Sixers overtake Trail Blazers

PHILADELPHIA — Andrew Bynum's season is over. So are Philadelphia's playoff hopes.

The 76ers just refuse to fade away.

Spencer Hawes had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday scored 27 points to lead the Sixers to a 101-100 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.

The Sixers got a needed victory after they finally announced Bynum, their 7-foot center, will have season-ending arthroscopic surgery on both knees Tuesday. Bynum has not played this season because of bone bruises in both of his knees.

Bynum's status has been uncertain since training camp, a constant string of optimism and speculation that ended with a whimper. The 25-year-old Bynum is an unrestricted free agent and he may never play for the Sixers.

With their sky-high preseason expectations dashed, the Sixers have tried not think about what might have been.

"We never played with him, so it's just speculation from there," Hawes said. "We know how bad he wants to get back out there. But sitting around doing that is not going to bring him back any quicker."

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

Damian Lillard hit a 3-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, and Lillard scored 27.

Heat 105, Celtics 103

At Boston, LeBron James made the go-ahead jumper with 10.5 seconds left to lead Miami to its 23rd consecutive victory in a win over Boston.

It's the second-longest winning streak in NBA history, surpassing the 22 straight that Houston won in 2007-08 and trailing only the 33 in a row won by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.

James scored 37 with 12 assists as the Heat won in Boston in the regular season for the first time in 11 tries despite a career-high 43 points from Jeff Green. The Celtics were without Kevin Garnett, who has the flu and a left thigh strain.

Nuggets 119, Bulls 118, OT

At Chicago, Andre Iguodala's 3-pointer with 7.1 seconds left in overtime sent Denver to its 12th consecutive win.

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

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

Bobcats 119, Wizards 114

At Charlotte, N.C., Gerald Henderson had 27 points, Kemba Walker came up big late and Charlotte snapped Washington's three-game win 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 last 14 games. Walker shot 8 of 14 from the field and had seven assists.

Mavericks 127, Hawks 113

At Atlanta, Darren Collison scored 24 points and 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.

Pacers 111, Cavaliers 90

At Cleveland, Gerald Green scored 20 points and Tyler Hansbrough, starting in place of the injured David West, had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead Indiana.

West missed the game with a sprained lower back sustained Saturday against Philadelphia, but the Pacers dominated without their second-leading scorer. Green scored 13 points in the second quarter and Hansbrough, making just his second start of the season, led a balanced attack.

Nets 119, Pistons 82

At Auburn Hills, Mich., Deron Williams scored 31 points in 28 minutes, and Brooklyn easily won the opener of an eight-game road trip.

Detroit lost its ninth straight and fell to 2-13 since the All-Star break. Pistons coach Lawrence Frank returned after missing six games to be with his seriously ill wife. Frank is planning to return to New Jersey before Detroit plays Friday in Miami.

Warriors 93, Hornets 72

At New Orleans, Stephen Curry scored 30 points and Golden State won easily for the second straight night.

Curry, who scored 29 points in a 30-point victory at Houston on Sunday, made 10 of his 19 field goal attempts, going 6 of 9 on 3-pointers, hitting one from as far as 29 feet.

Grizzlies 92, Timberwolves 77

At Memphis, Tenn., Mike Conley had 20 points and six assists and Memphis snapped a two-game losing streak.

Conley was 8 of 14 from the field and connected on 3 of 6 from beyond the arc to help Memphis get its 10th straight win in the series. Marc Gasol finished with 16 points and Jerryd Bayless added 15.

Suns 99, Lakers 76

At Phoenix, a worn-out Los Angeles Lakers team without Kobe Bryant fell apart in the fourth quarter in Phoenix.

Luis Scola scored all 14 of his points, including his second 3-pointer of the season, and grabbed eight of his nine rebounds in the fourth quarter and the Suns pulled away from the Lakers.

Knicks 90, Jazz 83

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

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


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