Kawhi Leonard returned to the lineup and completed with a team-high 28 factors, and Paul George added 24 factors, 9 rebounds and 9 assists because the host Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Japanese Convention-leading Philadelphia 76ers 122-112 on Saturday night time.
Leonard, who missed a recreation with a foot damage, additionally had 4 rebounds and 4 assists, and Terance Mann scored a season-high 23 factors off the bench because the Clippers gained their fifth straight recreation and seventh of their final 9.
Tobias Harris led the 76ers with 29 factors on 13 of 19 capturing, and added seven rebounds and 6 assists. Danny Inexperienced hit 5 3-pointers and completed with 17 factors, adopted by Shake Milton with 16. Ben Simmons chipped in with 15 factors and 7 rebounds for Philadelphia, which noticed its four-game successful streak damaged.
New York Knicks 102 – Milwaukee Bucks 96
Alec Burks scored seven of his 21 factors within the fourth quarter and hit the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:19 left as visiting New York defeated severely short-handed Milwaukee.
Burks posted his fifth straight 20-point recreation and set a profession excessive with six 3-pointers. RJ Barrett additionally scored 21 factors for the Knicks.
Milwaukee misplaced its second straight following an eight-game successful streak as starters Giannis Antetokounmpo (sprained left knee), Donte DiVincenzo (left foot), Jrue Vacation (left knee contusion) and Khris Middleton (left hip contusion) sat out. Thanasis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with a career-high 23 factors.
Utah Jazz 126 – Memphis Grizzlies 110
Donovan Mitchell scorched Memphis for a second straight time with a game-high 35 factors, propelling Utah to finish a two-day, two-game sweep in Salt Lake Metropolis that stretched its residence successful streak to 19.
Jordan Clarkson chipped in with 28 factors off the bench and Rudy Gobert completed with 16 factors and a game-high 14 rebounds for the Jazz. Mitchell shot 12-for-17 general and 5-for-7 on 3-pointers en path to the identical level complete he had in Friday’s win.
Kyle Anderson had a team-high 16 factors for the Grizzlies, who hung with the Jazz all the best way earlier than shedding 117-114 within the opener on Friday. Ja Morant, whose 32 factors stored the Grizzlies within the recreation Friday, was restricted to 12 within the rematch.
San Antonio Spurs 120 – Chicago Bulls 104
Jakob Poeltl tied a profession excessive with 20 factors as host San Antonio constructed an enormous lead after which held on to beat new-look Chicago and snap a four-game shedding streak.
DeMar DeRozan added 17 factors for San Antonio, which had seven gamers rating in double figures.
It was Chicago’s first recreation with its remade lineup after buying Nikola Vucevic, Al-Farouq Aminu, Daniel Theis, Javonte Inexperienced and Troy Brown Jr. on the commerce deadline. All besides Theis noticed the courtroom on Saturday. Vucevic led the Bulls with 21 factors and 9 rebounds and Zach LaVine added 18 factors.
New Orleans Pelicans 112 – Dallas Mavericks 103
Zion Williamson continued his dominance by scoring 38 factors as host New Orleans defeated short-handed Dallas.
Williamson fell one level wanting the profession excessive he set one night time earlier in a 113-108 loss to Denver and made 13 of 20 field-goal makes an attempt. Nickeil Alexander-Walker added 20 factors earlier than fouling out, and Brandon Ingram netted 19.
Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Mavericks with 30 factors, however had simply 9 within the second half. Jalen Brunson added 24 factors. Dallas was with out Luka Doncic (non-COVID sickness) and Kristaps Porzingis (knee damage restoration).
Boston Celtics 111 – Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder 94
Jayson Tatum scored 13 of his 27 factors within the fourth quarter to steer Boston over host Oklahoma Metropolis.
The Celtics hadn’t led till the fourth quarter, earlier than they blitzed the Thunder with a 21-2 run to start out the stanza and achieve management. Brown scored 13 of his 25 factors within the third quarter to assist Boston keep shut.
Theo Maledon led the Thunder with 22 factors. Moses Brown had profession highs in factors (21) and rebounds (23) for Oklahoma Metropolis.
Sacramento Kings 100 – Cleveland Cavaliers 98
De’Aaron Fox scored 20 of his 36 factors within the fourth quarter, and Harrison Barnes sank a 3-pointer on the buzzer to energy host Sacramento previous Cleveland and to its fourth straight win.
Fox, coming off a career-high 44 factors within the Kings’ rout of Golden State on Thursday, took over within the fourth quarter with eight of Sacramento’s remaining 11 factors. Barnes’ buzzer-beater accomplished a 16-point, 11-rebound double-double.
Collin Sexton scored 26 factors to steer the Cavaliers in his return from a two-game absence because of a hamstring damage. Larry Nance Jr. added 17 factors and a team-high 9 rebounds.
Washington Wizards 106 – Detroit Pistons 92
Russell Westbrook recorded a triple-double with 19 factors, 19 rebounds and 10 assists and host Washington withstood a livid Detroit rally and snapped a three-game shedding streak.
Each groups’ high scorers left the sport early. Washington’s Bradley Beal suffered a proper hip contusion, whereas Detroit’s Jerami Grant suffered a quad contusion.
Beal had 17 factors and 6 assists in 21 minutes for the Wizards, who practically gave away a 30-point, second-half lead. Rui Hachimura equipped 14 factors. Wayne Ellington’s 15 factors led the Pistons, who’ve dropped 4 straight. Isaiah Stewart and Mason Plumlee added 11 factors and eight rebounds apiece.
Houston Rockets 129 – Minnesota Timberwolves 107
Kelly Olynyk contributed 16 factors within the first recreation for his new crew and 6 teammates additionally scored in double figures as Houston avenged a loss from 24 hours earlier by shellacking of the Minnesota in Minneapolis.
Olynyk, acquired on the commerce deadline with Avery Bradley in alternate for Victor Oladipo, hit 5 of his eight pictures, together with going 4-for-6 from 3-point vary, in his introduction to his new crew. Kevin Porter Jr., acquired earlier this season from Cleveland, paced the Rockets with 25 factors.
Karl-Anthony Cities put up 27 factors and a game-high 15 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who might have caught Houston and Detroit for fewest wins within the league with a victory. Anthony Edwards additionally scored 27 factors for Minnesota.
–Area Stage Media