John Salmons took over the scoring load after Sacramento leading scorer Kevin Martin went down with an injury, scoring 13 straight points for the Kings in one stretch of a 117-107 victory over the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night.
Kobe Bryant scored 15 of his 20 points in the first half to help Los Angeles jump out to a big lead, and the Lakers cruised the rest of the way to a 116-95 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night.
The Detroit Pistons scored 22 of the first 31 points in the third quarter to break open a close game, beating the Atlanta Hawks 106-95 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight victory.
Amare Stoudemire scored 42 points to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 121-117 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night.
Richard Jefferson scored a season-high 36 points, Vince Carter added 19 and the New Jersey Nets took advantage of LeBron James’ absence, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 100-79 Tuesday night.
Allen Iverson scored a season-high 51 points but Kobe Bryant’s 25 led the Los Angeles Lakers to a 111-107 win over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night. Carmelo Anthony had 26 points and eight rebounds and Marcus Camby had 20 rebounds for the Nuggets. Vladimir Radmanovic scored 21 points and Derek Fisher added 20 for the Lakers.
Manu Ginobili scored a season-high 37 points to help the San Antonio Spurs overcome the absence of Tim Duncan to beat the Dallas Mavericks 97-95 Wednesday. Tony Parker added 23 points for the Spurs, who lost almost all of an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter. Josh Howard led the Mavericks with 22 points and nine rebounds.
Tracy McGrady figured his third career triple-double was long overdue. McGrady accomplished the feat for the first time with the Rockets on Wednesday night and Yao Ming had 24 points and 13 rebounds to help Houston beat the Memphis Grizzlies 105-92. “It’s good to finally get one as a Rocket after flirting with them for so long,” McGrady said.
By the time the toughest test in their five-game winning streak was winding down, the Detroit Pistons were making it look easy. Richard Hamilton scored 21 points, and the Pistons overcame an early 15-point hole before pulling away in a 91-76 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night. “When you play four games in five nights in four different cities, we were a little sluggish, but we…
Down two starters during an already difficult week, the Knicks arrived in New Jersey and finally got a break. Jason Kidd was out, too. Jamal Crawford scored 29 points, Zach Randolph added 25, and New York overcame the absences of Stephon Marbury and Eddy Curry to beat the Nets 100-93 on Wednesday night.
After an “awesome” offensive performance, Phoenix Suns coach Mike D’Antoni wondered whether his team could one day score on every possession. He admits it’s a pipe dream. Opponents might call it a nightmare. Leandro Barbosa scored 35 points, Canadian star Steve Nash had a season-high 18 assists and the Phoenix Suns set a season high in points, beating the Toronto Raptors 136-123 on Wednesday night.
The Washington Wizards were perfectly happy to miss LeBron James. With the Cleveland Cavaliers’ superstar sidelined for a fourth straight game with a sprained left index finger, the Wizards took advantage to beat the Cavaliers 105-86 on Wednesday night. Washington’s past two playoff runs were ended by Cleveland, including a sweep in the first round last spring when the Wizards were without Gilbert…