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NBA DAILY FOR THURSDAY, FEB. 26
Recaps of NBA games played Wednesday
Heat take advantage of Magic miscues in 93-90 overtime win
The AP reports: ORLANDO, Fla. -- It will be a while before the Miami Heat fully figure out how they will adjust without Chris Bosh in the lineup.
In the meantime, they're continuing to find different ways to win.
Luol Deng had 21 points, Dwyane Wade added 18 and the Heat rallied to defeat the Orlando Magic 93-90 in overtime Wednesday night.
Hassan Whiteside added 15 points and 13 rebounds. The Heat have won three of four since losing Bosh for the season with a blood clot in his lung.
Hawks charge past Mavericks with Rajon Rondo serving ban
The AP reports: ATLANTA -- Hawks backup point guard Dennis Schroder again shined against a Dallas team that was missing its starting point guard.
Led by Schroder's 17 points, the Hawks took the lead with a 13-0 run in the third quarter and went on to a 104-87 victory Wednesday night over the Mavericks, who were without suspended guard Rajon Rondo. Schroder, the second-year player from Germany, made three of five 3-pointers. He also led Atlanta with a career-high 22 points in a 105-102 win at Dallas on Dec. 22... Monta Ellis led Dallas with 19 points.
Celtics rout Knicks 115-94
The AP reports: BOSTON -- The recently reshuffled Boston Celtics hadn't practiced lately and it showed early in Wednesday's game against the New York Knicks.
Midway through the third quarter, the Celtics got in sync and turned a six-point deficit into a 115-94 rout of the reeling Knicks.
"We just kept rocking," said Evan Turner, who had his first career triple-double with 10 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists... Boston's top three scorers were all picked up in trades over the past few months. Isaiah Thomas scored 19, hitting all 11 of his foul shots, and Jonas Jerebko had 20 points as both played their first home games as members of the Celtics. Jae Crowder, acquired from Dallas in the Rajon Rondo deal on Dec. 18, finished with 18 points.
Hornets beat Bulls 98-86 with Rose out for Chicago
The AP reports: CHICAGO -- Joakim Noah's emotions after he heard Derrick Rose will have yet another knee surgery could be summed up in two words.
"Angry. Sad," Noah said.
The news that Rose is out again hit the Chicago Bulls hard. And they didn't get much relief from the Hornets.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 18 points and 12 rebounds, Mo Williams scored 17 and Charlotte beat Chicago 98-86 Wednesday night.
Al Jefferson added 16 points to help the Hornets snap a five-game losing streak. But all that was overshadowed by the news that Rose needs another operation.
Corey Brewer's big 4th quarter helps Rockets beat Clippers
The AP reports: HOUSTON -- James Harden started his career as the sixth man for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
He's been a starter since coming to Houston, but with his history he still delights in seeing the guys off the bench playing as they did in the Rockets' 110-105 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night... Harden had 21 points, Corey Brewer scored 13 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and the Rockets snapped a six-game skid to the Clippers with the victory... Jamal Crawford led the Clippers with 24 points and Paul and Jordan had 22 apiece in a game that had 15 lead changes and was tied 16 times.
Carter-Williams impresses in debut, Bucks rout 76ers 104-88
The AP reports: MILWAUKEE -- Michael Carter-Williams ran into a wall of taller defenders on a drive into the lane and curled a pass into the corner to an open teammate.
Khris Middleton drained a 3-pointer -- just the kind of play the Milwaukee Bucks were hoping to get when they traded for the promising point guard from the Philadelphia 76ers.
John Henson scored 21 points, Carter-Williams had seven points and eight assists in his Milwaukee debut and the Bucks beat Philadelphia 104-88 on Wednesday night... Middleton added 19 points for Milwaukee, which led by as many as 29. Jason Richardson scored 16 for the 76ers, who lost their fifth straight game.
Kevin Garnett a winner in emotional return to Wolves
The AP reports: MINNEAPOLIS -- His first game in a Timberwolves uniform in nearly eight years was 30 minutes away, and Kevin Garnett was bouncing off the walls in the locker room he called home for 12 years.
Minnesota owner Glen Taylor pulled him aside and tried to calm him down. "This is your night, Kevin," Taylor told him. "Just enjoy it."
And it was.
Garnett made an ear-splitting return to Minnesota and his Timberwolves overcame a jittery start to beat Washington 97-77 on Wednesday night.
Garnett, reacquired in a trade from Brooklyn last week, had five points on 2-for-7 shooting with eight rebounds and two blocks in 19 minutes in his first game for Minnesota since 2007.
Quincy Pondexter leads Pelicans past Nets, 102-96
The AP reports: NEW ORLEANS -- As Quincy Pondexter saw his 3-pointer go down with 49.9 seconds on the clock, he turned up court, allowed a slight smile and pounded his chest with the palm of his hand three times.
The clutch basket as the shot clock wound down gave Pondexter a career-high 25 points and all but sealed New Orleans' third straight victory, a 102-96 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night... Tyreke Evans had 15 points and 11 assists for the Pelicans, who have for all practical purposes posted their past three victories without All-Star Anthony Davis.
Suns end 5-game skid with 110-96 win over Nuggets
The AP reports: DENVER -- Brandon Knight is showing off his shooting touch to his new teammates. His playmaking at crunch time, too.
Knight hit two key late 3-pointers and had 19 points to help the Phoenix Suns snap a five-game losing streak with a 110-96 victory over the injury-depleted Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night.
Acquired last week from Milwaukee in a three-team trade, Knight is averaging 17.3 points in three games with the Suns... Bledsoe added 18 points for the Suns, 2-8 in their last 10 games. They had six players score in double figures as they ended a seven-game road skid. It's their first win away from home since Jan. 7 at Minnesota.
Jordan Clarkson leads Lakers rally for 100-97 win over Jazz
The AP reports: SALT LAKE CITY -- Los Angele coach Byron Scott said Jordan Clarkson has been working on his mid-range jump shot recently. The rookie point guard showed the fruits of that labor Wednesday night as he helped rally the Lakers to a 100-97 victory over the Utah Jazz.
Clarkson scored a career-high 22 points and shot 62.5 percent from the field, helping eliminate the Jazz's hopes for their first three-game win streak of the season... Gordon Hayward scored 20 for the Jazz, and Elijah Millsap finished with a career-high 17.
Jordan Hill scored 16 for the Lakers, while Wayne Ellington had 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Kings turn back Grizzlies as DeMarcus Cousins, Z-Bo shove it out
The AP reports: SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Three technical fouls were called. One chair was kicked, and two of the NBA's most volatile big men nearly let their emotions get the best of them.
It was just the kind of game the Memphis Grizzlies love to play.
The Sacramento Kings showed they can, too.
Rudy Gay scored 28 points, DeMarcus Cousins finished with 16 points and nine rebounds, and the Kings grinded out a 102-90 win over the Grizzlies on Wednesday night... Randolph had 20 points and five rebounds, and Marc Gasol added 14 points and seven boards as Memphis' climb up the Western Conference standings was slowed. The Grizzlies had won 16 of 19 to get within striking distance of Golden State, which leads the West by four games.
Wesley Matthews' 31 help Blazers send Spurs to fourth straight loss
The AP reports: PORTLAND, Ore. -- Wesley Matthews and the Portland Trail Blazers hope they put their recent fourth-quarter woes behind them Wednesday night.
Matthews scored 31 points, LaMarcus Aldridge had 11 points and 13 rebounds, and Portland beat the slumping San Antonio Spurs 111-95 for its first victory since the All-Star break.
The Trail Blazers are 25-4 when leading after three quarters, but all four losses have come in the past 10 games.
The most glaring flop was Sunday, when Portland blew a 13-point lead as Memphis outscored the Blazers 34-15 during the fourth period.
NBA DAILY FOR WEDNESDAY, FEB. 25
Recaps of NBA games played Tuesday
Stephen Curry returns with 32 points as Warriors dump Wiz
The AP reports: WASHINGTON -- Considering the workout he gave it Tuesday night, Stephen Curry's right foot appears to be just fine.
Curry returned from a one-game absence to lead all scorers with 32, Klay Thompson added 17 more, and the Golden State Warriors defeated the Washington Wizards 114-107.
Curry missed Sunday's loss at Indiana with the sore foot but played nearly 34 minutes Tuesday. He hit 11 of 18 field goal attempts -- many with impressive degrees of difficulty -- including five of nine from 3-point range... Marreese Speights added 16 points off the bench for the Warriors, who have won five of six... Paul Pierce led the Wizards with 25 points and 18 in the second half. Marcin Gortat added 16 points and 11 rebounds, while John Wall chipped in 16 points and 11 assists.
Cavs rally past Pistons behind LeBron, Love's 8 3-pointers
The AP reports: AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- LeBron James rarely likes to talk about his individual achievements.
On Tuesday, he made an exception.
James had 11 assists in Cleveland's 102-93 victory over the Detroit Pistons. In the process, he moved past Scottie Pippen for first place on the NBA career list for forwards. James now has 6,142 assists -- seven more than Pippen... Many of James' assists, including the record-breaker in the second quarter that gave him 6,136, found Kevin Love wide open behind the arc. Love had 24 points on eight 3-pointers, which tied his career best... James nearly had an odd triple-double; he turned the ball over nine times, one short of his career high. Kyrie Irving added 18 points for Cleveland, which has won 17 of its past 19 games.
Reggie Jackson had 22 points, nine assists and eight rebounds in his second game with Detroit, while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 21.
Russell Westbrook's triple-double leads Thunder past Pacers
The AP reports: OKLAHOMA CITY -- Russell Westbrook shrugged off his triple-double.
He was much more excited about the surge his Oklahoma City Thunder are making in the standings. Westbrook had 20 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, and the Thunder defeated the Indiana Pacers 105-92 on Tuesday night for their seventh straight win.
The Thunder, who are 9-1 in February, closed within 2 1/2 games of the San Antonio Spurs for the No. 7 spot in the Western Conference... Westbrook claimed his third triple-double of the season and 11th of his career despite resting for the entire fourth quarter. He's found a rare groove, despite working with two new starters. Since being voted All-Star Game MVP, Westbrook is averaging 27.0 points, 11.8 assists and 7.8 rebounds, and the Thunder are 4-0. He has had at least 10 assists in all four games... Serge Ibaka had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Enes Kanter added 15 points for the Thunder. Kanter, a 6-foot-11 center, is averaging 15 points in three games since being acquired from Utah at the trade deadline.
Ellis, Nowitzki pace Mavericks to 99-90 victory over Raptors
The AP reports: DALLAS -- Discord in Dallas, even in victory.
The Mavericks' rally to beat the Toronto Raptors 99-92 on Tuesday night took place with starting point guard Rajon Rondo affixed to the bench after he and coach Rick Carlisle exchanged words during a timeout early in the third quarter.
Toronto led 62-53 when Carlisle called out to Rondo, who was dribbling past midcourt. Carlisle then abruptly called time out. After the Dallas players in the game reached the bench area, Carlisle and Rondo had an animated conversation amid a crowd of players and coaches. Rondo didn't return to the game... Monta Ellis led the Mavericks with 20 points while Dirk Nowitzki added 18 in their third straight victory. Dallas' substitute guards pitched in with 27 points: Devin Harris 14 and J.J. Barea with 13... Toronto lost its third straight, having played four road games in five days. The Raptors were led by DeMar DeRozan with 18 points and substitute Greivis Vasquez with 14.
NBA DAILY FOR TUESDAY, FEB. 24
Recaps of NBA games played Monday
Deng scores 29, Heat click in 2nd half to beat 76ers 119-108
The AP reports: MIAMI -- Goran Dragic and the Miami Heat knew it would take some time for him to become acclimated to his new surroundings.
Looks like about three days did the trick.
Luol Deng made 11 of 14 shots and scored 29 points, Dragic added 23 points and 10 assists, and the Heat set a season high for scoring in a 119-108 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night... Dwyane Wade scored 18 for the Heat, who stayed in the No. 7 spot in the Eastern Conference. Hassan Whiteside added 12 points and 14 rebounds for Miami, which shot 55 percent... Hollis Thompson scored 22 points for Philadelphia, which got 18 from Nerlens Noel, 16 from Robert Covington, 12 from Henry Sims and 11 from Isaiah Canaan.
Bulls hit boards to beat Bucks 87-71
The AP reports: CHICAGO -- The shooting was terrible, all night long. The difference was the Chicago Bulls went to the glass, over and over again.
Tony Snell scored 20 points, Nikola Mirotic had 16 points and a career-high 14 rebounds, and the surging Bulls pounded the Milwaukee Bucks on the boards on their way to an 87-71 victory Monday.
Pau Gasol added 15 points and 10 rebounds as the Bulls enjoyed a whopping 62-41 advantage on the glass. Joakim Noah had eight points and 16 rebounds on his bobblehead night, and Jimmy Butler finished with 11 points and nine boards... Milwaukee shot 34 percent (30 for 89) from the field in its second straight loss after a stretch of nine wins in 10 games. Ersan Ilyasova had 15 points and 11 rebounds in his first start since Jan. 27 at Miami.
James Harden propels Rockets with 31 points, 11 boards, 10 assists
The AP reports: HOUSTON -- James Harden focused on getting his teammates involved until he got himself going.
Harden had 31 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his second triple-double this season, leading the Houston Rockets to a 113-102 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.
Harden missed his first seven shots but got going late in the first quarter. He said when his shots aren't falling, it helps him to find his teammates open... Houston led by nine at the start of the final period, but Andrew Wiggins led a charge that cut the lead to one point with less than 4 minutes left... Wiggins scored 30 for the Timberwolves, who lost for the third time in four games.
Injury-ravaged Pelicans overcome 18-point deficit to drop Raptors
The AP reports: NEW ORLEANS -- Pelicans coach Monty Williams now has a better idea of how badly his undermanned squad wants to stay in the Western Conference playoff race.
Alexis Ajinca capped a 16-point performance with a go-ahead layup in the final minute, and New Orleans erased an 18-point deficit en route to a 100-97 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Monday night... Luke Babbitt scored a season-high 18 for New Orleans, including a 3-pointer that gave the Pelicans their first lead of the game with 1:55 left... Kyle Lowry scored 22 for Toronto, but missed a driving layup for the lead with 6 seconds left when he was blocked by Asik, who also snared the rebound. Jimmer Fredette then hit a pair of free throws for New Orleans, and Lowry's 27-foot attempt for a tie missed.
Brook Lopez scores 19 points, Nets beat Nuggets 110-82
The AP reports: DENVER -- Playing a smaller lineup paid off in a big way for the Brooklyn Nets.
Brook Lopez led seven Nets players in double figures with 19 points, and Brooklyn won its second consecutive road game by beating the Denver Nuggets 110-82 on Monday night.
Deron Williams added 16 points and 12 assists, and Thaddeus Young scored 15 in another solid outing for the Nets since his acquisition last week from Minnesota in a trade for Kevin Garnett.
Rookie guard Markel Brown had 11 rebounds and 10 points for the Nets in his first start of the season. Brooklyn, coming off a 114-105 victory at the Los Angeles Lakers last Friday, won back-to-back road games for the first time since mid-January... Danilo Gallinari had 22 points for the struggling Nuggets, who have lost 16 of 18 -- including seven in a row at home.
Isaiah Thomas burns ex-teammates as Celtics sink Suns
The AP reports: PHOENIX -- The stare and the smile said it all for Isaiah Thomas, who delightedly made his former team pay for trading him away just four days earlier.
Thomas scored eight of his 21 points in the last 1:37 Monday night in the Boston Celtics' 115-110 victory over the Phoenix Suns, delivering a critical four-point play, a steal and layup, and two free throws to defuse a rally.
The Suns traded Thomas to Boston last week in a deadline-day deal... Avery Bradley led the Celtics with 23 points and Boston made a season-high 14 3-pointers, 10 in the first half as they ran out to a 19-point league against the struggling Suns. But Phoenix cut the lead to one on a 3 from Eric Bledsoe with 2:33 remaining... Bledsoe had 21 points and 10 assists in the Suns' eighth loss in the past nine games.
Trey Burke scores 23 as Jazz drop Spurs, extend San Antonio's skid to 3
The AP reports: SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder is trying to keep the Rudy Gobert love-fest under control. The 7-foot-1 Frenchman was already a fan favorite as a shot-swatting reserve, but the attention has increased since the organization traded away Enes Kanter and inserted Gobert into the starting lineup.
Gobert sparked another victory over a top team in his second consecutive start and the Jazz beat San Antonio 90-81 on Monday night, extending the Spurs' losing streak to three since returning from the All-Star hiatus... Gobert set the defensive tone from the outset with two first-quarter blocks of Tim Duncan. He finished with seven points, 14 rebounds, three blocks and two steals as the Jazz have held their last five opponents under 100 points.
Grizzlies beat Clippers, win second game against L.A. this season
The AP reports: LOS ANGELES -- The Memphis Grizzlies are on a roll with Jeff Green.
The Los Angeles Clippers aren't the same without Blake Griffin.
When the teams got together, they played a grind-it-out style better suited to the Grizzlies than the high-flying Clippers, whose four-game winning streak ended with a 90-87 loss Monday night.
Mike Conley scored 18 points, Jeff Green added 16 and Marc Gasol had 14 to help the Grizzlies improve to 15-3 since Green joined the team on Jan. 12... It did to the Clippers, who still had their other late-game option in Chris Paul. But he lost the ball with 1.9 seconds left and bent over with his hands in his head.
"All I could think about was if I was watching at home this dummy didn't even get a shot up," said Paul, who had 30 points and 10 rebounds.