NBA roundup: Bulls pound Bobcats

Matt Carroll #33 of the Charlotte Bobcats attempts to the block the shot of Omer Asik #3 of the...

Matt Carroll #33 of the Charlotte Bobcats attempts to the block the shot of Omer Asik #3 of the Chicago Bulls during the game at the Time Warner Cable Arena on February 10, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Getty Images)

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Final Score: Chicago 95, Charlotte 64

Charlotte, NC - One can wonder what the score might have looked like if Derrick Rose had suited up. Even with the reigning league MVP resting his ailing back, the Chicago Bulls made it look easy by posting a 95-64 victory over the woeful Charlotte Bobcats. Joakim Noah recorded a double-double of 17 points and 14 rebounds for Chicago, which won its fifth straight to improve to 6-2 on a nine-game road trip. Carlos Boozer totaled 16 points and six boards in the lopsided win. C.J. Watson started in place of Rose and contributed seven points, five assists and four steals. Derrick Brown was the lone Charlotte player to reach double figures in scoring, finishing with 10. The Bobcats suffered their 13th consecutive loss, tying the longest losing streak in franchise history -- set January 11-February 1, 2006.

Final Score: Atlanta 89, Orlando 87 (OT)

Orlando, FL - Josh Smith scored 23 points and pulled down a season-high 19 rebounds as the Atlanta Hawks escaped Amway Center with an 89-87 overtime win over the Orlando Magic. Joe Johnson added 14 points and Marvin Williams and Jeff Teague scored 13 apiece for Atlanta, which has won two straight on the heels of a three-game losing streak. Orlando was led by Ryan Anderson, who scored 21 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Dwight Howard added a double-double with 18 points and 18 rebounds but it wasn't enough as the Magic have now dropped two of their last three contests.

Final Score: LA Clippers 78, Philadelphia 77

Philadelphia, PA  - Chris Paul hit the game-winning shot with 3.2 seconds remaining as the Clippers downed the 76ers, 78-77, on Friday. A pair of Lou Williams free throws had Philadelphia up, 77-76, with 18 seconds left, but Paul hit a twisting, fadeaway jumper near the foul line to improve Los Angeles to 3-1 on its current six-game road trip. Paul finished with a game-high 24, Blake Griffin added 16 and 11 rebounds and Mo Williams scored 14. Former 76er Reggie Evans didn't score, but impacted the contest with 10 rebounds -- five offensive -- in 19 minutes of action. The Sixers, meanwhile, have dropped two straight for the first time this season. They got 12 points from both Andre Iguodala and Elton Brand, who added 10 boards. Williams finished with 11 points.

Final Score: Miami 106, Washington 89

Washington, DC - Dwyane Wade scored 26 points to lift Miami to a 106-89 victory over Washington on Friday. Chris Bosh scored 24 points to go with 11 rebounds, while LeBron James added 18 points and nine assists for the Heat, who bounced back from a loss at Orlando on Wednesday to win for a fourth time in their past five games. JaVale McGee scored 24 points and pulled down 13 rebounds, while Nick Young added 22 points for the Wizards, who have dropped six of their last seven games.

Final Score: Milwaukee 113, Cleveland 112 (OT)

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Brandon Jennings had 24 points and eight assists, as the Bucks earned a 113-112 overtime win over the Cavaliers on Friday. Drew Gooden added 19 points, including six during overtime, as Milwaukee won its second straight on the heels of a three-game skid. Antawn Jamison had a season-high 34 points, but missed a pair of free throws in the final seconds of regulation which would have sent Cleveland to its second consecutive win without rookie sensation Kyrie Irving. Ramon Sessions finished with 12 points and a season-high 16 assists.

Final Score: Detroit 109, New Jersey 92

Auburn Hills, MI - Greg Monroe recorded 18 points and 11 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons rolled over the New Jersey Nets, 109-92, in the back end of a home-and-home series at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Jonas Jerebko added 20 points off the bench, while Rodney Stuckey had 19 as the Pistons increased their season-high win streak to four games. Johan Petro paced the Nets with 16 points in New Jersey's fifth straight defeat, including a 99-92 loss to the Pistons on Wednesday. Jordan Farmar and Deron Williams contributed 14 points apiece in the loss.

Final Score: Memphis 98, Indiana 92

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) - Rudy Gay scored 21 points for the Grizzlies as they defeated the Pacers, 98-92, at FedExForum on Friday. The Grizzlies had five players in double figures, including 19 points and nine rebounds from Marreese Speights. Mike Conley and Marc Gasol each added 15 points apiece for Memphis, which has now won two straight after dropping its previous three. David West led all scorers with 22 points and added 13 rebounds and Danny Granger scored 19 points for the Pacers, who dropped back-to-back games for the first time all season.

Final Score: Dallas 104, Minnesota 97

Minneapolis, MN - Dirk Nowitzki scored 33 points as the Dallas Mavericks downed the Minnesota Timberwolves, 104-97, on Friday. Jason Terry added 16 points, Vince Carter had 12 and Jason Kidd returned from a six- game absence to hand out 10 assists. Dallas has won two straight on the heels of a three-game slide. Kevin Love also returned to the court. He had missed two in a row due to suspension after kicking Houston's Luis Scola in the face/chest. The Western Conference All-Star finished with 32 points and 12 rebounds but could not prevent the Timberwolves' second straight loss.

Final Score: Portland 94, New Orleans 86

New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Jamal Crawford dropped a game-high 31 points and added a game-high eight assists off the bench, and the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the New Orleans Hornets, 94-86, on Friday. Raymond Felton added 18 points, while Gerald Wallace and LaMarcus Aldridge each contributed 14 for the Blazers, who stopped a two-game skid. Trevor Ariza led the Hornets with 23 points and nine rebounds, Emeka Okafor netted 13 and Al- Farouq Aminu and Marco Belinelli each scored 12 in defeat as New Orleans lost for an eighth straight game.

 

Final Score: New York 92, LA Lakers 85

New York, NY - Jeremy Lin's coming out party continued on Friday as he dropped in a career-high 38 points with seven assists and four rebounds, and the New York Knicks downed the Los Angeles Lakers, 92-85, at Madison Square Garden. Iman Shumpert added 12 points and Jared Jeffries scored 11 for the Knicks, who defeated the Lakers for the first time since January 30, 2007, ending a nine- game losing streak to Los Angeles. Kobe Bryant scored 34 points and pulled down 10 boards for the Lakers, but it was not enough for Los Angeles to avoid its third loss in four games.

 


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