NBA Daily Roundup
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NBA DAILY FOR WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2020
Anthony Davis misses 3 at buzzer, Nets hold off Lakers 104-102
The AP reports: LOS ANGELES -- In his second game as Brooklyn's interim coach, Jacque Vaughn watched his Nets fight and scrap for 47 1/2 minutes to carve out a two-point lead over the powerhouse Lakers..
Then Vaughn had to watch from the sideline while Anthony Davis launched a last-second 3-pointer that would have undone it all.
"It's like the joy and pain of basketball," Vaughn said. "I had the perfect sight line. I see it leave, just watching the flight of it. Looked to see if his feet were behind the line, so I said, `This is a 3-ball. We're either losing this thing, or we're going to win this thing."
Davis missed. The Nets' coaching change remains a hit.
Celtics clinch playoff spot with 114-111 win over Pacers
The AP reports: INDIANAPOLIS -- Marcus Smart’s leaning bank shot in the final minute gave the Celtics the lead after the team blew a 19-point advantage and Boston then held on for a 114-111 victory Tuesday night over the Indiana Pacers to clinch a playoff spot for a sixth consecutive year.
Jayson Tatum scored 30 points for Boston, which snapped a 1-4 skid and is third in the Eastern Conference, while Gordon Hayward added 27 points, 10 boards and five assists in his home state.
Smart put the Celtics ahead for good at 111-109 with 49.7 seconds left by scoring in the lane over Domantis Sabonis, who led Indiana with 28 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.
Bradley Beal scores 39, leads Wizards past Knicks 122-115
The AP reports: WASHINGTON -- Bradley Beal got back to his high-scoring ways with 39 points, lifting the Washington Wizards to a 122-115 victory over the New York Knicks on Tuesday night.
Beal overcame a slow start and surpassed the 25-point plateau for the 22nd time in 23 games. His string of 21 such games was snapped Sunday when he scored 23 in a loss to Miami.
Coby White scores 20, commits 9 TOs, Bulls beat Cavaliers 108-103
The AP reports: CHICAGO -- Coby White scored 20 points to help offset a career-high nine turnovers in his first NBA start, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-103 on Tuesday night.
The Bulls won their 22nd game to match their total from last season, though they didn't think it would take this long. They expected to make a bigger jump sooner in the Eastern Conference.
One bright spot lately is White, the No. 7 overall draft pick. The rookie turned in his ninth straight game with at least 19 points.
Rockets end skid in 117-111 win over TWolves
The AP reports: HOUSTON -- James Harden had 37 points and the Houston Rockets snapped a four-game skid with a 117-111 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night.
The Rockets trailed for much of the early part of this game but used a big run in the third quarter to take the lead and hold on for the win. It was a much-needed victory for a team which called a blowout loss to Orlando on Sunday night “rock bottom.” ... D'Angelo Russell had 28 points to lead the Timberwolves, who lost their third straight.
Aldridge's return helps Spurs rally past Mavericks, 119-109
The AP reports: SAN ANTONIO -- LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points in his return from injury and the San Antonio Spurs withstood Luka Doncic’s 38 points to beat the Dallas Mavericks 119-109 on Tuesday night and keep their playoff hopes afloat.
“It still doesn't feel 100 percent, but I got through it,” Aldridge said after his first game since Feb. 23. “I made some shots for us down the stretch, but it definitely doesn't feel all the way back, for sure.”
The Spurs were without Dejounte Murray and Jakob Poeltl, but Aldridge returned from a six-game absence caused by a sore right shoulder. Aldridge opened the game shooting 2 for 7 but finished 10 for 23.
Terrence Ross scores 24, Magic rally to beat Grizzlies 120-115/u>
The AP reports: MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Terrence Ross scored 24 points, including fueling a rally with 18 in the fourth quarter, as the Orlando Magic defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 120-115 on Tuesday night.
Michael Carter-Williams added a season-high 20 for Orlando and Nikola Vucevic finished with 19 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for the Magic. Ross was 6 of 9 in the fourth quarter, including connecting on 3 of 5 from 3-point range.
Memphis led by 17 in the first half, but the Magic caught the Grizzlies by scoring 70 points over the final two periods.
Blazers snap 2-game skid with 121-105 win over the Suns
The AP reports: PORTLAND, Ore. -- Damian Lillard had 25 points and the Portland Trail Blazers got a much-needed 121-105 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night.
The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Blazers, who were among several teams vying to pull in front of Memphis for the eighth playoff spot in the West.
The Blazers face the Grizzlies on Thursday.
Clippers bounce back from loss to Lakers, throttle Warriors
The AP reports: SAN FRANCISCO -- Kawhi Leonard scored 23 points before sitting out the entire fourth quarter along with the rest of the Doc Rivers’ starters, and the Los Angeles Clippers routed the Golden State Warriors 131-107 on Tuesday night.
Paul George and Patrick Beverley scored 15 points apiece as the Clippers had seven players in double figures. Reggie Jackson added 16 points and JaMychal Green had 13 points and 10 rebounds
Coming off a 112-103 loss to the Lakers on Sunday night that ended a six-game winning streak, the Clippers jumped out to an early double-digit lead and coasted to their third consecutive win over the Warriors.
NBA DAILY FOR TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2020
Ibaka helps Raptors edge Jazz 101-92
The AP reports: SALT LAKE CITY -- Another injury was no big deal for the Toronto Raptors.
Serge Ibaka and company just keep rolling along.
Ibaka and Pascal Siakam each scored 27 points, and the Raptors beat the Utah Jazz 101-92 on Monday night for their fourth straight victory.
Kyle Lowry added 21 points and seven assists as Toronto used a 53-34 advantage on the glass to improve to 21-4 since Jan. 15. Ibaka grabbed 13 rebounds and Siakam finished with 11 boards and eight assists.
Young has 31 as Hawks outlast Hornets 143-138 in double-OT
The AP reports: ATLANTA -- De'Andre Hunter broke a tie by sinking three free throws with 13.3 seconds remaining in the second overtime, and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Charlotte Hornets 143-138 on Monday night following a controversial finish to the first extra period.
Trae Young had 31 points and 16 assists for Atlanta, and Hunter finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds... Terry Rozier led the Hornets with a career-high 40 points.
After Hunter's clutch trip to the line, Rozier missed a 3-pointer. Two free throws by Cam Reddish, who had 22 points, iced the win.
Murray scores 21 as Nuggets beat short-handed Bucks 109-95
The AP reports: DENVER -- Jamal Murray led the Nuggets with 21 points but it was a basket of his that didn't count that really ignited Denver's 109-95 win over the short-handed Milwaukee Bucks.
Murray soared for a thunderous slam dunk over D.J. Wilson with 9.8 seconds left in the third quarter and Denver clinging to a 74-71 lead Monday night. Wilson jumped in an attempt to prevent the jam and was pulverized on the play, staggering out of bounds... Paul Millsap added 20 points and Grant scored 19 as the Nuggets sent the Bucks to their third straight loss and fourth in five games.
Kyle Korver had 23 points to lead a big effort by the Bucks' backups, but Milwaukee sorely missed all that firepower during a fourth consecutive road defeat.
NBA DAILY FOR MONDAY, MARCH 9, 2020
LeBron & Co. snap Clippers' streak at 6 with 112-103 victory
The AP reports: LOS ANGELES -- LeBron James closed out a weekend to remember. First, he outdueled Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks in a match-up of NBA conference leaders. Then he kept the Los Angeles Lakers rolling with a victory over the streaking Clippers.
James had 28 points, seven rebounds and nine assists Sunday in 112-103 victory that ended the Clippers' six-game winning streak. He put up 37 points, eight rebounds and seven assists Friday against the Bucks... The Lakers won their fourth in a row and 11th in 12 games. Anthony Davis scored 30 points and Avery Bradley added 24.
Dinwiddie makes late free throws, Nets beat Bulls 110-107
The AP reports: NEW YORK -- Spencer Dinwiddie scored 24 points, Caris LeVert and Joe Harris each added 23 and Brooklyn beat the Chicago Bulls 110-107 on Sunday, a day after the Nets parted ways with coach Kenny Atkinson.
Interim head coach Jacque Vaughn directed the Nets to their second straight victory. The team said Saturday morning that the team and Atkinson "mutually agreed to part ways." That message was reiterated in a news conference later in the day with general manager Sean Marks... DeAndre Jordan and Jarrett Allen each added 11 points, and Jordan had 11 rebounds.
Otto Porter Jr. led the Bulls with 23 points. Coby White added 21, Thaddeus Young had 17, and Lauri Markkanen 16.
Holiday has 37 points help Pelicans top Timberwolves 120-107
The AP reports: MINNEAPOLIS -- The New Orleans Pelicans have perked up since the debut of Zion Williamson.
The presence of Jrue Holiday, though, can't be discounted in their improvement.
Holiday just missed his second triple-double against Minnesota in less than a week, putting up a season-high 37 points and adding nine rebounds and eight assists for the Pelicans in a 120-107 victory over the Timberwolves on Sunday.
Schroder's late layup lifts Thunder over Celtics 105-104
The AP reports: BOSTON -- Dennis Schroder stripped the ball from Kemba Walker and scored on a layup with 8.5 seconds to help the Oklahoma City Thunder rally to beat the Boston Celtics 105-104 on Sunday night.
Chris Paul led the Thunder, who overcame an 18-point first-half deficit, with 28 points and seven assists. Schroder added 27 points and six assists as OKC won its third straight.
The Thunder played without leading scorer Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who sat for the first time this season with a hip bruise that he suffered in their win at New York on Friday.
Booker, Rubio help Suns race past Giannis-less Bucks
The AP reports: PHOENIX -- Devin Booker scored 20 of his 36 points in Phoenix's 47-point first quarter and the Suns beat the NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks 140-131 on Sunday night,
The Bucks played without MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo because of a minor knee sprain. Injured Friday night in a loss at the Los Angeles Lakers, he'll also sit out Monday night at Denver.
Ricky Rubio had a triple-double for the Suns with 25 points, 13 assists and 13 rebounds, becoming the first Suns player since Steve Nash on March 30, 2005, with at least a dozen points, assists and rebounds.
Sabonis, Oladipo lead Pacers past Mavericks 112-109
The AP reports: DALLAS -- Domantas Sabonis had 20 points and 17 rebounds, and Victor Oladipo scored the game’s final six points to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Dallas Mavericks 112-109 on Sunday night.
Despite leading for most of the game, the Pacers were down 109-104 with 3:14 to play - but held the Mavericks scoreless the rest of the way.
Oladipo pulled Indiana within one on a jumper with 2:33 to play. Kristaps Porzingis blocked Oladipo’s potential go-ahead layup with 1:08 to play, but Dallas turned it over on its next possession and Oladipo hit a pull-up 17-footer to give Indiana a 110-109 lead.
Augustin scores 24 as Magic rout slumping Rockets 126-106
The AP reports: HOUSTON -- D.J. Augustin scored 24 points off the bench, Aaron Gordon added 19 and the Orlando Magic got a 126-106 win over slumping Houston on Sunday night to hand the Rockets their fourth straight loss.
The Rockets won six in a row before hitting this rough patch in which they haven’t just lost games but have looked out of sorts in losses to the Knicks, Clippers and Hornets before Sunday’s defeat. Houston's four-game losing streak matches a season high... Russell Westbrook led Houston with 24 points to give him at least 20 in a career-long 33 straight games, but he also topped the Rockets with eight of their 18 turnovers. James Harden scored 23, but made just six of 19 shots and turned the ball over four times.
After Butler leaves, Adebayo lifts Heat over Wizards 100-89
The AP reports: WASHINGTON -- Playing most of the second half without Jimmy Butler after he headed to the locker room, the Miami Heat took full advantage of Bam Adebayo's 27 points and 14 rebounds to stop a four-game road losing streak and edge the Washington Wizards 100-89 on Sunday night.
Duncan Robinson made a pair of 3-pointers late in a 25-3 run by Miami that turned an 83-75 deficit into a 100-86 lead.
Robinson shot 7 for 11 on 3s and finished with 23 points. He's made at least one 3 in 49 consecutive games to equal a franchise record.
Drummond scores 28, Sexton 26 as Cavaliers down Spurs in OT
The AP reports: CLEVELAND -- Andre Drummond returned from a leg injury to score 28 points and add 17 rebounds, and Kevin Love made a big 3-pointer in overtime to lift the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 132-129 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday night.
Drummond, who missed the past three games with a strained left calf, put the Cavs up 124-22 with a layup and Love followed with his 3 from the corner 28 seconds later to put Cleveland up by five.
Love had missed his first four attempts from long range before his clutch shot and he finished just 3 of 12 from the field, but added 18 rebounds.
Knicks pull away in 4th quarter, beat Pistons 96-84
The AP reports: NEW YORK -- Julius Randle had 22 points and 12 rebounds, and the New York Knicks pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 96-84 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night.
The Knicks led by only one after three quarters but then limited the Pistons to 13 points in the final 12 minutes, just missing their best defensive performance of the season.
Elfrid Payton had 16 points, six assists and five rebounds for the Knicks, who finished 3-2 on their homestand. Mitchell Robinson had 14 points, 11 rebounds and a series of highlight-worthy athletic plays.
Christian Wood had 22 points and eight rebounds for the Pistons, who have lost four straight and 11 of their last 12 games.
Siakam, Lowry come up big to lead Raptors past Kings 118-113
The AP reports: SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Pascal Siakam scored 11 of his 23 points in the final 2 1/2 minutes, Toronto got a big fourth quarter from Kyle Lowry and the Raptors held on to beat the Sacramento Kings 118-113 on Sunday night.
Lowry scored 13 of his 30 points in the final quarter after picking up his fifth foul early in the period. Siakam took over the scoring load late and helped the Raptors to their third straight win since a three-game skid.
Norman Powell had 31 points, Serge Ibaka added 15 points and 10 rebounds, and OG Anunoby scored 12 for the Raptors. Marc Gasol had three points and two rebounds in 16 minutes off the bench after missing 15 games with a left hamstring injury.
NBA DAILY FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 2020
Love scores 27 points, Cavaliers surprise Nuggets again
The AP reports: CLEVELAND -- Kevin Love scored 27 points, hitting the go-ahead basket with four minutes remaining, and the short-handed Cleveland Cavaliers surprised the Denver Nuggets for the second time this season, 104-102 on Saturday night.
Collin Sexton scored 25 points and Matthew Dellavedova had a career-high 14 assists to help Cleveland end a four-game losing streak.
Terry Rozier scores 24 points, Hornets beat Rockets 108-99
The AP reports: CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Hornets entered a four-game homestand to open the week on a two-game winning streak that included a road victory at the defending NBA champion Toronto.
After losses to Milwaukee, San Antonio and Denver, a meeting with the Houston Rockets didn't seem a recipe for snapping a three-game losing streak.
But Charlotte scored the first 20 points and Terry Rozier finished with 24 to help the Hornets beat the slumping Rockets 108-99 on Saturday night... Houston, which played without All-Star Russell Westbrook (rest), twice closed within three in the second quarter and within five in the third quarter.
Jazz withstand Detroit rallies in 111-105 win
The AP reports: DETROIT -- Bojan Bogdanovic scored 32 points and the Utah Jazz withstood two big Detroit rallies to beat the Pistons 111-105 on Saturday night for their fifth straight victory.
Utah led by 22 points in the second quarter, but the Pistons came all the way back to tie it early in the fourth. The Jazz then went on an 18-2 run, but that big lead nearly slipped away as well. It was a one-possession game before Utah's Rudy Gobert made two free throws with 18.5 seconds left to make it 107-102.
Valanciunas, Morant lead Grizzlies past Hawks, 118-101
The AP reports: MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Jonas Valanciunas had 27 points and 17 rebounds, rookie Ja Morant added 24 points and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Atlanta Hawks 118-101 on Saturday night to keep their hold on the final Western Conference playoff spot.
Josh Jackson had 17 points, Dillon Brooks and De'Anthony Melton added 13 each and Memphis won for the fourth time in five games. Valanciunas was 10 of 13 from the field and had three blocks.
Curry-less Warriors rally to beat 76ers 118-114
The AP reports: SAN FRANCISCO -- Eric Paschall scored 23 points, including a pair of free throws with 51.7 seconds remaining, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Philadelphia 76ers 118-114 on Saturday night to snap a 10-game home losing streak.
Playing once again without Stephen Curry, the Warriors trailed most of the game and were down by eight entering the fourth quarter.
Curry, who returned from a 58-game absence to play Thursday night, was diagnosed with the flu and was held out. The Warriors termed it a seasonal flu and said that Curry has begun treatment. The team also said that Curry is not at specific risk for COVID-19 or coronavirus.
Bogdanovic scores 27, Kings beat Blazers 123-111
The AP reports: PORTLAND, Ore. -- Bogdan Bogdanovic had 27 points and eight assists, Buddy Hield scored 22 off the bench and the Sacramento Kings beat the Portland Trail Blazers 123-111 on Saturday night.
With both teams chasing Memphis for the final Western Conference playoff spot, the Kings won for the fourth time in five games. De'Aaron Fox added 14 points and 11 assists for Sacramento, while Harrison Barnes finished with 20 points.
NBA DAILY FOR FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2020
Curry scores 23 in return, but Raptors clinch playoff spot
The AP reports: SAN FRANCISCO -- Stephen Curry seemed every bit himself after a four-month layoff, save for a little long-range rust.
“He looks exactly the same to me,” coach Steve Kerr said.
Curry scored 23 points for Golden State in his anticipated return from a broken left hand, but the Toronto Raptors beat the Warriors 121-113 Thursday night to clinch a playoff spot.
After being sidelined 58 games, Curry led Golden State out of the tunnel to a big ovation - as loud as his neon sneakers, one pink and one yellow - and the crowd stirred every time he pulled up to shoot.
Jamal Murray hits late jumper to lift Nuggets past Hornets
The AP reports: CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray took to Twitter after a 16-point loss to Golden State on Tuesday night, vowing to be better.
"Put that game on me...," Murray tweeted. "I gotta be better on both ends. Nuggets fans, we'll be alright!!"
And they were.
Murray lived up to his promise in his return to the court Thursday night, hitting a running, 13-footer off one foot from the baseline with 5.1 seconds to help Denver overcame an eight-point fourth quarter deficit and beat the Charlotte Hornets 114-112.
Kawhi Leonard has 25 points, Clippers rout Rockets 120-105
The AP reports: HOUSTON -- Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points and the Los Angeles Clippers rolled over the Houston Rockets 120-105 on Thursday night for their sixth straight victory.
The Rockets were done in by their shooting woes in a game that was billed as a matchup of two of the top teams in the Western Conference, but was a rout almost from the start. Houston had a chance to take the season series and secure the tiebreaker over the Clippers, but the loss left the teams tied 2-2... Russell Westbrook led the Rockets with 29 points and 15 rebounds. James Harden was 4 of 17 and missed all eight 3-pointers he attempted to finish with 16 points.
Harris scores 28 as Sixers beat Kings to end long road skid
The AP reports: SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Tobias Harris had 28 point and 14 rebounds and the short-handed Philadelphia 76ers beat the Sacramento Kings 125-108 on Thursday night for their first road win in more than a month.
Shake Milton scored 20 points and Al Horford had 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the Sixers, who also won in Sacramento for the first time since 2015. Alec Burks added 17 points and Raul Neto had 16.
De'Aaron Fox had 23 points and seven assists for Sacramento. Buddy Hield scored 22.
Philadelphia ended its nine-game road losing streak while continuing to play without Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. Embiid sat out a fourth straight game because of a left shoulder sprain, while Simmons missed his sixth straight with a nerve impingement in his back.
NBA DAILY FOR THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2020
Doncic breaks Mavs' triple-double record, beats Williamson
The AP reports: DALLAS -- Luka Doncic scored 30 points and broke Dallas' career triple-double record with his 22nd, helping the Mavericks hold off the New Orleans Pelicans 127-123 in overtime Wednesday night.
Doncic added 17 rebounds and 10 assists, and Kristaps Porzingis had 34 points and 12 rebounds in the nationally televised matchup between young stars Doncic and Zion Williamson. Williamson scored 21 points in 35 minutes in the first back-to-back of his NBA career.
Doncic broke Jason Kidd's record for triple-doubles just five days after his 21st birthday.
Tatum scores 32, leads Celtics past Cavaliers 112-106
The AP reports: CLEVELAND -- Jayson Tatum scored 32 points and the Boston Celtics defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 112-106 on Wednesday night in a matchup of short-handed teams.
The Celtics were missing three starters - Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward - while the Cavaliers played without starters Andre Drumnond and rookie Darius Garland.
The Celtics bounced back from an overtime defeat to Brooklyn on Tuesday night in which they couldn't hold a 21-point, second-half lead and lost in overtime.
Thunder blow lead, but outlast Pistons 114-107
The AP reports: DETROIT -- Danilo Gallinari made a crucial 3-pointer in the final minute, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Detroit Pistons 114-107 on Wednesday night despite blowing a 16-point second-half lead.
The depleted Pistons rallied in the fourth quarter and took a 103-102 advantage after a 3-pointer by Svi Mykhailiuk. It was tight the rest of the way, and with the Thunder up by one late, Oklahoma City's Chris Paul dribbled toward Detroit's Brandon Knight, who hit the deck trying to draw an offensive foul... Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 27 points for Oklahoma City, which snapped out of its brief scoring slump.
Bucks bounce back from loss to rout Pacers
The AP reports: MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Bucks have the NBA’s best record in part by avoiding slumps.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 29 points, 12 rebounds and six assists and the Bucks bounced back from one of their weakest performances of the season to rout the Indiana Pacers 119-100 on Wednesday night.
Two nights after losing 105-89 in Miami, the Bucks improved to 53-9 as they get ready for a three-game trip west that starts Friday at the Western Conference-leading Los Angeles Lakers. Milwaukee hasn’t lost back-to-back games all season.
Heat set record from deep, top Magic 116-113
The AP reports: MIAMI -- It took a record-setting night from 3-point range for the Miami Heat to beat the Orlando Magic.
Duncan Robinson scored 27 points, all of them coming from beyond the arc, and the Heat hit a franchise-record 22 3-pointers in their 116-113 win over the Magic on Wednesday night.
Goran Dragic scored 25 points and added nine assists, Kelly Olynyk scored 16 on a perfect shooting night and Jimmy Butler finished with 12 points, eight assists and seven rebounds as Miami won its fourth straight.
Grizzlies rout Nets 118-79 in Brooklyn for 3rd straight win
The AP reports: NEW YORK -- Josh Jackson scored 19 points and the Memphis Grizzlies ran away from the Brooklyn Nets during the second half of a 118-79 blowout Wednesday night in a matchup of teams trying to maintain playoff position.
Tyus Jones added 18 points for Memphis, which extended its winning streak to three games. Ja Morant scored 15.
The win moved Memphis back to .500 at 31-31, and the Grizzlies are 3 1/2 games ahead of Sacramento for the final postseason spot in the Western Conference.
Mitchell, Bogdanovic lead Jazz past Knicks 112-104
The AP reports: NEW YORK -- Donovan Mitchell and Bojan Bogdanovic each scored 23 points, and the Utah Jazz kept feasting on a soft part of their schedule by beating the New York Knicks 112-104 on Wednesday night.
Rudy Gobert had 18 points and 14 rebounds for the Jazz, who won their third straight against a team well below .500 from the Eastern Conference. Utah racked up 129 and 126 points in victories over Washington and Cleveland, respectively, then never trailed against the Knicks.
Malik Beasley scores 24 as Timberwolves beat Bulls 115-108
The AP reports: MINNEAPOLIS -- Malik Beasley scored 24 points and D’Angelo Russell added 19 for the Minnesota Timberwolves in a 115-108 victory against the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.
Naz Reid had his second straight double-double for Minnesota with 16 points and 11 rebounds, helping the Timberwolves to their second consecutive win. It's the first time they’ve won both games of a back-to-back this season, following Tuesday’s 139-134 victory in New Orleans.
Lillard scores 22 in return from injury, Blazers top Wizards
The AP reports: PORTLAND, Ore. -- Damian Lillard had 22 points in his return from a groin injury and Carmelo Anthony scored 25 as the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Washington Wizards 125-104 on Wednesday night.
Hassan Whiteside recorded his 48th double-double of the season for Portland, finishing with 24 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks. CJ McCollum, like Lillard, had 22 points and five assists.
NBA DAILY FOR WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2020
LeVert scores 51 points, Nets stun Celtics 129-120 in OT
The AP reports: BOSTON -- Caris LeVert scored 37 of his career-high 51 points in the fourth quarter and overtime to help the Brooklyn Nets erase a 21-point, second-half deficit and beat the Boston Celtics 129-120 on Tuesday night.
It was a stunning end to a four-game losing streak for Brooklyn, which is trying to hold onto the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Boston has lost two straight.
LeVert had all of Brooklyn's 11 points in the extra period, finishing just three points shy of the Nets' season high for a player. Kyrie Irving scored 54 points against Chicago on Jan. 31.
LeVert also sent the game to extra frame, getting fouled on a 3-point attempt by Marcus Smart and connecting on all of his free throws with 0.2 seconds left.
Spurs get Tim Duncan first win as acting head coach
The AP reports: CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Tim Duncan won more than 1,000 games as an NBA player.
He got his first victory as an acting head coach on Tuesday night.
Dejounte Murray scored 21 points and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Charlotte Hornets 104-103 without longtime head coach Gregg Popovich, who missed the game while dealing with "personal business," according to the team... Terry Rozier had 20 points and P.J. Washington added 19 with five 3-pointers to lead the Hornets.
Beasley, Russell lead Timberwolves past Pelicans, 139-134
The AP reports: NEW ORLEANS -- Malik Beasley scored 28 points, D'Angelo Russell scored 14 of his 23 points in the second half, and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the New Orleans Pelicans 139-134 on Tuesday night.
Zion Williamson scored 25 points and Jrue Holiday had 27 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds for New Orleans, which dropped its second straight at home and fell four games behind Memphis for the Western Conference's final playoff spot... Beasley made 11 of 13 shots, including four 3s on five attempts. James Johnson scored 19 points, former LSU player Naz Reid had 13 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks, and Juancho Hernangomez scored 16 for Minnesota, which shot 55.7% (54 of 97) overall and went 17 of 20 from the foul line.
Leonard scores 25, leads Clippers past Thunder 109-94
The AP reports: OKLAHOMA CITY -- Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points to help the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 109-94 on Tuesday night.
The Clippers held Oklahoma City to 42% shooting as coach Doc Rivers moved into sole possession of 12th place in NBA history with 936 wins... Montrezl Harrell and former Thunder player Paul George each added 16 points for the Clippers, who won their fifth straight.
Paschall helps Warriors rally to stun Nuggets 116-100
The AP reports: DENVER -- Eric Paschall scored nine of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, Andrew Wiggins turned in a double-double and the Golden State Warriors rallied to stun the Denver Nuggets 116-100 on Tuesday night.
A 16-point underdog, the Warriors were down 77-65 with 5:08 left in the third quarter. They went on a 43-15 run to take control and win for just the second time in 11 games... Wiggins finished with 22 points and 10 assists for the Warriors. Dragan Bender scored 14 on the last day of his 10-day contract.
Raptors rally, snap three-game skid by beating Suns 123-114
The AP reports: PHOENIX -- Pascal Siakam scored 33 points, Kyle Lowry added 28 and the Toronto Raptors rallied in the second half for a 123-114 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night.
Toronto snapped a three-game losing streak, which was tied for its longest of the season. Norman Powell added 26 points while Chris Boucher gave the Raptors crucial production off the bench, finishing with 19 points and 15 rebounds.
Toronto trailed by seven at halftime but pushed to an 87-86 lead going into the fourth quarter after Siakam scored 12 in the third. Siakam finished 12 of 20 from the field and had seven rebounds.
Anthony Davis scores 37, leads Lakers past Sixers 120-107
The AP reports: LOS ANGELES -- Anthony Davis scored 18 of his 37 points during a phenomenal second-quarter surge, and the Los Angeles Lakers held off the injury-depleted Philadelphia 76ers 120-107 on Tuesday night.
LeBron James had 22 points, 14 assists and seven rebounds for the Lakers, who moved to 47-13 with their ninth win in 10 games. Davis hit four 3-pointers while going 13 of 19 from the field and grabbing 13 rebounds.
The Lakers needed every bit of their All-Stars' brilliance to hold off a solid effort by the undermanned Sixers, who played without injured starters Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Josh Richardson.
Glenn Robinson III matched his career high with 25 points and Tobias Harris had 18 for the Sixers, who have lost nine consecutive road games since Jan. 20.
Fox scores 31 as Kings hold off Beal, Wizards 133-126
The AP reports: SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- De’Aaron Fox scored 31 points and the Sacramento Kings held on after blowing a 28-point lead to beat the Washington Wizards 133-126 on Tuesday night.
Bogdan Bogdanovic finished with 21 points, Buddy Hield scored 17 and Cory Joseph added 14 as the Kings had seven players in double figures on a wild night when they won despite being held to 19 points in the third quarter.
Bradley Beal had 35 points for Washington. Rui Hachimura added 20 points and Davis Bertans scored 18 on six 3-pointers.
NBA DAILY FOR TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 2020
Heat stun Bucks 105-89, holding Antetokounmpo to 13 points
The AP reports: MIAMI -- The Miami Heat stand alone, the first team to beat the Milwaukee Bucks twice this season.
Jae Crowder and Jimmy Butler each scored 18 points, Goran Dragic added 15 and the Heat beat the Bucks 105-89 on Wednesday night - moving to 2-0 against the NBA's best team.
Bam Adebayo had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Heat, who improved to 39-22 and matched their win total from last season with 19 games remaining. Kendrick Nunn had 13 points and Kelly Olynyk added 11 for Miami.
Bogdanovic's 28 leads Jazz past injury-depleted Cavaliers
The AP reports: CLEVELAND -- Bojan Bogdanovic scored 28 points, Rudy Gobert added 20 and the Utah Jazz began a four-game trip against Eastern Conference teams with a 126-113 win on Monday night over the short-handed Cleveland Cavaliers, who dressed only nine players and used just seven.
Donovan Mitchell had 19 points and nine rebounds, and the Jazz made 20 3-pointers while staying in the fifth playoff spot out West.
Collin Sexton scored a career-high 32 points and Kevin Love scored 22 for Cleveland, which dropped to 3-4 under coach J.B. Bickerstaff.
Knicks hold on to end Rockets' 6-game win streak, 125-123
The AP reports: NEW YORK -- The small-ball Rockets had big problems in New York.
The Knicks bullied them on the backboards and pummeled them in the paint, making an impressive first impression on their new team president.
Rookie guard RJ Barrett tied his season high with 27 points and the Knicks held on for a 125-123 victory on Monday night, snapping Houston's six-game winning streak... Julius Randle added 16 points and 16 rebounds for the Knicks, who held on after building a 21-point lead in front of Leon Rose, the longtime player agent who was hired Monday as team president.
McCollum, Trent help Blazers rout Magic 130-107
The AP reports: ORLANDO, Fla. -- CJ McCollum scored 41 points and Gary Trent Jr. added 24 to help the Portland Trail Blazers run away from the Orlando Magic 130-107 on Monday night.
Hassan Whiteside had 16 points and 13 rebounds and Trevor Ariza scored 11 as the Blazers ended a 3-game losing streak by outscoring Orlando 38-19 in the final period.
Nikola Vucevic led Orlando with 30 points and 11 rebounds. Terrence Ross scored 23 points, but the Magic struggled offensively in the final period, hitting just six of 21 shots. The 130 points tied a season-high for points allowed by the Magic.
Dieng leads 9 scorers in double figures, Memphis routs Hawks
The AP reports: ATLANTA -- Gorgui Dieng had 17 points and 10 rebounds, leading nine Memphis scorers in double figures, and the Grizzlies pulled away in the second half for a 127-88 win over the cold-shooting Atlanta Hawks on Monday night.
Memphis, trying to protect its No. 8 spot in the Western Conference playoff field, has won two straight following five consecutive losses... Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 15 rebounds for the Grizzlies. Josh Jackson had 15 points and Ja Morant scored 13.
White scores 19 as Bulls hold off Doncic, Mavericks 109-107
The AP reports: CHICAGO -- Coby White scored 19 points, Otto Porter Jr. added 18 in his return from a broken left foot and the Chicago Bulls hung on to beat the Dallas Mavericks 109-107 Monday night when Luka Doncic's desperation heave bounced off the rim.
Denzel Valentine added a season-high 17 points and the Bulls won for just the second time in 12 games even though leading scorer Zach LaVine sat out with a strained left quadriceps... Tim Hardaway Jr. led Dallas with 26 points.
Brogdon scores 26, Pacers forced to rally late to beat Spurs
The AP reports: SAN ANTONIO -- Indiana found its bearing in the paint after losing its composure late against San Antonio.
Malcolm Brogdon scored 26 points, T.J. Warren added 23 and the Pacers rallied to beat the Spurs 116-111 on Monday night after blowing a 15-point lead... Patty Mills scored 24 points to lead San Antonio and Trey Lyles added 20. The Spurs, who have lost eight of 11, dropped four games behind the Memphis Grizzlies for eighth place in the West.
NBA DAILY FOR MONDAY, MARCH 2, 2020
James' triple-double lifts Lakers past Pelicans, 122-114
The AP reports: NEW ORLEANS -- LeBron James keeps finding ways to assert his supremacy over the upstart New Orleans Pelicans and rookie sensation Zion Williamson - with or without the help of fellow Lakers All-Star Anthony Davis.
James had 34 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds, and Los Angeles overcame both Davis' absence and Williamson's highest-scoring game to beat New Orleans 122-114 on Sunday night... Williamson finished with 35 points, but his largely productive and highlight-filled night was marred somewhat by six turnovers.
Antetokounmpo's 41 points lift Bucks past Hornets 93-85
The AP reports: CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Giannis Antetokounmpo caught the ball on the baseline with 2:39 left in the game, turned and faded away to bury a 9-foot jumper over the outstretched hands of Miles Bridges.
Bridges shook his head in disbelief as he ran back down the court, knowing there was nothing more he could have done to prevent the reigning MVP from scoring... Antetokounmpo had plenty of pep in his step, scoring 41 points - including the last nine for his team - to go along with 20 rebounds and six assists and helping the Milwaukee Bucks to their sixth straight win, 93-85 over the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday.
Leonard scores 30, Clippers beat 76ers to win 4th straight
The AP reports: LOS ANGELES -- Doc Rivers was thankful to have his full roster against the Philadelphia 76ers. Otherwise, he didn't think his Los Angeles Clippers would be able to prevail in a game that turned out to be a track meet.
The Clippers had four players score at least 24 points for only the second time in franchise history and extended their winning streak to four with a 136-130 victory Sunday... Kawhi Leonard led the way with 30 points and Paul George added 24. Reserves Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams also had 24 points as Los Angeles shot 59.2% from the floor.
Porzingis scores 38; Mavs beat Wolves 111-91 without Doncic
The AP reports: MINNEAPOLIS -- Being without All-Star guard Luka Doncic for 13 games this season, the Dallas Mavericks have discovered how to stay successful without their leading scorer and assist man.
Lean on Kristaps Porzingis.
Porzingis tied a season high with 38 points, Seth Curry scored 27 and Dallas rolled to a 111-91 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday afternoon with Doncic sitting out with a left thumb sprain.
Porzingis added 13 rebounds and five assists, while also connecting on a career high-tying six 3-pointers.
Jokic's triple-double leads Nuggets over Raptors, 133-118
The AP reports: DENVER -- A lackluster effort in Los Angeles prompted Will Barton to challenge his Denver teammates after their worst loss of the season.
The veteran's words hit home and the Nuggets responded with one of their best outings.
Nikola Jokic had 23 points, 18 rebounds and 11 assists for his 12th triple-double of the season to lead Denver over the short-handed Toronto Raptors, 133-118 on Sunday night.
The Nuggets tied a season high with 38 assists, doubling their total from their 29-point loss to the Clippers on Friday night.
Kings rally from quick 17-point hole, beat Pistons 106-100
The AP reports: SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento's second unit got the Kings going after a sluggish start put them down by 17 points right out of the gate.
De'Aaron Fox, still bothered by a lingering abdominal injury, provided an equally big lift down the stretch.
Fox scored 11 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and the Kings rallied to beat the Detroit Pistons 106-100 on Sunday for their fifth straight home victory.
Beal continues scoring barrage with 34 points as Wizards win
The AP reports: SAN FRANCISCO -- Bradley Beal takes heat for his defense. He scores big, though Washington doesn't always win when he does. He got left off the All-Star team.
Right now, Beal is on an offensive tear that makes him seem downright unstoppable. And he's not thinking about any of those negatives, focused on having fun - and winning, of course.
Beal had 34 points, eight assists and a season-best five steals, and the Wizards won on the Golden State Warriors' home court for the first time in six years with a 124-110 victory Sunday night.
NBA DAILY FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 1, 2020
Morant has 27 points, 14 assists as Grizzlies defeat Lakers
The AP reports: MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Memphis Grizzlies snapped their five-game losing streak by beating the team they could face in the playoffs if they hold on to the last spot in the Western Conference.
Rookie Ja Morant had 27 points and matched his season high with 14 assists, and the Grizzlies beat the Los Angeles Lakers 105-88 on Saturday night... Dillon Brooks added 24 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 22 points and 20 rebounds as the Grizzlies helped their chances of keeping the eighth spot in the West... LeBron James had 19 points and 10 assists, while Anthony Davis finished with 15 points and nine rebounds as Los Angeles lost for only the second time in February.
Robinson, Randle lead Knicks past Bulls, 125-115
The AP reports: NEW YORK -- With 20 games remaining in another lost season, there's little for the New York Knicks to look forward to except the development of some young players.
Some of them played key roles Saturday as the Knicks snapped a six-game losing streak.
Reserve second-year player Mitchell Robinson had a career-high 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, 2019 first-round pick RJ Barrett scored 17 of his 19 points in the first half, and the Knicks beat the Chicago Bulls 125-115.
Young, Collins lead resurgent Hawks past Trail Blazers
The AP reports: ATLANTA -- Coach Lloyd Pierce has always known that part of the Atlanta Hawks' problem shooting 3-pointers is a lack of ball movement... Trae Young had 25 points and 15 assists, John Collins added 24 points and 10 rebounds and the Hawks beat the Portland Trail Blazers 129-117 on Saturday night for their second straight victory... CJ McCollum finished with 35 points and Hassan Whiteside had 21 points and 13 rebounds for the Trail Blazers.
Dragic helps Heat hold on for 116-113 victory over Nets
The AP reports: MIAMI -- A disappointing month for the Miami Heat ended with positive results.
Goran Dragic scored 19 points and knocked down a key shot late that helped the Miami Heat hold on for a 116-113 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night... Kendrick Nunn scored 21 points and Bam Adebayo had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Heat, who won consecutive games for the first time since Feb. 1-3.
Warren, Brogdon lead Pacers past Cavaliers, 113-104
The AP reports: CLEVELAND -- The Indiana Pacers aren't big on headlines and highlight reels.
The Pacers showed off their specialty- winning plays down the stretch - in a 113-104 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night
T.J. Warren scored 30 points, Malcolm Brogdon hit the go-ahead basket midway through the fourth quarter in a game that was tied 15 times and had 12 lead changes.
Westbrook scores 41, Rockets beat Celtics 111-110 in OT
The AP reports: BOSTON -- The Boston Celtics managed to shut down the NBA's leading scorer for most of the second half and overtime.
Just one problem.
“We had a lot of attention on James Harden." Celtics guard Jaylen Brown said, "and we forgot about the other MVP over there.”
Russell Westbrook scored 41 points and Harden had 21, including a pair of free throws with 25 seconds left in overtime to give the Houston Rockets a 111-110 victory on Saturday night.
Spurs overcome shaky finish to beat Magic, 114-113
The AP reports: SAN ANTONIO -- Relying on 6-foot guard Patty Mills to be a rim protector and salvage a victory isn’t the best strategy, but the San Antonio Spurs will happily accept any win as they fight for an NBA-record 23rd straight postseason appearance.
Trey Lyles had 20 points and the Spurs overcame a shaky fourth quarter to beat Orlando 114-113 on Saturday night, snapping the Magic’s three-game winning streak.
Warriors snap 8-game skid, beating Suns 115-99
The AP reports: PHOENIX -- The Golden State Warriors came into Saturday night's game with eight healthy players, zero true point guards and an eight-game losing streak that had lasted for nearly the entire month of February.
Yet somehow, the team with the worst record in the NBA left Phoenix with a 115-99 victory... Eric Paschall led the Warriors with 25 points on 10 of 16 shooting from the field. Damion Lee added 20.
NBA DAILY FOR SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2020
Giannis Antetokounmpo helps Bucks rout Thunder, 133-86
The AP reports: MILWAUKEE -- Giannis Antetokounmpo and the NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks made quick work of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Antetokounmpo had 32 points and 13 rebounds and Milwaukee surged to a 24-point lead in the second quarter in a 133-86 victory Friday night. The 47-point margin was the Bucks' largest of the season - and the Thunder's worst of the season... Chris Paul scored 18 points for Oklahoma City.
Ross, Gordon lead Magic over Timberwolves 136-125
The AP reports: ORLANDO, Fla. -- Aaron Gordon recorded his first career-triple double and was proudest of his assist total.
Terrence Ross scored 19 of his season-high 33 points in the fourth quarter and Gordon finished with 17 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists, leading the Orlando Magic to a 136-125 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.
Gordon is averaging more than 21 points and 10 rebounds over the Magic's recent six-game surge. This time, he felt best about his career high in assists.
Collins, Reddish power Hawks' offense in win over Nets
The AP reports: ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks have been the NBA's worst 3-point shooters this season, so rookie Cam Reddish was pleased to be a big part of a one-night reprieve.
"We've all been putting in a ton of work in practice, extra work on our jump shots and defense," Reddish said, "but to see our shots go down today was a great feeling."
John Collins had 33 points and 13 rebounds, Reddish scored 17 of his career-high 26 points in the third quarter, and the Hawks handed the Brooklyn Nets their third straight loss with a 141-118 victory Friday night.
Rozier hits tiebreaking FT, Hornets beat Raptors 99-96
The AP reports: TORONTO -- For the first time in more than two months, the Toronto Raptors are on a losing streak.
Terry Rozier hit a tiebreaking free throw with 2.1 seconds remaining and the Charlotte Hornets beat Toronto 99-96 on Friday night, handing the Raptors their second consecutive loss and just their third in 20 games.
Bismack Biyombo had 13 points and 11 rebounds against his former team, and Devonte Graham scored nine of his 18 in the fourth quarter as the Hornets won their second straight and beat short-handed Toronto for the third time in 10 meetings.
Ingram, Williamson lead Pelicans past Cavaliers 116-104
The AP reports: NEW ORLEANS -- Lonzo Ball launched a long two-handed chest pass from one foul line to the other, where Zion Williamson caught it in stride above his head, took a step and dunked with two hands.
That play, less than three minutes into Friday night's contest against the Cleveland Cavaliers, seemed to symbolize the Pelicans' playoff push being kicked into high gear.
Brandon Ingram scored 29 points, Williamson added 24, and New Orleans defeated Cleveland 116-104 on Friday night.
Heat spoil Doncic's 21st birthday, top Mavericks 126-118
The AP reports: MIAMI -- Luka Doncic turned 21 on Friday, and the Miami Heat were determined not to give him and the Dallas Mavericks a gift-wrapped victory.
So after wasting another lead, the Heat found a way to rally.
Jimmy Butler scored 26 points, Duncan Robinson added 24 and the Heat scored the first 13 points of the fourth quarter to spark a 126-118 win over the Mavericks.
De'Aaron Fox scores 25 points, Kings beat Grizzlies 104-101
The AP reports: MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- De’Aaron Fox didn’t decide until shortly before game time that he would play against the Memphis Grizzlies. His appearance moved the Sacramento Kings closer to the playoffs.
Fox, who sat out Thursday’s loss at Oklahoma City with lower right abdominal tightness, scored 25 points, including 16 after halftime, and the Kings beat Memphis 104-101 on Friday night.
Harry Giles III added 16 for the Kings, who moved within three games of Memphis, handing the Grizzlies their fifth straight loss. Meanwhile, New Orleans, which beat Cleveland on Friday night, is within two games of Memphis for eighth place in the West.
Pistons snap 7-game skid by beating Suns 113-111
The AP reports: PHOENIX -- It's been a lost season for the Detroit Pistons, who struggled through the first half of the schedule, dealt star center Andre Drummond at the trade deadline and have spent the past few weeks stuck in a losing streak that reached seven games.
Through it all, veteran guard Derrick Rose keeps playing with passion.
The 31-year-old and the Pistons were finally rewarded for that perseverance on Friday night when Rose equaled a season high with 31 points in a 113-111 win over the Phoenix Suns.
Jazz snap 4-game skid with 129-119 win over Wizards
The AP reports: SALT LAKE CITY -- Donovan Mitchell forgot all about his streak of missed shots because he was focused on winning.
After missing eight straight shots, Mitchell scored 10 points of his 30 points in an 82-second span of the fourth quarter, and the Utah Jazz snapped a four-game losing streak with a 129-119 win over the Washington Wizards on Friday night... Bradley Beal maintained his torrid scoring for Washington, finishing with 42 points, 10 assists and five rebounds. Beal has scored an average of 45 points over the last four games, but the Wizards have dropped four of five. Thomas Bryant scored 16 and Rui Hachimura had 15 for Washington.
George, Leonard lead LA Clippers' 132-103 rout of Nuggets
The AP reports: LOS ANGELES -- Paul George hit six 3-pointers while scoring 24 points, Kawhi Leonard added 19 points and the Los Angeles Clippers routed the Denver Nuggets 132-103 Friday night in a meeting of Western Conference powers.
Montrezl Harrell had 18 points and 10 rebounds while Lou Williams scored 17 points and hit five 3-pointers in the third consecutive win for the Clippers. LA evened the teams' season series while sending the Northwest Division-leading Nuggets to their worst loss of the season.
NBA DAILY FOR FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2020
Gallinari scores 24, Thunder rally from 19 down to top Kings
The AP reports: OKLAHOMA CITY -- Danilo Gallinari scored 24 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied from 19 points down in the third quarter to beat the Sacramento Kings 112-108 on Thursday night.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 20 points and Chris Paul added 17 for the Thunder, who have won five straight and 14 of 17.
Harrison Barnes scored 21 points and Harry Giles added a season-high 19 for the Kings, who had won three in a row. De'Aaron Fox, the Kings' No. 2 scorer, sat out with lower abdominal muscle tightness.
Minus Embiid and Simmons, Harris leads 76ers past Knicks
The AP reports: PHILADELPHIA -- Tobias Harris’ performance had the 76ers feeling good during the game, and the doctor’s report on Joel Embiid afterward had them feeling even better.
Harris scored 34 points to lead short-handed Philadelphia to a 115-106 victory over the New York Knicks on Thursday night.
The 76ers played without injured All-Stars Embiid and Ben Simmons... Shake Milton scored 19 points and Al Horford added 15 for the 76ers, who improved to their NBA-best home record to 28-2.
Sabonis scores 20 points, Pacers beat Trail Blazers, 106-100
The AP reports: INDIANAPOLIS -- The Pacers are preparing for a playoff run with a starting five that's barely played together this season.
Domantas Sabonis had 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead Indiana to a 106-100 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night.
Malcolm Brogdon had 17 points, eight assists and six rebounds while T.J. Warren and Victor Oladipo scored 15 points each for the Pacers, who have won four of their last five. Oladipo was playing in his ninth game of the season... Damian Lillard missed a fourth straight game with a right groin strain.
Lakers at Warriors
The Warriors are playing without Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins. And Draymond Green got himself ejected early. The Lakers are without LeBron James. Results later.
NBA DAILY FOR THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2020
Westbrook scores 33 as Rockets rout Grizzlies 140-112
The AP reports: HOUSTON -- On a night when the Houston Rockets scored 140 points, all anyone wanted to talk about was their defense.
Russell Westbrook and James Harden combined for 63 points as the Rockets sailed to their fifth straight win, 140-112 over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.
Harden piled up 30 points without playing in the fourth quarter and Westbrook, who had 33, sat down for good with about six minutes left. The duo had 46 points by halftime as Houston built a 73-47 lead... Dillon Brooks had 22 points for the Grizzlies, who finished 0-4 on their longest road trip of the season.
Joel Embiid sprains shoulder, Sixers lose to Cavs 108-94
The AP reports: CLEVELAND -- The Philadelphia 76ers suddenly have a lot more to worry about than their poor road record or playoff seeding.
Their star players are getting hurt.
Joel Embiid left Wednesday night's 108-94 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers with a sprained left shoulder in the first quarter and didn't return. The All-Star center scored three points in 8 minutes.
The 76ers, already playing without All-Star guard Ben Simmons, never led against the team with the worst record in the Eastern Conference and fell to 9-21 on the road.
Jerome Robinson's late 3-pointer lifts Wizards past Nets 110-106
The AP reports: WASHINGTON -- The Brooklyn Nets didn't want Bradley Beal to beat them with the game on the line Wednesday night.
Beal was happy to let Jerome Robinson take care of it.
Robinson's 3-pointer - off an assist from Beal - with 8.4 seconds left lifted the Washington Wizards to a 110-106 win over the Nets, snapping a three-game losing streak... After consecutive games of 53 and 55 points, Beal led the Wizards with 30 points, including 17 in the fourth quarter, but didn't hesitate to set up Robinson, who the Wizards acquired from the Clippers on Feb. 6.
Graham returns, Hornets topple Knicks 107-101
The AP reports: CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Hornets coach James Borrego wants Devonte Graham to finish his second NBA season strong, rather than limping down the stretch.
That's why Borrego gave Graham the night off Tuesday, in hopes that he would benefit from extra rest - physically and emotionally - during a season in which he ranks in the top 10 in the NBA in minutes played and has been a focal point of the offense.
Terry Rozier scored 26 points, Graham responded after his night off by scoring 21 points and Charlotte handed the New York Knicks their fifth straight loss 107-101 on Wednesday night. P.J. Washington and Bismack Biyombo each scored 12 points for the Hornets.
Fournier scores 28, Gordon 25 as Magic beat Hawks 130-120
The AP reports: ATLANTA -- The Orlando Magic are hardly a championship contender.
They're not even a .500 team.
No wonder they're relishing the chance to be part of a playoff race.
Evan Fournier scored 28 points, Aaron Gordon added 25 and the Magic pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 130-120 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.
Timberwolves rally late, shock Heat 129-126
The AP reports: MIAMI -- The Miami Heat get leads. They just can't hold them.
And this time, the Minnesota Timberwolves were the beneficiaries of another late-game collapse.
Jordan McLaughlin's layup with just under nine seconds left put Minnesota ahead for good, D'Angelo Russell led all scorers with 27 points and the Timberwolves added to Miami beat the Heat 129-126 on Wednesday night... Malik Beasley scored 21 points, Juancho Hernangomez tied a season-high with 17 and McLaughlin added 13 for Minnesota.
Doncic, Porzingis power Mavericks by slumping Spurs, 109-103
The AP reports: SAN ANTONIO -- The Dallas Mavericks were not rattled when a disastrous start to the fourth quarter threatened to dismantle a game they thoroughly dominated to that point.
Having Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis on offense tends to ease such tension.
Doncic had 26 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds, and Porzingis added 28 points and 12 rebounds as Dallas powered past the San Antonio Spurs 109-103 on Wednesday night.
Doncic had his 13th triple-double of the season, giving him 21 for his career to tie Jason Kidd for Dallas' franchise record.
Leonard scores 24 points, Clippers top Suns 102-92
The AP reports: PHOENIX -- Reggie Jackson's 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter gave the Los Angeles Clippers a double-digit lead. Teammate Marcus Morris hit another 3 with 45 seconds left that helped fend off a final Phoenix rally and secure the win.
The two newest Clippers had big moments in their team's 102-92 victory over the Suns on Wednesday night. As the games get more important heading into the final months, Clippers coach Doc Rivers says it won't be the last time they're needed... Kawhi Leonard led the Clippers with 24 points and 14 rebounds while Morris finished with 18. Jackson had 12 points off the bench and made 4 of 6 shots, including 2 of 4 from 3-point range.
Celtics beat Jazz 114-103 to hand Utah 4th straight loss
The AP reports: SALT LAKE CITY -- Jayson Tatum took over the game when Boston needed his offense. Then his teammates finished the job in the fourth quarter.
Tatum had 33 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Celtics over the skidding Utah Jazz 114-103 on Wednesday night.
He matched Donovan Mitchell shot for shot during the second quarter after Mitchell sparked the Jazz offense. The two third-year players combined for 16 baskets and 38 points over that 12-minute stretch.
NBA DAILY FOR WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2020
Sabonis scores 21 points to lead Pacers over Hornets, 119-80
The AP reports: INDIANAPOLIS -- Domantas Sabonis and the Indiana Pacers took control early before blowing out the Charlotte Hornets.
"We just wanted to come in and set a tone early," Sabonis said after Indiana's 119-80 victory on Tuesday night. "From the first possession, we just made them feel us. The second unit followed in. It just went smoothly. Every night is a completely different game. You've got to just keep playing."
Sabonis had 21 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists. T.J. Warren scored 15 of his 19 points in the first half and Justin Holiday had 16 points off the bench for the short-handed Pacers (34-24), who bounced back from a blowout in Toronto for a third win in four games.
Antetokounmpo leads Bucks by Raptors in East finals rematch
The AP reports: TORONTO -- Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks took down Toronto, wiping away some of the bad memories from a painful trip north of the border in last year’s playoffs.
Antetokounmpo had 19 points and 19 rebounds, Khris Middleton scored 22 points and the Bucks beat the Raptors 108-97 on Tuesday night in a matchup between the top teams in the Eastern Conference.
Eric Bledsoe scored 17 points and Brook Lopez had 15 as the NBA-leading Bucks won their fourth straight and 18th of 20. Milwaukee (50-8) was playing the second game of a back-to-back after winning in overtime at Washington Monday.
Schroder helps Thunder top Bulls 124-122
The AP reports: CHICAGO -- When it comes to close games on the road, the Oklahoma City Thunder like their chances.
It helps to have a pair of guards like Chris Paul and Dennis Schroder.
Schroder scored 21 points and made a huge defensive play in the fourth quarter, helping the Thunder top the Chicago Bulls 124-122 on Tuesday night for their fourth consecutive win.
Oklahoma City (36-22) blew a 24-point lead but recovered in time to earn its ninth straight victory on the road, breaking a Thunder record. Danilo Gallinari scored 24 points, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Paul finished with 19 points and nine assists.
Grant scores career-best 29, Nuggets beat Pistons 115-98
The AP reports: DENVER -- Nikola Jokic could hardly recall the last time the Denver Nuggets were at full strength.
Now that they are healthy again, he instantly remembered just what a force they can be.
Jerami Grant scored a career-high 29 points and Jokic had a season-best four steals to help the healed-up Nuggets beat the Detroit Pistons 115-98 on Tuesday night.
LeBron's 40 bests Zion, sends Lakers past Pelicans 118-109
The AP reports: LOS ANGELES -- LeBron James sees a long, prosperous future ahead of Zion Williamson and the up-tempo New Orleans Pelicans.
In the immediate present, James and Anthony Davis are a whole lot closer to basketball's ultimate goal, as they proved in their first meeting with their fellow No. 1 overall draft pick.
James had 40 points and eight rebounds in his first career meeting with Williamson while leading the Los Angeles Lakers to their sixth straight victory, 118-109 over New Orleans on Tuesday night.
Williamson had 29 points and six rebounds in his first showdown with James and Davis, his predecessor as the Pelicans' centerpiece.
Tatum has 36, Celtics down Trail Blazers 118-106
The AP reports: PORTLAND, Ore. -- Jayson Tatum's 3-point practice showed against the Trail Blazers.
Tatum had 36 points, including a career-high eight 3-pointers, and the Boston Celtics beat Portland 118-106 on Tuesday night.
"That's a shot I've been working on a lot," Tatum said. “When those guys are coming at you at 7 feet it makes it tougher. Sometimes it goes in, sometimes they block it.”
Jaylen Brown added 24 points for the Celtics, who sit in third in the Eastern Conference behind the first-place Milwaukee Bucks and the Toronto Raptors.
Kings send Warriors to 7th straight home loss, 112-94
The AP reports: SAN FRANCISCO -- The Sacramento Kings came out of the All-Star break knowing they had little margin for error if they wanted to make a playoff push.
Three straight wins to begin the stretch run has them creeping back into contention.
Harrison Barnes and De'Aaron Fox each scored 21 points and the Kings beat the Golden State Warriors 112-94 on Tuesday night for their ninth win in the past 13 games.
NBA DAILY FOR TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2020
Embiid scores career-high 49, 76ers beat Hawks 129-112
The AP reports: PHILADELPHIA -- Joel Embiid sank a 3-pointer for a career-high 49 points, flashed a big smile, cupped his ear to get the crowd screaming even louder and did a little dance.
When the Big Man is having fun, he's almost impossible to stop.
Embiid also grabbed 14 rebounds, Tobias Harris had 25 points and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Atlanta Hawks 129-112 on Monday night.
Missing All-Star Ben Simmons for the second time in three games because of a back injury, the Sixers mixed up their starting lineup and got 15 points from Furkan Korkmaz in a reserve role.
Porter leads Cavs to comeback win over Heat, 125-119 in OT
The AP reports: CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Cavaliers turned what looked like another lopsided loss into a stunning win Monday night.
Rookie swingman Kevin Porter Jr. scored a season-high 30 points, including the go-ahead basket in overtime, and Cleveland rallied from a 22-point deficit for a 125-119 victory over the Miami Heat.
Porter was 9 of 18 from the field and hit four 3-pointers in his 41 minutes on the floor.
Middleton leads Bucks past pesky Wizards 137-134 in OT
The AP reports: WASHINGTON -- Khris Middleton scored Milwaukee's final nine points and the the Bucks beat Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards 137-134 in overtime on Monday night.
Middleton, who finished with 40 points, hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 30.2 seconds left to five the Bucks a 135-132 lead.
After Beal made two free throws, Middleton was fouled with 7.8 seconds left and made both attempts from the line to make it 137-134 and Troy Brown, Jr.'s 3-pointer rimmed out at the buzzer.
Beal, one night after scoring a then-career high 53 points in a loss at Chicago, topped it with a 55-point effort that included 22 points in the fourth quarter and seven more in overtime.
Magic rally to beat Nets 115-113, move closer to 7th place
The AP reports: NEW YORK -- The Orlando Magic were way down and in danger of falling further behind in the race for seventh place in the Eastern Conference.
They turned things around with their biggest comeback of the season and hope it shows they have plenty of fight left for the final stretch.
Aaron Gordon had 27 points, 10 rebounds and a big blocked shot in the final seconds, helping the Magic rally for a 115-113 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night.
Harden's 37 points leads Rockets over Knicks 123-112
The AP reports: HOUSTON -- For James Harden, it wasn't a choice.
He had to be at Kobe and Gianna Bryant's memorial service in Los Angeles on Monday even though his Houston Rockets had a game that night... Harden, Russell Westbrook and P.J. Tucker arrived at the arena about 70 minutes before tip-off after attending the memorial service.
Harden scored 37 points, and the Rockets beat the New York Knicks 123-112 for their fourth straight victory.
Hardaway scores 23 to lead Mavs past Timberwolves 139-123
The AP reports: DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks shook off one of their most frustrating losses of the season with one of their most impressive offensive performances.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 23 points to lead seven Mavericks in double figures, and Dallas never trailed in a 139-123 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.
Dallas scored 81 points before halftime, its biggest half of the season, to help erase the sting of a controversial 111-107 loss Saturday in Atlanta that the team is appealing. The Mavericks improved to 18-5 following a loss.
Luka Doncic added 20 points and could have found his way to another triple-double, but the Mavericks were able to rest most of their starters in the fourth quarter.
Rubio leads Suns over Jazz in his return to Utah
The AP reports: SALT LAKE CITY -- Ricky Rubio always felt comfortable in Utah and hated to leave. He made sure his return was noticed.
Rubio had 22 points, 11 assists and seven steals to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 131-111 victory over the reeling Jazz on Monday night... Devin Booker had 24 points and a season-high 10 assists, Kelly Oubre scored 18 while Deandre Ayton added 16 for the Suns... Donovan Mitchell scored 38 points and Bojan Bogdanovic added 16 for Utah.
Clippers snap 3-game skid with 124-97 rout of Grizzlies
The AP reports: LOS ANGELES -- Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers served notice on Monday night just how dominant they can be with a healthy roster.
Leonard scored 25 points in three quarters as the Clippers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 124-97 rout of the Memphis Grizzlies.
Montrezl Harrell had 22 points for Los Angeles, which led throughout and was up by 35 early in the second quarter... The Clippers were buoyed by the return of Paul George and Patrick Beverley.
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LeBron's clutch jumper sends Lakers past Celtics 114-112
The AP reports: LOS ANGELES -- Although LeBron James is still relatively new to the Los Angeles Lakers' rivalry with the Boston Celtics, he relishes the chance to participate in the history and passion behind this series.
When James had the chance Sunday to make another significant mark in this chapter of NBA history, he stepped back and did it with pleasure.
James scored 29 points and put the Lakers ahead on a fallaway jumper with 30 seconds to play, and Los Angeles split its season series with Boston in a 114-112 victory.
James also had nine assists and eight rebounds in another superb all-around game. He missed a tying free throw moments before he coolly nailed the turnaround shot over Jayson Tatum to put the Lakers ahead to stay in their fifth straight win overall.
Millsap has 25 points as Nuggets beat Timberwolves, 128-116
The AP reports: DENVER -- Paul Millsap followed one of his worst games of the season with his best, thanks to extra film sessions.
Millsap scored a season-high 25 points on 9-of-11 shooting, and the Nuggets bounced back from their first loss in the Northwest Division to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 128-116 on Sunday night.
Millsap had just two points in a 113-101 loss at Oklahoma City on Friday night but made a quick recovery. He hit his first six shots before missing with 54 seconds left in the first half... Nikola Jokic was nearly as sharp, making all six of his shots in the first half and going 11 of 14 from the field. He finished with 24 points and Jamal Murray had 19 on his 23rd birthday.
Raptors roll to their biggest win ever, beat Pacers 127-81
The AP reports: TORONTO -- Kyle Lowry and the surging Toronto Raptors tuned up for their showdown with Milwaukee by pounding the Indiana Pacers.
Lowry had 16 points and 11 assists, extending his career-best streak of double-doubles to six, and Toronto hammered Indiana 127-81 on Sunday, the most lopsided victory in Raptors history.
Pascal Siakam scored 21 points and Serge Ibaka had 15 points and a season-high 15 rebounds as Toronto led from wire-to-wire and posted its 13th straight home win over the Pacers. The Raptors won for the 17th time in 18 games and extended their home winning streak to nine.
White has 33 again, Bulls beat Wizards despite Beal's 53
The AP reports: CHICAGO -- Coby White is taking his game to new levels - and reaching some rarified Air.
White scored 33 points to join Michael Jordan as the only Bulls rookies with 30 or more in consecutive games, and Chicago overcame Bradley Beal's career-high 53 to snap an eight-game losing streak with a 126-117 victory over the Washington Wizards on Sunday.
Zach LaVine added 32 points and broke the franchise record for 3-pointers in a season.
Gilgeous-Alexander, Adams lead Thunder past Spurs
The AP reports: OKLAHOMA CITY -- San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was surly, even by his standards, during his postgame media session.
It was easy to see why.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 22 points and 13 rebounds, Steven Adams added 21 points and 14 rebounds and the Oklahoma City Thunder rolled past the Spurs 131-103. It was Oklahoma City's largest victory margin ever against San Antonio... Luguentz Dort, a rookie who is on a two-way contract, scored 15 points on 6-for-6 shooting for Oklahoma City. Chris Paul added 12 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds to help the Thunder win for the 12th time in 15 games.
Holiday, Williamson keep Pelicans rolling in 115-101 win
The AP reports: SAN FRANCISCO -- Zion Williamson has been a dominant force on the court for New Orleans since making his NBA debut a month ago. Against Golden State, the heralded rookie made his biggest impact in the locker room with a halftime speech that provided the Pelicans with the boost they needed.
Williamson had 28 points and seven rebounds, Jrue Holiday scored 11 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and New Orleans pulled away late to beat the Golden State Warriors 115-101 on Sunday... It's Williamson's eighth consecutive game with 20 or more points, the longest stretch by a rookie in the NBA this season. He was 13 of 20 and made his first 3-pointer since his NBA debut on Jan. 22.
McCollum, Anthony carry Blazers past Pistons, 107-104
The AP reports: PORTLAND, Ore. -- With All-Star guard Damian Lillard nursing a groin strain, the Portland Trail Blazers got big games from CJ McCollum and Carmelo Anthony.
McCollum had 41 points, a career-high 12 assists and nine rebounds, Anthony scored a season-high 32 points and the Portland Trail Blazers rallied to beat the Detroit Pistons 107-104 on Sunday night... Reserve big man Christian Wood had 26 points and nine rebounds for Detroit. The Pistons' bench accounted for 70 points.