Nuggets Keep Winning – NBA Roundup For March 20th
UNDATED (AP) — The Denver Nuggets have their first 13-game winning streak since joining the NBA in 1976.
Ty Lawson scored 25 points and the Nuggets trailed by as many as 10 in the second quarter before pulling out a 114-104 win over the Thunder at Oklahoma City. Andre Miller had nine assists and scored 13 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, including five of six free throws in the final 69 seconds.
Denver moved within 3¼ games of the Thunder in the Northwest Division and became the first team this season to beat Oklahoma City three times.
Kevin Durant had 34 points and Russell Westbrook chipped in 25 for the Thunder, who fell to 30-5 at home.
Elsewhere in the NBA, Toney Douglas scored 17 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and Sacramento rallied from eight down in the final 11 minutes to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 116-101. Marcus Thornton led the Kings with 25 points, while DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke (ty-REEK’) Evans each added 17.
Paul George scored 19 points and Indiana improved to 27-8 at home by clobbering Orlando 95-73. Tyler Hansbrough added 14 points and 14 rebounds as the Pacers won easily despite playing without second-leading scorer David West because of a sprained lower back.
Brandon Jennings had a team-high 24 points and Milwaukee outscored Portland 31-8 in the second quarter of a 102-95 win over the Trail Blazers. Monta (MAHN’-tay) Ellis contributed 21 points, nine rebounds, eight assists and three steals while matching a career high with three blocks for the Bucks.
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks say All-Star center Tyson Chandler is expected to miss about a week and Kurt Thomas will be sidelined for at least two as injuries continue to plague their frontcourt.
Chandler had an MRI exam of his spine that revealed a bulging disc. An exam of Thomas’ right foot revealed an acute stress reaction surrounding a chronic stress fracture. The team says he could miss as much as four weeks.
Leading scorer Carmelo Anthony has missed three straight games after having fluid drained from his right knee. Amare Stoudemire and Rasheed Wallace are out for at least the rest of the regular season after surgery.