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National Basketball Association Game Capsules(Friday, March 14th)
Final Score: Charlotte 105, Minnesota 93
Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Al Jefferson posted 25 points with 16 rebounds as the Charlotte Bobcats took care of the Minnesota Timberwolves, 105-93, on Friday. Gary Neal recorded 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting -- including 3-for-3 from deep -- and a quartet of Bobcats tallied 10 points in the win. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Gerald Henderson, Cody Zeller and Chris Douglas-Roberts each scored 10-apiece, with Kidd-Gilchrist narrowly missing a double-double, grabbing nine rebounds. The Bobcats have won four of their last five overall to maintain their spot as the seventh-seed in the Eastern Conference. Kevin Martin paced Minnesota with 19 points, while Kevin Love contributed 18 and Corey Brewer and Dante Cunningham each netted 10 for the Timberwolves, who have dropped two of their last three.
Final Score: Washington 105, Orlando 101 (OT)
Orlando, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Bradley Beal pinned a Jameer Nelson fastbreak layup with 1:06 left in overtime and John Wall scooped the rebound and dished to Trevor Ariza, who netted a 3-pointer to put the Wizards ahead and help Washington to a 105-101 overtime win against Orlando on Friday. Wall and Ariza scored 21 apiece with Ariza chipping in 11 rebounds and Wall adding 11 assists for the Wizards, who snapped a two-game skid. Beal netted 20 and Marcin Gortat added 19 points and 14 boards. Tobias Harris had 21 points and five rebounds off then bench for the Magic, who have lost five straight. Arron Afflalo scored 18, Victor Oladipo had 15 points and six assists and Nelson added 13 points, eight assists and six boards.
Final Score: Indiana 101, Philadelphia 94
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Paul George had 25 points and six assists and the Indiana Pacers handed the Philadelphia 76ers their 19th straight loss following a 101-94 triumph on Friday night. David West supplied 18 points, seven rebounds and four blocks, George Hill tallied 14 points, nine assists and six boards and Lance Stephenson added 13 points and 12 boards for Indiana, which has won two straight on the heels of a four-game skid. Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen made their returns to Philadelphia since being sent to Indiana right before the trade deadline. Turner finished with just two points on 1-of-4 shooting, while Allen hit all six of his shots and scored 13 points. Thaddeus Young registered 25 points, 10 assists and six rebounds for the Sixers, who have not won since beating the Boston Celtics on Jan. 29.
Final Score: Toronto 99, Memphis 86
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Jonas Valanciunas netted 23 points, including four in a late Toronto tear that helped the Raptors take a 99-86 triumph over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday at Air Canada Centre. A Mike Miller free throw tied the game with 6:24 to play, but the Grizzlies went the next five-plus minutes without a point, allowing the Raptors to run away with the contest. Greivis Vasquez sparked the burst with five straight points before Valanciunas added a pair of buckets around a DeMar DeRozan 3- pointer to give Toronto a 92-80 cushion with 2:34 remaining, essentially sealing the outcome. Vasquez finished with 17 points, DeRozan scored 16 and Kyle Lowry registered 22 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds for the Raptors, who have won two straight and five of their last six games. Zach Randolph recorded 16 points and eight boards to pace Memphis, which had a four-game win streak halted after managing just one field goal over the final eight minutes of contest.
Final Score: Phoenix 87, Boston 80
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Goran Dragic had 20 points in the Phoenix Suns' 87-80 victory over the Boston Celtics on Friday. Eric Bledsoe added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Suns, who snapped a three-game skid. Markieff Morris tallied 15 points and nine boards and P.J. Tucker donated 11 points, 10 rebounds and five steals. Kris Humphries ended with 11 points and 13 boards for the Celtics, who have lost three in a row. Chris Johnson also had 11 points.
Final Score: Denver 111, Miami 107
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Kenneth Faried had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead the way as the Denver Nuggets dealt the sputtering Miami Heat a 111-107 loss at American Airlines Arena. Darrell Arthur added 18 points off the bench on 7-of-11 shooting to help the Nuggets record back-to-back victories for the first time since Feb. 3-5, while handing the two-time defending NBA champion Heat consecutive home losses for the first time since the 2010-11 season. Miami, which has now dropped five of six overall, was coming off a 96-95 setback to visiting Brooklyn on Wednesday. Denver's reserves outscored the Heat's by a 57-40 margin on the night, with Evan Fournier chipping in 14 points and J.J. Hickson compiling 11 points and nine rebounds. Ray Allen paced Miami with 22 points while going 5-of-7 from 3-point range, with LeBron James tallying 21 points and Dwyane Wade 19.
Final Score: Portland 111, New Orleans 103
New Orleans, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - Damian Lillard poured in 27 points and had five assists as the Portland Trail Blazers took a 111-103 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday. Nicolas Batum tallied 22 points and a career- high 18 rebounds to go along with five assists in the win. Wesley Matthews added 20 points for the Trail Blazers, who snapped a four-game skid. Robin Lopez and Dorell Wright contributed 19 and 15 points, respectively. Anthony Davis scored a career-high 36 points with nine rebounds for the Pelicans, who have lost two in a row. Brian Roberts netted 19 and dished five helpers, while Eric Gordon and Tyreke Evans scored 16 apiece. Gordon added six rebounds and six assists, while Evans chipped in eight rebounds and eight assists.
Final Score: San Antonio 119, LA Lakers 85
San Antonio, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Danny Green led a balanced San Antonio scoring attack with 15 points, as the Spurs sailed to their ninth straight win with a 119-85 decision over the listless Los Angeles Lakers on Friday at AT&T Center. Matt Bonner recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Marco Belinelli and Aron Baynes each scored 12 for the Spurs, who saw all 13 players that dressed score at least three points. With the win, the Spurs extended their lead to a full game over the idle Oklahoma City Thunder atop the Western Conference. Pau Gasol posted an 18- point, 11-rebound double-double to lead the Lakers, who have lost two straight and five of their last six games.
Final Score: LA Clippers 96, Utah 87
Salt Lake City, UT (SportsNetwork.com) - Blake Griffin scored 20 points with five rebounds and five assists to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to their 10th straight win with a 96-87 decision over the Utah Jazz on Friday. Chris Paul recorded 18 points with seven assists and six rebounds, while Matt Barnes and Darren Collison scored 15 and 14, respectively, in the win. Trey Burke and Derrick Favors each tallied 18 points for Utah, with Favors adding nine boards. Enes Kanter deposited an 11-point, 15-rebound double-double in Utah's third straight defeat. Richard Jefferson netted 14 points, Alec Burks 10, and Gordon Hayward dished out a game-high 10 assists in the setback.
Final Score: Cleveland 103, Golden State 94
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Spencer Hawes scored 22 points with 13 rebounds to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 103-94 win over the Golden State Warriors. Dion Waiters tallied 18 points, while Luol Deng and Kyrie Irving each added 16 points for the Cavs, who have won two straight overall and snapped a six-game losing streak to the Warriors. Cleveland outscored the Warriors in the middle periods by a 68-39 margin to take control heading into the fourth quarter. Stephen Curry posted a game-high 27 points on his 26th birthday, Draymond Green netted 18 off the bench, and David Lee added 16 in the setback, Golden State's second straight on the heels of a five-game winning streak. Klay Thompson missed the first game of his career on Friday due to the death of his grandfather, snapping a string of 214 straight games in the Golden State lineup.
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