|Sunday's NBA Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Sunday, 30 December 2007 19:58|
It is the second-longest winning streak in Blazers history. Portland won 16 straight in the 1990-91 season.
Trailing 63-59 in the third quarter, the Blazers (18-12) went on a 21-0 run, holding Philadelphia scoreless for 8:21.
Travis Outlaw sealed the game with an acrobatic dunk, bringing his arm around 180 degrees over a defender and stuffing the ball to make it 82-66. He finished with 12 points, as did James Jones. Steve Blake had 11 points for the Blazers.
Andre Iguodala had 24 points for the 76ers, and Andre Miller added 17 points and 11 assists. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak.
The youngest team in the NBA, Portland started its run with a Dec. 3 victory at Memphis after going 5-12 to start the season. Ten of the team's 13 victories have come at the Rose Garden, where the Blazers are 15-3.
Celtics 110, Lakers 91
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Paul Pierce scored 33 points and Kevin Garnett had 22 points, 12 rebounds and six assists to lead the Celtics over the Lakers.
Boston took the lead in the first quarter and never relinquished it. Each time the Lakers threatened, the Celtics would pull away again.
Kobe Bryant scored 22 for Los Angeles, going just 6-of-25 from the floor. Lamar Odom had 14 points and 10 rebounds.
The victory in the final of two meetings between the teams this season ran Boston's NBA-best record to 26-3 and extended its winning streak to six straight. It also ended a four-game winning streak by the Lakers, who still have won 10 of their last 13.
The Celtics prevented Lakers coach Phil Jackson from moving ahead of Boston Hall of Fame coach Ray Auerbach on the career wins ladder. Jackson remained tied with Auerbach for seventh on the all-time list with 938 victories.
Ray Allen added 19 points for Boston and Tony Allen, filling in for Rajon Rondo, had 16.
Bulls 100, Knicks 83
NEW YORK (AP) - Ben Gordon scored 25 points in his second consecutive strong performance since returning to a reserve role, leading the Bulls over the Knicks.
Luol Deng added 17 points for the Bulls, who are 2-0 since Jim Boylan became the interim head coach last week, three days after Scott Skiles was fired. Boylan's first decision was to ask Gordon to give up his starter's role, and it paid off immediately.
Gordon, the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year as a rookie in 2004-05, scored 31 points Friday in a victory over Milwaukee. Sunday, he made 11 of 15 shots in another good outing at Madison Square Garden, not far from where he grew up in Mount Vernon, N.Y.
Zach Randolph shot only 8-of-23, but had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Knicks, who have lost four straight and fell to 8-21. Nate Robinson led the New York with 19 points.
New York played without leading scorer Jamal Crawford, who bruised his right hand in practice Friday. Fellow starting guard Stephon Marbury was back with the team but not in uniform. He has missed most of the month following his father's death.
Warriors 105, Nuggets 95
DENVER (AP) - Baron Davis scored 28 points and Stephen Jackson added 23 to help Golden State beat the Nuggets, ending a seven-game losing streak in Denver.
Carmelo Anthony had 26 points and 10 rebounds for the Nuggets. Linas Kleiza and J.R. Smith added 15 points each for the Nuggets, who saw their season-high seven-game winning streak snapped.
It was a far cry from the last meeting between the teams which Denver won 124-120.
Golden State last won in Denver on Feb. 24, 2003.
Spurs 111, Grizzlies 87
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Tony Parker and Tim Duncan each scored 24 points to help the Spurs beat Memphis, handing the Grizzlies their fifth straight loss.
Duncan also grabbed 17 rebounds, and Parker had nine assists. Michael Finley scored 22 points, including five 3-pointers, for the Spurs.
Pau Gasol led the Grizzlies with 19 points and Rudy Gay, whose buzzer-beating 3-pointer earlier this month gave Memphis its only win over the Spurs this season, added 16.
The Spurs secured a 3-1 series advantage over the Grizzlies, who have lost eight of their last 10 overall. The teams will not meet again during the regular season.
Suns 117, Kings 102
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Amare Stoudemire scored 31 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to help the Suns beat the Kings.
Shawn Marion made five 3-pointers and had 25 points, Leandro Barbosa scored 22 points, Steve Nash had 12 points and 15 assists, Grant Hill contributed 12 points and Raja Bell added 11.
After the Kings cut the lead to 99-96 on a basket by Dahntay Jones, Stoudemire followed with a dunk, igniting a 12-0 run by the Suns who went ahead 111-96 with 2:12 left.
Prior to the game, the Kings learned Ron Artest could face possible surgery this week to remove chipped bone fragments in his right elbow. The Kings are 2-8 without Artest in the lineup and went winless in their four-game homestand.
Francisco Garcia scored 30 points for the Kings, who have lost five of six at home.