National Basketball Association Game Capsules

The Sports NetworkDecember 15, 2013 

Auburn Hills, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Damian Lillard didn't shoot as well as he does on most nights, but the second-year point guard made the biggest shot when it mattered the most. Lillard finished with 23 points on 6-of-21 shooting, including 0-for-7 from beyond the arc, and hit the game-winning jumper with less than a second left in overtime to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 111-109 win over the Detroit Pistons from the Palace at Auburn Hills. Following a Rodney Stuckey bucket that tied the game at 109, Lillard drove the lane, spun to his right at the foul line and buried the turnaround jumper with Stuckey draped all over him. LaMarcus Aldridge and Robin Lopez each posted a double-double as Aldridge finished with 27 points and 12 rebounds, while Lopez added 12 points and 13 boards. Josh Smith paced all scorers with 31 points for Detroit, which was swept in the season series and lost its third consecutive game overall against Portland. Greg Monroe scored 17 points, Andre Drummond netted 13 with 14 rebounds, and Stuckey tallied 17 points off the bench.

Final Score: Minnesota 101, Memphis 93

Memphis, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Love poured in a game-high 30 points and had nine rebounds to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 101-93 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. Nikola Pekovic scored 19 points, J.J. Barea had 15 and Ricky Rubio added 12 for Minnesota, which will travel to Boston to face the Celtics Monday. Mike Conley netted 28 points and Zach Randolph had 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who have lost five of their last six games.

Final Score: Sacramento 106, Houston 91

Sacramento, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Rudy Gay poured in a game-high 26 points and DeMarcus Cousins added 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Sacramento Kings to a 106-91 win over the Houston Rockets on Sunday. Isaiah Thomas finished with 19 points and eight assists and Derrick Williams donated 11 points and six rebounds off the bench for the Kings, who won for the first time since acquiring Gay on Dec. 9. James Harden led the Rockets with 25 and Dwight Howard notched a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, but went just 5-for-13 from the free throw line. Howard had made 11 of his last 13 free throws entering the contest. Chandler Parsons finished with 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Houston, which has dropped four of its last seven tilts.

Final Score: Oklahoma City 101, Orlando 98

Oklahoma City, OK (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Durant scored a game-high 28 points to go with nine rebounds and five assists as the Oklahoma City Thunder held off the Orlando Magic for a 101-98 win on Sunday. Russell Westbrook added a 20 points, 12 boards and six assists and Jeremy Lamb poured in 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting for the Thunder, winners in six straight. Arron Afflalo scored 25 points and Nikola Vucevic added 13 points and 16 rebounds for the Magic, who saw all five starters reach double figures scoring. Victor Oladipo had 15 points, while Jameer Nelson and Glen Davis finished with 13 and 11 points, respectively. Orlando lost for the eighth time in nine tilts.

Final Score: Denver 102, New Orleans 93

Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Wilson Chandler and J.J. Hickson netted 19 points apiece as the Denver Nuggets took down the New Orleans Pelicans, 102-93, from Pepsi Center. Hickson also grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds for Denver, which had lost three of five on the heels of a seven-game winning streak. Nate Robinson contributed 14 points off the bench while Kenneth Faried and Ty Lawson each scored 12 points, with Faried grabbing nine boards and Lawson dishing out eight assists. Ryan Anderson dropped a game-high 26 points for the short-handed Pelicans, who were without star big man Anthony Davis and sixth man Tyreke Evans. Davis, who has missed the last five games with a broken hand, had his cast removed before Friday's win over Memphis, but is still without a timetable to return. Evans missed the tilt with a sprained left ankle. Austin Rivers took advantage of his extended playing time with 17 points in 22 minutes off the bench, and Jrue Holiday had 12 points with seven assists.

Final Score: Phoenix 106, Golden State 102

Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Eric Bledsoe poured in 24 points to go with eight rebounds and eight assists to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 106-102 win over the Golden State Warriors on Sunday. Goran Dragic added 21 points and Channing Frye finished with 20 for the Suns, winners in five straight. Stephen Curry scored a game-high 30 points to go with six boards and seven assists and David Lee chipped in 18 points and 13 boards for the Warriors, losers in three of their last four. Klay Thompson finished with 19 points in the setback.

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