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NBA DAILY FOR SAT, MARCH 25, 2017
Recap of Friday's NBA games
Jokic has 31 points, 17 rebounds, Nuggets top Pacers 125-117
The AP reports: INDIANAPOLIS -- Nikola Jokic had 31 points, 17 rebounds and a big 3-pointer to turn back a late Indiana rally, and the Denver Nuggets beat the Pacers 125-117 on Friday night.
Wilson Chandler scored 12 of his 24 points in the opening quarter, and Danilo Gallinari added 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Nuggets.
Jokic had 21 points and 12 rebounds by halftime, helping Denver open an 11-point lead, but Indiana staged a furious rally in the final minutes to trim a 23-point deficit to five before Jokic's 3-pointer with 1:28 remaining.
All-Star forward Paul George scored 27 points for Indiana, while Jeff Teague had 21 and Myles Turner added 20.
Payton's triple-double helps Magic rout Pistons 115-87
The AP reports: ORLANDO, Fla. -- The late-season shift to a smaller and quicker lineup has seemed to benefit all of the remaining Orlando Magic players, especially Elfrid Payton.
The third-year player has been on an impressive run since Frank Vogel made the change to small ball just before All-Star break, and his latest impressive performance further damaged Detroit's playoff hopes.
Payton continued his impressive run Friday night with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists - his fourth triple-double in the last 10 games and seventh of his career - in helping the Magic rout the slumping Pistons 115-87.
Wizards jump out early, cruise to 129-108 victory over Nets
The AP reports: WASHINGTON -- After waking up with a migraine headache on Friday, John Wall could at least go to bed knowing his Washington Wizards are back in the playoffs.
Wall overcame his symptoms to score 22 points, Bradley Beal added 19, and the Wizards defeated the Brooklyn Nets 129-108 on Friday to help secure their third postseason berth in four years... Brandon Jennings had 18 points, one of three Wizards bench players to score in double-figures.
James to see eye doctor after 112-105 win over Hornets
The AP reports: CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- LeBron James sat at his locker dabbing his right eye with a wet compress while having difficulty keeping it open.
A battle scar from a rough night.
James will meet with an eye doctor after a physical game in which he got poked in the eye by Jeremy Lamb, but remained in the game to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a Central Division-clinching 112-105 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night.
James finished with 32 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds as the Cavaliers bounced back from their worst defensive outing of the season Wednesday night in a loss to the Denver Nuggets.
Booker scores 70 in Boston, but Celtics outlast Suns 130-120
The AP reports: BOSTON -- Devin Booker is only 20 and already has a place alongside Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant and just a few others in NBA history.
Booker scored 70 points , becoming the sixth different player to reach that total, but the Boston Celtics outlasted the Phoenix Suns 130-120 on Friday night.
David Thompson, David Robinson and Elgin Baylor are the NBA's only other 70-point scorers. Baylor also held the previous record against the Celtics with 64 points in Minneapolis for the Lakers on Nov. 8, 1959.
Career nights for Saric, Long lift 76ers past Bulls, 117-107
The AP reports: CHICAGO -- With many of his fellow high draftees sidelined, Dario Saric has turned into the leader for whatever is left of the Philadelphia 76ers.
He even deferred credit on his career night to one of his less-heralded teammates.
With only 10 players available, Saric scored a career-high 32 points to lead the 76ers to a 117-107 win over the Chicago Bulls, who are fighting for their playoff lives.
Saric added 10 rebounds but deflected praise to rookie teammate Shawn Long, who had 18 points in his ninth career game.
Harden's 38 points lead Rockets over Pelicans 117-107
The AP reports: HOUSTON -- After winning just 41 games in last year's disappointing season, the Houston Rockets acknowledged their 50th win on Friday night.
However, they weren't celebrating it.
"Sixty would be nice," coach Mike D'Antoni said smiling. "We may celebrate that one. But not 50."
It's probably unlikely with just 10 regular-season games left, so for now the Rockets are simply focused on improving before the postseason begins.
James Harden scored 38 points, including eight down the stretch, and tied a career high with 17 assists to help the Rockets pull away for a 117-107 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.
Streaking Bucks beat Hawks 100-97, position for postseason
The AP reports: MILWAUKEE -- Giannis Antetokounmpo isn't waiting for the playoffs to play with postseason intensity.
The young All-Star threw down a windmill dunk, drew defensive attention to open up lanes for teammates and contorted his athletic, 6-foot-11 frame along the sideline to save a late possession for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Antetokounmpo picked up his second straight double-double with 34 points and 13 rebounds, and rookie Malcolm Brogdon had 14 points and seven assists in a 100-97 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.
The Bucks, who have won 11 of 13 games, moved into a tie with Atlanta for fifth place in the Eastern Conference, though the Hawks still hold the tiebreaker. Atlanta has lost six straight.
Warriors win sixth straight, beat Kings 114-100
The AP reports: OAKLAND, Calif. -- On a night when the Warriors were uncharacteristically off while shooting from the perimeter, they made up for it with the type of ball movement that has become the norm for coach Steve Kerr's team.
With the regular-season winding down, it's just another encouraging sign for a Golden State squad trying to secure home-court advantage through the playoffs.
Stephen Curry had 27 points, seven rebounds and a season-high 12 assists, and the Warriors beat the Sacramento Kings 114-100 on Friday night.
Lakers beat Wolves 130-119 in OT to snap 6-game skid
The AP reports: LOS ANGELES -- Jordan Clarkson had career highs of 35 points and eight 3-pointers, and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 130-119 in overtime Friday night to snap a six-game skid.
Julius Randle added 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Lakers, who earned just their second victory since the All-Star break. They had lost 15 of 16 coming into the matchup of last-place teams in their respective divisions.
Andrew Wiggins scored 36 points before fouling out with 1:17 left in OT and Karl-Anthony Towns added 25 points and 13 rebounds for Minnesota, which dropped its fifth in a row.
NBA DAILY FOR FRI, MARCH 24, 2017
Recap of Thursday's NBA games
DeRozan gets 40, Raptors rally again to beat Heat 101-84
The AP reports: MIAMI -- Down by 15 early, the Toronto Raptors had no reason to panic.
Trouble brings out their best.
DeMar DeRozan scored 40 points - doing that back-to-back for the first time in his career - and the Raptors clamped down defensively in the final three quarters to beat the Miami Heat 101-84 on Thursday night.
Toronto has now won 19 games this season after trailing by at least 10 points, more than any team in the NBA... Playing with 13 stitches in his right hand and some padding and bandages to protect the injury, Hassan Whiteside had 16 points and 14 rebounds for Miami. Whiteside seemed a bit limited - his first two shots were rather gentle dunks, not his usual make-the-backboard-shake variety.
Nets beat Suns 126-98 for 1st two-game win streak of season
The AP reports: NEW YORK -- The Brooklyn Nets finally have a winning streak.
Brook Lopez scored 19 points, K.J. McDaniels had a season-high 16 and the Nets beat the Phoenix Suns 126-98 on Thursday night to give them consecutive victories for the first time this season.
"I think for us, on the outside looking in it's like, `Man, that's pretty sad,'" guard Jeremy Lin said. "I guess it is. But on the inside, we'll take every step in the right direction, we'll continue to take and appreciate it and be grateful for it. I think what's happening right now is we are raising our standards slowly."
Trevor Booker added 14 points for the league-worst Nets (15-56), who beat Detroit on Tuesday. They are 6-9 since the All-Star break - not bad considering that started with an eight-game road trip.
Barnes' late basket, steal put Mavs past Clippers, 97-95
The AP reports: DALLAS -- Harrison Barnes thrived in a new position on Thursday night, and so did the Mavericks.
Barnes made the go-ahead basket, then stole the ball from Blake Griffin with 3.9 seconds left as Dallas beat the Los Angeles Clippers 97-95.
Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle started a big lineup, with Barnes moving from power forward to small forward... Griffin scored 21 points, including nine in a row in the fourth quarter, but he missed his last three shots and turned the ball over four times in the game.
Aldridge, Leonard lead Spurs to 97-90 win over Grizzlies
The AP reports: SAN ANTONIO -- The Memphis Grizzlies got into the Spurs defensively, pushing San Antonio around and making every possession a fierce fight.
The Spurs enjoyed it, especially their defensive-minded coach.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points, Kawhi Leonard added 19 and San Antonio beat Memphis 97-90 on Thursday night in a possible first-round playoff preview... Mike Conley had 22 points and six assists for Memphis, which fell 1 1/2 games behind Oklahoma City for sixth place.
Marc Gasol, who had 13 points, was the only other Grizzlies player in double figures.
Lillard scores 30, Trail Blazers rout Knicks 110-95
The AP reports: PORTLAND, Ore. -- Damian Lillard knows what can happen in games like Thursday.
So with the New York Knicks sitting Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose, Lillard made sure the Portland Trail Blazers didn't go easy on the guys who did play.
Lillard scored 30 points and the Trail Blazers never trailed in a 110-95 victory... Lillard had 15 in the first quarter as Portland opened a 14-point lead.
NBA DAILY FOR THU, MARCH 23, 2017
Recap of Wednesday's NBA games
Hornets rally in the fourth quarter for 109-102 win
The AP reports: ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Charlotte Hornets aren't sure they have enough time to climb into the Eastern Conference playoff picture, but the feeling is whatever chance they have is giving them purpose down the stretch.
The Hornets certainly looked the part of a team on a mission Wednesday night as they fought back from an early fourth-quarter deficit to defeat Orlando 109-102 for their third straight victory. Charlotte also swept the four-game season series with the Magic.
"It just gives us a chance, it gives us a reason to keep fighting," said Charlotte guard Kemba Walker, who finished with 22 points and seven assists.
Thomas scores 25; Celtics stay hot at home with 109-100 win
The AP reports: BOSTON -- The Boston Celtics just needed a little reminder to focus on playing instead of worrying about where they were in the Eastern Conference playoff chase.
A loss on Sunday was perfect for that.
Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points, Avery Bradley had 18 with eight rebounds and the Celtics beat the Indiana Pacers 109-100 on Wednesday night for their fifth win in six games... Al Horford added 15 points with eight boards and eight assists, and Jae Crowder also scored 15 points for Boston, which won for the 12th time in 13 home games.
Paul George led the Pacers with 37 points and Jeff Teague had 25. Indiana has alternated by winning and losing in its last 15 games.
Mirotic scores season-high 28, Bulls beat Pistons 117-95
The AP reports: CHICAGO -- Out of the rotation at times and with his contract set to expire, Nikola Mirotic understands what's at stake for him as the season winds down.
Games like this certainly don't hurt.
Mirotic scored a season-high 28 points, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Detroit Pistons 117-95 in a matchup between struggling teams fighting for a playoff spot on Wednesday night.
Mirotic shot 12 of 15 and made 4 of 6 3-point attempts to lead Chicago to an easy win after dropping eight of 10. He's set to become a restricted free agent, meaning his future is in question.
Westbrook posts 35th triple-double; Thunder roll past 76ers
The AP reports: OKLAHOMA CITY -- Add another first for Russell Westbrook - a triple-double without missing a shot.
Westbrook recorded his 35th triple-double of the season with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists and the Oklahoma City Thunder cruised to a 122-97 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.
He did so while making all six of his field-goal attempts and all six of his free throws. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, no NBA player previously has had a triple-double without missing a shot attempt or free throw... Nik Stauskas led the 76ers with 20 points, reaching the 20-point mark in consecutive games for the first time in his career.
Beal, Wall lead Wizards to 104-100 win over Hawks
The AP reports: WASHINGTON -- Bradley Beal scored 28 points and John Wall added all 22 of his in the second half to help the Washington Wizards to a 104-100 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.
Wall also had 10 assists on a night he shot just 6 of 21 from the floor, including two assists to Beal during a late 14-2 run that helped Washington ensure victory after Atlanta had led by as many as 12 early.
Ian Mahinmi had 10 rebounds off the bench as the Wizards used a 55-44 edge on the glass to overcome 40 percent shooting.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 29 points and Dennis Schroder had 18 to lead the Hawks, who fell to their fifth consecutive defeat.
Chandler leads Nuggets past Cavs 126-113
The AP reports: DENVER -- Wilson Chandler scored 18 points in his return from a four-game absence with a pulled groin and provided stellar defense on LeBron James in the Denver Nuggets' 126-113 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.
The Nuggets bounced back from consecutive heartbreaking last-second losses to Houston with a signature win that increased their lead to 1 1/2 games over idle Portland in the race for the final playoff spot in the West.
Will Barton scored 20 points, Kenneth Faried added 17 and Jamal Murray had 15 off the bench for Denver, which also got 21 points from Gary Harris and 16 from Nikola Jokic.
Kyrie Irving led the Cavs with 33 points but James had just 18 and the two stars sat out much of the fourth quarter with Cleveland trailing by double digits.
Antetokounmpo's 32 points lead Bucks over Kings
The AP reports: SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Giannis Antetokounmpo had 32 points, 13 rebounds and six assists for the streaking Milwaukee Bucks, who cruised to a 116-98 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.
The win moved the Bucks into a tie with Indiana for the sixth spot, one game behind fifth-place Atlanta in the tight Eastern Conference playoff race. The Bucks have been the NBA's hottest team the past three weeks, winning 10 of 12 games.
Greg Monroe had 15 points for the Bucks, who have won two straight and four of five. Mirza Teletovic and Khris Middleton had 13 points each and Malcolm Brogdon had 12. Milwaukee made 16 of 35 3-point attempts.
Rookie Buddy Hield had 21 points and Tyreke Evans added 18 for the Kings.
Gobert scores career-high 35, Jazz beat Knicks 108-101
The AP reports: SALT LAKE CITY -- Rudy Gobert scored a career-high 35 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and the Utah Jazz rallied from 13 down to defeat the New York Knicks 108-101 on Wednesday night.
The Jazz snapped a three-game losing streak, while the Knicks dropped their third in a row.
Gobert carried the Jazz throughout with the 7-foot-1 Frenchman scoring off pick-and-rolls, offensive rebound put-backs and even going full-court for a dunk after a steal. The Jazz struggled on offense, but Gobert connected on 13 of 14 shots.
NBA DAILY FOR WED, MARCH 22, 2017
Recap of Tuesday's NBA games
Raptors snap 11-game losing against Bulls with 122-120 win
The AP reports: TORONTO -- The Toronto Raptors fought and scrapped their way to their first victory over the Chicago Bulls in years.
DeMar DeRozan led the way.
DeRozan had 42 points, and the Raptors snapped an 11-game losing streak against the Bulls by rallying for a wild 122-120 overtime win on Tuesday night... DeRozan set a franchise record with 38 shot attempts, making 17, and also finished with eight assists. Cory Joseph had 19 points for the Raptors, and Serge Ibaka scored 16 before he was ejected for his role in a memorable fight with Robin Lopez during the third quarter.
Whiteside gets hurt late, leads Heat past Suns, 112-97
The AP reports: MIAMI -- Hassan Whiteside was enjoying a record-setting night.
By the end, none of that mattered.
Whiteside needed 13 stitches postgame to close a cut in his right hand, overshadowing his 23-point, 14-rebound performance that helped the Miami Heat beat the Phoenix Suns 112-97 on Tuesday.
The win put Miami back into playoff position in the Eastern Conference. Those postseason hopes may hinge on how soon Whiteside can play again.
Lopez's jumper at buzzer gives Nets 98-96 win over Pistons
The AP reports: NEW YORK -- While his twin brother was throwing punches, Brook Lopez landed a blow that really hurt.
Lopez made a jumper as time expired to give the Brooklyn Nets a 98-96 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.
He had heard even before he ended the game about what happened in Toronto, where Robin Lopez was ejected along with the Raptors' Serge Ibaka for fighting... Harris had 24 points for the Pistons, who dropped a game back of Miami for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Cousins dominates as Pelicans beat Grizzlies 95-82
The AP reports: NEW ORLEANS -- DeMarcus Cousins just lost his head band, not his head.
It was a good look for him, and the surging New Orleans Pelicans.
The mercurial Cousins enjoyed his most prolific performance yet with the Pelicans, pouring in 41 points and grabbing 17 rebounds, and New Orleans beat the Memphis Grizzlies 95-82 on Tuesday night... Davis added 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Pelicans, who won for the fifth time in six games while snapping Memphis' four-game winning streak. The Pelicans are now 3 1/2 games out of the final Western Conference playoff spot with 11 to play.
Warriors get 28th road win with 112-87 win over Mavs
The AP reports: DALLAS -- A double dose of Curry, with big brother coming out on top again.
Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors picked up their 28th road victory over the season with a 112-87 win over younger brother Seth and the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night... Klay Thompson had 23 points with five 3-pointers for the defending NBA champions and the first team ever to win at least 28 road games in three consecutive seasons. The Warriors have a record 90 wins away from home during that span.
Leonard, Aldridge help Spurs outlast Timberwolves
The AP reports: MINNEAPOLIS -- The San Antonio Spurs appeared to be in trouble when Kawhi Leonard had to go to the bench in the fourth quarter after getting poked in his left eye.
The Minnesota Timberwolves sliced an eight-point deficit in half to jump back into the game. But Leonard returned just in time to help the Spurs to a much-needed win.
Leonard scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half and hit a go-ahead jumper with 54 seconds to play to help the Spurs to a 100-93 victory Tuesday night... LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points for the Spurs, who scored 35 points off of 23 turnovers by Minnesota for a much-needed victory. Now they head home for a challenging four-game stay trailing the Golden State Warriors by 2 1/2 games for the top seed in the Western Conference.
Middleton has 26 and Bucks beat the Blazers 93-90
The AP reports: PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Milwaukee Bucks were primed for Portland's late-game surge.
Khris Middleton scored 26 points, and the Bucks outlasted the Trail Blazers for a 93-90 victory on Tuesday night... Giannis Antetokounmpo added 22 points for the Bucks (35-35), who have won nine of 11 as they jostle for playoff positon in the Eastern Conference. They are a half-game ahead of Miami for the seventh spot... Damian Lillard led Portland with 31 points, and CJ McCollum added 21. Jusuf Nurkic had 11 points and 14 rebounds.
Paul leads Clippers in blowout, watches end with young son
The AP reports: LOS ANGELES -- Chris Paul and the Clippers have taken firm hold of supremacy in their Los Angeles rivalry with the Lakers.
They're victory Tuesday night was so dominant, Paul even got to slide in some unexpected family time at the end.
Paul scored 27 points before watching the completion of a blowout with his young son on the bench, and the Clippers beat the Lakers 133-109 for yet another win in the battle of Los Angeles.
The Clippers have won 17 of the last 19 meetings with the Lakers.