National Basketball Association Game Capsules

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Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Al Jefferson scored 28 points and the Charlotte Bobcats upended the Cleveland Cavaliers, 101-92, on Friday at Time Warner Cable Arena. Jefferson has netted at least 25 points in all four games during the month of March. Kemba Walker had 20 points with 14 assists and Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 14 points in Charlotte's second straight win. Luol Deng and Dion Waiters paced six Cavs in double figures with 19 points. Spencer Hawes and Kyrie Irving each went for 13, while Tristan Thompson and Jarrett Jack posted 10 apiece as Cleveland fell to 0-3 against the Bobcats this season.

Final Score: Memphis 85, Chicago 77

Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Marc Gasol registered 18 points and 10 rebounds to guide the Memphis Grizzlies to a gritty 85-77 win over the Chicago Bulls. Mike Miller went 4-of-5 from beyond the arc and scored 14 for the Grizzlies, who have won eight of their last 11 games. Mike Conley and Kosta Koufos both had 12 points, while Zach Randolph totaled 10 points and 11 boards in his return to the lineup. Randolph did not play against the Nets Wednesday because of flu-like symptoms. Taj Gibson had 10 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter for Chicago, which had its five-game home winning streak broken. Joakim Noah ended with 15 points, eight boards and six assists.

Final Score: Toronto 99, Sacramento 87

Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Terrence Ross went 6-of-8 from beyond the arc and scored 18 points to lead Toronto to a 99-87 win over Sacramento on Friday. DeMar DeRozan and Patrick Patterson had 15 points apiece for the Raptors, who have won eight of their last 10. Jonas Valanciunas scored 14 and Kyle Lowry had 12 points and seven assists. DeMarcus Cousins tallied 24 points and seven rebounds for the Kings, who have lost four of their last six. Ben McLemore and Isaiah Thomas notched 14 points apiece, with Thomas adding five assists. Rudy Gay had 15 points and five rebounds in his return to Toronto since being traded to the Kings in early December.

Final Score: Boston 91, Brooklyn 84

Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Paul Pierce returned home again, but his second trip to Beantown was far like the first. Rajon Rondo had 20 points, nine assists and seven rebounds and the Boston Celtics defeated the Brooklyn Nets, 91-84, on Friday night. The Celtics overcame 28 turnovers by outrebounding the Nets, 51-28. "Obviously the difference in the game for us," Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said. "We shared the ball pretty well with our team, and theirs." Brooklyn beat the Celtics, 85-79, in the initial showdown in Boston on Jan. 26. Kevin Garnett missed his fourth straight game due to back spasms. He did not make the trip to Boston to face his former team. Pierce, the second leading scorer in Boston history, spent 15 seasons as a Celtic and Garnett joined him for six of those years. Both were integral parts in helping Boston win its 17th NBA title in 2008. They were sent to Brooklyn as part of a draft night trade during the offseason. Pierce finished with 10 points on 4-of-11 shooting. Jeff Green netted 15 points, while Jerryd Bayless added 14 points and six boards for Boston, which had dropped seven of its last eight coming in. Joe Johnson tallied 21 points and seven rebounds for the Nets, who had their four-game winning streak snapped and fell back to .500 two days after going over for the first time this season.

Final Score: New York 108, Utah 81

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Carmelo Anthony tallied 29 points and a season-high eight assists to key a 108-81 New York Knicks rout of the Utah Jazz from Madison Square Garden. Twelve different Knicks scored in this one, with J.R. Smith hitting five 3-pointers en route to 17 points and Tyson Chandler posting 16 points with a game-high 11 rebounds. The Knicks have won two in a row on the heels of a seven-game skid. Gordon Hayward and Alec Burks netted 18 points apiece for the Jazz, who have lost five in a row. Richard Jefferson added 12 in the setback.

Final Score: Minnesota 114, Detroit 101

Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Love amassed 28 points and 14 rebounds to lead the way in the Minnesota Timberwolves' 114-101 rout of the Detroit Pistons at Target Center. Three other Minnesota starters finished in double figures in the Timberwolves' eighth straight win over Detroit and seventh in nine games overall. Kevin Martin added 24 points, Nikola Pekovic had 17 along with nine rebounds and Ricky Rubio tallied 11 points, nine assists and eight boards. Greg Monroe totaled 20 points and 15 rebounds for the fading Pistons, with Brandon Jennings and Will Bynum picking up 17 points each in Detroit's sixth loss in its last seven outings.

Final Score: New Orleans 112, Milwaukee 104

New Orleans, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - Anthony Morrow scored 12 of his 16 points in the final quarter to push the New Orleans Pelicans to a 112-104 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. Anthony Davis registered 29 points and 14 rebounds, and Tyreke Evans chipped in 25 points and seven assists for the Pelicans, who have won back-to-back contests for the first time in a month. New Orleans snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 132-125 win over the Lakers at Staples Center on Tuesday, and three nights later got a strong fourth quarter to notch its 12th straight home win over the Bucks. They've beaten Milwaukee in 14 of the last 16 meetings. It's the first two-game winning streak for New Orleans since Feb. 5 and 7 against Atlanta and Minnesota. Khris Middleton had 25 points and Jeff Adrien notched 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Bucks, who have dropped 12 of their last 13 road contests. The Bucks played without forward Ersan Ilyasova. He was suspended one game for punching Sacramento Kings forward Reggie Evans in the stomach in Wednesday's loss.

Final Score: Dallas 103, Portland 98

Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Devin Harris scored the go-ahead bucket with 24.2 seconds to play as Dallas dropped a huge lead but held on for a 103-98 win over Portland on Friday. Harris finished with 12 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 22 points, six assists and five rebounds, while Monta Ellis had 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Mavericks, who stopped a three-game slide. Jose Calderon gave 19 points. LaMarcus Aldridge had a game-high 30 points and 17 rebounds and Wesley Matthews added 26 points and six rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who have lost two of their last three. Dallas held a 30-point lead 3 1/2 minutes into the second quarter, and eventually took a 57-38 advantage into the halftime break, but Portland dominated in the third quarter and trailed by one, 75-74, going into the final 12 minutes.

Final Score: Denver 134, LA Lakers 126

Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Ty Lawson took advantage of a sluggish Los Angeles defense, tallying 30 points and 17 assists as the Denver Nuggets topped the Lakers 134-126 in a shootout at Pepsi Center. Kenneth Faried had a game and season-high 32 points with 13 rebounds for Denver, winners of two straight on the heels of six straight losses. Wilson Chandler added 19 points in the victory. Lawson became the first Denver player to post at least 30 points and 15 assists in a game since Allen Iverson had 44 points and 15 dimes on March 17, 2007. The Nuggets are set to embark on a five-game road trip starting in New Orleans on Sunday. Pau Gasol scored 27 for the Lakers, who have given up at least 100 points in eight straight tilts. In three consecutive losses, opposing teams are averaging 136.

Final Score: Houston 112, Indiana 86

Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - James Harden came in averaging just 14.3 points per game in seven career tilts against the Indiana Pacers. He surpassed that mark in the third quarter alone. Harden netted 16 of his 28 points in that frame and the Houston Rockets routed the Pacers, 112-86, on Friday night. The Rockets outscored Indiana 38-16 in the third to turn a seven-point halftime edge into a 29-point cushion heading into the fourth. Dwight Howard had 15 points and seven rebounds for Houston, which has won 14 of its last 16 games. David West tallied 15 points and 10 boards for the Pacers, who have dropped three straight for the first time this season.

Final Score: Golden State 111, Atlanta 97

Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - David Lee had 18 points and six rebounds and the Golden State Warriors defeated the Atlanta Hawks, 111-97, on Friday night. Jermaine O'Neal provided 17 points and eight rebounds, while Stephen Curry added 13 points and seven assists for Golden State, which has won three straight and eight of its last 10. Klay Thompson played six minutes before exiting with a lower back strain. Paul Millsap tallied 16 points and seven boards for the Hawks, who have dropped five in a row and 13 of their last 14.

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