PHILADELPHIA (AP) Tyrese Maxey scored 13 of his 28 fourth quarter points, including nine in a row during a crucial streak, and the shorthanded Philadelphia 76ers — without stars Joel Embiid and James Harden — beat Miami, leader of the Eastern Conference. Heat 113-106 Monday night.
Shake Milton had 20 points and Furkan Korkmaz added 18 for Philadelphia, who pulled within 2 games of the Heat in the standings. Embiid sat with back pain and Harden with left hamstring strain.
Jimmy Butler scored 27 points, Bam Adebayo had 22 and Kyle Lowry 20 for Miami, which lost just the fifth time in 20 games.
LAKERS 131, CAVALIERS 120
CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James scored 38 points in a triple-double and sparked memories of his time in Cleveland leading Los Angeles over the Cavaliers.
It was James’ only home visit this season – aside from the All-Star Game last month – and the nearby Akron star delighted fans who gave him a warm welcome. James played 11 seasons over two stints with the Cavs, trying to return to the playoffs for the first time since leaving in 2018.
James added 10 rebounds and 12 assists for his 105th career triple-double and his sixth this season.
Russell Westbrook and DJ Augustin added 20 points apiece for the Lakers, who tied for ninth in the Western Conference.
Darius Garland scored 29 goals and added 17 assists for Cleveland, which led Toronto by one game for sixth place in the East. The Cavs face the Raptors on Thursday night.
NETS 114, JAZZ 106
NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Durant had 37 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, and Brooklyn beat Utah for its sixth victory in seven games.
Bruce Brown added 22 points for the Nets, who remained in sole possession of eighth place in the Eastern Conference. Nic Claxton, starting ailing center Andre Drummond, had all five shots and 11 in the Nets’ 38-point third quarter that opened the game.
Claxton finished with 15 points.
Donovan Mitchell scored 30 for the Jazz, which saw its three-game winning streak snapped. Jordan Clarkson added 19 points and Mike Conley had 18 points and seven assists after picking up a win Sunday in New York to rest his right knee.
BULLS 113, RAPTORS 99
CHICAGO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine each scored 26 points and Nikola Vucevic had 19 points and 13 rebounds as Chicago beat Toronto.
DeRozan shot 11 for 14 as the Bulls snapped a three-game losing streak and remained in fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
Pascal Siakam led the Raptors with 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting. Fred VanVleet scored 19 of 7 for 22 from the field and 3 of 12 from 3-point range. Chris Boucher had 19 points and 10 rebounds.
MAVERICKS 110, TIMBERWOLVES 108
DALLAS (AP) — Reggie Bullock scored 18 points with a late 3-point clutch after missing four games for personal reasons, and Dallas beat Minnesota in a game briefly delayed due to a leaky roof.
Luka Doncic had 15 points and 10 assists, the latter setting up a Dorian Finney-Smith 3 from the same right corner where Bullock connected moments later. Dwight Powell scored 22 points on 8 of 8 shooting for Dallas.
The Mavericks avoided their first three-game losing streak since December and retired one game away from Utah for the fourth seed in the Western Conference.
Karl-Anthony Towns scored 22 points for the Timberwolves, who went on a four-game winning streak with just their second loss in 12 games. They missed a chance to move within a half game of Dallas for the fifth seed.
HORNETS 106, PELICANS 103
CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — LaMelo Ball and Terry Rozier each scored 17 points and Charlotte came back to beat New Orleans for its fifth straight win.
Miles Bridges added 15 points and Mason Plumlee had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Hornets, who trailed most of the second half and overcame 17 turnovers.
CJ McCollum scored 27 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 24 points and 18 rebounds for the Pelicans, who took an 84-76 fourth quarter lead.
TRAIL BLAZERS 119, PISTONS 115
DETROIT (AP) — Brandon Williams scored 23 points and Ben McLemore added 21 as the patchwork Portland Trail Blazers snapped a four-game losing streak by defeating Detroit.
Detroit, which trailed 23 in the third period, took a 106-105 lead on Luka Garza’s free throw with 5:02 remaining before Portland responded with a 7-2 run.
Cade Cunningham had two key turnovers in the streak, and Brandon Williams’ layup put the Trail Blazers ahead 116-112 with 47.8 seconds left.
The teams combined for an NBA season-high 90 free throws.
Portland had lost 10 of 11 and were missing their top seven scorers this season.
Cunningham and Saddiq Bey scored 25 apiece for the Pistons, who lost for the sixth time in seven games.
CELTIC 132, TONNER 123
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Jayson Tatum had 36 points in Boston’s win over Oklahoma City.
Tatum has scored 30 or more goals in his last three games, extending the 11-of-19 shooting streak against Oklahoma City. Jaylen Brown added 25 points and Grant Williams scored 20.
Tre Mann set a Thunder franchise rookie record with 35 points on 13-for-21 shooting and 7-for-12 3-pointers.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, back in the Thunder roster after being sidelined in Sunday’s loss to Orlando, added 31 points.
ROCKETS 115, MAGICIANS 97
HOUSTON (AP) — Christian Wood set career highs with eight 3-pointers and 39 points as Houston used a huge late run to rally Washington.
The Rockets trailed by 23 in the first half but slowly cut the deficit before surging 16-0 in the final minute of the third quarter and first four minutes of the fourth to take the lead.
Wood made eight of nine attempts from 3-pointers, connecting four times in the fourth quarter.
Kristaps Porzingis had 22 points, 13 rebounds and tied a season high with six blocks for the Wizards, who lost for the seventh time in eight games.
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