NBA Daily Roundup
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NBA DAILY FOR THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 2020
Williamson's 22 in debut not enough for Pelicans vs. Spurs
The AP reports: NEW ORLEANS -- Zion Williamson scored the final point of his first NBA regular season game as a packed and standing crowd belted out chants of “M-V-P!”
Then the NBA's No. 1 overall draft pick went to the bench - as mandated by medical staff - and watched the game slip away from the Pelicans while unheeded chants of, “We want Zion!” echoed around the Smoothie King Center.
Williamson capped his long-awaited NBA debut by scoring 17 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and stirring the crowd into a frenzy, but the savvy and composed San Antonio Spurs weathered the surge for a 121-117 victory Wednesday night... LaMarcus Aldridge had 32 points and 14 rebounds
Rose, Jackson lead Pistons to 127-106 rout of reeling Kings
The AP reports: DETROIT -- One Detroit point guard has been carrying the scoring load. Another joined him Wednesday night, with his back now healthy enough to pitch in.
Derrick Rose scored 22 points and Reggie Jackson also had 22 in his return to lineup as the Pistons beat Sacramento 127-106 to hand the Kings their sixth straight loss.
Jackson had missed 42 games since leaving the second game of the season with a back injury. He said after this one the stress reaction in his lower back had affected his sleeping but credited the training staff with getting him back on the court.
Schroder, Paul lead Thunder past Magic 120-114
The AP reports: ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Oklahoma City Thunder's three-guard offense was too much for the Orlando Magic.
Dennis Schroder scored 31 points and the Thunder shot 60.5% against one of the NBA's better defenses Wednesday night in a 120-114 victory over the Magic.
"We've got three point guards who can make decisions and who are dangerous," said Schroder, who came off the bench with 13-for-18 shooting and added nine assists.
VanVleet scores 22 as Raptors top 76ers for 5th straight win
The AP reports: TORONTO -- Already without star center Joel Embiid, the Philadelphia 76ers couldn’t overcome losing another starter to injury.
Pascal Siakam had 18 points and 15 rebounds, Fred VanVleet scored 22 and the Toronto Raptors beat the short-handed 76ers 107-95 on Wednesday night, extending their winning streak to five.
Philadelphia lost guard Josh Richardson when he strained his left hamstring while trying to make a steal four minutes into the first quarter. He did not return.
Collins, Goodwin rally Hawks from 21 down, beat Clips 102-95
The AP reports: ATLANTA -- With Trae Young cheering him on from the bench, two-way player Brandon Goodwin did a pretty good impression of the Atlanta Hawks' star.
Goodwin scored 19 points - all in the fourth quarter - and the Hawks rallied from a 21-point deficit to stun the short-handed Los Angeles Clippers 102-95 on Wednesday night.
John Collins scored 33 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, but it was Goodwin who took control in the final period. He made 6 of 11 shots, including all three attempts beyond the arc, and dished off to De'Andre Hunter in the corner for a 3-pointer that gave the Hawks a 99-93 lead with 1:43 remaining.
Tatum scores 23 before injury, Celtics down Grizzlies 119-95
The AP reports: BOSTON -- Jayson Tatum has been the Celtics' savior multiple times this season when his teammates have struggled offensively.
He did it again to help key Boston's rout of one of the league's hottest teams.
Tatum scored 23 points before leaving the game in the third quarter with a groin injury as the Celtics ran past the Memphis Grizzlies 119-95 on Wednesday night.
Heat waste lead, then rally to beat Wizards 134-129 in OT
The AP reports: MIAMI -- The Miami Heat built a huge lead, wasted every bit of it, benched their entire starting five and wound up having to go to overtime yet again.
Clearly, they like being uncomfortable.
Tyler Herro scored 25 points, Jimmy Butler scored nine of his 24 points in overtime and the Heat wasted a 21-point cushion before beating the Washington Wizards 134-129 on Wednesday night.
Butler also had 10 assists and seven rebounds for the Heat, who improved to 20-1 at home and 8-0 in overtime this season. Goran Dragic had 22 points and 10 assists, Kendrick Nunn scored 14 points and Duncan Robinson finished with 13 for the Heat.
James closes on Kobe, Davis has 28 as Lakers beat Knicks
The AP reports: NEW YORK -- LeBron James spent the first half showing why he will soon pass Kobe Bryant for third place on the NBA's career scoring list.
Then this season's assists leader put his own offense aside to help Anthony Davis find his.
James scored 19 of his 21 points before halftime to quickly cut into Bryant's shrinking lead over him for the No. 3 scoring spot in NBA history, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the New York Knicks 100-92 on Wednesday night.
Davis led the Lakers with 28 points in his second game back after a five-game absence, after the Western Conference leaders were handed their worst loss of the season Monday in his return.
LaVine scores 25 points, Bulls beat Timberwolves 117-110
The AP reports: CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bulls envisioned Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen providing a powerful one-two punch and leading them to the playoffs coming off one of the worst seasons in franchise history.
This was more like it.
LaVine scored 25 points, Markkanen added 21 and the Chicago Bulls overcame a big performance by Karl-Anthony Towns to beat the struggling Minnesota Timberwolves 117-110 on Wednesday night.
Westbrook, Harden lead Rockets past Nuggets, 121-105
The AP reports: HOUSTON -- Houston saw what potential it could achieve when Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Eric Gordon play well on the same night.
Westbrook had 28 points, 16 rebounds and eight assists, Harden added 27 points and the Rockets snapped a four-game losing streak with a 121-105 victory over the short-handed Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night... Westbrook shot 11 of 25 from the field and had four steals. He just missed his second straight triple-double.
Warren scores 25 points in Phoenix return, Pacers rout Suns
The AP reports: PHOENIX -- T.J. Warren's first game against his former team went about as well as possible. He scored a game-high 25 points, had three steals and played excellent defense against former teammate Devin Booker.
Most importantly, he won.
Warren was the star, Domantas Sabonis added 24 points and the Indiana Pacers rolled to a 112-87 victory over the Suns on Wednesday night.
Rudy Gobert does it all as Jazz rout young Warriors, 129-96
The AP reports: SAN FRANCISCO -- The Utah Jazz thrive on making that one extra pass to pile up assists, even if it means they run right up against the shot clock on many possessions.
It sure helps to have the steady hand of Rudy Gobert in the post to finish.
Gobert had 22 points, 15 rebounds and three blocked shots, and Donovan Mitchell scored 23 to lead the streaking Jazz past the Golden State Warriors 129-96 on Wednesday night.
NBA DAILY FOR WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2020
Leonard scores 36 to lead Clippers past Mavericks 110-107
The AP reports: DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks brought back one big man but lost another Tuesday night, and in the end, they couldn't rein in the reigning Finals MVP.
Kawhi Leonard scored 36 points, Landry Shamet hit two clutch 3-pointers late and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Dallas Mavericks 110-107 Tuesday night for their fourth straight win.
Dallas ended a four-game winning streak, and more importantly, lost a key piece in center Dwight Powell just as they welcomed back Kristaps Porzingis.
Powell went down to a non-contact, right Achilles tendon injury in the first quarter, and though he will have an MRI on Wednesday, the team is fearing a worst-case scenario.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram: "The return of Porzingis, who missed the past 10 games with a knee injury, was tempered a bit Tuesday, first by an apparent Achilles injury to Dwight Powell, and then later the Mavericks’ 110-107 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers at American Airlines Center. Porzingis hit his first 3 of the night with just over eight minutes remaining to pull the Mavs to within two. He started the game 0 for 5 from the arc. As a team, Dallas started 0 for 11 from the field. The Clippers weren’t much better early with a 1 for 9 start."
LA Times: "Leonard’s only three-pointer in nine attempts gave the Clippers an eight-point lead with 1:15 left, and he iced their 110-107 victory with two free throws with six seconds left — after teammate JaMychal Green, and Doncic, each missed two attempts of their own seconds earlier. Leonard’s 11 points in the fourth quarter gave him 36 for the game and continued a torrid stretch for not only himself — he has scored 30 or more in six consecutive games — but also the suddenly surging Clippers (31-13), who have won four consecutive and eight of their last 10."
NBA DAILY FOR TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2020
Paul, Thunder rally for 112-107 win over struggling Rockets
The AP reports: HOUSTON -- After scoring 27 points in the first half against his former team, Chris Paul was on the bench during a big Oklahoma City run in the fourth quarter when a Thunder fan began yelling at coach Billy Donovan to put the veteran guard back in the game.
Paul turned to the man and gave him a look that indicated the group on the floor was doing just fine before asking him: "Do you not see the score?"
Paul scored 28 points and Danilo Gallinari added 25 as the Thunder rallied from a 15-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat cold-shooting James Harden and the Houston Rockets 112-107 on Monday.
Bradley Beal scores 29 points, Wizards beat Pistons 106-100
The AP reports: WASHINGTON -- In a rebuilding season for the Washington Wizards, coach Scott Brooks still closely monitors the standings, and while it's unlikely, he still believes his team has a chance to qualify for the playoffs.
The Wizards began the second half of the season by beating one of the teams ahead of them in the Eastern Conference. Bradley Beal scored 29 points, Ian Mahinmi added 21 and Washington broke a three-game losing streak with a 106-100 win over the Detroit Pistons on Monday.
Beal passed Wes Unseld for fourth place on the team's career scoring list.
Powell's big 4th quarter leads Raptors past Hawks, 122-117
The AP reports: ATLANTA -- Norman Powell says nothing has changed, even though he's in the best streak of his highest-scoring season.
It may feel normal to the Toronto Raptors' sixth man. The results definitely look different.
Powell scored 27 points, including 17 in the final period, and the Raptors withstood Atlanta's late charge to beat the Hawks 122-117 on Monday.
Trae Young had 42 points and season-high 15 assists for Atlanta.
Simmons scores 34 in triple-double, carries 76ers past Nets
The AP reports: NEW YORK -- Ben Simmons was chosen Monday as the Eastern Conference player of the week for the way he performed last week.
Then he got a sensational start on winning the next week's award, too.
Simmons tied a career high with 34 points and added 12 rebounds and 12 assists, carrying the Philadelphia 76ers to a 117-111 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.
Morris, Randle lead Knicks past Cavs 106-86
The AP reports: CLEVELAND -- The New York Knicks came out on top in a matchup between teams at the bottom of the standings Monday night.
Marcus Morris Sr. and Julius Randle each scored 19 points and New York used a strong second half to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 106-86.
Both teams are 12-32 and lead only Atlanta in the Eastern Conference. The Knicks had lost eight of nine. Cleveland, coming off a six-game trip, has lost five in a row and 10 of 12.
Heat rally late, top Kings 118-113 in overtime
The AP reports: MIAMI -- The Miami Heat never led in the fourth quarter.
And they won anyway.
Kendrick Nunn scored 25 points, James Johnson added 22 on 9-for-11 shooting and the Heat improved their NBA-best home record to 19-1 by beating the Sacramento Kings 118-113 in overtime on Monday.
Goran Dragic scored 18 and Bam Adebayo finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Heat, who also lead the NBA with a 7-0 overtime record this season. The Heat have already matched last season's home win total - Miami was 19-22 at home a season ago.
Antetokounmpo has triple-double as Bucks down Bulls 111-98
The AP reports: MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Bucks committed 23 turnovers - and won anyway.
Giannis Antetokounmpo and Co. finished strong on Monday.
Antetokounmpo had a triple-double and scored his 10,000th career point, and the Bucks beat the Chicago Bulls 111-98 to sweep the four-game season series.
Antetokounmpo had 28 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists for his fourth triple-double of the season. He reached 10,000 points on a jump hook with 4:30 remaining in the fourth.
Jrue Holiday scores 36, Pelicans snap Grizzlies' win streak
The AP reports: MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- After seven games off, a well-rested Jrue Holiday matched his best scoring night of the season and helped New Orleans snap the league’s longest winning streak.
Holiday scored 36 points in his return from a left elbow injury as the Pelicans set a franchise record with 21 3-pointers, beating Memphis 126-116 Monday in the Grizzlies' annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Game. Memphis had won seven straight.
Holiday, who hadn’t played since Jan. 4, converted 12 of 18 from the field, including 7 of 10 from 3-point range. Brandon Ingram scored 25 points and Nicolo Melli added 15, including a trio of 3-pointers.
Fournier, Vucevic lead Magic past Hornets 106-83
The AP reports: CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Evan Fournier has been dealing with an illness and was feeling incredibly sluggish before Orlando's game at Charlotte.
So the veteran guard did something he normally doesn't do, slugging down one of those tiny energy shots as he prepared to take the floor.
He said it immediately gave him a spark... It seemed to work for Fournier, who scored 26 points in the Magic's 106-83 victory over the sliding Hornets on Monday... Nikola Vucevic added 24 points and 10 rebounds for Orlando, which closed out a six-game trip with a 3-3 record.
Kemba beats LeBron for 1st time, Celtics top LA 139-107
The AP reports: BOSTON -- Kemba Walker scored 20 points to end a career-long personal losing streak against LeBron James, and Jayson Tatum scored 27 to lead the Boston Celtics past the Los Angeles Lakers 139-107 on Monday night and send the top team in the Western Conference to its biggest loss of the season.
Jaylen Brown scored 20 points and Enes Kanter had 18 points and 11 rebounds for Boston, which snapped a three-game losing streak. The Celtics gave up the first eight points of the game but turned things around when Anthony Davis, playing for the first time in almost two weeks, went to the bench with a pair of fouls 49 seconds apart early in the first quarter.
James had 15 points and 13 assists for the Lakers, who had won 10 of their previous 11 games.
Porter helps Nuggets overtake struggling T-wolves 107-100
The AP reports: MINNEAPOLIS -- Hit hard recently by injuries, the Denver Nuggets have managed to remain on track in the top-heavy Western Conference race.
Michael Porter Jr. has been one of the main reasons.
Porter posted his second double-double in three games with 20 points and 14 rebounds, helping the short-handed Nuggets overtake the Minnesota Timberwolves 107-100 on Monday night... Jerami Grant scored 19 points and Nikola Jokic had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Nuggets, who again had three of their top five scorers absent - Jamal Murray, Paul Millsap and Gary Harris Jr. - and were playing on back-to-back nights.
Spurs cough up big lead, recover for 120-118 win over Suns
The AP reports: PHOENIX -- Bryn Forbes lived a shooter's dream during the first half on Monday night, making seven 3-pointers as the San Antonio Spurs built a big early lead.
The second half wasn't nearly as fun. But Forbes made one more from long distance and it was huge for the Spurs, who coughed up a 20-point cushion before rallying in the final minutes for a 120-118 win over the Phoenix Suns... Derrick White scored a season-high 25 points and Forbes added 24, all on 3s. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 19 and DeMar DeRozan added 18.
Mitchell, Gobert help Jazz dominate Pacers in 118-88 victory
The AP reports: SALT LAKE CITY -- When the Utah Jazz find a rhythm around the basket, few teams can do anything to stop them from dominating on both ends of the court.
That certainly was the case during a 118-88 victory Monday night over the Indiana Pacers. For the bulk of 48 minutes, Utah attacked the rim with relentless energy. The Jazz crashed the boards, didn't trail at all and were never seriously threatened... Donovan Mitchell scored 25 points and Gobert had 20 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Jazz. Bojan Bogdanovic added 16 points and Mike Conley had 14 off the bench.
Lillard scores 61 and Blazers beat Warriors 129-124 in OT
The AP reports: PORTLAND, Ore. -- After setting a Portland record with 61 points, Damian Lillard knew exactly who held the old mark.
Lillard topped his own franchise scoring high Monday night in the Trail Blazers' 129-124 overtime victory against the Golden State Warriors. He also established a team best with 11 3-pointers... He also had 10 rebounds for his 10th double-double of the season, and he made all 16 of his free throws. Hassan Whiteside added 17 points and 21 rebounds for the Blazers (19-26), who snapped a two-game skid.