Published 12:00 am Friday, March 11, 2011
The NBA roundup …
CHARLOTTE ó Gerald Wallace was honored with a video tribute, two standing ovations and numerous chants of his name in his first game back in Charlotte since last monthís jolting trade.
But it was his best friend on his old club that got the better of him when it mattered most.
Stephen Jackson scored 18 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter, including the go-ahead three-point play on a drive around Wallace in the final minute, and the Bobcats beat the Portland Trail Blazers 97-92 on Friday night to spoil Wallaceís emotional return.
In his first game back from a hamstring injury, Jackson finished one point shy of Wallaceís team record for points in a quarter as Charlotte snapped a six-game losing streak.
“We sat back and let him get going and all of a sudden he found his groove,” Wallace said of Jackson. “I’ve seen him in that zone plenty of times.”
Wallace, the last original member of the seven-year-old Bobcats and their only All-Star, was traded last month for role players and draft picks, a move owner Michael Jordan said would give them “flexibility” to rebuild the roster in the next few years.
Wallace, who had 13 points and nine rebounds, fouled Jackson on his twisting layup to put Charlotte ahead to stay with 48 seconds left. Wallace later fouled out.
“It’s a lot of love there. We both want to win, but the respect is unbelievable,” said Jackson, who also had 10 rebounds. “I love him to death and I wish him the best, but we needed this game more than they did.”
D.J. Augustin and D.J. White each scored 16 points for the Bobcats.
Nets 102, Clippers 98
NEWARK, N.J. ó Brook Lopez and Jordan Farmar each scored 24 points, combining for all of New Jersey’s overtime scoring, and the Nets rallied to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 102-98 for their fourth straight win.
76ers 89, Celtics 86
PHILADELPHIA ó Spencer Hawes had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Elton Brand scored 14 points.
Raptors 108, Pacers 98
TORONTO ó Leandro Barbosa scored a season-high 29 points, Ed Davis had 12 points and 13 rebounds and the Raptors sent Indiana to its fifth straight loss.
Bulls 94, Hawks 76
CHICAGOó Derrick Rose came on strong after a slow start to finish with 34 points.
Tíwolves 122, Jazz 101
MINNEAPOLIS ó Kevin Love had 24 points and 12 rebounds and extended the longest double-double streak since 1973-74 to 53 straight games.
Thunder 104, Pistons 94
OKLAHOMA CITY ó Kevin Durant scored 24 points, James Harden kept his late-season surge going with 22 points.
Spurs 108, Kings 103
SAN ANTONIO ó Tony Parker scored 27 points, Manu Ginobili had 24 and the San Antonio Spurs won their 11th in a row over Sacramento, beating the Kings 108-103.