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National Basketball Association Game Capsules(Saturday, December 21st)
Final Score: Memphis 95, New York 87
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Zach Randolph had 25 points and 15 rebounds in the Memphis Grizzlies' 95-87 victory over the New York Knicks on Saturday. Tony Allen tallied 19 points and eight boards for the Grizzlies, who snapped a five-game skid. Jerryd Bayless added 11 points and Kosta Koufos and Ed Davis each donated 10 points. Carmelo Anthony ended with 30 points and seven boards for the Knicks, who fell to 4-10 at home this season. J.R. Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. added 16 points apiece.
Final Score: Washington 106, Boston 99
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Trevor Ariza scored a game-high 27 points and the Washington Wizards earned a 106-99 come-from-behind win over the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. The Wizards, who had dropped seven in a row against Boston, outscored the Celtics by a 22-7 margin over the final six minutes to pull out the victory. John Wall filled the box score with 20 points, nine assists and six steals, while Marcin Gortat, Kevin Seraphin and Nene each chipped in with 13 points for the Wizards, winners of three straight following a four-game skid. Boston squandered an 18-point lead despite getting 26 points from Avery Bradley and double-doubles from Jared Sullinger and Brandon Bass. Sullinger totaled 22 points and 11 rebounds while Bass added 11 and 11 in the loss.
Final Score: Sacramento 105, Orlando 100
Orlando, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Isaiah Thomas and Rudy Gay each scored 23 points to help the Sacramento Kings salvage the final game of their four-game road trip with a 105-100 win over the Orlando Magic. Marcus Thornton netted 15 points off the bench on 3-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc and DeMarcus Cousins contributed a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds in the win, Sacramento's third straight against Orlando. Arron Afflalo led all scorers with 26 points in his return to the lineup after missing Wednesday's loss to Utah with a stomach ailment. Tobias Harris had 21 points, while Jameer Nelson and Victor Oladipo added 13 and 12, respectively, for Orlando, which has lost four straight games at Amway Center.
Final Score: Utah 88, Charlotte 85
Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Trey Burke had 10 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and the Utah Jazz edged the Charlotte Bobcats 88-85 on Saturday night. Burke nailed a left wing triple to break an 83-83 tie with 2:38 left before Kemba Walker sunk a tough pull-up jumper from the right elbow. Marvin Williams stole a pair of bad passes on back-to-back Charlotte touches, but Burke missed a reverse layup with 29.9 seconds to play. Walker's driving layup attempt was too strong at the other end and Al Jefferson missed a pair of offensive rebound putback layups before Burke sunk two free throws with 10.2 ticks on the clock to make it 88-85. Walker and Gerald Henderson then both missed from deep in the closing seconds to seal the outcome for the Jazz. Gordon Hayward added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Utah, which moved to 2-2 on its five-game road trip. Jefferson tallied 19 points and 11 boards, while Walker finished with 20 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Bobcats, who had their three-game winning streak snapped.
Final Score: Houston 114, Detroit 97
Auburn Hills, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Dwight Howard had a season-high 35 points and collected 19 rebounds as the Houston Rockets topped the Detroit Pistons, 114-97, from The Palace Of Auburn Hills. Howard's monster performance was in large part due to the absence of Houston's leading scorer, James Harden, who sat out due to an ankle sprain. Chandler Parsons tallied 20 points and Francisco Garcia added 16 for the Rockets, who bounced back from a 33-point defeat against Indiana on Friday. Josh Smith led four Pistons in double figures with 19 points, while Greg Monroe recorded a 10-point, 11- rebound double-double. Kyle Singler scored 12 and Wil Bynum added 11 for Detroit, who have lost two straight.
Final Score: Chicago 100, Cleveland 84
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Carlos Boozer led six Chicago players in double figures with 19 points while pulling down nine rebounds to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 100-84 throttling of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday. D.J. Augustin added 18 points and 10 rebounds and Joakim Noah added 11 points and 18 rebounds for the Bulls, who snapped a four-game skid. Tony Snell scored 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc. Andre Bynum poured in a team-high 19 points and Kyrie Irving added 14 points on just 5-of-16 shooting for the Cavaliers, losers in three of their last four games.
Final Score: Milwaukee 116, Philadelphia 106
Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Khris Middleton scored 27 points and the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 116-106 on Saturday night. Caron Butler added 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Brandon Knight finished with 21 points and six assists for Milwaukee, which snapped a five-game losing streak. Thaddeus Young had 30 points and 10 rebounds and Spencer Hawes tallied 25 points and 11 boards for the Sixers, who have dropped 12 straight road tilts.
Final Score: Oklahoma City 113, San Antonio 100
San Antonio, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Russell Westbrook tallied 31 points and eight assists as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the San Antonio Spurs 113-100 on Saturday. Reggie Jackson added 21 points off the bench for Oklahoma City, which won its ninth straight overall and fifth consecutive road tilt. Kevin Durant scored 17 points and Serge Ibaka recorded a 14-point, 14-rebound double-double. Both Durant and Ibaka hit crucial 3s down the stretch to help secure the victory. Tony Parker netted 23 points with eight assists in the setback, as the Spurs fell to 2-2 in their last four games. Tim Duncan and Marco Belinelli scored 17 points apiece, and Boris Diaw chipped in 14 off the bench. San Antonio was without starting forward Kawhi Leonard, who underwent a dental procedure prior to the game. Leonard hadn't missed a game this season.
Final Score: Phoenix 123, Dallas 108
Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Eric Bledsoe scored 25 points with six assists to help the Phoenix Suns to a 123-108 victory of the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday. Gerald Green tallied 22 points off the bench on 4-of-8 from beyond the arc, while Channing Frye chipped 18 points on 4-of-6 shooting from deep. P.J. Tucker and Goran Dragic added 16 and 13 points, respectively, for the Suns, who have won seven of their last eight games. Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points in the losing effort and Brandan Wright and Monta Ellis both netted 19.
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