National Basketball Association Game Capsules

The Sports NetworkFebruary 26, 2014 

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - In a battle of futility, something had to give when the Philadelphia 76ers and Orlando Magic met at the Wells Fargo Center with both teams riding lengthy losing streaks. Nikola Vucevic recorded his 26th double-double of the season with 21 points and 13 rebounds to help the Magic to a 101-90 win over the Sixers and snap their team record-tying 16-game road losing streak. Victor Oladipo added a 17- point, 11-rebound double-double and Jameer Nelson contributed 16 points, 12 assists, and six rebounds in the win. The Sixers, meanwhile, are mired in a 12-game losing streak overall and an 11-game skid on their home hardwood. It's their longest home losing streak since a 12-game skid from Dec. 9, 1996-Jan. 24, 1997. Philadelphia also hasn't lost 12 straight contests overall since losing 12 in a row from Nov. 20-Dec. 11, 2009. Thaddeus Young paced the Sixers with 19 points, while Tony Wroten and Eric Maynor chipped in with 15 and 13 points, respectively, off the bench.

Final Score: Boston 115, Atlanta 104

Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jerryd Bayless netted 29 points, while Rajon Rondo added 22 points and 11 assists and the Boston Celtics defeated the Atlanta Hawks, 115-104, on Wednesday night. Jeff Green tallied 17 points and eight rebounds, while Brandon Bass provided 14 points and eight boards for the Celtics, who snapped their five-game losing streak. Jeff Teague had 26 points and DeMarre Carroll registered 24 points and seven rebounds for Atlanta, which has lost 10 of its last 11 contests.

Final Score: Chicago 103, Golden State 83

Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Carlos Boozer registered a 15-point, 13- rebound double-double, as the Chicago Bulls breezed past the Golden State Warriors, 103-83, on Wednesday at United Center. Taj Gibson tallied a team- high 21 points, while Jimmy Butler supplied 16 points in his return from a two-game absence due to bruised ribs. Mike Dunleavy donated 15 points for the Bulls, who have won two straight and seven of their last eight games. Stephen Curry scored 34 points on 13-of-19 shooting in a 102-87 drubbing of the Bulls on Feb. 6, but managed just five points on 2-of-10 shooting from the floor in Wednesday's setback, which snapped Golden State's four-game win streak. Jordan Crawford contributed 16 points, while David Lee, who had missed the Warriors' last two games with a stomach flu, added 11 points in the loss.

Final Score: Dallas 108, New Orleans 89

Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Monta Ellis scored a game-high 23 points and handed out seven assists to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 108-89 rout of the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday. Dirk Nowitzki added 18 points, Vince Carter scored 17 and Shawn Marion chipped in 10 points and eight boards for the Mavericks, winners in four straight. Eric Gordon scored 19 points, Brian Roberts added 17 and Alexis Ajinca scored 14 and pulled down eight rebounds for the Pelicans, who have lost five straight. Pelicans forward Anthony Davis left the game in the second quarter with a left shoulder sprain and did not return. He will be evaluated further on Thursday.

Final Score: Memphis 108, LA Lakers 103

Memphis, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Marc Gasol registered 14 points, 12 rebounds and five assists to best his brother's team as the Memphis Grizzlies topped the Los Angeles Lakers, 108-103, at FedExForum. Courtney Lee had 18 points and Tony Allen scored 17 in a reserve role for Memphis, which raced to a 22-point lead midway through the third quarter before holding on in the waning minute. Gasol's older brother, Pau, ended with 17 points and 10 boards for the Lakers, who fell 20 games under .500 (19-39) with their seventh loss in eight games. Jodie Meeks scored 19 and Wesley Johnson 18 in defeat. The Grizzlies, who won for the fifth time in six contests, got 14 points from James Johnson and 13 from Zach Randolph.

Final Score: Cleveland 114, Oklahoma City 104

Oklahoma City, OK (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyrie Irving scored 14 of his game- high 31 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 114-104 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday. Irving also dished out nine assists, while Jarrett Jack and Spencer Hawes tallied 21 and 19 points, respectively. Tristan Thompson chipped in with 11 points and 11 rebounds as the Cavs snapped a three-game losing streak. Kevin Durant flirted with a triple-double, scoring 28 points with 10 rebounds and nine assists for Oklahoma City, which lost for the third time both overall and at home. Oklahoma City hasn't lost three straight at home since a six-game skid from March 18-April 7, 2009, its first season after relocating from Seattle. Russell Westbrook finished with 24 points and nine assists, while Serge Ibaka added 16 points and 13 rebounds in the setback. This was the first game for the Thunder since learning center Kendrick Perkins will miss the next six weeks after undergoing surgery on his groin. Oklahoma City is now 0-4 in games Kendrick Perkins has missed this season.

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