|Friday's NBA Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Friday, 14 March 2008 19:28|
Tracy McGrady scored 30 points and the Rockets beat the Charlotte Bobcats 89-80 on Friday night to break a tie with the 1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks for the second-best victory streak in league history. Only the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers, who won 33 in a row, had a longer streak.
The win also sets up Sunday's showdown with the current Lakers at the Toyota Center. They're both 45-20, the best records in the West.
Jason Richardson scored 28 points and Emeka Okafor added 23 for the Bobcats, who've lost five in a row to Houston.
Jazz 110, Celtics 92
BOSTON (AP) - Deron Williams had 32 points and eight assists, Carlos Boozer added 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Utah snapped Boston's 10-game winning streak.
Williams went 17-of-18 from the line, and hit his only 3-point attempt. Boozer had his 44th double-double of the season, and Mehmet Okur had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Jazz.
Kevin Garnett had 15 points, four blocks and six assists for the Celtics. Boston played three-quarters of the game without Ray Allen, who jammed his left ankle and did not return.
Hornets 108, Lakers 98
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Chris Paul had 27 points and 17 assists to help New Orleans beat Los Angeles in what could prove to be a costly game for both teams.
Paul hobbled to the finish after hurting his left ankle on a failed drive to the hoop with 2:31 to go. Lakers center Pau Gasol and David West, however, did not make it to the final horn.
Gasol sprained his left ankle in the first quarter and needed help getting to the locker room. West had 12 points and 14 rebounds for New Orleans, but limped off the floor with just under seven minutes remaining, having hurt his right ankle while still trying to play through a nagging left ankle sprain that kept him out for three games a week earlier.
Kobe Bryant had 36 points and nine assists for Los Angeles, which lost for only the third time in 17 games.
Pistons 84, Spurs 80
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Richard Hamilton scored 25 and made an important three-point play with 20.6 seconds left, lifting Detroit over short-handed San Antonio.
The Spurs were without Bruce Bowen (suspension) and Ime Udoka (right ankle).
Tony Parker scored 26 and Tim Duncan had 20 points for the Spurs. Manu Ginobili, San Antonio's leading scorer, had just nine points to fall well short of his 20-point average.
Magic 103, Heat 94
MIAMI (AP) - Jameer Nelson scored 21 points, Dwight Howard added 18 points and 16 rebounds, and Orlando held off a serious Miami challenge to move closer to clinching an Eastern Conference playoff spot.
Hedo Turkoglu scored 20 points, including five within an 18-second span of the final minute, for the Magic, who trailed by nine late in the first half and never shook the woebegone Heat, who lost for the 34th time in 37 games.
The Magic swept the four-game series with their Sunshine State neighbors for the second straight season.
Jason Williams scored 34 points - the second-highest total of his career - for Miami, which was without coach Pat Riley, who is spending a few days on the road at college tournaments scouting potential draft picks.
Nuggets 137, Raptors 105
DENVER (AP) - Allen Iverson scored 28 points despite a fractured finger, Carmelo Anthony added 22 and the Denver Nuggets won their fifth straight at home, blowing out Toronto.
It's the second-most points the Nuggets have scored this season. They still have the NBA high mark for the season with a 138-point performance in a win at Seattle on Feb. 27. The Nuggets are 13-2 against the Eastern Conference at the Pepsi Center this season.
Marcus Camby had 17 points and 10 rebounds for his 24th double-double of the season. Chucky Atkins came off the bench to finish with 17 points, including five 3-pointers.
The Raptors were without star Chris Bosh, who missed his eighth straight game with a sore right knee. Toronto has now dropped three straight to start a five-game road trip.
Mavericks 116, Pacers 97
DALLAS (AP) - Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points and new backup point guard Tyronn Lue had 13 points in 15 minutes, carrying Dallas past Indiana in its latest pounding of an Eastern Conference bottom feeder.
Dallas won its fourth straight, all at home and all against the weakest teams in the weaker conference. The games haven't even been close, with the Mavericks never trailing in any of them. This 19-point win was the first decided by less than 20 points.
Flip Murray had a season-high 22 points, 20 in the second half, but Indiana lost for the fourth time in five games.
76ers 110, Bulls 106
CHICAGO (AP) - Andre Iguodala scored 25 points and Rodney Carney had 12 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter as Philadelphia rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat Chicago.
Philadelphia trailed 88-70 with 11:08 left, then outscored the Bulls 18-6. Ben Gordon had a chance to tie it with 8.2 seconds left but missed a 3-point try.
Thabo Sefolosha added 20 points in a reserve role and Larry Hughes had 15 points, five assists and seven rebounds for the Bulls, who trail the New Jersey Nets by one game for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
Andre Miller scored 18 points for the 76ers after leaving in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's win in Detroit with a lower back strain. Philadelphia was 40-for-44 from the free throw line.
Hawks 117, Clippers 93
ATLANTA (AP) - Joe Johnson scored 21 of his 28 points in the third quarter and Mike Bibby handed out 14 assists to help Atlanta beat Los Angeles.
Josh Smith added 25 points for the Hawks, who stopped a two-game losing streak and won for just the second time in eight games.
Tim Thomas and rookie Al Thornton each scored 18 points for Los Angeles, which has dropped two straight and 10 of 12.
Timberwolves 121, SuperSonics 116
SEATTLE (AP) - Ryan Gomes led seven Minnesota players in double figures with 23 points and 15 rebounds, and the Timberwolves pulled away in the final 16 minutes to beat Seattle.
Randy Foye scored 21 points and Al Jefferson added 16 as the Timberwolves moved closer to the Sonics, trying to climb out of last place in the Northwest Division. Minnesota won its third straight road game.
Kevin Durant scored 24 points and Jeff Green added 18, but the Sonics dropped their seventh straight, playing their first home game in nearly two weeks after a seven-game road swing.