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National Basketball Association Game Capsules
Final Score: Indiana 107, Minnesota 91
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Roy Hibbert recorded a double-double with 27 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 107-91 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday. Hibbert shot 10-of-15 from the field for the Pacers, who came into the game off a 105-91 loss at Miami on Sunday. Paul George scored 17 points, George Hill had 16 points and six assists and David West registered 13 points and 10 rebounds. Ricky Rubio, fresh off a triple-double against San Antonio on Tuesday, scored 21 points and dished out 10 assists. He also had six rebounds for the Timberwolves, who have lost three of their last four games. Luke Ridnour had 17 points in the setback.
Final Score: Miami 98, Philadelphia 94
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – The Miami Heat became only the fifth team in NBA history to win 20 consecutive games after the defending world champions rallied down the stretch for a 98-94 decision over the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade once again led the way as Miami extended the league’s longest victorious stretch since the 2007-08 Houston Rockets ripped off 22 in a row, with James accumulating 27 points along with eight assists and Wade contributing 21 points with eight rebounds. The Heat’s accomplishment didn’t come easy, however, as the 76ers put forth a 12-0 fourth-quarter run to turn a nine-point deficit into an 85-82 lead with 4 1/2 minutes to play. Philadelphia was dealt its 13th defeat in 15 games despite a 24-point, 15-rebound effort from Thaddeus Young and Jrue Holiday’s 21 points and seven assists. Evan Turner chipped in 15 points in the hard-luck loss.
Final Score: Washington 106, Milwaukee 93
Washington, DC (Sports Network) – John Wall poured in 23 points to go with 10 assists and six rebounds to lead the Washington Wizards to a 106-93 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday. Martell Webster added 20 points and Trevor Ariza finished with 14 points off the bench for the Wizards, who got double-doubles from both Nene and Trevor Booker. Nene had 13 points and 13 rebounds and Booker finished with 13 points and 12 boards in the triumph. Monta Ellis scored a game-high 26 points and dished out eight assists and Ersan Ilyasova scored 21 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for the Bucks, who have dropped two straight after winning six of seven. Larry Sanders scored 17 points and pulled down 11 rebounds and J.J. Redick added 16 points off the bench in the setback.
Final Score: Atlanta 96, LA Lakers 92
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Kyle Korver made two free throws with 2.6 seconds left to seal the Atlanta Hawks’ 96-92 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. An entertaining fourth quarter came down to the final seconds. After Korver made 1-of-2 from the line to give the Hawks a 94-92 lead with 16.9 seconds remaining, the Lakers went to Kobe Bryant. The 15-time All-Star tried to tie the game on a baseline jumper. Instead, Bryant missed the shot and landed on Dahntay Jones’ foot, rolling his left ankle. Bryant was able to walk off the court under his own power. Korver pulled down Bryant’s miss and made two free throws at the other end to secure the win for the Hawks, who had lost four straight against the Lakers. Korver ended with 15 points. Devin Harris tallied 17 points and seven assists for Atlanta, which was without guard Jeff Teague (ankle) and forward Josh Smith (knee). Al Horford had 14 points and 14 rebounds, Johan Petro donated 10 points and 11 boards and Ivan Johnson and John Jenkins each scored 12 points. Bryant ended with 31 points and seven rebounds for Los Angeles, which had a four-game winning streak snapped. It was announced after the game that Bryant severely sprained his left ankle and will be out indefinitely.
Final Score: Boston 112, Toronto 88
Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Jeff Green netted 20 points to lead a balanced Boston scoring attack that carried the Celtics to a 112-88 bounce-back win over the Toronto Raptors from TD Garden. Six other Celtics reached double- figure points to help the team end a two-game skid that included an ugly 100-74 setback at doormat Charlotte on Tuesday. Paul Pierce added 15 points, with Kevin Garnett, Jason Terry and Jordan Crawford contributing 12 each to the victory. Rudy Gay paced the Raptors with 19 points, but went just 7-of-19 from the field and Toronto was outscored by a 63-48 margin after halftime en route to its 10th consecutive defeat at TD Garden. DeMar DeRozan and Terrence Ross finished with 17 and 13 points, respectively, in the setback.
Final Score: Houston 111, Phoenix 81
Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Donatas Motiejunas scored a career-high 19 points to lead six Rockets in doubles figures in their 111-81 pasting of the Phoenix Suns at Toyota Center. James Harden chipped in 18 points for Houston, which avenged Saturday’s two-point loss at Phoenix. Wesley Johnson had 15 points to pace the Suns, who have lost four of their last five — the only win coming against Houston.
Final Score: Oklahoma City 110, Utah 87
Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) – Kevin Durant had 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 110-87 rout of the Utah Jazz on Wednesday. Russell Westbrook registered 19 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Thunder, who came into the game off a 105-93 loss at San Antonio on Monday. Kevin Martin scored 15 points off the bench in the victory. Gordon Hayward had a team-high 20 points for the Jazz, who had snapped a four-game losing streak after defeating Detroit on Monday. Enes Kanter was the only other Utah player to score in double-digits with 12 points.
Final Score: Sacramento 121, Chicago 79
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Tyreke Evans scored 26 points on 11-of-13 shooting and the Sacramento Kings crushed the Chicago Bulls, 121-79. Isaiah Thomas added 22 points for the Kings, who had lost five straight against the Bulls. Patrick Patterson donated 14 points and nine rebounds, Jason Thompson tallied 12 points and Chuck Hayes and Toney Douglas each scored 10 points. Carlos Boozer had 21 points and seven boards to pace the Bulls, who have lost five in a row on the road. Nate Robinson added 19 points.
Final Score: Denver 117, New York 94
Denver, CO (Sports Network) – The Nuggets fans booed Carmelo Anthony when he was on the court and derisively asked where he was in the fourth quarter. Anthony, in his first game in Denver since orchestrating a trade to New York two years ago, gingerly limped to the locker room in the third quarter with the Nuggets already cruising to their 10th straight victory, this one a 117-94 shellacking of a Knicks club that suffered another blow to their already depleted roster. Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari, two of the four players Denver received in the epic Anthony trade, fittingly led the Nuggets with 24 and 16 points, respectively. Andre Iguodala checked in with 14 points, Ty Lawson added 13 and Kenneth Faried totaled 11 with 10 rebounds in the lopsided win — Denver’s 14th straight at home.
Final Score: Golden State 105, Detroit 97
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Stephen Curry had 31 points and eight assists to help the Golden State Warriors to a 105-97 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday. David Lee had 20 points, 15 rebounds and five assists while Jarrett Jack added 19 points and five assists for the Warriors, who have won their past two games. Rodney Stuckey scored 22 points with five helpers and Kyle Singler added 17 points for the Pistons, who are in the midst of a seven-game losing streak and are 0-3 on a four-game road trip.
Final Score: Memphis 96, LA Clippers 85
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Marc Gasol had 21 points and five steals as the Memphis Grizzlies took down the Los Angeles Clippers, 96-85. Tayshaun Prince added 18 points and six rebounds for the Grizzlies, who improved to 19-11 on the road this season. The 19 road wins in one season matches a team record set in the 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06 campaigns. Mike Conley ended with 17 points and 11 assists for Memphis, which has won six in a row and 14 of its last 15 games. Zach Randolph and Quincy Pondexter donated 13 and 11 points, respectively. Chris Paul had 24 points and nine assists for the Clippers, who got 22 points, six rebounds and five assists from Blake Griffin. Matt Barnes and Chauncey Billups tallied 14 and 10 points, respectively.