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Big NBA wins for Pistons, Mavs, Pacers

By Chris Pike
8 December 2013 09:36PM EST

SOME of the NBA's best and worst teams battled Saturday night with Detroit snapping its losing run in Chicago, the Pacers beating the Spurs and the Mavs winning at the buzzer over the Blazers.

There were nine games in the NBA on Saturday night with Denver beating Philadelphia 103-92, Cleveland downing the Clippers 88-82, Detroit thumping Chicago 92-75, Golden State hammering Memphis 108-82 and Miami easily beating Minnesota 103-82.

Brooklyn beat Milwaukee 90-82 with Indiana prevailing over San Antonio 111-100, Sacramento beating Utah 112-102 and Dallas winning a thriller over Portland 108-106.

Denver scored a comfortable 11-point win in Philadelphia over the 76ers on Saturday night with Nate Robinson top-scoring off the bench with 20 points.

Randy Foye and Jordan Hamilton both scored 13 points apiece with JJ Hickson finishing with 12 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.

Tony Wroten again played well for the Sixers in the continued absence of Michael Carter-Williams with an infected right knee. Wroten finished with 20 points, five rebounds and three assists against the Nuggets.

Thaddeus Young and Spencer Hawes both scored 14 points for Philadelphia with Hollis Thompson adding 10 points and nine rebounds.

The Clippers again lost on their road trip east this time going down to a Cleveland team that played much better to end up winning at home by six points.

Kyrie Irving bounced back from the first scoreless game of his NBA career to hit 20 points to go with six assists for the Cavs with Tristan Thompson adding 20 points, 13 rebounds and four assists.

Andrew Bynum again showed good signs for the Cavaliers with 18 points and six rebounds with Jarrett Jack finishing with 11 points, nine boards and three assists off the bench.

Anderson Varejao picked up a season-high 17 rebounds also while Australian guard Matthew Dellavedova played just five minutes and made no impact on the stats sheet.

Jamal Crawford top-scored for the Clippers off the bench with 19 points with Chris Paul adding 13 points, 15 assists and seven rebounds while shooting just 4-of-16 from the field.

DeAndre Jordan had 12 points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots with Willie Green scoring 11 points and Blake Griffin 10 to go with his 10 rebounds and four assists.

Detroit improved to a 500 record with a 17-point win on the road against a Chicago team that was not only without Derrick Rose, but also Luol Deng.

The win ended the Pistons' 14-game losing run at the United Centre with their last win previously coming way back on February 24, 2006.

The Pistons took full advantage to dominate the second half outscoring the Bulls 45 points to 28 with Brandon Jennings starring with 33 points and five assists on the back of 12-of-22 shooting from the field and 5-of-8 from three-point territory.

Kyle Singler scored 12 points, Josh Harrellson 10, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope nine, Andre Drummond eight (14 rebounds), Greg Monroe eight (12) and Josh Smith seven (10) for Detroit.

Taj Gibson top-scored for Chicago with 21 points and 10 rebounds with Mike Dunleavy adding 16 points, six rebounds and four assists off the bench. Carlos Boozer also had 13 points and seven boards.

Golden State thumped the undermanned Memphis on the road on Saturday to improve to a 12-9 record with Klay Thompson finishing with 30 points, five assists and three rebounds.

Stephen Curry had a good night with 22 points, 15 assists and six boards with David Lee adding 23 points and 11 rebounds. Australian centre Andrew Bogut finished with eight points, 12 rebounds and two blocked shots.

Mike Miller led the way for the Grizzlies off the bench with 16 points. Jon Leuer added 15 points, Zach Randolph 15 and Kosta Koufos 10 to go with 16 boards as Memphis desperately missed Tony Allen, Ed Davis and Marc Gasol.

Miami cruised to a 21-point win in Minnesota over the Timberwolves to improve to a 15-5 record with LeBron James leading the way with 21 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists.

Dwyane Wade returned to the Heat line-up and had 19 points, five boards and four assists with Ray Allen adding 11 points and Rashard Lewis 10.

The Timberwolves were without Kevin Love and Ronnie Turiaf but Kevin Martin finished the game with 19 points, Nikola Pekovic 18, Corey Brewer 13 and Luc Mbah a Moute 11.

Two of the NBA's worst teams so far this season Brooklyn and Milwaukee met in Milwaukee, and it was the Nets who won by eight points to improve to a 6-14 record and send the Bucks to 4-16.

Brooklyn was again without Andrei Kirilenko, Jason Terry, Deron Williams, Mason Plumlee and Paul Pierce, but still won on the back of 32 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots from centre Brook Lopez.

Joe Johnson scored 15 points, Alan Anderson 13 and Andray Blatche 11.

OJ Mayo top-scored for the Bucks with 22 points with John Henson adding 18 to go with seven rebounds.

The eastern conference's best team then took on one of the best in the west in San Antonio on Saturday, and it was Indiana who prevailed in the end over the Spurs by 11 points.

Paul George top-scored for the Pacers with 28 points and six assists while nailing all four of his three-point attempts.

Power forward David West added 20 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots as well with Lance Stephenson hitting 15 points, Roy Hibbert 12, George Hill 12, Luis Scola 12 and CJ Watson 12.

Kawhi Leonard top-scored with 18 points for the Spurs with Manu Ginobili adding 16, Tony Parker 13, Australian guard Patty Mills 10 and Tim Duncan 10 to go with his six rebounds and four assists.

Mills' fellow Australian Aron Baynes played six minutes for San Antonio and had two points and two rebounds.

Two more of the NBA's worst teams then clashed in Utah with the Kings snapping a six-game losing run beating the Jazz by 10 points.

Centre DeMarcus Cousins was the star for Sacramento in the win with 28 points, seven rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals while shooting an economical 10-of-15 from the floor.

Isaiah Thomas added 26 points and eight assists off the bench while Ben McLemore scored 15 points and Jason Thompson 11.

Gordon Hayward hit 22 points for Utah with Trey Burke finishing with 19 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists despite shooting just 5-of-19 from the field.

Richard Jefferson also scored 13 points for Utah, Enes Kanter 12 and Alec Burks 19 off the bench to go with his five assists.

Monta Ellis buried a 21-foot fade away jump shot at the buzzer to lift Dallas to a 108-106 victory over Portland Saturday night at the Moda Centre.

There were 18 lead changes and 12 ties in one of the most back-and-forth NBA games of the season to date.

Dirk Nowitzki led the way for the Mavericks finishing with 28 points, seven assists and six rebounds with Ellis ending up with 22 points and four assists.

Jose Calderon had 15 points and seven assists, and DeJuan Blair 15 points and eight rebounds.

Damian Lillard did all he could for the Trail Blazers finishing with 32 points and five assists while hitting 5-of-9 from three-point range.

Nicolas Batum also had 22 points with LaMarcus Aldridge finishing with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Robin Lopez worked tirelessly for 14 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks.

NBA Results Saturday December 7
Denver Nuggets (12-8) 103 defeated Philadelphia 76ers (7-14) 92
LA Clippers (13-8) 82 lost to Cleveland Cavaliers (7-13) 88
Detroit Pistons (10-10) 92 defeated Chicago Bulls (8-10) 75
Golden State Warriors (12-9) 108 defeated Memphis Grizzlies (9-10) 82
Miami Heat (15-5) 103 defeated Minnesota Timberwolves (9-11) 82
Brooklyn Nets (6-14) 90 defeated Milwaukee Bucks (4-16) 82
Indiana Pacers (18-2) 111 defeated San Antonio Spurs (15-4) 100
Sacramento Kings (5-13) 112 defeated Utah Jazz (4-18) 102
Dallas Mavericks (13-8) 108 defeated Portland Trail Blazers (17-4) 106

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