March 18, 2022; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward Lauri Markkanen (24) shoots over the defense of Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) in the second half at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
March 19, 2022
Lauri Markkanen’s 3-pointer with 28.3 seconds left in overtime was the winning goal in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 119-116 win over the Denver Nuggets on Friday.
Markkanen had a season-high 31 points and 10 rebounds, while Evan Mobley had 27 points and 11 rebounds and Darius Garland had 25 points and 14 assists.
The Cavs ended overtime with a 10-2 run capped by Mobley’s contested layup with 11.5 seconds remaining.
MVP candidate Nikola Jokic had a game-high 32 points, plus 10 rebounds and eight assists for the Nuggets, who broke their franchise record of seven wins on the road. Aaron Gordon added 20 points and eight rebounds and guard Bones Hyland had 17 points for Denver.
Celtics 126, Kings 97
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown combined for 62 points, and Boston pulled off back-to-back wins to start their trip west with a bang against Sacramento.
Payton Pritchard made all five shots, including four 3-pointers, off the bench on a 14-point night as the Celtics overwhelmed the Kings with 56.1 percent overall shooting and 55 percent accuracy from beyond the 3-point line .
Domantas Sabonis compiled a 30-point, 20-rebound double-double for Sacramento, who lost for the sixth time in their last seven games.
Pelicans 124, Spurs 91
CJ McCollum scored 20 points and Jonas Valanciunas added 16 points and 12 rebounds as the New Orleans guest drove a scorching first quarter to an easy win over San Antonio.
The win increased the Pelicans’ 10th-place lead over San Antonio to 2 1/2 games in the race for last place in the Western Conference play-in tournament. Naji Marshall scored 18 points off the bench for the Pelicans, with Jaxson Hayes contributing 16, Herbert Jones 13 and Willy Hernangomez 11.
Devin Vassell led San Antonio with 18 points while Dejounte Murray had 17.
Heat 120, Thunder 108
Tyler Herro scored 26 points as host Miami inflicted their eighth straight loss on Oklahoma City for their worst season.
Miami, which led by 29 points in the third quarter before resting its starters, also received 19 points each from Bam Adebayo and Duncan Robinson. Adebayo added nine rebounds. The Eastern Conference leaders Heat improved to 26-9 at home this season.
The Thunder received 26 points from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and 25 points from Tre Mann. Gilgeous-Alexander, who plays with a sore right ankle, took 9 of 17 shots. Mann, a Florida native, scored 20 points in a brilliant second quarter.
Jazz 121, Clippers 92
Rookie Jared Butler had a career-high 21 points, Jordan Clarkson had 20 and Rudy Gobert amassed 19 points and 16 rebounds as Utah blew up Los Angeles in Salt Lake City.
The game was all but over at halftime after the Jazz roared into the break with a 30-4 run after scoring the last 20 points of the second quarter. The 41-point streak gave Utah a 71-34 lead at halftime.
Robert Covington scored 18 points, but the Clippers had no starters in double figures as they suffered their third straight loss.
Knicks 100, Wizards 97
Julius Randle and Mitchell Robinson each had double-doubles as host New York advanced to 11th place in the Eastern Conference by fending off a furious late rally from Washington.
Randle had 18 points — tying him with RJ Barrett for the team high — and 17 rebounds. Robinson finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds as he became the only player in the NBA this season with 10 offensive rebounds in two games.
Kyle Kuzma finished with 18 points for the Wizards after scoring three 3-pointers in the last two minutes. Kristaps Porzingis also had 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
Lakers 128, Raptors 123 (OT)
Avery Bradley hit the 3-pointer starting shot with 32.5 seconds to play into overtime, then added two free throws as Los Angeles ended hosts Toronto’s five-game winning streak.
Russell Westbrook had 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, including the crucial 3-pointer to force overtime as the Lakers ended their three-game sled. LeBron James led the Lakers by 36 points.
Scottie Barnes had 31 points and 17 rebounds for the Raptors. Gary Trent Jr. added 23 points and Fred VanVleet chipped in 20.
76ers 111, Mavericks 101
Joel Embiid had 32 points, eight rebounds and five steals to put hosts Philadelphia past Dallas.
James Harden added 24 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds and Tobias Harris had 14 points for the Sixers. Georges Niang contributed 12 points and Matisse Thybulle had 10.
Jalen Brunson led the Mavericks with 24 points while Luka Doncic had 17 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds but shot 5-to-20 from the field. The Sixers ended Dallas’ three-game winning streak.
Nets 128, Trailblazers 123
Kevin Durant scored 38 points as Brooklyn rallied in the second half to beat the Portland visit.
Returning from a sore left ankle, Seth Curry scored 27 points and Bruce Brown scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half as the Nets rebounded from an 82-64 deficit in the third quarter and won for the fifth time in six games.
Josh Hart scored 25 points for the Blazers, who lost for the ninth time in ten games. Brandon Williams added 24 and Drew Eubanks had 18.
Falcons 120, Grizzlies 105
Bogdan Bogdanovic broke out of a shooting weakness and scored a season-high 30 points as undermanned hosts Atlanta ended Memphis’ four-game winning streak.
Clint Capela and Delon Wright each scored 18 points for Atlanta, which played without stars Trae Young (left quadriceps) and John Collins (plantar fascia tear). Wright started in place of Young and recorded six assists and a season-high five steals. Atlanta won for the fourth time in five games.
Ja Morant returned to the Memphis lineup after missing a game with back pain and scored 29 points. Desmond Bane and Jaren Jackson Jr. each had 15 points, and Steven Adams had 11 rebounds.
Pacer 121, Rockets 118
Malcolm Brogdon scored 25 points and Goga Bitadze added 23 with a perfect 9-of-9 shooting as Indiana rallied to defeat host Houston.
Christian Wood had 32 points and 13 rebounds while recording a career-high seven assists for the Rockets. Jalen Green added 20 points and six assists while Kevin Porter Jr. added 19 points.
The Rockets took a 106-97 lead on an alley-oop dunk by Jalen Green, 5:56 to play. Brogdon then drilled a 3-pointer that initiated the comeback. When Bitadze scored from a foul at the 1:06 mark, the Pacers drew 115-115 evenly. Bitadze finally put Indiana ahead by 19.2 seconds when he converted an offensive rebound.
Suns 129, Bulls 102
Devin Booker scored 28 points to help Phoenix to a win over the Chicago visit.
Deandre Ayton recorded 20 points and 12 rebounds as the NBA-best Suns won for the eighth time in their last 10 games. Phoenix has averaged 132.3 points and won their last four games by averaging 22.3 points.
DeMar DeRozan had 19 points and Nikola Vucevic added 16 as Chicago lost for the eighth time in their last 10 games. Coby White scored 14 points and Zach LaVine had 12 points and nine assists but was only 1 of 7 shooting.
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