NBA: Bucks’ rookie Jennings scores 55 points
MILWAUKEE (AP) – Brandon Jennings scored 55 points, breaking Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s franchise rookie record, to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a come-from-behind 129-125 victory Saturday over the Golden State Warriors.
Jennings poured in 29 points in the third quarter, then scored 10 in the final 2:15 to hold off the Warriors and become only the third Bucks player to score more than 50. The last player to do it was Michael Redd, who set the franchise record with 57 points against Utah on Nov. 11, 2006.
Jennings scored 15 straight points during the third period to help the Bucks overcome a nine-point deficit and win four straight for the first time in more than two years. The Bucks (5-2) are off to their best start since 2005, the last season the team made the playoffs.
Abdul-Jabbar, then known as Lew Alcindor, had 51 points on Feb. 21, 1970, against Seattle. The NBA rookie record was set by Wilt Chamberlain with 58 points for Philadelphia against Detroit in a January 1960 game in Bethlehem, Pa.
Monta Ellis led the Warriors with 26 points.
Heat 81, Nets 80
MIAMI (AP) – Dwyane Wade’s 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds left lifted Miami past undermanned and winless New Jersey.
Wade’s shot was the 17th tie or lead change in the fourth quarter and came after the Nets’ Brook Lopez tipped in Rafer Alston’s missed runner with 4.1 seconds to go.
Before the basket by Lopez, the Heat had tied the game on a banked-in 3-pointer by Quentin Richardson with 25 seconds to go.
Wade finished with 22 points, and Udonis Haslem had 28 for Miami.
and Lopez and Trenton Hassell each finished with 17 points for New Jersey (0-10), which played with an eight-man rotation because of injury or personal reasons.
Cavaliers 107, Jazz 103
CLEVELAND (AP) – LeBron James’ three-point play with 28 seconds remaining lifted short-handed Cleveland to its fourth straight victory.
James was 6 of 15 from the floor, but finished with 21 points, six rebounds and nine assists. Shaquille O’Neal missed the because of a strained shoulder.
Carlos Boozer scored 25 points for Utah. Pacers 113, Celtics 104
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Danny Granger scored 29 points, Dahntay Jones added a season-high 25 and Indiana handed Boston its second straight loss.
Granger delivered on his promise Wednesday night that the Pacers would earn their fourth straight win. He was 6 of 9 on 3-pointers and had six rebounds and four assists.
Ray Allen had a season-high 24 points for Boston.
Thunder 101, Spurs 98
SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Kevin Durant scored 25 points and Oklahoma City spoiled the return of Tim Duncan and Tony Parker to San Antonio’s lineup.
The Thunder handed the Spurs their first home loss in five games this season despite Duncan and Parker returning after missing two games because of ankle injuries.
Duncan had 22 points and 10 rebounds but attempted just one shot in the fourth. Parker scored 17 points and missed a 3-point try at the buzzer.
Hawks 121, Hornets 98
ATLANTA (AP) – Joe Johnson scored 26 points, Jamal Crawford added 21 and Atlanta beat New Orleans for its fourth straight victory.
The Hornets were without Chris Paul, who stayed home after spraining his ankle the night before, and have lost three straight and five of six.
Peja Stojakovic scored 25 points, but New Orleans fell to 0-2 under Jeff Bower, the general manager who became the coach this week after Byron Scott’s firing.
Grizzlies 97, Timberwolves 87
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Marc Gasol scored 17 points and matched his career high with 16 rebounds, and Rudy Gay and O.J. Mayo had 19 points apiece to help Memphis snap a seven-game losing streak and hand Minnesota its 10th straight loss.
Corey Brewer scored 16 points for Minnesota.
Pistons 106, Wizards 103
WASHINGTON (AP) – Ben Gordon scored 29 points, Charlie Villanueva added 25 and Detroit held Washington to one field goal over the final 5 minutes.
Earl Boykins, playing his first NBA game in more than 1 1/2 years after signing with Washington on Wednesday, had 20 points for the Wizards. Trail Blazers 80, Bobcats 74
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Brandon Roy scored 25 points, Andre Miller added 15 and Portland improved to 8-3 with its sixth straight victory.
Boris Diaw led Charlotte with 21 points.
Bulls 94, 76ers 88
CHICAGO (AP) – Luol Deng and the slumping Kirk Hinrich each scored 19 points to help Chicago snap a two-game losing streak.
Derrick Rose, John Salmons, Brad Miller and Joakim Noah each added 14 points. Andre Iguodala led Philadelphia with 24 points.