Sunday, December 12, 2010
NBA Wrap: Bryant scores 32 as Lakers beat Nets 99-92
NEW YORK (AP) Amare Stoudemire scored 24 of his 30 points in the second half, Wilson Chandler made the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 30 seconds left, and the New York Knicks beat the Denver Nuggets 129-125 on Sunday for their first eight-game winning streak in 16 years.
Perhaps catching a break not to have been called for a second technical foul and ejected in the second quarter, Stoudemire set a franchise record with his eighth straight 30-point game. The more important streak for the Knicks is the winning one.
Winning for the 13th time in 14 games, the Knicks have won eight straight for the first time since Dec. 27, 1994-Jan. 13, 1995. At 16-9, they are off to their best start after 25 games since they were 18-7 in 1996-97.
Next up: showdowns with Boston on Wednesday and Miami on Friday as the Knicks try to show they can compete with the MNA's elite.
With most of the crowd at Madison Square Garden standing and chanting for the final minutes, Raymond Felton made four free throws in the final 15.6 seconds.
Chandler scored 27 points, and Felton had 19 points and a season-high 17 assists. Rookie Landry Fields scored 18 points and Danilo Gallinari had 16 for the Knicks.
Carmelo Anthony had 31 points and 13 rebounds in his return to the lineup after missing two games with an inflamed right knee. Nene added 26 points but the Nuggets finished 1-3 on their road trip, with the only victory coming in George Karl's 1,000th coaching win Friday at Toronto.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Sixers started scoring early and just kept going.
Andre Iguodala and Lou Williams led a first-half run that catapulted the 76ers to an 88-70 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Sunday for their fifth win in seven games.
Williams finished with 17 points, Elton Brand had 15 points and 13 rebounds for his eighth double-double of the season, and Iguodala had 16 points and 10 assists.
"We just trying to find a good rhythm," said Iguodala, who had his fourth double-double. "The guys are starting to believe in themselves. As long as we continue to play the right style of basketball, we'll have success."
Chris Paul scored 25 points for New Orleans and David West had nine.
The Sixers took charge with a 17-2 run that began with 1:21 left in the first quarter and lasted until there was 5:07 to go in the second, with Iguodala and Williams each scoring seven points during the spurt.
The Hornets, losers of 8 of 11, shot just 14 percent from the floor in the first half and didn't make a field goal in a span that lasted 8:14, from a Marcus Thornton jumper to bucket by Paul. New Orleans missed 13 straight field goals at one point during the drought.
"It's a mixture of us recognizing that they're struggling on the offensive end and being aggressive as well," Williams said. "And not allowing them to get a rhythm, not allowing them to get back in the game."
New Orleans' 23 first-half points and 10 in the second quarter were season lows. They shot 30.4 percent for the game.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Kobe Bryant scored 25 of his 32 points in the second half and had two big assists in a late eight-point run that led the Los Angeles Lakers to a 99-92 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Sunday.
Lamar Odom had five of his 22 points in the late spurt and Pau Gasol had the other three in capping a 15-point, 11-rebound effort that led the Lakers to their sixth straight win over New Jersey.
Brook Lopez had 25 points and nine rebounds for the Nets, who have lost seven straight and 9 of 11. Devin Harris added 16 points and 10 assists.