NBA: Holiday rallies the Sixers to edge the Trail Blazers


Wed, Mar 20, 2013 - Page 19

Spencer Hawes had 18 points and 13 rebounds as Philadelphia held off the Portland Trail Blazers 101-100 on Monday night.

The Sixers wasted a 14-point advantage and Portland took the lead late in the fourth quarter. Jrue Holiday, though, rallied the Sixers and stretched the lead to 101-97 on a pair of free throws.

Damian Lillard hit a three-pointer to cut it to 101-100. Holiday fell on the inbound pass and the ball sailed into the Sixers’ bench, giving Portland the ball with 7.1 seconds left.

LaMarcus Aldridge missed the potential winner on a turnaround over Hawes.

Aldridge had 32 points and 14 rebounds, while Lillard scored 27 points.


In Chicago, Andre Iguodala’s three-pointer with 7.1 seconds left in overtime sent Denver to their 12th consecutive win.

Wilson Chandler led the Nuggets with 35 points, while Corey Brewer added 16 and Ty Lawson 13.

Iguodala finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Andre Miller had 13 assists.

Nate Robinson scored 34 points for Chicago, who lost for the seventh time in 11 games. Luol Deng added 21 points and Marco Belinelli scored 18, while Joakim Noah had 12 rebounds and 14 points.

It was the 12th time in the past 13 games that Denver scored at least 100 points and it marked the first time in seven games that their opponents had scored at least 100 on the Nuggets.


In Phoenix, Arizona, Luis Scola scored all 14 of his points in the fourth quarter as Phoenix pulled away to beat Los Angeles, who were without Kobe Bryant for the second straight night.

Steve Nash scored 19 against his former team, but was just six-of-17 as the Lakers shot 33 percent for the game.

The Suns outscored the Lakers 28-10 in the fourth quarter to snap a four-game losing streak.

Dwight Howard had 16 points and 11 rebounds, but was just six-of-18 from the field for the Lakers, still without the injured Pau Gasol.

Wesley Johnson added 14 points for the Suns, who beat the Lakers in Phoenix for the fourth time in a row.


In Salt Lake City, Utah, J.R. Smith scored 20 points and Raymond Felton had 19 as short-handed New York defeated Utah to end a four-game losing streak.

The Knicks (39-26) dropped games at Golden State, Denver, Portland and against the Los Angeles Clippers by an average margin of 20 points, but salvaged the last game of their trip and stayed a game ahead of the Nets in the Atlantic Division.

New York were without leading scorer Carmelo Anthony, who practiced earlier on Monday and indicated his right knee feels better since he had fluid drained.

New York also remained without center Tyson Chandler, bothered by a strained neck muscle, and forward Amare Stoudemire, who recently underwent knee surgery.

Gordon Hayward led Utah with 17 points, while Paul Millsap had 12 and Al Jefferson 10, but the Jazz shot just 38 percent.


In Charlotte, North Carolina, Gerald Henderson had 27 points and Kemba Walker came up big late as Charlotte snapped Washington’s three-game winning streak.

Walker scored nine of his 18 points in the final three minutes to spark a 12-0 run, lifting the Bobcats to only their second win in their past 14 games. Walker shot eight-of-14 from the field and had seven assists.

Henderson, who was averaging 22.5 points over his previous five games, was eight-of-16 from the field and 10-of-11 on free throws. He also tied a career high with eight assists.

Ben Gordon had 19 points and Josh McRoberts added 17 for Charlotte.

John Wall scored 25 points and Nene added 21 for the Wizards, who have lost three of four games this season to the Bobcats, the team with the worst record in the NBA.


In Atlanta, Georgia, Darren Collison scored 24 points as Dallas set season highs for points in a half and a game.

Dallas led 68-55 at halftime and kept adding to the lead in the second half. Dirk Nowitzki, who had 22 points, hit two free throws as the Mavericks reached 100 with their first points of the final period.

Collison made 10-of-14 shots from the field, going two-of-three from three-point range.

Jeff Teague scored 19 points, Al Horford had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Josh Smith added 13 points for Atlanta.

Monday’s other results:

‧ Pacers 111, Cavaliers 90

‧ Nets 119, Pistons 82

‧ Warriors 93, Hornets 72

‧ Grizzlies 92, Timberwolves 77