February 8, 2012
NBA roundup: Collison paces Indy past Jazz
By Sports Network
Final Score: Indiana 104, Utah 99
Indianapolis, IN - Darren Collison scored a season-high 25 points and added four rebounds as the Indiana Pacers held off the Utah Jazz, 104-99, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Tuesday night. Utah erased a 21-point third quarter deficit, but the Pacers managed to hold on. Roy Hibbert added a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds and Danny Granger scored 12 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter for the Pacers, who improved to 16-0 this season when scoring 90 or more points. Paul Millsap had a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds and Al Jefferson added 16 points for the Jazz, who lost their fourth straight game away from EnergySolutions Arena and fell to 2-7 on the road.
Final Score: Boston 94, Charlotte 84
Boston, MA - Paul Pierce passed Larry Bird for second all- time on Boston's scoring list as he scored 15 points to go with nine assists and eight rebounds in a 94-84 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats at TD Garden on Tuesday. Kevin Garnett led the Celtics with 22 points and Ray Allen chipped in 17. Rajon Rondo added a double-double with 10 points and 14 assists as the Celtics have won five straight and nine of their last ten. The Bobcats were led by Reggie Williams' 21 points and got a season-high 20 points from Derrick Brown. Kemba Walker dropped in 16 points as the Bobcats lost their 12th straight game.
Final Score: Miami 107, Cleveland 91
Miami, FL - Dwyane Wade and LeBron James had 26 and 24 points, respectively, as the Miami Heat beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 107-91 at American Airlines Arena. Chris Bosh added 15 points and nine rebounds for the Heat, who have won three in a row and eight of nine overall. Mario Chalmers and Udonis Haslem each had 14 points. Miami is off to its best 25- game start in franchise history with a 19-6 record. The previous best was 18-7 (three times). Antawn Jamison ended with 25 points and nine boards for the Cavaliers, who have lost three of four. Alonzo Gee and Kyrie Irving tallied 17 and 16 points, respectively.
Final Score: Phoenix 107, Milwaukee 105
Milwaukee, WI - The Suns saw a 21-point lead evaporate, but Steve Nash's short jumper with five seconds remaining lifted Phoenix over Milwaukee, 107-105. Nash ended with 18 points and 11 assists for the Suns, who have won three in a row. Marcin Gortat tallied 21 points and nine rebounds. Jared Dudley (19), Channing Frye (14), Michael Redd (14) and Grant Hill (13) rounded out Phoenix's double-figure scorers. Redd was playing against his former team. Drew Gooden had 25 points for the Bucks, who have dropped three straight. Ersan Ilyasova and Mike Dunleavy each tallied 17 points, with the former adding 12 rebounds.
Final Score: Minnesota 86, Sacramento 84
Minneapolis, MN - Nikola Pekovic had a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead Minnesota as it defeated Sacramento, 86-84, at Target Center on Tuesday. Michael Beasley added his own double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds for Minnesota, which has now won three straight. Derrick Williams, playing in place of Kevin Love, added 14 points and pulled down eight boards. Love was serving the first of a two-game suspension for stomping on Rockets forward Luis Scola on Saturday. The Kings were led by Marcus Thornton, who netted 22 points, and DeMarcus Cousins, who recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Sacramento had won three straight coming in after defeating New Orleans on Monday night.
Final Score: Oklahoma City 119, Golden State 116
Oakland, CA - Kevin Durant scored 33 points and made the go- ahead jumper with 14.2 seconds remaining, as the NBA-leading Oklahoma City Thunder snuck past Monta Ellis and the Golden State Warriors, 119-116. Durant also pulled down 10 rebounds and dished out seven assists for the Thunder, who improved to 11-4 on the road this season. Russell Westbrook added 31 points and made two key free throws with 1.1 seconds remaining. James Harden and Daequan Cook donated 19 and 17 points, respectively, for Oklahoma City, which holds a 20-5 record. Ellis had a career-high 48 points and seven rebounds for the Warriors, who have dropped two straight. David Lee had a triple-double with 25 points 11 boards and 10 assists.