NBA: Harris leads Nets past Wizards
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Devin Harris had 29 points and nine assists and Brook Lopez added 18 points to lead New Jersey past Washington 97-89 on Thursday night to snap an eight-game losing streak.
The loss was the 13th straight on the road this season for the Wizards (6-18), who played without top overall draft pick John Wall and forward Andray Blatche, both of whom sat out the game with knee problems.
The Nets, who led by 23 points in the second quarter, got 12 points and 17 rebounds from Kris Humphries, the fourth straight game he collected 10 or more boards.
Reserve Nick Young led the Wizards with 22 points, while Gilbert Arenas had 19 and Al Thornton added 18.
The 23-point lead was the biggest New Jersey has enjoyed at any stage of a game this season.
Celtics 102, Hawks 90
BOSTON (AP) – Kevin Garnett had 17 points and 14 rebounds – one of three Boston players with a double-double – to lead the Celtics to their 12th straight win.
Paul Pierce had 15 points and 10 assists and Glen “Big Baby” Davis had 18 points and 10 rebounds. Ray Allen scored 18 points and Nate Robinson had 14 for the Celtics (21-4).
Marvin Williams had a season-best 26 points and Jeff Teague scored 18 for the Hawks.
Boston point guard Rajon Rondo missed the game after spraining his left ankle in Wednesday’s win at New York. He’s expected to be sidelined at least a week. Center Shaquille O’Neal was also out, missing his fourth straight game with a sore right calf.
Spurs 113, Nuggets 112
DENVER (AP) – San Antonio’s Manu Ginobili hit a running bank shot in the final seconds then drew the foul that negated Carmelo Anthony’s possible game-winning basket.
Ginobili’s shot with 4.2 seconds left put the Spurs ahead 113-112.
After a timeout, Anthony got the inbounds pass from Ty Lawson and drove the lane. He ran over Ginobili as he made a buzzer-beater and the crowd went crazy. But the officials called off the basket for an offensive foul.
It was the second game-winner in as many days for Ginobili, who hit a fallaway jumper as time expired Wednesday, lifting San Antonio over Milwaukee 92-90.
San Antonio improved to an NBA-best 22-4 while dropping the Nuggets to just their second loss in 13 home games.
Tim Duncan had 28 points and Tony Parker added 24 for the Spurs.
Anthony led Denver with 31 points and Arron Afflalo scored 20.