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NBA DAILY FOR MONDAY, MARCH 2
Recaps of NBA games played Sunday
DeAndre Jordan grabs 26 rebounds as Clippers win in Chicago
The AP reports: CHICAGO -- DeAndre Jordan's rebounding was too much for the short-handed Chicago Bulls.
Jordan continued his recent tear with 26 rebounds and Chris Paul had 28 points 12 assists and the Clippers earned a 96-86 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Sunday.
Jordan had 17 rebounds in the first two periods, the most by an NBA player in one half this season.
In his 300th straight game, the longest active streak in the league, the league's top rebounder also blocked two shots and altered several more... Rookie reserve Nikola Mirotic scored a career-high 29 points for a short-handed Bulls team that was without Derrick Rose (right knee surgery) and Taj Gibson (sprained left ankle).
And with Jimmy Butler (sprained left elbow) sidelined for most of the second half and Pau Gasol less than 100 percent, Mirotic accounted for all but one of his team's 17 points in the fourth quarter.
James Harden, Rockets edge LeBron James, Cavaliers in OT
The AP reports: HOUSTON -- James Harden has been putting up MVP-caliber numbers all season for the Houston Rockets.
Given the chance to go head to head with one of his biggest competitors for the award, Harden and the Rockets came out on top.
Harden scored 33 points and Cleveland star LeBron James missed a pair of free throws with 4.2 seconds left in overtime, helping the Rockets hold on for a 105-103 win over the Cavaliers on Sunday... James finished with 37 points after resting during Friday night's 93-86 loss at Indiana. He returned for a chippy contest that had multiple technicals and a flagrant foul by Harden on James... Kevin Love had 21 points for the Cavaliers, who played their second game without point guard Kyrie Irving, who has a left shoulder strain.
Lillard, Aldridge leads Blazers past Kings for 3rd in a row
The AP reports: SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Damian Lillard has a knack for playing well in the fourth quarter and demonstrated it again Sunday in helping the Portland Trail Blazers hold off the Sacramento Kings.
Lillard scored nine of his 31 points in the fourth quarter, LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points and 15 rebounds, and the Blazers beat the Kings 110-99 for their third straight victory.
With Portland clinging to a one-point lead early in the fourth quarter, Lillard quickly responded with a 3-pointer and followed with a jumper to help the Blazers pull away from the feisty Kings, who trailed by 10 entering the fourth. Portland closed the game with a 10-3 run.
Lillard had his fingerprints all over this game, contributing seven assists, four rebounds and hitting three 3-pointers. He made 11 of 20 shots, all six free throws, and scored 19 second-half points.
Stephen Curry helps Warriors rally from 26 down to beat Celtics
The AP reports: BOSTON -- When you're sitting on the NBA's best record like the Golden State Warriors, you don't have to stress over every single game.
Because you usually win, anyway.
Stephen Curry scored 37 points on Sunday night, and the Warriors erased a 26-point deficit to beat the Boston Celtics 106-101. Golden State won for the seventh time in nine tries to improve its league-best record to 46-11... Klay Thompson scored 20 for the Warriors, Harrison Barnes had 17 and Draymond Green scored 11 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter.
Isaiah Thomas scored 20 points off the bench for Boston, which had its three-game winning streak snapped. The Celtics led 56-30 midway through the second quarter, bringing the usually quiet TD Garden back to life.
Roy Hibbert leads surging Pacers to 94-74 win over 76ers
The AP reports: INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana's injury-plagued roster is nearly mended, which is starting to translate into a succession of wins.
Roy Hibbert had 14 points, 15 rebounds and five blocked shots to help the surging Pacers beat the Philadelphia 76ers 94-74 on Sunday night... George Hill scored 17 points and Luis Scola added 15 off the bench for the Pacers. Hibbert had his 14th double-double of the season and was as active as he's been in weeks, Vogel said... Robert Covington led the Sixers with 12 points despite leaving in the third period because of injury. Ish Smith added 11 off the bench.
Mo Williams helps Charlotte hold off Orlando 98-83
The AP reports: ORLANDO, Fla. -- Mo Williams is going to have to do more than just score to get Charlotte to the playoffs this season. He also needs to distribute the ball like he did Sunday night against Orlando.
Williams had 23 points and 11 assists, leading the Hornets to a 98-83 victory over the Magic... Cody Zeller, Al Jefferson and Gerald Henderson had 16 points apiece for Charlotte, which had dropped six of seven... Victor Oladipo led the Magic with 21 points. Tobias Harris added 13 points and nine rebounds.
Thunder get past Lakers without Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook
The AP reports: LOS ANGELES -- D.J. Augustin was still in Detroit when the Oklahoma City Thunder played 14 games without Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook earlier this season.
With the Thunder's superstar duo sidelined again, the undersized new guy seized the opportunity to show his skill.
Serge Ibaka had 18 points and 14 rebounds, Augustin added 18 points, nine rebounds and five assists, and Oklahoma City beat the Los Angeles Lakers 108-101 Sunday night to snap a two-game skid... Yet with Augustin in charge and fellow newcomer Enes Kanter adding 16 points and 15 rebounds, the Thunder's supporting players and backups never trailed against the 14th-place Lakers. Augustin stepped in for Westbrook as the Thunder's catalyst, and the veteran looked sharp in his sixth game with his sixth NBA team.
Pelicans hold off Nuggets 99-92 for 5th straight win
The AP reports: DENVER -- Tyreke Evans scored 22 points, Dante Cunningham drew a key charge late in the fourth quarter and the New Orleans Pelicans extended their winning streak to five games by holding off the struggling Denver Nuggets 99-92 on Sunday night.
Eric Gordon added 18 points and Omer Asik grabbed 16 rebounds for the Pelicans, who were without All-Star forward Anthony Davis for a fourth straight game after he re-injured his right shoulder on Feb. 21. The Pelicans are 4-0 in Davis' absence to remain in the playoff conversation... Danilo Gallinari had 21 points for Denver, including a half-court shot to end the third quarter that revved up the crowd. The Nuggets fell to 0-6 since the All-Star break.
NBA DAILY FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 1
Recaps of NBA games played Saturday
Wizards end losing streak with 99-95 win over Pistons
The AP reports: WASHINGTON -- John Wall scored 22 points, Nene added 21 and the Washington Wizards ended their six-game losing streak with a 99-95 win over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night.
The Wizards, who had lost 11 of 13, won despite blowing a 21-point second-half lead. Marcin Gortat scored 16 points and grabbed 17 rebounds for Washington.
With the Wizards up by one, Bradley Beal made his first free throw with 10 seconds left, making it 97-95. He missed the second, but the rebound was batted out to Wall, who was fouled and made both shots with 7.3 seconds left.
Greg Monroe had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Spencer Dinwiddie added 20 off the bench for Detroit, which has lost three straight.
Hawks give 4 players rest, still top Heat 93-91
The AP reports: MIAMI -- Paul Millsap scored 22 points, Dennis Schroder added 16 points and 10 assists and the intentionally depleted Atlanta Hawks still had enough to beat the Miami Heat 93-91 on Saturday night.
Kent Bazemore scored 15, including a big 3-pointer with about a minute left that gave the Hawks an 89-80 lead. John Jenkins scored 12 for Atlanta, which turned 23 Miami turnovers into 31 points.
Dwyane Wade scored 22 points for Miami, which fell to 10-17 at home and still remains in the No. 7 spot in the Eastern Conference race. Hassan Whiteside finished with 14 points and tied a season high with 24 rebounds for Miami, which also got 16 points from Mario Chalmers and 10 from Henry Walker.
Knicks win 2nd straight, hand Raptors 5th consecutive loss
The AP reports: NEW YORK -- Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 22 points, Langston Galloway made a clinching 3-pointer and the New York Knicks ended a sad Saturday for the franchise with a 103-98 victory over Toronto, the Raptors' season-high fifth straight loss.
After beginning the night with a moment of silence for former Knicks forward Anthony Mason, who died Saturday at 48, the team finished it by celebrating its second straight victory.
Former Raptors center Andrea Bargnani scored 19 points and newcomer Alexei Shved had 15 for the Knicks. Lou Amundson scored eight of his nine in the fourth quarter, but the Raptors made a late run after he missed a dunk, cutting a 13-point deficit to two before Galloway's 3-pointer made it 103-98 with 13 seconds to go.
Marc Gasol scores 27, Grizzlies edge Timberwolves 101-97
The AP reports: MINNEAPOLIS -- When Kevin Garnett was thrown out of the game, Marc Gasol went to work and Flip Saunders went looking for a rulebook.
Gasol had 27 points and 11 rebounds, and Mike Conley hit a big 3-pointer with 30 seconds left to lift the Memphis Grizzlies to a much-needed 101-97 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night... Andrew Wiggins scored 25 points and Ricky Rubio had 13 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds for the Wolves. But Garnett was ejected early in the third quarter of his second game back in a Minnesota uniform after picking up his second technical foul for slamming the ball to the court, and Kevin Martin missed a 3-pointer from the corner that could have tied it in the closing seconds.
Deron Williams' 25 points lead Nets as Rajon Rondo returns to Mavs
The AP reports: DALLAS -- Deron Williams felt right at home while helping the Brooklyn Nets close out a string of 22 days on the road on a winning note.
Williams scored 25 points and grabbed six rebounds, and Thaddeus Young had 16 points and eight rebounds off the bench as the Nets topped the Dallas Mavericks 104-94 on Saturday night... Dirk Nowitzki scored 20 points and Devin Harris had 14 for the Mavericks, who dropped percentage points behind the Los Angeles Clippers into sixth place in the Western Conference.
Spurs cap road trip by holding Suns to franchise-worst half (24 points)
The AP reports: PHOENIX -- Kawhi Leonard had 22 points and 10 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs dominated from the opening tip in a 101-74 rout of the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night.
The Spurs, playing the finale of their annual nine-game "rodeo road trip," were up 51-24 at the break, the fewest points in a half for the Suns in franchise history. San Antonio led by as many as 34 in the second half.
Marcus Morris scored 15 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, when Phoenix scored 33 to avoid breaking the team record for fewest points in a game -- 68 against Kansas City 34 years ago.
Danny Green, Boris Diaw and Aron Baynes scored 12 apiece for the Spurs.
Trey Burke scores 23, Jazz hold on for 82-75 win over Bucks
The AP reports: SALT LAKE CITY -- Trey Burke had 23 points and six assists to help the Utah Jazz hold off the Milwaukee Bucks 82-75 on Saturday night.
Derrick Favors added 16 points, 12 rebounds, three blocks and three steals for the Jazz, who have won consecutive games for the sixth time this season. They are yet to win three in a row.
Rudy Gobert had 12 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks.
Khris Middleton had 18 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals for the Bucks. Michael Carter-Williams finished with 16 points in his third game with the team since being traded from the 76ers.
NBA DAILY FOR SATURDAY, FEB. 28
Recaps of NBA games played Friday
Surging Pacers hold off short-handed Cavaliers 93-86
The AP reports: INDIANAPOLIS -- George Hill took center stage with the biggest stars sitting.
Hill finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists, and capped the first triple-double of his career with three free throws in the final 30 seconds to seal the Indiana Pacers' 93-86 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.
With LeBron James out because of a sore back, Kyrie Irving back in Cleveland with an injured left shoulder and Paul George on the bench with a broken right leg, Hill delivered one of his most memorable performances... Rodney Stuckey scored 19 points. The Pacers held the usually high-scoring Cavaliers to 35.9 percent from the field and 31.0 percent from 3-point range on a night Vogel passed Larry Brown for the most wins in the franchise's NBA history. Vogel now has 191 wins with Indiana.
Nerlens Noel leads 76ers past Wizards, 89-81
The AP reports: PHILADELPHIA -- Regardless of their woeful record and eye toward the future, the Philadelphia 76ers are tenacious.
This time, it resulted in a victory.
Nerlens Noel had 14 points and 13 rebounds in the 76ers' 89-81 win over the Washington Wizards on Friday night... Robert Covington added 13 points and Jason Richardson had 12 to help Philadelphia snap a five-game winning streak and win for the first time since trading Michael Carter-Williams. The 76ers are 13-45.
John Wall scored 21 points on 7-of-26 shooting for Washington. Otto Porter added 19 and Ramon Sessions had 14. The Wizards have lost six in a row and 11 of 13.
Hawks ride Paul Millsap's hot start past Magic
The AP reports: ATLANTA -- The Hawks led 19-3 about 3 minutes into the game and appeared headed toward an easy victory over the Magic.
Instead, they had to do it the hard way.
Paul Millsap scored 14 of his 20 points in the first quarter and Atlanta recovered after losing the early 16-point lead to beat Orlando 95-88 on Friday night... Nikola Vucevic, who had 21 points, made one of two free throws to cut Atlanta's lead to 85-81. A 3-pointer by Tobias Harris with 2 minutes remaining pulled Orlando to 87-84.
Celtics rally from big deficit to beat Hornets 106-98
The AP reports: BOSTON -- The ever-changing Boston Celtics have found a second unit that comes with a lot of offensive firepower.
Newcomers Isaiah Thomas and Jonas Jerebko and relative newcomer Jae Crowder combined for more than half of the Celtics' points and led a 16-point comeback in Boston's 106-98 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night.
Led by Thomas, who scored 21 of his 28 points in the second half, the Celtics battled back to tie the game at 80 on his 3-pointer and reclaimed the lead for good at 89-88 on Jerebko's layup at the 5:28 mark... Crowder added 14 points, including four 3-pointers. But more importantly, the 6-foot-6 swingman guarded Al Jefferson, limiting the 6-10 big man to 14 points on 6-for-13 shooting.
Knicks top sluggish Pistons 121-115 in double OT
The AP reports: AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Shane Larkin's three-point play in the final minute of the second overtime helped the New York Knicks snap their eight-game losing streak with a 121-115 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.
Larkin put the Knicks ahead by four with 28 seconds remaining, and they held on to win a game that Detroit appeared to have control of after two quarters... Andrea Bargnani scored 25 points for the Knicks. Lou Amundson added 17 points and 14 rebounds.
Andre Drummond had 21 points and 15 rebounds for Detroit, but recently acquired point guard Reggie Jackson shot 5 of 24 from the field. The Pistons went 8 of 31 from 3-point range.
Klay Thompson scores 25 as Warriors race past Raptors
The AP reports: TORONTO -- The Golden State Warriors bounced back from a loss in Cleveland to pound the Toronto Raptors.
Klay Thompson scored 25 points, Stephen Curry had 22 and the Warriors never trailed in an emphatic 113-89 victory Friday night... Draymond Green had 17 points and nine rebounds to help the Warriors wipe away the bad taste left by the 110-99 loss in Cleveland on Thursday night. They improved to 10-2 in the second game of back-to-backs, the best mark in the NBA.
Jimmy Butler leads short-handed Bulls over Garnett-less Wolves
The AP reports: CHICAGO -- Derrick Rose had knee surgery Friday morning. Pau Gasol was sidelined by an illness, and Taj Gibson sprained his left ankle in the first quarter.
No problem for the Chicago Bulls, who turned to their emerging star and skilled center for a short-handed victory.
Jimmy Butler had 28 points and 12 rebounds in Chicago's 96-89 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, and Joakim Noah finished with 11 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists in a solid all-around performance... Kevin Martin scored 18 points for the Timberwolves, who have lost four of six to drop to 13-44. Ricky Rubio had 15 points and 10 assists, and Andrew Wiggins finished with 14 points.
Jones has season-best 26 points as Rockets beat Nets 102-98
The AP reports: HOUSTON -- Terrence Jones scored a season-high 26 points, James Harden made the tiebreaking free throw with 43 seconds left and followed that with a jumper, and the Houston Rockets beat the Brooklyn Nets 102-98 on Friday night.
Harden, who played after spraining his right ankle on Wednesday night, shot just 4 for 15 for 15 points, but had 12 assists in a game where five Rockets scored in double figures.
The Rockets won their fourth straight overall and have defeated the Nets eight straight times in Houston.
Mason Plumlee and Deron Williams had 15 points apiece for the Nets.
Paul, Jordan lead Clippers past Grizzlies 97-79
The AP reports: MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Chris Paul had 19 points and 13 assists, and DeAndre Jordan added 15 points and 22 rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Clippers past the Memphis Grizzlies 97-79 on Friday night.
Jamal Crawford also had 19 points, and J.J. Redick finished with 18. Matt Barnes added 13 for the Clippers.
Zach Randolph led Memphis with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while connecting on 10 of 18 shots. Courtney Lee added 12 points, while Marc Gasol scored 11 as the Grizzlies lost their second straight.
Ajinca lifts Pelicans past Heat, 104-102
The AP reports: NEW ORLEANS -- Alexis Ajinca made the go-ahead layup with 26 seconds left and scored a career-high 24 points to help the New Orleans Pelicans won their fourth straight, 104-102 over the Miami Heat on Friday night.
Hassan Whiteside appeared to be going up for a tying dunk when he was blocked by fellow 7-footer Omer Asik, who secured the rebound, but his hasty outlet pass went off Eric Gordon's hands and out of bounds.
That gave Miami one more shot, but Dwyane Wade's 3-point attempt bounced out as time expired, dropping the Heat to its first loss in three games.
Gordon scored 20 points and Tyreke Evans had 19 points and 11 assists for New Orleans before fouling on a charge with the scored tied at 100 and 1:23 left.
Favors has 21 points, 10 rebounds for Jazz
The AP reports: DENVER -- Derrick Favors had 21 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks, Trey Burke came off the bench to score 19 points and the Utah Jazz beat the struggling Denver Nuggets 104-82 on Friday night.
Gordon Hayward added 15 points and Rudy Gobert had 10 points and eight rebounds for the Jazz. Utah has won five of its last seven.
Will Barton had 22 points for the Nuggets. They have lost nine straight at home and 18 of 20 overall. Denver was in the playoff conversation after a five-game winning streak in mid-January, but has fallen into 13th place in the Western Conference.
Spurs snap 4-game skid, beat short-handed Kings 107-96
The AP reports: SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- In good times and bad, Tony Parker's play has often been cited as a way to measure the state of the San Antonio Spurs during the last decade.
Parker has no problem with that responsibility. He expects to lift the Spurs to the same level he has during four of their five NBA championship runs, and he fully acknowledges -- healthy or not -- he hasn't always lived up to his high standard this season.
Parker began to break of his recent slump Friday night, helping the Spurs snap a four-game losing streak with a 107-96 victory over the short-handed Sacramento Kings. He sparked the decisive run in the fourth quarter and finished with 19 points, five rebounds and four assists... Kawhi Leonard added 17 points and seven rebounds as San Antonio avoided its first five-game skid since late in the 2010-11 season with an efficient and aggressive performance.
Ellington's big 4th quarter helps Lakers beat Bucks 101-93
The AP reports: LOS ANGELES -- No matter that Wayne Ellington missed his first six shots through three quarters.
He never lost his shooter's mentality, and it paid off in the final six minutes of the game, when Ellington scored 11 straight points to help the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 101-93 Friday night for their season high-tying third straight victory... Jordan Clarkson led six players in double figures with 16 points, coming off his career-high, 22-point effort in a win against Utah. Ellington finished with 14 -- all in the final period -- and Jordan Hill and Jeremy Lin added 14 points apiece... Ersan Ilyasova had 17 points and 12 rebounds, Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 13 points and Jerryd Bayless had 12 off the bench for the Bucks, whose franchise record-tying, four-game winning streak against the Lakers ended.
Blazers' rally spoils Russell Westbrook's third straight triple-double
The AP reports: PORTLAND, Ore. -- After the Portland Trail Blazers overcame Russell Westbrook's third straight triple-double, Damian Lillard sensed his team was recapturing its form of earlier this season.
Oklahoma City can only hope it didn't lose Westbrook along with the game.
Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge each scored 29 points, and Portland rallied to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 115-112 on Friday night. Aldridge added 16 rebounds. Westbrook, who fell and was hit in the face by the knee of onrushing teammate Andre Roberson in the final seconds, had 40 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists. He became the first player to string together three triple-doubles since LeBron James in 2009.
NBA DAILY FOR FRIDAY, FEB. 27
Recaps of NBA games played Thursday
LeBron James scores 42 as Cavs best Warriors for 18th win in 20 games
The AP reports: CLEVELAND -- LeBron James says he isn't about personal statements. He made one anyway Thursday night.
James scored a season-high 42 points, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Golden State Warriors 110-99 for their 18th victory in 20 games.
James added 11 rebounds, outplaying fellow MVP candidate Stephen Curry and leading Cleveland past the team with the NBA's best record for its 11th straight home victory... The Cavaliers did get a bit of bad news. All-Star guard Kyrie Irving, who scored 24 points, injured his left shoulder and didn't travel with the team to Indiana for Friday night's game. A team spokesman said Irving will have an MRI on Friday and is doubtful against the Pacers... David Lee led Golden State (44-11) with 19 points.
ESPN.com reports: The Cavaliers scored 36 points off of 29 drives Thursday, both higher than their season averages (28.6 PPG off 25.3 drives). In their previous matchup against the Warriors in January, the Cavs only scored 16 points on such plays.
Suns stop streaking Thunder despite Russell Westbrook triple-double
The AP reports: PHOENIX -- Point guard matchups don't get much better than the one Thursday night in Phoenix.
Russell Westbrook got the triple-double, Eric Bledsoe got the victory.
Westbrook scored 39 points in his 12th career triple-double but missed what would have been the game-tying layup with 5.7 seconds left in overtime, and the Suns beat Oklahoma City 117-113 to snap the Thunder's seven-game winning streak... Bledsoe just missed a triple-double with 28 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists. He took 22 fewer shots than Westbrook and made one fewer basket... Westbrook missed his first eight shots and made 12 of a career-high 38. He was 1-of-10 from 3-point range, but scored 31 in the second half and overtime of his fourth triple-double this season.
ESPN.com reports: Eric Bledsoe scored 17 of his 28 points when Russell Westbrook was his primary defender. Bledsoe got the better of Westbrook on the defensive end as well, holding Westbrook to 5-of-22 shooting.
NBA DAILY FOR THURSDAY, FEB. 26
Recaps of NBA games played Wednesday
Heat take advantage of Magic miscues in 93-90 overtime win
The AP reports: ORLANDO, Fla. -- It will be a while before the Miami Heat fully figure out how they will adjust without Chris Bosh in the lineup.
In the meantime, they're continuing to find different ways to win.
Luol Deng had 21 points, Dwyane Wade added 18 and the Heat rallied to defeat the Orlando Magic 93-90 in overtime Wednesday night.
Hassan Whiteside added 15 points and 13 rebounds. The Heat have won three of four since losing Bosh for the season with a blood clot in his lung.
Hawks charge past Mavericks with Rajon Rondo serving ban
The AP reports: ATLANTA -- Hawks backup point guard Dennis Schroder again shined against a Dallas team that was missing its starting point guard.
Led by Schroder's 17 points, the Hawks took the lead with a 13-0 run in the third quarter and went on to a 104-87 victory Wednesday night over the Mavericks, who were without suspended guard Rajon Rondo. Schroder, the second-year player from Germany, made three of five 3-pointers. He also led Atlanta with a career-high 22 points in a 105-102 win at Dallas on Dec. 22... Monta Ellis led Dallas with 19 points.
Celtics rout Knicks 115-94
The AP reports: BOSTON -- The recently reshuffled Boston Celtics hadn't practiced lately and it showed early in Wednesday's game against the New York Knicks.
Midway through the third quarter, the Celtics got in sync and turned a six-point deficit into a 115-94 rout of the reeling Knicks.
"We just kept rocking," said Evan Turner, who had his first career triple-double with 10 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists... Boston's top three scorers were all picked up in trades over the past few months. Isaiah Thomas scored 19, hitting all 11 of his foul shots, and Jonas Jerebko had 20 points as both played their first home games as members of the Celtics. Jae Crowder, acquired from Dallas in the Rajon Rondo deal on Dec. 18, finished with 18 points.
Hornets beat Bulls 98-86 with Rose out for Chicago
The AP reports: CHICAGO -- Joakim Noah's emotions after he heard Derrick Rose will have yet another knee surgery could be summed up in two words.
"Angry. Sad," Noah said.
The news that Rose is out again hit the Chicago Bulls hard. And they didn't get much relief from the Hornets.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 18 points and 12 rebounds, Mo Williams scored 17 and Charlotte beat Chicago 98-86 Wednesday night.
Al Jefferson added 16 points to help the Hornets snap a five-game losing streak. But all that was overshadowed by the news that Rose needs another operation.
Corey Brewer's big 4th quarter helps Rockets beat Clippers
The AP reports: HOUSTON -- James Harden started his career as the sixth man for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
He's been a starter since coming to Houston, but with his history he still delights in seeing the guys off the bench playing as they did in the Rockets' 110-105 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night... Harden had 21 points, Corey Brewer scored 13 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and the Rockets snapped a six-game skid to the Clippers with the victory... Jamal Crawford led the Clippers with 24 points and Paul and Jordan had 22 apiece in a game that had 15 lead changes and was tied 16 times.
Carter-Williams impresses in debut, Bucks rout 76ers 104-88
The AP reports: MILWAUKEE -- Michael Carter-Williams ran into a wall of taller defenders on a drive into the lane and curled a pass into the corner to an open teammate.
Khris Middleton drained a 3-pointer -- just the kind of play the Milwaukee Bucks were hoping to get when they traded for the promising point guard from the Philadelphia 76ers.
John Henson scored 21 points, Carter-Williams had seven points and eight assists in his Milwaukee debut and the Bucks beat Philadelphia 104-88 on Wednesday night... Middleton added 19 points for Milwaukee, which led by as many as 29. Jason Richardson scored 16 for the 76ers, who lost their fifth straight game.
Kevin Garnett a winner in emotional return to Wolves
The AP reports: MINNEAPOLIS -- His first game in a Timberwolves uniform in nearly eight years was 30 minutes away, and Kevin Garnett was bouncing off the walls in the locker room he called home for 12 years.
Minnesota owner Glen Taylor pulled him aside and tried to calm him down. "This is your night, Kevin," Taylor told him. "Just enjoy it."
And it was.
Garnett made an ear-splitting return to Minnesota and his Timberwolves overcame a jittery start to beat Washington 97-77 on Wednesday night.
Garnett, reacquired in a trade from Brooklyn last week, had five points on 2-for-7 shooting with eight rebounds and two blocks in 19 minutes in his first game for Minnesota since 2007.
Quincy Pondexter leads Pelicans past Nets, 102-96
The AP reports: NEW ORLEANS -- As Quincy Pondexter saw his 3-pointer go down with 49.9 seconds on the clock, he turned up court, allowed a slight smile and pounded his chest with the palm of his hand three times.
The clutch basket as the shot clock wound down gave Pondexter a career-high 25 points and all but sealed New Orleans' third straight victory, a 102-96 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night... Tyreke Evans had 15 points and 11 assists for the Pelicans, who have for all practical purposes posted their past three victories without All-Star Anthony Davis.
Suns end 5-game skid with 110-96 win over Nuggets
The AP reports: DENVER -- Brandon Knight is showing off his shooting touch to his new teammates. His playmaking at crunch time, too.
Knight hit two key late 3-pointers and had 19 points to help the Phoenix Suns snap a five-game losing streak with a 110-96 victory over the injury-depleted Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night.
Acquired last week from Milwaukee in a three-team trade, Knight is averaging 17.3 points in three games with the Suns... Bledsoe added 18 points for the Suns, 2-8 in their last 10 games. They had six players score in double figures as they ended a seven-game road skid. It's their first win away from home since Jan. 7 at Minnesota.
Jordan Clarkson leads Lakers rally for 100-97 win over Jazz
The AP reports: SALT LAKE CITY -- Los Angele coach Byron Scott said Jordan Clarkson has been working on his mid-range jump shot recently. The rookie point guard showed the fruits of that labor Wednesday night as he helped rally the Lakers to a 100-97 victory over the Utah Jazz.
Clarkson scored a career-high 22 points and shot 62.5 percent from the field, helping eliminate the Jazz's hopes for their first three-game win streak of the season... Gordon Hayward scored 20 for the Jazz, and Elijah Millsap finished with a career-high 17.
Jordan Hill scored 16 for the Lakers, while Wayne Ellington had 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Kings turn back Grizzlies as DeMarcus Cousins, Z-Bo shove it out
The AP reports: SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Three technical fouls were called. One chair was kicked, and two of the NBA's most volatile big men nearly let their emotions get the best of them.
It was just the kind of game the Memphis Grizzlies love to play.
The Sacramento Kings showed they can, too.
Rudy Gay scored 28 points, DeMarcus Cousins finished with 16 points and nine rebounds, and the Kings grinded out a 102-90 win over the Grizzlies on Wednesday night... Randolph had 20 points and five rebounds, and Marc Gasol added 14 points and seven boards as Memphis' climb up the Western Conference standings was slowed. The Grizzlies had won 16 of 19 to get within striking distance of Golden State, which leads the West by four games.
Wesley Matthews' 31 help Blazers send Spurs to fourth straight loss
The AP reports: PORTLAND, Ore. -- Wesley Matthews and the Portland Trail Blazers hope they put their recent fourth-quarter woes behind them Wednesday night.
Matthews scored 31 points, LaMarcus Aldridge had 11 points and 13 rebounds, and Portland beat the slumping San Antonio Spurs 111-95 for its first victory since the All-Star break.
The Trail Blazers are 25-4 when leading after three quarters, but all four losses have come in the past 10 games.
The most glaring flop was Sunday, when Portland blew a 13-point lead as Memphis outscored the Blazers 34-15 during the fourth period.
NBA DAILY FOR WEDNESDAY, FEB. 25
Recaps of NBA games played Tuesday
Stephen Curry returns with 32 points as Warriors dump Wiz
The AP reports: WASHINGTON -- Considering the workout he gave it Tuesday night, Stephen Curry's right foot appears to be just fine.
Curry returned from a one-game absence to lead all scorers with 32, Klay Thompson added 17 more, and the Golden State Warriors defeated the Washington Wizards 114-107.
Curry missed Sunday's loss at Indiana with the sore foot but played nearly 34 minutes Tuesday. He hit 11 of 18 field goal attempts -- many with impressive degrees of difficulty -- including five of nine from 3-point range... Marreese Speights added 16 points off the bench for the Warriors, who have won five of six... Paul Pierce led the Wizards with 25 points and 18 in the second half. Marcin Gortat added 16 points and 11 rebounds, while John Wall chipped in 16 points and 11 assists.
Cavs rally past Pistons behind LeBron, Love's 8 3-pointers
The AP reports: AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- LeBron James rarely likes to talk about his individual achievements.
On Tuesday, he made an exception.
James had 11 assists in Cleveland's 102-93 victory over the Detroit Pistons. In the process, he moved past Scottie Pippen for first place on the NBA career list for forwards. James now has 6,142 assists -- seven more than Pippen... Many of James' assists, including the record-breaker in the second quarter that gave him 6,136, found Kevin Love wide open behind the arc. Love had 24 points on eight 3-pointers, which tied his career best... James nearly had an odd triple-double; he turned the ball over nine times, one short of his career high. Kyrie Irving added 18 points for Cleveland, which has won 17 of its past 19 games.
Reggie Jackson had 22 points, nine assists and eight rebounds in his second game with Detroit, while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 21.
Russell Westbrook's triple-double leads Thunder past Pacers
The AP reports: OKLAHOMA CITY -- Russell Westbrook shrugged off his triple-double.
He was much more excited about the surge his Oklahoma City Thunder are making in the standings. Westbrook had 20 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, and the Thunder defeated the Indiana Pacers 105-92 on Tuesday night for their seventh straight win.
The Thunder, who are 9-1 in February, closed within 2 1/2 games of the San Antonio Spurs for the No. 7 spot in the Western Conference... Westbrook claimed his third triple-double of the season and 11th of his career despite resting for the entire fourth quarter. He's found a rare groove, despite working with two new starters. Since being voted All-Star Game MVP, Westbrook is averaging 27.0 points, 11.8 assists and 7.8 rebounds, and the Thunder are 4-0. He has had at least 10 assists in all four games... Serge Ibaka had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Enes Kanter added 15 points for the Thunder. Kanter, a 6-foot-11 center, is averaging 15 points in three games since being acquired from Utah at the trade deadline.
Ellis, Nowitzki pace Mavericks to 99-90 victory over Raptors
The AP reports: DALLAS -- Discord in Dallas, even in victory.
The Mavericks' rally to beat the Toronto Raptors 99-92 on Tuesday night took place with starting point guard Rajon Rondo affixed to the bench after he and coach Rick Carlisle exchanged words during a timeout early in the third quarter.
Toronto led 62-53 when Carlisle called out to Rondo, who was dribbling past midcourt. Carlisle then abruptly called time out. After the Dallas players in the game reached the bench area, Carlisle and Rondo had an animated conversation amid a crowd of players and coaches. Rondo didn't return to the game... Monta Ellis led the Mavericks with 20 points while Dirk Nowitzki added 18 in their third straight victory. Dallas' substitute guards pitched in with 27 points: Devin Harris 14 and J.J. Barea with 13... Toronto lost its third straight, having played four road games in five days. The Raptors were led by DeMar DeRozan with 18 points and substitute Greivis Vasquez with 14.
NBA DAILY FOR TUESDAY, FEB. 24
Recaps of NBA games played Monday
Deng scores 29, Heat click in 2nd half to beat 76ers 119-108
The AP reports: MIAMI -- Goran Dragic and the Miami Heat knew it would take some time for him to become acclimated to his new surroundings.
Looks like about three days did the trick.
Luol Deng made 11 of 14 shots and scored 29 points, Dragic added 23 points and 10 assists, and the Heat set a season high for scoring in a 119-108 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night... Dwyane Wade scored 18 for the Heat, who stayed in the No. 7 spot in the Eastern Conference. Hassan Whiteside added 12 points and 14 rebounds for Miami, which shot 55 percent... Hollis Thompson scored 22 points for Philadelphia, which got 18 from Nerlens Noel, 16 from Robert Covington, 12 from Henry Sims and 11 from Isaiah Canaan.
Bulls hit boards to beat Bucks 87-71
The AP reports: CHICAGO -- The shooting was terrible, all night long. The difference was the Chicago Bulls went to the glass, over and over again.
Tony Snell scored 20 points, Nikola Mirotic had 16 points and a career-high 14 rebounds, and the surging Bulls pounded the Milwaukee Bucks on the boards on their way to an 87-71 victory Monday.
Pau Gasol added 15 points and 10 rebounds as the Bulls enjoyed a whopping 62-41 advantage on the glass. Joakim Noah had eight points and 16 rebounds on his bobblehead night, and Jimmy Butler finished with 11 points and nine boards... Milwaukee shot 34 percent (30 for 89) from the field in its second straight loss after a stretch of nine wins in 10 games. Ersan Ilyasova had 15 points and 11 rebounds in his first start since Jan. 27 at Miami.
James Harden propels Rockets with 31 points, 11 boards, 10 assists
The AP reports: HOUSTON -- James Harden focused on getting his teammates involved until he got himself going.
Harden had 31 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his second triple-double this season, leading the Houston Rockets to a 113-102 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.
Harden missed his first seven shots but got going late in the first quarter. He said when his shots aren't falling, it helps him to find his teammates open... Houston led by nine at the start of the final period, but Andrew Wiggins led a charge that cut the lead to one point with less than 4 minutes left... Wiggins scored 30 for the Timberwolves, who lost for the third time in four games.
Injury-ravaged Pelicans overcome 18-point deficit to drop Raptors
The AP reports: NEW ORLEANS -- Pelicans coach Monty Williams now has a better idea of how badly his undermanned squad wants to stay in the Western Conference playoff race.
Alexis Ajinca capped a 16-point performance with a go-ahead layup in the final minute, and New Orleans erased an 18-point deficit en route to a 100-97 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Monday night... Luke Babbitt scored a season-high 18 for New Orleans, including a 3-pointer that gave the Pelicans their first lead of the game with 1:55 left... Kyle Lowry scored 22 for Toronto, but missed a driving layup for the lead with 6 seconds left when he was blocked by Asik, who also snared the rebound. Jimmer Fredette then hit a pair of free throws for New Orleans, and Lowry's 27-foot attempt for a tie missed.
Brook Lopez scores 19 points, Nets beat Nuggets 110-82
The AP reports: DENVER -- Playing a smaller lineup paid off in a big way for the Brooklyn Nets.
Brook Lopez led seven Nets players in double figures with 19 points, and Brooklyn won its second consecutive road game by beating the Denver Nuggets 110-82 on Monday night.
Deron Williams added 16 points and 12 assists, and Thaddeus Young scored 15 in another solid outing for the Nets since his acquisition last week from Minnesota in a trade for Kevin Garnett.
Rookie guard Markel Brown had 11 rebounds and 10 points for the Nets in his first start of the season. Brooklyn, coming off a 114-105 victory at the Los Angeles Lakers last Friday, won back-to-back road games for the first time since mid-January... Danilo Gallinari had 22 points for the struggling Nuggets, who have lost 16 of 18 -- including seven in a row at home.
Isaiah Thomas burns ex-teammates as Celtics sink Suns
The AP reports: PHOENIX -- The stare and the smile said it all for Isaiah Thomas, who delightedly made his former team pay for trading him away just four days earlier.
Thomas scored eight of his 21 points in the last 1:37 Monday night in the Boston Celtics' 115-110 victory over the Phoenix Suns, delivering a critical four-point play, a steal and layup, and two free throws to defuse a rally.
The Suns traded Thomas to Boston last week in a deadline-day deal... Avery Bradley led the Celtics with 23 points and Boston made a season-high 14 3-pointers, 10 in the first half as they ran out to a 19-point league against the struggling Suns. But Phoenix cut the lead to one on a 3 from Eric Bledsoe with 2:33 remaining... Bledsoe had 21 points and 10 assists in the Suns' eighth loss in the past nine games.
Trey Burke scores 23 as Jazz drop Spurs, extend San Antonio's skid to 3
The AP reports: SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder is trying to keep the Rudy Gobert love-fest under control. The 7-foot-1 Frenchman was already a fan favorite as a shot-swatting reserve, but the attention has increased since the organization traded away Enes Kanter and inserted Gobert into the starting lineup.
Gobert sparked another victory over a top team in his second consecutive start and the Jazz beat San Antonio 90-81 on Monday night, extending the Spurs' losing streak to three since returning from the All-Star hiatus... Gobert set the defensive tone from the outset with two first-quarter blocks of Tim Duncan. He finished with seven points, 14 rebounds, three blocks and two steals as the Jazz have held their last five opponents under 100 points.
Grizzlies beat Clippers, win second game against L.A. this season
The AP reports: LOS ANGELES -- The Memphis Grizzlies are on a roll with Jeff Green.
The Los Angeles Clippers aren't the same without Blake Griffin.
When the teams got together, they played a grind-it-out style better suited to the Grizzlies than the high-flying Clippers, whose four-game winning streak ended with a 90-87 loss Monday night.
Mike Conley scored 18 points, Jeff Green added 16 and Marc Gasol had 14 to help the Grizzlies improve to 15-3 since Green joined the team on Jan. 12... It did to the Clippers, who still had their other late-game option in Chris Paul. But he lost the ball with 1.9 seconds left and bent over with his hands in his head.
"All I could think about was if I was watching at home this dummy didn't even get a shot up," said Paul, who had 30 points and 10 rebounds.