March 26, 2012
NBA roundup: Cavs no match for Suns
By SPORTS NETWORK
Final Score: Phoenix 108, Cleveland 83
Cleveland, OH - Marcin Gortat scored the first 10 points of the game en route to a 22-point effort to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 108-83 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on Sunday. Rookie Markieff Morris poured in a career-high 22 points, Shannon Brown tallied 16 and Steve Nash handed out 13 assists as the Suns wrapped up their four-game road trip with two straight victories. Kyrie Irving lead the way for Cleveland with 16 points and six rebounds, while Omri Casspi added 14 points off the bench. The Cavs continued to skid, as the loss marks their third straight and their sixth in their last seven overall.
Final Score: Minnesota 117, Denver 100
Minneapolis, MN - Kevin Love posted a double-double of 30 points and 21 rebounds, leading the Minnesota Timberwolves to a rare win over the Denver Nuggets, 117-100, at Target Center. Love, who made 11-of-19 field goals, was coming off a franchise-best 51-point performance in Friday's double-overtime loss at Oklahoma City. Luke Ridnour scored 25 points and dished out a game-high six assists for Minnesota, which returned home after a 2-5 road trip. Wayne Ellington contributed 17 points, Michael Beasley had 11 points and Martell Webster and Anthony Tolliver added 10 points apiece. The Timberwolves had lost seven straight to the Nuggets, and Sunday's win was just their second in the last 19 meetings overall. Kenneth Faried led the Nuggets with 17 points, while Ty Lawson and Andre Miller both donated 14 points. Denver, which had won eight straight at Minnesota, suffered its third loss in four games.
Final Score: Boston 88, Washington 76
Boston, MA - With Ray Allen missing his second straight game with a sore right ankle, Avery Bradley filled in in a big way, scoring a career-high 23 points to lead Boston to an 88-76 victory over the Wizards at TD Garden on Sunday. Paul Pierce poured in 21 points to go with eight rebounds while Kevin Garnett and Greg Stiesma chipped in 10 points apiece and Rajon Rondo handed out 11 assists to give the Celtics their sixth straight home win. Jordan Crawford led the way for Washington with 20 points and John Wall chipped in 12 to go with nine assists. Kevin Seraphin had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds in place of the injured Nene, who missed the contest due to back spasms. The Wizards fell to 0-2 on their current stretch of three games in three nights.
Final Score: Atlanta 139, Utah 133 (4-OT)
Atlanta, GA - Scheduled for three games in three days, the Atlanta Hawks played almost 3 1/2 instead. Joe Johnson scored eight of his 37 points in the fourth overtime Sunday and the Hawks finally finished off the Utah Jazz, 139-133, to end a brutal late- season stretch that way outlasted its welcome. Josh Smith added 22 points before fouling out and Jeff Teague scored 18 in Atlanta's first four-overtime game since 1982. Al Jefferson had 28 points and 17 rebounds and Paul Millsap scored 25 with 13 boards to lead the Jazz, even though both fouled out. It was the first time Utah played four overtimes.
Final Score: San Antonio 93, Philadelphia 76
San Antonio, TX - With the Spurs playing their third game in as many nights, Tim Duncan received the night off, but DeJuan Blair picked up the slack, scoring 19 points and grabbing six rebounds to lead San Antonio to a 93-76 victory over the 76ers at AT&T Center on Sunday. Tony Parker scored a game-high 21 points to go with seven assists, while Kawhi Leonard and Manu Ginobili tallied 11 points apiece to give the Spurs their fourth straight victory. Philadelphia also had a key contributor sidelined, as All-Star Andre Iguodala missed the contest due to patella tendinitis in his left knee. Elton Brand poured in 14 points and grabbed nine boards while Evan Turner and Jrue Holiday netted 10 points apiece for the Sixers, who have dropped 24 of 25 in San Antonio since the start of the 1986-87 season. The Sixers now hold a slim 1/2 game lead over Boston atop the Atlantic Division after the Celtics defeated the Wizards 88-76 earlier on Sunday.
Final Score: Oklahoma City 103, Miami 87
Oklahoma City, OK - Kevin Durant propelled the Thunder with 28 points, nine rebounds, eight assists and two steals as Oklahoma City rolled past Miami, 103-87, in a battle of NBA heavyweights. James Harden and Serge Ibaka netted 19 points apiece -- Ibaka also grabbed 10 boards -- and Kendrick Perkins scored a season-high 16 points for the Thunder, who won their third straight. It was the first meeting between the Eastern and Western Conference contenders. Oklahoma City has the best record in West while the Heat trail Chicago in the East, but Miami entered the contest percentage points ahead of the Thunder, which could come into play if both teams reach the NBA Finals in June. Dwyane Wade paced the visitors with 22 points, Chris Bosh contributed 18 and LeBron James finished with 17 for the Heat, who saw a four-game winning streak snapped.
Final Score: Portland 90, Golden State 87
Portland, OR - Raymond Felton scored a season-high 24 points and handed out seven assists as the Trail Blazers edged the Warriors, 90-87, on Sunday. LaMarcus Aldridge's 18 points included the go-ahead fadeaway jumper in the final minute and he also contributed nine rebounds while Nicholas Batum recorded 17 points and eight boards for Portland, which has won two of three. Charles Jenkins, a rookie starting in place of the injured Nate Robinson, netted a career-high 27 points to pace Golden State. David Lee posted 16 points and 16 rebounds for the Warriors, who have dropped two of three.