phoenix 114, LA Lakers 108
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Goran Dragic had 31 points and five assists as the Phoenix Suns defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 114-108 on Tuesday night. Marcus Morris added 22 points, while Eric Bledsoe chipped in 18 points and nine assists for the Suns, who have won three of their last four games. Kobe Bryant netted 20 points on 6-of-11 shooting for the Lakers, who are 0-2 since he returned from Achilles surgery. Bryant had nine points, eight rebounds, eight turnovers and four assists in his season debut Sunday.
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