J.J. Hickson and Anthony Parker combined for 20 points in the decisive third quarter as Cleveland beat visiting Detroit last night to give the Cavaliers their first season sweep of the Pistons in 30 years.
Cleveland outrebounded Detroit in the first half, 23-11, as the Cavaliers had as many offensive rebounds (11) as the Pistons had in the half.
Cleveland held a double-digit lead most of the game, although the Pistons cut it to 55-47 on a basket by Jonas Jerebko with 10 minutes left in the third quarter. Hickson and Parker took charge, combining to score 16 of Cleveland’s next 19 points while Detroit went more than five minutes without a field goal.
Cleveland led by as much as 27 in the fourth quarter.
Hickson finished with 13 points, Parker had 11 points, and LeBron James had 15 points and seven assists. Leon Powe scored 16 points off the bench.
Pacers 121, Thunder 101 — Danny Granger (32 points), Troy Murphy (22 points, 13 rebounds), and Roy Hibbert (20 points, 8 rebounds) helped host Indiana beat Oklahoma City.
Jeff Green led Oklahoma City with 20 points. Kevin Durant, the league’s No. 2 scorer, finished with 16 points on 4 for 16 shooting, and five turnovers. Twice in the first quarter, Granger stole the ball from Durant, then scored a layup at the other end.
Durant expected better.
“Tonight was a disgrace to how we play and the game of basketball, how we came out, and that starts with me,’’ he said. “I apologize to all the fans, all my teammates that I came out like that, and it translated to my team.’’
Hawks 119, Spurs 114 — Marvin Williams scored 26 points, Al Horford had 22 points and 18 rebounds, and Joe Johnson had 20 points with 13 assists as host Atlanta clinched a playoff berth by beating San Antonio in overtime, the Hawks’ first victory over the Spurs in five years.
Manu Ginobili matched his season high with 38 points for San Antonio. Tim Duncan added 29 points and 13 rebounds.
Rockets 116, Knicks 112 — Kevin Martin scored 28 points as Houston overcame a 17-point deficit to win in New York.
David Lee had 27 points and 20 rebounds for the Knicks. Danilo Gallinari and Toney Douglas each scored 26.
Kings 102, Clippers 89 — Beno Udrih, playing in place of point guard Tyreke Evans, had 20 points and a career-high 17 assists — and only one turnover — to lead Sacramento to a victory in Los Angeles
Lakers 99, Wizards 92 — Kobe Bryant scored 20 of his 24 points in the second quarter and Pau Gasol had 28 points and 12 rebounds as host Los Angeles sent Washington to its 11th straight loss.
Suns 93, Trail Blazers 87 — Ex-Boston College standout Jared Dudley scored all 10 of his points in the fourth quarter and Grant Hill hit two key baskets, lifting host Phoenix to a victory over Portland for its fourth straight win.