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National Basketball Association Game Capsules(Wednesday, December 4th)
Final Score: Cleveland 98, Denver 88
Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Tristan Thompson grabbed a career-high 21 rebounds on top of 17 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers took down the Denver Nuggets, 98-88, from Quicken Loans Arena. Kyrie Irving netted a game-high 23 points for the Cavs, who won their second straight tilt for the first time this season. Anderson Varejao contributed 18 points and 13 rebounds off the bench and Andrew Bynum scored 14 points one game after his season-high 20 in a win over Chicago. Randy Foye made three triples en route to 16 points to lead a balanced Denver attack. J.J. Hickson registered a double-double with 15 points and 11 boards, while Nate Robinson and Wilson Chandler deposited 14 and 13 points, respectively.
Final Score: Atlanta 107, LA Clippers 97
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Paul Millsap scored 25 points and Kyle Korver netted 23 as the Atlanta Hawks got back on track with a 107-97 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers at Philips Arena. Millsap added nine rebounds and six assists for Atlanta, which had dropped five of six coming in. Korver, back from a four-game absence caused by a rib injury, made good on 6 of-9 attempts from 3-point range in a sharp return. Al Horford contributed 21 points and nine rebounds in a contest the Hawks shot 51.2 percent from the field and were in front most of the way. Blake Griffin finished with 24 points on 10-of-17 shooting in the loss, the Clippers' second straight following a four-game win streak. Chris Paul recorded his 16th double- double of the season with 19 points and 11 assists.
Final Score: Phoenix 97, Houston 88
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Eric Bledsoe had 20 points and seven assists to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 97-88 victory over the cold-shooting Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Goran Dragic added 19 points and P.J. Tucker scored 18 as the Suns halted a two-game skid and dealt the Rockets their first defeat at home since Nov. 9. Playing without a pair of key players in Chandler Parsons and Omer Asik, Houston managed a meager .352 field goal percentage and was held to its lowest scoring output of the season. Top weapon James Harden went 3-for-17 from the floor and 0-for-10 from 3-point range while mustering 14 points. Dwight Howard posted 15 points and 18 rebounds for the Rockets, who had won six in a row at the Toyota Center. Aaron Brooks finished with 17 points and six assists.
Final Score: Detroit 105, Milwaukee 98
Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe each recorded double-doubles to lead the Detroit Pistons past the Milwaukee Bucks, 105-98, in a Central Division clash on Wednesday. Drummond and Monroe made sure there was no letdown following Tuesday's win against the Miami Heat, as the duo combined for 42 points and 36 rebounds. Josh Smith added 17 points and Brandon Jennings provided 17 points and 11 assists against his former team, which fell 1-14 against clubs not named the Boston Celtics. Ersan Ilyasova led the Bucks with 22 points off the bench, while John Henson chipped in 12 points, nine rebounds and three blocks in the setback.
Final Score: Dallas 100, New Orleans 97
New Orleans, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - Dirk Nowitzki led six Mavericks in double figures with 21 points as Dallas held off the New Orleans Pelicans, 100-97, from New Orleans Arena. Nowitzki split a pair of free throws with 32.3 seconds left to break a 97-97 tie and put Dallas in front. The Pelicans had two looks at the rim on the ensuing possession but may have passed themselves out of the game. Jrue Holiday, the hero from a Dec. 2 triple overtime win over Chicago, gave up an open look which led to an Al-Farouq Aminu 20-footer, which was off the mark. Eric Gordon corralled the offensive rebound but was stuffed by Nowitzki, who came away with the board and made two free throws to result in the final margin. Ryan Anderson's 3 in the final seconds missed long, and Jae Crowder grabbed the decisive rebound for the Mavs, who won their second straight. Monta Ellis had 14 points and 10 assists in the victory, while Vince Carter dropped 15 off the bench. Jose Calderon and DeJuan Blair scored 12 points apiece. Holiday paced the Pelicans with 26 points and nine assists while Aminu pulled down a career- high 21 rebounds to go with 16 points. Anderson also registered a double- double with 18 points and 13 boards.
Final Score: Indiana 95, Utah 86
Salt Lake City, UT (SportsNetwork.com) - Paul George led a balanced Indiana scoring attack with 19 points as the Pacers surged past the Utah Jazz, 95-86, Wednesday at EnergySolutions Arena. Lance Stephenson scored 15 points, Roy Hibbert registered 13 points and nine rebounds and Luis Scola added 14 points off the bench for the Pacers, who bounced back from Monday's 106-102 setback in Portland. David West and George Hill supplied 10 points apiece for Indiana, which had dropped its last six trips to Salt Lake City. Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter each registered double-doubles for the Jazz, who had won two straight. Favors scored 22 points and grabbed 13 boards, while Kanter tallied 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Final Score: Portland 111, Oklahoma City 104
Portland, OR (SportsNetwork.com) - The Portland Trail Blazers are proving their hot start is not a fluke. Two days after beating the NBA-best Indiana Pacers, the Blazers used an all- around effort from LaMarcus Aldridge to dispose of the Oklahoma City Thunder, 111-104, at Moda Center. Aldridge finished with 38 points, 13 rebounds and five assists in leading the Blazers to a seventh straight home victory. Robin Lopez added 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Nicolas Batum capped his 14-point night with a back-breaking 3- pointer down the stretch. Kevin Durant poured in 33 points to lead the Thunder, who had their eight-game winning streak snapped. Russell Westbrook had 21 points on 7-on-17 shooting in the setback. Oklahoma City had also won seven in a row against its division rival but failed to keep Portland from improving to 16-3 on the season.
Final Score: San Antonio vs. Minnesota (postponed)
Mexico City, Mexico (SportsNetwork.com) - Wednesday's game between the San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves has been postponed due to smoke in Mexico City Arena. An hour before the Spurs and Timberwolves were set to tip off, a generator malfunction occurred and filled the venue with smoke. Players and fans were immediately evacuated from the arena and team personnel began loading gear into each team's respective bus soon thereafter. The game, part of the NBA's Global Games international initiative, is the first scheduled by the league in Mexico since Dallas and Houston squared off on Dec. 6, 1997. The makeup will be at Target Center in Minnesota but the date is still to be determined.
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