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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.
Final Score: New Orleans 111, Denver 107 (OT)
New Orleans, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - Anthony Davis had 32 points, 17 rebounds and six blocks and New Orleans beat Denver 111-107 in overtime on Sunday. Anthony Morrow nailed a jumper from the top of the key with 0.9 seconds left in regulation to tie the game for New Orleans. New Orleans went 4-for-8 from the field in overtime, while the Nuggets went 5-for-13. Tyreke Evans netted 20 points -- seven in overtime -- for the Pelicans, who have won three straight on the heels of eight straight losses. Kenneth Faried had 22 points and 14 rebounds for the Nuggets, who have lost seven of their last nine.
Final Score: Houston 118, Portland 113 (OT)
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - James Harden scored 20 of his 41 points in the fourth quarter and overtime to lead the Houston Rockets to a 118-113 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday. Houston trailed by as many as 13 in the fourth before surging back and stunning the Blazers in overtime. Jeremy Lin also did most of his damage in crunch time, scoring 15 of his 26 points in the final 17 minutes of the game to help the Rockets to their eighth consecutive win at the Honda Center and fifth straight win overall. Dwight Howard contributed a 17-point, 12-rebound double-double, while Chandler Parsons and Patrick Beverley tallied 16 and 12 points, respectively, in the win. LaMarcus Aldridge had a team-high 28 points to go along with 12 rebounds to lead Portland, which has dropped three of its last four contests. Wesley Matthews netted 26 points and Damian Lillard deposited 21 points before fouling out in the extra session.
Final Score: Toronto 111, Minnesota 104
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points and Kyle Lowry had a triple double, leading the Toronto Raptors to a 111-104 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday. Lowry collected 20 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists as the Raptors beat the Timberwolves for the 18th time in their last 19 meetings. They have won six in a row in the series. The Raptors have won nine of their last 11 games overall to move nine games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2006-07 season. The Atlantic Division leaders made 14-of-24 3-pointers in the victory, with Steve Novak hitting five of his six tries off the bench on the way to 15 points. Terrence Ross and Amir Johnson also scored 15 for Toronto, which played the game without forward Patrick Patterson, who will miss at least seven days with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Kevin Love had 26 points and 11 rebounds to lead Minnesota and Kevin Martin scored 20. The Timberwolves lost for the third time in 10 games. Nikola Pekovic and Corey Brewer added 17 points apiece and Pekovic had 11 rebounds.
Final Score: Dallas 105, Indiana 94
Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Devin Harris and Monta Ellis each scored 20 points and the Dallas Mavericks handed the Indiana Pacers a season-high fourth straight loss in a 105-94 decision on Sunday. Dallas squandered a 17-point lead in the first half and needed a late push to sweep the home-and-home series from the Pacers, who had not lost four in a row since March 2011. Dirk Nowitzki needed 14 shots to net 14 points for the Mavs, who also received double-digit scoring efforts from Shawn Marion, Jose Calderon and Vince Carter. Paul George posted a 27-point, 11-rebound double-double, while George Hill chipped in with 20 points for the slumping Pacers, who committed 21 turnovers and managed just four points from their bench. Lance Stephenson scored 21 points, but had just three after halftime.
03/09 22:48:25 ET
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