NBA Capsules: Jazz rallied for win over Magic
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Deron Williams scored 30 points, Paul Millsap added 23 and the Utah Jazz rallied again for a 104-94 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.
A night after a 22-point comeback victory in overtime at Miami, the Jazz went down 18 points in the third quarter, but came back to stun Orlando. Al Jefferson had a huge hook over Dwight Howard, and Williams followed with a jumper over Nelson with 46.5 seconds remaining to give Utah an 8-point lead and cap the comeback.
Vince Carter had 20 points and Nelson returned from a sprained left ankle to score 19 points for the Magic, who had their four-game winning streak snapped and lost for the first time in the new Amway Center. Wizards 98, Rockets 91
WASHINGTON (AP) – Rookie John Wall got his first professional triple-double with 19 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds to lead the Wizards to a win over the Rockets.
Yao Ming missed most of the game after he strained a tendon in his leg in the first quarter.
Washington used a 10-0 run late in the fourth quarter to pull away after blowing an 11-point lead.
Andray Blatche finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Wizards and Al Thornton also scored 20 points, including the go-ahead layup off a pass from Wall with 4:53 left to give Washington the lead for good at 86-85.
Kevin Martin scored 31 points for the Rockets, who have lost six of seven.
Bobcats 101, Raptors 96
TORONTO (AP) – Stephen Jackson scored 20 points while Gerald Wallace had 19 points and 14 rebounds to help the Bobcats beat the Raptors, snapping a three-game losing streak.
D.J. Augustin had 16 and Tyrus Thomas scored 12 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter to help the Bobcats avoid a 1-7 start for the first time since their 2004-05 expansion season.
Jackson stripped Toronto center Andrea Bargnani with five seconds left and the Bobcats clinging to a three-point edge, then sealed it with a pair of free throws.
Boris Diaw and Gerald Henderson each had 10 for Charlotte.
Bargnani scored 23 points and Sonny Weems had 20 for the Raptors, who have lost six straight for the first time since a seven-game slide from Feb. 27 to March 13, 2009. Bucks 108, Hawks 91
ATLANTA (AP) – Corey Maggette scored 20 points, Brandon Jennings added 19 and the Bucks continued their offensive awakening, beating the Hawks.
The Hawks have lost three straight, including two at home, after winning their first six.
The Bucks struggled with their offense early in the season and were last in the league in scoring with only 89.6 points per game before taking a 107-80 win over the New York Knicks on Tuesday night. They were as impressive against the Hawks in taking back-to-back wins for the first time this season.
Ersan Ilyasova had 17 points and John Salmons had 16 in the balanced Bucks offense.
Warriors 122, Knicks 117
NEW YORK (AP) – David Lee scored a season-high 28 points in his return to New York, Dorell Wright made two huge baskets in the final two minutes, and the Warriors improved their best start in 16 years to 6-2 by beating the Knicks.
Stephen Curry added 25 points and Monta Ellis had 22 for the Warriors, who blew a 19-point lead in the second half but were bailed out by Wright, who hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:58 remaining and added an insurance basket a minute later.
Lee grabbed his 10th rebound after Wilson Chandler missed a tying 3-point attempt and sank two clinching free throws with 1.5 seconds left, and the longtime fan favorite later jogged off to cheers after completing some postgame interviews on the court.
Nets 95, Cavaliers 87
CLEVELAND (AP) – Devin Harris scored a season-high 31, Kris Humphries added 13 and 18 rebounds in his first start and the Nets snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the Cavaliers for their first road win.
Anthony Morrow added 21 points – 15 on 3-pointers – as the Nets bounced back after losing to the Cavs on Tuesday at home. New Jersey won despite not having starting forward Troy Murphy and shooting just 19 of 35 from the free-throw line.
J.J. Hickson scored 15 to lead Cleveland, which led by 11 in the third but went cold down the stretch and had its winning streak stopped at three.
The Cavs also lost guard Mo Williams in the third quarter because of a groin strain. Mavericks 106, Grizzlies 91
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Jason Terry scored 25 points, and Shawn Marion added 20 to lead the Mavericks to a victory over the Grizzlies.
Terry connected on 11 of 16 shots from the field as Dallas won its fourth out of the last five, including its first three of the season on the road.
Dirk Nowitzki had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Dallas despite an ankle injury in the second quarter. The ankle was re-taped at halftime, and Nowitzki returned to the game to start the second half.
Tyson Chandler and DeShawn Stevenson had 11 apiece, while Jason Kidd handed out 12 assists.
Zach Randolph led Memphis with 23 points, while Rudy Gay added 18, both grabbing nine rebounds. Marc Gasol finished with 10 points.
Thunder 109, 76ers 103
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook each scored 31 points and came up with the key baskets down the stretch to help the Thunder hold off a late charge from the 76ers.
Westbrook skied for a key layup off an inbound pass with just over 2 1/2 minutes left to keep Philadelphia from having a shot at the tie, and Durant helped put it away with a three-point play with 44 seconds remaining to extend the lead to 104-97.
Rookie Jodie Meeks scored 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter to lead the 76ers’ bid to erase an 11-point deficit. Jrue Holiday and Elton Brand also scored 17 points apiece as the Sixers eclipsed 100 points in a fifth straight game for the first time since December 2005.
Timberwolves 98, Kings 89
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Michael Beasley scored a career-high 42 points and nine rebounds to help Minnesota beat the Kings, snapping a six-game losing streak.
Any win is a big victory for the Timberwolves, who entered the game having dropped 36 of their previous 39 games dating back to Feb. 8, 2010. Minnesota had lost its previous six road games this season after winning only five away from home a year ago.
Omri Casspi had 17 points, Beno Udrih scored 16 points and Samuel Dalembert had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Kings, who dropped their third straight game after opening the season with a 3-1 record.
Beasley made 17 of 31 shots and hit 7 of 10 free throws and surpassed his previous high of 30 points early in the third quarter.
Spurs 107, Clippers 95
SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Manu Ginobili and Richard Jefferson scored 22 points apiece, and the Spurs won their fifth straight with a victory over the banged-up Clippers.
The Spurs won their 18th consecutive game over the Clippers, who played without Eric Gordon, Baron Davis or Chris Kaman – three of their four leading scorers.
Injuries have decimated the Clippers, who are off to another horrendous start for the woebegone franchise. They fell to 1-8, so far showing no signs of the playoff potential that first-year coach Vinny Del Negro felt he had.
Tony Parker had 21 points and nine assists for the Spurs.
Rasual Butler led the Clippers with 18 points.