Nuggets Top Lakers – NBA Roundup For February 26th
UNDATED (AP) — Wilson Chandler was a nice alternative to Danilo Gallinari while the Denver Nuggets tried to extend their home winning streak to nine games.
Chandler hit three three-pointers and finished with a team-high 23 points as the Nuggets downed the Los Angeles Lakers 119-108. Chandler started in place of Gallinari, who was a late scratch because of a bruised left thigh.
Ty Lawson added 22 points, had eight assists and helped the Nuggets outscore the Lakers 33-3 in fast-break points.
Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 29 points, and Dwight Howard added 15 points and 14 boards but missed 11 of his last 12 free throws.
L.A. ended a four-game winning streak.
Al Horford scored 23 points and grabbed 22 rebounds as Atlanta whipped Detroit 114-103. Josh Smith also had 23 points for the Hawks, who led by 26 in the third quarter before winning for the fifth time in six games.
Paul Pierce poured in 26 points and Boston finished 3-2 on its five-game road trip by downing Utah 110-107 in overtime. Pierce scored seven straight in OT. Avery Bradleyhad 18 points for the Celtics, who blew an eight-point lead in the fourth quarter and overcame Gordon Hayward’s 26 points.
Bradley Beal scored 20 points and Emeka Okafor (eh-MEK’-uh OH’-kah-fohr) grabbed 13 rebounds in Washington’s third straight win, 90-84 at Toronto. The Raptors lost for only the second time in eight games despite DeMar DeRozan’s 25 points.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder have signed veteran Derek Fisher, filling an opening for a third point guard that was created when Eric Maynor got traded to Portland.
Fisher joins Oklahoma City for the stretch run for the second straight season. He played in 20 regular-season games and then all 20 playoff games last season. He has not played in the NBA this season after being unsigned as a free agent during the offseason.