The Associated Press
Feb. 22, 2014
TORONTO (AP) — Terrence Ross scored 20 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 18 and the Toronto Raptors snapped the Cleveland Cavaliers' six-game winning streak with a 98-91 victory on Friday night.
Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan each had 14 points as the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors won for the fourth time in five games.
Toronto reached the 30-win plateau in its 55th game, a feat that took 78 games to achieve last season. The Raptors also improved to 10-4 at home since Jan. 1.
Luol Deng had 21 points and 11 rebounds and Kyrie Irving scored 17 as the Cavaliers lost for the first time since Feb. 5 against the Los Angeles Lakers. Cleveland failed to record its first seven-game winning streak since LeBron James led the team to eight straight in 2010.
Tristan Thompson scored 13 points for Cleveland, whose three-game road winning streak also came to an end. The Cavaliers had not lost away from home since a Feb. 3 defeat at Dallas.
SUNS 106, SPURS 85
PHOENIX (AP) — Ish Smith scored a career-high 15 points, matched his career best of seven rebounds and triggered a 17-point second-quarter run that propelled Phoenix past road weary San Antonio.
Markieff Morris scored 21 points and Channing Frye 17 for Phoenix. Gerald Green and Marcus Morris added 13 apiece.
Danny Green had 15 and Tim Duncan 13 for the Spurs, who finished a nine-game road trip, the team's annual sojourn while a rodeo is held back home. The Spurs went 7-2 on the swing.
The Suns, 3-0 since the All-Star break, snapped San Antonio's four-game winning streak and climbed to a season-high 12 games above .500.___
BULLS 117, NUGGETS 89
CHICAGO (AP) — D.J. Augustin had 22 points and eight assists, and Chicago won its fifth consecutive game.
Rookie Tony Snell added a career-high 20 points as the Bulls put seven players in double figures. Taj Gibson had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Joakim Noah finished with 14 points, 11 boards and five assists.
Randy Foye scored 23 points for Denver, which has lost six of seven. Aaron Brooks had 17 on 7-for-11 shooting in 28 minutes in his Nuggets debut, which also included a technical foul when he was involved in a tussle with Noah in the third.
Denver acquired Brooks and forward Jan Vesely in a pair of trades on Thursday. The 7-foot Vesely had five points and five rebounds in 16 minutes.
GRIZZLIES 102, CLIPPERRS 96
MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) — Zach Randolph had 21 points and 11 rebounds, Marc Gasol added 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Memphis held on.
James Johnson added 15 for Memphis, and Mike Miller finished with 13, hitting 5 of 8 from the field. Courtney Lee scored 10 for Memphis.
Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 28 points and 13 rebounds, and Jamal Crawford had 23 points. Chris Paul added 18 points and 14 assists for the Clippers, who lost their second straight.
The Grizzlies built the lead to double digits in the fourth quarter, and then kept Los Angeles at bay, despite a late run.
Memphis shot 48 percent for the game, while the Clippers were at 39 percent.
PISTONS 115, HAWKS 107
AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (AP) — Andre Drummond had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Kyle Singler made a pair of big 3-pointers late in the fourth quarter to lead Detroit.
The injury-riddled Hawks lost their eighth straight game despite shooting 17 of 20 during a 41-point second quarter. Detroit rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit.
Atlanta was without guard Jeff Teague, who was out with a sprained ankle. Al Horford was lost for the season in December with a torn pectoral muscle.
Paul Millsap had 23 points for the Hawks.
Drummond sat out late in the game after the Hawks started fouling him intentionally, but he had already thrown down a spectacular one-handed dunk on Elton Brand early in the fourth quarter.
MAVERICKS 124, 76ERS 112
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki scored 25 points, Shawn Marion had 22 and Dallas handed Philadelphia its 10th straight loss.
A day after dismantling the roster and trading away Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes and Lavoy Allen, the Sixers had just eight players in uniform.
Thaddeus Young scored 30 and Michael Carter-Williams had 25 for Philadelphia, which has looked toward next season and beyond since training camp.
The Sixers, who have the NBA's second-worst record, made four trades before Thursday's deadline, giving up three players and a draft pick for five players and six second-round draft picks between 2014 and 2018.
They're hoping for a top-3 draft pick and trying to clear space under the salary cap to make a run at quality free agents.
BOBCATS 90, PELICANS 87
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) — Al Jefferson had 33 points and 10 rebounds, and Charlotte won its third straight since the All-Star break.
The Bobcats overcame some shoddy free throw shooting in the final minute to win for the seventh time in the last 10 games.
Charlotte had missed four of six free throws in the final minute before Kemba Walker knocked down four foul shots in the final 9 seconds to put the Bobcats up by three. The Pelicans had a chance to send the game into overtime, but Josh McRoberts stripped Brian Roberts of the ball at midcourt and time expired.
Jefferson has scored 29 points or more in eight of his last 11 games and at least 20 points in 17 of the last 19.
Roberts had 20 points and Anthony Davis had 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Pelicans.
MAGIC 129, KNICKS 121, 2 OT
ORLANDO, Florida (AP) — Arron Afflalo had 32 points, rookie Victor Oladipo added 30 points and a career-high 14 assists, and Orlando rallied to win in double overtime.
The Magic trailed by as many as 14 points, but got 25 points and 10 assists from Oladipo after halftime to stave off the Knicks. Tobias Harris added 22 points.
Orlando snapped a three-game losing streak in its first game following the departure of Glen Davis, who had the remainder of his contract bought out earlier in the day.
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 44 points, but only 14 came after the third quarter. The Knicks' loss ended their eight-game game win streak over the Magic. New York has last four of its last five.
TRAIL BLAZERS 102, JAZZ 94
PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) — Damian Lillard had 28 points and short-handed Portland came back from a third-quarter deficit to beat Utah.
Robin Lopez had 12 points and a career-high 18 rebounds for the Blazers, who avoided a season-high fourth straight loss.
Enes Kanter matched his career-high with 25 points and added 10 rebounds for the Jazz, who lost their second straight after a three-game winning streak.
Portland was playing its second game without All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who has a left groin strain.
LAKERS 101, CELTICS 92
LOS ANGELES (AP) — MarShon Brooks made his Lakers debut in style, scoring 10 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter against his former club and leading Los Angeles to a 101-92 victory over the Boston Celtics to help end a franchise-record eight-game home losing streak.
Kent Bazemore also played his first game for the Lakers two nights after he and Brooks were acquired from the Golden State Warriors for Steve Blake. Bazemore had 15 points, including a pair of clutch 3-pointers less than 2 minutes apart during the final 4:20 as Los Angeles outscored Boston 38-18 in the final period.
Pau Gasol had 16 points and seven rebounds in his first game since Jan. 31 after missing seven games with a groin strain.
Jeff Green scored 21 points during a foul-plagued 33 minutes for the Celtics.