Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

Lakers edge Celtics

Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo returned from a knee injury and missed a three-pointer that could have sent the game into overtime, allowing the visiting Los Angeles Lakers to beat Boston, 107-104, on Friday night.

Pau Gasol had 24 points and 13 rebounds for the Lakers, and Kendall Marshall finished with 19 points and 14 assists. Ryan Kelly scored 20 points and Wesley Johnson added 11 points and 11 rebounds, including a three-pointer with 69 seconds left, as the Lakers snapped a six-game losing streak.

Kelly Olynyk scored a career-high 25 points for Boston. Rondo, who was limited to 20 minutes in his first game since tearing his right anterior cruciate ligament in January, had eight points, four assists, and two rebounds.

Clippers 109, Knicks 95 - Blake Griffin scored 32 points, Jamal Crawford added 29, and Los Angeles opened a seven-game road trip with its fifth straight victory. Carmelo Anthony shot only 4 of 23 from the field but made all 16 free throws and added 20 rebounds for the first 20-20 game by a Knicks player since David Lee on April 2, 2010.

Wizards 96, Bulls 93 - John Wall had 23 points and 11 assists, and the Washington Wizards reached .500 for the third time this season with a home win over Chicago. The Wizards had six scorers in double figures in their third straight victory, two against Chicago.

Jazz 110 Pistons 89 - Trey Burke had 20 points and a career-high 12 assists in his return to Michigan, as Utah routed Detroit. The Pistons had a chance to draft Burke, who was the national player of the year at Michigan last season, but took Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

Trail Blazers 109, Spurs 100 - San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich was ejected midway through the third quarter, sparking the home team's long-range shooting. But it wasn't enough to overcome Portland, which snapped the Spurs' six-game winning streak. Manu Ginobili had a season-high 29 points, including 18 straight after Popovich drew two technicals.

Tale of two halves

   Houston soared like Rockets in the first half of Thursday's game against Oklahoma, then plunged to Earth in a record-setting 104-92 home loss.

   They scored a team-high 73 points in the first half, including matching their season-high with 41 points in the second quarter. Then they tallied a mere 19 points in the second half, including a season-low nine points in the fourth quarter. Houston set an NBA record for the largest scoring differential between two halves.

Injuries

New York Knicks forwards Amar'e Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin could each miss two weeks because of sprained left ankles, the team said.

Orlando center Nik Vucevic missed his sixth straight game as he recovers from a concussion.

- Associated Press

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