March 3, 2012
NBA roundup: Hawks come back to top Bucks
By Sports Network
Final Score: Atlanta 99, Milwaukee 94
Atlanta, GA - Vladimir Radmanovic hit a trio of three- pointers in the fourth quarter, including the eventual game-winner with 11.9 seconds remaining, as the shorthanded Hawks beat the Milwaukee Bucks, 99-94, in comeback fashion at Philips Arena on Friday. Atlanta, which was without All-Star guard Joe Johnson because of knee tendinitis, had ten different players contribute, including Jannero Pargo, who scored 11 points, all in the decisive fourth quarter. Josh Smith led the scoring attack with 24 points and 19 rebounds as the Hawks took their third straight from Milwaukee. Brandon Jennings led all scorers with 34 points to go with eight assists, while Drew Gooden added a double-double with 24 points and 10 boards for the Bucks, who have lost four of their last five.
Final Score: Boston 107, New Jersey 94
Boston, MA - Paul Pierce netted 27 points and dished out eight assists, as Boston rolled to a 107-94 win over New Jersey. Rajon Rondo, who has been the subject of trade rumors, tallied 14 points, 13 assists and five steals. Kevin Garnett contributed 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics, who beat the Nets for the 17th time in the last 19 meetings. Chris Wilcox totaled 14 points and Mickael Pietrus scored 11 in Boston's third consecutive victory. Brook Lopez had 28 points for the Nets, who failed to build on a one-point win at Dallas on Tuesday.
Final Score: Chicago 112, Cleveland 91
Cleveland, OH - Luol Deng went 4-for-4 from three-point range en route to a season-high 24 points as the Chicago Bulls cruised past the Cleveland Cavaliers, 112-91, on Friday. Derrick Rose added 19 points, nine assists and three steals, while Carlos Boozer contributed a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls, who earned their fifth straight win. Antawn Jamison paced the Cavaliers with 22 points and Ramon Sessions finished with 16 for Cleveland, which lost its fourth consecutive game. The Cavs played without No. 1 overall draft pick Kyrie Irving, who had the flu.
Final Score: Denver 117, Houston 105
Houston, TX - Ty Lawson scored a team-high 22 points while handing out 15 assists and grabbing seven rebounds to lead the Nuggets to a 117-105 victory over the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center on Friday. Seven different Nuggets ended in double figures, including Andre Miller and Kenneth Faried, who scored 16 apiece. Arron Afflalo added 17 points and Corey Brewer chipped in 15, as Denver snapped a four-game road losing skid. Kevin Martin scored a season-high 35 points in the loss for the Rockets. Kyle Lowry netted 17 points, while pulling down seven boards and dishing out five assists, but Houston saw its four-game home winning streak come to an end.
Final Score: New Orleans 97, Dallas 92
New Orleans, LA - Chris Kaman had 20 points and 13 rebounds on Friday in the Hornets' 97-92 win over the Mavericks. Xavier Henry added 19 points for New Orleans, which halted a two-game skid. Jarrett Jack finished with 15 points and made a fadeaway jumper with 17 seconds left after Dallas pulled within two, 91-89. The Mavericks, meanwhile, have lost four straight and five of six. They were paced by Rodrigue Beaubois' 25 points. Dirk Nowitzki, who played just 10 minutes in Wednesday's loss to Memphis, had 19 points and nine rebounds.
Final Score: Philadelphia 105, Golden State 83
Philadelphia, PA - Lou Williams scored 25 points in Philadelphia's 105-83 win over the Warriors, on a night the Sixers paid tribute to arguably the single-greatest performance in American sports history. Friday marked 50 years to the day in Hershey, PA, Hall of Fame center Wilt Chamberlain, who starred at Overbrook High School in Philly, etched his name in the record books with 100 points to lead his Philadelphia Warriors over the New York Knicks. Elton Brand had 14 points and 14 rebounds, while Andre Iguodala contributed 12 points, 11 rebounds and six assists for the Sixers, who bounced back from a 92-88 home loss to the Thunder on Wednesday. Thaddeus Young ended with 16 points, three more than teammate Jrue Holiday, as the Sixers snapped a four-game skid at home. David Lee scored 24 to go with 15 rebounds for Golden State, which played without guard Stephen Curry. He sat out due to a strained tendon in his right foot. Monta Ellis ended with 20 points and seven assists for the Warriors, who were beaten by the Sixers by a combined 50 points in the two meetings this season.
Final Score: San Antonio 102, Charlotte 72
San Antonio, TX - Tony Parker had 15 points, four assists and three steals as the San Antonio Spurs rolled over the Charlotte Bobcats, 102-72, at AT&T Center. Richard Jefferson and Matt Bonner each went 4-for-6 from three-point range and scored 14 points for the Spurs, who won for the second time in three games. Tim Duncan also netted 14 points as San Antonio improved to 14-2 at home this season. Corey Maggette and Boris Diaw scored 14 points apiece to pace the Bobcats, who shot just 37.3 percent from the floor to drop their fourth straight game and fall to 1-20 over their last 21 contests.
Final Score: Utah 99, Miami 98
Salt Lake City, UT - Devin Harris scored just 13 points, but his three-point play with 4.5 seconds left was the difference, as Utah knocked off the Heat, 99-98, snapping Miami's nine-game winning streak. With his team down two, Harris drove the lane and sank a floater while drawing a foul on Dwyane Wade for the decisive three-point play. Udonis Haslem missed a jumper at the other end. Utah finished with six players in double figures, led by Al Jefferson's 20 points. C.J. Miles netted 14, while Gordon Hayward and Josh Howard netted 12 and 10, respectively, to give Utah its second straight victory. LeBron James scored 35 points, pulled down 10 rebounds, and handed out six assists, while Wade netted 31 and ripped down six boards in the loss. The Heat were without the third member of "The Big Three" as Chris Bosh missed his second straight contest due to a death in the family.