NBA Daily Roundup
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NBA Daily for Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Roundup of yesterday's NBA games:
Gay scores 21 as the Spurs defeat 76ers 123-96
The AP reports: SAN ANTONIO -- While the San Antonio Spurs search for their identity as a team, Rudy Gay is showing that he has returned to form.
Gay had 21 points and LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan each added 20 as San Antonio defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 123-96 on Monday night... Aldridge added 10 rebounds and DeRozan had seven assists for the Spurs, who closed a six-game home stand at 5-1... J.J. Redick and Ben Simmons each had 16 points to lead the 76ers on the second night of a back-to-back.
Bucks hold on late for 107-104 win over Pistons
The AP reports: DETROIT -- Giannis Antetokounmpo was called for two quick fouls, and with 9:02 remaining in the first quarter, he went to the bench.
When he returned, there was still plenty of time for the Milwaukee star to make an impact... Antetokounmpo made plenty of plays down the stretch, finishing with 32 points and 12 rebounds, and the Bucks held on for a 107-104 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night when Blake Griffin missed a last-second 3-pointer.
Griffin actually missed two 3s in the final 14 seconds. The Detroit star already had a triple-double after three quarters, but it was a difficult fourth for him. Griffin finished with 19 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, but he also had 10 turnovers.
Suns use big 3rd quarter to beat Knicks for 3rd in a row
The AP reports: NEW YORK -- A 4-24 record didn't discourage the Phoenix Suns, so a seven-point halftime deficit certainly wouldn't.
The young Suns wiped away the second one, and insist they'll keep chipping away at the first.
"We're building," guard Devin Booker said. "We're getting better every game."
Booker tied his season high with 38 points, T.J. Warren scored 17 of his 26 during Phoenix's 41-point third quarter and the Suns beat the New York Knicks 128-110 on Monday night for their third straight victory.
Harden's 47 points lead Rockets over Jazz 102-97
The AP reports: HOUSTON -- Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni has witnessed James Harden have the only 60-point triple-double in NBA history, lead Houston to the Western Conference finals and win his first MVP award.
But what Harden has done for the previously underperforming Rockets in the last three games has topped anything the veteran coach has seen from his superstar player... Harden scored 47 points to help the Rockets hold off the Utah Jazz 102-97 on Monday night for their fourth straight win... Mitchell had 23 points for the Jazz, who have lost four of five.
Towns, bench help Timberwolves beat road-weary Kings 132-105
The AP reports: MINNEAPOLIS -- Karl-Anthony Towns got the Minnesota Timberwolves started and then enjoyed watching rookie Josh Okogie and the bench deliver the big blow.
Towns had 14 points and 14 assists in just 21 minutes, Andrew Wiggins scored 17 and the Timberwolves beat the road-weary Sacramento Kings 132-105 on Monday night... Derrick Rose added 13 points and a season-high 11 assists while starting for injured point guard Jeff Teague. Minnesota led by 36 in the first half against Sacramento, which was coming off a 120-113 victory at Dallas a night earlier.
George, Westbrook lead Thunder past Bulls 121-96
The AP reports: OKLAHOMA CITY -- Paul George's performance late in the first half was all the Oklahoma City Thunder needed against Chicago Bulls.
George scored 16 of his game-high 24 points in the final five minutes of the first half and the Thunder rolled to a 121-96 victory over the Bulls on Monday night in a chippy game in which both teams were assessed technical fouls following a second-quarter fracas... Russell Westbrook had 13 points, 16 rebounds and 11 steals for his 111th career triple-double. Steven Adams added 19 points and Dennis Schroder scored 18 for the Thunder.
Lauri Markkanen and Bobby Portis had 16 points apiece to lead Chicago. Markkanen adding 15 rebounds.
Curry becomes 5th Warrior with 15,000 regular-season points
The AP reports: OAKLAND, Calif. -- Stephen Curry missed his first three tries from deep, got a little frustrated and forgot about the 10 points he needed for another major milestone.
Curry had 20 points and seven rebounds while adding another accomplishment to his long list, leading the Golden State Warriors past the Memphis Grizzlies 110-93 on Monday night.
Curry became just the fifth player in Warriors history to score 15,000 points during the regular season - joining the company of Wilt Chamberlain, Rick Barry, Paul Arizin and Chris Mullin... Kevin Durant scored 23 points to go with five assists and passed Larry Bird (21,791) for 33rd place on the NBA's all-time scoring list. Klay Thompson contributed 16 points with five rebounds.
Lillard scores 39, leads Trail Blazers over Clippers 131-127
The AP reports: LOS ANGELES -- The Trail Blazers cruised to a 15-point lead in the first quarter and were up by 18 early in the fourth. Then things got wild.
They withstood a late rally by the Clippers to win 131-127 on Monday night after Damian Lillard scored 22 of his 39 points in a dominant third period.
It was Portland's first win on the road since Nov. 20 after dropping six in a row... Danilo Gallinari, who finished with 22 points, missed a 3-pointer, but after a scramble got the ball back and made the same shot to leave the Clippers trailing 127-126. McCollum got fouled and made both to keep the Trail Blazers ahead by three.
NBA Daily for Monday, December 17, 2018
Roundup of yesterday's NBA games:
Nuggets beat Raptors 95-86 in matchup of conference leaders
The AP reports: DENVER -- In the fourth quarter, Jamal Murray's shot finally started falling.
"About time," the Denver guard said.
About time, too, to take the Nuggets as a serious, pesky threat.
Nikola Jokic scored 26 points, Murray had 15 of his 19 in the fourth quarter and the banged-up Nuggets rallied past the equally banged-up Toronto Raptors 95-86 on Sunday night in a contest between conference leaders... Kawhi Leonard had 29 points and 14 rebounds for the Eastern Conference-leading Raptors, who finished 2-2 on their trip. They still own the league's best mark at 23-9.
Russell scores 32, Nets beat Hawks 144-127 for 5th straight
The AP reports: NEW YORK -- Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson watched the Nets let a 21-point lead slip to two and was reminded of the offensive flaws that sent the team spiraling on an eight-game skid a few weeks ago.
Needing a spark on the offensive end, Atkinson made sure D'Angelo Russell led the way.
Russell scored 32 points, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 18 and the Nets beat the Atlanta Hawks 144-127 on Sunday for their fifth straight win.
Joe Harris had 16 points and Spencer Dinwiddie added 15 off the bench for the Nets, who last won five straight March 25-April 2, 2015.
Simmons, Embiid lead 76ers past Cavs in Butler's return
The AP reports: CLEVELAND -- Jimmy Butler's return brought out the best in his Philadelphia teammates.
Ben Simmons had 22 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists for his third triple-double of the season, Joel Embiid scored 24 points and the 76ers routed the Cleveland Cavaliers 128-105 on Sunday.
Butler scored 19 points after missing two games - both losses - with a strained groin.
Turner, Oladipo lead Pacers over Knicks for 7th straight win
The AP reports: INDIANAPOLIS -- Victor Oladipo scored 26 points, Myles Turner had 24 and the Indiana Pacers beat the New York Knicks 110-99 on Sunday for their seventh straight victory.
Oladipo added eight rebounds and seven assists, while Turner finished with six rebounds and two blocks. He also halted the Knicks' momentum on a fast break in the fourth quarter, sprinting across the court to disrupt Emmanuel Mudiay's layup attempt that would have cut the Pacers' lead to four points late in the game.
Enes Kanter finished with 20 points and 15 rebounds for the Knicks. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 19 points and Mudiay finished with 18.
Wall's 40, 14 lead Wiz past Lakers 128-110; LBJ scores 13
The AP reports: WASHINGTON -- Amid all of his team's losses and infighting and roster flux, John Wall showed just how well he's capable of playing, producing 40 points and 14 assists to lead the Washington Wizards past a sluggish LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers, 128-110 Sunday night.
A day after he and Lonzo Ball each registered a triple-double in a win at Charlotte, James was limited to a season-low 13 points, along with six rebounds and three assists, while making just five of 16 shots. The four-time NBA MVP sat out the fourth quarter... Recently acquired reserve forward Dekker scored a season-high 20 for Washington, including a buzzer-beating bank shot at the end of the third quarter that put the hosts ahead 99-76.
Washington's Bradley Beal added 25 points and 12 rebounds.
Richardson's 22, Wade's 19, lead Heat past Pelicans 102-96
The AP reports: NEW ORLEANS -- Josh Richardson scored 22 points, Dwyane Wade added 19 in what was likely his final game in New Orleans, and the Miami Heat beat the Pelicans 102-96 on Sunday night.
Hassan Whiteside had 17 points and 12 rebounds in his matchup with Anthony Davis.
Davis had 27 points, 12 rebounds, three blocks and three steals, but curiously did not take his first shot of the second half until hitting a 3-pointer with 5:43 left in the fourth quarter.
Hield, Fox help Kings end Mavs' home winning streak, 120-113
The AP reports: DALLAS -- Buddy Hield and De'Aaron Fox each scored 28 points and the Sacramento Kings ended the Dallas Mavericks' 11-game home winning streak with a 120-113 victory on Sunday night.
The Kings also spoiled the return of Dirk Nowitzki to the American Airlines Center. The 21-year veteran played his first home game after missing the first 26 games of the season while recovering from ankle surgery. He played six minutes at Phoenix on Thursday and scored three points in eight minutes Sunday... Luka Doncic had 28 points and nine assists, but no other Dallas player scored more than 15. Jordan tied his season high with 23 rebounds but Dallas was hampered by poor 3-point shooting, making only 9 of 35 (26 percent).
NBA Daily for Sunday, December 16, 2018
Roundup of yesterday's NBA games:
Suns beat Wolves, first 2-game win streak in almost a year
The AP reports: PHOENIX -- Victories are rare for the Phoenix Suns. Winning streaks seem downright historic.
Devin Booker returned from a six-game absence to score 28 points and Phoenix beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 107-99 on Saturday night, giving the Suns consecutive wins for the first time in almost a year.
Deandre Ayton had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Suns, including 10 points and five boards in the fourth quarter, when Phoenix pulled away. T.J. Warren added 21 points for Phoenix.
Magic beat Jazz 96-89 to sweep 2 games in Mexico
The AP reports: MEXICO CITY -- Evan Fournier scored 24 points, Terrence Ross came off the bench to add 10 of his 19 in the fourth quarter, and the Orlando Magic rallied from an 11-point deficit to beat the Utah Jazz 96-89 on Saturday and sweep their two-game homestand in Mexico City.
Ross shot 8 of 9 from the field and Nikola Vucevic added 15 points and a season-high 19 rebounds for the Magic (13-15), who beat the Chicago Bulls 97-91 on Thursday... Donovan Mitchell scored 24 points and Derrick Favors added 21 for the struggling Jazz (14-15), who lost for the third time in their last four games.
Pistons end Boston's 8-game run, beat Celtics 113-104
The AP reports: DETROIT -- Blake Griffin scored 27 points and Drummond added 19 points and 20 rebounds to help the Pistons win 113-104 on Saturday night, snapping the Celtics' eight-game winning streak. Detroit also ended its own six-game skid with a solid 48-minute effort... Kyrie Irving led Boston with 26 points. The Celtics were down nine when Drummond blocked Tatum with 1:25 remaining.
James, Ball post triple-doubles in 128-100 win over Hornets
The AP reports: CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- LeBron James had 24 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists, while Lonzo Ball had 16 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists as Los Angeles routed the Charlotte Hornets 128-100 on Saturday night. The only other Lakers to accomplish the feat in the same game were Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Jan. 22, 1982... Ball played into the fourth quarter to earn his third career triple-double. He finished 7 of 11 from the field, helping hand the Hornets their worst loss of the season on the second night of a back-to-back.
Miles Bridges had a career-high 17 points for the Hornets.
Harden has 2nd straight triple-double, Rockets top Grizzlies
The AP reports: MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- James Harden may be getting on a roll, notching his second straight triple-double to help the Houston Rockets grab their third consecutive win.
Harden had 32 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, and the Rockets weathered a fourth-quarter burst to beat the Grizzlies 105-97 on Saturday night... Capela's basket gave him 26 points to go with 10 rebounds. Gerald Green scored 17 points.
Mike Conley led Memphis with 22 points, while Marc Gasol added 17 points and nine rebounds. JaMychal Green had 13 points.
Dunn, Markkanen rally Bulls late to beat Spurs, 98-93
The AP reports: SAN ANTONIO -- Kris Dunn scored 24 points, Lauri Markkanen added 23 and the Chicago Bulls rallied from a 21-point deficit in the second half to stun the San Antonio Spurs 98-93 on Saturday night.
The rally snapped Chicago's three-game skid and ended San Antonio's four-game winning streak.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 29 points and 12 rebounds for San Antonio, which dominated the first half. DeMar DeRozan added 21 points.
George scores 33 to help Thunder top Clippers 110-104
The AP reports: OKLAHOMA CITY -- Paul George rendered the Los Angeles Clippers' traps and double-teams useless.
Oklahoma City's forward shredded the Clippers for 33 points, seven rebounds and six assists in a 110-104 victory on Saturday night... Russell Westbrook had 13 points, 12 assists, nine rebounds and six steals for Oklahoma City. He made just 4 of 17 shots, yet he had a positive effect on his team.
NBA Daily for Saturday, December 15, 2018
Roundup of yesterday's NBA games:
Lillard scores 24, Blazers hold off NBA-best Raptors 128-122
The AP reports: PORTLAND, Ore. -- A struggling Trail Blazers bench finally got rolling Friday night, setting a season high for points in a confidence-boosting win over the NBA-leading Toronto Raptors.
Zach Collins scored 16 points and Seth Curry added a season-best 13, including three key 3-pointers early in the fourth quarter, as Portland held off the league's top team for a 128-122 victory.
Curry and Collins both played pivotal roles off a Blazers bench that outscored Toronto's reserves 58-26... Damian Lillard had 24 points as the Blazers stopped a two-game slide.
Kawhi Leonard returned after missing two games and scored 28 for the Raptors (23-8), who played without All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry. Danny Green added 19 points and 11 rebounds, matching his season high with five 3s.
Lowry sat out with a left thigh bruise. Fred VanVleet started in his place and finished with 21 points.
Kyrie Irving scores 24 points, Celtics beat Hawks 129-108
The AP reports: BOSTON -- Kyrie Irving credits Boston's defense for an offensive resurgence that has the Celtics riding the longest winning streak in the NBA.
Irving scored 24 points in just three quarters, then rested in the fourth as the Celtics finished off a 129-108 rout of Atlanta on Friday night for their eighth straight victory... Jayson Tatum had 22 points for Boston, Marcus Morris added 20, Gordon Hayward had 19 points and five assists, Daniel Theis scored 18 points and rookie Robert Williams III blocked five shots.
Mudiay scores 34, short-handed Knicks beat Hornets in OT
The AP reports: CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Emmanuel Mudiay dug his shoulder in, turned and floated a jumper with 27.2 seconds left.
Mudiay knocked down the shot to help force overtime and finished with a career-high 34 points and eight assists to help the short-handed New York Knicks erase a 21-point deficit and beat the Charlotte Hornets 126-124 on Friday night... Mudiay scored 14 points in the fourth quarter, including the fadeaway jumper to tie it at 113.
Antetokounmpo matches career high with 44, Bucks beat Cavs
The AP reports: CLEVELAND -- Giannis Antetokounmpo played as if he had a point to prove.
The Milwaukee star rebounded from his worst game of the season to match his career high with 44 points and the Bucks beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 114-102 on Friday night despite missing two starters.
Two nights after being held to a season-low 12 points in a loss to Indiana, he was 14 of 19 from the field, made 16 of 21 foul shots, and had 14 rebounds and eight assists... Khris Middleton, the Bucks' second leading scorer, was out with a sprained right finger. Malcolm Brogdon, fourth on the team in scoring, didn't play because of a sore left hamstring.
Dinwiddie adds to big week with 27, Nets' win streak at 4
The AP reports: NEW YORK -- Spencer Dinwiddie and the Brooklyn Nets keep adding to a big week.
The Washington Wizards sounded like a team that may be breaking up.
Dinwiddie scored 27 points in his first game since signing a three-year contract extension, and the Nets beat the Wizards 125-118 on Friday night for their season-best fourth straight victory.
The Wizards then returned to their locker room following their fourth straight loss to an ESPN.com report that the team was working on a trade involving Austin Rivers and Kelly Oubre Jr. with the team 11-18.
Pacers spoil Embiid's 40-point night, beat Sixers 113-101
The AP reports: PHILADELPHIA -- Bojan Bogdanovic excitedly slammed the ball to the floor as the final second ticked off and a stunned crowd headed for the exits.
For the entire night, 76ers center Joel Embiid electrified Philadelphia fans with one of the best individual performances of the season. In the end, it was the Indiana Pacers who made the most emphatic statement.
Thaddeus Young had a season-high 26 points and 10 rebounds against his former team, Bogdanovic added 18 points, and the Pacers overcame Embiid's 40-point night to beat the 76ers 113-101 on Friday in a matchup of Eastern Conference contenders... Embiid also had 21 rebounds, becoming the first Sixers player with at least 30 points and 20 rebounds in a game since Charles Barkley on Dec. 7, 1990.
Richardson, Olynyk lead late rally as Heat beat Grizzlies
The AP reports: MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Miami Heat didn't let a bad loss in their last game linger to the point of making a six-game road trip more troublesome.
Relying on 3-point shooting during a 13-2 run in the middle stages of the fourth quarter, the Heat went on to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 100-97 on Friday night, snapping a two-game skid.
The Heat were coming off a 111-84 loss on Wednesday night at Utah - a performance coach Erik Spoelstra called the team's "worst game of the year." Instead of moping about the 27-point defeat, Miami fought through against the physical, slow-paced Memphis-style game.
Westbrook, Murray tussle as Nuggets beat Thunder 109-98
The AP reports: DENVER -- For all his offensive contributions and rebounding, Nikola Jokic's most important role in the end was peacemaker.
Jokic scored 24 points, Jamal Murray had 19 and the Denver Nuggets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 109-98 on Friday night after Murray and Russell Westbrook had a heated exchange.
Westbrook and Murray pushed each other and argued after lining up next to each other for a jump ball in the final seconds. Jokic tried to get between them, and Westbrook threatened to beat up Jokic while being restrained. No blows were exchanged, but the final moments played out amid heightened tensions.
Curry, Thompson help Warriors beat Kings 130-125
The AP reports: SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Golden State coach Steve Kerr praised his team's smothering defense for providing the spark it needed to bounce back from a disappointing loss. He also chided the Warriors' offense for a lack of focus that made the a late run necessary.
Not much is coming easy for the two-time defending NBA champs this season, not even on a night when they got another big night from the All-Star trio of Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson.
Thompson made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 38.5 seconds left, Curry added four free throws down the stretch and the Warriors ended the game on a big run after a sluggish start to the fourth quarter, beating the Sacramento Kings 130-125 on Friday night.
NBA Daily for Friday, December 14, 2018
Roundup of yesterday's NBA games:
Spurs earn largest win of the season, beat Clippers 125-87
The AP reports: SAN ANTONIO -- The Spurs appropriately returned to their defensive principles on an evening when San Antonio was celebrating "Throwback Night."
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27 points and the Spurs won their fourth straight, topping the Los Angeles Clippers 125-87 on Thursday for their largest win of the season... Rudy Gay had 21 points and DeRozan added 14 as San Antonio handed Los Angeles its worst loss of the season.
Harden's 50-point triple-double leads Rockets over Lakers
The AP reports: HOUSTON -- The Houston Rockets were clinging to a lead over the Los Angeles Lakers in the fourth quarter on Thursday night when James Harden told coach Mike D'Antoni he needed to come out for a bit to rest - something the reigning MVP never does.
D'Antoni was perfectly happy to fulfill Harden's request, and the move could not have worked better for the Rockets.
Harden returned with about five minutes left to take over the game, scoring 11 points during a big run to cap a 50-point, 10-rebound and 11-assist night in a 126-111 victory... LeBron James finished with 29 points for the Lakers, who had won their previous two games.
James was unhappy that the Lakers sent Harden to the line 19 times, where he only missed once.
Vucevic leads Magic over Bulls 97-91 in Mexico City
The AP reports: MEXICO CITY -- The Bulls had the fans, but Nikola Vucevic and the Magic got the win.
Vucevic scored 26 points, including a tiebreaking jumper with 28 seconds remaining, and Orlando snapped a three-game losing streak with a 97-91 victory over Chicago on Thursday night in its first of two games in Mexico.
Vucevic shot 11 for 21 from the field and grabbed 10 rebounds, while D.J. Augustin added 15 points for the Magic... Zach LaVine scored 23 points but the Bulls (6-23) lost for the 10th time in their last 11 games and remained with the worst record in the Eastern Conference.
Nowitzki returns but Mavs lose to Suns 99-89
The AP reports: PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Suns have just five wins this season, and two have come against the Dallas Mavericks.
The latest was Thursday night, when T.J. Warren scored a season-high 30 points and the Suns snapped a 10-game losing streak with a 99-89 victory.
The Dallas loss came in the season debut of Dirk Nowitzki, who hadn't played yet while recovering from ankle surgery. When he entered the game late in the first quarter, it marked his 21st season with the Mavericks, most by a player with one team in NBA history... Dallas, which had won three straight and eight of 10 overall, made only 5 of 33 3-pointers.