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National Basketball Association Game Capsules(Wednesday, December 18th)
Final Score: Miami 97, Indiana 94
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - It was a struggle for the Eastern Conference's top 3-point shooting team, but the Miami Heat kept chucking. And finally, those shots began to fall. Ray Allen nailed a go-ahead 3-pointer with 59.5 seconds remaining, Dwyane Wade scored a season-high 32 points and the Heat escaped with a 97-94 win over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday. Miami, which came in shooting 38.6 percent from beyond the arc, missed its first nine from deep before connecting on five of its last 12 attempts. The Heat trailed by as many as 15 in the third quarter, but battled back and consecutive 3s by Chris Bosh and Allen gave Miami its first lead, 95-92, since it was 14-13 during the middle stages of the first quarter. David West sunk two free throws at the other end to cut the deficit to 95-94 with 44.4 seconds left and Chris Andersen misfired from the right baseline on Miami's next touch, but George Hill threw a pass behind Paul George along the left baseline and LeBron James picked it off with 13.9 ticks on the clock. Allen then made two free throws and George's step-through 3-pointer from the top of the arc was well off the mark with 4.1 seconds remaining to seal the outcome. It was the second meeting between the two Eastern Conference heavyweights in just over a week. The Pacers, who lost in seven games to Miami in last year's Eastern Conference finals, beat the Heat 90-84 on their home floor last Tuesday. The teams don't meet again until March 26. James was a game-time decision after he hurt his left ankle in Monday's win over the Utah Jazz. He had 24 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for Miami, which closed the game on a 12-2 run. The Heat tallied 50 points in the paint as Indiana rim protector Roy Hibbert was saddled with foul trouble. He picked up his fifth foul early in the third. George finished with 25 points, eight boards and six helpers for the Pacers, who have dropped back-to-back tilts for the first time this season. West poured in 23 points in defeat.
Final Score: Utah 86, Orlando 82
Orlando, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Rookie Trey Burke filled the stat sheet with 30 points, eight assists and seven rebounds to lead the Utah Jazz past the Orlando Magic, 86-82, at Amway Center. Burke played 40-plus minutes and only committed two turnovers for a Jazz team that had 16 overall. Gordon Hayward chipped in with 15 points, including the game-sealing free throws after Jameer Nelson missed a runner in the lane over Derrick Favors, who totaled 14 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Utah improved to 1-1 on its five-game road trip, while the Magic fell for the third time in their last four games. Tobias Harris and Nikola Vucevic each had double-doubles for Orlando, which received a team-high 17 points from Nelson.
Final Score: Charlotte 104, Toronto 102 (OT)
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Kemba Walker rescued the Charlotte Bobcats, who did everything in their power to force overtime and then almost everything to lose the game after that. Walker hit the game-winning jumper as time expired to lift the Bobcats to a 104-102 win over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday. The UConn product finished with 29 points and Al Jefferson added 24 points and 11 rebounds. DeMar DeRozan poured in a game-high 30 points, Kyle Lowry scored 17 with six assists, and Amir Johnson registered a double- double with 10 points and 13 rebounds for Toronto. Jonas Valanciunas also had 10 points in the setback.
Final Score: Atlanta 124, Sacramento 107
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyle Korver continued to extend his historic run with his 95th straight game with at least one 3-pointer made, hitting 8- of-10 from beyond the arc en route to 28 points to lead the Atlanta Hawks in a 124-107 victory over the Sacramento Kings at Philips Arena. Al Horford scored 25 and had 10 rebounds and Jeff Teague had 18 points and 15 assists for the Hawks, who have won five of their last seven games. Paul Millsap added 14 points and eight rebounds. DeMarcus Cousins scored 28 points and had seven rebounds, Rudy Gay poured in 22, and Isaiah Thomas had 20 points and 10 assists for Sacramento, which has lost four of its last five.
Final Score: Detroit 107, Boston 106
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Brandon Jennings scored 28 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer, and the Detroit Pistons came back from 21 down to beat the Boston Celtics 107-106 on Wednesday. After Jared Sullinger hit a 3- pointer to give Boston a 105-104 lead with 1:01 remaining, Jennings knocked one down at the other end for a two-point Detroit lead with 46.7 seconds left. Sullinger missed one of two free throws later on but the Celtics still had a chance to win the game. Jeff Green was guarded closely by Josh Smith, however, after an inbounds pass with 5.0 ticks on the clock and Green missed a driving layup at the buzzer. Jennings had 14 assists, Smith scored 20 and Andre Drummond had 14 points and 16 rebounds for the Pistons, who improved to 6-1 in their last seven games on the road, including Monday's win over Eastern Conference-leading Indiana. Sullinger had 19 points to lead the Celtics, who had a two-game winning streak snapped. Jordan Crawford added 17 points in the loss, Avery Bradley scored 14 and Green had 13.
Final Score: Washington 113, Brooklyn 107
Brooklyn, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - John Wall led a balanced Washington offense with 21 points as the Wizards came through with a 113-107 victory over the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Wall was one of seven Wizards in double figures in Washington's second straight win on the heels of a four-game slide. Nene returned from an Achilles injury to record 17 points off the bench, with Trevor Ariza and Bradley Beal each contributing 15 points and Trevor Booker registering a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Nets couldn't build off Monday's 36-point win over Philadelphia despite Paul Pierce's 27 points on 10-of-12 shooting and Brook Lopez's 22 points on a 7- of-11 success rate. Joe Johnson finished with 20 points in defeat.
Final Score: New York 107, Milwaukee 101 (2-OT)
Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Andrea Bargnani can breathe a sigh of relief after the New York Knicks survived the Milwaukee Bucks, 107-101, in two overtimes on Wednesday. Bargnani made a head-scratching decision to shoot a 3-pointer with the Knicks ahead by two and time winding down in the first overtime. The Knicks' bench almost universally threw their hands in the air in disbelief as the shot drew iron, and John Henson sent the game to an extra five minutes with a tip-in at the other end. Carmelo Anthony, though, made the error moot, scoring eight of his 29 points in the second OT to send the Knicks to their third win in the past five games. Beno Udrih and J.R. Smith contributed 21 and 19 points, respectively, for New York, which welcomed Tyson Chandler back to the lineup for the first time since Nov. 5. The already-shorthanded Bucks, who were without O.J. Mayo for undisclosed personal reasons, received just four points from their limited bench. Brandon Knight played nearly 50 minutes and totaled 36 points and nine rebounds but committed eight of Milwaukee's 22 turnovers. Milwaukee is just 3-18 since splitting its first four games of the season.
Final Score: Minnesota 120, Portland 109
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - The Minnesota Timberwolves used a huge first half en route to a 120-109 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. Nikola Pekovic poured in 30 points with nine rebounds, while Kevin Love had a double- double with 29 points and 15 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who snapped five- game losing streak against Portland. Kevin Martin contributed 22 points on 8- of-15 shooting in the win. Damian Lillard had 36 points and LaMarcus Aldridge registered 15 points with 14 boards in the loss, Portland's first in its last six games.
Final Score: Dallas 105, Memphis 91
Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Dirk Nowitzki scored 20 points and the Dallas Mavericks extended the Memphis Grizzlies' recent struggles by cruising to a 105-91 win at American Airlines Center. Monta Ellis added 18 points and Vince Carter chipped in 14 along with six assists in a game Dallas led virtually wire-to-wire en route to a second consecutive victory. The Mavericks shot nearly 55 percent from the floor while holding the Grizzlies to a 40 percent field goal percentage to improve to 5-2 in December and deal Memphis a season-high fifth straight loss. Tony Allen paced the Grizzlies, who played without a pair of starters in point guard Mike Conley and Tayshaun Prince, with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Zach Randolph and Jon Leuer finished with 14 points each in defeat.
Final Score: San Antonio 108, Phoenix 101
Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - In the absence of a star player, it was business as usual for the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night. Manu Ginobili scored a team-high 24 points off the bench and Tim Duncan added 17 points with 13 rebounds to lead the Spurs, who were without Tony Parker, to a 108-101 win over the Phoenix Suns. Kawhi Leonard and Patty Mills scored 14 and 12 points, respectively, for San Antonio. San Antonio has now won 8-of-9 against Phoenix and four straight at US Airways Center. Channing Frye netted 22 points, Goran Dragic deposited 18 and Miles Plumlee scored 13 with 13 rebounds for Phoenix, which had a five-game winning streak snapped.
Final Score: Houston 109, Chicago 94
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Dwight Howard scored 23 points on 11-of-14 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds as the Houston Rockets pulled away for a 109-94 victory over the overmatched Chicago Bulls on Wednesday. Chandler Parsons and James Harden each scored 19 points, while Patrick Beverley and Omri Casspi contributed 15 and 11 points, respectively, for the Rockets, who shot 53.7 percent from the field en route to their fourth win in six games. The Bulls, losers in three straight and six of seven overall, were led by Jimmy Butler's 20 points.
Final Score: LA Clippers 108, New Orleans 95
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - DeAndre Jordan had 14 points and 20 rebounds, Blake Griffin added 21 points and 10 boards and the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 108-95 on Wednesday night. Jared Dudley added 20 points and Chris Paul finished with 12 points and 11 assists for the Clippers, who have won three in a row and five of their last six. Anthony Davis returned from a seven-game absence due to a broken left hand and tallied 24 points and 12 rebounds for New Orleans, which has dropped three in a row. Davis, who had been expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks, came back in just under three. He was not in the starting lineup but still played 32 minutes. Tyreke Evans had a triple-double with 11 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in defeat.
12/19 01:28:30 ET
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