Mar.18 – Kyrie Irving scored 38 points on his return from a foot injury and Maxi Kleber hit a three-pointer as the visiting Dallas Mavericks clinched a 111-110 win on Friday, winning consecutive games for the first time in more than a month.
Tim Hardaway Jr. and Christian Wood scored 12 points each as the Mavericks won without Luka Doncic, who missed the last four games with a thigh injury but could return Monday against the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Mavericks topped the Lakers by two games in the Western Conference standings to win the inter-team season series 3-1.
Anthony Davis scored 26 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers after missing Wednesday’s loss to the Houston Rockets due to load management. Austin Reaves scored 16 points and Dennis Schroder added 15 as Los Angeles played their 10th straight game without LeBron James (football).
76ers 121, Hornets 82
Joel Embiid scored 38 points and rested in the fourth quarter as Philadelphia won their seventh straight game against the host Hornets.
Embiid shot 16-for-21 from the field and recorded five assists. He collected all of his 38 points with more than two minutes left in the third quarter.
14 points from Terry Rozier, 12 points from PJ Washington and 11 points from Kelly Oubre Jr. Charlotte was driving. The Hornets – who have lost a fourth game in a row and are facing a winless draw after five home games that end on Monday night – also took 10 points from substitute Kai Jones.
Hawks 127, Warriors 119
Trae Young scored 25 points and made a crucial save in the last minute to help hosts Atlanta defeat Golden State.
The Hawks were up by four when Young stole the ball from Stephen Curry and scored with 45.1 seconds left. Young then froze the game with two free throws. Young finished with 12 assists to secure his 34th double-double and added six rebounds and a steal.
Curry led Golden State with 31 points and Kevon Looney scored his 12th double-double with 18 points and 16 rebounds. The Warriors lost 10 games in a row.
Celtics 126, Trail Blazers 112
Jayson Tatum had 34 points and 12 rebounds to lead Boston over hosts Portland.
Jaylen Brown added 27 points for the Celtics. Marcus Smart had 15 points, six assists and four steals, Derrick White added 13 points and Al Horford had 12 points and 10 assists as Boston won for the fourth time in five games.
Damian Lillard scored 25 of his 41 points in the fourth quarter, but didn’t stop the Trail Blazers from taking their fifth straight game and 10th in the last 13 games.
Bachelors 117, Wizards 94
Darius Garland had 24 points, Donovan Mitchell and Evan Mobley added 20 points each, and hosts Cleveland led wire to wire in a win over Washington.
Caris LeVert scored 15 points and Mobley had eight rebounds and four blocks for Cleveland, ending the Wizards’ three-game season. Garland had nine assists while shooting 11-of-19 from the field.
Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 22 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Kristaps Porzingis had 20 points and nine rebounds.
Bulls 139, Timberwolves 131 (2OT)
DeMar DeRozan had a season-high 49 points and 14 rebounds, while Zach LaVine added 39 points as host Chicago defeated Minnesota.
DeRozan and LaVine had a combined 63 points after halftime, helping the Bulls win for the third time in four games. The duo finished 30-for-50 from the field.
Mike Conley threw eight three-pointers to lead Minnesota with 28 points. He was followed by Jaden McDaniels with a career-high 25 points. Minnesota, which lost Anthony Edwards to an injury early in the game, produced six double-figure scorers, but it wasn’t enough to make up for the team’s fourth loss in five games.
Rockets 114, Pelicans 112
Jabari Smith Jr. he hit a 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds left, and Houston recovered from a 16-point deficit in the second half to beat the visitors in New Orleans for a third consecutive win.
With the Rockets down by one point on wild back-and-forth action, Smith went in for a pull-up of 3 after Houston secured possession with four seconds left. The Pelicans were unable to fire a shot after their possession, falling to 3-8 from the All-Star break.
Jalen Green accelerated Houston with 25 points while Kevin Porter Jr. added 20. Alperen Sengun added 17 points and 11 rebounds. Brandon Ingram led the Pelicans with 31 points and six assists, while Jonas Valanciunas had 22 points and 17 rebounds.
Grizzlies 126, Spurs 120 (OT)
Dillon Brooks had a 3-point tie to take the game into overtime and added a crucial crossbow basket late in overtime as Memphis defeated host San Antonio.
In the third period, the Spurs led 84:55 after Malaki Branham’s three-pointer to lead 7:50. The Grizzlies then took 26 of the last 35 points of the quarter to go 93-81 by the fourth quarter.
Jaren Jackson Jr. Memphis led with 28 points, Desmond Bane had 21, and Tyus Jones added a triple-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Devin Vassell led the Spurs with 25 points and Zach Collins had 24.
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