Sunday's National Basketball Association Capsules

Jan 14, 2008 - 5:45 AM By PA SportsTicker

TORONTO 116, PORTLAND 109 (2OT) -------------------------------

TORONTO (Ticker) -- Chris Bosh and the Toronto Raptors exacted a measure of revenge against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Bosh scored 38 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as the Raptors held on for a 116-109 double-overtime victory over the red-hot Trail Blazers in a matinee thriller at Air Canada Centre.

It was the third straight victory for Toronto, which squandered a six-point fourth-quarter lead and survived an outstanding performance by Brandon Roy to salvage a split of its season series with Portland.

In the previous meeting between the teams, the Blazers outscored the Raptors by 12 points in the fourth quarter en route to a 101-96 triumph on December 19.

But Toronto returned the favor Sunday courtesy of Bosh, who delivered his second consecutive brilliant outing. The 6-10 forward poured in 40 points Friday in a 99-90 victory over the New York Knicks.

Bosh gave the Raptors the lead for good on the first possession of double-overtime when he made a turnaround jumper in the paint. He drilled a jumper on the following possession to give Toronto a 108-104 edge.

Owning a 110-109 advantage with 1:24 remaining, Toronto gained some breathing room on Anthony Parker's thunderous dunk.

After stealing the ball from Travis Outlaw on the ensuing possession, Jose Calderon sank two free throws to make it 114-109 with 23 seconds left.

Parker finished with 25 points while Calderon chipped in 22 and 10 assists for the Raptors, who are on their first three-game winning streak since a four-game run from December 9-14.

Roy countered with a career-high 33 points and 10 assists for Portland, which was opening a season-high seven-game road trip.

Toronto took a 104-101 lead with nine seconds left in overtime on Calderon's 3-pointer from the right wing.

But Roy answered on the following possession, drilling a highly contested 27-foot 3-pointer to forge a 104-104 tie and force a second overtime.

Facing a 91-85 deficit with just over a minute remaining in regulation, the Blazers closed the fourth quarter on an 8-2 run to send the game to overtime.

Portland tied the game in improbable fashion when Roy found Outlaw, who drilled a 3-pointer from the left wing despite getting fouled by rookie Jamario Moon with 16 seconds left in regulation.

Outlaw made the ensuing free throw to even the score at 93-93, and Bosh missed a running hook shot as time expired to send the game to an extra session.

ATLANTA 105, CHICAGO 84 -----------------------

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- The Atlanta Hawks had dropped their last 12 games to the Chicago Bulls. Joe Johnson made sure that it didn't become an unlucky 13.

Johnson tallied 19 of his game-high 37 points in the first quarter and Josh Childress chipped in 14 off the bench to power the Hawks to a 105-84 trampling of the Chicago Bulls. Marvin Williams posted 11 points and Josh Smith added nine to lead Atlanta to its first victory over Chicago since April 9, 2004.

Chicago was in this game for all of about five minutes. The Bulls scored six of the game's first eight points before the Hawks exploded with a 32-9 run to put the game away.

Atlanta's lone 2007 All-Star, Johnson, capped the run by collecting his 19th point of the quarter on a fadeaway jumper with 2:26 remaining to give the Hawks an insurmountable 34-15 lead.

Johnson shot a blistering 80 percent (8-for-10) from the field, including 3-for-3 from behind the arc, and grabbed five rebounds in the first quarter for the Hawks. He nearly outscored the entire Bulls team, which mustered 22 points in the quarter.

His team was also solid from the field, connecting on an astounding 73 percent (16-for-22) of its shots in the quarter before posting a season-high 69 first-half points to take a 20-point cushion into the second half.

The Hawks, which led by as many as 24 in the game's final two minutes, ran all over the Bulls all night. Atlanta held a 24-14 advantage on the fast break and scored 14 more points in the paint than Chicago.

The Bulls were without rookie Joakim Noah, who was benched for the second straight game, but this one was at the insistence of his teammates. Noah got into an argument with assistant coach Ron Adams while practicing prior to Chicago's contest in Philadelphia on Friday.

Luol Deng returned from a three-game absence with left Achilles tendinitis to pour in a team-high 28 points and Andres Nocioni added 20 for Bulls, who fell to 5-2 against Southeast Division opponents.

NEW ORLEANS 87, HOUSTON 82 --------------------------

HOUSTON (Ticker) -- Chris Paul scored 19 points, dished out 11 assists and hit the go-ahead layup with 29 seconds left to lead the New Orleans Hornets to an 87-82 victory over the Houston Rockets.

Paul helped the Hornets overcome a huge effort from Yao Ming, who finished with 30 points and 16 rebounds and gave the Rockets an 82-81 lead with a pair of free throws with 34 seconds remaining.

After Yao's free throws, Paul drove the right side and banked home the go-ahead layup, completing a 9-4 run.

New Orleans (26-12), which has won 10 of 12, is one-half game behind Phoenix (26-11) and Dallas (26-11) for the best record in the Western Conference.

Paul, who shot 7-of-14 from the floor, made four straight free throws after a missed 3-pointer by Yao to seal the win.

David West, who paced the Hornets with 26 points and 12 rebounds, scored 16 points in the first half as New Orleans led, 46-39, after two periods.

NEW YORK 89, DETROIT 65 -----------------------

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Zach Randolph rebounded from his benching and scored 25 points as the New York Knicks snapped a five-game home losing streak with an 89-65 victory over the Detroit Pistons.

Jamal Crawford added 15 points for New York, which played without point guard Stephon Marbury due to a sore left ankle and also won a home game for the first time since beating Cleveland on December 18.

The Knicks also shot 47 percent (34-of-72) and won for just the second time in their last 11 games.

The start of the game coincided with the second half of the Giants' 21-17 NFC divisional playoff win in Dallas. Before the opening tip, the contest was shown on the scoreboard and, during a second-quarter timeout, the final plays of the contest were shown as players from both teams watched.

The crowd cheered wildly for the Giants and then were able to halt its usual jeers for the Knicks, who improved to 10-26.

Randolph turned in one of his better showings just one game after being benched for the final 31-plus minutes of Friday's 99-90 loss to Toronto. He made 11-of-18 shots, grabbed eight rebounds and scored at least 25 points for the first time since December 17.

GOLDEN STATE 106, INDIANA 101 -----------------------------

OAKLAND, California (Ticker) -- The Golden State Warriors fought back all night against the Indiana Pacers and came away with a 106-101 win.

Monta Ellis scored 29 points to lead the Warriors, who have won three of their last four games.

Indiana had a one-point lead after a free throw by Jermaine O'Neal but Ellis answered with a crazy, over-the-shoulder layup and the free throw to give the Warriors a 100-98 lead with 1:37 remaining.

Dunleavy was fouled and made one free throw. As the Warriors were bringing the ball up the court, Granger and Matt Barnes were whistled for technical fouls.

With the shot clock winding down, Davis knifed though the lane. He missed his layup but Ellis was there for the follow and Golden State had a three-point lead. It was again a one-point game after a jumper by Jermaine O'Neal.

The Warriors got a put-back layup from Andris Biedrins with 17.8 seconds remaining. It was Biedrins' first points of the night. Tinsley made a last-ditch attempt to tie the game with a 3-pointer but he missed and Kelenna Azubuike iced the game with a pair of free throws.

O'Neal scored 27 points for Indiana, which has lost eight of its last 10 games.

LA LAKERS 100, MEMPHIS 99 -------------------------

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) - Kobe Bryant scored 37 points for the second straight game to propel the Los Angeles Lakers to their season-high sixth straight win - a 100-99 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Lamar Odom had 10 points and 10 rebounds and Jordan Farmar added 10 points for Los Angeles, which has won 16 of 19 overall, but may be without center Andrew Bynum for the foreseeable future.

Bynum left the contest with a sprained right knee early in the third quarter. The 20-year-old center, who had 10 points and nine rebounds, did not return to the game and is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday after X-rays on his knee came back negative.

After Memphis' Juan Carlos Navarro missed two free-throws that could have pushed the lead to three points with 1:19 remaining, Bryant was fouled on the other end and sank both free throws. On the next possession, the Lakers stole the ball and Bryant finished the break with a driving layup to give the Lakers a 99-96 lead.

Kwame Brown scored the game's final points on a free throw with nine seconds remaining, moments after Rudy Gay hit a 3-pointer to knot the game at 99-99. Kyle Lowry missed a layup in the final seconds trying to draw a foul on Brown and Hakim Warrick missed a desperation 3-pointer from the right wing at the buzzer.

Mike Miller led the Grizzlies with 27 points, 19 of which came in the first half. Pau Gasol finished with 21 points and tied a career-high with 18 rebounds.

Rookie Mike Conley had 10 points and seven assists for Memphis, which dropped its fourth in a row.






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