Lakers, Nets and Bucks prevail, Suns and Bulls also achieve successes

Malik Monk scored five of his season-best 27 points in overtime and the Los Angeles Lakers, who rallied from a major deficit in the final minutes of regulation, beat the Miami Heat 120-117 on Wednesday night. .

Russell Westbrook had 25 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds for the Lakers, who improved to 2-2 without ace LeBron James, who was out due to a muscle problem in the abdomen.

Monk put on an impressive display of shooting with four 3s and Anthony Davis finished with 24 points and 13 boards for Los Angeles. The Lakers trailed nine points in the fourth quarter before coming from behind to beat the Heat, who had won six of their last eight games.

Bam Adebayo scored 28 points before having to leave the floor due to foul accumulation and Kyle Lowry contributed 18 and 11 assists for Miami, who lost Jimmy Butler with a sprained right ankle in the first half. Butler scored seven points in the first quarter, which he played in full, but did not return to the court for the second.

Tyler Herro finished with 27 points, but missed two 3-pointers in the final nine seconds of overtime in the Heat’s third loss in four rounds.

Bucks 112, Knicks 100

NEW YORK (AP) – Pat Connaughton had 23 points, his most of the season, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the New York Knicks 112-100 on Wednesday night despite squandering a 24-point lead.

Connaughton hit three 3-pointers late in the game, for another turnaround in a crazed second half.

Less than a week after the Knicks reversed a 21-point deficit and won 113-98 at Milwaukee, the Bucks took a clear 70-46 lead midway through the third period.

However, the New York substitutes erased the difference and the game was tied with five minutes remaining.

Connaughton’s 3-pointers restored a 10-point lead with 2:05 to play, and Grayson Allen added another pair of three-point shots to wrap up the game.

Jrue Holiday scored 18 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo added 15, in addition to grabbing 15 rebounds and handing out eight assists for the Bucks.

Nets 123, Magic 90

ORLANDO, Florida, USA (AP) – Kevin Durant scored 30 points and James Harden reached 59 “triple-doubles” throughout his career as the Brooklyn Nets thrashed the Orlando Magic 123-90 on Wednesday night.

Durant, the NBA’s leading scorer with 29.5 points per game, hit 11 of 12 shots, including his two 3-pointers, for Brooklyn to reap its sixth win in seven games.

Harden had 17 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. The two stars rested in the fourth quarter, which the Nets started with a 94-75 lead.

LaMarcus Aldridge came on as a substitute and shone in the second quarter, for Brooklyn to take control of the duel. He added 21 points and eight boards.

Terrence Ross led Orlando with 17 points, while Mo Bamba added 14 and grabbed nine rebounds. The Magic made 38% of their shots, making four of their 33 3-pointers.

Wizards 97, Cavaliers 94

CLEVELAND (AP) – Kyle Kuzma hit a triple with 12 seconds left to give the Washington Wizards the lead, who scored the last five points of the game and beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 97-94 on Wednesday night.

Unmarked, Darius Garland missed a triple on Cleveland’s next possession. Corey Kispert provided a layup with 0.7 seconds left for Washington to extend the lead.

A desperate shot from Garland just as the horn sounded, it went wide.

Kuzma had 22 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter. During the last 26 seconds of the game, he made two triples.

Montrezl Harrell led Washington with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Bradley Beal added 13 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

Spaniard Ricky Rubio finished with 20 points for the Cavs, but missed one of two free throws, 16 seconds from the end, to keep the score 94-92.

Pistons 112, Rockets 104

HOUSTON (AP) – Jerami Grant scored a season-high 35 points to help the Detroit Pistons beat the Houston Rockets 112-104 on Wednesday night in a game between two of the NBA’s worst teams.

Grant made 12 of 23 shots from the field, including four of nine triples. His performance contrasted with that of his previous game, in which he missed nine shots, including four of three points on Friday, when Detroit succumbed 96-90 to Brooklyn.

The Pistons improved to 2-8, while Houston worsened to 1-10.

It was the first meeting between the top two picks in the July draft. Cade Cunningham, chosen by the Pistons in the first round, accumulated 20 points, hitting eight of 18 shots.

Jalen Green, selected by Houston in second place, scored 23 points, making eight of 10 shots.

Bulls 117, Mavericks 107

CHICAGO (AP) – Zach LaVine scored 23 points and Lonzo Ball made seven of Chicago’s 15 3-pointers to help the Bulls beat the Dallas Mavericks 117-107 on Wednesday night.

Five players scored in double digits for Chicago, which earned its second win in a row. Nikola Vucevic finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while DeMar DeRozan had 17 points.

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Dallas had won three straight and four of the last five, but couldn’t keep up with LaVine and the Bulls in the second half. Kristaps Porzingis finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Mavericks, while Luka Doncic finished with 20 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds.

Dallas was down by seven points in the third quarter before Doncic swung the ball behind his back and sent a pass to the basket to Dwight Powell for a spectacular dunk on Vucevic with 3:29 left. The play unleashed a loud reaction from fans at the United Center, but the rest of the period belonged to Chicago.

Alex Caruso made a three-point play and scored from mid-range to give the Bulls a 95-80 lead after three quarters. The reserve finished the period with 11 points by connecting his four field goals.

Chicago had no serious threat in the fourth quarter, and LaVine put an exclamation point on the victory with a fast break dunk with 1:50 left.

Ball made 7 of 10 3-pointers and finished with 21 points. Caruso finished with 16 points by scoring on six of seven shots.

Hornets 118, Grizzlies 108

MEMPHIS, Tennessee, USA (AP) – Kelly Oubre Jr. posted his best stat of the season with 37 points and the Charlotte Hornets defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 118-108 on Wednesday night to snap a five-game losing streak.

Oubre was 13-of-17 shooting and equaled a career-best with seven 3-pointers on nine attempts. He also broke the franchise record for more points by a substitute.

Gordon Hayward added 25 points for Charlotte. LaMelo Ball, who was coming off a “triple-double” Monday in an overtime loss to the Lakers, came close to accomplishing the feat for the second time in a row.

He had 12 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.

Ja Morant led Memphis with 32 points, including 19 in the first quarter. He also distributed eight assists.

Dillon Brooks, in his first game of the season after recovering from a broken left hand, added 20 points.

Thunder 108, Pelicans 100

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Lu Dort scored 27 points, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 24 and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the New Orleans Pelicans 108-100 Thursday for their third win.

Darius Bazley scored 14 points, while Matt Muscala had 12, hitting all three of his three-point shots.

Dort made nine of 10 free throws. The last three came after he was fouled by Nickeil Alexander-Walker on the perimeter as the shot clock reached zero. Shooting from the line gave Oklahoma City a 101-90 lead with 2:18 minutes remaining.

Jonas Valanciunas had 25 points and 15 rebounds for the Pelicans, who suffered their eighth loss in a row to fall to 1-11. Alexander-Aalker added 33 points and Devnate Graham added 18 for New Orleans, which started the game without stars Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram.

Spurs 136, Kings 117

SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Dejounte Murray scored 26 points and the San Antonio Spurs were never behind in Wednesday’s game, a 136-117 victory over the Sacramento Kings.

The Spurs outscored 37 points from De’Aaron Fox, who posted his best of the season.

San Antonio hit 18 3-pointers, its highest number of the season, and snapped a three-game losing streak at the AT&T Center. The Spurs had not won at home since October 20, when they opened the season by beating Orlando.

Seven San Antonio players contributed double-digit numbers. Drew Eubanks added 18 points and Doug McDermott scored 17, hitting six of four 3-pointers.

Thad Young set his best number of the season with 17 points and three other reservists, Bryn Forbes, Lonnie Walker IV and Devin Vassell, each had 15.

Sacramento has lost three games in a row and five of the last seven.

Buddy Hield tallied 12 points for the Kings.

Suns 119, Trail Blazers 109

PHOENIX (AP) – Frank Kaminsky posted a career-best 31 points, Chris Paul added 21 and the Phoenix Suns defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 119-109 on Wednesday for their sixth straight victory.

The giant Kaminsky continued his stellar streak of play, making up for the absence of the injured Deandre Ayton. Kaminsky has scored at least 10 points in four of the most recent five games and was in his best form Wednesday, hitting 12 of 18 shots and picking up seven rebounds.

Kaminsky improved to his career-high 27 points with a signature play, faking Norman Powell with an up and down pole move that ends with a delicate finger flick. He also contributed an offensive rebound with 2:25 to play and found Mikal Bridges in the corner, who with his triple gave the Suns an unattainable lead of 10 points.

The Suns improved to 7-3. They led throughout the second half, despite Portland closing the gap to six midway through the fourth period. Jae Crowder hit a pair of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter so the Trail Blazers didn’t get too close.

Portland lost has lost five of seven games.


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