NBA Capsules: Joe Johnson’s 4th quarter effort leads Hawks to season sweep of Celtics
ATLANTA (AP) – Joe Johnson scored 16 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter and the Atlanta Hawks beat Boston 100-91 on Friday night to complete their first season sweep of the Celtics in 11 years.
Jamal Crawford had 28 points as the Hawks recovered after Boston cut a 14-point deficit to one in the third quarter.
The Hawks (30-15) completed the four-game sweep of the regular-season series to move one-half game ahead of Boston (29-15) for second place in the Eastern Conference.
Paul Pierce led Boston with a season-high 35 points. Kevin Garnett had 15 as Boston’s only other scorer in double figures.
Cavaliers 94, Pacers 73
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – LeBron James finished with 22 points, a season-high 13 assists and nine rebounds, the third time in six games that he missed a triple-double by a single rebound.
Shaquille O’Neal tied a season high with 22 points for the Cavaliers (37-11), who won their seventh straight and maintained the league’s best record.
Danny Granger led the Pacers with 13 points, but he shot 6 for 23 from the field.
Thunder 101, Nuggets 84
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Kevin Durant scored 30 points and Oklahoma City snapped Denver’s nine-game winning streak by limiting the Nuggets to their lowest scoring output of the season.
Jeff Green added 15 points, Russell Westbrook and James Harden each scored 12 and reserve Nick Collison contributed 10 points for the Thunder.
Chauncey Billups scored 19 points and reserve J.R. Smith added 18 for the Nuggets, who were without NBA scoring leader Carmelo Anthony for the third straight game due to injury.
Lakers 99, 76ers 91
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Kobe Bryant scored all but two of his 24 points in the second half as Los Angeles won its third straight.
Pau Gasol had 19 points and 10 rebounds, Ron Artest scored 18 points and Lamar Odom added 13 for the Lakers.
Allen Iverson scored a season-high 23 points and Elton Brand added 19 for the Sixers.
Wizards 81, Nets 79
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – Earl Boykins hit a jumper with less than a second to play and Washington won its first game since guards Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton were suspended.
Boykins finished with 15 points and Andray Blatche added 14 for the Wizards.
Courtney Lee had 19 points and Brook Lopez added 17 for the Nets (4-41), who failed to win consecutive games for the first time this season.
Bobcats 121, Warriors 110
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Stephen Jackson scored 30 points in his return to Oracle Arena, and Gerald Wallace had 30 points and 13 rebounds for Charlotte.
Jackson, who was acquired from the Warriors in a Nov. 16 trade after a falling out with Golden State management in the offseason, was booed throughout the night but responded with his fifth game of 30 points or more since landing in Charlotte.
Corey Maggette had 25 points, while Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry had 22 points apiece for the Warriors, who have lost five of six.
Jazz 101, Kings 94
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Paul Millsap tied his career high with 32 points in his first start of the season and added 14 rebounds and seven assists as Utah won its fifth straight.
Andrei Kirilenko scored 18 points, pulled down seven rebounds and blocked five shots – including one in the final minute as the Kings came up short in one final rally.
Kevin Martin led Sacramento with 33 points and Tyreke Evans had 25 points and six assists.
Bulls 108, Hornets 106, OT
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Luol Deng scored 26 points, including a putback with 0.2 seconds left in regulation to force overtime.
Derrick Rose added 18 points for the Bulls, including two free throws that put Chicago ahead for good in overtime. The Bulls finished a season-long, seven-game road trip with their fifth consecutive victory.
David West led New Orleans with 29 points. Chris Paul added 18 points and 12 assists.
Rockets 104, Trail Blazers 100
HOUSTON (AP) – Aaron Brooks scored 33 points, Carl Landry added 21 and Houston snapped a three-game losing streak at home.
Brooks reached 30 points for the fifth time this season, and Luis Scola and Trevor Ariza added 12 points apiece for the Rockets, who’ve won 12 of the last 13 regular-season meetings with the Blazers in Houston.
Rudy Fernandez scored 25 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 20 for the Blazers.
Spurs 104, Grizzlies 97
SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Tim Duncan scored 19 points, and Manu Ginobili and Roger Mason led a strong effort by San Antonio’s reserves.
Playing without injured guard Tony Parker, the Spurs’ depth was a huge factor. San Antonio had a 42-21 edge in points off the bench. Mason scored 12 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter and Ginobili finished with 14 points and seven assists.
O.J. Mayo led Memphis with 28 points, and Zach Randolph added 19 points and 12 rebounds.
Heat 92, Pistons 65
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) – Dwyane Wade scored 22 points and Udonis Haslem added 16 for Miami, which snapped a two-game losing streak.
Jermaine O’Neal added 10 points and 11 rebounds, and Dorell Wright scored 12 points for the Heat.
Charlie Villanueva led the Pistons with 15 points, and Tayshaun Prince added 10.
Timberwolves 111, Clippers 97
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Al Jefferson scored 12 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter, and Minnesota led by as many as 23 points in only their 10th victory this season.
Two nights after losing to New Jersey – the worst team in the East – the Clippers lost to the team with the Western Conference’s worst record. The Wolves
Jefferson also had 16 rebounds and Ryan Hollins tied a career-high with 19 points.
Baron Davis scored 23 of his 28 points in the third quarter for Los Angeles.