Suns Top Raptors, NBA Roundup
Published on March 17 2014 6:31 am
Last Updated on March 17 2014 6:31 am
Written by Millie Lange
Green Leads Suns Past Raptors
(Toronto, Ontario) -- Gerald Green led six players in double figures with 28 points as the Suns topped the Raptors 121-113 in Toronto. Goran Dragic dialed up 19 points, while Markieff Morris added 16 points and 14 rebounds for Phoenix, which will try to sweep its three-game east coast road trip on Monday in Brooklyn. Eric Bledsoe scored 14 points and P.J. Tucker tallied 11 points and seven boards in the victory. The Suns bench outscored the Raptors 59-11. Kyle Lowry racked up 28 points, 13 assists and five boards to lead the Raptors, who had won five-of-six coming in. Terrence Ross netted 22 points and Amir Johnson put in 20 in defeat.
Bobcats Handle Bucks
(Milwaukee, WI) -- Kemba Walker led a balanced attack with 21 points and eight assists as the Bobcats beat the Bucks 101-92 at the Bradley Center. Al Jefferson posted 20 points and seven rebounds, while Gary Neal netted 18 points off the bench for Charlotte, which has won four in-a-row and six of its last seven overall. Gerald Henderson added 14 points, six helpers and five rebounds in the victory. Brandon Knight recorded 21 points, eight boards and seven assists for the Bucks, who have dropped four straight. Ramon Sessions scored 18 points, while John Henson and Jeff Adrien had 12 points apiece in the setback.
Allen Leads Heat Past Rockets
(Miami, FL) -- Ray Allen scored 14 of his season-high 25 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Heat past the Rockets 113-104 at AmericanAirlines Arena. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade added 24 points apiece for the Heat, who won for just the second time in the last seven games. Chris Bosh chipped in with 18 points and eight rebounds in the victory. James Harden dropped in a game-high 30 points for Houston, which has lost three straight since a five-game winning streak. Dwight Howard had 21 points and 14 boards in the setback.
Pelicans Tip Celtics In OT
(New Orleans, LA) -- Anthony Davis exploded for 40 points and 21 rebounds as the Pelicans edged the Celtics 121-120 in overtime from the Smoothie King Center. Davis posted the NBA's first 40-point, 20-rebound game since Dwight Howard in 2012. Tyreke Evans added 26 points for New Orleans, which stopped a two-game slide. Eric Gordon had 19 points and eight assists in the win. Jeff Green nearly matched Davis on the score sheet, posting 39 points with six boards. Kris Humphries added 16 points and 12 rebounds while Rajon Rondo dished 14 assists in defeat. Boston has lost four in-a-row.
Mavericks Maul Thunder
(Oklahoma City, OK) -- Shawn Marion had a team-best 19 points and six rebounds to carry the Mavericks to a 109-86 win over the Thunder in Oklahoma City. Vince Carter scored 18 points off the bench for Dallas, which has won four-of-five. Dirk Nowitzki added 17 points as the Mavs shot over 53-percent from the field. Kevin Durant scored 30 points for Oklahoma City, which has lost three of its last five. Serge Ibaka added 19 points for OKC, which shot under 37-percent from the floor.
T'wolves Clip Kings
(Minneapolis, MN) -- Kevin Martin poured in a game-high 31 points as the Timberwolves clipped the Kings 104-102 at the Target Center. Kevin Love recorded 26 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for the T'wolves, who have alternated wins and losses over their last seven games. Gorgui Dieng donated 12 points, 11 boards and five blocks and Ricky Rubio had 12 points and nine assists in the victory. Isaiah Thomas tallied 27 points, seven assists and six boards to pace Sacramento, which has lost five-of-six. Derrick Williams posted 26 points and 11 boards off the bench in defeat.
Spurs Cruise Past Jazz
(San Antonio, TX) --- Manu Ginobili led seven San Antonio players in double figures with 21 points as the Spurs dominated the Jazz, 122-104, at the AT&T Center. The Spurs shot just under 63-percent from the field and assisted on 31 of their 49 baskets as they became the first team to win 50 games in the NBA this season with a 10th straight victory. Tony Parker added 18 points and seven assists, while Tim Duncan chipped in with 16 points, six boards and six helpers. Derrick Favors had career-high with 28 points to go with 10 boards and three steals in the loss. Gordon Hayward added 17 points, six assists and six rebounds for Utah, which has lost four in-a-row and nine of 10.
Warriors Trip Up Blazers
(Portland, OR) -- Nicolas Batum missed a free throw with five seconds left and the Trail Blazers fell to the Warriors, 113-112, at the Moda Center. Klay Thompson hit two key three-pointers in the final minute on his way to 27 points and four rebounds. Steph Curry dropped 37 points with six three-pointers for Golden State, which snapped a two-game losing streak. Portland led by as many as 18 in the second half, but couldn't hold on. Damian Lillard posted 16 points and seven assists in the loss. Nicolas Batum added 23 points, 14 boards and five helpers for the Blazers, who have lost five of six.
Clippers Take Out Cavaliers
(Los Angeles, CA) -- Blake Griffin posted 21 points with 11 rebounds and eight assists as the Clippers rolled to a 102-80 win over the Cavaliers at STAPLES Center. Chris Paul added 16 points with 15 assists while DeAndre Jordan had 15 points and 11 boards. Los Angeles has won 11 straight. Luol Deng finished with 23 points and six rebounds for Cleveland. Kyrie Irving scored just two points in ten minutes before departing with a left biceps injury. Dion Waiters added 15 points for the Cavs, who had won two straight.
Sunday, March 16 Scoreboard
Phoenix Suns 121, Toronto Raptors 113
Charlotte Bobcats 101, Milwaukee Bucks 92
Miami Heat 113, Houston Rockets 104
New Orleans Pelicans 121, Boston Celtics 120 (OT)
Dallas Mavericks 109, Oklahoma City Thunder 86
Minnesota Timberwolves 104, Sacramento Kings 102
San Antonio Spurs 122, Utah Jazz 104
Golden State Warriors 113, Portland Trail Blazers 112
Los Angeles Clippers 102, Cleveland Cavaliers 80
Monday, March 17 Scoreboard (All Times Central)
6:00 p.m. - Atlanta Hawks at Charlotte Bobcats
6:00 p.m. - Philadelphia 76ers at Indiana Pacers
6:30 p.m. - Phoenix Suns at Brooklyn Nets
7:00 p.m. - Oklahoma City Thunder at Chicago Bulls
7:00 p.m. - Utah Jazz at Houston Rockets
7:30 p.m. - Boston Celtics at Dallas Mavericks
9:30 p.m. - Los Angeles Clippers at Denver Nuggets