NBA Roundup -- December 23
Published on December 24 2013 6:35 am
Last Updated on December 24 2013 6:35 am
Written by Millie Lange
Pistons Romp Cavs
(Cleveland, OH) -- Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings helped the Pistons cruise to a 115-92 victory over the Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Smith scored a team-high 25 points with eight rebounds, while Brandon Jennings posted 21 points with 13 assists. Detroit led by 18 at halftime and never looked back on their way to a 14-16 mark. Kyrie Irving tallied 21 points and seven helpers in the loss. Andrew Bynum struggled shooting 0-of-11 from the field and finishing with zero points. Cleveland fell to 10-17.
Bucks Fall Short In OT Against Bobcats
(Charlotte, NC) -- The Bucks lost in overtime to the Bobcats 111-110 at Time Warner Cable Arena when Kris Middleton's jumper was changed from a three to a two after a review at the buzzer of the extra period. Kemba Walker's two game-clinching free throws with one second left held up as he missed out on a triple-double with 25 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds. Al Jefferson paced Charlotte dropping 26 points with nine boards. The Bobcats have won four of five. Brandon Knight filled it up scoring 26 points with 14 assists and eight rebounds in the loss. John Henson and O.J. May each added 14 points off the bench. Milwaukee has lost six of seven.
Knicks Hold Off Magic
(Orlando, FL) -- The Knicks almost blew a 24-point halftime lead, but held on for a 103-98 win against the Magic at the Amway Center. Carmelo Anthony scored 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting before he left in the third quarter with a sprained ankle. Tyson Chandler tallied a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds, while J.R. Smith came off the bench for 18 points, 10 boards and four assists. Ray Felton also left the game with a strained groin. New York is 5-and-5 in its last 10 games. Arron Afflalo sunk five from behind the arc on his way to 26 points in the loss. Glen Davis chipped in 20 points and seven assists as Orlando lost its third in-a-row.
Heat Cook Hawks In OT
(Miami, FL) -- LeBron James went off for 38 points, eight rebounds and six assists to carry the Heat to a 121-119 victory in overtime against the Hawks at American Airlines Arena. Ray Allen added 19 points, including the three free throws that sent the game to the extra session with eight seconds left in the fourth quarter. Miami won its fifth straight game. Atlanta was led by Jeff Teague's 26 points, eight assists and six rebounds. Paul Milsap hit 7-of-10 from deep on his way to 25 points and 10 boards. The Hawks had a three-game winning streak come to an end.
Pacers Rock Nets
(Brooklyn, NY) -- Coming off a triple-double, Lance Stephenson continued his strong play with 26 points, seven rebounds and five assists as the Pacers crushed the Nets, 103-86, at the Barclays Center. Paul George matched Stephenson's 26 points and grabbed six boards and dished out five dimes. Indiana held Brooklyn to 38-percent shooting on its way to a third straight victory. Joe Johnson scored a team-high 17 points in the loss. Paul Pierce was 0-for-7 for zero points off the bench. One bright spot for Brooklyn was the return of Jason Terry, who knocked down three from deep and scored 11 points. Terry had missed the previous 15 games with a knee injury. The Nets have loss three straight.
Mavs Dump Rockets
(Houston, TX) -- Dirk Nowitzki exploded for 31 points on 11-of-18 shooting with six rebounds to lead the Mavericks past the Rockets, 111-104, at the Toyota Center. Dallas has taken two of the three from Houston this season with the final meeting coming in late January. Monta Ellis tallied 18 points despite shooting 4-of-16, while Vince Carter chipped in 16 off the bench. The Mavs ended a two-game losing streak. Dwight Howard carried the shorthanded Rockets in the loss with 29 points and 15 rebounds. Houston was without Patrick Beverly and James Harden, but did get Jeremy Lin back. Lin put up 20 points. The Rockets are 4-and-4 in their last eight games.
Grizz Bounce Jazz
(Memphis, TN) -- The Grizzlies are trying to get back on track as they defeated the Jazz, 104-94, at the FedExForum behind 22 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists from Zach Randolph. Memphis has won two in-a-row following a five-game losing streak. Jerryd Bayless and Mike Miller combined for 32 points and seven threes off the bench. Trey Burke and Richard Jefferson paced Utah in the loss with 18 points each. Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward each added 16. Hayward also tallied 11 rebounds, nine assists and four blocks. The Jazz have lost four of six.
Spurs Roll Raptors
(San Antonio, TX) -- Tony Parker scored a game-high 26 points with eight assists to help the Spurs cruise to a 112-99 win over the Raptors at the AT&T Center. Tim Duncan chipped in nine points, 12 rebounds, four assists and four blocks, while Manu Ginobili put up 18 points off the bench on seven shots. San Antonio has won three of four. Kyle Lowry and Terrence Ross each posted 23 points in the loss. DeMar DeRozan scored 13 and struggled from the field missing 11 of his 16 shots. Toronto had won its previous two games.
Warriors Drop Nuggets
(Denver, CO) -- The Warriors outscored the Nuggets by 10 in the fourth quarter to pull out an 89-81 win at the Pepsi Center. David Lee led the way with 28 points and 10 rebounds, while Steph Curry added 14 points and seven assists. Golden State held Denver to 38-percent shooting as it picked up a third win in the last four. Timofey Mozgov posted a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds in the loss. Ty Lawson scored a team-high 16 points, but shot 5-of-14 from the field. Denver has lost four in-a-row.
Suns Crush Lakers
(Phoenix, AZ) -- Miles Plumlee had a double-double with 17 points and 20 rebounds as the Suns ran past the Lakers, 117-90, at the US Airways Center. Eric Bledsoe added 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, while Gerald Green drained six from behind the arc on his way to a game-high 22 points. Phoenix has won eight out of nine. Los Angeles struggled without a point guard shooting 37-percent from the field and only 12 assists on 30 made field goals. Nick Young scored 19 points, while Jodie Meeks chipped in 18. The Lakers have lost two in-a-row.
Pelicans Bounce Kings
(Sacramento, CA) -- Tyreke Evans came off the bench to torch his old team with 25 points, 12 assists and six rebounds to help the Pelicans grab a 113-100 win over the Kings at Sleep Train Arena. Anthony Davis tallied 21 points and 11 rebounds and New Orleans pulled away in the fourth quarter with a 13-point advantage. Jrue Holiday had a double-double with 17 points, 10 dimes and five boards for the Pelicans, who ended a four-game losing streak. DeMarcus Cousins dropped a team-high 24 points with 14 rebounds in the loss. Isaiah Thomas chipped in 21 points, while Marcus Thornton contributed 19 off the bench. Rudy Gay struggled shooting 2-of-12 from the field for Sacramento, which dropped four of five.
Bulls Meet Nets Wednesday
(Brooklyn, NY) -- The Bulls take on the Nets in Brooklyn Wednesday for a Christmas Day clash from the Barclays Center. Chicago beat the Cavaliers on Saturday to move to 10-16. The Nets are 9-18 after loss to the Pacers last night. Tip is set for 11 a.m. Wednesday.
Monday, December 23 Scoreboard
Detroit Pistons 115, Cleveland Cavaliers 92
Charlotte Bobcats 111, Milwaukee Bucks 110 (OT)
New York Knicks 103, Orlando Magic 98
Miami Heat 121, Atlanta Hawks 119 (OT)
Indiana Pacers 103, Brooklyn Nets 86
Dallas Mavericks 111, Houston Rockets 104
Memphis Grizzlies 104, Utah Jazz 94
San Antonio Spurs 112, Toronto Raptors 99
Golden State Warriors 89, Denver Nuggets 81
Phoenix Suns 117, Los Angeles Lakers 90
New Orleans Pelicans 113, Sacramento Kings 100
Tuesday, December 24 Schedule
No Games Scheduled