Hornets Buzz Over 76ers
Indiana Pacers' Roy Hibbert (55) fouls Charlotte Bobcats' Gerald Henderson (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Philadelphia — Greivis Vasquez scored 23 points, Eric Gordon added 19 and the New Orleans Hornets beat the Philadelphia 76ers 111-99 last night.
Ryan Anderson had 14 points, Xavier Henry scored 11 and Anthony Davis 10 for the Hornets, who are still last in the Western Conference at 12-26 — including matching 6-13 records at home and on the road.
Jrue Holiday led the Sixers with 29 points and 11 assists. Nick Young and Evan Turner added 14 points each while Thaddeus Young scored 12.
The Sixers have been inconsistent all season and this game was further proof following a resounding 107-100 victory Saturday over the Houston Rockets. Philadelphia still hasn’t won consecutive games since a three-game streak from Nov. 25-30.
Nets 113, Raptors 106
New York — Brook Lopez had 22 points and nine rebounds, Joe Johnson and Deron Williams each scored 21 points, and the Nets extended their season-high winning streak to seven games.
Andray Blatche added 14 points for the Nets, in the midst of their longest winning streak since running off 14 in a row late in the 2005-06 season. A .500 team when they fired Avery Johnson late last month, Brooklyn is 9-1 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo and has pulled within 1½ games of the New York Knicks for the Atlantic Division lead.
The Nets dominated the fourth quarter again, pulling away for their sixth straight home victory.
Pacers 103, Bobcats 76
Charlotte, n.c. — Roy Hibbert had 18 points and seven rebounds, and Indiana handed the Bobcats their 13th straight home loss.
The Pacers bounced back from Sunday’s 11-point defeat to the Brooklyn Nets and won for the fifth time in six games.
With team owner Michael Jordan looking on from the bench, the Bobcats lost their fifth in a row. They’ve dropped 24 of 26 since Thanksgiving.
Indiana won this one going away behind some dominant inside play, outrebounding the Bobcats 60-31 and outscoring them 52-22 in the paint, once again exposing Charlotte’s problems down low.
Clippers 117, Rockets 109
Houston — Jamal Crawford scored a season-high 30 points, including 12 straight to start the fourth quarter, and Los Angeles looked just fine without Chris Paul in a win over struggling Houston.
The Clippers won their second game in a row despite missing their star point guard, who is day to day with a bruised right kneecap.
Los Angeles used a big third quarter to take the lead, and Crawford extended the advantage to 20 by outscoring Houston 12-7 in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter.
Wants to Listen In
New York — Listen up! Talk trash to Carmelo Anthony at Madison Square Garden and you may wind up on tape.
Days after Anthony’s overreaction to some bad words led to an NBA suspension, MSG chairman James Dolan had listening devices monitoring everything said to and by Anthony, according to a report in the Newark Star-Ledger.
The report Monday said Dolan had two MSG Network audio technicians stationed at opposite corners of the court during Friday’s home game against Chicago. Holding umbrella-shaped parabolic microphones, they were told to record Anthony’s interactions and send the tape directly to Dolan himself.
The Knicks did not comment on the report. The team left Monday night for a game tomorrow in London against Detroit.
Men’s College Hoop
No. 12 Creighton 79, N. Iowa 68
Omaha, Neb. — Doug McDermott scored 21 of his 31 points in the second half and Creighton pulled away for a win over Northern Iowa.
The Bluejays (17-1, 6-0 Missouri Valley Conference) won their 11th straight game and are off to their best start in program history.
St. John’s 67
No. 20 Notre Dame 63
New York — JaKarr Sampson scored 14 of his 17 points in the first half and St. John’s handed No. 20 Notre Dame (14-3, 2-2 Big East) its second straight loss.
The Red Storm (10-7, 2-3), who had lost two straight and four of five, had a 12-point lead midway through the second half and despite giving it all up, they managed to score the game’s final six points for the win, their third straight over the Fighting Irish.
Women’s College Hoop
No. 2 Notre Dame 79 Georgetown 64
South Bend, Ind. — Kayla McBride scored 17 points, and Skylar Diggins had 15 points and nine assists as second-ranked Notre Dame cruised to its 10th straight victory.