NBA Wednesday Round-Up

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia’s Andre Iguodala helped the 76ers stamp themselves as a rising threat in the NBA’s Eastern Conference, scoring 19 points and grabbing nine rebounds in a 98-82 win over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday.

Iguodala outplayed Derrick Rose 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 lead the Eastern Conference-leading Bulls by 20 at the end of the third quarter.

Thaddeus Young scored 19 points for the Sixers.

C.J Watson scored 20 points for the Bulls.



In Dallas, Russell Westbrook scored 33 points as Oklahoma City downed defending champion Dallas.

Kevin Durant added 23 points and 13 rebounds for the Thunder, who limited Dallas to 8-for-38 shooting from the field in the second half.

Jason Terry had 26 points for the undermanned Mavericks, whose three-game winning streak ended.


BUCKS 105, HEAT 97

In Milwaukee, Brandon Jennings scored 31 points, including three 3-pointers in a critical stretch of the fourth quarter, to lead Milwaukee to its second win over highly rated Miami 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 for the Heat, 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.



In San Antonio, Tim Duncan scored 25 points to power San Antonio’s rally past Houston.

Tony Parker added 24 for the Spurs, who trailed their Texas rivals by as many as 18 points in the third quarter but fought back to improve their home record to 11-1.

Kevin Martin scored 29 points to lead Houston but went 1 for 6 in the fourth quarter.



In Minneapolis, Danny Granger scored 29 of his 36 points in the second half to help Indiana beat Minnesota.

Granger also grabbed seven rebounds and hit 5 of 8 from 3-point range, and Darren Collison thoroughly out-played Ricky Rubio with 20 points, nine assists and six rebounds for the Pacers, who topped 100 points for just the second time this season.

Kevin Love had 21 points and 17 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who were completely overwhelmed by Indiana’s size and Granger’s offensive prowess.



In Salt Lake City, Chris Paul scored a season-high 34 points as Los Angeles snapped a nine-year, 16-game losing streak at Utah.

Blake Griffin added 31, including 12 in the tight fourth quarter, as the Clippers won their fourth straight game.

Los Angelese made eight free throws in the final 30 seconds, but Utah still had a chance. C.J. Miles intentionally missed his second free throw with the Jazz down two points with 1.2 seconds left but Reggie Evans grabbed the rebound to seal the win.

Al Jefferson had 27 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Jazz.



In Boston, Paul Pierce had 17 points and eight assists and Boston trounced Toronto and crept above .500 for the second time this season.

Ray Allen and Brandon Bass added 12 points apiece for the Celtics, who led throughout.

Boston improved to 6-2 without point guard Rajon Rondo, who has been out with an injured right wrist.

Jerryd Bayless scored 14 on a miserable night for the Raptors.



In Orlando, Ryan Anderson scored 23 points, including six 3-pointers, to help Orlando edge Washington and snap a four-game losing skid.

Dwight Howard and J.J. Redick added 21 points each for the Magic, who beat Washington for the eighth straight time.

The Magic settled down after a rocky first half to commit just four turnovers in the final 24 minutes.

Nick Young had 24 points for the Wizards, who dropped to 1-9 on the road.



In Portland, the hosts inflicted Charlotte’s heaviest ever loss and their 10th straight defeat.

The 44-point margin surpassed the 40-point loss suffered by the Bobcats at Denver last season.

Portland’s Jamal Crawford scored 24 points in 21 minutes, while Gerald Wallace scored 23 points against his old side.

Gerald Henderson led the hapless Bobcats with 16 points.



In Newark, Deron Williams scored 26 points to lead New Jersey over Detroit.

Kris Humphries had 18 points for the Nets, who led by 12 points midway through the third quarter but saw that sliced to a single point at the start of the fourth.

Greg Monroe and Tayshaun Prince scored 21 points each for the Pistons, who have lost 20 of 24 this season.



In New Orleans, Steve Nash had a season-high 30 points and 10 assists, becoming Phoenix’s franchise assists leader, as the Suns beat New Orleans.

Nash increased his assists total to 6,522 with the Suns, passing Kevin Johnson’s mark of 6,518.

Marcin Gortat had 23 points and 11 rebounds for Phoenix, which won in New Orleans for only the second time.

Reserve point guard Greivis Vasquez had career-highs of 20 points and 12 assists for the Hornets, who have lost 18 of 20. The hosts led by 13 points late in the first half but were outscored 76-46 the rest of the way.


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