NBA Daily Roundup
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NBA DAILY FOR FRIDAY, FEB. 16, 2018
Roundup of yesterday's NBA game results:
Nuggets make 24 3-pointers, beat Bucks 134-123
The AP reports: MILWAUKEE -- There's something about playing in Milwaukee that brings out the best in Nikola Jokic.
Just over a year after recording the first triple-double of his career at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, Jokic wrapped up the feat in the first half on the same floor Thursday night.
Besides Jokic's big night, the Denver Nuggets put together one of the best 3-point shooting nights in league history in a 134-123 victory over the Bucks. Denver matched a franchise record with 24 3-pointers, one shy of the NBA record, on 40 attempts... Jokic finished with 30 points, 15 rebounds and a career-high 17 assists, reaching a triple-double with 1:54 remaining in the second quarter. That was the quickest triple-double in the NBA in the last 20 seasons, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
Gibson, Butler lead Timberwolves rally past Lakers, 119-111
The AP reports: MINNEAPOLIS -- Taj Gibson scored a season-high 28 points and Jimmy Butler added 24, providing the Minnesota Timberwolves with the production and energy for a 119-111 comeback victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night.
Jeff Teague pitched in 20 points and Jamal Crawford added 15 for the Timberwolves, who rallied from a deficit as large as 15 points in the second quarter and 12 points late in the third to raise their home record to 24-7 on an emotional evening that started with a tribute to former coach and executive Flip Saunders.
Julius Randle had 23 points and nine rebounds for the Lakers before fouling out, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Brandon Ingram each scored 17 points.
Ivica Zubac, who went 8 for 8 from the floor for a season-high 19 points, threw down a dunk for a 99-98 lead for the Lakers, but that was essentially their last momentum-creating play of the game.
NBA DAILY FOR THURSDAY, FEB. 15, 2018
Roundup of yesterday's NBA game results:
Lillard has 44, Blazers overcome Durant's 50, beat Warriors
The AP reports: PORTLAND, Ore. -- Damian Lillard said it may have been Portland's best win of the season.
Lillard had 44 points and eight assists, and the Trail Blazers overcame Kevin Durant's 50 points to snap a seven-game losing streak to the Golden State Warriors with a 123-117 victory on Wednesday night.
CJ McCollum added 29 points for the Blazers (32-26), who go into the All-Star break six games over .500... Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic left that game and was listed as questionable against the Warriors with low back soreness, a right calf strain, and right oblique pain. But he started and finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds.
Smith, Griffin help Pistons beat Hawks to end 3-game skid
The AP reports: DETROIT -- Ish Smith had 22 points and nine assists, Blake Griffin narrowly missed a triple-double and the Detroit Pistons ended a three-game losing streak by beating the Atlanta Hawks 104-98 on Wednesday night.
Griffin finished with 13 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists, while Andre Drummond added 13 points and 15 rebounds for Detroit, which had seven players in double figures.
Andrew White III had 15 points for the Hawks in his NBA debut, while John Collins had 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Howard shines as Hornets top Magic 104-102
The AP reports: ORLANDO, Fla. -- Dwight Howard had 22 points and 13 rebounds, and the Charlotte Hornets stopped a four-game slide by topping the Orlando Magic 104-102 on Wednesday night.
Kemba Walker had 20 points for Charlotte on 6-for-19 shooting. Nicolas Batum added 14 points and seven assists in the Hornets' 10th straight win against the Magic.
Mario Hezonja led Orlando with 21 points and 10 rebounds, but the Magic lost their third straight going into the All-Star break. D.J. Augustin and Marreese Speights had 16 points and Bismack Biyombo finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Simmons leads short-handed 76ers to comeback win over Heat
The AP reports: PHILADELPHIA -- Ben Simmons had a triple-double, J.J. Redick hit a crucial 19-foot, off-balanced jumper from the baseline with 19.4 seconds left and the short-handed Philadelphia 76ers came back from a 24-point second-half deficit to defeat the Miami Heat 104-102 on Wednesday night.
Dario Saric added 19 points and Marco Belinelli scored 17 in his first game with the 76ers, who won their fifth straight and 11th in a row on their home court.
Philadelphia played without All-Star center Joel Embiid, who sat because of soreness in his right ankle. Scheduled to start for the Eastern Conference in the All-Star game this weekend, Embiid is averaging 23.7 points, 11.1 rebounds and 1.8 blocks.
Pacers win 3rd straight, hand Nets 7th straight loss
The AP reports: NEW YORK -- Victor Oladipo scored 25 points, Corey Joseph added 15 points and 11 assists, and the Indiana Pacers beat the Brooklyn Nets 108-103 on Wednesday night.
Myles Turner had 11 points and 14 boards, and former Net Bojan Bogdanovic chipped in 14 points for the Pacers, who won their third straight game as they head into the All-Star break.
Allen Crabbe scored 23 points for the Nets, who went into the break with their seventh straight loss.
DeMarre Carroll added 21 points and D'Angelo Russell chipped in 18 points and nine assists off the bench for Brooklyn.
Beal, Wizards rally from 27 points down to beat Knicks
The AP reports: NEW YORK -- His team had just completed the biggest comeback of the NBA season, but Bradley Beal wasn't feeling great about it.
Beal scored 36 points, and the Washington Wizards overcame a 27-point deficit to beat the slumping New York Knicks 118-113 on Wednesday night... Otto Porter Jr. added 22 points and Ian Mahinmi had 17 for the Wizards, who hold the fourth playoff position in the Eastern Conference.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 37 points - 32 in the first half - to lead the Knicks, who've lost a season-worst eight straight and are 0-4 since losing All-Star Kristaps Porzingis to a season-ending knee injury. Enes Kanter added 24 points and 14 rebounds.
DeAndre Jordan has 30 points and 13 rebounds, Clippers beat Celtics
The AP reports: BOSTON -- Guarding DeAndre Jordan in the paint is hard enough.
When he's making his free throws, that makes it a much bigger problem.
Jordan had a career-high 30 points and 13 rebounds and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Boston Celtics 129-119 on Wednesday night for their fourth victory in five games... Tobias Harris added 21 points, Danilo Gallinari had 20, and Lou Williams 19.
Anthony Davis leads Pelicans' rout of Lakers
The AP reports: NEW ORLEANS -- Anthony Davis tuned up for the All-Star Game with one more dominant performance.
Davis had 42 points and 15 rebounds, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Los Angeles Lakers 139-117 on Wednesday night... Davis went 15 for 18 from the field with three assists, three steals and two blocks. Jrue Holiday had 24 points and 11 assists, and reserve Darius Miller scored 19 points.
Lowry leads Raptors to 7th win in row, 122-98 over Bulls
The AP reports: CHICAGO -- The Toronto Raptors rolled into the All-Star break knowing the toughest part is yet to come. They'll take where they are at the moment - staring down at the rest of the Eastern Conference.
Kyle Lowry had 20 points and 10 assists, Serge Ibaka also scored 20 points and the Raptors cruised into the break with their seventh straight victory, 122-98 over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night... Bobby Portis scored 18 points for Chicago, and Lauri Markkanen had 14.
Harden helps Rockets to 10th straight win, 100-91 over Kings
The AP reports: HOUSTON -- After extending their winning streak to 10 games with a victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night, the Houston Rockets were happy, though far from satisfied.
These Rockets, who are 44-13 entering the All-Star break after winning 17 of their last 19 games, have much bigger goals ahead of them... Harden had 28 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, and the Rockets fought off a late rally for the 100-91 win.
George, Westbrook's triple-double lead OKC past Grizzlies
The AP reports: MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Despite a 28-point performance from Paul George and another triple-double by Russell Westbrook, the Oklahoma City Thunder still needed a last-minute push to gain a win.
The Thunder almost squandered a 22-point, second-half lead before scoring the final six points to escape with a 121-114 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night. The win was only Oklahoma City's third in the last nine... Westbrook finished with 15 assists and 13 rebounds in his 17th triple-double of the season. Carmelo Anthony added 19 points.
Jazz win 11th straight, beating Suns 107-97
The AP reports: SALT LAKE CITY -- Stepping up in the fourth quarter is becoming natural for the Utah Jazz.
The Jazz survived another close game on Wednesday, pulling out a 107-97 victory over the Phoenix Suns for their 11th straight win after making the right plays at the right time on both ends of the court in the closing minutes... Donovan Mitchell scored 24 points and Royce O'Neale had a career-high 19 for the Jazz. Derrick Favors had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Gobert added 14 points and 17 rebounds. Mitchell and Joe Ingles each had six assists.
Jae Crowder, who scored 12 of his 15 points during the fourth quarter, played a pivotal role in helping the Jazz pull away.
NBA DAILY FOR WEDNESDAY, FEB. 14, 2018
Roundup of yesterday's NBA game results:
DeRozan scores 27, Raptors hold off Heat 115-112
The AP reports: TORONTO -- The Toronto Raptors were too disappointed with their performance to celebrate a win that guaranteed them the best record in the Eastern Conference at the All-Star break.
DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points, Kyle Lowry had 22 and Toronto beat the Miami Heat 115-112 on Tuesday night for its sixth straight victory.
The Raptors improved their NBA-best home record to 24-4 despite being outscored 31-17 in the fourth quarter and missing their final eight field-goal attempts... Goran Dragic scored 28 points and James Johnson had 16 for the Heat, who lost for the sixth time in seven games.
Khris Middleton helps Bucks pull out sluggish win over Hawks
The AP reports: MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Bucks looked sluggish at times coming back from a four-game trip, and the worst team in the Eastern Conference was threatening to knock them off at home.
All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo led one last charge to help the Bucks hold on for a 97-92 win on Tuesday night over the Atlanta Hawks.
Antetokounmpo overcame a slow start from the field to hit two key buckets in the final three-plus minutes, and Khris Middleton led a balanced attack with 21 points as Milwaukee improved to 9-2 under interim coach Joe Prunty... Dennis Schroder scored 18 points for the Hawks, and Ersan Ilyasova had nine of his 15 points in the fourth quarter.
Harden scores 34 as Rockets beat Wolves 126-108
The AP reports: MINNEAPOLIS -- Whenever the Minnesota Timberwolves threatened, the Houston Rockets had an answer.
It usually came from long range.
The Rockets hit 10 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 126-108 victory on Tuesday night, extending their winning streak to nine... Harden had 34 points, 12 assists and six rebounds... Karl-Anthony Towns had 35 points and 12 rebounds in Minnesota's first home loss since Dec. 16 against Phoenix. Jeff Teague added 25 points and eight assists, and Jamal Crawford came off the bench to score 11 points after starting 0 for 6 from the floor.
James' 37 lead Cavaliers past Thunder 120-112
The AP reports: OKLAHOMA CITY -- LeBron James and his new teammates are playing like old buddies.
James scored 37 points, and the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers got a much different result this time against the Oklahoma City Thunder in a 120-112 victory on Tuesday night.
Cleveland claimed its second straight win since adding George Hill, Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. in trades, and their fourth straight victory overall... Paul George scored 25 points and Carmelo Anthony 24 for the Thunder. Steven Adams added 22 points and 17 rebounds, and Russell Westbrook scored 21 points. Westbrook and Anthony had missed the past two games with sprained ankles.
Westbrook had 12 assists and seven rebounds, but he made just 7 of 19 shots.
Randolph keys big first half as Kings top Mavericks 114-109
The AP reports: DALLAS -- American Airlines Center was once the most hostile road arena for the Sacramento Kings.
Zach Randolph scored 22 points, Bogdan Bogdanovich added 19 and the Kings used a big first half to beat the Dallas Mavericks 114-109 on Tuesday night... J.J. Barea led the Mavericks with 19 points, and Harrison Barnes and Dwight Powell each scored 18.
Jokic's triple-double leads Nuggets over Spurs, 117-109
The AP reports: DENVER -- Nikola Jokic had 23 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists, Will Barton scored 20 points and Denver beat the struggling Spurs 117-109 on Tuesday night.
Jokic notched his fourth triple-double of the season to lead the Nuggets to their fifth win in six games and finally one against San Antonio... Joffrey Lauvergne scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and Tony Parker had 17 points for San Antonio. The Spurs have lost five of six heading into their All-Star break... San Antonio was again without its top two players in Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge.
NBA DAILY FOR TUESDAY, FEB. 13, 2018
Roundup of yesterday's NBA game results:
Anthony Davis-led Pelicans beat Pistons 118-103
The AP reports: DETROIT -- New Orleans star Anthony Davis dominated Detroit as he usually does, scoring all over the court no matter who was trying to defend him in a red, white and blue uniform.
In another one of his strong performances against the Pistons, Davis had 38 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Pelicans to a 118-103 victory on Monday night.
Davis is averaging 30.4 points per game against the Pistons, his highest total against an NBA team. He scored a career-high 59 against them nearly two years ago... Griffin scored 22 on 8-of-17 shooting. Drummond had 13 points and 21 rebounds.
Saric scores 24 to lead 76ers past slumping Knicks
The AP reports: PHILADELPHIA -- T.J. McConnell doesn't have the star power of Joel Embiid or Ben Simmons, but it was the undrafted reserve guard who received the loudest cheers while helping the streaking 76ers to another win.
McConnell had a triple-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. Dario Saric scored 24 points to pace all five starters in double figures, and Philadelphia won its fourth in a row, 108-92 over the slumping New York Knicks on Monday night.
The first-time All-Star Embiid scored 17 points and Simmons, a top Rookie of the Year candidate, chipped in 13, but it was McConnell's night.
Clippers put 7 in double figures, beat Nets 114-101
The AP reports: NEW YORK -- If this is what the Los Angeles Clippers can do by keeping it simple, imagine the possibilities once they know their plays.
Lou Williams scored 20 points, DeAndre Jordan had 16 points and 17 rebounds, and they got plenty of help from a balanced lineup in a 114-101 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night.
Los Angeles put seven players in double figures and shot 56.5 percent from the field in its fourth win in five games, bouncing back nicely from a loss in Philadelphia.
Austin Rivers, who had 17 points, said even he was surprised with how easy the Clippers made it look, since they've had to slash their playbook in the aftermath of trading Blake Griffin to Detroit.
LaVine steal, dunk leads Bulls to 105-101 win over Magic
The AP reports: CHICAGO -- Zach LaVine isn't shying away from tense moments. The high-flying guard delivered again, just in time to lift the Chicago Bulls to another tight victory.
LaVine broke for a tiebreaking dunk after stealing an inbounds pass in the closing seconds, Lauri Markkanen scored 21 points and the Bulls beat the Orlando Magic 105-101 on Monday night... LaVine finished with 18 points and seven rebounds. But his biggest contributions came near the end of the game... Bobby Portis added 19 points and seven boards for the Bulls, and Jerian Grant had 14 points and seven assists.
Hezonja led Orlando with 24 points, though he was angry about his miss at the end. Evan Fournier scored 22.
Jazz rally in 4th quarter, edge Spurs for 10th straight win
The AP reports: SALT LAKE CITY -- Donovan Mitchell found his shooting touch at the right time for the Utah Jazz.
Mitchell scored 25 points, including a go-ahead jumper with 39.2 seconds left, and Utah extended its NBA-best winning streak to 10 games with a 101-99 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night.
Mitchell was just 9 for 28 from the field, but he delivered down the stretch. The rookie guard scored eight of Utah's final nine points over the last 2:54 of the game. He hit a pair of go-ahead baskets and a free throw to give the Jazz the lead in the final minute after they trailed by as many as 13 points during the fourth quarter... Joe Ingles added 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Utah. Derrick Favors had 19 points, eight rebounds and four blocks.
Coach Kerr takes backseat in Warriors' 129-83 win over Suns
The AP reports: OAKLAND, Calif. -- With the grind of a long NBA season wearing on his team, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr believed it was time for his players to hear a new voice in the huddle: their own.
Kerr turned over most of the coaching duties to his players on Monday night and they responded in fine fashion, playing with more focus than they had in recent weeks in a 129-83 victory over the Phoenix Suns... Stephen Curry scored 22 points for the Warriors. Omri Casspi added 19 in a rare start in place of the injured Green and Kevin Durant had 17 as Golden State won its 12th straight in the series, its longest active streak against any team.
Elfrid Payton scored 29 points in his second game since being acquired at the trade deadline from Orlando, but Phoenix still lost its sixth straight and 11th in the past 12 games.