The Associated Press
Dec. 13, 2014
PHOENIX (AP) — The Detroit Pistons ended a 13-game losing streak as Andre Drummond had 23 points and 14 rebounds in a win over the Phoenix Suns.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit a fadeaway 3-pointer with 1:13 to play to break a tie at 97, and the Pistons held on.
Goran Dragic had 18 points for the Suns, who lost their fourth in a row.
KNICKS 101, CELTICS 95
BOSTON (AP) — Carmelo Anthony scored 22 points, Amare Stoudemire had 20 and the New York Knicks snapped a 10-game losing streak by beating the Boston Celtics.
Tim Hardaway Jr. added 16 points and Jason Smith 12 as New York ended its longest losing streak since the 2005-06 team dropped 10 straight from Jan. 28-Feb. 13.
It was just the Knicks' second road win of the season. They won their first, beating LeBron James and the Cavaliers in his return to Cleveland before losing the next 11.
Jeff Green had 28 points and Tyler Zeller 19 for the Celtics, who lost their third straight.
PELCIANS 119, CAVALIERS 114
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tyreke Evans 31 points and 10 assists, Ryan Anderson tied a career high with eight 3-pointers on his way to 30 points, and the New Orleans Pelicans overcame the loss of Anthony Davis to beat LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Davis left in the first quarter after taking an elbow to chest while jostling for position during a free throw by Kevin Love.
James, returning from a one-game absence because of a sore knee, scored 41 points, while Love added 21 points. Kyrie Irving played one night after hurting his left knee in a collision with Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook, but struggled early. He missed his first nine shots and did not score any of his 17 points until the fourth quarter, when Cleveland trailed by as many as 19.
BULLS 115, TRAIL BLAZERS 106
CHICAGO (AP) — Derrick Rose scored a season-high 31 points and the Chicago Bulls beat the Portland Trail Blazers.
Rose, who tore the meniscus in his right knee against the Blazers last season, scored over 30 for the first time since March 12, 2012. He shot 14 of 24.
Chicago broke a seven-game losing streak to Portland.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 21 of his 35 points in the first quarter, his 10 field goals in the period matching a Portland record set by Darius Miles in 2005.
Damian Lillard also had 35 for the Trail Blazers.
HAWKS 87, MAGIC 81
ATLANTA (AP) — Paul Millsap scored 23 points, Al Horford added 17 and the Atlanta Hawks won their ninth straight game, beating the Orlando Magic.
The winning streak is Atlanta's longest since it opened the 1997-98 season with 11 victories in a row.
Michael Oladipo scored 21 points and Evan Fournier added 18 for Orlando, which has lost four of six.
LAKERS 112, SPURS 110, OT
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Nick Young scored 29 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 7.4 seconds left in overtime, Kobe Bryant had 22 points and the Los Angeles Lakers overcame a shaky ending to beat San Antonio.
Tim Duncan had 19 points and 18 rebounds for San Antonio, which had its six-game home winning streak snapped.
HEAT 100, JAZZ 95
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Dwayne Wade scored a season-high 29 points, including three free throws in the final 9 seconds, to help the Miami Heat beat the Utah Jazz.
Chris Bosh had 22 points and Luol Deng added 14 for the Heat, who closed a five-game road swing on a winning note after losing five of their previous six.
Enes Kanter scored 25 points, Gordon Hayward had 18 and Alec Burks 16 for Utah, which has lost 10 of its last 11.
GRIZZLIES 113, HORNETS 107, 2OT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Mike Conley scored six of his 19 points in the second overtime, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Charlotte Hornets.
Zach Randolph had 20 points and Marc Gasol also scored 19 for the Grizzlies, who got a tying 3-pointer from Vince Carter with 4.5 seconds left in the first overtime.
The Grizzlies won for the sixth time in the past seven games against the Hornets, who got 28 points from Kemba Walker and 25 from Gary Neal.
THUNDER 111, TIMBERWOLVES 92
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Russell Westbrook scored 20 of his 34 points in the first half and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Minnesota Timberwolves for their fifth straight victory.
Kevin Durant added 16 as he and Westbrook played the second night of back-to-back games for the first time since returning to the Thunder lineup.
Andrew Wiggins and Shabazz Muhammad each scored 18 points for Minnesota.
WIZARDS 104, CLIPPERS 96
WASHINGTON (AP) — John Wall outplayed Chris Paul in their first meeting of the season and the Washington Wizards snapped the Los Angeles Clippers' nine-game winning streak.
Wall controlled the game with 10 points and 11 assists while Paul struggled with a season-high six turnovers.
Bradley Beal scored a season-high 29 points for the Wizards.
Paul made some late baskets to finish with 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
NETS 88, 76ERS 70
NEW YORK (AP) — Mason Plumlee scored a season-high 18 points and had 10 rebounds, and the Brooklyn Nets broke open a close game in the fourth quarter to beat Philadelphia.
Robert Covington had 20 points for the 76ers, an NBA-worst 2-20. Michael Carter-Williams added 14 points and nine assists.
RAPTORS 106, PACERS 94
TORONTO (AP) — Jonas Valanciunas had 10 points and 14 rebounds, Lou Williams scored 26 and the Toronto Raptors handed Indiana its seventh straight loss.
James Johnson had 13 points, Patrick Patterson 11 and Grevis Vasquez scored seven of his 10 in the fourth quarter for the Raptors.
Solomon Hill scored 16 for the Pacers, whose seven-game losing streak is their longest since an eight-game skid from Dec. 18-30, 2009.