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NBA roundup: Wesley Matthews injured as Blazers fall to Nuggets

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 2 2011 11:33 p.m. MST

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DENVER — Nene had 22 points and 10 rebounds, Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups scored 20 points each and the Denver Nuggets beat the Portland Trail Blazers 109-90 on Wednesday night.

Wesley Matthews had 19 points before leaving with an ankle injury, and LaMarcus Aldridge added 18 points and nine rebounds for Portland.

The injury-riddled Blazers suffered another blow when Matthews sprained his right ankle late in the second quarter. Matthews, who scored 17 points in his first 18 minutes, rolled his ankle as he planted his right foot on a drive to the bucket with just over two minutes remaining in the half. He walked to the locker room with assistance.

Matthews started the second half but left after 19 seconds and one defensive possession. He returned to start the fourth quarter but scored just two points.

It's another in a rash of injuries to hit Portland, which has lost 164 man games to injury this season. Five players have had knee surgery this year, including Greg Oden, Marcus Camby, Brandon Roy and rookie Eliot Williams. Williams and Oden are out for the season, while Roy and Camby are expected back after the All-Star break.

PACERS 117, CAVALIERS 112: At Cleveland, the Cavaliers' losing streak reached 22 games — one shy of the NBA's single-season record — as Danny Granger scored 23 points and Darren Collison added 22 to lead Indiana past Cleveland, now winless in 2011 and losers of 32 of 33.

Unless they can win on Friday in Memphis, the Cavs (8-41) will match the league's all-time mark for consecutive futility, a record shared by the 1995-96 expansion Vancouver Grizzlies and 1997-98 Denver Nuggets.

The Cavs had several chances to pull out their first win since Dec. 18, but Anthony Parker missed a runner in the lane with 18.8 seconds left and Granger put it away by making four free throws in the final 17.1 seconds.

Ramon Sessions scored 25 points and Antawn Jamison had 21 for Cleveland.

THUNDER 104, HORNETS 93: At Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant continued a scoring tear with 43 points and 10 rebounds and led a key fourth-quarter run and Oklahoma City beat New Orleans.

Durant eclipsed 40 points for the third time in four games, and he leads the NBA with five 40-point games this season.

The league's scoring leader hit two free throws, a jumper and a 3-pointer from the right wing, and then a driving foul-line jumper during a 10-2 run that put the Thunder in control midway through the fourth quarter.

David West had 20 points and 15 rebounds and Chris Paul scored 15 points for New Orleans, which has lost three of four following a 10-game winning streak.

The win put Oklahoma City a half-game ahead of the Hornets for fourth place in the Western Conference and clinched the season series for the Thunder.

MAVERICKS 113, KNICKS 97: At New York, Dirk Nowitzki had 29 points and 11 rebounds, and Dallas took control in the third quarter before beating New York for its sixth straight victory.

Jose Barea added 22 points and Tyson Chandler had 15 points and 11 boards for the Mavericks, who outscored the Knicks 26-6 to open the second half and went on to their fifth consecutive win in New York.

This one wasn't as dominant as the Mavs' 128-78 rout on Jan 24, 2010, their most lopsided win ever and the Knicks' worst loss on their home floor. But Dallas was just as impressive in the first 71/2 minutes of the third quarter en route to its 16th win in the past 18 meetings overall.

Danilo Gallinari scored 27 points and Amare Stoudemire finished with 21, but missed all five shots in the second half before leaving for good as the Knicks went deep into their bench.

GRIZZLIES 102, TIMBERWOLVES 84: At Minneapolis, Rudy Gay had 22 points, seven assists and seven rebounds, and Zach Randolph added 23 points and 13 rebounds to lead Memphis over Minnesota.

Sam Young scored 18 points and the Grizzlies dominated the league's best rebounding team on the boards, 47-38, to win their fourth straight game.

Michael Beasley scored 19 points for the Timberwolves and Kevin Love had just 10 points and 10 rebounds, narrowly getting his 34th straight double-double. Love is hoping to make the Western Conference All-Star team, but he was thoroughly outplayed by Randolph, one of his primary competitors for a spot.

BOBCATS 97, PISTONS 87: At Auburn Hills, Mich., Stephen Jackson scored a season-high 39 points and Charlotte beat Detroit.

Former Pistons center Kwame Brown added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Bobcats, who snapped a two-game losing streak.

Detroit, which lost its fourth in a row, was missing Rodney Stuckey (shoulder) and Jason Maxiell (back). Ben Gordon led the Pistons with 20 points and Tayshaun Prince added 16.

76ERS 106, NETS 92: At Newark, N.J., Lou Williams scored 26 points and Jrue Holiday had 11 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for his first career triple-double to lead Philadelphia over New Jersey.

Jodie Meeks added 10 of his 15 points in a 14-2 third-quarter run that broke the game open and led to the ejection of Nets coach Avery Johnson for arguing a non-call after Nets point guard Devin Harris apparently was fouled by Elton Brand.

Andre Iguodala added 16 points and Brand had 15 and 10 rebounds for the 76ers, who won their fifth in six games and beat the Nets for the third time in as many meetings this season.

Harris, Brook Lopez and Kris Humphries all had 16 points for New Jersey, which lost for only the second time in its past seven home games.

HAWKS 100, RAPTORS 87: At Atlanta, Joe Johnson scored a season-high 37 points, Josh Smith had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Atlanta handed Toronto its 13th straight loss.

The Hawks have won two of three and five of eight.

Toronto's losing streak is the team's longest since it dropped 13 in a row from Feb. 12-March 7, 2002.

Amir Johnson scored 20 points and DeMar DeRozan added 16 for Toronto, which dropped to 5-22 on the road.

SUNS 92, BUCKS 77: At Phoenix, Marcin Gortat had 19 points and 11 rebounds and the Suns beat icy Milwaukee for the Bucks' 23rd consecutive loss in Phoenix.

The depleted Bucks, with Andrew Bogut a game-time scratch because of a bruised knee and Drew Gooden out four to six weeks for foot surgery, shot a season-low 31 percent and had to heat up in the fourth quarter to get the number that high.

Milwaukee trailed 52-31 at the half and was down by as many as 25 in the third quarter. Trailing 71-53 after three, the Bucks started the fourth with a 12-4 run to cut it to 74-65 but got no closer.

Corey Maggette and Ersan Ilyasova each scored 15 points for the Bucks. Grant Hill scored 16 and Jared Dudley 15 for the Suns. Channing Frye added 14 points and 13 rebounds.

BULLS 106, CLIPPERS 88: At Los Angeles, Derrick Rose had 32 points and 11 assists, Luol Deng scored 26 points and Carlos Boozer had 16 points and 10 rebounds as Chicago clobbered the Clippers.

Blake Griffin had 32 points and 13 boards for Los Angeles, but he converted just 4-of-13 free throws.

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