|Tuesday's NBA Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Tuesday, 04 March 2008 21:04|
Manu Ginobili added 12 points for the Spurs, who sit atop a competitive Western Conference, where just a handful of games separates them from the eighth-place Golden State Warriors.
Vince Carter led New Jersey with 19 points and reserve Marcus Williams scored 16. New addition Devin Harris added 13 points.
The Nets have lost two in a row.
The Spurs dispatched the Nets with ease for the second time in three days, winning the season series 2-0. San Antonio won 93-83 on Sunday night in New Jersey.
Lakers 117, Kings 105
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Kobe Bryant scored 17 of his 34 points in an electric fourth-quarter performance, and Pau Gasol added 31 points in the Lakers' 12th victory in 13 games.
Bryant scored all of his fourth-quarter points in the final 5:56 against the Kings, including 11 straight as the Lakers took their first lead in a mean-spirited game between longtime rivals. Bryant, newly christened the NBA's player of the month for February, led the way with a series of balletic moves, including a spinning layup and a 360-degree two-handed jam as Los Angeles pulled away.
Kevin Martin and Ron Artest scored 23 points apiece for the Kings, who lost for the fifth time in six games.
Suns 97, Trail Blazers 92
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Amare Stoudemire scored 22 points and the Phoenix Suns fought off a late surge by the Trail Blazers.
Phoenix had lost two straight and was 2-4 since adding center Shaquille O'Neal to the lineup. The Suns have also surrendered the top spot of the Western Conference's Pacific Division to the Los Angeles Lakers.
O'Neal finished with six points and 13 rebounds.
The Suns led by as many as 23 points while Portland struggled on both ends, but Steve Blake's layup early in the fourth quarter narrowed it to 79-73.
Brandon Roy had 25 points for Portland, which has lost five of its last seven with hopes for the playoffs slipping away.
Magic 102, Raptors 87
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Hedo Turkoglu scored 24 points, Dwight Howard overcame a slow start to collect 19 points and 14 rebounds, and the Magic beat the Raptors.
Howard had only three points on 1-for-3 shooting until the fourth quarter, sitting long stretches with foul trouble. He seemed energized after the rest, and scored six straight in a 1:10 stretch that expanded Orlando's lead to 89-79 with six minutes remaining.
T.J. Ford single-handedly kept Toronto alive in the fourth quarter. He scored 13 of his 20 points in the period, the first 13 the Raptors had. Anthony Parker added 19 points and nine rebounds and Jose Calderon scored 14 points, but Toronto lost its third straight.
Rashard Lewis scored 22 for Orlando and Jameer Nelson added 13.
Warriors 135, Hawks 118
ATLANTA (AP) - Baron Davis scored 35 points and Stephen Jackson had 29 to lead the Warriors to their fourth straight victory, beating the Hawks.
The Warriors, who lead the NBA in scoring, set their season high for points. Golden State improved to 16-12 on the road, its most victories away from Oakland since 1993-94.
Monta Ellis scored 20 points and Mickael Pietrus finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Warriors, who have won 17 of 23 to hold onto the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Joe Johnson had 38 points for the Hawks, losers of two straight and 10 of 13.
Bobcats 109, Timberwolves 89
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Jason Richardson had 25 points and eight rebounds, Emeka Okafor added 19 points and 11 boards, and Charlotte snapped a nine-game road losing streak with a victory over the Timberwolves.
Matt Carroll scored 18 points for the Bobcats, who won for just the fifth time on the road this season and first since a 107-100 victory over the Clippers on Jan. 28. They lost those games by an average of 18.7 points, but had a relatively easy time in chilly Minnesota.
Al Jefferson had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who seemed to be turning the corner in Year One of the Post-KG Era early last month when they won five of seven.
Pistons 100, SuperSonics 97
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Tayshaun Prince scored 24 points, Chauncey Billups added 20 points and nine assists, and the Pistons overcame a slow start to beat the SuperSonics.
Seattle shot 82 percent in the first quarter on its way to a 41-28 lead, but that fell to 32 percent in the final three periods as the SuperSonics lost for the fifth time in six games. The Pistons have won five of six and have defeated the Sonics seven straight times.
Richard Hamilton scored 18 for Detroit. Earl Watson had 23 for Seattle, while Chris Wilcox and Kevin Durant added 20 apiece.
Bulls 112, Grizzlies 97
CHICAGO (AP) - Drew Gooden and Luol Deng scored 21 points apiece, and the Bulls beat Memphis to extend the Grizzlies' losing streak to nine games.
Gooden had his best game since the Bulls acquired him and Larry Hughes from Cleveland in the three-team trade that sent Ben Wallace to the Cavaliers. He was a force inside, hitting 10 of 15 shots and grabbing 14 rebounds.
Kirk Hinrich added 19 points and 12 assists, while Andres Nocioni scored 20. Ben Gordon chipped in 16 points for Chicago, which had dropped four of five.
Kyle Lowry scored 24 for Memphis, which is on its longest losing streak since an 0-13 start in 2002-03 and has dropped 15 of 16.