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NBA Roundup: Devin Booker, Suns wipe out Lakers

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March 13, 2022; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Pelicans center Jonas Valanciunas (17) reacts during a third quarter play against the Houston Rockets at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Wevers-USA TODAY Sports

March 14, 2022

Devin Booker accumulated 12 of his 30 points on his team-high during a 48-point blast in the first quarter Sunday night that led the host Phoenix Suns to a 140-111 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in a first-round matchup of possible playoffs Opponent.

Deandre Ayton also contributed 10 points to the first-quarter riot that put the Lakers in a 26-point hole and paved the way to a seventh loss in their last nine games, despite a game-high 31 points from LeBron James.

Ayton finished with 23 points for the Suns, who successfully rebounded from a 117-112 home loss to the Toronto Raptors on Friday. As they defeated the Lakers for the third straight season this season by 57 points overall, the Suns went from a 6-2 deficit to a 16-6 lead behind two Booker 3-pointers.

James had 31 points and team-bests in rebounds with seven and assists with six. The 30-point game was his 28th of the season. Carmelo Anthony had 18 points, Russell Westbrook and Malik Monk 13 each, and Austin Reaves 10 for the Lakers, who lost despite outscoring the Suns 48-36 by 3 points.

Pelicans 130, Rockets 105

Jonas Valanciunas had 32 points and 10 rebounds as hosts New Orleans ended a four-game losing streak with a win over Houston.

Jaxson Hayes added 21 points, Naji Marshall had 17 points and 10 rebounds, Jose Alvarado had 16 points, 10 assists and six steals, Willy Hernangomez had 12 points and Devonte’ Graham had 10 for the shorthanded Pelicans.

Jalen Green scored 17, David Nwaba added 15, Jae’Sean Tate returned after two games from a sore left ankle to score 14 and Josh Christopher scored 13 to speed up the Rockets. Leading scorer Christian Wood was returning from a three-game absence due to illness and had eight points – 10 below his average – but he added 12 rebounds that were a game high.

Nets 110, Knicks 107

Kevin Durant highlighted a season-best 53 points by hitting the tie 3-pointer with 56.3 seconds left as host Brooklyn beat New York.

Durant made 19 of 37 shots and his biggest basket snapped a 103-103 tie. After Goran Dragic’s defense forced New York’s Julius Randle to turnover, Durant spotted from left wing across New York’s bench and cleanly hit a 3-pointer over RJ Barrett.

Durant finished a deficit on his career high and added nine assists. He also broke the franchise record set by John Williamson (1978) for points in a game against the Knicks.

76ers 116, Magic 114 (OT)

Joel Embiid had 35 points and 16 rebounds, Tobias Harris had 26 points including an important three-pointer late in overtime, and Philadelphia overcame a 17-point deficit in the first half to defeat host Orlando.

James Harden finished with 26 points and made 13 of 15 free throws in 5-for-19 shooting. He also had six rebounds, six assists and three steals as Philadelphia improved to 6-1 with Harden wearing a Sixers uniform.

Wendell Carter Jr. averaged 23 points and 12 rebounds, but Orlando missed an opportunity for his first three-game winning streak this season. Markelle Fultz dished out a season-high 11 assists and had eight of Orlando’s 51 bank points.

Clippers 106, butts 102

Marcus Morris Sr. scored 31 points and grabbed seven rebounds. The Los Angeles visit rallied from 18 points and defeated Detroit.

Ex-piston Luke Kennard provided 16 points off the bench for the Clippers, who have beaten Detroit in their last six encounters. Another ex-Piston, Reggie Jackson, contributed 15 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. Ivica Zubac had 14 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. Isaiah Hartenstein chipped in 12 points.

Cade Cunningham led the Pistons with 23 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds. Jerami Grant had 21 points, Marvin Bagley delivered 15 points and eight rebounds, and Saddiq Bey added 13 points and eight rebounds. Cory Joseph also reached double digits with 10 points.

Mavericks 95, Celtics 92

Spencer Dinwiddie hit a game-winning 3-pointer with 11.6 seconds left to elevate the Dallas visit over Boston. Luka Doncic had a game-high 26 points for the Mavericks, who have won seven of their last eight games and broken Boston’s five-game winning streak.

Doncic, briefly substituted due to strains in his left thigh, had 17 in the second half after scoring or assisting 14 of the Mavericks’ 18 points in the first quarter. He hit a game-winning pull-up 3-pointer at 1:21 to play. Dorian Finney-Smith had 19, Dinwiddie added 18 and Jalen Brunson rounded out the double-digit scorer for Dallas with 14 points.

Jayson Tatum’s 21 points, 11 rebounds and four assists led the Celtics. Al Horford had 17, six rebounds and five steals. Marcus Smart had 15, Jaylen Brown 14 and Robert Williams III 10.

Falcon 131, Pacer 128

Trae Young scored 47 points and Atlanta survived a late rally by visiting Indiana.

Young was 13 of 20 from the field, including seven 3-pointers, and 14 for 14 on free throws, including four in the final 28.8 seconds to nail the win. It was Young’s second most points and the seventh time he has scored over 40 points.

Atlanta had six other players in double figures, including De’Andre Hunter and Danilo Galinari with 15 each. Indiana had three players who surpassed the 20-point mark: Hield and Tyrese Haliburton each scored 25 points, and Duane Washington Jr. reached his Career high of 22.

Grizzlies 125, Thunder 118

Desmond Bane scored 21 points to lead Memphis to an away win over Oklahoma City.

The Grizzlies have won their third straight game while the Thunder have lost five straight games and nine straight games at home. Ja Morant finished with 17 points and 10 assists in the win.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 31 points to lead the Thunder while Darius Bazley added a season-high 29.

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