NBA roundup

Roundup: Rockets roll to seventh straight

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Elton Brand (17 points) chases a loose ball but the Wizards couldn’t catch the Sixers.

Kevin Martin scored 31 points to lead the Houston Rockets to their seventh straight victory, a 107-92 win over Minnesota in coach Kevin McHale’s first game back at Target Center since he was fired by the Timberwolves in 2009.

Kyle Lowry had 16 points, 10 assists, and 10 rebounds and Samuel Dalembert grabbed 15 rebounds for the Rockets, who put the game away with a 19-1 run bridging the third and fourth quarters.

Kevin Love had 39 points and 12 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who committed 10 turnovers in the fourth quarter in coach Rick Adelman’s first game against the team he spent the last four seasons coaching.


Ricky Rubio had 12 assists for Minnesota, but the rookie scored just 6 points on 2-for-10 shooting and turned the ball over five times.

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Spurs 104, Hornets 102 - Tim Duncan sank a 13-foot running hook in the lane with 1.4 seconds left to finish with a season-high 28 points, and San Antonio sent host New Orleans to its eighth straight loss.

Tony Parker added 20 points and a career-high 17 assists for the Spurs, who snapped a two-game skid. Richard Jefferson added 14 points and Tiago Splitter had 12.

Jarrett Jack led the Hornets with 26 points and nine assists.

Mavericks 93, Suns 87 - Shawn Marion scored a season-high 29 points and Dallas stretched its home winning streak to seven games.


Marion, who entered with five 3-pointers all season, went 4 of 6 from behind the arc and 11 for 20 from the field.

Grant Hill scored a season-high 19 points for Phoenix and Marcin Gortat had 19 points and 17 rebounds, his eighth consecutive double-double.

Thunder 99, Pistons 79 - Russell Westbrook and reserve James Harden each scored 24 points, Kevin Durant added 20, and Oklahoma City beat Detroit for its fourth straight blowout win at home.

The Thunder built a 30-point lead midway through the second quarter and the Pistons got no closer than 17 after the opening period.

Oklahoma City’s Nick Collison sprained his left ankle and didn’t play after halftime.


Rookie Brandon Knight led Detroit with 13 points.

Hawks 97, Bucks 92 - Joe Johnson scored 14 of his season-high 28 points in the fourth quarter, rallying visiting Atlanta.

Josh Smith had 19 points and 13 rebounds, and Jeff Teague added 15 points for Atlanta.

Brandon Jennings had 21 points and 11 assists to lead Milwaukee.

Trail Blazers 101, Kings 89 - Jamal Crawford scored a season-high 26 points to lift host Portland.

DeMarcus Cousins had 18 points and 13 rebounds, his 12th double-double of the season, for the Kings.

Grizzlies 91, Warriors 90 - Rudy Gay scored 23 points and Memphis rallied from 20 points down in the second half to edge host Golden State.

Bulls 110, Nets 95 - Derrick Rose and Richard Hamilton each scored 22 points to lead host Chicago to an easy victory over New Jersey.

76ers 103, Wizards 83 - Elton Brand had 17 points and nine rebounds, and Jrue Holiday also scored 17 to lead host Philadelphia over Washington.