The Associated Press
Mar. 10, 2015
ATLANTA (AP) — Kyle Korver and DeMarre Carroll each scored 20 points as the Atlanta Hawks bounced back from a rare loss by becoming the first NBA team to 50 wins, scoring a season high in routing the Sacramento Kings 130-105 Monday night.
Resting three starters, the East-leading Hawks (50-13) were beaten by the lowly 76ers over the weekend to end a six-game winning streak. Korver didn't even make the trip to Philadelphia, the Hawks hoping the rest would help break him out of a shooting slump since the All-Star break.
Korver went 6 of 8 from 3-point range. The Hawks set a club record by going 20 of 36 beyond the arc, breaking the mark of 19 set against Dallas on Dec. 17, 1996.
The Hawks led 76-54 at the break — their most prolific half of the season. They finished with 42 assists, best in the NBA this season. Jeff Teague led the way with 13.
Rudy Gay scored 23 points as the Kings lost their fourth in a row.
PELICANS 114, BUCKS 103
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Anthony Davis scored 43 points, tying a career high and helping New Orleans pull away to beat Milwaukee.
Eric Gordon added 16 and Tyreke Evans had 13 before leaving the game in the third quarter with an ankle injury. The Pelicans shot 59 percent for the game and 60 percent from 3-point range.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had a career-high 29 points for the Bucks, who have lost seven of nine. Michael Carter-Williams tallied 25, his highest-scoring game for Milwaukee since being acquired last month in a trade-deadline deal, and Khris Middleton scored 17.
Milwaukee took a 101-100 lead with 3:35 remaining on a runner by Antetokounmpo. Davis, who recorded his third career 40-point game, then scored eight consecutive points as New Orleans closed the game on a 14-2 run.
WARRIORS 98, SUNS 80
PHOENIX (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 25 of his 36 points in the second half and Golden State beat Phoenix for its 50th victory of the season.
Klay Thompson added 25 for the Warriors, who at 50-12 have the NBA's best record, a half-game better than Atlanta.
Curry made 7 of 13 3-pointers, 6 of 8 in the second half, in his 13th 30-point game of the season.
Eric Bledsoe scored 19 for Phoenix. Brandon Knight had 13 before leaving the game with a sprained left ankle in the second quarter.
The Warriors became the second NBA team to win 50 games this season. Atlanta did it with a victory over Sacramento a few hours earlier.
GRIZZLIES 101, BULLS 91
CHICAGO (AP) — Marc Gasol scored 23 points to lead Memphis past his brother Pau and Chicago.
Gasol was 10 of 16 from the field for the Grizzlies, who moved to two games ahead of idle Houston for the Southwest Division lead.
Jeff Green had 19 and Zach Randolph added 16 for the Grizzlies, who held the Bulls to 43.8 percent shooting from the field and improved to 21-11 on the road.
Pau Gasol, Marc's older brother, had 13 points and 11 rebounds for his 43rd double-double of the season to match the career high he set during the 2010-11 season with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Marc Gasol started opposite his brother at last month's NBA All-Star Game.
WIZARDS 95, HORNETS 69
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) — Marcin Gortat scored 20 points and Washington rolled past Charlotte.
John Wall added 15 points and nine assists, Bradley Beal had 14 points and Kevin Seraphin scored 12 for the Wizards, who ended a nine-game road losing streak.
Mo Williams scored 19 points for the Hornets, who shot just 32.5 percent (25 of 77) and committed 16 turnovers to tie their lowest-scoring game this season and end a five-game winning streak.
Al Jefferson added 14 points and Lance Stephenson 12 for Charlotte, which led twice in the first 2½ minutes, the last at 9-8 on Williams' three-point play with 9:21 left.
CLIPPERS 89, TIMBERWOLVES 76
LOS ANGELES (AP) — J.J. Redick scored 26 points, DeAndre Jordan had 20 points and 17 rebounds, and injury-depleted Los Angeles ended a two-game skid.
Austin Rivers scored 13 points as the Clippers, despite the absences of Blake Griffin and Jamal Crawford, bounced back one day after a road loss to NBA-leading Golden State.
Chris Paul also managed just two points and 15 assists while playing 29 minutes on a bruised knee.
Adreian Payne had 16 points and 15 rebounds while starting in place of Kevin Garnett for the Timberwolves, who opened a four-game road trip with their fifth loss in six games.
Minnesota has lost 12 straight to the Clippers since February 2012.
CELTICS 100, HEAT 90
MIAMI (AP) — Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points in another strong game off the bench and Brandon Bass added 14 as Boston beat Miami.
Luigi Datome scored 13 for the Celtics, and Kelly Olynyk finished with 10.
Dwyane Wade scored 34 points for the Heat, who got 14 from Michael Beasley and 12 from Mario Chalmers. The Heat got a pregame lift from the return of Chris Bosh to the team's bench for the first time since he was ruled out for the season last month because of blood clots on a lung.
But it wasn't enough to keep Miami's playoff hopes from taking another blow as the Heat missed a chance to climb into seventh in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
NUGGETS 106, KNICKS 78
DENVER (AP) — Kenneth Faried had 19 points and 11 rebounds as Denver routed New York.
Wilson Chandler and Will Barton scored 17 points apiece for the Nuggets, who enjoyed their second-largest margin in a win this season.
The Knicks lost their fourth straight and fell to 12-50, the NBA' first 50-loss team this season. Alexey Shved had 19 points for New York.
The lead grew to as much as 34 in the fourth. It was the largest lead of the season for the Nuggets, who tied a season low with eight turnovers. They didn't have a turnover in the second or third quarter.