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NBA DAILY FOR FRI, MAR. 7
Recaps of NBA games played Thursday
Tim Duncan leads Spurs past Heat with 23 points, 11 boards
The AP reports: SAN ANTONIO -- Led by a no-frills coach, the San Antonio Spurs have long stated the regular season means little to them.
Yet even normally stoic San Antonio couldn't hide its emotion on the court, and the satisfaction afterward, of toppling the two-time defending champion Miami Heat.
Tim Duncan had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and the Spurs never trailed against the Heat, weathering a sluggish third quarter for an intense 111-87 victory Thursday... Tony Parker scored 17 points, including 14 in a wild first half, Boris Diaw added 16 and Kawhi Leonard had 11 for the Spurs (45-16), which has won five straight.
Chris Bosh had 24 points, LeBron James added 19, Dwyane Wade had 16 and Michael Beasley 11 for Miami (43-16).
James, who ditched the protective mask he was wearing early in the first half, was hounded by Leonard into shooting 6 for 18.
Gerald Green's career-best 41 help Suns race by Thunder
The AP reports: PHOENIX -- Gerald Green came to the NBA straight from high school with an abundance of raw talent that never translated into a big-time pro career.
Then came his offseason trade to Phoenix -- his seventh team in seven seasons -- and he seems finally to have found a home.
On Thursday night, especially in one remarkable quarter, Green was as good as it gets against one of the best teams in the NBA.
He scored 25 of his career-high 41 points in the third quarter and the Suns erased a 16-point deficit to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 128-122... Markieff Morris added 24 points, including two free throws with 24.4 seconds to play. Goran Dragic scored 22, including six of the Suns' final 12 points after Oklahoma City led 118-116.
Russell Westbrook scored a season-high 36 for the Thunder, who would have pulled a half-game ahead of Indiana for the NBA's best record with a victory. Kevin Durant added 34.
Clips hand Lakers another blowout in sixth win in past seven meetings
The AP reports: LOS ANGELES -- The Lakers were the designated home team this time. That meant the Clippers had to put up with looking at all those championship banners and retired numbers that their co-tenant at the Staples Center has had hanging on the wall since the arena opened 15 seasons ago -- and weren't able to cover them up with banners of their own players.
Perhaps seeing all those reminders of the Lakers' decades of success will be an inspiration to the Clippers about 6½ weeks from now, when they head into the playoffs without their intracity rivals -- who are in danger of finishing with their worst record since moving to L.A. from Minneapolis in 1959.
Blake Griffin had 20 points and 11 rebounds during three thunderous quarters by the Clippers, who routed the Lakers 142-94 Thursday night to extend their winning streak to a season-best six games. It was the most lopsided victory ever for the Clippers' franchise and the most one-sided loss in Lakers history... Darren Collison had a team-high 24 points while starting at shooting guard for the injured Jamal Crawford. Paul added 13 points and 11 assists for the Clippers, who have won the teams' past two meetings by a combined 84 points.
The previous record for worst loss by a Lakers squad was set on Jan. 9, 1995, when they fell 129-83 at Portland. The previous worst home loss was on Feb. 9, 1960, when Boston beat them 129-90.
ESPN.com reports: Clippers: 48-point win over the Lakers * Clippers largest win ever (45 vs 76ers on Feb. 9, 2014) * Clippers largest win vs Lakers (36 on Jan. 10, 2014) * Clippers most points ever scored vs Lakers (138 on Nov. 27, 1981) * Lakers: largest loss ever (46-point loss at Portland on Jan. 9, 1995) * Clippers: most points ever scored on the road (140-135 OT win at Knicks on March 25, 2009) * Clippers: most points scored since March 13, 1998 (152-120 win vs Raptors)
ESPN.com reports: The Clippers outscored the Lakers 44-13 in the second quarter, then continued the onslaught and outscored them by 16 in the third. Meanwhile, every Clipper starter finished with a plus/minus better than 30.
NBA DAILY FOR THU, MAR. 6
Recaps of NBA games played Wednesday
Al Jefferson powers Bobcats' upset of Pacers
The AP reports: CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Al Jefferson had a pretty good inkling it was Charlotte's night when he banked in a 31-footer from well beyond the top of the key to beat the shot clock midway through the fourth quarter.
"I didn't call the bank, but I trusted my right hand," Jefferson said with a laugh.
Jefferson scored 34 points and the Bobcats stunned NBA-leading Indiana 109-87 Wednesday night, handing the Pacers just their second two-game skid of the season. Jefferson was 16 of 25 from the field and had eight rebounds for the Bobcats (28-33), who won their fifth straight at home to equal their combined win total from the previous two seasons... Kemba Walker added 19 points and nine assists for the Bobcats, who have the seventh-best record in the Eastern Conference.
Rockets race past Magic behind James Harden's 31 points
The AP reports: ORLANDO, Fla. -- Dwight Howard received the worst reception of his career last season when he made his initial return to the city that was his NBA home for eight seasons.
This time, for his second trip, he was wearing yet another jersey and met by a similarly hostile crowd. But once again, there was no pity taken on his former team.
James Harden scored 31 points, including 25 in the second half, and the Houston Rockets dug out of a double-digit, first-half hole to beat the Orlando Magic 101-89 on Wednesday night.
Howard added 19 points and 14 rebounds as the Rockets dominated inside, outscoring the Magic 58-26 in the paint... Arron Afflalo led the Magic with 18 points. The Magic dropped to 0-2 this season against the Rockets.
Ariza scores 26 points; Wizards beat Jazz 104-91
The AP reports: WASHINGTON -- Drew Gooden scored his first points of the season and had his first double-digit game since April 2012. Andre Miller tallied his most assists since December. Al Harrington played his most minutes since November.
The Washington Wizards turned to the thirty-something brigade Wednesday night in their 104-91 win over the Utah Jazz. Thirty-two-year-old Gooden, 37-year-old Miller and 34-year-old Harrington -- who've all been away from the game for long stretches until recently -- were a strong supporting cast that padded a lead in the second quarter and helped hold onto it in the fourth... Trevor Ariza scored 26 points, Bradley Beal added 22, John Wall had 14 points and 10 assists, and Marcin Gortat had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Wizards, who have won seven of eight.
Thompson, Lee lead Warriors over Celtics 108-88
The AP reports: BOSTON -- Klay Thompson and David Lee scored 18 points each and the Golden State Warriors went a season-high 14 games over .500 with a 108-88 romp over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.
The Warriors scored the first six points, led 12-2 with just over five minutes gone and stayed ahead by at least 20 points throughout the second half.
Golden State had an easy time against one of the NBA's worst teams one night after beating one of the best. Thompson's 12-foot turnaround with 0.6 seconds left had given the Warriors a 98-96 win at the Indiana Pacers, the league's top team at home.
Former Celtic Jordan Crawford had 15 points and Stephen Curry added 14 for the Warriors (38-24), who won for the seventh time in nine games.
Kelly Olynyk scored 19 points for Boston (20-41), which dropped its seventh game in its past eight.
Nets climb over .500 for first time this season with win over Grizzlies
The AP reports: NEW YORK -- Joe Johnson scored 21 points, Marcus Thornton came off the bench for 20, and the Brooklyn Nets powered their way above .500 for the first time this season by beating the Memphis Grizzlies 103-94 on Wednesday night.
Deron Williams added 16 points and Paul Pierce 14 for the Nets (30-29), who have won four in a row overall and six straight at home in turning around a turbulent start... Jon Leuer scored 19 and Marc Gasol 18 for the Grizzlies, who were without Zach Randolph because of the flu and then turned in a sickly performance. Memphis never led and missed a chance to tie Phoenix for the West's eighth and final playoff spot.
Joakim Noah records another triple-double as Bulls down Pistons
The AP reports: AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Chicago Bulls didn't get a great night from their starters Wednesday. Their backups made sure they didn't need one.
Reserves D.J. Augustin and Taj Gibson combined for 48 points on 18-of-30 shooting as the Bulls beat the Detroit Pistons 105-94 for their fifth win in six games. The Bulls only led by one point going into the fourth, but Augustin and Gibson had 20 of Chicago's 34 in the fourth... Joakim Noah finished with 10 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for his sixth career triple-double, including two in the last three games and three in the last month, while Jimmy Butler had 18 points and 12 rebounds... Greg Monroe led Detroit with 27 points, but the Pistons struggled all night to get anything going from the outside. They took 34 shots from outside the paint, and only hit nine (26.5 percent), including 2-of-11 on 3-pointers. In contrast, the Bulls hit 46.7 percent from outside.
Isaiah Thomas lifts Kings past Bucks 116-102
The AP reports: MILWAUKEE -- Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points and had six assists to lead the Sacramento Kings to a 116-102 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.
Rudy Gay added 22 points, eight rebounds and five assists, and DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for the Kings, who won their ninth road game after finishing with an 8-33 record away from home last season.
Sacramento opened its season-high seven-game, 12-day road trip by shooting 52 percent (43-for-82) from the field.
Brandon Knight finished with a team-high 25 points and six assists for Milwaukee, and Jeff Adrien added 15 points off the bench. The Bucks (12-48), who have the worst record in the NBA, were coming off their biggest win of the season, 114-88 over visiting Utah on Monday.
Carmelo Anthony, Knicks handle Wolves to snap 7-game slide
The AP reports: MINNEAPOLIS -- Carmelo Anthony scored 33 points to help the New York Knicks snap a seven-game losing streak with a 118-106 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.
Tyson Chandler had 15 points and 14 rebounds and Amare Stoudemire added 18 points and eight boards for the Knicks, who had not won since beating New Orleans on Feb. 19.
Kevin Love had 19 points and eight rebounds, but scored just one point in the second half as the Timberwolves returned from a successful West Coast road trip with a thud. Kevin Martin had 12 points on 3-for-10 shooting and the Wolves were 7 for 26 from 3-point range.
Raymond Felton had 18 points and eight assists for the Knicks and J.R. Smith added 14 points, five assists and five rebounds for the Knicks.
Nuggets spread scoring duties vs. Mavs, end skid at 6 losses
The AP reports: DENVER -- Wilson Chandler scored 21 points, Ty Lawson had 20, and the Denver Nuggets snapped a six-game losing streak by beating the Dallas Mavericks 115-110 on Wednesday night.
Kenneth Faried, Randy Foye and J.J. Hickson added 16 points apiece for the Nuggets, who have won all three meetings this season against Dallas. Hickson scored 12 of his points in the fourth quarter to help hold off the Mavericks, who play the Nuggets a final time this season in two weeks in Dallas.
Dirk Nowitzki had 27 points to lead the Mavericks, who lost their third in a row. It's their first three-game losing streak of the season.
Brandan Wright added 18 points and Vince Carter 17 for Dallas.
Trail Blazers rout Hawks as Kyle Korver's 3-point streak ends
The AP reports: PORTLAND, Ore. -- Wesley Matthews had a simple goal going into the Blazers' game against the Hawks: Don't let Kyle Korver get the ball.
Korver wound up with few chances and his NBA-record streak of 127 games with a 3-pointer was snapped in Atlanta's 102-78 loss to Portland on Wednesday night... Korver had surpassed Dana Barros' record of 89 straight, set from 1994-96, earlier this season. He was 0-for-5 from 3-point range against the Blazers and finished with five total points, well off his 12-point average... Nicolas Batum had 14 points and a career-high 18 rebounds for Portland. He has had at least 11 rebounds in his past three games, and has seven double-doubles this season.
Mo Williams added 15 points off the bench for Portland, which had six players in double figures and led by as many as 29 points. The Blazers have won six of its past seven games while keeping pace as one of the teams battling for the top four seeds in the West.
NBA DAILY FOR WED, MAR. 5
Recaps of NBA games played Tuesday
Danny Green scores 24 as Spurs turn Cavaliers aside
The AP reports: CLEVELAND -- They found the open man. They made the extra pass. They moved the ball with stunning efficiency.
The Spurs put on a basketball clinic. The Cavaliers couldn't stop it.
Danny Green scored 24 points and San Antonio turned to its 3-point shooting to shake off a sluggish start in a 122-101 victory over Cleveland on Tuesday night.
Kawhi Leonard added 18 points, and Patty Mills and Boris Diaw had 16 apiece as the Spurs, running their offense to near perfection, won their fourth straight. They did it with stars Tim Duncan and Tony Parker combining for just 14 points... Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters scored 24 each for the Cavs, who have lost nine straight to the Spurs. Spencer Hawes added 20 points and 13 rebounds for Cleveland.
Klay Thompson hits last-second shot to lift Warriors over Pacers
The AP reports: INDIANAPOLIS -- Klay Thompson seized the moment twice Tuesday night.
With a victory seemingly slipping away late in the third quarter, his quick scoring flurry helped Golden State regain control early in the fourth. Then, when it seemed the Warriors wouldn't be able to hold off Indiana's late charge, he knocked down a 12-foot turnaround jumper with 0.6 seconds to go, giving the Warriors a rare 98-96 victory in Indianapolis... Thompson was terrific in his dramatic closing act. He started the quarter by making his first three shots and finished with 16 of his 25 points over the final 12 minutes -- none bigger than the baseline fadeaway he hit over George Hill... Paul George had 12 points and eight rebounds in the first quarter. He finished with 26 points and 12 rebounds, missing a potential go-ahead 3-pointer with 23.9 seconds left and the 29-foot buzzer beater that would have won it as he fell into the scorer's table. David West had 27 points and seven rebounds.
Rockets limit LeBron James to 22 points, hold off Heat
The AP reports: HOUSTON -- LeBron James was wiped out. And it showed.
Dwight Howard had 22 points and 16 rebounds, James Harden added 21 points, and the Houston Rockets held James in check Tuesday night during a 106-103 win over the Miami Heat.
James had a chance to tie the game with a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer, but it was off -- just like most of his second-half shots.
The four-time MVP finished with 22 points, one night after setting a club record with a career-high 61 against Charlotte. He acknowledged before Tuesday's game that he was "extremely tired'' and that he spent most of the day sleeping... Dwyane Wade had 24 points for the Heat after sitting out Monday night. Beasley also scored 24, a season high.
Russell Westbrook has 21-minute triple-double, Kevin Durant 42 in rout
The AP reports: OKLAHOMA CITY -- Russell Westbrook taught rookie Michael Carter-Williams a swift and thorough lesson.
Westbrook had a triple-double in 21 minutes to win the matchup of talented point guards and help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the woeful Philadelphia 76ers 125-92 on Tuesday night.
The three-time All Star finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists after blowing past Carter-Williams at will. Westbrook wrapped up his eighth career triple-double on a rebound with 4:55 left in the third quarter and left the game for good moments later... James Anderson scored 20 for the 76ers, who lost their 15th in a row, their longest slide since a 15-game skid in 1994. Philadelphia shot just 34 percent... Serge Ibaka and Reggie Jackson each scored 14 points and Perry Jones added 12 for the Thunder, who shot 57 percent from the field in their most lopsided victory of the season.
Clippers win 5th straight behind Blake Griffin, 28 from Matt Barnes
The AP reports: PHOENIX -- Matt Barnes knows shooting nights like this are rare moments to be savored.
The 11-year NBA veteran scored 18 of his 28 points in the third quarter, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Phoenix Suns 104-96 on Tuesday to match their season best of five victories in a row.
Barnes made 12 of his first 13 shots and scored 16 points in the first 5:09 of the third quarter... Blake Griffin added 22 points and Darren Collison had 18 for Los Angeles.
DeAndre Jordan had 10 points and 17 rebounds, and blocked Goran Dragic's layup try with the Suns still in it with 41 seconds to go.
P.J. Tucker scored 18 and Gerald Green 17 on 6-of-19 shooting for the Suns, who played without center Miles Plumlee (right knee sprain). They also lost guard Leandro Barbosa to a broken left hand in the first half.
Anthony Davis, Eric Gordon push Pelicans past Lakers to end skid
The AP reports: LOS ANGELES -- In one year, Anthony Davis has gone from Hornet to Pelican -- and become one of the NBA's top young stars after getting selected with the first overall pick in the 2012 draft.
Davis had 28 points and 15 rebounds a week shy of his 21st birthday, and the New Orleans Pelicans snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 132-125 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night... Eric Gordon also had 28 points for the Pelicans and Brian Roberts scored 10 of his 19 during a 1 1/2-minute span in the fourth quarter. Tyreke Evans had 24 points and 11 assists, helping New Orleans salvage the finale of a five-game road trip that included a 32-point loss to the Clippers on Saturday night at Staples Center.
Pau Gasol had 29 points and 12 rebounds for the Lakers, who were attempting to match their longest winning streak of the season after beating Sacramento last Friday and Portland on Monday. The loss was their 27th in 35 games and dropped them back into sole possession of last place in the Western Conference, a half-game behind Sacramento and Utah.
Newcomer Kent Bazemore had 23 points and Jordan Farmar added 20 off the bench for Los Angeles.
NBA DAILY FOR TUE, MAR. 4
Recaps of NBA games played Monday
LeBron James' 61 points in win set career, Heat records
The AP reports: MIAMI -- Best player. Best game of his career.
LeBron James clearly isn't ready to concede his MVP award to anyone yet.
Dazzling from inside and out, James put on the best scoring show of his NBA life Monday night, pouring in 61 points -- a career high and franchise record -- as the Miami Heat beat the Charlotte Bobcats 124-107. It was the eighth straight win for the two-time defending champions, who are starting to roll as the playoffs get near. James made 22 of 33 shots from the field, including his first eight 3-point attempts... His career best had been 56 points, on March 20, 2005, for Cleveland against Toronto. Glen Rice scored 56 to set the Heat record on April 15, 1995, against Orlando.
James had 24 points at halftime, then added 25 in the third quarter. The record-breaker came with 5:46 left, when James spun through three defenders for a layup that fell as he tumbled to the court.
Tayshaun Prince, Grizzlies snap Wizards' winning streak
The AP reports: WASHINGTON -- Tayshaun Prince was having his best scoring game of the season, and the Memphis Grizzlies were cruising in the fourth quarter, when a loose ball somehow ended up in the hands of little-used Washington Wizards rookie Otto Porter. Porter let it fly to beat the shot clock -- and it went in for his first NBA 3-pointer.
"My thought was like, 'Man, if you make that type of shot, then here goes the fourth quarter,'" Prince said.
The Grizzlies led by as many as 19 in the final period, but the Wizards made six 3s over those final 12 minutes. Porter, a career 0-for-10 from long range entering the game, made a second one. The lead was down to two after Bradley Beal's 3-pointer with 8.9 seconds remaining, but time ran out not a moment too soon for Memphis, which made its free throws in the closing seconds to preserve a 110-104 win Monday night.
"The most important thing," Prince said, "is we stay composed."
Prince finished with a season-high 21 points, and Zach Randolph added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who improved to a season-high nine games above .500 and pulled within one game of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Jason Collins makes home debut as Nets cruise past Bulls
The AP reports: NEW YORK -- Jason Collins started walking from the bench to the scorer's table, fans rising out of their seats all around Barclays Center.
He committed a foul five seconds after entering. His only shot barely hit the rim.
Collins' performance may not have been pretty, but everything else was great. Collins played the final minutes of a winning home debut with the Brooklyn Nets, who cooled off the Chicago Bulls with a 96-80 victory Monday night... Deron Williams scored 20 points and Joe Johnson had 19 for the Nets (29-29), who got back to .500 for the first time since they were 2-2 after beating Utah on Nov. 5.
D.J. Augustin scored 16 points off the bench for the sloppy Bulls, who turned it over 28 times, leading to 30 Nets points, and had their four-game winning streak snapped.
Andre Drummond helps Pistons top slumping Knicks
The AP reports: AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Andre Drummond had his best night on the boards.
He was happier about another rare feat. Drummond had 17 points and a career-high 26 rebounds to match a single-season franchise record with his 44th double-double, helping the Detroit Pistons surge to beat the New York Knicks 96-85 Monday night in a matchup of slumping teams.
The Pistons had lost four straight and seven of eight.
"I'm just happy we won the game," Drummond said when asked about his career-high rebounding total.
Drummond's 26 rebounds matched Houston's Dwight Howard for the most in an NBA game this season... J.R. Smith missed a lot of attempts before closing 5 of 17 from the field and scoring 16 points for the Knicks.
Ilyasova scores 31, Bucks beat Jazz 114-88
The AP reports: MILWAUKEE -- With Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the house, the Milwaukee Bucks played like NBA champions.
They shot 57 percent. They held an opponent under 100 points for the first time in 12 games. And they enjoyed a rare breather for most of the second half in a 114-88 victory Monday night over the Utah Jazz.
"It all came together tonight and that was really good to see," coach Larry Drew said after the Bucks' most lopsided win of the season.
Ersan Ilyasova scored a season-high 31 points on 13-of-14 shooting to lead five Bucks in double digits. Zaza Pachulia added 14 points, six rebounds and five assists, and the NBA's worst team improved to 12-47.
Enes Kanter had career-high 27 points to lead Utah, mired by a mistake-prone third quarter in which the Bucks regularly led by at least 20.
Kevin Love notches 50th double-double of season in Wolves' win
The AP reports: DENVER -- Minnesota built up a big advantage at the free throw line throughout the game, and it was just enough to hold off Denver's furious rally.
Kevin Love scored 33 points and tied a season high with 19 rebounds for his NBA-best 50th double-double this season, and the Timberwolves withstood Denver's 45-point fourth quarter to beat the skidding Nuggets 132-128 on Monday night for their third win in a row.
Kevin Martin added 22 points for the Timberwolves, including four clutch free throws in the final 11.7 seconds. Martin made 16 of 17 foul shots, helping Minnesota rack up NBA season highs in attempts (64) and makes (52) from the line. Denver, meanwhile, went 16-of-25 (64 percent).
Wesley Johnson tips Blazers late as Lakers survive
The AP reports: PORTLAND, Ore. -- Wesley Johnson was hard-pressed to think of a more memorable shot he's had than his game winner against Portland.
Kent Bazemore lobbed to Johnson for the go-ahead basket with 6.9 seconds left, and the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Trail Blazers 107-106 on Monday night... Pau Gasol scored 22 points, and the Lakers won their second straight, snapping the Blazers' five-game winning streak. Jodie Meeks added 21 points... Robin Lopez had 19 points and 16 rebounds, while Batum had 17 points and 15 rebounds for the Blazers.
Cousins, Thomas lead Kings past slumping Pelicans
The AP reports: SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Reggie Evans led the Sacramento Kings in a crucial category Monday night: hustle.
Evans supplied plenty of spirit to go along with DeMarcus Cousins' 23 points and 12 rebounds in a 96-89 victory over the slumping New Orleans Pelicans.
A veteran forward in his 12th season, Evans had 10 points and 13 rebounds. But his real value was his usual aggressive play on a night when the Kings weren't too energetic during a lackluster first half. Still, they outrebounded New Orleans 47-30 in halting a three-game losing streak... Tyreke Evans scored 14 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter and added 10 rebounds and eight assists for the Pelicans, who have dropped eight straight and 10 of 11. Brian Roberts scored 15 points and Eric Gordon fouled out in the fourth quarter with 10.
NBA DAILY FOR MON, MAR. 3
Recaps of NBA games played Sunday
Joakim Noah's triple-double leads Bulls to easy win against Knicks
The AP reports: CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bulls were open all over the floor, so Joakim Noah kept collecting assists. Jumpers for Jimmy Butler and Kirk Hinrich. A dunk for Taj Gibson, another jumper for Butler, and on and on it went.
The All-Star center put on quite a show.
Noah had 14 assists in his fifth career triple-double, leading the streaking Bulls to a 109-90 victory over the New York Knicks on Sunday... Noah also had 13 points and 12 rebounds in his second triple-double of the season, but it was his deft passing that really stood out. It was the most assists by an NBA center since at least the 1985-86 season and a franchise record for his position... D.J. Augustin had 21 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter as Chicago (33-26) improved to 21-8 since Jan. 1 and a season-high seven games above .500 overall. Butler scored 19 points and Carlos Boozer had 14... Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points and Tyson Chandler had 22 rebounds, but New York dropped its sixth consecutive game. The Knicks (21-39) are just 6-16 since Jan. 14.
Raptors finally take down Steph Curry, Warriors
The AP reports: TORONTO -- Stephen Curry's otherwise sparkling stat line had one ugly entry: six turnovers, four of them in a costly fourth quarter.
DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points, Kyle Lowry had 13 and the Toronto Raptors beat the Golden State Warriors 104-98 on Sunday, their first victory in eight tries against Curry.
Curry scored 34 points, topping the 30-point plateau for a career-best 15th time, and David Lee had 20 points and 11 rebounds as the Warriors lost for just the second time in seven games since the All-Star break.
Curry was at fault on four of Golden State's six turnovers in the fourth, leading to nine Toronto points... Greivis Vasquez and Patrick Patterson each scored 12 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 10 for the Raptors, who had lost 11 of their previous 13 meetings with the Warriors.
Pacers beat Jazz to win fifth straight game
The AP reports: INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Pacers played just well enough to beat an inferior opponent, which has been the way most of their five-game win streak has gone.
David West scored 25 points, Paul George added 22, and the Pacers beat the Utah Jazz 94-91 on Sunday night.
Indianapolis native Gordon Hayward had 21 points and Derrick Favors scored 17 for the Jazz, nine of them in the first eight minutes as Utah opened a 14-4 lead.
A dunk from Favors cut the Pacers' lead to 89-86 with a minute left to play, and West missed a jumper to give Utah a chance to tie with 35 seconds remaining. Hayward cut the Indiana lead to one, but Lance Stephenson sank two free throws to seal the win... C.J. Watson, starting for the injured George Hill, scored 13 points for the Pacers. Hill sat out his second straight game with a bruised shoulder.
Tobias Harris, Magic extend 76ers' losing skid to 14
The AP reports: ORLANDO, Fla. -- A miserable season just keeps getting worse for the Philadelphia 76ers.
Tobias Harris scored a career-high 31 points and the Orlando Magic beat the 76ers for the second time in less than a week, winning 92-81 Sunday night to extend Philadelphia's losing streak to 14 games.
The 76ers' skid is their longest since 1994, when they lost 15 straight, and includes a defeat last Monday to the Milwaukee Bucks, the NBA's worst team. The 76ers have the NBA's second-worst record, while the Magic have the third-worst.
Nikola Vucevic had 18 points and 17 rebounds for Orlando, which outscored Philadelphia 26-12 in the fourth quarter to earn the win... Thaddeus Young had 29 points for Philadelphia and Michael Carter-Williams added 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook team as Thunder overwhelm Bobcats
The AP reports: OKLAHOMA CITY -- Kevin Durant scored 28 points and Russell Westbrook had 26 to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder past the Charlotte Bobcats 116-99 Sunday night.
Durant made just 8 of 24 field goals, but sank all 12 of his free throws.
Westbrook was 10 of 12 from the floor in 25 minutes in his fifth game since returning from right knee surgery. Reggie Jackson scored 17 points and Serge Ibaka had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma City, which won its second straight after losing its first three games following the All-Star break. Oklahoma City outrebounded the Bobcats 44-29.
Al Jefferson scored 25 points and Anthony Tolliver added 17 for the Bobcats, who had won four straight before losses to San Antonio and Oklahoma City.
Westbrook scored 17 points on 7-for-7 shooting in the first half to help the Thunder take a 61-55 lead at the break. Jefferson had 15 points on 7-for-9 shooting. The Bobcats shot 54 percent in the first half, but were outrebounded 20-13.
Tony Parker returns after 6-game absence, leads Spurs over Mavericks
The AP reports: SAN ANTONIO -- Tony Parker had 22 points and seven assists in his return from a six-game absence, leading the San Antonio Spurs' balanced attack in a 112-106 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night.
Tim Duncan scored 17 points, Kawhi Leonard added 16 and Boris Diaw had 13 points and 10 rebounds for San Antonio. Manu Ginobili had 15 points and seven assists and Tiago Splitter had 11 points as the Spurs extended their winning streak to three games.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 22 points, Vince Carter added 21 and Monta Ellis had 17 for the Mavericks, who have lost eight straight to the Spurs.
Parker looked refreshed after not playing since Feb. 10 for what was officially listed as "rest," but unofficially was due to a series of lower body maladies.
Suns scorch Hawks in 1st half of 129-120 win
The AP reports: PHOENIX -- Gerald Green hit 5 of 6 3-pointers in the first half to help the Suns score 79 points before the break, the most in the NBA this season, and Phoenix held on to beat the Atlanta Hawks 129-120 Sunday night.
The first-half total was two shy of the US Airways Center record for points in a half. The previous high for Phoenix in any half this season was 67, but 63 percent shooting, including 12 of 18 on 3-pointers in the first half, shattered the team mark.
Green finished with 33 points and Phoenix tied a season high with 15 3-pointers and set a season high with its 129 point output.
Goran Dragic added 19 points for the Suns, hearing the chants of "MVP" from the home crowd, and Marcus Morris had 18 points and nine rebounds off the bench. Twin brother Markieff added 21 points and eight rebounds.