National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Updated: March 6, 2013


Final Score: Boston 109, Philadelphia 101

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – The Boston Celtics rallied together once Rajon Rondo went down and rattled off seven straight wins — six at home. But in the midst of a brutal road stretch since the All-Star break, wins haven’t come as easy. Avery Bradley had 22 points in the Celtics’ 109-101 triumph over the Philadelphia 76ers. The Celtics, who have won three in a row, are in the middle of playing 9-of-11 games on the road. They went 2-3 during a five-game road trek right after the break before defeating Golden State Friday in Beantown. Boston improved to 11-18 away from home, opposed to a 21-8 mark at TD Garden. Paul Pierce tallied 18 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, while Kevin Garnett added 18 points, six helpers and five boards in the victory. Thaddeus Young had 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Sixers, who have lost 28 of their last 40 tilts since beginning the year 11-8. They had won six of their last seven meetings against Boston in Philadelphia — including the postseason.

Final Score: Oklahoma City 122, LA Lakers 105

Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) – Kevin Durant is usually the Lakers’ biggest problem, but Tuesday they couldn’t contain Russell Westbrook either. And the Oklahoma City Thunder matched an all-time mark in efficiency. Westbrook had 37 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s wire-to-wire 122-105 win over the Lakers. Durant, who came in averaging 37.7 points per game in the three meetings with Los Angeles this season, netted 20 of his 26 points in the first half for the Thunder, who have won five of their last six games on the heels of a three-game slide. The Thunder turned the ball over just twice, which tied them with the 2006 Milwaukee Bucks and 2009 Cleveland Cavaliers for the fewest giveaways in a game — the stat only dates back to 1985. Kobe Bryant suffered an ulnar nerve contusion to his right elbow in the first half before returning and finishing with 30 points in defeat. Dwight Howard snatched 16 boards for Los Angeles, which failed to eclipse the .500 mark for the first time since the Lakers were 6-5 following a win against the Brooklyn Nets on Nov. 20.

Final Score: Denver 120, Sacramento 113

Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Ty Lawson had 24 points and Danilo Gallinari added 23 points in the Denver Nuggets’ sixth straight win, a 120-113 triumph over the Sacramento Kings. Kenneth Faried finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds for Denver, which has won eight in a row against Sacramento. Marcus Thornton nailed five 3-pointers en route to 32 points for the Kings, who have dropped eight of their last 10 comments.