76ers rally late to top Portland 101-100
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Spencer Hawes had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday scored 27 points to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 101-100 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.
The Sixers wasted a 14-point lead and Portland took the lead late in the fourth. Holiday, though, rallied the Sixers and stretched the lead to 101-97 on a pair of free throws.
Damian Lillard hit a 3-pointer to cut it to 101-100. Holiday fell on the inbound pass and the ball sailed into the Sixers bench, giving Portland the ball with 7.1 seconds left. LaMarcus Aldridge missed the potential winner on a turnaround over Hawes.
Aldridge had 32 points and 14 rebounds, and Lillard scored 27 points.
Nets crush Pistons to open 8-game road trip
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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Deron Williams scored 31 points in 28 minutes, and the Brooklyn Nets routed the hapless Detroit Pistons 119-82 Monday night in the opener of their eight-game road trip.
Detroit lost its ninth straight and fell to 2-13 since the All-Star break. Pistons coach Lawrence Frank returned after missing six games to be with his seriously ill wife. Frank is planning to return to New Jersey before Detroit plays Friday in Miami.
The Nets, coming off a 12-point loss to Atlanta on Sunday, pulled within a half-game of New York in the Atlantic Division, with the Knicks playing later Monday at Utah.
Brook Lopez added 18 points and seven rebounds, while former Pistons guard Jerry Stackhouse had 10 points in his first game since Jan. 26.
Bobcats snap Wizards’ 3-game win streak 119-114
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Gerald Henderson had 27 points, Kemba Walker came up big late and the Charlotte Bobcats defeated Washington 119-114 Monday night to snap the Wizards’ three-game win streak.
Walker scored nine of his 18 points in the final three minutes to spark a 12-0 run, lifting the Bobcats to only their second win in their last 14 games.
Walker shot 8 of 14 from the field and had seven assists.
Henderson, who came in averaging 22.5 points over his previous five games, was 8 of 16 from the field and 10 of 11 on free throws. He also tied a career high with eight assists.
Ben Gordon had 19 points and Josh McRoberts added 17 for Charlotte.
John Wall scored 25 points and Nene added 21 for the Wizards, who have lost three of four games this season to the NBA-worst Bobcats.
Green, Hansbrough lead Pacers past Cavs, 111-90
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CLEVELAND (AP) — Gerald Green scored 20 points and Tyler Hansbrough, starting in place of the injured David West, had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 111-90 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night.
West missed the game with a sprained lower back sustained Saturday against Philadelphia, but the Pacers dominated without their second-leading scorer.
Green scored 13 points in the second quarter and Hansbrough, making just his second start of the season, led a balanced attack.
C.J. Miles led Cleveland with 21 points, but injuries continued to plague the Cavaliers. Guard Dion Waiters didn’t play after the first quarter because of a sore left knee and Cleveland played its fourth straight game without All-Star guard Kyrie Irving, who is out with a sprained left shoulder.
Hot-shooting Mavs roll past Hawks, 127-113
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ATLANTA (AP) — Darren Collison scored 24 points and the hot-shooting Dallas Mavericks set season highs for points in a half and a game while beating the Atlanta Hawks 127-113 on Monday night.
Dallas led 68-55 at halftime and kept adding to the lead in the second half. Dirk Nowitzki, who had 22 points, hit two free throws as the Mavericks reached 100 with their first points of the final period.
Dallas made 57.3 percent of its shots (51 of 89). The Hawks also had a strong night on offense, shooting 56 percent from the field with eight scorers in double figures, but could come no closer than 11 points in the second half.
Collison made 10 of 14 shots from the field, going 2 of 3 from 3-point range.
Curry leads Warriors past Hornets, 93-72
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 30 points and the Golden State Warriors won easily for the second straight night, 93-72 over the struggling New Orleans Hornets on Monday.
Curry, who scored 29 points in a 30-point victory at Houston on Sunday, made 10 of his 19 field goal attempts, going 6 of 9 on 3-pointers, hitting one from as far as 29 feet.
David Lee added 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Klay Thompson scored 13 points for the Warriors (39-30), who continued to solidify their playoff credentials.
Ryan Anderson had 21 points and nine rebounds for the Hornets (22-46), who came in tied for the Western Conference’s worst record and have lost four straight. Anthony Davis added 16 points and Greivis Vasquez 14.