Hornets put halt to Linsanity: NBA roundup
Hornets 89, Knicks 85
NEW YORK — The Lin-ning streak is over. And Jeremy Lin's sloppiness was one of the problems.
Lin committed nine turnovers, tied for the most in the NBA this season, and the New York Knicks had their seven-game winning streak stopped with an 89-85 loss to the New Orleans Hornets on Friday night.
Lin scored 26 points, but his turnovers nearly doubled his five assists and the Knicks lost for the first time since Linsanity began, falling back below .500 at 15-16 heading into a matchup with the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.
Trevor Ariza scored 25 points for the Hornets, who have won three in a row after a 4-23 start. Marco Belinelli added 17.
Amare Stoudemire had 26 points and 12 rebounds for New York.
Heat 111, Cavaliers 87
CLEVELAND — LeBron James scored 28 in his third game back to Cleveland as a visitor, Dwyane Wade added 22 and the Miami Heat won their fifth straight — all on the road — by destroying the Cavaliers 111-87 on Friday night.
James, booed loudly every time he touched the ball by fans who haven't forgiven him for leaving two years ago, scored 16 in the third quarter when the Heat opened a 34-point lead. James added four dunks, three three-pointers, five rebounds, five assists and rested the entire fourth quarter.
Miami has won eight of nine, and went 5-1 on its trip, winning by an average of 18.8 points.
The Heat showed no mercy on the Cavs, who got 17 points from rookie Kyrie Irving and 15 from Ramon Sessions.
Mavericks 82, 76ers 75
PHILADELPHIA — Dirk Nowitzki had 28 points and 12 rebounds, and the Dallas Mavericks erased a 15-point deficit with a dominant second half to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 82-75 on Friday night.
Dominique Jones added 12 points, and Jason Kidd had nine points, nine rebounds and eight assists to help the Mavericks win their sixth straight game. The Mavericks snapped a tie early in the fourth with a 9-0 run, and that was more than enough with the 76ers losing their touch in the second half.
Nowitzki nearly beat the Sixers on his own in the second half, scoring 24 points after halftime to match Philly's team total in the half.
Nik Vucevic scored 16 points to lead the Sixers, who missed 13 of 14 attempts from 3-point range.
Magic 84, Bucks 85
ORLANDO, Fla. — Dwight Howard scored 26 points and grabbed 20 rebounds as the Orlando Magic rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 94-85 Friday night.
It was Howard's seventh 20-point, 20-rebound game of the season.
Ryan Anderson added 23 points, including four three-pointers and Hedo Turkoglu had 14 points and seven assists.
The Magic have won four straight overall and 12 in a row at home against the Bucks.
Carlos Delfino led the Bucks with 16 points and Ersan Ilyasova added 14 points and 10 rebounds.
The Bucks started a stretch of eight games that includes six on the road with their fourth straight loss.
Timberwolves 111, Rockets 98
HOUSTON — Kevin Love scored 33 points, including eight straight during a key fourth-quarter stretch, and Nikola Pekovic added a career-high 30 to give the Minnesota Timberwolves a 111-98 win over the Houston Rockets on Friday night.
Love's fourth 30-point outing in the last five games helped the Timberwolves improve to 3-1 against Houston this season.
A big run by Houston at the beginning of the fourth cut Minnesota's lead from 14 to one before Love took over. He scored eight points in a row, fueled by a pair of 3-pointers, to push Minnesota's lead to 103-94 with 3 minutes left. The Rockets never threatened again.
Love also had 17 rebounds for his 27th double-double of the season, most in the NBA.
Pistons 114, Kings 108
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Rodney Stuckey scored a season-high 36 points and rookie Brandon Knight added 23 points and 10 assists as the Detroit Pistons rallied to beat the Sacramento Kings 114-108 on Friday night.
Tayshaun Prince finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds, while Stuckey was 12 for 20 from the floor and 11 for 12 from the free-throw line. Detroit has now won six of its last eight games after a 4-20 start.
DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings with 26 points and 15 rebounds, while Marcus Thornton added 24.
The Kings threatened to pull away several times in the first three quarters, but couldn't stop Stuckey. His pair of free throws at the end of the third gave him 31 points and pulled Detroit within 88-86.
Thunder 110, Warrios 87
OKLAHOMA CITY — James Harden scored 25 points, Kevin Durant added 23 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder completed a season sweep of the Golden State Warriors with a 110-87 win Friday night.
Russell Westbrook scored 18 points for Oklahoma City, but the all-star point guard left the game with 1:13 left in the third quarter with what the team said was a sprained right ankle. He didn't return.
But the Thunder improved to 23-7, the best record in the Western Conference, with their third win over the Warriors in 22 days.
David Lee led Golden State with 23 points. Monta Ellis, who scored 48 points the last time the teams played, had 11 in this one.
Grizzlies 103, Nuggets 102
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Dante Cunningham tipped in Rudy Gay's miss with less than a second left and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Denver Nuggets 103-102 Friday night.
Andre Miller's inbounds pass with two tenths of a second left was batted away at the rim, and allowed Memphis to win its third straight, despite blowing a 23-point second-half lead.
Gay had 20 points to lead six Memphis players in double figures. O.J. Mayo finished with 17, Mike Conley and Marc Gasol scored 16 points apiece, Gasol grabbing 14 rebounds and handing out eight assists.
Tony Allen had 13 points and Marreese Speights added 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Corey Brewer keyed the Nuggets rally, scoring a season-high 26 points, all in the second half, on 10 of 14 shooting.
Jazz 114, Wizards 100
SALT LAKE CITY — Al Jefferson scored a season-high 34 points, including 26 in the first half, and the Utah Jazz beat the Washington Wizards 114-100 on Friday night to snap a two-game skid.
The Jazz broke it open in the third quarter when they outscored the Wizards 38-28, fueled by runs of 8-0 and 20-8.
Jefferson had eclipsed his season high of 30 points with nearly 5 minutes left in the third as the Jazz led by as many as 28. He finished 16 of 23 with 12 rebounds, three steals and a blocked shot.
John Wall led the Wizards with 24 points, while Jordan Crawford added 21 off the bench.
Paul Millsap had 14 points and 12 rebounds for Utah, which held a 70-44 advantage in the paint.
Lakers 111, Suns 99
LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant scored 18 of his 36 points in the third quarter, Andrew Bynum had 17 points and 14 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers handed the Phoenix Suns their fourth straight loss, 111-99 on Friday night.
It was only the fourth time in 30 games this season that the Lakers reached the 100-point mark. Pau Gasol had 13 rebounds and 10 points, and Matt Barnes added 17 points off the bench along with seven boards in 25 minutes. Bryant had nine rebounds and six assists.
Bryant scored at least 40 in each of his previous two games against Phoenix, including a 48-point effort in the Lakers' 99-83 win on Jan. 10 at Staples Center — his highest-scoring game in the NBA when not making a 3-point shot.