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National Basketball Association Game Capsules(Sunday, March 9th)
Final Score: Chicago 95, Miami 88 (OT)
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Bulls prevented LeBron James from making a trip to the foul line in their 95-88 overtime victory against the Miami Heat on Sunday. With Jimmy Butler as his primary defender, James scored 17 points on 8-of-23 shooting from the field. In addition, James did not attempt a free throw in a game for the first time since Dec. 2, 2009. Butler recorded 16 points, 11 rebounds, four steals and one block. His block came against James in the final second of regulation. Joakim Noah had 20 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and five blocks for the Bulls, who have split the first two games of a six-game homestand. D.J. Augustin tallied 22 points. Dwyane Wade ended with 25 points for the Heat, who have lost three in a row. Chris Bosh donated 15 points.
Final Score: LA Lakers 114, Oklahoma City 110
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jodie Meeks pumped some life back into the Lakers, scoring a career-high 42 points in Los Angeles' 114-110 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday. Meeks went 6-of-11 from beyond the arc and 14-of-14 from the foul line for the Lakers, who snapped an ugly three-game skid that included a 48-point loss to the Clippers on Thursday. Pau Gasol added 20 points and 11 rebounds for Los Angeles, which went 13-of-31 from 3-point range. Jordan Farmar and Ryan Kelly each tallied 12 points. Kevin Durant recorded his sixth career triple-double with 27 points, 12 assists and 10 boards for the Thunder, who have lost two in a row since a three-game winning streak. Serge Ibaka donated 21 points and 15 rebounds for Oklahoma City, which went 12-of-35 from beyond the arc. Russell Westbrook added 20 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.
Final Score: Boston 118, Detroit 111
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jeff Green made five of Boston's 10 3- pointers and finished with 27 points as the Boston Celtics eased past the Detroit Pistons 118-111 on Sunday. Kelly Olynyk scored 18 points in as many minutes off the bench, while Rajon Rondo handed out 18 assists to go with 11 points for Boston, which closed out a successful homestand with back-to-back wins. Kris Humphries also posted a double-double with 20 points and 11 boards, and Jared Sullinger totaled 14 and eight in a reserve role. The Pistons turned it over 16 times and dropped their third straight game despite double-doubles from Andre Drummond, Josh Smith and Greg Monroe. Drummond pulled down 22 rebounds and scored 18 points, Smith led all scorers with 28 points to go with 11 boards and Monroe netted 22 with 14 rebounds.
Final Score: Brooklyn 104, Sacramento 89
Brooklyn, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Marcus Thornton scored 27 points off the bench and the Brooklyn Nets pulled away for a 104-89 win over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday. The Nets went on a 36-13 run after the Kings scored 10 straight points to tie the game in the third quarter. They have won a season high-tying seven games in a row at home and 14 of their last 16 at Barclays Center. Joe Johnson scored 18 points and Deron Williams and Shaun Livingston each had 10 for Brooklyn, which has won five of six overall. The Nets were without Kevin Garnett for the fifth straight game because of back spasms and lost two more players to injury. Paul Pierce left the game just 73 seconds into the first quarter with what the team said was a sore right shoulder and Andrei Kirilenko went out in the third with a sprained right ankle. DeMarcus Cousins had 28 points and 20 rebounds to lead Sacramento and Rudy Gay scored 20. The Kings are 1-2 on a seven-game road trip and have dropped five of their last seven overall.
03/09 20:49:18 ET