National Basketball Association Game Capsules

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Updated: February 28, 2013

Final Score: Cleveland 103, Toronto 92

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – Though Kyrie Irving has played a major role in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ improvement over the second half of this season, the team is proving it can also win without him. With their All-Star point guard sidelined for a second straight night by a knee injury, the Cavaliers posted their second consecutive triumph by earning a 103-92 decision over the Toronto Raptors at Quicken Loans Arena. Six Cleveland players scored in double figures to help offset Irving’s absence, with Dion Waiters leading the charge with a 23-point, six-assist effort. Shaun Livingston added 15 points and six helpers for the Cavs, while Tristan Thompson contributed 14 points and eight rebounds to Cleveland’s fourth victory in its last five games. The Raptors dropped their second in a row despite a 34-point performance from DeMar DeRozan and Rudy Gay’s 24 points and eight rebounds.

Final Score: Sacramento 125, Orlando 101

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – John Salmons had 21 points and Marcus Thornton scored 20, as the Sacramento Kings snapped a nine-game road skid with a 125-101 rout of the Orlando Magic. The Kings pushed Miami to double- overtime on Tuesday, and one night later snapped a season-high six-game losing streak. Tyreke Evans contributed 17 points and seven assists for the Kings, who also received 13 points apiece from DeMarcus Cousins, Patrick Patterson and Jimmer Fredette. The Magic failed to build on a 14-point win at Philadelphia the night before and lost for the sixth time in seven contests. Tobias Harris led the way with a career-best 23 points for Orlando, which also got 15 points from Arron Afflalo and 14 from Beno Udrih.

Final Score: Detroit 96, Washington 95

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Jose Calderon’s layup with 1:06 remaining proved to be the difference-maker, as the Detroit Pistons picked up a much- needed 96-95 victory over the Washington Wizards, on Wednesday. Brandon Knight netted a career-high 32 points and had five 3-pointers and Greg Monroe scored 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Pistons, who ended a three- game losing skid. Kim English came off the bench to add 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting and Calderon finished with just six points, but dished out a game-high 18 assists in the victory. Knight had missed the last three games with a hyperextended right knee. Trevor Ariza paced Washington with 22 points and grabbed six boards, while Bradley Beal had 16 points and six rebounds for the Wizards, who were coming off three straight victories. The Wizards continued their struggles in the series, having now lost six straight and 14 of their last 16 games overall versus Detroit.

Final Score: Milwaukee 110, Houston 107

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Monta Ellis hit the game-winner on a one-footed 3-point heave in the closing seconds, and the Milwaukee Bucks stunned the Houston Rockets with a 110-107 decision on Wednesday at the Toyota Center. Ellis capped his 27-point, 13-assist performance with his off-balance buzzer- beating triple to push Milwaukee to its second straight win. The Bucks got two offensive rebounds on their final possession to hold for the final shot. Jennings held the ball at the top of the key and tried to blow by Jeremy Lin, but was denied. He then passed off to Ellis, whose shot circled around the rim before eventually falling through. Ersan Ilyasova added 20 points and 10 boards, Mike Dunleavy and J.J. Redick scored 16 and 14 points, respectively, off the bench and Larry Sanders contributed 10 points and nine rebounds in the victory. The Rockets, who were seeking their sixth win in a row at home, blew an early double-digit lead in dropping their second straight contest. James Harden had 25 points, Chandler Parsons came through with 20 and Omer Asik tallied 16 points with a career-high 22 rebounds in the defeat.

Final Score: Memphis 90, Dallas 84

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Marc Gasol had 21 points, 12 rebounds and five assists to help the Memphis Grizzlies to a 90-84 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday. Zach Randolph scored 22 points and pulled down 10 boards and Quincy Pondexter donated 12 points off the bench for the Grizzlies, who trailed by as many as 25 points, matching the largest comeback in franchise history (Portland, March 25, 2002). Shawn Marion scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds and Elton Brand added 12 points off the bench for the Mavs, losers in three straight.

Final Score: New York 109, Golden State 105

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Stephen Curry put on quite a show just a few blocks away from Broadway, though the final ending wasn’t exactly what the Golden State Warriors’ star hoped for. Curry racked up a career-high 54 points in a dazzling individual display, but the Warriors still wound up on the short end of a 109-105 decision against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks received a few tremendous performances of their own to prevail. Carmelo Anthony scored 35 points, J.R. Smith put up 26 off the bench, and Tyson Chandler pulled down a personal-best 28 rebounds while chipping in 16 points. Curry nearly offset the absence of teammate David Lee, handed down a one-game suspension by the NBA for an on-court altercation with Indiana’s Roy Hibbert in Tuesday’s 108-97 loss to the Pacers, by hitting on an astounding 11-of-13 shots from 3-point range, one shy of a league single-game record for that category. He added seven assists and six rebounds on the evening. Carl Landry and Jarrett Jack had 15 and 14 points, respectively, for the Warriors, who had been on a three-game win streak prior to Tuesday’s setback in Indianapolis.

Final Score: Oklahoma City 119, New Orleans 74

Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) – Kevin Durant played only three quarters, but still notched his third career triple-double with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, as the Oklahoma City Thunder walloped the New Orleans Hornets, 119-74, Wednesday night. It was Durant’s second triple-double in a week. He had 16 points, 12 boards and 11 assists in the Thunder’s loss at Houston on Feb. 20. Russell Westbrook had 29 points and Serge Ibaka totaled 18 points and seven rebounds, as Oklahoma City won its third straight game. It marked the first time in Thunder history they beat an opponent by at least 30 points in consecutive games. They blew out the Chicago Bulls, 102-72, on Sunday. Kevin Martin and Reggie Jackson each had 14 points off the bench for the Thunder. It was the largest margin of victory in the series, surpassing a 40-point triumph for the Seattle SuperSonics on Nov. 7, 1989. Ryan Anderson scored 14 for the Hornets, who lost for the fifth time in six games. They were outrebounded 48-25 and shot just 35.1 percent, compared to 55.3 percent for the Thunder.

Final Score: Phoenix 105, San Antonio 101 (OT)

San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – The Phoenix Suns made just two field goals in overtime, but it was two more than the San Antonio Spurs. And the Suns unfathomably snapped the Spurs’ 18-game home winning streak. Wesley Johnson hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer in regulation to send the game into overtime and Marcin Gortat’s go-ahead tip-in with 1:07 left in the extra session helped the Suns down the Spurs, 105-101, on Wednesday. The Spurs missed all 10 of their field-goal attempts in overtime. San Antonio, which was an NBA best 22-2 at home coming in, last dropped a game at the AT&T Center on Nov. 19 against the Los Angeles Clippers. Jermaine O’Neal added 22 points and 13 rebounds for Phoenix, which has won back-to-back overtime tilts. The Suns went just 2- of-9 from the field in the extra period. Tony Parker returned from a one- game absence due to a sore right triceps and tallied 22 points and eight assists for San Antonio, which capped a 7-2 road trip with a victory in Phoenix on Sunday.

Final Score: Atlanta 102, Utah 91

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Al Horford and Josh Smith each came through with impressive double-doubles and the Atlanta Hawks cruised to their fourth straight win with a 102-91 triumph over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday. Horford tallied 34 points and 15 rebounds, while Smith finished with 24 points and 14 boards for the Hawks, who improved to 3-0 on their six-game road trip. Jeff Teague added 19 points with seven assists in the victory. The Jazz, who lost in overtime to visiting Boston on Monday, dropped consecutive games at home for the first time since a two-game swoon from Dec. 26-28 and have now lost three in a row overall. Al Jefferson totaled 26 points with 11 rebounds and Derrick Favors, who started for an injured Paul Millsap, finished with 17 points and a season-high 15 boards in the setback.

Final Score: Denver 111, Portland 109

Portland, OR (Sports Network) – Andre Miller’s go-ahead layup with 24.9 seconds left lifted the Denver Nuggets to a 111-109 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. With J.J. Hickson defending him on the lower right block, Miller spun around him for the layup to make it 108-106. LaMarcus Aldridge missed a fadeaway at the other end and Ty Lawson knocked down two free throws with 13 ticks to go. Damian Lillard nailed a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 110-109 with 3.9 ticks on the clock. Miller then split a pair of foul shots with three seconds to go, but Aldridge’s left baseline jumper with three-tenths of a second remaining was off the mark. Lawson had 30 points and six assists, while Andre Iguodala added 29 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and five steals for Denver, which has won three straight games. Lillard netted 26 points and Hickson added 18 points and 14 boards for the Blazers, who have dropped eight of their last nine tilts.