NBA Roundup: Nicholson helps Orlando hand Suns 7th straight loss

2012-12-10T00:00:00Z NBA Roundup: Nicholson helps Orlando hand Suns 7th straight lossThe Associated Press The Associated Press
December 10, 2012 12:00 am  • 

PHOENIX - A smooth rookie led the Orlando Magic to a successful end of a long road trip.

Andrew Nicholson scored nine of his career-high 19 points in the fourth quarter and the Magic pulled away to hand the Phoenix Suns their seventh loss in a row.

"I am going out there playing hard," he said. "They are just trusting me."

The 6-foot-9 first-round draft pick from St. Bonaventure made 9 of 11 shots and grabbed nine rebounds, also the best of his young career.

"He's a scoring machine," teammate Glen Davis said. "He scored a bunch and today this is one of those games where you need that guy off the bench to step up and make sure that we get over the hump"

Shannon Brown scored 17 and Jared Dudley 15 for the Suns, who were without starting point guard Goran Dragic due to illness.

Phoenix's losing streak is its longest since 2004.

"It's not anything complicated," head coach Alvin Gentry said. "We just have to play better. We have to be able to rebound better, we have to make better basketball decisions and we have to stop turning the ball over."

• Clippers 102, Raptors 83: In Los Angeles, Jamal Crawford led a fourth-quarter rally by the reserves with 16 points and the Clippers defeated Toronto to win their sixth in a row while handing the Raptors their 10th consecutive road loss.

Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 19 points. Chris Paul added 16 points and DeAndre Jordan had 10 rebounds.

Eric Bledsoe added 14 points to help the Clippers' reserves outscore their counterparts 47-24.

Toronto's DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points in his hometown. Linas Kleiza added 17 points. Amir Johnson had 11 points and 12 rebounds for Toronto.

• Bucks 97, Nets 88: In New York, Brandon Jennings scored 26 points, Monta Ellis had 24 points and Milwaukee withstood Brooklyn's fourth-quarter rally to hold on for the win.

Milwaukee's starting backcourt outscored Brooklyn's 50-24.

• Thunder 104, Pacers 93: In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant scored 27 points, Kevin Martin added 24 and the Thunder beat Indiana for its eighth straight win.

A meeting of the NBA's highest-scoring offense and the league's stingiest defense went the way of the Thunder, which eclipsed 100 points for the 12th straight game.

• Knicks 112, Nuggets 106: In New York, Carmelo Anthony returned from a two-game absence with 34 points against his former team, and the Knicks won to remain the NBA's lone unbeaten team at home.

Jason Kidd scored 17 points for the Knicks, who bounced back from their worst offensive performance of the season a night earlier in Chicago and improved to 8-0 at Madison Square Garden. Tyson Chandler and J.R. Smith each had 15 points.

• Jazz 117, Lakers 110: In Los Angeles, Paul Millsap scored 24 points, Mo Williams added 22 and Utah defeated the Lakers for its third straight victory.

Kobe Bryant led Los Angeles with 34 points as the Lakers fell to 4-7 in their last 11 games.

Al Jefferson and reserves Gordon Hayward and Enes Kanter added 14 points each for the Jazz, which improved to 4-9 on the road in ending a two-game skid away from home.

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