National Basketball Association Game Capsules

The Sports NetworkMarch 23, 2014 

Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyle Lowry netted 13 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, sparking a huge late surge that propelled the Toronto Raptors to a 96-86 victory over the Atlanta Hawks at Air Canada Centre. Down 74-60 with under 11 1/2 minutes to play, the Raptors outscored the Hawks by a 36-12 count the rest of the way to bounce back from Friday's stinging double-overtime loss to Oklahoma City. DeMar DeRozan added 10 points during the final frame and finished with 21, with Jonas Valanciunas posting 13 points and 13 rebounds in the win. Atlanta, which shot a miserable 27.3 percent (6-for-22) during its fourth-quarter fade, received 17 points each from Paul Millsap and DeMarre Carroll. Jeff Teague recorded 16 points in a potentially damaging defeat for the Eastern Conference's current eighth seed.

Final Score: Phoenix 127, Minnesota 120

Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Eric Bledsoe's layup off a Markieff Morris steal snapped a tie game with 48.6 seconds left, capping a furious comeback that lifted the Phoenix Suns to a 127-120 decision over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Suns trailed by as many as 22 points in the first half and were down 103-93 entering the fourth quarter, but got nine points out of Bledsoe and eight from P.J. Tucker in the final period to rally for their fifth win in six games. Morris finished with 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting off the bench and Bledsoe had 21, with Tucker adding 19 points and Goran Dragic contributing 18. Kevin Love racked up 36 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists for the Timberwolves, but his turnover in the final minute helped send Minnesota to back-to-back losses for the first time since the All- Star break. Kevin Martin scored 25 points in a losing cause, while Ricky Rubio tallied 19 with nine assists.

Final Score: Denver 105, Washington 102

Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Kenneth Faried had 20 points, eight rebounds and three blocks in the Denver Nuggets' 105-102 victory over the Washington Wizards on Sunday. Randy Foye added 17 points and two blocks for the Nuggets, who have won five in a row at home. Darrell Arthur and Aaron Brooks tallied 15 and 13 points, respectively. Bradley Beal ended with 21 points, seven boards and two steals for the Wizards, who went 1-3 on a four-game road trip. Trevor Ariza and Marcin Gortat donated 18 and 16 points, respectively, with Gortat also pulling down 10 boards.

Final Score: Sacramento 124, Milwaukee 107

Sacramento, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - DeMarcus Cousins posted his seventh straight double-double with 32 points and 12 rebounds, leading Sacramento to a 124-107 rout of Milwaukee on Sunday. Isaiah Thomas scored 30 and dished eight assists and Rudy Gay netted 24 points and had eight rebounds for the Kings, who have won two of their last three. Ben McLemore chipped in 15 points and Reggie Evans brought down 10 boards. O.J. Mayo netted 21 off the bench and Ersan Ilyasova was the lone starter in double figures with 14 points for the Bucks, who have dropped seven straight overall and 18 of their last 19 on the road. Jeff Adrien and Ramon Sessions added 13 points apiece coming off the bench.

Final Score: Brooklyn 107, Dallas 104 (OT)

Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Joe Johnson netted 22 points to help Brooklyn to a 107-104 overtime win against Dallas on Sunday. Marcus Thornton scored 20 and had seven rebounds off the bench for the Nets, who have won four straight. Deron Williams and Paul Pierce added 15 points apiece and Shaun Livingston contributed 12 points and seven boards. Monta Ellis scored a game-high 32 points and Vince Carter, Shawn Marion and Samuel Dalembert chipped in 12 points apiece for the Mavericks, who have lost two of their last three. Dalembert added 15 rebounds and a season-high seven blocks in defeat.

Final Score: Cleveland 106, New York 100

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Jarrett Jack scored a season-high 31 points and also handed out 10 assists to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 106-100 win over the New York Knicks. Dion Waiters added 22 points and Luol Deng finished with 13 for the Cavaliers, who had dropped four straight entering the contest. Cleveland shot 60.9 percent from the floor in the win. Carmelo Anthony poured in 32 points and J.R. Smith added 18 for the Knicks, who had a season-high eight-game winning streak snapped. Raymond Felton finished with 14 points, eight assists and six rebounds and Tim Hardaway Jr. and Amare Stoudemire finished with 12 points apiece in the loss.

Final Score: LA Lakers 103, Orlando 94

Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jordan Hill scored a career-high 28 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Lakers post a 103-94 win over the Orlando Magic. Nick Young added 26 points and Jodie Meeks finished with 13 points and six steals for the Lakers, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Victor Oladipo poured in 21 points and handed out 10 assists and Arron Afflalo scored 18 for the Magic, who have dropped nine straight. Orlando lost 10 straight games earlier this season.

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