The Associated Press
Dec. 17, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Josh Smith had 30 points, Greg Monroe finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons handed Indiana its first home loss Monday night, stunning the Pacers 101-96.
The Pistons won for the second time in six games, ending a six-game skid in the series and a nine-game losing streak on the Pacers home court.
Lance Stephenson had a season high 23 points, while Luis Scola scored 13 of his season-best 18 in the fourth quarter for Indiana (20-4), which was 11-0 at home coming into the game. Oklahoma City remains the only NBA team unbeaten at home with a 12-0 record..
Detroit held a 55-40 rebounding edge and outscored the Pacers in the paint.
Indiana tied the score four times and got as close as 96-94 late in the fourth.
CLIPPERS 115, SPURS 92
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Griffin scored 27 points, hitting 11 of 15 free throws, and Los Angeles cruised past San Antonio 48 hours after completing a seven-game road trip.
Chris Paul added 23 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and Jamal Crawford had 17 points in his second straight start for the Clippers, who repelled several threats in the third quarter to maintain their lead.
Tim Duncan had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs, whose four-game winning streak ended. Tony Parker limped off the court with a right shin contusion with 5:09 left in the third. He finished with eight points and six assists in 26 minutes.
DeAndre Jordan added 11 rebounds and Griffin had nine to help the Clippers control the boards, 43-36.
NETS 130, 76ERS 94
NEW YORK (AP) — Joe Johnson made 10 3-pointers, most in the NBA this season, and scored a season-high 37 points to lead Brooklyn over Philadelphia.
Johnson finished 10 for 14 from behind the arc, including 8 of 10 during an incredible third-quarter shooting performance. He passed the nine 3-pointers made this season by Jeremy Lin, who also did it against the 76ers' inept perimeter defense, and Stephen Curry.
Johnson scored 29 points in the third, his most in any quarter in his career.
Deron Williams had 13 points and 13 assists for the Nets, who led by as many as 42 and won for the fourth time in five games while playing without center Brook Lopez.
James Anderson scored 17 points for the 76ers, who lost their seventh straight overall and have dropped 11 in a row on the road since winning at Washington in their road opener.
HAWKS 114, LAKERS 100
ATLANTA (AP) — Kyle Korver sank three 3-pointers in Atlanta's dominant third quarter, Al Horford scored 19 points to lead the Hawks past cold-shooting Kobe Bryant and Los Angeles.
Paul Millsap had 18 points and Jeff Teague had 17 with 10 assists for the Hawks. Horford grabbed 11 rebounds.
Bryant made only 4 of 14 shots for eight points.
Nick Young led the Lakers with 23 points while making five 3-pointers. Jordan Hill had 21, Xavier Henry had 18 and Pau Gasol had 16, but no other Los Angeles player scored in double figures.
WIZARDS 102, KNICKS 101
NEW YORK (AP) — Bradley Beal's driving layup with 6 seconds remaining carried Washington past New York.
The Knicks didn't use one of their three remaining timeouts after Beal's basket. Carmelo Anthony took the inbounds pass, dribbled the up court and attempted a 3-pointer that bounced off the rim as time expired.
Beal led the Wizards with 21 points, including their final seven as Washington erased a six-point fourth-quarter deficit.
Martell Webster added 30 points and John Wall 20 points for the Wizards.
Anthony finished with 32 for the Knicks.
HEAT 117, JAZZ 94
MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James finished with 30 points, nine rebounds and nine assists despite sitting some of the second half after twisting his left ankle, Dwyane Wade added 27 points and Miami rolled past Utah.
It was Miami's 17th straight victory over a Western Conference opponent, the second-longest regular-season streak by an Eastern Conference team in NBA history. Boston won 20 straight over the West during a nine-month span of 1973.
Chris Bosh scored 20 points for the Heat, who moved within two games of Indiana for the East lead. Miami plays host to the Pacers on Wednesday.
Alec Burks scored 31 points for Utah, which got 17 from Derrick Favors.
CELTICS 101, TIMBERWOLVES 97
BOSTON (AP) — Jared Sullinger had 24 points and 11 rebounds, including a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 2:22 left that helped Boston Celtics hold off Minnesota.
Sullinger had 15 points and six rebounds in the fourth quarter, and Avery Bradley had 19 points for the game. The Celtics won for the fifth time in seven games to hold onto first place in the Atlantic Division despite a 12-14 record that would be 12th-best in the Western Conference.
Kevin Love had 27 points and 14 rebounds for Minnesota, which has not won in Boston since 2005. But he was 2 for 11 from 3-point range as the Timberwolves, who hit a season-high 12 3-pointers at Memphis on Sunday, went 8 of 29 from beyond the arc.