Bucks hold back Heat
Brandon Jennings scored 31 points, including three 3-pointers in a critical stretch of the fourth quarter, and host Milwaukee beat Miami, 105-97, last night for the Bucks’ second win over the Heat this season.
Jennings also had eight assists while Drew Gooden added 17 points and nine rebounds for the Bucks, who have won three straight.
LeBron James scored a season-high 40 points, including a highlight-reel windmill dunk at the end of his huge first quarter. James had 24 points in the first quarter, the most points any player has scored in a quarter this season, according to STATS LLC.
Dwyane Wade added 23 points for the Heat, but it wasn’t enough to beat a Bucks team that also recently knocked off the Los Angeles Lakers.
76ers 98, Bulls 82 - Andre Iguodala helped host Philadelphia stamp itself as a rising threat in the East, scoring 19 points and grabbing nine rebounds in a rout of Chicago.
Iguodala outplayed Derrick Rose (19 points) and stuffed a month’s worth of highlight video activity into one game. His one-handed dunks, around-the-back passes, and big 3s helped the Sixers, who won their fourth straight, lead the Eastern Conference-leading Bulls by 20 at the end of the third quarter.
Chicago played without Richard Hamilton (right thigh) and Luol Deng (left wrist).
Thunder 95, Mavericks 86 - Russell Westbrook scored a game-high 33 points as visiting Oklahoma City snapped Dallas’s three-game winning streak.
Jason Terry had 26 points for the Mavericks. Dirk Nowitzki went 2 for 15 from the floor and finished with 8 points for Dallas in his third game back after a four-game absence to deal with a sore right knee and conditioning issues.
Suns 120, Hornets 103 - Steve Nash became the Phoenix’s all-time leader in assists and set a season high for points while he was at it.
Nash had 30 points and 10 assists, and the Suns defeated host New Orleans. By increasing his total number of assists with Phoenix to 6,522, Nash surpassed Kevin Johnson’s mark of 6,518.
Pacers 109, Timberwolves 99 - Danny Granger scored 29 of his 36 points in the second half to help visiting Indiana blow by Minnesota.
J.J. Barea played for the first time in eight games for Minnesota, but had 7 points on 2-for-8 shooting.
Nets 99, Pistons 96 - Deron Williams scored 26 points to help host New Jersey top Detroit.
After trailing by 12 points midway through the third quarter, Detroit rallied to pull to 72-71 entering the fourth. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the final quarter, with Williams’s playmaking the difference.
Spurs 99, Rockets 91 - Tim Duncan scored 25 points and Tony Parker added 24 to help host San Antonio rally from an 18-point third quarter deficit to stun Houston.
Magic 109, Wizards 103 - Ryan Anderson scored 23 points, including six 3-pointers, to help host Orlando stop a four-game losing streak by edging Washington.
Trail Blazers 112, Bobcats 68 - Jamal Crawford scored 24 points in 21 minutes, helping host Portland send woeful Charlotte to its 10th straight loss.
Clippers 107, Jazz 105 - Chris Paul scored a season-high 34 points and Blake Griffin added 31 as Los Angeles held off Utah in Salt Lake City.