February 20, 2013

NBA Roundup: Gallinari, Lawson lead Nuggets over Celtics

The Associated Press

DENVER — Danilo Gallinari and Ty Lawson each scored 26 points to help the Denver Nuggets snap a three-game losing streak by beating the Boston Celtics 97-90 Tuesday night.

Kenneth Faried, Courtney Lee
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Celtics guard Courtney Lee drives the lane for two points despite tenacious defense from Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried during Tuesday’s game in Denver.

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Andre Miller and Kosta Koufos added 11 points apiece and Kenneth Faried had 16 rebounds to go with his seven points to help the Nuggets gain a split of their season series with Boston, which last week beat Denver in triple overtime to end the Nuggets' nine-game winning streak and start their losing streak.

Jeff Green had 20 points off the bench to lead the Celtics, who have been playing well despite losing Rajon Rondo (torn ACL), Jared Sullinger (back surgery) and Leandro Barbosa (torn ACL) to season-ending injuries in the past month.

Avery Bradley added 17 points and Courtney Lee had 15 for the Celtics, who lost their fourth in a row to the Nuggets in Denver.


BOBCATS 105, MAGIC 92: Kemba Walker and Gerald Henderson each had 24 points, Byron Mullens added 20 points and 12 rebounds and Charlotte survived a second-half comeback to hold off host Orlando.

Mullens has had at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in three of the Bobcats' last five games.

The Bobcats have won two of their last three and also snapped a string of seven consecutive road losses. Charlotte begins a three-game home stand on Wednesday against Detroit.

Nikola Vucevic had 18 points and 11 rebounds and Arron Afflalo 18 points to lead the Magic, who have lost 25 of their last 28, including 13 of 15 at home.


RAPTORS 96, WIZARDS 88: DeMar DeRozan and Rudy Gay scored 24 points apiece, and Toronto won its third consecutive road game the first time since 2007. The Raptors also are 6-2 since Gay arrived last month from the Memphis Grizzlies in a three-team trade.

Rookie Bradley Beal scored 25 points for the Wizards, who had won eight of nine at home.


GRIZZLIES 105, PISTONS 91: Mike Conley scored 19 points, Zach Randolph had his 31st double-double and Memphis won its fourth straight at Detroit.

The Grizzlies trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half


BULLS 96, HORNETS 87: Luol Deng scored 20 points and Chicago snapped a two-game skid with a victory over host New Orleans.


NETS 113, BUCKS 111, OT: Joe Johnson hit a tying 3-pointer in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter and then his buzzer-beating jumper at the end of overtime lifted host Brooklyn over Milwaukee.


JAZZ 115, WARRIORS 101: Al Jefferson scored 24 points, Gordon Hayward added 17 in his return from a shoulder injury and Utah extended the Warriors' losing streak to six games.


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