NBA roundup: Detroit rolls past Charlotte 0
DJ White of the Charlotte Bobcats, Will Bynum and Greg Monroe of the Detroit Pistons look at a loose basketball during the game at the Time Warner Cable Arena on April 12, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images/AFP)
Final Score: Detroit 109, Charlotte 85
Charlotte, NC - Greg Monroe handled the interior with 25 points and 11 rebounds, while Brandon Knight did his work on the perimeter with 21 points and seven assists, as Detroit rolled past Charlotte, 109-85. Jason Maxiell donated 17 points to go along with five rebounds, while three players added nine points, including Rodney Stuckey, who also dished out seven assists. Detroit snapped a three-game losing streak overall behind 52 percent shooting. Derrick Brown and D.J. Augustin each scored 13 points and D.J. White added 12 for the Bobcats, who have won just seven games this season and lost for the 14th straight time. Their last win came on March 17 versus Toronto.
Final Score: Chicago 96, Miami 86 (OT)
Chicago, IL - C.J. Watson played the part of Derrick Rose. Taj Gibson took over for Joakim Noah. And Omer Asik stood in for Carlos Boozer. It may have been different players, but the Bulls bench looked like stars in overtime, dominating Miami in a 96-86 victory at the United Center. With Rose showing rust and in the midst of a 1-of-13 shooting night, the Bulls turned to Watson, who drained the game-tying three at the end of regulation as part of a 16-point, eight-assist stat line. Then it was Gibson who was called on to guard the more athletic Chris Bosh, and he responded by frustrating the Miami forward and contributing 11 points and five rebounds of his own before fouling out. Asik was the interior defensive stalwart with eight rebounds and two blocks, while Kyle Korver scored 17 points, including five threes, in the Bulls' second straight win. Boozer played an integral role through the first three quarters, scoring 19 points to go along with 11 boards. The comeback and overtime domination happened with Rose on the bench. The guard had missed 12 straight games before returning in Sunday's loss to New York. He sat out Tuesday's victory over the Knicks, and looked out of sync throughout. LeBron James led all scorers with 30 points, six rebounds and five assists, while Dwyane Wade added 21 points and Bosh chipped in with 20 for the Miami, which has dropped two in a row. The Heat bench was outscored, 47-7, while Chicago's bench also grabbed 21 rebounds and dished out 13 assists. The Bulls clinched the Central Division title with the victory and now hold a three-game edge in the loss column over the Heat in the race for the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
Final Score: LA Clippers 95, Minnesota 82
Minneapolis, MN - Blake Griffin scored 19 points, snatched 13 rebounds and dished out five assists, and the Los Angeles Clippers pulled away in the second half to defeat the Kevin Love-less Minnesota Timberwolves, 95-82, on Thursday. Caron Butler added 17 points, while Mo Williams provided 14 points off the bench in his first game since March 22 for the Clippers, who have won four of their last five games. Chris Paul had eight points and eight assists. The Clippers moved one game behind the idle Lakers for the top spot in the Pacific Division. Love missed the game after suffering a mild concussion and neck strain during a loss at Denver on Wednesday. Nikola Pekovic had 17 points for the Wolves, who were eliminated from playoff contention with the loss. Minnesota's season turned on March 9 when it lost dynamic rookie point guard Ricky Rubio to a torn ACL in a loss to the Lakers. The Wolves had a winning record and hadn't qualified for the postseason since Kevin Garnett led them to the West finals in 2004. Minnesota is a dismal 4-15 since the Rubio injury.
Final Score: San Antonio 107, Memphis 97
San Antonio, TX - Tim Duncan scored 20 of his 28 points in the second half and added 12 rebounds, as the San Antonio Spurs took down the Memphis Grizzlies, 107-97, on Thursday. Manu Ginobili, who was a perfect 11- of-11 from the free-throw line, netted 20 points to go with six boards and four assists for San Antonio, which snapped a two-game skid on the heels of an 11-game winning streak. Tony Parker had 13 points to go with nine assists. The Spurs moved a half-game behind the idle Oklahoma City Thunder for the top spot in the Western Conference. Rudy Gay had 19 points for the Grizzlies, who had won seven of their last eight contests coming in. Memphis dropped 1 1/2 games behind Los Angeles, which defeated Minnesota on Thursday, for the fourth seed in the West.
Final Score: Dallas 112, Golden State 103
Oakland, CA - Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points and Jason Terry led a solid bench effort with 16, as Dallas downed Golden State, 112-103. Brandan Wright matched Terry with 16 points, Vince Carter chipped in with 12 and Rodrigue Beaubois donated 11 for Dallas, which has won its past two. The Mavericks bench scored 57 of their 112 points, and the visitors shot 50 percent overall on the game. David Lee led all scorers with 30 points to go along with eight rebounds and Klay Thompson added 24 points with eight assists and seven rebounds for Golden State, which has dropped three straight contests.