Heat hold off Bucks
Heat 101, Bucks 95 (OT)
MILWAUKEE – Chris Bosh had 16 points and 12 rebounds, leading the surging Miami Heat to a 101-95 overtime victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night that extended their road winning streak to 12 games.
Miami has won 20 of its last 21 after a 9-8 start, but this was by far one of the grittiest games the Heat have played as they inch closer to the 1971-72 Lakers’ record streak of 16 consecutive road wins.
Bosh scored 10 of his 16 in the fourth quarter and overtime, while LeBron James had 26 points and 10 rebounds.
Andrew Bogut had a career-high 27 rebounds, former University of Memphis player Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 30 points off the bench and Earl Boykins hit a layup over 7-foot-3 Zydrunas Ilgauskas to send the game to overtime.
Spurs 90, Pacers 87
INDIANAPOLIS – Manu Ginobili scored 25 points to help San Antonio beat Indiana and snap a two-game skid. Tim Duncan had 15 points and 15 rebounds for the Spurs, who overcame a 15-point deficit to become the first team in the league to win 30 games. Tyler Hansbrough had career highs of 23 points and 12 rebounds in his first start of the season, for the Pacers.
Celtics 122, Raptors 102
BOSTON – Rookie Luke Harangody had career highs with 17 points and 11 rebounds for his first NBA double-double, and Boston beat Toronto to earn the 3,000th victory in franchise history. DeMar DeRozan led Toronto with 20 points.
76ers 105, Bulls 99
PHILADELPHIA – Jodie Meeks scored 24 points, Lou Williams had 20, and Philadelphia avenged a 45-point loss to Chicago. Jrue Holiday had 19 for the 76ers, who lost 121-76 on Dec. 21 in Chicago. Carlos Boozer shook off a fourth-quarter benching against New Jersey to lead the Bulls with 31 points. former University of Memphis player Derrick Rose had 27 and Luol Deng 22.
Wizards 97, Nets 77
WASHINGTON – Rashard Lewis had 16 points and a season-high 13 rebounds, and Washington raced out to an early 18-point lead before cruising past New Jersey. Washington is 0-17 away from the Verizon Center, but improved to 9-8 with Friday’s win. None of the Wizards’ victories have come against a team with a winning record. Brook Lopez and Jordan Farmer each had 14 to lead New Jersey.
Magic 110, Rockets 95
ORLANDO, Fla. – Jason Richardson and Brandon Bass scored 18 points apiece as Orlando rolled past Houston. the victory extended the Magic’s season-best winning streak to eight games. the loss was the fourth straight for Houston. Bass and Richardson helped overcome a 27-point night by Kevin Martin.
Trail Blazers 108, Timberwolves 98
MINNEAPOLIS – Wesley Matthews scored 29 of his career-high 36 points in the first half as Portland beat Minnesota. LaMarcus Aldridge had 28 points and 10 rebounds for the Blazers, who beat Minnesota for the 14th straight time. Kevin Love had 30 points and 19 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who have lost four of their past five games.
Pistons on market: Reports say Platinum Equity chairman Tom Gores has a 30-day exclusive window to buy the Detroit Pistons. the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News reported Friday that Gores has a 30-day period to finalize a deal. last year, around the time the season started, the Pistons were negotiating financial terms with Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch, but the sale was never finalized. Owner Karen Davidson’s husband, bill Davidson, died in 2009.
Briefly: the Cavaliers said forward Leon Powe had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee and will miss about six weeks. … Wizards swingman Josh Howard was ruled out against New Jersey on Friday night with a sore left knee and will miss at least one more game as a precaution. … the Timberwolves activated forward Anthony Tolliver after a 14-game absence due to a sprained right knee.
Hornets hand Nuggets another loss, 96-87
Eds: Hornets 96, Nuggets 87. Updates.
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DENVER – If this was Carmelo Anthony’s farewell, he sure didn’t go out on a high note.
Anthony scored just eight points in the Denver Nuggets’ 96-87 loss to the New Orleans Hornets on Sunday night, putting a sour finish on a day filled with speculation that the superstar’s departure from Denver was close after 7 1/2 seasons.
A person with knowledge of the discussions told the Associated Press on Sunday night that the Nuggets are closing in on a deal that would send Anthony to New Jersey in a three-team trade.
Anthony declined to comment on the latest trade speculation before the game, but his performance was one of the worst of his career.
In foul trouble early, Anthony’s first basket came with 6:51 left in the third quarter, when his finger-roll layup pulled Denver to 65- 49, drawing scattered cheers from the crowd disgusted by the Nuggets’ low energy.
When he returned to the game a minute into the fourth quarter, he was greeted with more jeers than cheers and was even booed when the Nuggets were closing in after trailing by 19 in the third quarter.
Chris Paul, who scored 20, and David West (19) helped New Orleans stave off the Nuggets and send Denver to its third straight loss.
Anthony took just five shots until the fourth quarter and finished 3 for 11 from the floor in 34 minutes.
Nuggets coach George Karl has on several occasions praised Anthony’s professionalism for his hard work and spirited play this season, but Anthony looked disinterested for much of this night.
Talks on a three-team trade with the Nets and Detroit Pistons are “advancing,” according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to publicly discuss the talks. the trade would reunite Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton in New Jersey along with Anthony, the person said. Although there has been progress, the person said there are potential roadblocks.
the deal would fall apart if Anthony refused to sign a three- year, $65 million contract extension with the Nets. Billups also has said he would be reluctant to leave Denver, although he could go to New Jersey, finish out the season, then have the Nets void his contract and return to his hometown Nuggets in 2011-12.
the Nets would send rookie power forward Derrick Favors, point guard Devin Harris and others to Denver in the deal that would get them Anthony, Billups, Hamilton, Shelden Williams and Terrico White, who is injured.
Talk of the Brooklyn-born Anthony ending up in the big Apple has been swirling around the superstar since last summer, when he declined to sign his extension, put his Denver mansion on the market and married his longtime girlfriend, TV personality LaLa Vazquez, in an elaborate New York City wedding.
there were no hints at tip-off that a deal was imminent.
both Anthony and Billups were in the starting lineup and not on the bench as might be expected. but the Nuggets didn’t have a lot of leeway, either; already, they were without Kenyon Martin, Chris “Birdman” Andersen and Ty Lawson.
Billups went 2 for 12 from the floor and missed all six of his 3- pointers, but he was 9 for 9 from the line and finished with 13 points and three assists.
the Nuggets pulled to 86-83 on J.R. Smith’s steal and slam, but the Hornets responded with an 8-2 spurt capped by Paul’s 3-pointer over Anthony, who left the court after the game with his head down.
Anthony didn’t score in the first quarter and had just two points at halftime after taking a seat for the final four minutes with three fouls.
Before tip-off, Karl said the Nuggets were doing their best to block out the latest trade reports and rumors swirling around: “I’m going to stay positive and energized,” Karl said.
Karl added that he had heard nothing from general manager Masai Ujiri about an impending deal that would send Anthony packing after leading Denver to the playoffs in each of his first seven seasons. He said he spoke with Ujiri at shootaround Sunday morning and the talk centered around practice, not players.
Notes: Martin and Andersen were given the night off and they work their way back from summertime knee surgeries that sidelined them for the first two months of the season. … Lawson was a scratch because he’s experiencing pain when pushing off on his left leg. He strained his left knee Wednesday night against the Clippers before logging 12 1/2 minutes at Sacramento Thursday night.
AP Sports Writer Tom Canavan contributed from Newark, N.J.
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