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NBA Monday Round-up: Utah bounce back, Bucks in freefall

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Boston Celtics 96 V Charlotte Bobcats 86

Jordan Crawford scored 21 points to lead the Boston Celtics to a 96-86 win over the Charlotte Bobcats Monday night at Time Warner Cable Arena. Kemba Walker scored 28 points for Charlotte to lead all scorers. The Celtics (6-10) picked up back-to-back wins for the second time this season, while the Bobcats (7-8) have lost five of six at home.

 

Minnesota Pacers 98 V Indiana Timberwolves 84

George Hill scored 26 points with seven assists and five steals -- not to mention a well-timed technical foul -- to spark the Pacers to a 98-84 victory over the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves before 16,426 Monday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Paul George scored 26 points with eight rebounds and four assists for Indiana (13-1). Kevin Love had 20 points and 17 rebounds for Minnesota (8-8), which lost for the fourth time in five games. Nikola Pekovic had 18 points and 11 rebounds.

 

Detroit Pistons 113 V Milwaukee Bucks 94

Guard Rodney Stuckey led Pistons with 17 points as Detroit handed the sputtering Milwaukee Bucks their ninth consecutive loss 113-94 on Monday at The Palace. Forward Greg Monroe had 16 points and point guard Jennings supplied 15 points and 13 assists against his former club. Rookie guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope tossed in a career-high 14 points. The Pistons led by as much as 33 in the first half, and 34 points overall, while recording their second win in as many days. Forward John Henson had 15 points and seven rebounds for Milwaukee, which committed 20 turnovers that led to 26 Pistons points.

 

Miami Heat 107 V Phoenix Suns 92

Behind a rejuvenated Dwyane Wade and the usual from LeBron James, the Miami Heat defeated the Phoenix Suns 107-92 Monday at AmericanAirlines Arena. James finished with a game-high 35 points, five rebounds and four assists, leading the Heat to a seventh straight victory. James was 11 of 11 from the field.

 

Houston Rockets 93 V Memphis Grizzlies 86

With the Rockets trailing by eight heading in the fourth quarter and struggling offensively most of the night, coach Kevin McHale ended up going with a lineup of mostly bench players. That group made 14-of-20 shots in the quarter and scored a season-high 38 points, to lead the Rockets to a 93-86 win at Memphis. Chandler Parsons, one of just two starters to finish out the fourth quarter, scored a game-high 17 points while Omri Casspi led the final charge, scoring 11 of his 16 points in the final period. The Grizzlies were led by Tayshaun Prince, who had a season-high 16 points.

 

Denver Nuggets 110 V Dallas Mavericks 96

Ty Lawson scored 19 points and J.J. Hickson added 22 and eight rebounds to lead Denver to a 110-96 win, sending Dallas to its first home loss of the season Monday night at the American Airlines Center. Denver quickly erased an early 11-point deficit in the first quarter, as Hickson poured in 12 points to key a 24-8 run to finish the period, giving the Nuggets a lead they would not relinquish. After Dallas trimmed the margin to five at the end of the half, Denver widened the lead to as much as 15 in the third quarter behind 13 points from Lawson.

 

San Antonio Spurs 112 V New Orleans Pelicans Pelicans 93

Four players off the San Antonio bench scored in double figures in a 112-93 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. Manu Ginobili led the attack by the reserves with 16 points after a 6-for-7 shooting night. The Pelicans lost for the first time since Ryan Anderson returned from a broken toe four games back. But Anderson still led the New Orleans offense with 17 points.

 

Utah Jazz 89 V Chicago Bulls 83

With both teams coming off of lopsided losses on Sunday, it was the Utah Jazz who summoned the energy to pull out an 89-83 overtime win over the Chicago Bulls on Monday at EnergySolutions Arena. The game wasn't pretty, as each team shot below 40 percent from the field. The Jazz used a six-point possession to take a 64-52 lead late in the third quarter, but the Bulls went on a 19-4 run to make it close before it went into overtime, where Utah pulled away to secure its second win of the season.

 

Portland Trail Blazers 102 V New York Knicks 91

The Portland Trail Blazers' 11-game win streak is tied for the fourth-best in franchise history, trailing only 1991 (16 games), 2007 (13) and 2002 (12). Nicolas Batum led the way as Portland jumped to a 22-point halftime lead, saw the lead scissored to seven points in the late-going, then held on for a 102-91 victory over the New York Knicks Monday night at the Moda Center.