|Saturday's NBA Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Saturday, 22 March 2008 19:43|
Chris Paul, despite playing only 28 minutes because of foul trouble, had 19 points and hit a pair of clutch jumpers in the waning minutes as New Orleans added a win over the mighty Celtics to recent triumphs over San Antonio, the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston.
Paul Pierce had 16 of his 28 points in the first quarter and the Celtics shot better than 60 percent and led by double digits until well into the third. But Boston seemed to tire in the fourth as New Orleans surged to its ninth straight victory at home while stopping Boston's road winning streak at eight.
Suns 122, Rockets 113
PHOENIX (AP) - Amare Stoudemire scored 38 points, including a franchise-record 20-of-20 on free throws, and Phoenix won its seventh in a row by beating Houston.
Stoudemire, who also had 13 rebounds and four blocked shots, broke the club record for consecutive free throws in a game of 17, set by Paul Silas against Atlanta on Jan. 10, 1971. Shaquille O'Neal added 23 points - his most since coming to Phoenix - and grabbed 13 rebounds.
Tracy McGrady had 30 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Rockets, who trailed by 23 in the second quarter and 17 at the half. The Rockets cut it to eight on several occasions but could get no closer.
The Suns shot 57 percent, 76 percent in the first half, to move ahead of the Rockets with the third-best record in the West (46-22), a half-game behind New Orleans and a game behind the conference-leading Los Angeles Lakers.
76ers 91, Nets 87
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Andre Iguodala scored 19 of his 28 points in the second half, Samuel Dalembert had 11 points, 18 rebounds and five blocks, and Philadelphia to beat New Jersey.
Andre Miller had 21 points and five assists, and Lou Williams added 15 points on 4-for-6 shooting from the field for the Sixers, who have won 17 of their last 22 games.
Vince Carter led New Jersey with 27 points but was only 10-for-25 from the floor. Richard Jefferson was held to 11 points on 3-for-15 shooting.
Hawks 98, Magic 90
ATLANTA (AP) - Joe Johnson scored 34 points, Mike Bibby had 20 and Josh Smith 19 in Atlanta's sixth straight home victory over Orlando.
The Magic, who dropped to 22-2 on the road when entering the fourth quarter with a lead, had won seven of eight overall. Hedo Turkoglu led Orlando with 18 points. Jameer Nelson had 16 points, and Dwight Howard finished with 16 rebounds.
Bucks 108, Cavaliers 98
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Mo Williams scored 29 points and Milwaukee snapped a six-game losing streak by beating Cleveland.
LeBron James scored 29, Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 20 and Wally Szczerbiak 14 as Cleveland failed in its first attempt at going 11 games over .500 this season.
While Cleveland has won nine straight at home, they have lost seven of the last eight on the road, including five straight.
Jazz 115, SuperSonics 101
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Carlos Boozer had 26 points and 13 rebounds, and Mehmet Okur added 24 points and 10 rebounds to help Utah beat reeling Seattle.
Utah rebounded from a 106-95 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night that snapped the Jazz's home winning streak at 19 games.
Jeff Green had a career-high 23 points and fellow rookie Kevin Durant also scored 23 points for the Sonics, outscored 63-40 in the second half. Seattle has lost its last nine road games by an average more than 20 points.
Pacers 108, Bulls 101
CHICAGO (AP) - Mike Dunleavy scored 25 points, Troy Murphy added 24, and Indiana extended its winning streak to a season-best four games with a comeback victory over Chicago.
Danny Granger added 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers, who snapped a five-game road losing streak and continued their late-season playoff push.
Indiana pulled into a tie with New Jersey for ninth place in the Eastern Conference. The Pacers trail the Atlanta Hawks by 1 1/2 games for the eighth and final playoff spot.
Bobcats 94, Heat 82
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Gerald Wallace scored 26 points, Jason Richardson had 24, and Charlotte held off an early fourth-quarter rally to beat Miami to snap a five-game losing streak.
Jason Williams scored 19 points, Ricky Davis had 15 and Chris Quinn 14 for the injury-riddled Heat, who dressed just nine players in losing their third straight and 11th in 13 games in March.
Miami assistant Ron Rothstein led the team for the second consecutive game in place of coach Pat Riley, who is scouting prospective draft picks at this week's NCAA tournament. Riley is expected to be back with the team when it plays at Milwaukee on Monday.
Timberwolves 114, Knicks 93
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Ryan Gomes scored 26 points, reserve Rashad McCants had 24, and Minnesota beat New York, another lottery-bound team.
Al Jefferson had only eight points, just his third single-digit scoring game of the season for Minnesota (18-51), which has won six of nine. Reserve Malik Rose had 20 points for the Knicks (19-50), who have lost 11 of 12.
Grizzlies 117, Kings 111
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Juan Carlos Navarro scored 11 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and Memphis held on to beat Sacramento.
Rudy Gay scored 24 points and Darko Milicic had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Memphis, which has won consecutive games for only the second time this season. Seven Grizzlies scored in double figures, including all five starters.
Kevin Martin led the Kings with 29 points, and Spencer Hawes had career highs with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Francisco Garcia added 15 points, and John Salmons finished with 12.
Trail Blazers 83, Clippers 72
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Joel Przybilla had a career-high 25 rebounds and 14 points, Brandon Roy scored 23 points and Portland sent Los Angeles to its seventh straight loss.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points and 10 rebounds, helping the Trail Blazers complete a three-game season sweep. The combined margin of victory in the three games was just 18 points. Los Angeles came into this season having won six of the previous seven meetings, including eight straight at Staples Center.
Corey Maggette scored 21 points for the Clippers, who shot 39 percent from the field while matching their longest losing streak of the season.