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NBA DAILY FOR SATURDAY, FEB. 25, 2017
Recap of Friday's NBA games
Pacers beat Grizzlies 102-92 to end six-game skid
The AP reports: INDIANAPOLIS - Paul George noticed the noise, even before perhaps the loudest ovation he's received all season during player introductions.
The Pacers kept him at the trade deadline and fans made it clear that was the result they wanted... CJ Miles made five 3-pointers and scored 17 points, George had nine points and nine rebounds, and the Pacers snapped a six-game losing streak with a 102-92 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night... Monta Ellis finished with 16 points, Myles Turner scored 12, and Lavoy Allen, Jeff Teague and Thaddeus Young each added 10 for the Pacers.
Covington, Saric lead Sixers to 120-112 win over Wizards
The AP reports: PHILADELPHIA - Richaun Holmes was the forgotten big man until now.
Holmes had 12 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks to help the depleted Philadelphia 76ers beat the Washington Wizards 120-112 on Friday night.
Robert Covington had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and Dario Saric added 20 points and 11 boards as the Sixers stopped the streaking Wizards, who won 15 of 17 before the All-Star break.
Tyler Johnson leads resurgent Heat past Hawks, 108-90
The AP reports: ATLANTA - Tyler Johnson looked past his team-leading points on a stat sheet which told the story of Miami's productive night.
Johnson scored 23 points and the resurgent Heat helped add new life to their playoff hopes by beating the Atlanta Hawks 108-90 on Friday night.
Johnson found good news everywhere in the statistics.
Dion Waiters had 14 points and 10 assists. Hassan Whiteside had 10 rebounds. Six players scored in double figures. The Heat set a season high by making 17 3-pointers.
Wade, Butler lead Bulls over Suns 128-121 in overtime
The AP reports: CHICAGO - To Dwyane Wade, it felt like an otherworldly experience.
There he was showing some of his old explosiveness as he drove past Eric Bledsoe for a thunderous right-handed dunk over a rotating Alex Len, an emphatic exclamation mark on a wild overtime victory for the Chicago Bulls.
"It was an out of body experience," he said.
Wade scored 23 points, Jimmy Butler added 22 and the Bulls rallied to beat the Phoenix Suns 128-121 in overtime Friday night.
Devin Booker scored 27 points for Phoenix, but missed a chance to win it in regulation after Wade fouled him on a 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds left. Booker hit the first two free throws to tie it, then missed the third.
Hayward, Jazz take charge in lane to beat Bucks 109-95
The AP reports: MILWAUKEE - A thunderous dunk by Gordon Hayward seemed to wake the Utah Jazz out of an early slumber.
Hayward drove the baseline around fellow All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo for the momentum-changing bucket with 8:07 left in the first quarter that snapped an 11-3 run by the Milwaukee Bucks to start the game on Friday night.
Utah controlled the paint and the game from that point for a 109-95 victory, with Hayward leading the way with 29 points... There were more easy baskets for the Jazz in their first game back from the break. Derrick Favors added 19 points, while center Rudy Gobert had 15 points and 16 rebounds.
Towns, Wiggins help Wolves beat Mavericks 97-84
The AP reports: MINNESOTA - For a guy who spent the week engulfed in trade rumors, Ricky Rubio looked right at home in Minnesota.
No time to worry about speculation. The Timberwolves need him and the rest of their young core if they're going to make a playoff push.
Karl-Anthony Towns had 26 points and 18 rebounds, and Andrew Wiggins scored 27 points to help the Timberwolves beat the Dallas Mavericks 97-84 on Friday night.
Rubio added 13 points and 14 assists a day after the Timberwolves declined an opportunity to trade him to the New York Knicks for Derrick Rose.
Westbrook's triple-double leads Thunder past Lakers, 110-93
The AP reports: OKC - Russell Westbrook connected with his new teammates immediately.
Westbrook scored 17 points in his 28th triple-double of the season, and the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 110-93 on Friday night.
It was the first game in a Thunder uniform for Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott, acquired Thursday in a trade with the Chicago Bulls. Gibson scored 12 points and McDermott added eight, even though they arrived Thursday night and weren't even available for shootaround on Friday... Westbrook also had 18 rebounds and 17 assists for the 65th triple-double of his career.
DeRozan has career-high 43, Raptors beat Celtics 107-97
The AP reports: TORONTO - New talent helped the Toronto Raptors, though a familiar face pushed them over the finish line.
Fresh off starting in last weekend's All-Star Game, and with Kyle Lowry out with a right wrist injury, DeMar DeRozan scored a career-high 43 points to lead Toronto back from a 17-point deficit to a 107-97 victory over the Boston Celtics on Friday night.
The absence of his fellow All-Star brought on a change in mindset for DeRozan, who shot 15 of 28 from the floor in surpassing the 42 points he had against Houston on March 30, 2015.
Harris scores 25 points in Nuggets' 129-109 win over Nets
The AP reports: DENVER - Running the floor, hitting the boards and putting up points - a lot of them - are becoming staples for the Denver Nuggets.
Gary Harris scored a career-high 25 points and the Nuggets bounced back from successive losses to beat Brooklyn 129-109 on Friday night, handing the inept Nets their 15th loss in a row.
Wilson Chandler had 24 points and Danilo Gallinari added 20 for the Nuggets, who scored 120 or more for the 18th time this season.
Spurs kick off rust from layoff to beat Clippers 105-97
The AP reports: LOS ANGELES - With Kawhi Leonard in foul trouble for the first time all season, the San Antonio Spurs still kept it together.
They shook off the rust from a nine-day layoff to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 105-97 on Friday night for their third straight win.
Leonard led the Spurs with 21 points despite having five fouls by the third quarter.... Pau Gasol added 17 points and 11 rebounds off the bench in his return from a 15-game absence because of a fractured finger. LaMarcus Aldridge had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Dewayne Dedmon grabbed 12 rebounds.
NBA DAILY FOR FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2017
Recap of Thursday's NBA games
Lillard rallies Trail Blazers to 112-103 win over Orlando
The AP reports: ORLANDO - Damian Lillard felt fresh after the All-Star break.
Aside from going to the Trail Blazers facility for treatment each morning, Lillard spent the majority of his time at home watching television, relaxing and consuming water. If his first game back from break was any indication, it was exactly what he needed.
Lillard scored 17 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter to rally struggling Portland to a 112-103 victory over the Orlando Magic on Thursday night... Lillard brought the Blazers back from an 11-point deficit early in the fourth with a couple of big 3-pointers and drives to the basket during a stretch in which Portland outscored Orlando 16-4 to claim the lead. Lillard's 3-pointer from the corner with 5:21 remaining gave the Blazers their first lead since the first quarter at 96-95.
Pistons rally from 18 down, beat Hornets 114-108 in OT
The AP reports: AUBURN HILLS - As exasperated as he can look on the sideline sometimes, Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy says he actually doesn't give players too hard a time about shot selection.
Sometimes, a player needs the freedom to keep shooting, like when Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored the Pistons' last 11 points of regulation to force overtime... Caldwell-Pope scored 33 points , including three 3-pointers late in the fourth quarter during a pulsating Detroit rally, and the Pistons outlasted the Charlotte Hornets 114-108 in overtime Thursday night.
Rockets rout Pelicans, 129-99, in Cousins' New Orleans debut
The AP reports: NEW ORLEANS - What a bummer of a beginning to the Boogie-and-Brow era in the Big Easy.
The Pelicans' tandem of newly acquired All-Star DeMarcus Cousins and All-Star Game MVP Anthony Davis was no match for the surging Houston Rockets on Thursday night.
Reserve Lou Williams hit seven 3-pointers and scored 27 points in his Rockets debut, and Houston crushed New Orleans, 129-99... Davis had 29 points, and Cousins finished with 27 points and 14 rebounds after he was acquired from Sacramento during the break. But New Orleans turned the ball over 20 times couldn't keep pace with the firepower of the Rockets, who hit 20 3-pointers.
Adding injury to insult: Forward Omri Casspi, whom the Pelicans also acquired in the Cousins deal, broke his right thumb after scoring 12 points and is expected to miss about a month.
Irving, James lead Cavaliers past Knicks, 119-104
The AP reports: CLEVELAND - Carmelo Anthony was still a member of the New York Knicks when he awoke from his afternoon nap Thursday.
Once the game started, the Cleveland Cavaliers made sure the Knicks' nightmarish season continued.
LeBron James recorded his 48th career triple-double and Kyrie Irving scored 23 points, leading the Cavaliers to a 119-104 victory over the Knicks, who hung on to Anthony and Derrick Rose at the trade deadline.
James scored 18 points and had 13 rebounds with 15 assists for his sixth triple-double of the season.
Curry flurry: MVP's huge third quarter propels Warriors
The AP reports: OAKLAND - Well-rested on fresh legs, Stephen Curry found his 3-point touch during one phenomenal flurry in one game-breaking quarter.
Draymond Green got hit with a technical while walking away and let his usual fire fly at coach Steve Kerr in the aftermath. They laughed about it later.
Kevin Durant brought some postgame comedy - "I got a couple of jokey jokes." The Golden State Warriors returned to full strength and sure look poised to play for the long haul.
Curry scored 17 of his 35 points in a 3-point barrage over the final 3:37 of the third quarter, and the two-time reigning MVP also had seven rebounds, five assists and four steals as the Warriors used a big second half to beat the Clippers 123-113 on Thursday night.
Cauley-Stein scores 29, Kings beat Nuggets 116-100
The AP reports: SACRAMENTO - Playing behind All-Star DeMarcus Cousins the past two years, Willie Cauley-Stein has been patiently waiting for his chance with the Sacramento Kings.
When he got the opportunity for extended playing time, he came through in a big way.
Cauley-Stein had a career-high 29 points and 10 rebounds to help the Kings, playing for the first time since trading Cousins, beat the Denver Nuggets 116-100 Thursday night... Gary Harris made five 3-pointers and had 23 points for Denver. Wilson Chandler had 18 points and 10 rebounds, Will Barton scored 16, Danilo Gallinari had 15, and Jameer Nelson 12.