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NBA DAILY FOR TUESDAY, DEC. 12, 2017

Here's what went down yesterday on NBA courts:

nba game recaps Mirotic, Portis lead way, Bulls blow out Celtics 108-85
The AP reports: CHICAGO -- Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis are starting to draw attention for their play together instead of their fight with each other. Mirotic scored 24 points, Portis added a career-high 23 and the Chicago Bulls blew out Boston 108-85 on Monday night with Celtics star Kyrie Irving sidelined because of a bruised left quadriceps... Al Horford scored 15 for Boston (23-6). Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier added 13 points apiece in the Celtics' most lopsided loss of the season.

Capela, Harden lead Rockets over Pelicans 130-123
The AP reports: HOUSTON -- In a season where the Houston Rockets have become one of the league's best teams, scoring a career-high in points like Clint Capela did on Monday night doesn't get congratulations. It draws comments on how he needs to play like he did over the New Orleans Pelicans more often. Capela scored 28 points and James Harden scored 12 straight points for Houston in the fourth quarter as the Rockets rallied for the 130-123 victory over the Pelicans to extend their winning streak to 10 games... After scoring 48 points in Houston's last game, Harden finished with 26 on Monday, but he tied a career-high with 17 assists, finding the 6-foot-10 Capela under the basket again and again.

Howard's 23 points lead Hornets past Thunder
The AP reports: OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Charlotte Hornets finally won a road game. In a tough spot, too. Dwight Howard scored 23 points to help the Charlotte Hornets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 116-103 on Monday night. It was Charlotte's first victory on the road since Oct. 30 at Memphis... Kemba Walker had 19 points for the Hornets, who had lost seven of eight. Marvin Williams scored 18, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist finished with 17 points. Russell Westbrook had 30 points and seven assists, and Paul George scored 20 points for the Thunder after missing the previous two games with a right calf contusion.

Dragic scores 19 as Heat rout Grizzlies 107-82
The AP reports: MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Goran Dragic and the Miami Heat got into a groove in the second half. Big time. Dragic scored 19 points, and the Heat pulled away from the Memphis Grizzlies for a 107-82 victory on Monday night. Miami had seven players score in double figures in its second straight win. Josh Richardson had 17 points, and reserves Tyler Johnson and Bam Adebayo finished with 14 apiece.

Durant leads short-handed Warriors past Portland 111-104
The AP reports: OAKLAND, Calif. -- Kevin Durant had 28 points, nine rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots, leading the short-handed Golden State Warriors past the sluggish Portland Trail Blazers 111-104 on Monday night. Klay Thompson overcame a cold shooting start to score 24 points as Golden State played without two-time MVP Stephen Curry, who is nursing a sprained right ankle and missed his third straight game. Draymond Green sat out with a sore right shoulder while starting center Zaza Pachulia was sidelined for his second game in a row because of soreness in his left shoulder. Damian Lilliard scored a season-high 39 points with five 3-pointers playing back home in Oakland. He hit a 3-pointer late in the first half with Durant in his face and pumped his arm to celebrate. Durant, who earned Western Conference Player of the Week honors on Monday, shot 11 for 21 and Nick Young contributed 12 points in 13 minutes off the bench before leaving with a concussion in the third quarter.

Clippers end Raptors' streak with 96-91 victory
The AP reports: LOS ANGELES -- Montrezl Harrell scored 17 points and the Los Angeles Clippers rallied over the final 3:21 to beat Toronto 96-91 on Monday night and snap the Raptors' six-game winning streak. DeAndre Jordan had 14 points and 17 rebounds for the Clippers. Their bench outscored Toronto's reserves 50-17, led by Harrell and Lou Williams, who also had 17 points. Milos Teodosic scored 12 points in his return after missing 22 games with a left foot injury. His 3-pointer with 40 seconds left extended the Clippers' lead to 91-87.



NBA DAILY FOR MONDAY, DEC. 11, 2017

Here's what went down yesterday on NBA courts:

nba game recaps DeMar DeRozan leads Raptors to 6th straight win
The AP reports: SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Dwane Casey's 500th career game as Toronto's coach had plenty of moments to go sideways, especially after his team let a 15-point lead slip away in the first half. DeMar DeRozan's decision to be more aggressive in the third quarter kept the Raptors on track and they extended their longest winning streak of the season. DeRozan scored 13 of his 25 points in the third quarter and Toronto held off the Sacramento Kings 102-87 on Sunday for its sixth straight victory. Kyle Lowry added 15 points, 12 rebounds and six assists on an off-night shooting, Serge Ibaka scored 20 points, and C.J. Miles had 11 for the Raptors. They won for the first time in Sacramento since 2014.

Celtics beat Pistons 91-81, getting revenge for rare loss
The AP reports: DETROIT -- The Boston Celtics prevented Andre Drummond from scoring in the paint and quieted Reggie Jackson on the perimeter. That helped Boston get revenge from a rare loss in a 91-81 win over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday. When Detroit beat the Celtics last month, Drummond scored 26 points and Jackson had 20. In the rematch, Drummond didn't make a shot until late in the game and finished with just six points on 1-of-5 shooting while Jackson was 0 for 9 with two points... Al Horford had 18 points, Jaylen Brown scored 12, reserve Marcus Smart also had 12 points and smooth-shooting rookie Jayson Tatum scored 11 for the Celtics.

Oladipo scores career-high 47 as Pacers beat Nuggets in OT
The AP reports: INDIANAPOLIS -- Victor Oladipo is enjoying his return to Indiana. Oladipo, who starred in college at Indiana University, had a career-high 47 points and added seven rebounds and six assists to lead the Pacers to a 126-116 overtime win over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday. The Pacers trailed 114-106 with 2:54 remaining in the fourth before scoring eight straight points, capped by Thad Young's putback with 5 seconds left to tie it. Then, Indiana got the first nine points in overtime to secure its fourth straight win - all at home - while outscoring the Nuggets 12-2 in the extra period... Myles Turner finished with 24 points and eight rebounds, and Lance Stephenson had 12 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Pacers.

Holiday saves Pelicans in 131-124 win over 76ers
The AP reports: NEW ORLEANS -- Right when it looked as if rising star Ben Simmons might lift the 76ers to an unlikely road victory, a guy that used to have Simmons' job in Philadelphia took over in the clutch and rescued the Pelicans. Jrue Holiday made five 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, when he scored 19 of his 34 points, and New Orleans overcame an eight-point deficit in the final period to beat short-handed Philadelphia 131-124 on Sunday night... Rajon Rondo, who sat out the Pelicans' collapse against Sacramento on Friday night, returned with 13 points and 18 assists.

Towns scores 28, Timberwolves hold off Mavericks 97-92
The AP reports: MINNEAPOLIS -- After alternating wins and losses over the previous 10 games, the Minnesota Timberwolves were simply satisfied to pull out a victory against the Mavericks that stopped the back-and-forth swing. Dallas lamented missed opportunities and a chance to continue its improved play of late. Karl-Anthony Towns had 28 points, Jimmy Butler scored 10 of his 22 in the fourth quarter and Minnesota held on for a 97-92 win Sunday night... Towns added 12 rebounds, including four on the offensive end, for his NBA-leading 21st double-double of the season.

Porzingis scores 30, Knicks hold off Hawks for 111-107 win
The AP reports: NEW YORK -- The New York Knicks are still trying to learn how to make winning plays down the stretch, no matter the opponent. For starters, how to hold big leads in the fourth quarter. Or to make sure not to foul 3-point shooters. Or to limit easy opportunities at the free throw line. They did none of this Sunday night and still escaped with a win over one of the worst teams in the NBA. Kristaps Porzingis scored 30 points, Doug McDermott added 23 off the bench and the Knicks withstood a late push from the Atlanta Hawks for a 111-107 victory.



NBA DAILY FOR SUNDAY, DEC. 10, 2017

Here's what went down yesterday on NBA courts:

nba game recaps Clippers beat Wizards 113-112 in wild finish with clock goof
The AP reports: LOS ANGELES -- The way things have been going for the struggling Clippers, it figures a wild finish involving an arcane clock rule would be the way they'd finally win again. Lou Williams hit a go-ahead pull-up 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds remaining, lifting Los Angeles to a 113-112 victory over the Washington Wizards on Saturday to end a four-game skid... After a video review, the referees decided to give Washington possession for a replay, except the Wizards inbounded in the left corner with 1.1 seconds on the clock. Marcin Gortat's jumper bounced off the rim as time expired. Crew chief Bill Spooner told a pool reporter after the game that the referees incorrectly reset the shot clock to 1.1 seconds instead of 0.1. Spooner said the location of the inbounds changed to the point of interruption where Beal caught the ball.

Dragic, Johnson help Heat beat Nets in Mexico City
The AP reports: MEXICO CITY -- The Miami Heat spent a lot of time in the last couple of days as a group of tourists in Mexico City. When they got back in the court, they were all business. Goran Dragic and Tyler Johnson each scored 20 points and Miami beat the Brooklyn Nets 101-89 on Saturday in the Heat's first game in Mexico in franchise history. Playing in front of 19,777 fans at raucous Arena Ciudad de Mexico - and with former Heat star Chris Bosh courtside, around the team for a game for the first time in well over a year - Dragic was 9 of 19 from the field and had seven rebounds for Miami. The Heat snapped a two-game losing streak to improve to 12-13.

Ball sits, Clarkson scores as Lakers beat Hornets 110-99
The AP reports: CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jordan Clarkson believes he's figured out the key to his NBA success: fried chicken and scary movies. The 25-year-old Clarkson said he brought some food into a movie theater and just chilled out on his night off between games - and it helped him immensely... Whatever it was, Clarkson turned in one of his best games with the Los Angeles Lakers, scoring 14 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter of a 110-99 win over the fatigued and short-handed Charlotte Hornets on Saturday night.

Bazemore, Ilyasova lead Hawks past Magic, 117-110
The AP reports: ATLANTA -- Ersan Ilyasova was flawless almost from start to finish Saturday night, and Kent Bazemore was perfect in the final minute for the Atlanta Hawks. They needed it to overcome Nikola Vucevic's first career triple-double. Pretty as it was to watch Ilyasova score 26 points while making all nine of his shots, including five 3-pointers, Bazemore stole the show in scoring six points in an 18-second span in the final minute - four on dunks after steals - in Atlanta's 117-110 vicrtory over Orlando... Johnathan Simmons added a career-high 29 points for Orlando.

Dunn hits late free throws, Bulls edge Knicks 104-102
The AP reports: CHICAGO -- Kris Dunn is a key piece of the Chicago Bulls' rebuilding effort. He wants to be a key to the team's success. Dunn made two free throws with 2.9 seconds left to give the Bulls a 104-102 victory over the New York Knicks on Saturday night... Nikola Mirotic, in just his second game of the season, had 19 points to help Chicago win its second straight. Dunn finished with 17 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, and Luari Markkanen and David Nwaba had 15 points apiece. Nwaba had 11 points in the fourth quarter.

James has 58th career triple-double; Cavs rally past 76ers
The AP reports: CLEVELAND -- LeBron James made certain the Cavaliers' losing ways lasted only one day. James had his 58th career triple-double and Cleveland rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 105-98 on Saturday night. James had 30 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists to help the Cavaliers bounce back from a loss in Indiana on Friday night that ended their 13-game winning streak. The Cavaliers didn't arrive in Cleveland until 4.a.m. after their flight from Indianapolis was delayed.

Antetokounmpo scores 37 points, Bucks beat Jazz 117-100
The AP reports: MILWAUKEE -- The game was already well in hand for the Milwaukee Bucks, but a thunderous dunk by Giannis Antetokounmpo in the final minute provided an exclamation point on a successful stretch of three home games in four days. Antetokounmpo finished with 37 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists and the Bucks beat the Utah Jazz 117-100 on Saturday night for their third consecutive victory. Milwaukee is five games over .500 for the first time since Feb. 28, 2015, and is off to its best start through 25 games since also starting 15-10 in the 2005-06 season.

Depleted Spurs beat Suns for 8th win in 9 games
The AP reports: PHOENIX -- San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich says Bryn Forbes has "never seen a shot he didn't like." There was one in particular that both of them must have loved Saturday night. Forbes sank his only 3-pointer of the night with 21.5 seconds to play and the severely depleted Spurs held off a fourth-quarter Phoenix rally to beat the Suns 104-101... The Spurs left Pau Gasol and Manu Ginobili home to rest after a victory over Boston on Friday night and had Danny Green (left groin tightness) and Kyle Anderson (left MCL sprain) out with injuries.

Westbrook's triple-double leads Thunder past Grizzlies in OT
The AP reports: MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Even struggling from the field, Russell Westbrook managed to record a triple-double, and he converted two game-winning free throws in overtime. Westbrook's free throws with 5.2 seconds left gave him 20 points on the night to go with 14 assists and 11 rebounds as the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied for a 102-101 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night... "It was the extra kind of urgency," said Thunder center Steven Adams, who along with Carmelo Anthony led Oklahoma City with 21 points and nine rebounds each.

James Harden scores 48 points, Rockets win 9th in row
The AP reports: PORTLAND, Ore. -- The NBA's hottest team has found a home on the road. Houston won its ninth consecutive game after James Harden scored 48 points and the Rockets rallied from 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 124-117 on Saturday night. The Rockets, who trailed for most of the game, won their eighth consecutive road game, running their season road record to 12-1. It is Houston's best road start since the 1996-97 season. Harden hit 16 of 29 shots and grabbed eight rebounds, while Chris Paul scored 24 points and Trevor Ariza had 13 for Houston. The Rockets' 20-4 record is the best by percentage in the NBA this season.



NBA DAILY FOR SATURDAY, DEC. 9, 2017

Here's what went down yesterday on NBA courts:

nba game recaps Warriors beat Pistons 102-98 to finish unbeaten trip
The AP reports: DETROIT -- It wasn't a perfect road trip for Golden State - not with Stephen Curry going down with an ankle injury - but the Warriors made it through with an unblemished record. Kevin Durant scored 13 of his 36 points in the third quarter, and the Warriors beat the Detroit Pistons 102-98 on Friday night to finish 6-0 on the trip. They've played the past two games without Curry, who is recovering from a sprained right ankle... Avery Bradley scored 25 points for the Pistons, who have lost five straight. Detroit led 50-46 at halftime.

Oladipo, Pacers end Cavaliers 13-game winning streak
The AP reports: INDIANAPOLIS -- Victor Oladipo keeps delivering knockout blows. And nobody in the NBA seems to be immune from his closing flurries. Two nights after beating the league's worst team with a late 3-pointer, Indiana's new shooting guard did it again with another late 3 and the Pacers beat Cleveland 106-102 on Friday to end the Cavaliers' 13-game winning streak. Oladipo finished with 33 points, eight rebounds and six 3s and played so well that Cavs coach Tyronn Lue called him an All-Star.

Kenneth Faried, bench lead Nuggets past Magic, 103-89
The AP reports: ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Denver Nuggets needed a spark after a miserable first quarter Friday night, and they got something more like a fire from their bench in a 103-89 victory over the Orlando Magic. Kenneth Faried led the way with 20 points and 10 rebounds and Denver rebounded from a 14-point first quarter with a 53-16 advantage in bench scoring... Will Barton added 19 points. Emmanuel Mudiay had 18 and Beasley 12 for the Nuggets. Only Barton started.

Markkanen scores 24, Bulls end skid with OT win over Hornets
The AP reports: CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Chicago Bulls thought they were trending in the right direction in the last few games of their 10-game losing streak. On Friday night, they kept their poise and finished strong. Lauri Markkanen had 24 points, including a key 3-pointer in overtime, and 12 rebounds to lead Chicago to a 119-111 win over the Charlotte Hornets... Robin Lopez had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Chicago. Kris Dunn scored 20 points, Justin Holiday had 17 and David Nwaba chipped in with 11 for the Bulls, who are 2-0 against Charlotte and 2-20 against the rest of the league. Dwight Howard had 25 points and 20 rebounds to lead the Hornets, his second 20-20 game of the season. Kemba Walker added 20 points, and Marvin Williams had a season-high 17.

Zach Randolph leads Kings past Pelicans in OT
The AP reports: NEW ORLEANS -- DeMarcus Cousins looked like he was going to haunt his former team again. But the other main piece in the trade that brought Cousins to New Orleans ended up making the biggest play on Friday night. Buddy Hield scored eight points down the stretch, including a 3-pointer with 34 seconds left that forced overtime, and the Sacramento Kings beat the Pelicans 116-109. Zach Randolph made two of his career-high five 3-pointers to start overtime and finished with a season-high 35 points. He also had 13 rebounds... Hield finished with 18 points off the bench, Fox added 14 points and Frank Mason III scored 12 for the Kings, who won for just the fourth time in 15 road games this season. Cousins led New Orleans with 38 points and 11 rebounds, but in the fourth quarter and overtime he had just five points, making 2 of 12 shots and missing all five 3-point attempts.

Middleton's clutch shooting lifts Bucks over Mavs 109-102
The AP reports: MILWAUKEE -- All Khris Middleton needed to get going on offense was to create a little space. Once Middleton's first couple shots started falling, he was tough to stop , especially in front of a friendly crowd in a tight game in the fourth quarter. Middleton scored 12 of his 31 points in the final 4:38, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 27 points and 11 rebounds, and the Milwaukee Bucks rallied for a 109-102 win over the last-place Dallas Mavericks on Friday night... Eric Bledsoe added 24 points for the Bucks, who erased an 11-point deficit late in the third quarter to pick up their fifth win in six games.

Raptors use 4th-quarter surge to beat Grizzlies 116-107
The AP reports: MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Toronto finally got untracked enough for a good start to a four-game trip. Despite trailing by 17 in the first half, the Raptors worked through their problems, upped their game after intermission and pulled away from Memphis for a 116-107 victory Friday night. "I think we were more frustrated with ourselves that we let ourselves get down 17 points," said guard DeMar DeRozan, who led the Raptors with 26 points... Serge Ibaka matched his season high with 21 points, Kyle Lowry added 16 points and eight assists, and Fred VanVleet had 12 points to help the Raptors win their fifth straight.

Aldridge, Ginobili rescue Spurs against Celtics, 105-102
The AP reports: SAN ANTONIO -- The Boston Celtics are flush with young talent, but those youthful legs were done in by a 40-year-old Spurs veteran fresh from a "killer nap." Manu Ginobili, who has teetered on the brink of retirement the past two offseasons, hit a high-arcing 3-pointer with 5 seconds remaining and San Antonio beat Boston 105-102 on Friday night, snapping the Celtics' four-game winning streak... LaMarcus Aldridge had 27 points and 10 rebounds for San Antonio... Irving finished 13 for 21, including 6 for 10 on 3-pointers, but missed his final two 3s. His final 3-point attempt rattled in and out as the buzzer sounded.



NBA DAILY FOR FRIDAY, DEC. 8, 2017

Here's what went down yesterday on NBA courts:

nba game recaps Ingram's 3-pointer lifts Lakers over 76ers
The AP reports: PHILADELPHIA -- LaVar Ball's fourth-quarter taunts to Philly fans turned up the volume on an already raucous atmosphere. His son, Lonzo, later helped silence the sold-out crowd. Brandon Ingram scored 21 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds remaining on an assist from Lonzo Ball, to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 107-104 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night. Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson added 16 points apiece for the Lakers, who snapped a five-game losing streak... Lonzo Ball finished with 10 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

Bradley Beal scores 34 points, Wizards beat Suns 109-99
The AP reports: PHOENIX -- Bradley Beal was asked if there is a certain feel to a high-scoring night, moments after the Washington Wizards guard's second offensive outburst in two games. "I don't come into a game thinking that I'm going to score 50 or 40," Beal said after scoring 34 points in the Wizards' 109-99 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday... Beal made 13 of 22 shots two nights after scoring 51 points in a victory at Portland. He had 22 points in the first half, and his 85 points in two games are the most by a Wizards player over a two-game span since Gilbert Arenas had 85 in games Dec. 22 and 26, 2006. Former Sun Markieff Morris added 21 points, and the Wizards made 51 percent of their shots. Washington has won three of four.

Short-handed Nets beat Thunder 100-95 in Mexico City
The AP reports: MEXICO CITY -- Caris Levert scored 21 points, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 17 and short-handed Brooklyn overcame another strong performance by Russell Westbrook to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 100-95 on Thursday night in the first of the Nets' two games in Mexico City. Westbrook had 31 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Allen Crabbe had 15 points for Brooklyn, which played without guards Jeremy Lin and D'Angelo Russell because of injuries.

Rockets pull away for 112-101 win over Jazz
The AP reports: SALT LAKE CITY -- James Harden and the Houston Rockets are defined by their explosive offense, and it got the best of the Utah Jazz on Thursday night. Harden scored 29 points, Ryan Anderson added 23 and Houston overwhelmed the Jazz during the third quarter in a 112-101 victory. The Rockets totaled seven 3-pointers in the third, which equaled the number of field goals for Utah in the same stretch. Harden and Anderson each shot 3 of 4 from the perimeter in the quarter... Chris Paul added 18 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds for the Rockets.