NBA roundup: Bulls top Orlando

Associated Press

Published: Friday, March 4 2011 11:00 p.m. MST

ORLANDO, Fla. — Derrick Rose had 24 points and Luol Deng added 16 to help the Chicago Bulls hang on for an 89-81 win over the Orlando Magic on Friday night in a matchup of two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.

The Bulls bounced back from a loss to Atlanta on Wednesday by earning their eighth victory in 10 games. Orlando's loss snapped a four-game winning streak, and a five-game run against the Bulls at home.

Dwight Howard led Orlando with 20 points and 10 rebounds, but also picked up his 16th technical of the season. He faces a one-game suspension Monday night against Portland if the foul is not rescinded by the NBA. Jason Richardson and Brandon Bass each chipped in 16 points.

Golf star Tiger Woods, basketball Hall of Famers Julius Erving and Karl Malone, and Baltimore Ravens receiver Anquan Boldin were among the franchise-record crowd of 19,207.

Chicago ends a five-game road trip Sunday at Miami.

CAVALIERS 119, KNICKS 115: At New York, Baron Davis scored 18 points in his Cavaliers debut, leading a stunning rally in the fourth quarter as Cleveland beat the New York Knicks for the 11th straight time.

J.J. Hickson scored 23 and Luke Harangody also had 18, but the spark came from Davis in his first game since his trade from the Los Angeles Clippers last week. He scored 12 points in the final 6-plus minutes after the Knicks had built a 12-point lead, including a 3-pointer that gave Cleveland a 116-112 lead with 10.6 seconds left.

Amare Stoudemire answered with a 3 for the Knicks, but after a free throw by Ramon Sessions, Carmelo Anthony was called for a charging foul after he broke free of Anthony Parker's attempt to hold him, and the last-place Cavaliers beat the Knicks for the third time this season.

Stoudemire matched a season high with 41 points and Anthony added 29, but the Knicks still haven't defeated the Cavs since Dec. 19, 2007.

CELTICS 107, WARRIORS 103, At Boston, Ray Allen scored 27 points and pulled down a crucial offensive rebound with 12 seconds remaining to help Boston hold off Monta Ellis and Golden State.

Paul Pierce also scored 27 for the Celtics, who let an 18-point lead slip to just one late in the fourth quarter and struggled to put away the pesky Warriors.

Ellis scored 28 of his 41 points in the second half as Golden State rallied and gave the short-handed Celtics a scare right to the end.

Boston wasn't able to seal it until Allen snatched a rebound off a miss by Kevin Garnett with 12 seconds left, then hit two free throws.

Jeff Green added 21 points and Rajon Rondo had 16 assists for Boston.

David Lee had 26 points and 12 rebounds for the Warriors, who took advantage of some shoddy defense by the new-look Celtics.

THUNDER 111, HAWKS 104, At Atlanta, Kevin Durant scored 29 points despite a sore ankle and Russell Westbrook hit a clinching 3-pointer, leading Oklahoma City over Atlanta.

Durant sprained his left ankle two nights earlier and wasn't cleared to play until an hour before the game, but the NBA's leading scorer turned in his usual performance. He came in averaging 28.4 points a game.

Westbrook hit the biggest shot of all. After Marvin Williams' putback pulled the Hawks within 102-100, the man wearing zero took a pass from Durant, picked up a screen from Nick Collison and swished a wide-open jumper from behind the arc.

As he headed back down the court, Westbrook blew on both hands as though they were six-shooters and mimicked sticking them in his holster. He finished with 28 points.

Joe Johnson led the Hawks with 24 and Kirk Hinrich added 21.

Try out the new DeseretNews.com design!
try beta learn more
Get The Deseret News Everywhere