NBA roundup: Pacers hold off Oklahoma 0
Final Score: Indiana 103, Oklahoma City 98
Indianapolis, IN - Danny Granger netted 26 points and the Indiana Pacers held off a late charge to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder, 103-98, on Friday. Roy Hibbert had a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds, David West supplied 14 points and Paul George contributed a career- high 16 boards as the Pacers won their fourth straight. Indiana remained 1 1/2 games ahead of Atlanta, which edged Detroit later Friday, for third place in the Eastern Conference. Kevin Durant scored 44 points, including 17 in the fourth quarter, but the Thunder could not overcome a 24-point second-half deficit despite making it a three-point game late in the fourth. After leading throughout most of the season, Oklahoma City finds itself tied with surging San Antonio for the top playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Thunder have dropped three straight while the Spurs have won 10 in a row, including a 128-103 rout of the Hornets on Friday.
Final Score: Atlanta 101, Detroit 96
Atlanta, GA - Jeff Teague tied a career-high with 24 points and dished out a season-high 11 assists as the Atlanta Hawks survived a fourth-quarter push by the Detroit Pistons to escape with a 101-96 victory at Philips Arena. Josh Smith added 22 points and 12 rebounds while Joe Johnson and Ivan Johnson netted 16 points apiece for the Hawks, who won for the third time in four games. Rodney Stuckey scored 27 points to pace Detroit, which had its three-game win streak snapped. Will Bynum contributed 15 points off the bench and Brandon Knight finished with 13 in a losing effort.
Final Score: Memphis 97, Miami 82
Miami, FL - Fresh off one of their best wins this season, the Miami Heat threw up one of their biggest stinkers. Their head coach called it a butt-kicking. Rudy Gay scored 17 points and the Memphis Grizzlies snapped Miami's 17-game home winning streak Friday night with a wire-to-wire 97-82 victory. Mike Conley and Marreese Speights added 15 points apiece for the Grizzlies, who have won four of five, and Zach Randolph came off the bench for 14 points and 14 rebounds in a dominating team win. The Heat's home streak, the best in the NBA this season, ended one win shy of the franchise record of 18 set during the 2004-05 season. Their previous loss at American Airlines Arena came Jan. 22 to Milwaukee. LeBron James had 21 points, including 11 in the third quarter as Miami tried to rally, while Dwyane Wade scored 20 and Chris Bosh added 19.
Final Score: New Jersey 110, Washington 98
Newark, NJ - Gerald Wallace and Deron Williams led five Nets in double-figures with 19 points apiece and New Jersey easily dispatched the Washington Wizards, 110-98, on Friday. The Nets set season-highs in field goal percentage (56.3 percent) and assists (32). MarShon Brooks finished with 18 points, Anthony Morrow netted 17 and Jordan Williams scored a career-high 14 for the Nets, who picked up a win in the first game of their second-to-last three-game homestand at Prudential Center. New Jersey embarks for the Barclays Center in Brooklyn next season. John Wall supplied 18 points for the Wizards, who have lost five straight and 10 of 11.
Final Score: Portland 99, Dallas 97 (OT)
Dallas, TX - It seemed as if Portland and Dallas would be heading into double overtime for the second straight meeting between the teams, but LaMarcus Aldridge connected on a fadeaway jumper as the buzzer sounded in overtime to lift the Trail Blazers over the Mavericks, 99-97, at American Airlines Center. These teams last met on February 11 with Dallas taking a 97-94 decision in double OT behind Delonte West's six points in the second overtime period. Aldridge finished with 25 points and 12 rebounds, while Raymond Felton scored a game-high 30 points to go along with seven rebounds and six assists for Portland, which won consecutive games for the first time since January 23-24. Dirk Nowitzki paced the Mavericks with 23 points and 13 boards. Jason Terry added 18 points and five assists in Dallas' third loss in five games.
Final Score: Milwaukee 95, Charlotte 90
Milwaukee, WI - Monta Ellis continued to shine in a Milwaukee uniform, scoring 25 points to lift the Bucks to a 95-90 victory over the Bobcats at Bradley Center on Friday. Brandon Jennings added 18 points to go with nine assists, Mike Dunleavy poured in 15 points off the bench, and Ersan Ilyasova recorded a double-double with 12 points and 15 rebounds for the Bucks, who have won five of their last six. Milwaukee trails New York by one game for the final playoff spot in the East. Charlotte got a career game from Byron Mullens, who scored a career-high 31 points and grabbed 14 boards. Kemba Walker filled the stat sheet with 18 points, seven rebounds and eight assists, but the Bobcats fell for the 10th time in as many contests.
Final Score: San Antonio 128, New Orleans 103
San Antonio, TX - Tim Duncan had 19 points, six rebounds, two blocks and two steals, as the red-hot San Antonio Spurs cruised past the New Orleans Hornets, 128-103. Manu Ginobili and Patrick Mills each added 14 points for the Spurs, who have won 10 in a row. Stephen Jackson and Gary Neal donated 13 points apiece. San Antonio shot 60.7 percent from the field and 9-of-18 from three-point range while improving to 22-4 at home this season. Eric Gordon had 31 points in his second game back for the Hornets, who fell to 14-41 on the season. Marco Belinelli and Carl Landry ended with 15 and 13 points, respectively.
Final Score: Denver 105, Phoenix 99
Denver, CO - Arron Afflalo scored 30 points, including a key three down the stretch, and the Denver Nuggets beat the Phoenix Suns for the fifth straight time, 105-99, on Friday night. Andre Miller hit the go-ahead free throws with 1:23 remaining, but Afflalo's three-pointer from the right corner on the next trip down the court that put the lid on Denver's winning return to the Pepsi Center. Al Harrington had 23 points and Miller scored 15, both off the bench, as the Nuggets returned from a 3-4 road trip with their first home game since March 21. Shannon Brown scored 18 points, Jared Dudley had 17 and Steve Nash contributed 14 points and 11 assists for the Suns, who started the day one game behind the Nuggets for the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference.
Final Score: Utah 104, Golden State 98
Salt Lake City, UT - Al Jefferson had 30 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks, as the Utah Jazz took down the Golden State Warriors, 104-98. Devin Harris added a season-high 28 points and five assists in his return to the lineup for the Jazz, who have won two of three since a three-game skid. Gordon Hayward and Paul Millsap donated 14 and 12 points, respectively. David Lee ended with 26 points and 12 boards for the Warriors, who failed to build off Wednesday's win over Minnesota. Klay Thompson tallied 23 points and five rebounds.
Final Score: Houston 112, LA Lakers 107
Los Angeles, CA - Luis Scola scored 10 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter as the Houston Rockets outlasted the Los Angels Lakers, 112-107, at Staples Center. Goran Dragic added 26 points and 11 assists while Marcus Camby contributed 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Rockets, who won for the sixth time in nine games. Kobe Bryant netted a game-high 28 points, Metta World Peace had 23 and Pau Gasol finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for Los Angeles, which had its four-game win streak snapped. Andrew Bynum had 19 points, seven rebounds and two blocks for the Lakers before getting ejected from the game early in the fourth quarter after receiving his second technical foul.