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Wednesday, November 26
(All times Eastern)
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (11-2) AT ORLANDO MAGIC (6-10), 7 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Golden State Warriors will carry their six-game
winning streak into Orlando Wednesday night to take on the Magic at Amway
The Warriors have snapped off six straight victories since back-to-back
losses. They've won three in a row on the road and Golden State is in the
midst of a five-game road swing. The Warriors still have dates with the
Charlotte Hornets and Detroit Pistons before returning to the Bay Area.
On Tuesday, the Warriors used a huge fourth-quarter surge to topple the Miami
Golden State star Stephen Curry scored just 23 points over his previous two
He erupted for a season-high 40 on Tuesday.
Curry shot 8-of-11 from behind the arc and contributed seven assists and six
rebounds to lead the Warriors over the four-time reigning Eastern Conference
"I had some guys set me some screens that helped me get going," Curry said.
"It was a big night."
Klay Thompson added 24 points for the Warriors, who improved to 6-1 on the
road this season.
Andrew Bogut was questionable to play with an orbital contusion that he
suffered on Sunday against Oklahoma City, but he powered through the injury
and contributed eight points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
Golden State shot 57.3 percent and held the Heat to 38.8 percent. The Heat led
with seven minutes to go, but the Warriors held Miami to 11 points in the
fourth quarter to pull away.
The Magic have dropped two straight and weren't too competitive Monday night
in a 106-74 drubbing at the hands of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers
at Quicken Loans Arena.
James had 29 points and 11 assists in playing just three quarters.
Victor Oladipo had 22 points and Nikola Vucevic scored 18 with 13 rebounds to
lead the Magic, who have dropped eight in a row to the Cavs and four of their
last six games overall.
They played a second straight game without starting forward Tobias Harris, who
is nursing a strained right calf. Harris averages 18.8 points and 8.4 rebounds
per game. He is listed as questionable for Wednesday.
"We're missing 19 points," said Magic coach Jacque Vaughn. "That puts pressure
on other guys to do things they don't normally do."
It was a season low in points for the Magic.
The Warriors swept both of last season's meetings and their win on last New
Year's Eve halted a four-game road losing streak in this series.
BROOKLYN NETS (5-8) AT PHILADELPHIA 76ERS (0-14), 7 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The only thing separating the Philadelphia 76ers from
tying the franchise record for consecutive losses to start a season is the
The two will meet Wednesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Sixers' losing streak reached 14 Monday night at home against the Portland
Trail Blazers. Philly led at the half, but LaMarcus Aldridge took over and the
Blazers left with a 114-104 victory.
Aldridge and Damian Lillard scored 15 and 10 points, respectively, in the
third to help Portland grab an 89-80 advantage. The Blazers outscored
Philadelphia by a 39-28 margin in the period.
Michael Carter-Williams ended with 24 points and seven rebounds for the
Sixers. Henry Sims and Tony Wroten had 22 and 20 points, respectively, for the
Sixers, who shot 50 percent from the field, but went 0-for-8 from beyond the
The Sixers can tie the 1972-73 team that opened the season with an 0-15 mark.
That team more than 40 years ago went on to have the NBA's worst record ever
Philly is four losses away from tying the Nets' record for worst start. That
Nets team went 0-18 to kick off the 2009-10 season.
"Nobody is rolling over or pointing fingers," 76ers coach Brett Brown said.
"This locker room is great."
The Sixers will finish off a four-game homestand with the Dallas Mavericks on
Friday and the world champion San Antonio Spurs on Monday.
Wednesday's game will complete a three-game trip for the Nets. They defeated
the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday, then fell to the Spurs, 99-87, on
"You just keep battling, getting better, competing," said Nets head coach
Lionel Hollins. "There's no numbers, I just want us to go forward."
Deron Williams scored 24 points and Mirza Teletovic, who started in place of a
resting Kevin Garnett, went for 22 and eight boards as Brooklyn fell for the
sixth time in seven games.
The Spurs led by seven after the first quarter, then created more distance by
scoring the first 11 points of the second. Brooklyn never led, though they
were within eight following Joe Johnson's floater with 5:47 left in the game.
San Antonio closed it out late for the 12-point win.
The Nets scored 100 points just once in their last six games and that came in
a triple-overtime marathon versus the Milwaukee Bucks. Brooklyn doesn't leave
the area over its next five games with one road game against the New York
The Nets took three of four from the Sixers last season and are 7-3 in their
last 10 in the series. Philadelphia has won two of the last three at home
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS (11-3) AT CHARLOTTE HORNETS (4-11), 7 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The NBA's hottest team will face one of the coldest when
the Portland Trail Blazers visit Time Warner Cable Arena to take on the
The Blazers have won eight straight and haven't lost since Nov. 8 on the road
against the Los Angeles Clippers. The Hornets are in the midst of a six-game
slide, which is only topped by the futility of the Philadelphia 76ers.
Portland made it eight straight against those same Sixers on Monday night with
a 114-104 victory. It was the first time the Blazers allowed 100 points to an
opponent in four games.
The Sixers led at the half, but LaMarcus Aldridge took control in the third
quarter. Aldridge and Damian Lillard scored 15 and 10 points, respectively, in
the third to help Portland grab an 89-80 advantage. The Blazers outscored
Philadelphia by a 39-28 margin in the period.
"That was a tough game, both teams kind of got off to a slow start," Blazers
coach Terry Stotts said. "I think you really have to give credit to Philly for
the way they got after us defensively... We did much better, obviously, at
both end of the court in the second half."
Aldridge had 33 points and 11 rebounds, while Wesley Matthews added 17 points
for the Blazers. Lillard finished with 16 points and Robin Lopez chipped in
The Blazers return home for three of their next four.
Charlotte hasn't won since a road victory over the Phoenix Suns on Nov. 14 and
has dropped three straight at home.
Most recently, the Hornets fell to the Los Angeles Clippers in Charlotte,
113-92, Monday night. The second half doomed the Hornets, who were outscored,
57-39, during the final 24 minutes.
Cody Zeller finished with a career-high 17 points in the loss, the eighth in
nine games for the struggling Hornets. Al Jefferson had 16 points and nine
rebounds, while Kemba Walker put up 15 points despite going 4-of-11 from the
Despite the lopsided second half, the Hornets were within six with six minutes
to play when the Clippers went on a 16-6 tear, that staked Los Angeles to a
104-88 advantage with 2:10 left.
"We had two decent looks at three's that would have cut it -- one to six
(points) and one to seven," said Hornets head coach Steve Clifford. "Playing
against that team with the matchups they have, you've got to make all those
The Hornets play four of their next five at home.
The Blazers are 9-2 in their last 11 against the Hornets, but Charlotte is 4-2
in its last six as the host in this series.
WASHINGTON WIZARDS (9-4) AT CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (6-7), 7 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Cleveland Cavaliers will try to avenge last week's
loss to the Washington Wizards Wednesday night, but the rematch will be at
Quicken Loans Arena.
The Cavs fell to the Wizards in Washington on Friday night, 91-78. It was a
season-low in points for LeBron James and company, then the team lost to the
Toronto Raptors on Saturday.
That gave Cleveland a four-game losing streak, but the Cavaliers snapped out
of it in a big way Monday night with a 106-74 home drubbing of the Orlando
James, who called his team fragile, had 29 points and 11 assists playing just
three quarters versus the Magic. James had 22 points in the first half to help
the Cavaliers take an 18-point lead into the break and they went up by as many
as 33 in the fourth quarter.
Anderson Varejao added 14 points and Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving each scored
12 for Cleveland, which also snapped a three-game home losing streak.
"A win will always make things feel better," said James, "but we still have a
lot of work to do."
The Cavaliers kept the Magic under 25 points in all four quarters and twice
held them to 16. Cleveland shot 51.9 percent and kept the Magic to 36.3
percent from the floor.
"Your goal should be 22 points or under a quarter (on defense) and we did
that," said Cavaliers coach David Blatt. "We made some small adjustments but
things were looking pretty good so we didn't need to reinvent the wheel."
Cleveland's win meant avoiding a rare five-game losing streak with James as a
member of the team.
The last time the Cavs lost five in a row with James on the roster came during
a six-game skid from Nov. 28-Dec. 8, 2007 -- but James missed the last five of
that streak with a sprained finger and the team won his first game back.
The Wizards had a two-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday with a home loss
to the Atlanta Hawks, 106-102.
John Wall ended with 21 points and 13 assists for the Wizards. Paul Pierce and
Bradley Beal tallied 14 and 13 points, respectively, while Marcin Gortat had
12 points and 11 boards.
Turnovers doomed the Wizards on Tuesday. They committed 25 miscues, which led
to 28 Hawks points. The biggest offenders were the prized young backcourt of
Wall (6) and Beal (7).
"I'm so upset at myself. I'm never seen myself turn the ball over that many
times," said Beal, who turned the ball over seven times. "I think everybody
wants to just try to force it there and get it there and try to make a play,
and sometimes it just doesn't fall in our favor, and it's a domino effect."
Nene missed the Hawks game with a foot injury and his availability for
Wednesday is unknown, although head coach Randy Wittman indicated the team
didn't think it would be a long-term injury.
Washington's win last week gave it two in a row over the Cavaliers. The two
teams have split the previous six meetings in Cleveland.
LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS (8-5) AT DETROIT PISTONS (3-11), 7:30 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Clippers will continue their long road
trip Wednesday night when they visit The Palace of Auburn Hills to take on the
struggling Detroit Pistons.
The Clippers are on game five of a seven-game odyssey east. They are 3-1 thus
far with the only setback coming in Memphis to the Grizzlies on Sunday, but
got back into the win column with a 113-92 drubbing of the Charlotte Hornets
Blake Griffin amassed 22 points in a near triple-double, and five other Los
Angeles players scored in double figures as the Clippers pulled away for the
Griffin grabbed 16 rebounds and added nine assists to lead a Clippers' attack
that shot 52.4 percent in the second half. Chris Paul turned in a monster game
as well for Los Angeles, with the North Carolina native tallying 22 points
along with 15 assists.
Jamal Crawford chipped in 21 points off the bench and JJ Redick recorded 17
points for the Clippers, with DeAndre Jordan contributing a double-double of
11 points and 12 rebounds in the victory.
"I thought Blake and Chris set the tone for us on both ends, and I thought
that was big," said Clippers head coach Doc Rivers.
The Clippers visit the Houston Rockets on Friday, then close out the sojourn
on Saturday against the Utah Jazz.
The Pistons dropped their fifth straight on Tuesday night with a road loss to
the Milwaukee Bucks. They haven't won since a road victory over the Oklahoma
City Thunder on Nov. 14.
Andre Drummond ended with 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Pistons, who have
lost three in a row at home. Greg Monroe had 15 points and eight boards, while
Josh Smith registered a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. D.J.
Augustin, who started in place of Brandon Jennings, who sat with a
hyperextended left thumb, also finished with 11.
Head coach Stan Van Gundy can best tell the story of Detroit's loss.
"We gave them 19 offensive rebounds, we had 19 turnovers and we were 7-of-17
at the free-throw line," he said. "They hit 10 3-pointers. Those were the
four factors in the game. There's really nothing else to talk about."
The Pistons start a four-game homestand with the Bucks, Golden State Warriors
and Los Angeles Lakers heading to The Palace.
The Clippers have won six straight over the Pistons and four in a row at The
Palace. Detroit, however, is 15-5 in its last 20 as the host versus the
NEW YORK KNICKS (4-11) AT DALLAS MAVERICKS (10-5), 7:30 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Knicks might be without Carmelo Anthony
Wednesday night when they continue their road trip at American Airlines Center
versus the Dallas Mavericks.
Anthony is listed as doubtful with back spasms. He injured his back and left
in the second quarter of New York's 91-86 road loss to the Houston Rockets on
Anthony finished with 14 points and the Knicks had a six-point lead with just
under nine minutes left. The Rockets closed the game on an 18-4 run to send
the Knicks to a 1-6 road mark.
"We just didn't have enough down the stretch," Knicks forward Amar'e
Stoudemire was correct indeed. Anthony was the leading scorer despite leaving
in the second quarter and no other member of the Knicks finished in double
The Knicks have scored over 100 points just three times this season. They rank
25th in the NBA in scoring at 94.8 ppg.
New York closes its road trip in Oklahoma City on Friday and it might be just
in time for the returns of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, who both
returned to practice this week.
This matchup on Wednesday has the interesting subplot of Tyson Chandler. He
signed with the Knicks as a free agent in 2011, won a Defensive Player of the
Year award, then was traded back to the Mavericks this past offseason.
There was some hurt feelings between the parties, but Chandler is ready to
"In all honesty, I'm so focused on the Mavericks that the Knicks are in my
rearview mirror. I don't mean that in a negative way, but it's in the past,
and I'm moving forward," he told ESPNDallas.com
Dallas has lost consecutive games for the first time this season. The Mavs
fell at Houston to the Rockets, then lost at home to the undermanned Indiana
Pacers, 111-100, on Monday.
Monta Ellis had 24 points and Dirk Nowitzki scored 22 with 11 rebounds for the
Mavericks, who have dropped two in a row following a six-game winning streak.
Dallas forward Chandler Parsons called the loss against the short-handed
"We have no room for this, especially in the Western Conference, how tight
everything is," said Parsons, who scored 16. "There is no excuse for this. We
have to come out and play harder, and we can't allow a team like this to come
into our place and beat us."
Dallas shot 50 percent from the field, but the difference was Indiana went 13-
for-26 from long range, while the Mavericks shot 8-for-24 from the 3-point
The Mavericks hit the road for a four-game trek following the holiday. They
will visit the Toronto Raptors, Philadelphia 76ers, Chicago Bulls and
These two sides have split the previous six meetings, but the Mavericks are
12-2 in their last 14 at home against the Knicks.
TORONTO RAPTORS (12-2) AT ATLANTA HAWKS (7-5), 7:30 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Toronto Raptors put their five-game winning streak
on the line Wednesday night when they visit Philips Arena to face the Atlanta
The Raptors, who own the best record in the Eastern Conference and share the
top mark in the NBA with the Memphis Grizzlies, haven't lost in almost two
weeks. Their last setback came at home against the Chicago Bulls on Nov. 13,
but the Raptors are 3-1 this season on the road.
Toronto's win streak reached six on Monday with a 104-100 victory over the
Phoenix Suns at Air Canada Centre.
Jonas Valanciunas had 27 points and 11 rebounds, DeMar DeRozan scored 23 and
the Raptors survived.
The Raptors led by as many as 17 early in the fourth quarter before Isaiah
Thomas made three consecutive 3-pointers to punctuate a quick 14-0 run by the
Suns, who later took their first lead since the first quarter on two Eric
Bledsoe free throws with 3:04 remaining.
But Phoenix scored just five more points and DeRozan made four straight free
throws in the last 14.7 seconds to put Toronto over the top.
Lou Williams was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday and
scored 17 points off the bench for the Raptors, who ran their record to 4-0
this season against Western Conference teams.
"We gave ourselves a chance to win the game," said DeRozan. "(Valanciunas)
dominated. We got him the ball on the low block and he got the three-foot,
five-foot shots he always makes."
The Raptors host the Dallas Mavericks on Friday, then head west for three
The Hawks have won two in a row and five of their last seven. On Tuesday,
Atlanta toppled Southeast Division leaders, the Washington Wizards, in DC,
Jeff Teague scored 28 points to lead the Hawks past the Wiz. Paul Millsap
added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Hawks, while Mike Scott had 17 points
and seven rebounds off the bench.
"It's a big win for us," said Teague. "We just came out and competed tonight."
Scott and Shelvin Mack scored Atlanta's first 16 points of the final period,
giving the Hawks an 84-75 lead with 6:21 left. Scott ended with 12 points in
the fourth and Mack finished with 13 on the night.
The Wizards hit a series of 3-pointers in the final minute to make the final
The Hawks forced 25 Wizards turnovers, which led to 28 points. The Wizards'
famed backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal combined for 13 turnovers.
The Raptors beat the Hawks by seven in Toronto on Oct. 29, but have dropped
two straight and 10 of 12 in Atlanta.
MILWAUKEE BUCKS (8-7) AT MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES (3-9), 8 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Milwaukee Bucks will be on the road for Thanksgiving
when they open a quick two-game trip Wednesday against the Minnesota
Timberwolves at the Target Center.
The Bucks will visit the Detroit Pistons on Friday and just beat them, 98-86,
Tuesday night at home thanks to Brandon Knight's 20 points and eight assists.
O.J. Mayo, making his first start of the season, added 17 points for the
Bucks, who ended a two-game slide and won for the sixth time in nine tries.
Jabari Parker and Ersan Ilyasova tallied 14 and 13 points, respectively, with
each pulling down nine rebounds. The Bucks had a 50-36 advantage on the glass
and recorded 19 offensive rebounds.
"For us as a young group, those are positive things for us to look at and
learn from," Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. "They're showing us coaches they can
Minnesota is 29th in opponents' scoring at 110.3 ppg and will close out a
four-game homestand Wednesday. After opening the stay with a win over New
York, the Timberwolves have dropped back-to-back games to San Antonio and
In Saturday's 113-101 loss to the Kings, DeMarcus Cousins powered the visiting
team to victory with 31 points and 18 rebounds. The Kings used a 17-6 run in
the third quarter to pull away. Wolves rookie Andrew Wiggins scored a career-
high 29 points to lead six players in double figures.
Corey Brewer had 14 points, Gorgui Dieng added 12 and 10 rebounds, and Mo
Williams finished with 11 points and 12 assists. Chase Budinger (11) and
Anthony Bennett (10) rounded off the double-figure scorers.
"No excuses for losing," said Wiggins. "We're a young team, but that's no
excuse. Once you're in the NBA, no one cares about your age or how tall you
are or how athletic you are. You just have to bring it every night."
Minnesota, which has a 3-9 record, is 0-9 when allowing 100 or more points
this season and will start a three-game western trek Friday against the
Lakers, Portland and Clippers.
The banged-up Wolves are playing without guard Kevin Martin (wrist), Ricky
Rubio (ankle) and center Nikola Pekovic (wrist). Williams is questionable
versus the Bucks with an illness.
The T-Wolves beat Milwaukee twice last season and have won four in a row in
this series. The Bucks have struggled recently at Target Center, losing three
straight and 12 of 14 games there.
SACRAMENTO KINGS (9-5) AT HOUSTON ROCKETS (11-3), 8 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - Two Western powers collide Wednesday as the Houston
Rockets welcome the Sacramento Kings to the Toyota Center.
The Rockets hope to get center Dwight Howard back to combat Sacramento big man
DeMarcus Cousins. Howard has missed three straight games with a strained knee
and leads the Rockets in rebounds with 11.3 and is second in scoring with 18.8
ppg. Howard hasn't played since Nov. 17 versus Memphis.
Houston is second in opponents' scoring at 91.7 ppg and posted a second
straight win with Monday's 91-86 triumph versus New York. James Harden scored
36 points on 11-of-22 shooting and made 7-of-12 3-pointers, while Donatas
Motiejunas ended with 13 points and eight rebounds.
Harden is third in scoring with 25.2 ppg and has five games with at least 30
points this season.
"I just know I had to be aggressive," Harden said of his performance against
the Knicks. "I knocked down shots and tried to make plays."
Rockets guard Patrick Beverley (hamstring) did not play and is questionable
Wednesday. Beverley is posting an average of 12.6 ppg for the Rockets, winners
in five of the last games.
The Rockets are a game behind Memphis (12-2) in the Southwest Division with an
11-3 mark and have a 5-2 record at home. Houston is 2-1 on a five-game
homestand and will close it out Friday versus the Los Angeles Clippers.
Sacramento has won three in a row and four of its last five games, and
improved to 2-0 on a four-game road trip with Tuesday's 99-89 victory over
Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans.
Cousins muscled his way to 22 points and 12 rebounds, Omri Casspi scored 22
points and Ramon Sessions added 15 for the Kings.
"We had a little adversity at halftime with the whole coach situation,"
Cousins said. "So I just tried to come out and be aggressive, hit them in the
mouth early and get our team rolling."
Head coach Mike Malone was ejected in the second quarter.
Cousins has recorded double-doubles in each of the last seven games and leads
the NBA in rebounding (12.3 rpg).
The Kings, who opened the game on a 19-4 run, played without Rudy Gay (21.1
ppg) and Darren Collison (15.9 ppg). Gay is bothered by right Achilles
tendinitis and Collison is nursing a bruised left quadriceps.
Sacramento is trying to reach the 10-win mark Wednesday and will visit San
Antonio on Friday. The Kings last started 10-5 in 2004-05, when they began the
season with wins in 13 of the first 18 games.
The Kings and Rockets split four meetings last season, and Houston has
dominated the series in recent years with an 11-4 mark over the previous 15
encounters. Sacramento has lost 11 of the last 14 trips to Space City.
UTAH JAZZ (5-10) AT OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER (3-12), 8 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Oklahoma City Thunder look to put the brakes on a
six-game losing streak when they entertain the Utah Jazz Wednesday night.
The Thunder have lost the first two games of a four-game homestand to Brooklyn
and Golden State, and sustained a 91-86 setback Sunday versus the Warriors.
Reggie Jackson led the hosts with a near triple-double of 22 points, 11
rebounds and eight assists, while Anthony Morrow chipped in 16 points and 12
boards. Serge Ibaka posted 16 points and eight boards for Oklahoma City, which
is only 3-12 on the season and 2-5 at home.
"I thought we did a great job of competing and playing a style that gave us a
chance to win," OKC coach Scott Brooks said. "Unfortunately we came up short."
Oklahoma City, which shot only 35.6 percent and made only 3-of-17 3-pointers,
is winless in the last four home games and will wrap up the homestand Friday
versus New York.
The Thunder haven't won since Nov. 12 at Boston and are still without
superstars Kevin Durant (foot) and Russell Westbrook (hand).
Utah has lost three in a row and fell to 5-10 on the season with Monday's
97-95 loss to the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls welcomed back Derrick Rose and Pau
Gasol to send the Jazz to a 5-10 start.
The Jazz trailed by as many as 21 points before making a strong comeback, and
were led by Derrick Favors, who had 21 points and a season-high 15 rebounds.
Enes Kanter and Trey Burke scored 19 and 18 points, respectively, with Burke
dishing out 10 assists.
Gordon Hayward missed a 3-pointer from the top of the key at the buzzer and
finished with only six points on 2-of-11 shooting. Hayward leads the Jazz with
18.2 points and is still posting 19.2 ppg this month.
"It was a great look. It's a shot I'm capable of hitting. We just dug
ourselves a hole," Hayward said.
Utah is 2-6 on the road this season and defeated the Thunder, 98-81, in Salt
Lake City on Nov. 18, as Alec Burks posted 20 points and 14 rebounds. Kanter
had 16 and 15 boards for the Jazz, who are only 6-14 in the past 20 matchups
with their Northwest rivals.
The Jazz have lost six in row and nine of the last 11 games at Chesapeake
INDIANA PACERS (6-8) AT SAN ANTONIO SPURS (9-4), 8:30 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The San Antonio Spurs target their fifth straight win
Wednesday versus the Indiana Pacers at the AT&T Center.
The Spurs opened a three-game homestand with a 99-87 victory over the Brooklyn
Nets on Saturday and were led by Tony Parker's 22 points and seven assists.
Both Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green scored 21 points for the Spurs, who shot
51.9 percent and improved to 4-1 at home.
For the first time this season, three Spurs had 20 or more points. They posted
a 54-34 advantage in the paint.
"We were kind of fresh for this game and I thought we were really focused,"
said Parker. "We played great defense and kept our lead the whole game."
Tim Duncan scored a season-low seven points and had 10 rebounds. He has
recorded 10 boards in three straight games.
San Antonio is first in opponents' scoring at 91.3 ppg.
Spurs guard Cory Joseph (ankle) is doubtful Wednesday and forward Matt Bonner
(illness) is questionable versus the Pacers.
San Antonio, which has won seven of its last eight games to improve to 9-4,
will also host Sacramento on Friday.
Indiana has won five of its last seven games since a 1-6 start and handed the
Dallas Mavericks a 111-100 loss on Monday thanks to Donald Sloan's 29 points
on 10-of-14 shooting. Luis Scola ended with a double-double of 14 points and
11 rebounds for the Pacers.
"I knew going in that there would be more shots coming towards my way," said
Sloan. "Also we played a bit faster. So there would be a lot of shots going up
a bit quicker. I kind of took that kind of full stride going into the game. I
knew getting a few more shots this game I had to knock them down."
Solomon Hill and Rodney Stuckey scored 12 points apiece, while Damjan Rudez
(11), Chris Copeland (11) and Ian Mahinmi (10) rounded out the double-digit
scorers in the win. Hill is averaging 13.6 points in 11 games this month.
Pacers center Roy Hibbert missed the game with a sprained left ankle and is
doubtful for Wednesday. Hibbert is averaging 13.1 points and 7.8 rebounds.
Indiana is fourth in opponents' scoring at 94.4 ppg, but is averaging only
92.4 points on offense. The Pacers lost their first three road games, but have
prevailed in each of the past three away from home to even their mark at 3-3.
The Pacers are 4-1 when leading after three quarters and 1-4 when opposing
teams scored 100 or more points.
San Antonio and Indiana split a pair of games last season with each team
winning on the road. The Spurs, though, have dominated the Pacers lately to
the tune of a 16-3 mark in the past 19 encounters.
Indiana snapped an 11-game losing streak in the Alamo City with a 111-100
victory last Dec. 7, but is 2-14 in the last 16 visits there.
DENVER NUGGETS (7-7) AT PHOENIX SUNS (9-6), 9 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Denver Nuggets are beginning to click as evidenced
by a season-high five-game winning streak and will try to continue their
success Wednesday against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center.
The Nuggets and Suns will meet again in Denver on Friday.
Denver has ripped off five straight wins, averaging 109.0 points in that time,
and is 6-1 since a 1-6 start. The Nuggets handed the visiting Chicago Bulls a
114-109 setback on Tuesday, as Ty Lawson registered 20 points, 12 assists and
three steals, and hit a big shot down the stretch to keep Chicago at bay.
Lawson had 13 points in the third quarter and his basket with less than 30
seconds remaining kept Denver's win streak intact.
"It feels good to get back even (.500) and get back in the mix," Lawson said.
Arron Afflalo added 19 points, and Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler
tallied 15 and 14 points, respectively, for the Nuggets, who were allowing
111.1 ppg through the first seven games and are allowing 99.0 ppg over the
The Nuggets are seventh in the league with 103.9 ppg, but still sit 26th in
opponents' scoring at 105.1. They are 6-0 when outshooting the opponent this
Phoenix went 4-2 on a recent road trip and had a four-game winning streak
stopped with Monday's 104-100 loss at Toronto.
Eric Bledsoe scored a season-best 25 points to lead the Suns and Markieff
Morris added 17 points in defeat. Morris is averaging 17.6 points in his last
five games. Isaiah Thomas had 16 points and Gerald Green netted 13 for
Phoenix, which shot 46.4 percent and hit 14-of-33 3-pointers. Thomas finished
4-of-6 from downtown.
The Suns were down by as many as 17 points in the fourth quarter and took a
95-94 lead on a Bledsoe foul shot with three minutes to go. Toronto scored six
of the game's last eight points for the win.
"We made a comeback but our guys just made some bad plays, I thought," said
Suns coach Jeff Hornacek. "We gambled too much at the end. When you're making
a big comeback from 17 down in the fourth quarter, you can't make any errors."
Last season the Suns went 6-12 in games decided by five points or fewer. They
are 3-2 in such games in 2014-15.
Phoenix is fourth with 104.9 points per game and won all four meetings with
Denver last season. The Nuggets have lost 15 of their last 18 trips to the
MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES (12-2) AT LOS ANGELES LAKERS (3-11), 10:30 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Memphis Grizzlies have established themselves as the
best in the West and will put their impressive start to the test Wednesday
against Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center.
Memphis will also visit Portland, Sacramento and Houston on the upcoming road
trip and have dropped back-to-back road games following a 4-0 start away from
home. The Grizzlies defeated LA's other team, the Clippers, on Sunday by a
107-91 score and were led by Marc Gasol, who had 30 points on 13-of-18
shooting, and grabbed 12 rebounds.
Courtney Lee and Tony Allen scored 13 and 12 points, respectively, for
Memphis, which shot 49.4 percent and had a 52-32 rebounding advantage.
The 12-2 start matches the best start in franchise history (2012-13).
"Just a good solid win," Memphis coach Dave Joerger said. "It was very
physical and I thought we kept our composure."
Grizzlies guard Nick Calathes made his return after serving a 20-game
suspension and played eight minutes, logging zero points and one rebound.
Memphis plays tough defense and is third in opponents' scoring at 92.4 ppg.
The Lakers are allowing an NBA-worst 111.6 ppg and have lost two in a row and
six of the past eight games. They opened a four-game homestand with Sunday's
101-94 overtime loss versus Denver and were led by Bryant's 27 points.
Bryant made 10-of-24 shots and leads the NBA with 26.7 ppg.
Jeremy Lin scored 17 points for the Lakers, as they shot 37 percent and made
only three of their 24 shots from 3-point range. Jordan Hill had 11 points and
14 rebounds for his sixth straight double-double. He has eight this season.
"Obviously this is disappointing," said Lakers head coach Byron Scott. "We
blew it at the end."
Los Angeles has lost three in a row at home, is only 1-6 as the host and will
also welcome Minnesota and Toronto to town.
In injury news for LA, forward Carlos Boozer (shoulder) is questionable
Wednesday and forward Ed Davis (ankle) is probable. Boozer is averaging 13.3
points and 6.5 rebounds. Boozer has hit double figures in scoring in eight of
his last nine games, while Davis is posting an average of 8.0 points and 6.6
Memphis defeated the Lakers, 107-102, on Nov. 11 this season at FedExForum and
Mike Conley scored 23 points for the Grizzlies. Bryant led the Lakers with 28
points. Memphis has won three straight and seven of the last nine meetings
with Los Angeles.
The Grizzlies are unbeaten in their last two as the guest in this series.
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