NBA Roundup: Kyrie Irving scored 10 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter as the Brooklyn Nets overcame a 19-point deficit to defeat the Indiana Pacers 129-121 on Wednesday night.
Irving returned as a part-time player due to his lack of COVID-19 vaccination and New York City’s vaccine mandate, which bans him from playing home games. As the Nets snapped a season-high three-game losing streak, he was dominant in the fourth quarter.
Irving shot 9 of 17 from the field in 31:59 of play with his father, Drederick, watching courtside. Since injuring his ankle, he hadn’t played in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in Milwaukee.
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Brooklyn hit 56.3 percent and made 13 of 19 shots in the fourth quarter, powered by Kevin Durant’s 39 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists. James Harden had 18 points and LaMarcus Aldridge had 13.
Despite huge games from Domantas Sabonis and Lance Stephenson, the Pacers lost their sixth straight game and blew a double-digit lead against the Nets for the second time this season.
The 76ers defeated the Magic by a score of 116 to 106.
Philadelphia rallied beat Orlando in head coach Doc Rivers’ return to the bench, with Joel Embiid scoring 31 points and Seth Curry adding 20 points and 12 assists.
Embiid, who was named the NBA Roundup Eastern Conference Player of the Month for December on Tuesday, led Philadelphia to a five-game winning streak by making 12-of-22 field goals and 7-of-10 free throws.
Despite exiting briefly in the third quarter with an injury to his left ankle, Cole Anthony (right ankle sprain), who had not played since Dec. 23 and has missed 14 games this season due to injury, scored 26 points and seven assists for the Magic. Wendell Carter Jr. (non-COVID sickness) achieved a sixth straight double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
NBA Roundup Nuggets 109, Jazz 115
Utah defeated Denver with a season-high 36 points and 13 rebounds from Bojan Bogdanovic, who also had 18 points.
Utah won its 10th straight road game thanks to Donovan Mitchell’s 17 points, Royce O’Neale’s 13 points and 11 rebounds, Jordan Clarkson’s 13 points, and Mike Conley’s ten points.
With 26 points, 21 rebounds, and 11 assists, Nikola Jokic recorded his 64th career triple-double, while Monte Morris and Will Barton each scored 20 points, and Aaron Gordon added 17 points for Denver.
Trail Blazers 109, Heat 115
Miami held off Portland with an 18-4 fourth-quarter outburst led by Max Strus, who hit 7-of-13 from 3-point range and scored a team-high 25 points.
Miami went 19-of-41 from 3-point range behind the shooting of Strus and Duncan Robinson, who both returned from health and safety protocols. Robinson came off the bench to score all 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting from outside the arc.
Portland trailed for nearly the entire game, including a 19-point deficit in the second quarter. The Blazers, though, chipped away at the margin thanks to Anfernee Simons’ 28 points.
Warriors 82, Mavericks 99
On a night when the hosts retired Dirk Nowitzki’s numbers, Luka Doncic had a game-high 26 points and Dallas dominated, visiting Golden State from the 3-point and free-throw lines in a victory.
In the Mavericks’ fourth straight win, Dorian Finney-Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. combined for 31 points and six 3-pointers. Finney-Smith led the Mavericks with 17 points on 4-of-7 long-range shooting, while Jalen Brunson added 15 and Hardaway added 14 for the Mavericks, who had been 1-11 this season when held under 100 points.
The Dallas defence held Stephen Curry to 1-for-9 3-point shooting and Golden State to 5-for-28 overall from three-point range, outscoring the visitors 36-15.
NBA Roundup Bucks 111, Raptors 117
Pascal Siakam had a season-high 33 points to lead visiting Toronto to a four-game victory streak over Milwaukee.
For the second time this season, the 6-foot-9 forward led the Raptors to victory over Milwaukee, shooting 13 of 23 and adding five rebounds and six assists. Gary Trent Jr. and OG Anunoby each scored 22 points, while Fred VanVleet had 19 points.
Khris Middleton led Milwaukee with 25 points on a 9-of-16 shooting as Giannis Antetokounmpo was out with a non-COVID sickness. Jordan Nwora scored 17 points, and DeMarcus Cousins came off the bench to score 15 points and grab 10 rebounds. Jrue Holiday had 15 points, eight rebounds, and 12 assists.
Celtics 97, Spurs 99
In his comeback from the NBA’s health and safety protocol, Dejounte Murray produced 22 points, 12 assists, and nine rebounds to help San Antonio beat Boston.
Murray was cleared from the COVID protocol prior to the game and returned to the lineup after missing the previous five games. Spurs’ Derrick White and Devin Vassell both scored 17 points as the Spurs ended a four-game losing streak. With 1:32 remaining, San Antonio hung on to a 99-95 lead.
With 30 points, Boston’s Jaylen Brown led all scorers, but he missed a layup as time expired. In Boston’s 10th loss in 16 games, Jayson Tatum contributed 19 points and eight rebounds in his return from the COVID protocol.
The Hornets defeated the Pistons by a score of 140 to 111
As Charlotte thrashed visiting Detroit, Kelly Oubre Jr. blasted a career-high nine 3-pointers en route to 32 points.
Oubre shot 10-for-16 from the floor, including 14 attempts from the 3-point range. For the Hornets, who made 24 of 42 3-pointers in the contest, eight of his 3s came in the fourth quarter. To help the Hornets end a two-game losing streak, Miles Bridges and Gordon Hayward each scored 19 points.
With 17 points, Trey Lyles led the Pistons. Cade Cunningham contributed 16 points, Josh Jackson 15 points, and Saddiq Bey 11 points. Micah Potter tallied eight points in the first half but did not score in the second.
Wizards 111, Rockets 114
Kevin Porter Jr. hit a step-back 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds left, and Christian Wood had his 18th double-double as Houston beat Washington to stop an eight-game losing streak.
Porter and Wood returned from one-game bans to help the Rockets survive a late Wizards rally led by Kyle Kuzma (24 points, nine rebounds) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (24 points, nine rebounds) (26 points, five 3-pointers). On 22.6 seconds left, Raul Neto knotted the game at 111-111 with a driving layup.
Porter, who went 3 for 13 in the second half, made his lone field goal count. Jalen Green had 22 points, 11 rebounds, and three steals, while Eric Gordon had 19 points and Jalen Wood had 22.
Thunder 90, Timberwolves 98
Anthony Edwards had a team-high 22 points on 8-for-17 shooting, and Minnesota beat Oklahoma City in overtime.
Karl-Anthony Towns scored 17 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in his return to the Timberwolves after a six-game absence due to the league’s COVID-19 protocol. D’Angelo Russell scored six points on 3-for-12 shooting in his return from a five-game suspension in the protocol.
With 19 points, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander leads the Thunder. Aaron Wiggins added 11 points to a double-double by rookie Josh Giddey, who had 14 points and 15 rebounds.
NBA Roundup Kings 102, Hawks 108
Kevin Huerter scored the game-winning layup and finished with 25 points and a season-high 11 rebounds to lead Atlanta to a win over Sacramento.
Huerter had 11 points in the fourth quarter on a night when the Hawks were without star Trae Young (back), who had a career-high 56 points in Monday’s 136-131 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.
Atlanta triumphed for the sixth time in 15 games thanks to 18 points from Cam Reddish, 16 from Danilo Gallinari and 15 from Delon Wright. The Hawks snapped a five-game losing streak in Sacramento with 14 points from Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and 11 points and 14 rebounds from Clint Capela.