March 11, 2012
NBA roundup: Aldridge's double-double drops Wizards
By SPORTS NETWORK
Final Score: Portland 110, Washington 99
Washington, DC - LaMarcus Aldridge had 30 points and 10 rebounds, leading the Trail Blazers to a 110-99 win over the Wizards on Saturday. Jamal Crawford added 23 points while Raymond Felton finished with 21 and five assists for Portland, which had dropped five of six overall and was coming off of Friday's blowout loss to the Celtics. John Wall had 25 points, eight assists and four rebounds to pace Washington, which had won two of three and entered Saturday's game on the heels of a comeback victory over the Lakers.
Final Score: Miami 93, Indiana 91 (OT)
Miami, FL - Dwyane Wade drained the game-winning jumper with 0.1 seconds left in overtime despite a lot of contact after LeBron James made a tying three in regulation, leading the Miami Heat to a 93-91 win over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday. Wade, who scored 28 points to lead all players, pump-faked Paul George into the air on the high left side and then leaned into the contact to draw a foul. One wasn't called, but Wade hit nothing but net anyway for the lead and the Pacers couldn't tip the ball in at the other end to tie it. James, often criticized for passing up shots down the stretch, gave the ball up on Miami's final play in regulation but ended up with it anyway in the right corner for a three-pointer that tied the game.
Final Score: Chicago 111, Utah 97
Chicago, IL - Carlos Boozer had 27 points and Derrick Rose scored 24 with 13 assists Saturday, leading the Chicago Bulls over the Utah Jazz, 111-97. Kyle Korver made six three-pointers and scored 26 for the Bulls, who bounced back from a loss to Orlando on Thursday to win for the ninth time in their last 10 games. Paul Millsap scored 26 points to lead the Jazz, who have lost two in a row and three of five.
Final Score: New Orleans 95, Minnesota 89
Minneapolis, MN - Chris Kaman scored 20 points and pulled down six rebounds as the New Orleans Hornets outlasted the Minnesota Timberwolves, 95-89, at Target Center on Saturday. Jarrett Jack added 17 points to go with seven assists and Greivis Vasquez and Marco Belinelli scored 12 and 11, respectively, as the Hornets salvaged a 1-3 record to wrap up a four-game road trip. The Timberwolves were playing without rookie sensation Ricky Rubio, who was lost for the season after tearing his ACL in his left knee late in Friday's loss to the Lakers. Kevin Love paced the Timberwolves with 31 points and 16 rebounds, while fellow big man Nikola Pekovic recorded a double-double as well with 21 points and 11 boards. Luke Ridnour scored 14 points and handed out 10 assists in place of the injured Rubio, but Minnesota dropped its second straight contest.
Final Score: Houston 112, New Jersey 106
Newark, NJ - The Nets' Gerald Green inadvertently tipped the ball into his own basket with 1:03 remaining, giving the Rockets a lead they would not relinquish in Saturday's 112-106 win. New Jersey held a 106-105 lead when Green, who finished with a season-high 26 points, tipped a Courtney Lee miss into the basket. Louis Scola was credited with the bucket and the Rockets scored the game's final seven points to halt a season-long five-game losing streak. Goran Dragic had 23 points and eight assists in place of Houston's starting point guard Kyle Lowry, who checked into a hospital Thursday due to illness. Lee added 17 points and Chandler Parsons finished with 16 points, six assists and five rebounds. The Nets were also without their starting point guard, Deron Williams. He was out with a sore right calf. MarShon Brooks had 23 points, a career-high seven assists and five rebounds in the setback, which halted a two-game win streak.
Final Score: Oklahoma City 122, Charlotte 95
Oklahoma City, OK - James Harden scored a career-high 33 points as the Oklahoma City Thunder rolled over the Charlotte Bobcats, 122-95, at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Kevin Durant added 26 points and seven rebounds, while Russell Westbrook contributed 23 points and four assists for the Thunder, who responded from Friday's loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers with their third win in four games. D.J. Augustin had 22 points and seven assists for Charlotte, which dropped its third straight game and fell to a dismal 2-19 on the road this season. Corey Maggette finished with 21 points in the loss.