Lin has 17 points as Knicks handle Hawks
NEW YORK (AP) – Jeremy Lin had an easy night ahead of his toughest opponent yet, and the New York Knicks tuned up for their trip to Miami by beating the Atlanta Hawks 99-82 Wednesday night.
Lin had 17 points and nine assists, sitting out most of the fourth quarter in a rare game during his remarkable run that the Knicks needed little from him.
Carmelo Anthony scored 15 points in his second game back from injury for the Knicks, who led the depleted Hawks by 25 points at halftime. New York bounced back from a loss to New Jersey on Monday and won for the ninth time in 11 games since Lin joined the rotation.
Jeff Teague scored 16 points for the Hawks, who played without Joe Johnson. The All-Star guard left their loss at Chicago on Monday with a sore left knee and had to pull out of Sunday’s game in Orlando. Atlanta has lost three straight and five of six.
The Knicks shot 52 percent in the first half and led 60-35 at the break.
LAKERS 96, MAVERICKS 91
DALLAS (AP) – Andrew Bynum had 19 points and 14 rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers hit the halfway point of their season with a win against the defending NBA champions.
Bynum had a huge smile on his face when he grabbed a rebound of his own miss and was fouled trying to go back up with 5:29 left. He made both free throws to break an 82-all tie and finally put the Lakers ahead to stay after 13 ties and 10 lead changes.
Pau Gasol had 24 points for Los Angeles, while Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher each had 15.
Dirk Nowitzki had 25 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Mavericks.
BULLS 110, BUCKS 91
CHICAGO (AP) – Carlos Boozer scored 20 points, Derrick Rose and Luol Deng each added 16, and Chicago beat Milwaukee for the seventh straight time.
Joakim Noah had 13 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for the first triple-double by a Chicago center in roughly 35 years. Not since Artis Gilmore had 35 points, 15 rebounds and 11 blocks against Atlanta on Dec. 20, 1977, had a Bulls center accomplished the feat.
The Central Division leaders built an 11-point halftime lead and broke it open in the third quarter, a nice send-off for the All-Star break.
Brandon Jennings scored 20 points to lead the Bucks.
THUNDER 119, CELTICS 104
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Russell Westbrook scored 31 points, Kevin Durant added 28 and Oklahoma City beat Boston for its 11th straight win at home.
Kevin Garnett’s return after a two-game absence wasn’t enough to lift the Celtics, who were still without point guard Rajon Rondo as he served the second of a two-game suspension.
Paul Pierce and Garnett scored 23 points apiece, and Garnett also had 13 rebounds after missing the previous two games for personal reasons. The Celtics lost their fifth straight.
Boston trailed by as many as 27 before pulling to 108-102 with 3:31 left. Durant banked in a pair of jumpers and hit two free throws during an 11-2 run that sealed it for Oklahoma City.
PACERS 102, BOBCATS 88
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Tyler Hansbrough had a season-high 22 points and nine rebounds as Indiana continued its dominance of Charlotte.
The Pacers have beaten the Bobcats nine time straight times, including twice this week. This game was much closer than the 35-point rout Sunday in Indianapolis – for three quarters.
The Pacers led by 10 after three but began to pull away in the fourth. Danny Granger had 12 points and Lou Amundson had a season-high 11 rebounds as Indiana won its fourth game in a row to remain in second place in the Central Division.
Corey Maggette scored 20 points as Charlotte lost its 18th in 19 games.
MAGIC 108, NETS 91
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Dwight Howard had 20 points and 17 rebounds to help Orlando roll to victory against New Jersey.
Glen Davis, who hit his first seven shots, added 16 points for Orlando, which won for the eighth time in 11 games.
Deron Williams had 23 points, six rebounds and eight assists to lead New Jersey, which headed into the All-Star breaking having lost 8 of 11. Rookie MarShon Brooks added a game-high 24, while Brook Lopez had 15 in his second game since his return from a broken right foot.
Orlando shot 62.5 percent in the opening 12 minutes and jumped to a 34-17 lead.
ROCKETS 93, 76ERS 87
HOUSTON (AP) – Luis Scola had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Kyle Lowry added 13 points and two crucial three-point plays down the stretch to lead Houston over Philadelphia.
Kevin Martin scored 16 points and reserve Patrick Patterson added 12 for the Rockets, who’ve won three in a row and snapped a four-game home-court losing streak to Philadelphia.
Nikola Vucevic scored a career-high 18 points and Thaddeus Young had 15 for the 76ers, who will head into the All-Star break on a five-game losing streak. The 76ers lost for only the second time in their past nine meetings with Houston.
Philly was held without a 3-pointer for the first, missing all nine attempts.
RAPTORS 103, PISTONS 93
TORONTO (AP) – DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points, Aaron Gray set season highs with 12 points and 12 rebounds and Toronto beat Detroit to snap a three-game losing streak.
Leandro Barbosa scored 17 points, James Johnson had 15 and Amir Johnson added 11 for the Raptors, who had lost seven of eight coming in. Ed Davis scored 10 points and Jose Calderon added 15 assists as Toronto snapped a three-game losing streak against Detroit.
Greg Monroe had 30 points and 14 rebounds for the Pistons, Brandon Knight scored 16 and Tayshaun Prince had 14 as Detroit dropped to 3-14 on the road.
The Pistons had won three of four and seven of 10 coming in.
TIMBERWOLVES 100, JAZZ 98
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Luke Ridnour hit a floater in the lane at the buzzer, capping Minnesota’s comeback from 16 points down in the fourth quarter to beat Utah.
Utah’s Al Jefferson sank a jumper with Kevin Love in his face to tie the score 98-all with 7 seconds remaining. After a timeout, Ridnour took a pass from J.J. Barea, drove the lane, and sank a shot over Jefferson as the buzzer sounded.
Barea finished 22 points and matched a career high with five 3-pointers, and Ridnour added 17 points.
Paul Millsap scored 25 and Josh Howard added 19 as the Jazz lost their third straight.
HORNETS 89, CAVALIERS 84
CLEVELAND (AP) – Chris Kaman scored 21 points, Marco Belinelli added 19 and New Orleans held off a late rallly to beat Cleveland.
Rookie point guard Kyrie Irving, who made several clutch plays in Cleveland’s back-to-back one-point wins over Sacramento and Detroit, was held to six points. Irving’s jumper with 2:08 to play cut New Orleans’ lead to 76-74, but Kaman’s dunk and Belinelli’s 3-pointer put the Hornets ahead 81-74 with 1:04 on the clock.
Antawn Jamison led Cleveland with 22 points and Irving had career-high 11 assists.
Jarrett Jack scored 16 points for New Orleans and Kaman grabbed 13 rebounds.
KINGS 115, WIZARDS 107
WASHINGTON (AP) – Marcus Thornton scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half, and rookie Isaiah Thomas had 16 of his 18 after halftime to lead Sacramento past Washington.
Tyreke Evans added 22 points – 20 in the first half – and DeMarcus Cousins had 16 points and 16 rebounds for the Kings, who broke a six-game losing streak and salvaged a win in the finale of their six-game road trip.
Jordan Crawford scored a season-high 32 points, and John Wall had 21 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds for the Wizards, who have lost four straight.
The Kings led 104-103 with 3:44 to play before closing with an 11-4 run.
WARRIORS 106, SUNS 104
PHOENIX (AP) – Monta Ellis hit an 20-foot fadeaway jump shot with 1 second remaining to lift Golden State.
Channing Frye’s 3-point attempt rolled off the back of the rim at the buzzer, giving the Warriors their first win in Phoenix since March 18, 2005.
Ellis finished with a game-high 26 points, Dorell Wright had 23 and David Lee added 22 for the Warriors, who squandered a 21-point lead before rallying in the final 2:16.
Golden State played all but 1 minute of the final three quarters and the entire second half without Stephen Curry, who strained a tendon in his right foot with 2:19 to play in the first quarter.
Frye had 22 points, Marcin Gortat scored 21 and Jared Dudley finished with 17 for the Suns, whose two-game winning streak was snapped.
CLIPPERS 103, NUGGETS 95
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Chris Paul scored a season-high 36 points, Blake Griffin added 27 and the Los Angeles Clippers snapped a two-game skid in their last game before the All-Star break.
Paul and Griffin are headed to the game as starters in Orlando, having led their team to a 20-11 record in the first half of the lockout-shortened season. Griffin had 12 rebounds and DeAndre Jordan had 16 boards as the Clippers improved to 12-4 at home.
Arron Afflalo scored 20 points and rookie Jordan Hamilton added a season-high 18 points for the injury-riddled Nuggets, who lost their fifth in a row on the road. They played without Danilo Gallinari, Ty Lawson, Nene and Rudy Fernandez.
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