|Sunday's NBA Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Sunday, 02 March 2008 16:26|
Bryant hit the 50-point mark for the 22nd time in his career and first time this season. He went 15-of-27 from the floor and, constantly driving and drawing fouls, was 20-of-27 from the line.
Bryant also had 11 rebounds and four assists. Pau Gasol added 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Lakers, who are 12-2 since he played his first game for them on Feb. 5.
Dirk Nowitzki had 30 points for Dallas, including a 3-pointer with 2 seconds remaining in regulation to tie it at 93. He had nine points in the extra period but missed a 3-point try that would have tied it again with 7 seconds remaining.
Cavaliers 95, Bulls 86
CLEVELAND (AP) - LeBron James scored 37 points and took over down the stretch to lead Cleveland over Chicago.
Wally Szczerbiak added 17 points for Cleveland, which ended the game on a 12-3 run.
Cleveland, Chicago and Seattle were involved in an 11-player deal on Feb. 21. Larry Hughes, Drew Gooden, Cedric Simmons and Shannon Brown were sent to the from the Cavaliers to the Bulls, who dealt center Ben Wallace and forward Joe Smith to Cleveland.
Hughes led the Bulls with 23 points, shooting 8-of-20 shots from the field. Gooden scored 11 points with 10 rebounds.
Spurs 93, Nets 83
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Tony Parker had 25 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and San Antonio won a season-high ninth straight game by beating New Jersey.
Tim Duncan added 13 points and 14 rebounds, and Manu Ginobili had 17 points as the Spurs beat the Nets for the 10th straight time. New Jersey has not beaten San Antonio since November 2002.
Devin Harris and Vince Carter scored 21 points apiece and Richard Jefferson had 18 for the Nets, who are now 3-3 since trading Jason Kidd to Dallas.
Wizards 101, Hornets 84
WASHINGTON (AP) - Antawn Jamison had 28 points and nine rebounds, and Washington beat New Orleans for its fourth win in five games and second over the Hornets in a week.
Leading 80-79 with 6:40 to play, the Wizards blew the game apart with a 19-0 run. Jamison started it with two free throws and a 3-pointer, then his block of Peja Stojakovic's layup led to a 3-pointer by DeShawn Stevenson that pushed the lead to nine. The Hornets didn't score again until a 3-pointer by Rasual Butler in the final minute.
Stojakovic scored 17 points and Chris Paul had 16 to lead the Hornets, who had won two straight since a 95-92 home loss to Washington last Monday.
DeShawn Stevenson finished with 16 points for the Wizards, who committed only seven turnovers and forced 15 by the Hornets.
Bobcats 110, Raptors 98
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Jason Richardson scored 30 points and Charlotte took advantage of Chris Bosh's absence to beat Toronto.
With Bosh sidelined for perhaps a week with a sore right knee, the Raptors lost their second straight game and looked listless in the second half against one of the NBA's worst teams.
Richardson, taking over the brunt of the scoring with Gerald Wallace out indefinitely following a severe concussion, hit 10 of 24 shots and all seven free throws. Rookie Jared Dudley added a career-high 17 points and 10 rebounds for Charlotte, which snapped a five-game losing streak in its second win in 14 games.
Anthony Parker scored 24 points and Bosh's fill-in, Rasho Nesterovic, added 16 for the Raptors. But Andrea Bargnani failed to step up his game with Toronto's three-time All-Star in street clothes, finishing with six points and five rebounds on 2-of-8 shooting.
Celtics 98, Hawks 88
BOSTON (AP) - Paul Pierce scored 30 points, 17 in the pivotal third quarter, and Kevin Garnett had 20 points and 16 rebounds to lead Boston to its fifth consecutive win.
Ray Allen scored 17, and Kendrick Perkins had 11 points and a season-high 12 rebounds to go with a career-high six assists. Point guard Rajon Rondo had six points and eight assists one day before the Celtics are expected to bring in backup Sam Cassell, who was waived last week by the Los Angeles Clippers.
Josh Smith scored 20 points and added nine rebounds, and Al Horford had 14 and 11 for the Hawks, who missed a chance to move into a tie for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Newly acquired Mike Bibby had 14 points and nine assists.
Pacers 128, Bucks 106
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Mike Dunleavy tied his career high of 36 points for the second straight game, and Indiana beat Milwaukee for its second straight win.
Danny Granger had 27 points and nine rebounds. He returned to the starting lineup after being suspended a game for striking Chicago's Andres Nocioni in the face on Wednesday.
Michael Redd led Milwaukee with 28 points. Desmond Mason and Mo Williams each added 15 in the Bucks' third straight loss. Milwaukee forward Yi Jianlian left with a sprained left ankle with 10:44 to play and did not return.