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NBA DAILY FOR SUNDAY, DEC. 21
Recaps of NBA games played Saturday
Bledsoe, Thomas carry Suns past Knicks, 99-90
The AP reports: NEW YORK -- Isaiah Thomas thrust both arms in the air and started back down the court, his 3-pointer having just essentially clinched a victory.
A lot of players are celebrating at Madison Square Garden these days, and none of them are Knicks.
Eric Bledsoe had 25 points and 10 rebounds, Thomas scored 22 points, and the Phoenix Suns beat New York 99-90 on Saturday... Markieff Morris added 19 points for the Suns, who won their second straight after a six-game skid. They got 57 points from their point guard trio of Bledsoe, Thomas and Goran Dragic... Anthony had 25 points and 11 rebounds for the Knicks after missing a game with a sore left knee, but he was on the bench for a rest when the Suns surged into the lead in the 3:18 before he re-entered... Jose Calderon added 21 points for the Knicks, who rested Amare Stoudemire while already playing without the injured Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith.
Aldridge leads Trail Blazers over Pelicans 114-88
The AP reports: NEW ORLEANS -- One night after it took Portland three overtimes to get a win, the Trail Blazers needed only three quarters to get past the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night.
Portland led by 32 points heading into the fourth quarter and coasted to a 114-88 win over the Pelicans, picking up their 10th victory in the last 12 games.
"We knew that they were probably going to talk a lot about us having a triple overtime game last night," Portland point guard Damian Lillard said... Forward LaMarcus Aldridge had 27 points and 12 rebounds, giving him a two-night total of 59 points and 28 rebounds. Lillard added 17 points and seven assists... After scoring 31 points in the two teams' first meeting this season, [Anthony] Davis went just 3 for 14, scoring only seven points while grabbing six rebounds and recording five blocked shots.
Hornets end winless streak vs. Jazz, 104-86
The AP reports: CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Al Jefferson said he could have returned from a strained groin late in the fourth quarter.
The Charlotte Hornets didn't need the big man for a change.
The Hornets (8-19) improved to 2-0 with Lance Stephenson out of the lineup and snapped a 10-game losing streak against the Utah Jazz with a 104-86 win on Saturday night.
Kemba Walker led the way with 20 points, Jefferson added 19 points and 10 rebounds and Charlotte beat Utah for the first time in six years... Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Hornets, who have won back-to-back games for only the third time this season.
Korver leads Hawks over Houston 104-97
The AP reports: HOUSTON -- The Atlanta Hawks won for the 12th time in 13 games on Saturday night, beating the Houston Rockets 104-97. The victory gave the Hawks 19 wins this season.
They're not quite ready to celebrate their success though.
"We've had a nice start to the season, but the season's only a couple of months old," Kyle Korver said... Korver scored 22 points, including seven points late, to help the Hawks win on Saturday night... Dwight Howard had 19 points and 11 rebounds and James Harden added 18 points with a season-high 14 assists for the Rockets who lost their second straight game... Jeff Teague missed his second straight game with a strained left hamstring.
Rajon Rondo collects 6 points, 9 assists as Mavs rally past Spurs
The AP reports: DALLAS -- The star of Rajon Rondo's debut with the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night was Monta Ellis -- the teammate whom the Mavericks hope helps Rondo form a lethal backcourt combination that will make them championship contenders.
Ellis equaled his season high with 38 points, including 11 during the final four minutes, as the Mavericks rallied late to beat the depleted San Antonio Spurs 99-93. Ellis broke a 93-93 tie with a driving basket with 1:48 to play to give Dallas the lead for good. He hit 15-of-23 from the field and made four steals... Rondo, the four-time All-Star who played his first eight-plus seasons with the Boston Celtics, scored six points on 3-for-11 shooting. Acquired Thursday in a multi-player trade, he had nine assists and seven rebounds... Marco Belinelli led San Antonio with 21 points. Aron Baynes added a career-high 16 points.
Gallinari leads Nuggets past Pacers, 76-73
The AP reports: DENVER -- On a rough shooting night for both teams, one solid offensive stretch late in the game helped the Denver Nuggets come out on top.
Danilo Gallinari scored 19 points, including a 3-pointer to spark the critical fourth-quarter run, and the Nuggets hung on to beat the Indiana Pacers 76-73 on Saturday night... Ty Lawson added 15 points and 10 assists for the Nuggets, who won games on successive nights after losing six of seven coming into the back-to-back set... David West had 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Pacers, who lost for the 10th time in 11 games. Indiana also dropped its sixth straight game in Denver.
Paul, Griffin lift Clippers over Bucks 106-102
The AP reports: LOS ANGELES -- The schedule maker hasn't been kind to the Los Angeles Clippers in December. Still, they have found a way to win some narrow victories against tough opponents.
Chris Paul scored nine of his 27 points in the final 4:04 and Blake Griffin added 24 to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 106-102 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night... Giannis Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee with 18 points and nine rebounds. The Bucks got double-digit scoring from four of their reserves. Dudley and Jerryd Bayless each had 16 points as the Bucks' bench outscored the Clippers' bench 59-23.
NBA DAILY FOR SATURDAY, DEC. 20
Recaps of NBA games played Friday
Favors, Hayward lead Jazz over Magic 101-94
The AP reports: ORLANDO, Fla. -- It took nearly two months, but the Utah Jazz finally has a winning streak going -- modest as it might be.
The Jazz rode 23 points from Derrick Favors and 20 from Gordon Hayward to a 101-94 win over the Orlando Magic.
The win comes two nights after beating Miami, giving the Jazz back-to-back victories for the first time this season. Enes Kanter had 11 points and seven rebounds and Trey Burke added 11 points and five assists for Utah... Tobias Harris led Orlando with 24 points and Evan Fournier 21. Harris and Fournier combined for 7 of 11 shooting from 3-point territory and Nik Vucevic added 16 points and nine rebounds, but it was not enough to prevent their fifth loss in six games.
Rookie Elfrid Payton came off the bench to score 11 points and get 11 assists. It was his first double-double of the season. He also helped hold Burke to 5-of-15 shooting for the night.
Walker, Jefferson lead Hornets past 76ers 109-91
The AP reports: PHILADELPHIA -- What Kemba Walker started, Al Jefferson made sure to finish.
Walker scored a season-high 30 points, Jefferson added 16 of his 20 in the second half, and the Charlotte Hornets snapped a four-game losing streak with a 109-91 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night... Tony Wroten and Robert Covington scored 19 apiece for the Sixers, who dropped to 0-14 at home this season. They're closing in on the NBA record for the most home losses to start a season, which is held by the 1993-94 Dallas Mavericks at 19.
Philadelphia point guard Michael Carter-Williams had 14 points and 10 assists, but the Sixers committed 24 turnovers that led to 35 Charlotte points
Celtics start post-Rondo era with win over Wolves
The AP reports: BOSTON -- Celtics coach Brad Stevens was curious how his team would play in its first game without Rajon Rondo.
Boston did just fine.
Moving the ball crisply one day after the NBA assists leader was traded to the Dallas Mavericks, the Celtics beat the struggling Minnesota Timberwolves 114-98 on Friday night... Kelly Olynyk scored 21 points to lead six Celtics in double figures during their third straight victory, all against teams that have combined for just 17 wins this season.
Minnesota was led by Shabazz Muhammad with 26 points and Chase Budinger with a season-high 19 off the bench.. Jeff Green added 18 points for Boston and Jared Sullinger, Tyler Zeller and Avery Bradley had 14 each. Sullinger led all rebounders with 10.
LeBron James moves up scoring list as Cavaliers top Nets
The AP reports: CLEVELAND -- Mike Miller made his coach look like a genius Friday night.
Miller, showing little rust from missing seven games with a concussion, scored 21 points on seven 3-pointers in his first start of the season, and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Brooklyn Nets 95-91.
Cavaliers coach David Blatt's decision to start Miller, who missed one 3-pointer in eight attempts and played 33 minutes, paid off in a major way... LeBron James scored a team-high 22 points and moved into 23rd place on the all-time scoring list, but the four-time MVP credited Miller for the victory... Joe Johnson led the Nets with 26 points. Brooklyn guard Deron Williams limped off the court in the second quarter with a strained right calf and didn't return. Williams will have an MRI on Saturday.
Raptors hand Pistons 12th straight home loss
The AP reports: AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Toronto Raptors felt right at home at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Friday night.
The Raptors overcame a slow start to pull away in the second half and beat Detroit 110-100 on a night the Pistons' home arena was dominated by Canadian flags and chants of "We The North" and "Let's Go Raptors."
"That was incredible by our fans," said Jonas Valanciunas, who led a balanced Raptors offense with 17 points... Brandon Jennings scored 22 points to lead Detroit, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 18 and Greg Monroe added 17.
Kyle Lowry and Lou Williams had 15 points each, James Johnson scored 12, and Patrick Patterson and Terrence Ross added 11 each for the Raptors.
Wizards rally down stretch, top Heat 105-103
The AP reports: MIAMI -- One of the biggest reasons why Paul Pierce decided to join the Washington Wizards was because he thought they could be a contender if they learned how to finish games.
He might have been on to something.
John Wall scored 20 points and added 10 assists, Nene scored 20 off the bench and the Wizards rallied to beat the Miami Heat 105-103 on Friday night for their sixth straight win and 11th in their last 12 games... Bradley Beal scored 16 points and made the defensive play of the night by stealing a pass from Miami's Dwyane Wade in the final seconds, denying the Heat -- who lost their fifth straight at home -- a chance to possibly tie the game. Pierce added 14 for the Wizards.
Wade scored 28 points for Miami, which is now 4-9 at home. Luol Deng scored 19 points, Mario Chalmers had 14 and Udonis Haslem 11 for the Heat.
Jimmy Butler's 31 points, Nikola Mirotic's 6 3s lead Bulls over Grizzlies
The AP reports: MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Chicago rookie Nikola Mirotic left the locker room before the media could hear about his perfect shooting night from outside the arc.
The rest of the Bulls were willing to speak up in praising the reserve forward.
Mirotic scored a career-best 27 points, converting all six of his 3-pointers on Friday night. That, coupled with 31 points from Jimmy Butler, helped the Bulls beat the Grizzlies 103-97 on Friday night, snapping Memphis' six-game winning streak... Aaron Brooks scored 17 points and Joakim Noah finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds as the Bulls outrebounded Memphis 51-45.
Mike Conley led Memphis with 21 points, while Beno Udrih added 15 points before leaving with a hand injury in the fourth quarter. Marc Gasol had 13 points, but was 5-of-15 from the field -- part of Memphis shooting 39 percent for the game. Vince Carter scored 10 points for Memphis.
Damian Lillard (43 points), Blazers send Spurs to 2nd straight 3OT loss
The AP reports: SAN ANTONIO -- The Portland Trail Blazers know firsthand how cold and methodical the veteran San Antonio Spurs can be when they have a team in trouble.
So when the defending champions failed to close out the Blazers in the first two overtimes, Portland point guard Damian Lillard had a simple message for his teammates.
"Step on them," Lillard said. Lillard provided the boot, scoring a career-high 43 points, including 16 after regulation, as the Trail Blazers handed the Spurs their second straight defeat in triple overtime by rallying for a 129-119 victory Friday night.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 32 points and 16 rebounds, and Wesley Matthews added 16 points as Portland (21-6) extended its winning streak to four games... Danny Green had 27 points and Tiago Splitter scored 14 for San Antonio (17-10).
Nuggets hang on to beat Clippers 109-106
The AP reports: DENVER -- After the Denver Nuggets blew a big lead, Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler were there to help bail them out.
Chandler and Gallinari hit successive 3-pointers late in the fourth quarter, and the Nuggets recovered after squandering a 16-point halftime lead to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 109-106 on Friday night... Nate Robinson scored 20 points off the bench to lead the Nuggets, who snapped a three-game losing streak... Blake Griffin had his second 30-point performance in a row, finishing with 32 for the Clippers, who have dropped their last three games on the road.
Jamal Crawford added 20 points and Chris Paul had 17 points and 15 assists.
Kevin Durant-less Thunder hold off Lakers as Kobe misses at buzzer
The AP reports: LOS ANGELES -- Although Russell Westbrook grew up watching Kobe Bryant sink innumerable enormous shots for the Lakers, the Los Angeles native didn't worry when No. 24 had the ball with the game on the line against his Oklahoma City Thunder... Westbrook scored 31 points and hit a key jumper with 38 seconds left, and Oklahoma City overcame the NBA MVP's absence for a 104-103 victory Friday night.
Bryant missed a 17-foot jumper right before the buzzer, the culmination of his 3-for-15 shooting night under the defense of Andre Roberson and his teammates.
Reggie Jackson scored 25 points and hit the go-ahead free throws with 1:05 left for the Thunder, who persevered down the stretch for their eighth victory in nine games... Ed Davis had a season-high 18 points and nine rebounds for the Lakers.