NBA Daily Roundup
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NBA DAILY FOR FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2020
Tatum scores 39, Celtics hold off Clippers 141-133 in 2OT
The AP reports: BOSTON -- Jayson Tatum didn't want to smile. But sometimes the moment calls for it.
The Celtics were trailing 124-123 in the final minute of overtime in their back-and-forth slugfest with the Clippers and Tatum found himself defended by Landry Shamet and Montrezl Harrell. Tatum hesitated, sidestepped Shamet, then spun around Harrell for a layup. As the crowd cheered around him, Tatum led out a loud yell, flexing his arms.
The play didn't win the game and gave Tatum just two of the 39 points he scored in Boston's thrilling 141-133 double-overtime win on Thursday night. But it's the latest sign that the first-time All-Star is getting more comfortable as a go-to player... Marcus Smart added 31 points and Gordon Hayward finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Kemba Walker had 19 points and nine rebounds. Tatum and Smart combined for 16 of Boston's 27 points in the overtime periods.
InsideHoops.com notes: Paul George played limited minutes in this, while the Clippers remained without Patrick Beverley. The Celtics are still without Jaylen Brown.
Gallinari, Paul push Thunder past Zion, Pelicans 123-118
The AP reports: NEW ORLEANS -- The veteran savvy of Danilo Gallinari and Chris Paul helped Oklahoma City withstand the latest stirring performance by Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson.
Gallinari scored 11 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter, Paul had 14 points and 12 assists, and the Thunder beat New Orleans 123-118 on Thursday night... Williamson set his new single-game scoring mark with 32 points for New Orleans, his second straight game scoring more than 30, but Gallinari's clutch shooting kept the Pelicans at bay... Dennis Schroder scored 22 points for the Thunder and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 17 points.
NBA DAILY FOR THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2020
Mitchell scores 26, Jazz beats the Heat 116-101
The AP reports: SALT LAKE CITY -- Facing Miami's tough zone defense a second time, the Utah Jazz finally figured it out.
The Jazz balanced patience and aggression. They attacked the rim and kept the ball moving as much as possible to prevent getting bogged down and forcing bad shots.
The result was a 116-101 victory over the Heat on Wednesday night... Bojan Bogdanovic added 22 points and Jordan Clarkson chipped in 21 points off the bench for the Jazz. Rudy Gobert had 16 points and 20 rebounds as Utah won its fourth straight game.
Jimmy Butler scored 25 points to lead the Heat. Duncan Robinson added 18 points and Jae Crowder chipped in 15 off the bench.
Cavaliers end 12-game home skid, beat Hawks 127-105
The AP reports: CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Cavaliers finally had some fun on their home court Wednesday night.
Tristan Thompson scored 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Larry Nance Jr. had a career-high 23 points, and the Cavaliers broke a 12-game home losing streak, defeating the Atlanta Hawks 127-105.
Cleveland was coming off the worst home loss in franchise history, a 133-92 rout by the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday. The Cavaliers won at home for the first time since beating the Hawks on Dec. 23.
Gordon, Fultz lead Magic to 116-112 OT win over Pistons
The AP reports: ORLANDO, Fla. -- Aaron Gordon and Markelle Fultz saved the Orlando Magic from going into the All-Star break with an embarrassing loss.
Gordon scored 25 points and Markelle Fultz added 21 as the Magic rallied to beat the Detroit Pistons 116-112 in overtime on Wednesday night... Gordon, who also had nine rebounds and nine assists, hit two 3-point shots, the second of which tied the game 103-all with 1:03 left after Detroit had taken a seven-point lead.
Pacers pull away late to beat Bucks, snap 6-game skid
The AP reports: INDIANAPOLIS -- Malcolm Brogdon flipped the script Wednesday night.
Rather than watch another late lead slip away, the Indiana Pacers guard found his finishing touch.
Brogdon thwarted Milwaukee's charge with a nearly perfect fourth-quarter performance, helping the the Pacers hold on for a 118-111 victory while snapping a season-worst six-game losing streak.
Raptors' 15-game win streak snapped with 101-91 loss to Nets
The AP reports: NEW YORK -- The Toronto Raptors were hoping to keep rolling right into the All-Star break.
Instead, they had their franchise-record winning streak stopped at 15 games with a 101-91 loss to the Brooklyn Nets. Still, the reigning NBA champions are 40-15 despite losing Kawhi Leonard last summer and battling injuries all season, so they could easily shrug off a poor performance Wednesday... Caris LeVert scored 20 points for the Nets, who ended a six-game losing streak against the Raptors. That included Saturday in Toronto, where LeVert scored a career-best 37 points but the Nets fell 119-118.
Beal scores 30, Wizards rally in 4th, beat Knicks 114-96
The AP reports: NEW YORK -- Bradley Beal was not selected for the All-Star Game this weekend. His performance against the New York Knicks on Wednesday night showed he deserved the nod.
Beal scored 30 points and led the Washington Wizards' fourth-quarter surge in a 114-96 win over the Knicks... Davis Bertans added 16 points, Isaac Bonga had 13 and Troy Brown Jr. scored 11 as Washington closed out the victory with a 34-19 run.
Graham, Hornets rally to beat Timberwolves 115-108
The AP reports: MINNEAPOLIS -- The young Charlotte Hornets are riding some positive vibes into the All-Star break.
Devonte' Graham scored 28 points and Malik Monk added 25 to lead the Hornets to a 115-108 comeback win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.
Miles Bridges added 20 points as Charlotte won its second consecutive game ahead of a seven-day layoff. That after a stretch when the Hornets lost 13 of 14.
Clarke leads Grizzlies to a 111-104 win over Trail Blazers
The AP reports: MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Memphis Grizzlies cushioned their lead for the final playoff spot in the West on a night when Portland’s Damian Lillard injured his groin.
Brandon Clarke matched his career high with 27 points, Ja Morant had 20 points and nine assists as the Grizzlies went into the All-Star break with a 111-104 victory over the Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.
Clarke scored consistently at the rim on lobs off the pick-and-roll. He connected on 12 of 14 shots, part of Memphis outscoring Portland 76-34 in the paint – a category in which the Grizzlies lead the league.
Doncic shines in return from injury, Mavs beat Kings 130-111
The AP reports: DALLAS -- Before heading to the All-Star game to play with his basketball idol, Luka Doncic returned from injury to test a pairing that's a lot more important to the Dallas Mavericks sensation.
The 20-year-old Slovenian and fellow Euro star Kristaps Porzingis will want to keep this up after the break.
Doncic had 33 points and 12 rebounds after missing seven games with a sprained right ankle while Porzingis chipped in 27 points with 13 boards, leading the Mavericks to a 130-111 win over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.
Devin Booker scores 27 points, Suns top Warriors 112-106
The AP reports: PHOENIX -- Suns guard Devin Booker was serenaded with chants of “All-Star! All-Star!” in the final seconds Wednesday night as he hit two free throws that sealed his team's 112-106 win over the Golden State Warriors.
Despite the crowd's insistence, Booker isn't an All-Star just yet. That could change very soon.
Booker scored 27 points on the same night that Portland's Damian Lillard injured his groin. Lillard said after his game that he won't play in the NBA All-Star Game this weekend in Chicago, opening the door for Booker to possibly be an injury replacement.
James' triple double, Davis lead Lakers past Nuggets 120-116
The AP reports: DENVER -- LeBron James wasn't about to coast into the All-Star break, and neither was Anthony Davis.
"I could tell they were locked in pregame. LeBron had his jersey with like 80 minutes to go before the game," guard Alex Caruso said after the Los Angeles Lakers' 120-116 overtime triumph in Denver on Wednesday night.
James posted his 12th triple-double of the season, tied with Luka Doncic for the NBA lead, and Davis scored seven of his 33 points in overtime as the Western Conference leaders took a 41-12 record and a four-game lead over second-place Denver into the All-Star break.
NBA DAILY FOR WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2020
Richardson, Simmons lead 76ers past Clippers 110-103
The AP reports: PHILADELPHIA -- Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid kept the Philadelphia 76ers close until Josh Richardson took over.
Richardson scored 17 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Sixers beat the Los Angeles Clippers 110-103 on Tuesday night.
Simmons had 26 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for Philadelphia, which has the NBA's best home record at 25-2. Embiid also scored 26 points, and Tobias Harris added 17 points and 12 boards... Kawhi Leonard led Los Angeles with 30 points, and reserve Landry Shamet scored 19 against his former team.
Beal scores 30, Wizards beat Bulls 126-114
The AP reports: WASHINGTON -- Just when it looked as if Washington's defense was going the cost the team a victory, the Wizards found a way to hold on.
Bradley Beal scored 30 points, and Washington held off Zach LaVine and the Chicago Bulls for a 126-114 win on Tuesday night.
LaVine scored 19 of his 41 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Bulls whittle an 18-point deficit down to six points. His 3 made it 114-108 with 1:54 left, but the Wizards responded with six straight points.
Zion Williamson's 31 points pushes Pelicans past Blazers, 138-117
The AP reports: NEW ORLEANS -- Zion Williamson has recorded his first 30-point performance just nine games into his NBA career.
Williamson scored 31 points in barely 28 minutes on the court, and the New Orleans Pelicans used a dominant second half to defeat the Portland Trail Blazers 138-117 on Tuesday night... Jrue Holiday contributed 16 points and 10 assists for New Orleans, while Lonzo Ball added 10 points and 10 assists.
Spurs stop 5-game slide with 114-106 victory over Thunder
The AP reports: OKLAHOMA CITY -- LaMarcus Aldridge and the San Antonio Spurs headed into the All-Star break with a win.
It was a welcome change after a tough stretch.
Aldridge had 25 points and 14 rebounds, and the Spurs stopped a five-game slide by topping the Oklahoma City Thunder 114-106 on Tuesday night... Dejounte Murray also scored 25 points for San Antonio, which had dropped eight of 10 overall. Patty Mills had 20 points, and fellow reserve Derrick White finished with 17.
Harden, Westbrook help Rockets beat Celtics 116-105
The AP reports: HOUSTON -- James Harden scored 42 points, Russell Westbrook had 36 and the Houston Rockets snapped Boston's seven-game win streak with a 116-105 victory over the Celtics on Tuesday night.
Houston broke it open with a 15-2 run that made it 116-98 with about two minutes left. Harden scored six points during the decisive stretch, and Danuel House had five... Harden had eight rebounds and seven assists and Westbrook finished with 10 rebounds and five assists as Houston continued to go with a small-ball lineup after trading Clint Capela last week.
NBA DAILY FOR TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2020
Anunoby has 25, Raptors beat Wolves for 15th straight win
The AP reports: TORONTO -- Toronto Raptors star Pascal Siakam keeps telling teammate OG Anunoby to improve his offense output by thinking less on the court.
Anunoby must not have thought much during Monday's game against Minnesota.
Anunoby scored a career-high 25 points and matched his career best with 12 rebounds, Kyle Lowry had 27 points and 11 assists, and the Raptors extended their franchise-record winning streak to 15 by beating the Timberwolves 137-126.
Hornets beat Pistons 87-76, end 5-game losing streak
The AP reports: DETROIT -- No matter how bad things get for the Charlotte Hornets, they always seem to be able to fix them by playing the Detroit Pistons.
Miles Bridges scored 18 points Monday night and the Hornets ended a five-game losing streak with an 87-76 victory, their 10th straight over Detroit.
The streak includes two consecutive 4-0 season sweeps. The Hornets are 13-36 against the rest of the league and had lost 13 of their previous 14 games.
Dinwiddie's basket gives Nets win, Pacers 6th straight loss
The AP reports: INDIANAPOLIS -- Spencer Dinwiddie struggled to find his shooting touch Monday night.
He rediscovered it in the nick of time for Brooklyn.
Dinwiddie calmly knocked down the go-ahead 21-footer with 5.2 seconds left, then watched as Indiana's final shot come up well short to give the Nets a 106-105 victory over the Indiana Pacers.
Gordon, Vucevic lift Magic over Hawks 135-126
The AP reports: ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Orlando Magic aren’t built to shoot their way out of slumps, so know they won't have many nights like they did Monday.
Aaron Gordon scored 26 points, Nikola Vucevic had 24 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, and the Magic surged past the Atlanta Hawks 135-126.
The Magic, who had lost eight of nine overall and five straight at home, stunned themselves and the Hawks with a 79-point second half that included a season-high 42 points in the fourth quarter. The Magic are 7-0 this season when scoring more than 120 points.
Middleton, Bledsoe help Bucks beat Kings minus Antetokounmpo
The AP reports: MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Bucks presented Giannis Antetokounmpo a victory as a baby gift.
Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe scored 28 points apiece to pace Milwaukee past Sacramento 123-111 on Monday night as the Bucks won without new father Antetokounmpo.
Antetokounmpo, the reigning MVP, missed the game after he and his girlfriend welcomed their first child, which he announced earlier Monday on his Twitter account.
Clarkson, perfect Gobert help Jazz beat Mavericks 123-119
The AP reports: DALLAS -- Another perfect night for Rudy Gobert against Dallas didn't feel much like one with a lead slipping away in the third quarter.
The Utah Jazz and their 7-foot-1 center found a way to hang on for the win.
Jordan Clarkson scored 25 points before fouling out, helping Gobert and the Jazz beat the Mavericks 123-119 on Monday night.
Donovan Mitchell and Bojan Bogdanovic scored 23 points apiece, with each hitting key baskets late in the fourth quarter after the Jazz's 21-point halftime lead was whittled to three in the third.
Nuggets come from 23 down to beat Spurs 127-120
The AP reports: DENVER -- Jamal Murray was hurting, out of rhythm and wondering if he should keep playing when he left the court at halftime. A quick call to his father gave him the incentive to keep going.
San Antonio probably wished the young guard had stayed in the locker room.
Murray scored 14 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter to help the Denver Nuggets rally from 23 down to beat the Spurs 127-120 on Monday night.
Denver scored 74 points in the second half, a season high, and outscored San Antonio by 21 after halftime. The Nuggets have won three in a row and six of their last seven.
Butler returns to lead Heat past Warriors, 113-101
The AP reports: SAN FRANCISCO -- Once Jimmy Butler came back, Miami's longest losing streak of the season was gone.
Butler had 21 points and 10 rebounds in his return to the lineup and the Heat won in Andre Iguodala's first game back in the Bay Area, thumping the Golden State Warriors 113-101 on Monday night... Jae Crowder added 21 points and eight rebounds. Bam Adebayo had 13 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Kelly Olynyk had 12 points and a career-high 11 assists.
Rondo, Davis lead Lakers to 125-100 rout of Suns
The AP reports: LOS ANGELES -- Rajon Rondo's Los Angeles Lakers teammates have been encouraging him to be more aggressive and shoot the ball instead of trying to distribute it to everyone. On Monday night, he took the advice to heart.
The 13-year veteran point guard scored a season-high 23 points, including 15 in the second quarter, as the Lakers rolled to a 125-100 victory over the Phoenix Suns... Davis had 25 points and 10 rebounds but it was a big game for the bench. Besides Rondo, Dwight Howard had 14 points and 15 rebounds. It is the Lakers' 40th win of the season, the first time since 2010 they have reached that before the All-Star break.