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NBA Daily For Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Roundup of yesterday's NBA games
Strus sinks 59-footer at the final horn, sending Cavaliers to 121-119 win over Mavericks
The AP reports: Max Strus caught the pass, and with barely any time to think never mind shoot, one thing crossed his mind.
“Get it up,” he said.
Down it went.
Strus drilled a 59-footer as time expired, his fifth 3-pointer in the final four minutes, to give the Cleveland Cavaliers a wild 121-119 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night.
Franz Wagner scores 21 points to lead Magic in 108-81 win over Nets
The AP reports: The Orlando Magic didn't have their best player, but they did have the memory of two one-sided losses to the Brooklyn Nets to serve them Tuesday night.
Franz Wagner scored 17 of his 21 points in the first half and the Magic, playing without All-Star forward Paolo Banchero, rolled to a 108-81 win.
Klay Thompson scores 25, Stephen Curry blanked in first half as Warriors beat Wizards 123-112
The AP reports: Klay Thompson was asked, again, how it feels to be coming off the bench after the Golden State Warriors improved to 6-1 over the past month in games he's entered as a reserve.
“Tell ’em it don’t matter, Klay! Starter or not! It don't matter!” teammate Gary Payton II shouted across the Warriors' locker room.
Thompson scored 25 points on a forgettable evening for Stephen Curry, fellow reserve Chris Paul demonstrated his value to the Warriors in his first game in seven weeks, and Golden State beat the Washington Wizards 123-112 on Tuesday night.
Jalen Johnson has 22 points as Hawks never trail in runaway 124-97 win over Jazz
The AP reports: Jalen Johnson had 22 points with 13 rebounds and the Atlanta Hawks never trailed after scoring the first 12 points and beat the Utah Jazz 124-97 on Tuesday night.
The Hawks have won two straight games after losing All-Star point guard Trae Young for at least four weeks with a torn ligament in his left pinky finger. Dejounte Murray, who has taken over primary ball-handling duties, scored 17 points with 11 assists.
The Hawks, who also have center Onyeka Okongwu for an indefinite period with a sprained left toe. Despite the roster limitations, Atlanta has held back-to-back opponents under 100 points for the first time this season.
Jaylen Brown scores 31, Celtics pull away in fourth to beat 76ers 117-99
The AP reports: Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla doesn’t mind if his team struggles at times, if it learns and adapts along the way.
Boston had to do that against a 76ers team that limited the 3-pointers the Celtics often use to overwhelm opponents.
The result was what Mazzulla said afterward was one of its best games of the season.
Jaylen Brown scored 31 points and the Celtics earned their ninth straight win, powering past Philadelphia 117-99 on Tuesday night.
Pelicans pull away in second half to beat injury-depleted Knicks 115-92
The AP reports: Trey Murphy III scored 26 points, Brandon Ingram had 24 and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the New York Knicks 115-92 on Tuesday night.
Zion Williamson added 21 points for the Pelicans.
Donte DiVincenzo led the Knicks with 23 points and Bojan Bogdanovic added 20 off the bench.
Jalen Brunson (neck spasms) and Isaiah Hartenstein (Achilles tendinopathy) did not play for the Knicks, who are still without starters Julius Randle, OG Anunoby and Mitchell Robinson.
Edwards scores 34 as Wolves beat Spurs 114-105 without Towns
The AP reports: Anthony Edwards scored 34 points, returning from an injury scare right before halftime, and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the San Antonio Spurs 114-105 on Tuesday night without All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns.
Towns missed the game due to personal reasons. Earlier in the day, Towns memorialized a high school teammate on Instagram. Minnesota coach Chris Finch said before the game that he hoped Towns would only miss one game.
Rudy Gobert, back after missing a game with a left ankle sprain, added 13 points and 17 rebounds for the Timberwolves in his latest matchup with fellow French countryman Victor Wembanyama.
Cunningham scores 26 as Pistons beat Bulls 105-95 to stop 6-game slide
The AP reports: Cade Cunningham was just glad the Detroit Pistons could take a deep breath and exhale. A rare win felt particularly good coming off such a heated loss.
Cunningham scored 26 points and the Pistons stopped a six-game losing streak with a 105-95 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night.
The Pistons (9-49) bounced back from a loss at New York the previous night and tied Washington for the NBA's worst record despite solid performances by Chicago's Nikola Vucevic, DeMar DeRozan and Andre Drummond. They put this one away with time to spare after a costly no-call helped send them to a two-point loss against the Knicks.
Bucks roll to 123-85 blowout of Hornets for their third consecutive victory
The AP reports: The Milwaukee Bucks apparently just needed the All-Star break to discover how to play winning basketball under new coach Doc Rivers.
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 24 points, Damian Lillard had 23 and Bobby Portis added 21 as the Bucks pounded the Charlotte Hornets 123-85 on Tuesday night for their most lopsided victory of the season... Brook Lopez went scoreless but had two blocks to move into second place on the Bucks' career list with 806, breaking a tie with Alton Lister. Antetokounmpo is the Bucks' career blocks leader with 966.
Gilgeous-Alexander scores 31 as Thunder top Rockets 112-95 for 6th straight win
The AP reports: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 31 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Houston Rockets 112-95 on Tuesday night for their sixth straight win.
Jalen Williams had 24 points and Chet Holmgren added 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Thunder, who are tied with Minnesota for the best record in the Western Conference.
The Thunder outrebounded the Rockets 55-46.
Butler and Rozier make strong returns to the lineup, Heat beat Blazers 106-96
The AP reports: Jimmy Butler had 22 points and nine assists, Terry Rozier scored 19 points and the Miami Heat beat the Portland Trail Blazers 106-96 on Tuesday night for their fifth straight win.
Rozier was one of three players returning to the Miami lineup, playing in his first game since sustaining a knee injury on Feb. 11 against Boston... Butler and Nikola Jovic both made their returns after serving a one-game suspension for their roles in an on-court altercation in New Orleans on Feb. 23.
NBA Daily For Tuesday, February 27, 2024
Roundup of yesterday's NBA games
Scottie Barnes records his 4th triple-double of the season, Raptors beat Pacers 130-122
The AP reports: With All-Star Scottie Barnes logging his fourth triple-double of the season and RJ Barrett scoring 24 points in Thursday night’s 130-122 victory, players responded to their longest winning streak of the season by chanting “piz-za.” ... Barnes had 21 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists on a night seven Raptors scored in double figures. Rookie Gradey Dick had 18 points and made two key 3s late to break open the game while matching his season-high with four 3s... Bennedict Mathurin kept the Pacers within reach by matching his career high with 34 points and nine rebounds. Two-time All-Star Pascal Siakam tormented his former team with 27 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Indiana acquired Siakam in a January trade.
Hart makes go-ahead basket after chaotic possession as Knicks beat Pistons 113-111
The AP reports: Jalen Brunson missed a 3-pointer, eventually got the ball back and passed it to Josh Hart for the go-ahead basket.
In between were three turnovers and a missed foul call in one of the most chaotic and controversial possessions of the season.
Hart ended it with a layup with 2.8 seconds left and the New York Knicks beat the Detroit Pistons 113-111 on Monday night... Brunson had 35 points and 12 assists for the Knicks, and it was his missed 3-point attempt with 20 seconds remaining that started the wild back-and-forth that led to Hart's basket and left Pistons coach Monty Williams irate afterward.
Nets beat Grizzlies 111-86 for interim coach Kevin Ollie's first win
The AP reports: Dennis Schroder scored 18 points, Dorian Finney-Smith added 13 points and nine rebounds, and the Brooklyn Nets cruised past the Memphis Grizzlies 111-86 on Monday night, giving Kevin Ollie his first win as an NBA coach.
Cam Thomas had 14 points before leaving the game with 7:23 remaining with a right ankle injury. Lonnie Walker IV added 13 for the Nets... Lamar Stevens scored 17 points on 8-of-9 shooting for the Grizzlies, and Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 15 while going 2 of 12 from the field. GG Jackson had an even worse night, making one of his 13 shots, and Memphis shot 38.7% overall in its lowest-scoring game of the season. Brooklyn allowed its fewest points this season.
Short-handed Heat beat the Kings 119-110 for their 4th straight win
The AP reports: Bam Adebayo scored 28 points, Jaime Jaquez Jr. added 26 and the short-handed Miami Heat beat the Sacramento Kings 121-110 on Monday night for their fourth straight win.
Kevin Love provided a big spark with 19 points off the bench and Caleb Martin scored 16 for the Heat, who were missing three starters because of injuries or suspensions.
Sacramento's Domantas Sabonis had 14 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists for his NBA-high 21st triple-double of the season. Sabonis also became the 10th player in history with 40 straight double-doubles in a season.