Blazers roll past Clippers, 109-87
PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland Trail Blazers went through a lot of changes yesterday. The one they enjoyed most was getting back to their winning ways at home after beating the Los Angeles Clippers, 109-87.
Portland, which lost four of its past six home games before the All-Star break, had little trouble putting away the struggling Clippers, who have lost five consecutive games.
Martell Webster tied a career high with 28 points, while LaMarcus Aldridge scored 22 for the Blazers.
"We got off to a good start and that is something we've been trying to improve on," Portland center Juwan Howard said. "We were really ready to start the second half of the season on a good note."
Brandon Roy, who missed 15 games because of a pulled right hamstring, scored four points in 15 minutes during the first half, but sat out the second half due to a recurrence of the injury.
Earlier yesterday, Portland and the Clippers made a trade in which the Blazers acquired 6-foot-11 center Marcus Camby in exchange for guard Steve Blake and forward Travis Outlaw.
NETS 103, BOBCATS 94
Courtney Lee scored 21 points, Devin Harris added 17 and visiting New Jersey never trailed in beating Charlotte for only its fifth win of the season. Two of them have come against the Bobcats.
HEAT 105, 76ERS 78
Dwyane Wade scored 24 points, Jermaine O'Neal added 20, and a 17-0 third-quarter run opened a 69-41 lead as visiting Miami cruised past Philadelphia for its third straight victory.
PISTONS 108, TIMBERWOLVES 85
Jonas Jerebko scored 21 points to lead four teammates in double figures as host Detroit beat Minnesota, which has lost three in a row, and fell to 4-26 on the road.
THUNDER 99, MAVERICKS 86
Kevin Durant had 25 points and 14 rebounds, extending his streak of 25-points-or-more games to 26, as host Oklahoma City turned back Dallas to stretch its winning streak to seven games.
BULLS 118, KNICKS 85
Derrick Rose made it look easy despite a bruised right hip, hitting his first nine shots and scoring 29 points to lead host Chicago over New York, which has lost four straight and 13 of its last 17.
SUNS 109, GRIZZLIES 95
Jason Richardson scored 27 points, Amare Stoudemire added 21 points and 10 rebounds, helping visiting Phoenix win its sixth straight, while handing Memphis its fifth loss in a row.
JAZZ 104, ROCKETS 95
Deron Williams scored 17 points and dished out 15 assists, Mehmet Okur added 21 points and visiting Utah beat Houston for its 14th victory in 16 games. Utah had 30 assists to offset 21 turnovers.
CELTICS 95, KINGS 92
Rasheed Wallace and Paul Pierce each scored 17 points as visiting Boston held off Sacramento to snap a two-game losing streak. Boston had lost five of eight games before the All-Star break.
LAKERS 104, WARRIORS 94
Shannon Brown had 27 points and 10 rebounds while starting in place of the injured Kobe Bryant to lead host Los Angeles. Bryant sat out his fourth straight game because of a sprained left ankle.
Nuggets' Karl has cancer: Denver coach George Karl says he has been diagnosed with neck and throat cancer but was told it is treatable. Karl says he started a six-week treatment that includes chemotherapy yesterday, and the treatment could cause him to miss games and practices.