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Knicks booed off; Bogut leads Warriors

By Chris Pike
22 December 2013 09:22PM EST

OKLAHOMA City won in San Antonio Saturday to improve to the NBA's best record while Andrew Bogut starred for Golden State and the Knicks put in another poor showing at home.

There were 12 matches in the NBA on Saturday starting with Memphis beating New York 95-87 while Washington downed Boston 106-99, Sacramento beat Orlando 105-100, Utah downed Charlotte 88-85, Houston thumped Detroit 114-97 and Chicago beat Cleveland 100-84.

Milwaukee returned to the winner's list beating Philadelphia 116-106, Oklahoma City beat San Antonio 113-100, Phoenix beat Dallas 123-108, Portland downed New Orleans 110-107, Golden State beat the Lakers 102-83 and the Clippers beat Denver 112-91.

The Knicks put in another dismal showing at home on Saturday afternoon to end up being booed out of Madison Square Garden following the eight-point defeat at the hands of the now 11-15 Memphis Grizzlies who were again without Marc Gasol, Quincy Pondexter and Tayshaun Prince.

It was a noon start at home for New York for the third time this season and they have lost all three of those as well while now sitting on a horror 8-18 record after the season promised so much coming into it.

Pablo Prigioni, Kenyon Martin, Metta World Peace and Raymond Felton didn’t play for the Knicks, but they still had more than enough talent to put in a better showing than what they did with the likes of Carmelo Anthony, Andrea Bargnani, Tyson Chandler, JR Smith and Amare Stoudemire.

Anthony did work hard for 30 points and seven rebounds while Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr added 16 points apiece off the bench, but there was little else to write home about for the Knicks.

Zach Randolph led the way for the Grizzlies with 25 points and 15 rebounds while Tony Allen finished with 19 points and eight rebounds on 8-of-13 shooting from the floor.

Jerryd Bayless added 11 points for Memphis, Kosta Koufos 10 and Ed Davis 10.

Washington then came back from a slow start to beat the Celtics in Boston by seven points to improve to a 12-13 record on the season.

Boston once again started on fire with 30 points to 14 in the first quarter and the home team led by as much as 18 points, but Washington gained the ascendancy over the next three quarter to end up victorious.

Trevor Ariza led the way for the Wizards with 27 points and eight rebounds while John Wall finished with 20 points and nine assists.

Centre Marcin Gortat contributed 13 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks while Nene and Kevin Seraphin both had 13 points off the bench.

Avery Bradley did all he could for the Celtics with 26 points and five rebounds on the back of shooting 12-of-18 from the floor, and 2-of-3 from long range.

Young centre Jared Sullinger added 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Celtics while Jeff Green scored 13 points, Brandon Bass 11 (11 rebounds) and Jordan Crawford 11 (eight assists).

Two teams with poor records then did battle in Orlando with Sacramento ending up on top of the Magic winning by five points in the finish on the back of a strong final quarter.

Isaiah Thomas played every minute of the second half for the Kings and led the way for his team with 23 points and nine assists.

Rudy Gay also had 23 points and six rebounds for Sacramento while Marcus Thornton scored 15 points, DeMarcus Cousins 14 and Jason Thompson 11.

Arron Afflalo top-scored for the Magic with 26 points with Tobias Harris adding 21 points.

Point guard Jameer Nelson added 13 points, Victor Oladipo 12 and Glen Davis 10 to go with eight rebounds.

Utah scored a good win on the road on Saturday beating Charlotte by three points to record its ninth straight victory against the Bobcats, including five on the trot in Charlotte.

Trey Burke led the way for the Jazz with 20 points and four assists while Derrick Favors scored 14 points, Richard Jefferson 13, Gordon Hayward 12 and Alec Burks 11 off the bench.

Point guard Kemba Walker finished with 20 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Bobcats while Al Jefferson added 19 points, 11 boards and three blocked shots.

Ramon Sessions scored 13 points off the bench and Gerald Henderson 12 points.

Houston continued its recent dominance over Detroit on Saturday with a commanding 17-point victory at the Palace of Auburn Hills to see the Rockets improve to an 18-10 record on the season.

Houston has now beaten Detroit in nine of the last 10 meetings between the two teams with that run dating back to the 2008/09 season. The Pistons' only win in that time was a three-point overtime victory on March 7, 2010.

Dwight Howard dominated Detroit's young big men Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe to finish with a massive 35 points, 19 rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots while shooting 13-of-18 from the floor for the Rockets.

Chandler Parsons added 20 points and seven rebounds, Francisco Garcia 16 points, Omri Casspi 13 points, Patrick Beverley 10 points and Aaron Brooks 10 for a Houston team without James Harden and Jeremy Lin while Beverley also went down hurt during the game.

Josh Smith top-scored for the Pistons with 19 points and six rebounds while Kyle Singler added 12 points, Will Bynum 11 and Monroe 10 to go with 11 rebounds.

Chicago finally returned to the winner's list even without Derrick Rose, Luol Deng, Kirk Hinrich and Jimmy Butler, downing Cleveland at home on Saturday by 16 points.

It was the Bulls' first win at home since December 5 and broke a four-game losing streak overall.

Carlos Boozer top-scored for Chicago with 19 points, nine rebounds and four assists with DJ Augustin adding 18 points, 10 assists and five boards.

Tony Snell scored 17 points, Taj Gibson 15, Joakim Noah 11 (18 rebounds) and Mike Dunleavy 11.

Andrew Bynum top-scored for Cleveland with 19 points and seven rebounds with Kyrie Irving adding 14 points, Jarrett Jack 11, Matthew Dellavedova 10 and Tristan Thompson 10.

Milwaukee then ended a five-match losing streak beating Philadelphia by 10 points at home to lift to a 6-21 record.

Khris Middleton led the way for the Bucks with 27 points, five rebounds and four assists on the back of 11-of-15 shooting from the field.

Caron Butler added 22 points, 11 rebounds and four assists also for Milwaukee while point guard Brandon Knight finished with 21 points and six assists.

Miroslav Radulijica scored 14 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo 12.

Thaddeus Young top-scored for Philadelphia with 30 points and 10 rebounds while Spencer Hawes had 25 points and 11 boards.

Rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams had 19 points and 12 assists with Evan Turner adding 10 points.

Oklahoma City has been in hot form and put together its most impressive and emphatic performance of the season in San Antonio on Saturday night to beat the Spurs by 13 points.

The victory improves the Thunder to a 22-4 record on the season opening up a bit of a gap now on the 21-6 Spurs.

Point guard Russell Westbrook led the way for the Thunder with 31 points and eight assists while shooting 13-of-22 from the field.

Kevin Durant was well down on his scoring average but still contributed with 17 points and five rebounds with Reggie Jackson starring with 21 points off the bench.

Serge Ibaka also finished with 14 points, 14 rebounds and three blocked shots for Oklahoma City.

Point guard Tony Parker top-scored for San Antonio with 23 points and eight assists with Tim Duncan adding 17 points and 10 rebounds, Marco Belinelli 17 points, Boris Diaw 14 points and Manu Ginobili 11 points.

Australian guard Patty Mills scored two points and had one assists in 15 minutes while his compatriot Aron Baynes collected one rebound in almost two minutes.

Phoenix was predicted to be the worst team in the western conference, if not the entire NBA, this season but the Suns have been the great surprise packets and that continued on Saturday with a supremely impressive 15-point victory at home over Dallas.

The win improved the Suns to a terrific 16-10 record while the Mavericks slipped to 15-12.

On the way to the win over the Mavs, he Suns set a new season high for points scored, along with matching their season-best mark for threes in a game (15).

Point guard Eric Bledsoe led the way for the Suns with 25 points and six assists on 9-of-12 shooting with Gerald Green adding 22 points off the bench.

Power forward Channing Frye added 18 points and eight boards, PJ Tucker 16 points and seven rebounds and Goran Dragic 13 points, six rebounds and five assists.

Dirk Nowitzki led the way for the Mavs with 21 points and six rebounds with Monta Ellis adding 19 points and nine assists.

Brandan Wright scored 19 points off the bench with Vince Carter also scoring 14 points and Shawn Marion 10.

Portland beat New Orleans a home by three points to improve to a 23-5 to now head into Christmas just percentage points behind Oklahoma City for the best record in the NBA.

Point guard Damian Lillard led the way for the Trail Blazers with 29 points and five assists with Wesley Matthews adding 18 points and LaMarcus Aldridge 18 to go with eight rebounds and four assists.

Centre Robin Lopez had 14 points and seven boards and Nicolas Batum 11 points to go with eight rebounds and seven assists.

Pelicans centre Anthony Davis scored 21 points and pulled in nine rebounds while Tyreke Evans added 21 points, six boards and six assists off the bench.

Eric Gordon added 18 points for New Orleans, Ryan Anderson 18 and Jrue Holiday 13 to go with seven assists.

Golden State cruised to a 19-point win over the Lakers in Oakland with the Warriors improving to a 15-13 record and it was Australian centre Andrew Bogut instrumental in the win finishing with 12 points, 20 rebounds and two blocked shots.

Bogut became the first Golden State player to collect at least 18 rebounds in consecutive matches since Erick Dampier did so in 2004.

David Lee top-scored for the Warriors with 19 points and 10 rebounds while Klay Thompson had 17 points. Marreese Speights added 10 points off the bench as well.

Pau Gasol joined Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Jordan Farmar and Steve Blake on the sidelines for the Lakers with Nick Young top-scoring with 20 points, Jordan Hill 14, Xavier Henry 13, Jodie Meeks 13 and Chris Kaman 10 to go with 17 rebounds and three blocked shots.

Meanwhile the Clippers improved to a 19-9 record on the season with a comfortable 21-point win at the Staples Centre over Denver.

Jamal Crawford top-scored for the Clippers with 27 points with Blake Griffin adding 24 points and 16 rebounds.

Chris Paul finished with 10 points and 11 assists while Darren Collison and Matt Barnes both added 13 points each off the bench.

Wilson Chandler led the way for the Nuggets with 19 points and six rebounds while Timofey Mozgov scored 15 points, Ty Lawson 13 and Nate Robinson 11.

NBA Results Saturday December 21
Memphis Grizzlies (11-15) 95 defeated New York Knicks (8-18) 87
Washington Wizards (12-13) 106 defeated Boston Celtics (12-16) 99
Sacramento Kings (8-18) 105 defeated Orlando Magic (8-19) 100
Utah Jazz (8-22) 88 defeated Charlotte Bobcats (13-15) 85
Houston Rockets (18-10) 114 defeated Detroit Pistons (13-16) 97
Cleveland Cavaliers (10-16) 84 lost to Chicago Bulls (10-16) 100
Philadelphia 76ers (8-20) 106 lost to Milwaukee Bucks (6-21) 116
Oklahoma City Thunder (22-4) 113 defeated San Antonio Spurs (21-6) 100
Dallas Mavericks (15-12) 108 lost to Phoenix Suns (16-10) 123
New Orleans Pelicans (11-14) 107 lost to Portland Trail Blazers (23-5) 110
LA Lakers (13-14) 83 lost to Golden State Warriors (15-13) 102
Denver Nuggets (14-12) 91 lost to LA Clippers (19-9) 112

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