National Basketball Association Game Capsules

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Updated: April 1, 2013

Final Score: New Orleans 112, Cleveland 92

New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) – Greivis Vasquez had 25 points and nine assists in the New Orleans Hornets’ 112-92 rout of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Ryan Anderson nailed five 3-pointers en route to 23 points, while Anthony Davis added 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Hornets, who had dropped six of their previous nine contests. Kyrie Irving returned following and eight-game absence due to a left shoulder strain and tallied 31 points and six assists for Cleveland, which has dropped eight consecutive tilts. Tristan Thomas provided 12 points and 10 boards in defeat.

Final Score: Washington 109, Toronto 92

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Bradley Beal scored 24 points off the bench and led the Washington Wizards to a 109-92 win over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. Beal shot 8-of-14 from the field, including 6-of-9 from behind the arc for the Wizards, who stopped a two-game skid. Emeka Okafor had 19 points and 10 rebounds while John Wall scored 18 points and dished out 10 assists in the victory. Joan Valanciunas registered 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who have lost six of their last seven games. Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan scored 15 points apiece in the setback.

Final Score: Chicago 95, Detroit 94

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Luol Deng scored 28 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter, and grabbed nine boards, as the Chicago Bulls held off the Detroit Pistons, 95-94, on Sunday. Jimmy Butler and Nate Robinson scored 16 points apiece, with Butler recording five steals for the Bulls, who have won four of their last five games. Rodney Stuckey had a team-high 25 points off the bench for the Pistons, who are on a three-game losing streak and have lost 10 of their last 14 games. Greg Monroe had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Charlie Villanueva tallied 14 points in the setback.

Final Score: Miami 88, San Antonio 86

San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – The Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs reversed roles. With home-court advantage possibly on the line throughout the NBA playoffs, Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra sat his two superstars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade due to nagging injuries. But the sometimes forgotten of the “Big Three,” Chris Bosh, showed that he’s still a superstar too. Bosh nailed a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds left to lift the Heat to an 88-86 win over the Spurs. Bosh, who finished with 23 points and nine rebounds, was 9-of-15 from the floor for Miami, which has won back-to-back games since having its 27-game winning streak snapped against the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday. James played through a right hamstring strain suffered during the first half of Friday’s game against the New Orleans Hornets, but sat out the final frame with the Heat comfortably in front. Wade hurt his right ankle during Wednesday’s loss against the Chicago Bulls, but played Friday. In a game against Miami early in November, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich sent guards Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, along with forwards Tim Duncan and Danny Green home prior to the contest. The NBA fined the organization $250,000 for the move. The Heat won that tilt, 105-100.

Final Score: New York 108, Boston 89

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Carmelo Anthony scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Chris Copeland had 22 points and nailed three 3-pointers as the New York Knicks downed the Boston Celtics, 108-89, to win the season series for the first time since 2003-04. J.R. Smith, who recently became the first player to have three straight 30-point performances off the bench since Milwaukee’s Ricky Pierce (1990), finished with 15 points and 12 boards for the Knicks, who have won eight straight following a four-game losing skid. Raymond Felton chipped in 18 points, while Iman Shumpert and Steve Novak each netted 10 in the victory. Paul Pierce had 27 points to go along with 15 rebounds for the Celtics, who had a two-game winning streak come to an end and have lost six of their last eight games overall. Jeff Green led all players with 27 points in defeat.