National Basketball Association Game Capsules
(Thursday, March 13th)
Final Score: Chicago 111, Houston 87
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Dunleavy scored 18 of his 21 points in the third quarter and boosted the Chicago Bulls to a 111-87 win over Houston Thursday night at United Center. With 7:54 left in the second quarter, Chandler Parsons drove into the lane and his elbow collided with Dunleavy's face. Dunleavy, who held his ground to take the offensive foul, was forced off the court due to excessive bleeding. Dunleavy received 10 stitches to close the wound and returned to the court to start the third quarter and came out on fire. For the period, Dunleavy went 7-of-11 from the field, including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc, and helped the Bulls bounce back from a 104-96 home loss to the Spurs on Tuesday. Joakim Noah narrowly missed a triple-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for Chicago, which won for the 12th time in the last 16 contests. Kirk Hinrich scored 19, Carlos Boozer 18 and D.J. Augustin 13 for the Bulls. James Harden was held to a season-low tying eight points for the Rockets, who have lost back-to-back contests following a five- game winning streak. It's the first time Houston has lost consecutive games since Jan. 24-25, both against Memphis. Jeremy Lin led the way with 21 points for the Rockets, who also received 12 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks from Dwight Howard. Houston shot 35.4 percent, including a 5-of-26 showing from 3- point range.
Final Score: Atlanta 102, Milwaukee 97
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jeff Teague totaled 22 points and eight assists to help Atlanta fend off Milwaukee, 102-97, on Thursday. Paul Millsap had 17 points and eight boards for the Hawks, who have won two straight. Kyle Korver and DeMarre Carroll scored 15 points apiece, with Carroll adding six rebounds. Ersan Ilyasova tallied 22 points and 10 rebounds and Brandon Knight added 20 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Bucks, who have lost seven of their last nine. Jeff Adrien and John Henson contributed 12 points apiece coming off the bench.
Final Score: Oklahoma City 131, LA Lakers 102
Oklahoma City, OK (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Durant continued his ascent up the ladder in terms of NBA history and the Oklahoma City Thunder walloped the Los Angeles Lakers, 131-102, Thursday night. Durant, who totaled 29 points, has scored at least 25 in 30 straight games. That is the longest stretch of his career and represents the most by an NBA player since Michael Jordan put together 40 straight contests of scoring a minimum of 25 points during the 1986-87 season. Russell Westbrook also scored 29 and dished out nine assists for Oklahoma City, which exacted revenge for Sunday's 114-110 loss to the Lakers at Staples Center. The Thunder also received 15 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocks from Serge Ibaka, and won for the fifth time in seven contests overall and for the sixth consecutive time at home. Jodie Meeks, who scored 42 on Sunday, led Los Angeles with 19 points Thursday.
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