NBA: Bucks beat Suns, give coach Boylan 1st win

2013-01-09T00:00:00Z NBA: Bucks beat Suns, give coach Boylan 1st winThe Associated Press The Associated Press
January 09, 2013 12:00 am  • 

MILWAUKEE - Brandon Jennings scored 29 points Tuesday night, and Milwaukee gave Jim Boylan a win in his first game as coach with a 108-99 victory over the Suns.

The Bucks parted ways with coach Scott Skiles on Monday in what was called a mutual decision, and the Bucks tapped Skiles' top assistant Boylan as a replacement. This is the second time Boylan has succeeded Skiles midseason. He took over the Bulls when Skiles was fired on Christmas Eve in 2007.

The Suns were a perfect opponent, playing poorly in the last few weeks with nine losses in the last 10 games overall to go with a nine-game losing streak on the road.

Goran Dragic scored 21 points and Jared Dudley added 18 for Phoenix.

• Rockets 125, Lakers 112: In Houston, James Harden scored 31 points, and Chandler Parsons added 20 to help Houston win its fifth straight with a victory over short-handed Los Angeles.

Houston trailed by as many as 14 in the first half but used a pair of runs in the third quarter to go on top and build a big lead.

Metta World Peace had a season-high 24 points for the Lakers, who were playing without their top three big men: Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill - all out with injuries.

Kobe Bryant added 20 for the Lakers, and Steve Nash had 16.

• Pacers 87, Heat 77: In Indianapolis, Paul George had 29 points and 11 rebounds, and Indiana held Miami to a season-low point total.

George made four three-pointers to get the best of his matchup with LeBron James. David West added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Pacers, who have won 11 of their last 13 games.

Dwyane Wade scored 30 points, and James had 22 points and 10 rebounds for Miami, which at 23-10 still has the best record in the Eastern Conference.

Miami entered the game leading the NBA in field goal percentage, and Indiana led the league in field goal percentage defense. The matchup resulted in the Heat scoring only 35 points in the second half, its lowest-scoring half of the season.

• Timberwolves 108, Hawks 103: In Minneapolis, Nikola Pekovic had 25 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, and Andrei Kirilenko added 21 points to lead Minnesota.

Derrick Williams scored 17 points, and Alexey Shved had 15 for the Timberwolves, who were missing coach Rick Adelman due to personal reasons. Terry Porter filled in and led the Wolves to their first victory over Atlanta since 2006, snapping an 11-game skid in the series.

Josh Smith had 21 points and 13 rebounds, and Al Horford had 19 points and 11 boards for the Hawks.

• Nets 109, 76ers 89: In Philadelphia, Reggie Evans had a career-high 23 rebounds, Deron Williams scored 22 points, and Brooklyn improved to 6-1 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo.

Evans out-rebounded the undersized Sixers 23-22 through three quarters.

Andray Blatche scored 20 points for the Nets, hours after he was questioned by Philadelphia police as part of a sexual assault investigation at an upscale hotel. Blatche was not charged.

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