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NEW ORLEANS -- It's a good thing for the New Orleans Pelicans that Ryan Anderson doesn't let an off night stop him from unleashing long-range shots with the game on the line.
Anderson shook off some unusually poor shooting and hit two clutch 3-pointers in overtime that carried the New Orleans Pelicans to a 111-106 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.
"It's important that I stay aggressive on this team. I think coach has a lot of confidence in me, a lot of faith in me and if I'm passive or if I don't take a shot when I'm open, it could hurt the team," Anderson said. "So when I get an open chance I want to shoot it confidently. ... You can never give up your confidence on the court, no matter how awful the shooting night you have."
MINNEAPOLIS -- Down 19 at home to the struggling Philadelphia 76ers, the Minnesota Timberwolves' season had reached a bit of crossroads as the second quarter opened.
With a brutal trip awaiting, the Wolves simply couldn't afford to drop this one. So they rolled up their sleeves and started chipping away, and the young Sixers let them right back in it.
Kevin Love had 26 points, 15 rebounds and five assists and the Timberwolves got solid contributions from their beleaguered bench to beat the 76ers 106-99 on Wednesday night.
MILWAUKEE -- With Tim Duncan rediscovering his shot at the same time the Bucks collectively lost theirs, the result was predictable.
Duncan had 21 points and 16 rebounds while playing just 24 minutes -- single-handedly outscoring the Bucks starters -- and Tony Parker added 15 points in the San Antonio Spurs' 109-77 rout of Milwaukee on Wednesday night.
"I made some early and it helps," said Duncan, who hit 9 of 12 shots in earning his 770th double-double, the most among active players. "My shot's starting to come around a little bit. The first 20 games it hadn't been there, so I hope that it stays with me."
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Russell Westbrook is putting to rest any doubts he has recovered from the knee injury that forced him to miss the first two games of the season.
Westbrook scored 27 points and added nine assists to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 116-100 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.
Westbrook's performance against the Grizzlies followed double-doubles Tuesday night in a win over Atlanta (14 points, 11 assists) and Sunday in a victory over Indiana (26 points, 13 assists).
BOSTON -- Doc Rivers picked up another win in Boston.
The coach who led the Celtics to the 2008 NBA title returned for the first time with the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night and beat Boston 96-88. Jamal Crawford scored 21 points, hitting a pair of 3-pointers 23 seconds apart to help the Clippers pull away in the final 3 minutes.
"It was just a really nice day," said Rivers, choking back tears in his postgame news conference. "This is, it's just such a classy place here. ... They cheer for their teams and they love their athletes. The best decision I ever made was 10 years ago, when I decided to come."
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Magic coach Jacque Vaughn had been eagerly awaiting the return of Nikola Vucevic to his starting lineup.
The 7-foot center showed why Wednesday night.
Vucevic had a double-double in the first half after missing the last four games with a sprained left ankle, Jameer Nelson had 12 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter and the Orlando Magic snapped a six-game losing streak with a 92-83 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats.
NEW YORK -- While an official announcement has yet to be made, all signs point to the Chicago Bulls inking veteran point guard D.J. Augustin on Thursday.
Yahoo! Sports reported Wednesday that Augustin would sign with the Bulls on Thursday after passing a physical, and team personnel at Wednesday's game also were expecting the move to become official.
The Bulls' players were excited about the move as well.
NEW YORK -- Knicks starting point guard Raymond Felton missed Wednesday night's 83-78 win over the Chicago Bulls due to a hamstring ailment, and coach Mike Woodson said he could be out for "a little while."
Felton aggravated a pre-existing left hamstring injury in the third quarter against Cleveland while driving to the basket on Tuesday. He was removed from the game shortly thereafter and never returned.
"I don't think we're at a day to day right now. He's going to probably be a little while," Woodson said before tipoff against the Bulls on Wednesday.
John Wilson came up with another hot shooting performance to lead the Meralco Bolts, this time over the San Mig Coffee Super Coffee Mixers, 72-64, in the PLDT MyDSL 2014 PBA Philippine Cup, Wednesday, at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Meralco found themselves down by as much as 18 points in the second half, but finally dismantled San Mig Coffee by shifting to a tight zone defense. Meanwhile, John Wilson torched San Mig Coffee during a 28-5 blitz spanning the latter quarters, giving them a five-point lead midway through the final frame, 61-56, that they would not relinquish.
San Mig Coffee (1-5) couldn't retain their momentum since besting the Air21 Express last week. On the other hand Meralco (3-3) is on the upswing despite playing with a thin front court, winning three of their last four games.
NAYPYITAW—Sinag Pilipinas warms up for the tough grind ahead as it squares off with winless Myanmar Wednesday in the 27th Southeast Asian Games basketball tournament at Zayar Thiri Indoor Stadium A here.
Coach Jong Uichico wants a more cohesive and defensively sound unit to take the floor in the 4 p.m. game as Sinag braces for battle against contenders Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia in the next three days.
Despite victories against Singapore and Cambodia, Uichico feels Sinag—made up of the finest collegiate players back home and reinforced by Marcus Douthit—has yet to play to its full potential.