Monday, January 13, 2014
Updates with Nuggets-Jazz; should stand
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK -- Carmelo Anthony had 29 points and 16 rebounds, and the New York Knicks held the Phoenix Suns without a field goal in overtime to win 98-96 on Monday night for their fifth straight victory.
Anthony scored four of the Knicks' six points in the extra session, and New York allowed only four free throws while forcing the Suns to miss all seven shots.
Raymond Felton added 19 points for the Knicks (15-22), who climbed into a tie with Brooklyn for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
Goran Dragic had 28 points and eight rebounds for the Suns, who dropped their third straight. Leandro Barbosa scored 21 in his best game since rejoining his old team on a 10-day contract.
SPURS 101, PELICANS 95
NEW ORLEANS -- Tony Parker capped a 27-point outing with several clutch layups in the final minutes, and San Antonio beat reeling New Orleans for its fifth consecutive win.
Tim Duncan scored 18 points before fouling out with 6:02 to go in what turned out to be a surprisingly tense game between the Western Conference-leading Spurs and a hobbled Pelicans squad that has lost six straight since an injury to leading scorer Ryan Anderson.
Manu Ginobili added 14 points, Kawhi Leonard 13 and Marco Belinelli 12 for San Antonio.
Anthony Davis had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and gave New Orleans its last lead at 87-86 with 7:08 to play. Brian Roberts, starting at point guard for the injured Jrue Holiday, scored 19.
WIZARDS 102, BULLS 88
CHICAGO -- John Wall and Nene had 19 points apiece, Trevor Ariza scored 16 and Washington snapped Chicago's five-game win streak.
The Wizards led by 13 early in the fourth quarter and hung on after the Bulls made one last push.
Nene scored eight points in the final period and Bradley Beal came on strong down the stretch to finish with 13. He hit a jumper and 3-pointer during a nine-point run that bumped Washington's lead to 96-82 with about 3 minutes left.
Wall scored four points during that spurt and had seven assists in the game. The Wizards had dropped five of seven.
Carlos Boozer scored 19 for Chicago and Joakim Noah grabbed 16 rebounds, but with a chance to reach .500 for the first time since November, the Bulls came up short. They also lost for the first time since trading Luol Deng to Cleveland last week, after winning three without him.
ROCKETS 104, CELTICS 92
BOSTON -- Dwight Howard had 32 points and 10 rebounds, and Houston sent skidding Boston to its ninth consecutive defeat.
Jeremy Lin added 16 points and nine assists for the Rockets. James Harden scored 16 and Chandler Parsons added 14 after missing three games with a knee injury.
Avery Bradley had 24 points for the Celtics, on their longest losing streak since dropping a franchise-record 18 straight games in 2007.
Jerryd Bayless scored 15 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter for Boston, which rallied but got no closer than seven. The Celtics sent Howard to the foul line 14 times in the fourth quarter, and the big man made six. He was 10 of 18 in all.
RAPTORS 116, BUCKS 94
TORONTO -- Kyle Lowry scored 23 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Toronto handed struggling Milwaukee its sixth straight loss.
DeMar DeRozan added 19 points and Patrick Patterson 18 as Toronto won for the eighth time in nine games. The Atlantic Division leaders snapped a five-game home slide against the Bucks, beating them in Toronto for the first time since Jan. 22, 2010.
The Raptors won their second straight over Milwaukee after losing the previous 10 meetings.
The victory gave Toronto a five-game home winning streak. At 19-17, the Raptors are two games above .500 for the first time since March 9, 2010, when they were 32-30.
Ersan Ilyasova scored a season-high 29 points for the Bucks, winless since beating the Lakers in Los Angeles on New Year's Eve. The NBA's worst team at 7-30, Milwaukee has lost 14 of 16 overall.
MAVERICKS 107, MAGIC 88
DALLAS -- Monta Ellis scored 21 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 15 and Dallas extended Orlando's longest losing streak of the season to eight games.
The Mavericks won their third straight against sub-.500 teams since a blowout loss at San Antonio. Dallas now heads into a three-game stretch against Western Conference playoff contenders starting Wednesday at the Los Angeles Clippers.
Nowitzki did most of his damage in the first half with 10 points, two nights after scoring 20 in the third quarter on his way to a season-high 40 against New Orleans.
Jameer Nelson scored 21 and Glen Davis added 19 points and eight rebounds for the Magic, who got swept on a swing through five Western Conference cities and lost by an average of 20 points.
The Mavericks (23-16) moved seven games over .500 for the first time since the end of the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season.
Vince Carter had 17 points, including consecutive baskets in an 8-0 run that finally put Orlando away in the fourth quarter.
JAZZ 118, NUGGETS 103
SALT LAKE CITY -- Alec Burks scored a career-high 34 points and Utah ended Denver's five-game winning streak.
Derrick Favors added 19 points and 15 rebounds while Trey Burke had 18 points for the Jazz, who won for the fifth time in their last six home games.
Burks was filling in for Gordon Hayward, who sat out his second consecutive game with a left hip injury. Burks scored 17 in the first half to help the Jazz run out to a 67-53 lead, their most points before halftime this season.
Ty Lawson had 23 points and J.J. Hickson scored 21 but the Nuggets trailed by as many as 24.