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Brandon Jennings made four consecutive 3-pointers in the first quarter against his former team, and the Detroit Pistons overwhelmed Milwaukee with a dazzling first half in a 113-94 victory over the Bucks on Monday night. Jennings was traded from Milwaukee to Detroit last offseason after four seasons with the Bucks. He hadn't been shooting well for the Pistons, but that changed right away Monday, when he led Detroit on a 21-0 run toward the end of the first quarter. The Pistons led 38-18 after one and by as many as 34 in the third.
Derrick Rose's comeback turned out to be a cameo, and the Chicago Bulls' worst nightmare became a reality again. The Bulls' hopes about contending for a championship this season took a serious hit. The team said Rose will miss the remainder of the season after having surgery Monday morning in Chicago to repair a torn medial meniscus in his right knee. For the Bulls and their point guard, it's an all-too-familiar spot.
With his left knee in a big brace and a long rehab ahead of him, Marc Gasol vowed to return to the Memphis Grizzlies lineup as soon as possible. ''They try to give me a week - three, four, six,'' Gasol said when asked of the recovery time Monday night. Gasol, the NBA's reigning defensive player of the year, spoke before the Grizzlies played the Houston Rockets, three days after he sprained his medial collateral ligament in a game against San Antonio. He said that some of the tissue is ''partially torn.'' Two other Memphis players - forward Zach Randolph and swingman Quincy Pondexter - have had similar injuries in recent years.
The Los Angeles Lakers signed Kobe Bryant to a two-year contract extension Monday, securing the fourth-leading scorer in NBA history into his 20th season with the franchise. Bryant hasn't played this season while recovering from surgery on his torn Achilles tendon in April, but the Lakers didn't wait to renew their commitment to the five-time NBA champion before he got anywhere close to the free-agent market next summer. Bryant inked the deal with owner Jim Buss and general manager Mitch Kupchak at his side in agent Rob Pelinka's office moments before the Lakers left for an East Coast road trip. Bryant, Buss and Kupchak all had repeatedly stated Bryant wouldn't leave his only NBA home.
Xavier Henry had another one of those solid games that Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni wishes he could get from his guard on a consistent basis. Henry scored 12 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, Pau Gasol had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and the Lakers beat the Sacramento Kings 100-86 Sunday night. ''So I just came out and played the same game, but I just was just a little more aggressive.'' Steve Blake finished with 12 assists, nine points and five rebounds. The 11-year veteran, who has started all 14 games for the Lakers at point guard in place of the injured Steve Nash, has recorded double digits in assists in each of the last five.
Oklahoma City is having no problem adjusting to the occasional game without All-Start Russell Westbrook. They did so behind 19 points from Kevin Durant, as well as a 17-point, 11-rebound effort from Serge Ibaka - stretching their lead to as many as 37 points in the third quarter before finishing the game out with reserves. ''... Of course, we would love to have Russell out, but everybody stepped up.'' Durant sat out the fourth quarter for Oklahoma City (9-3), which won its fifth straight overall and sixth straight at home to open the season, its best opening stretch since moving from Seattle. The Jazz looked for a spark in the lineup by starting former Michigan standout Trey Burke, the ninth overall pick in the June draft.
With another late lead slipping away, Goran Dragic asserted himself for the Phoenix Suns. Dragic scored his team's final seven points in a decisive end-of-game burst that helped the Suns hold off the Orlando Magic 104-96 Sunday night. ''We had an answer every time they got close, but past games we didn't,'' Dragic said. The ball circled around nicely, everyone got touches and everyone was dangerous to score, and that was the key to the game.'' Dragic scored 23 points and Gerald Green added 20 to lead a balanced attack as the Suns became the first NBA team since 1977 to win while only making one free throw.
While Derrick Rose headed home to Chicago for knee surgery, the Bulls began life without their superstar guard again. The Los Angeles Clippers showed them just how ugly that life could be. Jared Dudley scored a season-high 21 points, Chris Paul added 16 points and 17 assists, and the Clippers jumped all over the Bulls in Rose's absence for a 121-82 victory Sunday. J.J. Redick scored 19 points and Blake Griffin had 15 points and 12 rebounds in the Pacific Division-leading Clippers' seventh win in nine games.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Sacramento Kings forward Travis Outlaw has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for pulling down Los Angeles Clippers guard J.J. Redick on a fast break.
They are the NBA's most expensive team, filled with All-Stars and the belief they can contend for a championship. Here's what else the Brooklyn Nets are at the moment: a last-place disappointment. ''Tough times right now,'' forward Kevin Garnett said. They got tougher Sunday, when reserve Rodney Stuckey scored a season-high 27 points in the Detroit Pistons' 109-97 victory that sent the Nets to a fifth straight loss and sole possession of the Atlantic Division basement.
Derrick Rose will have surgery on his right knee Monday, and the Chicago Bulls don't yet know how long they'll be without their star guard this time. Rose headed home to Chicago while the Bulls went back to work Sunday, facing the Los Angeles Clippers in their first game since Rose tore cartilage in his knee in Portland on Friday night. Chicago coach Tim Thibodeau said the Bulls won't know how long the 2011 NBA MVP will be sidelined until Rose and team physician Brian Cole decide how to fix Rose's knee.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Brooklyn Nets remained without two starters and two top reserves Sunday when they faced Detroit.
Wes Matthews had a pretty good seat for Portland's 10th straight win. It just happened to be in the Trail Blazers' locker room. One of three players ejected in the third quarter following a scuffle with Golden State, Matthews spent the final 15 minutes watching the game on TV with teammate Mo Williams after both players were tossed. LaMarcus Aldridge had 30 points and 21 rebounds and the Trail Blazers beat the Warriors 113-101 on Saturday.
Every offensive set and defensive plan seemed to work flawlessly Saturday night for the San Antonio Spurs against the Cleveland Cavaliers. San Antonio had a season-high 16 3-pointers, never trailing in rolling past Cleveland 126-96 for its 10th straight victory. The only time the game didn't go fluidly for the Spurs was when Matt Bonner attempted to hand the ball to Tony Parker after ripping a rebound away from San Antonio's point guard during the second quarter. ''(Bonner) likes to mess with me once in a while,'' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said, smiling.
Aaron Brooks had played just 15 minutes in his last six games and acknowledged he was a little shaky when he entered Houston's game against Minnesota late in the first quarter. Brooks scored a season-high 26 points to pick up the slack for the injured James Harden, and the Rockets beat the Timberwolves 112-101 on Saturday night. It was his most points since scoring 28 for the Rockets against Utah in April of 2010. Aaron did a great job tonight.'' The Rockets led throughout, and Omri Casspi, Jeremy Lin and Brooks made consecutive 3-pointers in a 9-0 run to start the fourth quarter and extend the lead to 91-74.
Randy Foye made a go-ahead 3-pointer in the waning moments and then helped it stand with his last-second defense. Foye connected on his fifth 3-pointer of the game with 1:11 left, and the Denver Nuggets hung on to beat the Dallas Mavericks 102-100 on Saturday night. ''I work extremely hard on my shot, so 5 for 12, 1 for 12, it doesn't matter, just got to continue to shoot the ball with confidence.'' Ty Lawson scored 20 points to lead the Nuggets, who won their fifth straight at home while ending Dallas' four-game winning streak. Kenneth Faried had 18 points and 14 rebounds, and Foye finished with 17 points.
Brandon Bass was back in the starting lineup on Saturday night, leading the Celtics to a victory. Bass had 17 points, seven rebounds and two key blocks and the Celtics surged past the Atlanta Hawks 94-87. ''He's had a tough week,'' Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. He anchored our defense, especially in the fourth quarter.'' The Celtics, who had lost six straight, entered the fourth quarter trailing 74-64.
The last offensive play for the Miami Heat did not go as planned. In the eyes of Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, the two-time defending NBA champions pretty much botched the whole thing. ''It helps to have LeBron James,'' Spoelstra said. James bailed out the play - and delivered the eventual game-winner in the process.