National Basketball Association Game Capsules

The Sports NetworkApril 8, 2014 

Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - The Cleveland Cavaliers were led by seven players scoring in double figures as they cruised to a 122-100 rout of the Detroit Pistons at Quicken Loans Arena. Dion Waiters tallied 22 points and eight assists and Spencer Hawes had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Cavaliers, who have won six of nine. Luol Deng and Tristan Thompson scored 13 and 10, respectively, with Deng adding seven assists. Coming off the bench, Tyler Zeller scored 18, Matthew Dellavedova netted 14 and had a career-high 12 assists and Anderson Varejao added 11 points and 12 boards. Brandon Jennings and Jonas Jerebko had 17 points apiece, with Jennings adding seven helpers for the Pistons, who have lost three of five. Rodney Stuckey and Greg Monroe contributed 15 points apiece and Andre Drummond added 11 points and 14 rebounds in defeat.

Final Score: Orlando 115, Brooklyn 111

Orlando, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Arron Afflalo scored 25, Kyle O'Quinn came up with a big block on Joe Johnson and the Orlando Magic held on to beat the Brooklyn Nets 115-111 on Wednesday night. The Magic led by as many as 16 in the game but were clinging to a 112-109 lead when O'Quinn stepped out on Johnson to block his 3-point attempt on the high left side. After Afflalo made 1-of-2 from the foul line at the other end with 9.2 seconds left, Maurice Harkless fouled Mirza Teletovic on a 3-point try to give him three free throws. But Teletovic made only two, cutting Brooklyn's deficit to 113-111, and Jameer Nelson knocked down a pair for Orlando to seal the win. E'Twaun Moore scored 17 points off the bench for Orlando, including 14 in a row in the second quarter to ignite a 21-3 run that gave Orlando its 16-point lead. Tobias Harris added 16 points and Nelson and O'Quinn scored 14 and 13 in that order as the Magic won their second straight game after knocking off Minnesota on Saturday. They are 4-3 since a nine-game losing streak. Johnson scored 31 to lead the Nets, who had a three-game losing streak snapped on the heels of Tuesday's 88-87 win over Miami to sweep the four-game season series from the Heat. The Nets, currently seeded No. 5 in the Eastern Conference, have won six of their last eight. They will face the Magic again on Sunday in Brooklyn, where the Nets have won a team-record 15 straight games. The streak will be put to the test first on Friday against Atlanta.

Final Score: Toronto 125, Philadelphia 114

Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Jonas Valanciunas scored a career-high 26 points to go along with 12 rebounds and the Toronto Raptors swept the season series against the Philadelphia 76ers with a 125-114 decision on Wednesday. Kyle Lowry, who missed Toronto's last three games with a bruised knee, registered 29 points with eight assists in his return to the lineup. DeMar DeRozan and Patrick Patterson added 17 points apiece in the win, the Raptors' fourth straight and seventh in their last eight games. Toronto now leads Brooklyn by three games in its quest to win the Atlantic Divison for just the second time in franchise history. Henry Sims paced the Sixers with 22 points and Michael Carter-Williams flirted with a triple-double in the setback, tallying 19 points with nine rebounds and eight assists. James Anderson dropped in 17 points and Thaddeus Young netted 16 points in Philadelphia's second straight loss and fourth in its last five games.

Final Score: Charlotte 94, Washington 88 (OT)

Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Al Jefferson and the Charlotte Bobcats coughed up a 20-point first half lead but turned up the defensive intensity in overtime and took down the Washington Wizards, 94-88, in an Eastern Conference battle between two playoff-bound foes. Jefferson finished with 20 points and 18 rebounds and Kemba Walker tallied 17 points and 12 assists for Charlotte, which has won five straight games for the first time since 2010 to climb to 40-38 and jump into sixth place in the East. The Bobcats, who own the same record as the Wizards, have the tiebreaker after taking 3-of-4 regular season meetings. Gary Neal netted 16 points off the bench while Gerald Henderson and Josh McRoberts scored 13 and 12 points, respectively. McRoberts had missed the previous three games with a sprained ankle. John Wall posted his third career triple-double in the setback with 14 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists. Marcin Gortat also stuffed the stat sheet, contributing 27 points with 14 boards as Washington suffered its second straight loss.

Final Score: Atlanta 105, Boston 97

Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyle Korver connected on a pair of 3- pointers during a late Atlanta surge, as the Hawks strengthened their hold on a playoff spot with a 105-97 triumph over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday at Phillips Arena. Boston led 89-80 with 5:44 to play before Elton Brand threw down a dunk to spark a 10-0 Atlanta run, which Korver capped with a triple to give the Hawks a 90-89 edge. Jared Sullinger responded with a trey at the other end to put Boston back in front, but Korver countered with another 3- pointer, igniting a 9-0 burst that provided the home team with a 99-92 lead with 1:13 remaining. Atlanta sealed the outcome by going 6-for-6 from the free-throw line down the stretch, as the Hawks extended their lead to two games over the idle New York Knicks for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference standings. Jeff Teague totaled 19 points and eight assists, while Paul Millsap and Brand each donated a double-double. Millsap supplied 14 points and 14 rebounds, while Brand netted 13 points and grabbed 13 boards in Atlanta's third win in four tries. Avery Bradley returned from a three-game absence and paced Boston with 24 points, while Rajon Rondo registered 19 points and 12 assists for the Celtics, who have lost 13 straight road games, their most in a single season since 1979.

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