NBA roundup: Undermanned Rockets clipped
By SPORTS NETWORK
|Chase Budinger of the Houston Rockets goes to the basket against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Centre. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images/AFP)
Final Score: LA Clippers 95, Houston 91
Los Angeles, CA - Chris Paul scored 12 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter as the Los Angeles Clippers overcame a slow start to defeat the Houston Rockets, 95-91, at Staples Center. Blake Griffin added 18 points and eight rebounds, while Randy Foye contributed 15 points, five boards and four assists for Los Angeles, which earned its second win in three games. Courtney Lee netted a season-high 25 points and Goran Dragic had 11 with a career-high 14 assists for the undermanned Rockets, who were playing without assist leader Kyle Lowry (bacterial infection), leading scorer Kevin Martin (shoulder) and starting forward Chandler Parsons (illness). Chase Budinger had 19 points and Patrick Patterson finished with 14 as Houston had its two-game win streak snapped.
Final Score: New York 102, Indiana 88
Indianapolis, IN - Jeremy Lin scored 19 points to lead a balanced New York attack, and the Knicks remained perfect under new head Mike Woodson with a 102-88 decision over Indiana Saturday night. Lin also had seven rebounds and six assists for the Knicks, who are 3-0 since Mike D'Antoni stepped down from his post. The recent surge includes a 115-100 win against the Pacers Friday night at Madison Square Garden. Their most recent win snapped a six-game road losing streak. Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony each had 16 points, as the Knicks continued their recent success following a six-game skid. The winning streak started against Portland, 121-79, on Wednesday. Roy Hibbert had 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Pacers, who lost for the sixth time in eight contests. Paul George totaled 18 points, three more than Darren Collison.
Final Score: Chicago 89, Philadelphia 80
Chicago, IL - C.J. Watson dropped in four three-pointers en route to a team-high 20 points as the Chicago Bulls rallied in the second half to down the Philadelphia 76ers, 89-80, at United Center. Watson was playing in place of reigning MVP Derrick Rose, who missed his third straight game with a groin injury. Joakim Noah added 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Carlos Boozer, Taj Gibson and Kyle Korver netted 11 points apiece for Chicago, which finished a six-game homestand with a 4-2 record. Jrue Holiday netted a career- high 30 points to go along with five assists and five rebounds for the Sixers, who lost their third straight game.
Final Score: New Orleans 102, New Jersey 94
Newark, NJ - Chris Kaman and Marco Belinelli scored 20 points apiece, leading a balanced New Orleans attack to a 102-94 victory over the New Jersey Nets at Prudential Center on Saturday. Jarrett Jack netted 16 points and handed out six assists, while Lance Thomas and Trevor Ariza each tallied 10 points to snap a three game losing streak for the Hornets. Deron Williams contributed a double-double with 20 points and 12 assists in his first game back after missing the previous four with a strained right calf. Anthony Morrow chipped in 20 points and Gerald Wallace finished with 11 points in his Nets debut. New Jersey has now dropped four of its last five.
Final Score: Dallas 106, San Antonio 99
Dallas, TX - Dirk Nowitzki poured in 27 points and the Dallas Mavericks surged to a 106-99 win over the Southwest Division-leading San Antonio Spurs Saturday night at American Airlines Center. Jason Terry scored 17, Rodrigue Beaubois added 16 points and Jason Kidd contributed 14 points with 10 assists for the Mavericks, who won their third straight and are within 4 1/2 games of first place in the division. Danny Green and Tim Duncan each scored 17 to pace the Spurs, who had a three- game winning streak broken. Tony Parker ended with 13 points and 11 assists, and Tiago Splitter scored 15 in defeat.
Final Score: Denver 98, Boston 91
Denver, CO - Kenneth Faried had 18 points and 16 rebounds as the Denver Nuggets survived a late surge by the Boston Celtics to take a 98-91 decision at Pepsi Center. Danilo Gallinari added 20 points and Arron Afflalo finished with 15 for Denver, which improved to 4-3 on a nine-game homestand. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett scored 22 points apiece to pace the Celtics, who dropped their second straight game. Rajon Rondo contributed 12 points and 16 assists in the loss.
Final Score: Utah 99, Golden State 92 (OT)
Salt Lake City, UT - Derrick Favors had a breakout game with career-highs in points, 23, and rebounds, 17, as his three-point play with 27.8 seconds left in regulation sent the game to overtime, where Utah completed the 99-92 victory over the Golden State Warriors at Energy Solutions Arena on Saturday. Favors, who started in place of Al Harrington as he grieves the loss of his grandmother, finished a dunk and hit the ensuing free throw to tie the game at 87, and then came up with a block on Nate Robinson's drive with 7.9 ticks left in regulation to send the game to overtime. Utah would outscore the Warriors 12-5 in the extra session for the victory. Jamal Tinsley and Paul Millsap tallied 13 points apiece, while Devin Harris and Gordon Hayward added 12 points apiece to give Utah its fifth straight home win. Robinson finished with 19 points, David Lee scored 18 and Klay Thompson netted 17 as Golden State dropped its third straight contest.