NBA roundup: Russell lifts Nets over Cavs in 3 OTs
D'Angelo Russell took over in the third overtime, scoring 14 of his 36 points, and the short-handed Brooklyn Nets outlasted the host Cleveland Cavaliers for a wild 148-139 victory on Wednesday.
Russell began the game by missing 10 of his first 11 shots, but he was 6 of 6
in the third overtime and finished 13 of 30 from the floor.
After the Nets forced a third overtime on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by
DeMarre Carroll, Russell made a handful of plays to help the Nets snap a
four-game road losing streak in their last game before the All-Star break.
Cleveland's Jordan Clarkson scored a game-high 42 points, hitting 7 of 17
Bucks 106, Pacers 97
Giannis Antetokounmpo produced 33 points, 19 rebounds and 11 assists for his
fifth triple-double of the season as Milwaukee rallied for a victory over
Indiana in Indianapolis.
Malcolm Brogdon scored 17 points and Khris Middleton added 15 as Milwaukee won
for the 14th time in its past 16 games. The Bucks (43-14) own the best record
in the NBA heading into the All-Star break.
Bojan Bogdanovic scored 20 points for the Pacers, who had a six-game winning
streak halted. Domantas Sabonis recorded 14 points and nine rebounds.
Nuggets 120, Kings 118
Nikola Jokic had 20 points, 18 rebounds and 11 assists, and he tipped in his
own miss with 0.3 seconds left to give host Denver a win over Sacramento.
Paul Millsap finished with 25 points and 13 rebounds, and Isaiah Thomas scored
eight points in 13 minutes during his Denver debut. The Nuggets won despite
coach Michael Malone and guard Malik Beasley being ejected. Beasley finished
with 21 points before getting tossed.
Buddy Hield had 25 points and Harrison Barnes finished with 19 points and 11
rebounds for the Kings.
Trail Blazers 129, Warriors 107
Damian Lillard scored 29 points and Portland used a late 16-0 run to blow away
visiting Golden State.
Jake Layman added 17 points off the bench as eight players scored in double
figures for the Trail Blazers, who snapped Golden State's five-game win
Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry each scored 32 points for the Warriors, who had
won 16 of their previous 17 contests. Golden State played without center
DeMarcus Cousins and key reserves Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston to give
them some rest.
Celtics 118, Pistons 110
Jayson Tatum led six Boston players in double figures with 19 points as the
home team ended Detroit's four-game winning streak.
Gordon Hayward contributed 18 points and eight assists, while Al Horford
supplied 17 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists. Jaylen Brown had 17 points
and seven rebounds, Marcus Smart added 16 points and five assists, and Marcus
Morris chipped in 11 points.
Blake Griffin led Detroit with 32 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
Andre Drummond had 21 points, 17 rebounds and four steals for the Pistons.
Timberwolves 121, Rockets 111
Jeff Teague produced a double-double while Karl-Anthony Towns led a dominant
performance in the paint by Minnesota, which used a balanced scoring attack to
thwart James Harden and Houston in Minneapolis.
Rookie Josh Okogie provided a spark by scoring 16 points and playing energetic
defense on Harden, who still extended his streak of 30-point games to 31 with
42 points, matching Wilt Chamberlain for the second-longest streak in NBA
history. Harden has recorded 22 40-point games this season.
Teague paced seven Timberwolves in double figures with 27 points and added a
game-high 12 assists. Towns paired 25 points with a team-best nine rebounds.
Chris Paul added 16 points and eight assists for Houston while Kenneth Faried
chipped in 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Heat 112, Mavericks 101
Dwyane Wade played his final game at longtime nemesis Dallas and made it a
memorable one with a game-high 22 points, and Miami rode a dominant third
quarter to a victory.
Wade, 37, led the Heat past the Mavs in the 2006 NBA Finals. Five years later,
Dallas and Dirk Nowitzki repaid Wade by winning the Finals in six games on
Miami's home floor.
After Wednesday's game, Nowitzki, who is also nearing the end of his career,
exchanged jerseys with Wade. Nowitzki, 40, who has yet to officially announce
that this, his 21st season, will be his last, finished with 12 points in 17
minutes, but he was nowhere near his efficiency level of seasons past,
shooting 5 of 14 from the floor and just 2 of 10 from beyond the 3-point arc.
76ers 126, Knicks 111
New York erased much of a 26-point, third-quarter deficit but could not
complete the comeback against visiting Philadelphia, which extended the
Knicks' franchise-record, single-season losing streak.
The Knicks have dropped 18 straight, two shy of the franchise's all-time
record, a 20-game streak that spanned the 1984-85 and 1985-86 seasons. The
skid is the longest in the NBA since the Memphis Grizzlies dropped 19 straight
Joel Embiid led Philadelphia with 26 points and 14 rebounds. Tobias Harris
scored 25 points, his top total in four games since being acquired by the
76ers on Feb. 6. Allonzo Trier scored 19 points to lead an impressive
performance by Knicks reserves, who accounted for 74 points.
Raptors 129, Wizards 120
Pascal Siakam scored 19 of his career-best 44 points in the third quarter and
grabbed 10 rebounds as Toronto defeated visiting Washington and entered the
All-Star break with a six-game winning streak.
The Raptors trailed by as many as 12 points in the third quarter but scored 44
points in the period to take a 10-point lead entering the fourth. OG Anunoby
had 10 points in the third quarter and finished with a career-best 22 points
for Toronto, which was without Kawhi Leonard because of a sore left knee.
Bradley Beal led Washington with 28 points and 11 assists, Jeff Green added 23
points, and Jabari Parker had 22 points and nine rebounds.
Bulls 122, Grizzlies 110
Otto Porter Jr. scored a career-high 37 points on 16-for-20 shooting, and
Chicago pulled away for a win over visiting Memphis.
Robin Lopez contributed a season-high 25 points on 10-for-15 shooting for the
Bulls, who won for only the fourth time in their past 22 games. Lauri
Markkanen finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds for his eighth double-double
in the past nine games.
Memphis lost for the second consecutive game after falling short by one point
to the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night. Avery Bradley led the Grizzlies in
scoring for a second consecutive contest as he finished with 15 points on
Clippers 134, Suns 107
Lou Williams scored 17 of his game-high 30 points in the first half as Los
Angeles built a big lead on visiting Phoenix and coasted to a victory.
The win was the Clippers' 12th straight over the Suns dating to April 2016.
Phoenix, led by Kelly Oubre Jr. with a season-high 28 points, lost its 15th in
a row and has dropped 11 straight on the road.
Los Angeles scored its second-most points of the season, with Danilo Gallinari
contributing 20 and Montrezl Harrell adding 19.
--Field Level Media