|Friday's NBA Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Friday, 29 February 2008 19:19|
They are one shy of the longest winning streak in franchise history, reached twice, with the last time coming in their championship season of 1993-94. It was Houston's 18th win in the last 19 games and its second straight win since losing All-star center Yao Ming for the season with a stress fracture in his left foot.
The Grizzlies have lost seven straight.
The Rockets started Dikembe Mutombo in Yao's place the second game, but also used Carl Landry and Luis Scola. Mutombo finished with 13 rebounds and four points in 18 minutes, while Scola and Landry had 15 points apiece.
Hornets 110, Jazz 98
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Chris Paul had 24 points and 16 assists, David West had 25 points and 13 rebounds, and New Orleans held on to beat Utah 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 assists, also hit several big baskets as the Jazz tried to claw back.
Mavericks 115, Kings 106
DALLAS (AP) - Jason Kidd, benched the final 34 seconds of a pivotal game the previous night in part because he was reluctant to shoot, scored a season-high 21 points and was an assist shy of his 100th triple-double.
Kidd shot 9-of-18 and grabbed 11 rebounds. Dirk Nowitzki continued to flourish off feeds from Kidd, getting 34 points and 10 rebounds. Jerry Stackhouse tied his season high with 23 points - the second time since Kidd arrived he's done so. Josh Howard added 20 points and nine rebounds for Dallas and Erick Dampier had 13 rebounds and three points.
Beno Udrih and Kevin Martin each scored 25 points for the Kings, who lost their fourth straight and seventh in their last nine road games. Ron Artest added 22 points and Mikki Moore had 12 rebounds and nine points.
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.
Wizards 97, Bulls 91
CHICAGO (AP) - Antawn Jamison, Roger Mason and Andray Blatche each scored 17 points, and struggling Washington used a third-quarter surge to overcome an 18-point deficit and beat Chicago.
The Wizards started the third on a 22-1 run and outscored the Bulls 35-14 in the period to turn a 52-34 deficit into a 69-66 lead, a quick and stunning turnaround for a team that shot just 27.9 percent in the first half. Washington then pulled away late in the fourth to win for just the fourth time in 15 games.