Blazers win, lose Oden for season
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Brandon Roy had 28 points and scored the winning basket to help Portland beat Houston 90-89 on Saturday night after the Trail Blazers lost center Greg Oden to a probable season-ending knee injury.
Roy scored on a driving layup with 3.2 seconds left, and Houston’s Aaron Brooks missed on the other end to give Portland a victory after the devastating loss of Oden to a freak injury in the first quarter.
Oden fractured his left kneecap while jumping to defend Brooks. The former No. 1 draft pick was carried off the floor on a stretcher. He will undergo surgery and is expected to miss the rest of the season, Blazers spokeswoman Cheri Hanson said.
Oden collapsed to the floor clutching his knee and grimacing in pain midway through the first quarter. Oden’s knee did not appear to make any contact with Brooks. Play was stopped for 7 minutes while the 7-footer was tended to.
Andre Miller had 16 of his 24 points in the third quarter for the Blazers, who rallied from a 15-point deficit to snap a three-game losing streak. Carl Landry led Houston with 23 points, and Luis Scola had 21.
Bobcats 106, 76ers 105
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Raymond Felton’s driving layup with 4.7 seconds left capped a late comeback and Charlotte bounced back from an embarrassing loss.
A night after the Bobcats lost to New Jersey to end the Nets’ record-worst NBA start at 0-18, they appeared ready to hand Philadelphia its first win in more than two weeks. But Boris Diaw hit a 3-pointer and a scoop shot in a late run, and Felton rubbed off a screen on a drive and beat Samuel Dalembert for the go-ahead basket.
Andre Iguodala missed a fadeaway at the buzzer for the 76ers, who blew a 10-point fourth-quarter lead in their ninth straight loss ahead of Allen Iverson’s return Monday night against Denver.
Timberwolves 108, Jazz 101
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Kevin Love had 18 points and 10 rebounds in his second game back from a broken hand, and Minnesota won for the third time in 20 games.
Ryan Gomes had 23 points on 9-of-10 shooting, and Jonny Flynn had 16 points for Minnesota. Carlos Boozer had 21 points and 13 rebounds for Utah.
Suns 115, Kings 107
PHOENIX (AP) – Steve Nash scored 32 points, Amare Stoudemire had 18 points and 21 rebounds and Phoenix used a late 3-point spree to beat Sacramento.
The Suns, coming off consecutive road losses to New York and Cleveland, improved to 7-0 at home. Tyreke Evans scored 21 points, and Andres Nocioni had 20 for the Kings, who lost for the eighth straight time in Phoenix.
Nuggets 106, Spurs 99
SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points, and Chauncey Billups added 18 points to help Denver open a four-game trip with a victory.
Tony Parker led San Antonio with 27 points, and Tim Duncan had 26.
Raptors 110, Bulls 78
CHICAGO (AP) – Chris Bosh had 25 points and 12 rebounds to lead Toronto to its second victory in two nights following a five-game losing streak.
He had 13 points in the opening quarter alone and hit nine of 12 shots overall in just 22 minutes, sending Chicago to its seventh loss in eight games.
Hawks 80, Mavericks 75
DALLAS (AP) – Joe Johnson scored 31 points and Atlanta ended a streak of five winless trips to Dallas.
Josh Smith added 12 points, and Marvin Williams had a career-high 15 rebounds for the Hawks. Dirk Nowitzki had 32 points and nine rebounds for Dallas.