February 14, 2012
NBA roundup: Sixers hand Bobcats another loss
By Sports Network
Final Score: Philadelphia 98, Charlotte 89
Charlotte, NC - Lou Williams scored 23 points and fellow reserve Thaddeus Young added 20 to help the Philadelphia 76ers down the struggling Charlotte Bobcats, 98-89, on Monday. Kemba Walker nearly carried the Bobcats to a comeback win by scoring 14 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, but it ultimately came up short to extend Charlotte's club-record losing streak to 15. Nikola Vucevic contributed to the Sixers' solid bench effort with eight points and 10 rebounds, while Jrue Holiday scored 19 points in the victory, Philly's second straight. Corey Maggette had a season-high 22 points for the Bobcats, who have not won since beating Golden State on January 14.
Final Score: Orlando 102, Minnesota 89
Orlando, FL - Jason Richardson had 17 points and was one of six Magic players to score in double figures Monday as Orlando took down the Minnesota Timberwolves, 102-89. Jameer Nelson, J.J. Redick and Hedo Turkoglu finished with 14 points apiece and Ryan Anderson added 13 for the Magic, who have won six of their last eight games. Dwight Howard scored 11 points to go with seven boards in the victory. Kevin Love had 19 points and 15 rebounds for Minnesota, which has lost four straight. The Wolves turned the ball over 18 times, leading to 17 Magic points.
Final Score: Miami 114, Milwaukee 96
Milwaukee, WI - LeBron James scored 35 points and the Miami Heat snapped a three-game losing streak to the Milwaukee Bucks with a 114-96 win on Monday night. The Heat, in the midst of a three-games-in-three-days stretch, avoided falling to the Bucks for the third time in less than a month. They snapped a losing streak to the Central Division team that dated back to April of last year. James scored 16 of his 35 points in the third quarter, punctuating the effort by racing past three defenders for a thunderous one-handed dunk that put the NBA's second-leading scorer over 30 points for the first time in five games. The Heat moved to 6-1 since their most recent loss to the Bucks on February 1 and are 2-0 on their tough back- to-back-to-back stretch of three road games in three nights. They are 3-1 overall on a season-long six-game road trip. Carlos Delfino had 24 points to lead the Bucks, who are 2-5 since their last win over Miami. They trailed by as many as 24 points and fell to 0-2 on a three-game homestand.
Final Score: New Orleans 86, Utah 80
New Orleans, LA - Chris Kaman had 27 points and 13 rebounds and the New Orleans Hornets overcame a late Utah rally to down the Jazz, 86-80, on Monday. Gustavo Ayon netted 13 points to go with nine rebounds and three blocks while Greivis Vasquez added 12 points and 10 assists for the Hornets, who snapped an eight-game losing streak. Al Jefferson had a double- double with 14 points and 12 rebounds while Derrick Favors also scored 14 for the Jazz, who have lost six of their last eight games.
Final Score: Dallas 96, LA Clippers 92
Dallas, TX - Caron Butler was welcomed by a standing ovation when he accepted his NBA championship ring Monday night, but the Clippers forward received a bigger hand from the American Airlines Center crowd when he missed a potential go-ahead three-pointer in the final seconds. The errant try allowed the Mavericks to secure a 96-92 win behind five double-digit scorers and stifling defense in the fourth quarter. Dirk Nowitzki led the way with 22 points, while Shawn Marion added 16 points in Dallas' fourth straight win. Butler finished with 23 points and eight rebounds, and Blake Griffin added 20 points and seven boards for Los Angeles, which finished up a 4-2 road trip.
Final Score: Golden State 102, Phoenix 96
Oakland, CA - David Lee finished with 28 points and 12 rebounds and the Warriors snapped a seven-game losing streak against the Suns with a 102-96 victory. Monta Ellis chipped in 18 points and Klay Thompson netted 10 for Golden State, which has won three straight for the first time this season. Nate Robinson was a spark off the bench, scoring nine of his 11 points in the fourth quarter. Marcin Gortat paced Phoenix with 25 points and 12 boards, while Steve Nash handed out 14 assists. The Suns had won four of five coming in.