National Basketball Association Game Capsules
(Wednesday, March 5th)
Final Score: Charlotte 109, Indiana 87
Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Al Jefferson poured in 34 points and six Bobcats reached double figures in Charlotte's stunning 109-87 rout of the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday. Kemba Walker donated 19 points and nine assists, while Chris Douglas-Roberts and Josh McRoberts added 12 apiece to help Charlotte snap a three-game losing skid. The Pacers shot just 40.8 percent in losing their second straight game for just the second time this season. Evan Turner led the way with 22 points off the bench, while leading scorer and All-Star starter Paul George netted a season-low two points on 0- for-9 from the field.
Final Score: Houston 101, Orlando 89
Orlando, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Dwight Howard had another successful trip back to Orlando, scoring 19 points with 13 rebounds Wednesday night to help the Houston Rockets beat the Magic 101-89. James Harden led Houston with 31 points, Chandler Parsons scored 15 of his 19 in the second quarter and Terrence Jones chipped in 17 points and 11 rebounds. The Rockets trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half but dominated the second half to win their third in a row and move to 13-2 over their last 15. Arron Afflalo led the short-handed Magic with 18 points and Nikola Vucevic and Maurice Harkless scored 15 apiece. Orlando had a two-game home winning streak snapped, falling for just the second time in their last nine at Amway Center. Victor Oladipo (sore left ankle) missed the game for Orlando on the day he was named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for February. Point guard Jameer Nelson (illness) was out for the second straight game.
Final Score: Washington 104, Utah 91
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Trevor Ariza scored 26 points, Bradley Beal added 22 and the Washington Wizards rolled to a 104-91 victory over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday. John Wall chipped in with 14 points and 10 assists for the Wizards, who bounced back into the win column after having their six-game winning streak stopped by Memphis on Monday. They did it by shooting 54.3 percent from the floor and outscoring the Jazz in the paint by a wide 56-36 margin. Utah, which has opened its six-game road trip with four consecutive losses, was led by Alec Burks' 19 points.
Final Score: Golden State 108, Boston 88
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - David Lee scored 18 points with 10 rebounds as the Golden State Warriors routed the Boston Celtics, 108-88, at TD Garden on Wednesday night. Klay Thompson also netted 18 points, Stephen Curry tallied 14, and Andre Iguodala added 11 for Golden State, which snapped a five-game road losing streak at Boston. Kelly Olynyk led all Celtics with 19 points off the bench and Rajon Rondo scored 14 points with seven assists in the setback, Boston's seventh in its last eight games. Jared Sullinger and Brandon Bass each contributed 11 points, with Bass adding eight rebounds for Boston.
Final Score: Brooklyn 103, Memphis 94
Brooklyn, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Joe Johnson scored 21 points and led a torrid shooting display from the perimeter for the Brooklyn Nets, who continued their strong second half of the season with a 103-94 triumph over the Memphis Grizzlies. Brooklyn went a scorching 15-of-26 from 3-point range in its fourth straight win, with Johnson making 5-of-7 attempts from beyond the arc and Marcus Thornton going 4-of-5 in a 20-point effort off the bench. Deron Williams tallied 16 points, seven assists and four steals in a game the Nets led wire-to-wire and were ahead by as many as 30 points at one stage. Playing without leading rebounder Zach Randolph due to illness, the Grizzlies got a mere 24 points out of their starting unit. Jon Leuer paced Memphis with 19 points, while Marc Gasol had 18 along with seven rebounds.
Final Score: Chicago 105, Detroit 94
Auburn Hills, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - D.J. Augustin had 26 points and six assists off the bench and Joakim Noah added a triple-double as the Chicago Bulls defeated the Detroit Pistons 105-94 on Wednesday night. Noah tallied 10 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for Chicago, which has won 10 of its last 12 games. Taj Gibson provided 22 points off the bench and Jimmy Butler supplied 18 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and three steals in the victory. Greg Monroe registered 27 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Pistons, who have dropped eight of their last 10 games.
Final Score: Denver 115, Dallas 110
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Ty Lawson netted 17 of his 20 points in the first quarter and six Nuggets reached double figures in Denver's 115-110 win over the Dallas Mavericks from Pepsi Center. Wilson Chandler paced Denver with 21 points while J.J. Hickson, Kenneth Faried and Randy Foye all had 16 in the triumph. Darrell Arthur scored 10 points off the bench, as the Nuggets snapped their six-game losing skid. Dirk Nowitzki shot 13-of-20 for 27 points, but Dallas suffered its third straight defeat for the first time this season. Brandan Wright and Vince Carter tallied 18 and 17 points, respectively, in reserve roles, and Monta Ellis scored 16.
Final Score: Sacramento 116, Milwaukee 102
Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points to lead the Sacramento Kings to a 116-102 win over the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center. Rudy Gay added 22 points and DeMarcus Cousins chipped in with 21 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for the Kings, winners in two straight. Ray McCallum scored 15 points and Reggie Evans chipped in with 13 off the bench in the win. Brandon Knight scored 25 points to go with five rebounds and six assists and Jeff Adrien scored 15 for the Bucks, losers in three of their last four games.
Final Score: New York 118, Minnesota 106
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Carmelo Anthony scored 33 points and the New York Knicks snapped their seven-game losing streak with a 118-106 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday. Amar'e Stoudemire and Raymond Felton added 18 points apiece and Tyson Chandler scored 15 with 14 rebounds as the Knicks also stopped a five-game road skid. Kevin Love scored 19 points and Nikola Pekovic had 17 to lead Minnesota, which had a three-game winning streak snapped, falling for just the second time in eight games.
Final Score: Portland 102, Atlanta 78
Portland, OR (SportsNetwork.com) - Nicolas Batum scored 14 points and pulled down a career-high 18 rebounds as the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Atlanta Hawks, 102-78, on Wednesday. Mo Williams paced the Blazers with 15 points, while Damian Lillard and Robin Lopez each tallied 12 points in the win, Portland's sixth in its last seven contests. LaMarcus Aldridge and Wesley Matthews contributed 10 points apiece for the Blazers. Cartier Martin led Atlanta with 16 points off the bench, while Shelvin Mack and Jeff Teague each chipped in with 10 points. Mack and Teague shot a combined 6-for-23. Atlanta has now lost four straight and 12-of-13 overall.
03/06 01:51:52 ET