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NBA NIGHTLY RUNDOWN: NBA News and Notes for the Night

Posted by shawn cassidy on March 3, 2013 at 12:25 AM

Only four games tonight in the NBA. In two of those games. The Celtics had interest in the Nets and Bulls. Plus the Bucks and Raptors. The Bucks are now 1 and a half games behind the Celtics, and just one game in the loss column after they beat the Raptors in overtime 122-114. As for the other game, with the Bulls win the Celtics are just one game behind the Nets in the loss column for the 6th seed.

Bulls beat Nets 96-85

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Noah finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds, Carlos Boozer scored 20 and the Chicago Bulls beat the Brooklyn Nets 96-85 on Saturday night.

The Bulls went on a 19-0 run that started in the second quarter and stretched into third, giving them an 18-point lead. And they opened March on a winning note after going 5-8 in February, just their second losing month in 2 1/2 seasons under coach Tom Thibodeau.

"It's been an up-and-down year," Noah said. "But I really feel like when we're playing our best, we can really beat a lot of people. So the potential is definitely there."

Their superstar point guard is not playing, and to many, the Bulls can forget about contending for a championship until Derrick Rose is back and dominating.

"It doesn't matter," he added. "I know the building's always packed and they're showing a lot of love."

Bucks over Raptors in OT 122-114

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Monta Ellis scored six of his 23 points in overtime and Ersan Ilyasova and Brandon Jennings added five apiece in the extra period to spark the Milwaukee Bucks to a 122-114 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night.Ilyasova finished with 29 points and 11 rebounds, while Jennings had a career-high 19 assists, including one in overtime.

Philly over Golden State 104-97

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One assist shy of his first career triple-double, Evan Turner took pride in getting the win.Turner had 22 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, Jrue Holiday scored 27, and the Philadelphia 76ers snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 104-97 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night.

"I wasn't going to force anything to get a triple-double," Turner said. "It was cool and it's great to get a win. We competed and gave a lot of effort."

Thad Young had 14 points and 16 rebounds, and Royal Ivey chipped in with 17 points for the Sixers, who are 5 1/2 games behind Milwaukee for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 25 games left.

Stephen Curry scored 30 and Klay Thompson added 29 for the Warriors, who've lost four in a row.

Despite losing 10 of 13, Golden State remains sixth in the West. The Warriors are one game up on eighth-place Houston and 3 1/2 ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers, who are fighting for the last spot.

"Our problem was not offensively, our problem was defensively," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "Our offense is not going to win ballgames. Defensively is how we got it done and taking care of the basketball, and those two things are hurting us right now."


Portland downs Sota 109-94

Damian Lillard scored 24 points, J.J. Hickson added 18 points and 16 rebounds and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 109-96 on Saturday night to earn only their second win in nearly a month.LaMarcus Aldridge had 17 points and eight rebounds for Portland, which had six players score in double-figures. The Blazers jumped out to a 10-point lead in the first quarter and led by as many as 18, while the Timberwolves never challenged.

Derrick Williams had 23 points and eight rebounds to lead the Wolves, who have dropped their last five games and 21 of 25. Luke Ridnour added 18 points and six assists, and former Blazer Dante Cunningham had 16 points and eight rebounds off the bench.



Magic offers James a million dollars to join Slam Dunk contest next season

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I'm over it ,and I don't care to see James in the dunk contest. His time for me has come and gone. Shame on Magic for even offering James money. The guy doesn't need it. As they said in the video. James will look bad for taking that effort, even if he gives money to charity. Fans would want to watch to see him lose.


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