|Friday's NBA Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Friday, 29 February 2008 18:05|
David West had 25 points and 13 rebounds for New Orleans, which built a 27-point lead in the first quarter, then survived a late surge to beat the Jazz for the first time in three meetings this season.
The game matched two of the best young point guards in the game in Paul and Deron Williams, the runner-up and champion, respectively, in the All-Star skills challenge here a couple weeks ago.
Neither disappointed. Paul darted through crowds of defenders on the dribble, setting up everything from open 3-pointers to alley-oop dunks.
Williams whipped passes around the perimeter or made crisp flips to teammates cutting inside for easy layups and jams. Williams, who finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds, also hit several big baskets as the Jazz tried to claw back.
Cavaliers 92, Timberwolves 84
CLEVELAND (AP) - LeBron James had 30 points and 13 assists, showing no effects after spraining his right ankle Wednesday night.
Devin Brown scored 13 points for the Cavaliers. Delonte West added 12 while Damon Jones and Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 11 and 10, respectively.
Al Jefferson led Minnesota with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Corey Brewer added 15 points while Ryan Gomes scored 13.
Pacers 122, Raptors 111
TORONTO (AP) - Mike Dunleavy matched his career high with 36 points, Kareem Rush added 23 and Indiana beat Toronto, which lost All-Star Chris Bosh to a sore knee in the first quarter.
Troy Murphy scored 18 and Stephen Graham had 16 as the Pacers won for just the second time in their past seven games.
Andrea Bargnani had 27 points but fouled out with 1:42 remaining. Anthony Parker added 25 as Toronto's three-game winning streak ended. The Raptors have won five of seven.
Celtics 108, Bobcats 100
BOSTON (AP) - Ray Allen scored 22 points and Kendrick Perkins added 19 in Boston's fourth straight victory.
Rajon Rondo had a career-high 16 assists for the Celtics, who avenged their only double-digit defeat of the season, a 95-83 loss on Jan. 9. Kevin Garnett scored 17 points and Paul Pierce had 13.
Raymond Felton had 22 points and 10 assists for the Bobcats, who were 1-11 in February. They have lost their last five contests and last nine on the road.
Hawks 99, Knicks 93
ATLANTA (AP) - Mike Bibby set up a go-ahead, alley-oop dunk by Josh Smith with 1:12 left, and Atlanta overcame a shaky start to the fourth quarter to beat New York.
Bibby, playing his second home game since his trade to Atlanta, had his second straight double-double with 11 points and 10 assists. Smith had 25 points and nine rebounds, and rookie Al Horford and Joe Johnson each added 20 points.
The Hawks had no defensive answer for Zach Randolph, who had 29 points and 17 rebounds. Jamal Crawford added 21 points for the Knicks.