Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - The streak is finally over. Kemba Walker
scored 18 points and the Charlotte Bobcats dominated the fourth quarter to
end an 18-game losing skid with a 91-81 decision over the Chicago Bulls at
the United Center. The Bobcats outscored the Bulls by a 26-16 margin in the
final period to notch their first victory since a double-overtime road
verdict over Washington on Nov. 24. The victory was also Charlotte's
eighth of the season, surpassing their entire win total during a historically
bad 7-59 campaign in 2011-12. Former Bull Ben Gordon netted six of his 15
points in the fourth quarter to help the Bobcats prevail, with Gerald
Henderson contributing 16 points to the outcome. Carlos Boozer recorded 19
points and 14 rebounds for Chicago, but made just 7-of-18 field goal
attempts. Luol Deng amassed 20 points and 12 boards in the loss, the Bulls'
third in four games.
Final Score: Indiana 88, Memphis 83
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Paul George and D.J. Augustin each made
four 3-pointers, helping the Indiana Pacers hold off the Memphis Grizzlies,
88-83. George ended with 21 points, six rebounds and five assists for the
Pacers, who improved to 10-3 at home this season. Augustin had 17 points and
six assists. Zach Randolph tallied 21 points and 15 rebounds to pace the
Grizzlies, who have lost three of four since a four-game winning streak.
Marc Gasol donated 13 points and Tony Allen and Rudy Gay each added 11 points.
Final Score: Miami 112, Orlando 110 (OT)
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - LeBron James scored the go-ahead basket with
1:07 left in overtime, and Dwyane Wade came through with a game-sealing steal
and dunk in the final seconds as the Miami Heat outlasted the Orlando Magic,
112-110, at Amway Arena. James finished with 36 points, none bigger than his
driving layup that snapped a 106-106 deadlock, and 11 assists. Chris Bosh
added 22 points on 10-of-15 shooting to help the Heat bounce back from
consecutive losses to Detroit and Milwaukee on its current road trip. Wade
finished with 21 points despite a 3-for-10 performance from the foul line,
but intercepted a telegraphed inbounds pass from the Magic's J.J. Redick with
9.8 seconds remaining in overtime and dunked home the dagger that sent Orlando
to its sixth consecutive defeat. The Magic lost despite holding an 11-point
lead late in the third quarter and a monster outing from Nikola Vucevic, who
racked up 20 points and a franchise-record 29 rebounds. Arron Afflalo
posted 28 points in the setback, while Redick made 9-of-13 shots --
including five from 3-point range -- in a 23-point effort.
Final Score: Houston 123, Atlanta 104
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - James Harden had 28 points and five assists as
the Houston Rockets posted a 123-104 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday.
Carlos Delfino had a season-high 22 points along with eight assists while
Jeremy Lin gave 16 points and eight helpers for the Rockets, who snapped a
two-game slide. Louis Williams scored 21 points while Al Horford gave 18
points and 13 rebounds for the Hawks, who had a four-game winning streak
Final Score: San Antonio 104, Brooklyn 73
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Tony Parker had 20 points and six assists
to head a balanced San Antonio scoring attack as the Spurs recorded their
sixth straight victory with a 104-73 rout of the Brooklyn Nets at the AT&T
Center. Parker made good on 9-of-13 field goal attempts, while five other
players finished in double figures to help the Spurs achieve a season-
high for consecutive triumphs. Tim Duncan scored 15 points, Nando de Colo
added 11 and Kawhi Leonard, Tiago Splitter and Matt Bonner all had 10 for
a San Antonio squad that shot a robust 58.9 percent as a team. The Nets had
come into the contest off home victories over Charlotte and Cleveland in
their first two outings since the team replaced Avery Johnson with P.J.
Carlesimo as head coach, but were buried by a dismal third quarter in which
Brooklyn made a mere 2-of-20 shots from the floor and were outscored by a
whopping 30-5 margin. MarShon Brooks finished with 16 points and Joe
Johnson had 12 for the Nets, who also committed 18 turnovers that were
converted into 28 Spurs' points.
Final Score: Oklahoma City 114, Phoenix 96
Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) - Kevin Durant scored a game-high 30 points
on 11-of-24 from the field and the Oklahoma City Thunder pulled away from the
Phoenix Suns in the fourth quarter to secure a 114-96 victory Monday at
Chesapeake Energy Arena. Russell Westbrook netted 24 points to go with nine
assists and seven rebounds, Serge Ibaka put in 16 points and grabbed seven
boards and Thabo Sefolosha added a season-high 14 points for the Thunder,
who have won three straight since a two-game slide. Nick Collison donated 10
points and nine rebounds in the win. Luis Scola scored a team-high 24
points and pulled down six rebounds, while Goran Dragic contributed 16
points and eight assists for the Suns, who have lost six straight. Jermaine
O'Neal and Marcin Gortat added 12 points apiece in a losing cause.
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