Channing Frye had 30 points to lead the Phoenix Suns to a convincing 117-103 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night in Phoenix. Frye shot 12-of-16 overall, 5-of-7 from three-point land and also played a little bully ball in the post:
In addition to Frye's big performance, the Suns got an excellent effort from their bench. Markieff Morris led the bench crew with 16 points, and the subs scored a total of 55 points.
Phoenix led by nine points after the first quarter, but Denver got back into it and kept the game close over the next two. The Suns led by five heading into the final frame before taking complete control of the game midway through the fourth.
Anthony Randolph led the Nuggets with 19 points off the bench. Ty Lawson had 17 points and 14 assists, but it was nowhere near enough.
Los Angeles Lakers 112, Toronto Raptors 106
The Lakers trailed by three midway through the fourth quarter, but they finished the game with a flourish, notching 19 points in the final five minutes of the game to nab the victory. Nick Young scored 29 points and had 10 during the game-deciding stretch, including this dagger three:
Ryan Kelly also came up big down the stretch, and he finished with 17 points on just seven shots. Pau Gasol added 20 points and nine rebounds, while Kendall Marshall had a double-double.
The Lakers went 12-of-22 from three and made 26 free throws to just nine for the Raptors, which helped make up for Toronto's 47-31 advantage on the boards.
DeMar DeRozan had 23 points on 10-of-24 shooting in the loss for the Raptors, who blew a 19-point first-half lead. Kyle Lowry had 21 points and nine assists.
Orlando Magic 93, Boston Celtics 91
Tobias Harris hit a pair of free throws with 10.1 seconds left to give the Magic a win over the Celtics, ending a 10-game losing streak in the process. Harris had 18 points and seven rebounds in the win, while Arron Afflalo had 20 points, 13 rebounds and six assists to lead the way.
The game was a bit ugly through the first three quarters, especially in the third. But things got fun in the fourth, with the game going back and forth throughout. Jeff Green's layup with 33 seconds left tied the score at 91-91 before Harris' game-winning free throws.
Green had 22 points to lead the Celtics, doing most of his work from the charity stripe. Rajon Rondo notched six points, six rebounds and four assists in his second game back from his ACL injury. Rondo played 21 minutes, but he wanted to play more:
Was Rondo begging to stay in during the second quarter? "Yeah I was. That's gonna happen."— Jay King (@ByJayKing) January 20, 2014
Jerryd Bayless left the game with a toe injury and didn't return.
Kevin Durant's run of great play continued in a win over the Kings, with the NBA's scoring leader scoring 30 points on 10-of-15 shooting. Durant also tallied nine assists, six rebounds, four steals and two blocks:
Serge Ibaka chipped in 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting. The Thunder made nine threes on the night.
The Kings actually led after one quarter, but the Thunder opened up a five-point cushion at the break. Oklahoma City then broke the game open with a big third quarter and cruised in the fourth.
Isaiah Thomas went off for Sacramento, scoring a game-high 38 points on 11-of-18 shooting. DeMarcus Cousins had 16 points and 14 rebounds, but he committed seven turnovers.
San Antonio Spurs 110, Milwaukee Bucks 82
Tony Parker sat out because of a shin injury, but that was no matter for San Antonio. Patty Mills had 20 points to lead seven Spurs in double figures in a beat down of the hapless Bucks. Tim Duncan had a double-double and also dropped this nifty dime:
San Antonio jumped out to a 13-point lead after the first quarter and rolled the rest of the way. The Spurs shot 56.6 percent overall, shot 11-of-18 from three and won the rebounding battle by 18.
Brandon Knight had 21 points for Milwaukee. The Bucks shot just 37.5 percent from the field.