January 7, 2012
NBA roundup: Hawks cool Bulls
By Sports Network
Final Score: Atlanta 109, Chicago 94
Atlanta, GA - Josh Smith had 25 points, six blocks, five rebounds, five assists and four steals, as the Atlanta Hawks cooled off the Chicago Bulls, 109-94. Joe Johnson and Vladimir Radmanovic each had 17 points for the Hawks, who have won two in a row. Al Horford and Jeff Teague tallied 14 and 12 points, respectively. The news was not all good for Atlanta, which lost Marvin Williams to a sprained left ankle. John Lucas donated 16 points for the Bulls, who had a six-game winning streak snapped. Kyle Korver chipped in with 13 points. Jimmy Butler and Carlos Boozer each added 12 points in defeat. Derrick Rose was limited to eight points and six assists.
Final Score: Indiana 99, Charlotte 77
Indianapolis, IN - Roy Hibbert posted 20 points and eight rebounds to help Indiana dominate the second half in a 99-77 rout of Charlotte. The Pacers, who beat the Bobcats for the seventh straight time, held a 56-28 scoring advantage over the final 24 minutes. Tyler Hansbrough contributed 15 points and Darren Collison ended with 14 points and eight boards for the Pacers, who have won back-to-back contests. Danny Granger shook off a sprained left ankle and scored 13 along with teammate George Hill. D.J. Augustin had 20 points for the Bobcats, who fizzled in the second half and are 1-6 since starting the season with a victory against Milwaukee. Gerald Henderson chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds for Charlotte, which shot 21.7 percent (10-of-46) in the second half.
Final Score: New York 103, Detroit 80
Auburn Hills, MI - Amare Stoudemire scored 22 points and pulled down eight rebounds, as the New York Knicks stepped up defensively and pounded the Detroit Pistons, 103-80, to post consecutive wins for the first time this season. Mike Bibby came off the bench for 16 points and Carmelo Anthony chipped in 13 with seven assists for the Knicks, who were coming off a three-point victory at Washington on Friday. Tyson Chandler ended with 10 points, nine boards and had three of his team's 12 steals. Brandon Knight had 19 points for the injury-plagued Pistons, who lost their third in a row. Ben Gordon had 12 points, but accounted for nine of his team's 21 turnovers that led to 23 New York points. The Pistons, who played without Austin Daye (sore right ankle), Rodney Stuckey (sore groin) and Charlie Villanueva (sore right ankle), shot 37.2 percent from the floor.
Final Score: Miami 101, New Jersey 90
Newark, NJ - LeBron James scored 32 points, dished out nine assists and pulled down seven rebounds in his return to the lineup, as the Miami Heat dominated the New Jersey Nets, 101-90. James (ankle) and Dwyane Wade (foot) both missed Miami's triple-overtime win over the Hawks on Thursday. Wade was held out for a third straight game on Saturday. Chris Bosh tallied 16 points and two blocks for the Heat, who have won 10 consecutive regular season road games dating back to last year. Udonis Haslem added 12 points and 12 rebounds. Miami has won three in a row to improve its NBA-best record to 8-1. Kris Humphries ended with 25 points and 12 boards for the Nets, who fell to 2-7 on the young season. MarShon Brooks and Anthony Morrow had 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Final Score: Oklahoma City 98, Houston 95
Houston, TX - Kevin Durant hit the game-winning jumper with 22 seconds left, sending the Thunder to a 98-95 victory over the Rockets on Saturday. Durant scored 13 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter, as the Thunder took both games of a home-and-home from the Rockets to halt a two-game skid. Russell Westbrook added 25 points, Nazr Mohammed had 17 and James Harden chipped in 16. The Rockets, losers of four straight, were paced by Luis Scola's 28 points. Goran Dragic added 20 but turned the ball over on the team's final possession to seal the result. Kevin Martin had 16 points and Patrick Patterson finished with 10.
Final Score: San Antonio 121, Denver 117
San Antonio, TX - Danny Green had a career night, scoring 24 points and pulling down seven rebounds to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 121-117 victory over the Denver Nuggets. Richard Jefferson made five three- pointers en route to 19 points for the Spurs, who are off to a 6-0 start at home for the first time since the 2007-08 campaign. Tony Parker added 19 points and six assists. Gary Neal, Tim Duncan, DeJuan Blair and Tiago Splitter had 10 points apiece. Blair added 10 rebounds for San Antonio, which has won three straight. Danilo Gallinari ended with 31 points and five rebounds for the Nuggets, who had a four-game winning streak snapped. Ty Lawson donated 20 points and 10 assists. Al Harrington had 19 points for Denver, which lost despite shooting 56.8 percent from the floor. Arron Afflalo and Corey Brewer tallied 12 and 11 points, respectively.