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Monroe scored in traffic on Detroit's next possession for a 102-99 lead with 1:03 left. Mullens missed a jumper and then Calderon came back to hit one of two with 22.1 seconds remaining. Walker turned the ball over in traffic on the Bobcats' next possession, and Calderon iced the game with two more free throws with 15.1 seconds left. "It was about us today," Calderon said. "Everybody stayed positive, everybody did a pretty good job, everybody contributed, and at the end I think we just played a little bit better than them. We were smart, we got stops, we let them foul us, we played really good with our time outs, and I would say it was a really good team effort." Frank praised Monroe for staying patient against double-teams much of the game and then taking over in the final six minutes. Monroe's drive with 2:34 left put Detroit up 98-95, and then his drive with 1:03 left gave Detroit a 102-99 lead. "They had been doubling me most of the night, so I had to make plays for my teammates," Monroe said. "But he was drawing up plays for me in the post, and I just had to try to make the right decision down the stretch. Fortunately I was able to get to the rim." Walker led the Bobcats (13-41) with 24 points. Ramon Sessions scored 18, Mullens 15 and Kidd-Gilchrist 11. "They lead the league in points in the paint, and we did a good job of limiting them most of the game," Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap said. "But down the stretch when the game was decided, we were not able to Playoffs 8s Pre Order." It was just a matter of finding some momentum. The Wolves took a tentative step in that direction. In the first game for both teams coming out of the All Star break, the Wolves led from start to finish in a wire-to-wire 94-87 victory over the 76ers that was probably a little tighter than it should have been. The 76ers, who lost their third straight game overall and their seventh straight on the road, fell behind by 19 in the second quarter and by 13 early in the fourth. Philadelphia fought back to within 89-85 on Spencer Hawes' two free throws with 1:42 left but could get no closer. Ultimately the 76ers (22-30) couldn't handle the Wolves' frontcourt of Nikola Pekovic, Derrick Williams and Andrei Kirilenko. Pekovic had 27 points and he tied his career high with 18 rebounds. Williams scored 17 points, and Kirilenko added 15. Ricky Rubio managed 11 points, six assists and six rebounds despite playing the much of the final quarter with five fouls. Philadelphia was led by Evan Turner's 17 points and Jrue Holiday's 16. Minnesota (20-31) entered the game having lost 16 of 19, but left it with a modicum of momentum it hopes will carry over to Oklahoma City on Friday playoffs 8s 2013.
Hawes made it a four-point game again with his free throws in the final two minutes, but Philadelphia couldn't get over the hump. Free throws by Rubio and Luke Ridnour down the stretch iced the game. Williams scored 10 points and Pekovic had nine in the first quarter -- they combined to hit on eight of 13 shots -- which ended with the Wolves up 35-15. It was the most first-quarter points for the Wolves this season. Philadelphia scored the first three points of the second quarter, then the Wolves responded with a 13-2 run -- with five players scoring -- to go up 48-30 on two free throws by Mickael Gelabale. The Sixers cut their deficit to 54-41 before Rubio fed Kirilenko for a jam at the end of the half to give the Wolves a 56-41 lead. The Wolves continued to use their advantage down low in the third quarter. Pekovic had eight points as the Wolves' lead grew to 74-57 on two Kirilenko free throws with just under four minutes left in the period. Dante Cunningham hit a jumper to end the run and give Minnesota a 76-67 lead entering the fourth playoffs 8s. Deron Williams scored 23 points as the New Jersey Nets rallied and held off a late comeback attempt by the Bucks for a 97-94 victory over Milwaukee Wednesday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. C.J. Watson added 17 points on 7 of 11 shooting, including 3 of 3-pointers while Andray Blatche added 12 points and 12 rebounds as the Nets beat Milwaukee for the second time in as many nights after losing the previous 13 meetings. The loss spoiled what had been a strong performance by Brandon Jennings. The Bucks point guard hit his first eight shots and finished with 31 points and 11 assists. Monta Ellis scored 14 points and Ersan Ilyasova and Larry Sanders each added 12, pulling down 12 and 13 rebounds, respectively. Jennings went 7 of 7 from the field in the first half and added seven assists as Milwaukee went ahead, 54-42 at the break. The Bucks were strong in all aspects, winning the post battle, 26-10 and held a 19-4 advantage on the fast break. After a timeout, Brooklyn came up empty on its next possession and a Jennings layup made it 94-92 with 33 seconds left before Watson answered to restore the four-point Brooklyn lead with 15.5 left. Jennings again got Milwaukee within two but a late out-of-bounds call went against Milwaukee. Williams made just one of two free throws with 4.1 to play, making it a three-point game and Ellis drew the foul on a 3-point attempt, but missed all three of his free throws with 2.4 left, clinching the victory for Brooklyn Jordans Release In June 2013.
In a game of runs - more than usual -- the Miami Heat were the ones on top at the end, beating the Atlanta Hawks 103-90 Wednesday night at Philips Arena. LeBron James led the Heat (37-14) with 24 points, 18 of them in the first half, including a 3-pointer at the buzzer to end the first half. Dwyane Wade scored 20 quiet points. Shane Battier had 17 points. including five 3-pointers, and Ray Allen's 15 late-game points helped keep the Heat in the lead. Al Horford was perfect from the field until 2:45 in the third quarter, scoring 27 points to lead the Hawks. He made 12 of 15 shots and pulled down nine rebounds. Josh Smith, in what might have been his last game as a Hawk, didn't score until 1:27 of the second quarter, finishing with 10 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. Kyle Korver scored 12 points and extended his streak of consecutive games making a 3-point shot to 46. The Hawks (29-23) committed a whopping 21 turnovers. The Hawks came out running in the second half, reeling off a 10-0 run to jump on the Heat, 67-56. The Heat returned the favor to start the fourth quarter. Down 73-63 after the third, the Heat went on a 11-0 run, erasing the 10-point deficit in two minutes. Both teams were showing rust from the All-Star break layoff, the Heat shooting 32 percent and the Hawks shooting 36.8 percent in the first quarter. Not until Ivan Johnson came off the bench late in the quarter did the Hawks show any energy or toughness. Johnson's 10 first-half points helped the Hawks make a 13-5 run, which resulted in a 44-43 lead at 1:08, their first lead since the opening play of the game chrome 8s.
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