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National Basketball Association Game Capsules(Thursday, December 5th)
Final Score: New York 113, Brooklyn 83
Brooklyn, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Carmelo Anthony called the Knicks the "laughing stock of the league" before Thursday's visit to Brooklyn. By the end of the cross-town showdown, however, it was Anthony and the Knicks laughing at the expense of the Nets as New York rolled to a thorough 113-83 victory. Anthony filled the box score with 19 points, 10 rebounds and six assists and was an efficient 8-of-12 from the floor. Iman Shumpert and Andrea Bargnani added 17 and 16 points, respectively, as the Knicks snapped their nine-game skid in convincing fashion, albeit against a struggling Brooklyn club. The Nets can point to a slew of injuries and an influx of new faces trying to fit into first-year head coach Jason Kidd's system, but it doesn't change Brooklyn's pitiful 5-14 record and a losing streak at home that has reached six games. Brook Lopez put up a 24-point, nine-rebound effort, while Joe Johnson shot a woeful 4-of-15 from the field for 13 points.
Final Score: LA Clippers 101, Memphis 81
Memphis, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Chris Paul finished with 15 points and eight assists and the Los Angeles Clippers used a balanced scoring attack to down the familiar Memphis Grizzlies, 101-81, on Thursday. Jamal Crawford and Darren Collison added 15 points apiece off the bench for the Clippers, who outscored the Grizzlies in the second half by a healthy 61-39 margin to win going away. DeAndre Jordan posted 10 points and 14 rebounds while Blake Griffin chipped in with 14 points, nine boards and five assists as Los Angeles snapped a two-game skid and helped Doc Rivers earn his 600th career victory as a coach. Zach Randolph returned to Memphis' lineup after missing two games with a toe injury and recorded a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds but was limited to 4-of-13 shooting. Kosta Koufos totaled 17 points and nine rebounds while Mike Conley netted 16 points for the Grizzlies, who fell to 1-2 on their six-game homestand.
Final Score: Chicago 107, Miami 87
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Joakim Noah recorded 17 points and 15 rebounds and Carlos Boozer added 27 and nine as the Chicago Bulls pounded the Miami Heat, 107-87, at the United Center. Luol Deng made four of Chicago's 10 3-pointers in another 20-point performance, and Taj Gibson came off the bench and contributed 19 points in the surprisingly easy win. The Bulls, who were coming off their first home loss of the season and had dropped six of their previous seven, made half of their shots and held the Heat to 17 points below their season average. Miami was abused down low for the second straight game, getting outrebounded by a 49-27 margin while allowing 24 second-chance points. LeBron James had a team-high 21 points but no other Heat player really stepped up in the absence of Dwyane Wade.
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