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NBA Roundup: Gregg Popovich Hits Coaching Milestone in Spurs Victory

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at San Antonio Spurs
March 7, 2022; San Antonio, TX, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (0) dribbles San Antonio Spurs guard Dejounte Murray (5) in the second half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

March 8, 2022

Dejounte Murray amassed 26 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists as host San Antonio held off the undermanned Los Angeles Lakers 117-110 on Monday, which was a milestone for Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.

The win was No. 1,335 in the regular season for Popovich, allowing him to tie Don Nelson for the NBA record.

Leading by three points going into the fourth quarter, San Antonio never allowed the Lakers to take the lead, surviving a ragged four-minute closing period and a paltry 16-of-30 display from the free-throw line to snag a four-game loss strand.

The Lakers, who have lost five of their last six games, were without LeBron James, who was held back with a sore left knee after scoring 56 points in a win over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday. Jakob Poeltl and Josh Richardson each got 18 points for San Antonio. Talen Horton-Tucker led Los Angeles with 18 points.

Nuggets 131, Warriors 124

Nikola Jokic had 32 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists for his second triple-double on as many nights as host Denver outmaneuvered Golden State.

Jeff Green and Monte Morris each scored 18 points for the Nuggets, who won nine of 10. Jordan Poole had 32 points and rookie Moses Moody posted a career-high 30 for the Warriors, who have lost five straight games.

Golden State were without Stephen Curry (hand), Klay Thompson (Achilles), Draymond Green (back), Andrew Wiggins (foot), Andre Iguodala (back) and Otto Porter Jr. (illness) and Gary Payton II (knee). Denver played without Will Barton, who sprained his left ankle in Sunday’s overtime win against the Pelicans.

Knicks 131, Kings 115

Julius Randle, RJ Barrett and Immanuel Quickley combined for 102 points and New York exploded in the second half with 83 points en route to a win over hosts Sacramento.

Randle had a career-high 46 points, Barrett had 29 points, and Quickley went off the bench with a season-high 27 points. Their score allowed New York to claim a second win in as many days immediately after a seven-game losing streak.

De’Aaron Fox fueled the Kings’ pace with 24 points to add seven game-high assists.

Piston 113, Hawks 110 (OT)

Cade Cunningham scored seven of his game-best 28 points in overtime and Detroit recorded its first three-game winning streak in three years by surviving the visit to Atlanta.

Cunningham also provided 10 assists and grabbed six rebounds while Jerami Grant had 23 points. Detroit’s last streak of three or more wins came in March 2019 when it won five straight wins. Marvin Bagley III had 19 points and 10 rebounds and Killian Hayes contributed 13 points and six assists for the Pistons.

Bogdan Bogdanovic led Atlanta with 22 points and six total assists. John Collins had 17 points and 11 rebounds, De’Andre Hunter threw in 15 points and Danilo Gallinari added 14 points. Trae Young also had 14 points but shot 5-to-20 from the field and dished out a team-high 12 assists.

Timberwolves 124, Trailblazer 81

Karl-Anthony Towns amassed 27 points and 13 rebounds to lead hosts Minnesota to a win over Portland in Minneapolis.

Malik Beasley scored 19 hours after he was fined $35,000 by the NBA for making unnecessary and inappropriate contact with Portland’s Drew Eubanks in Saturday’s game. Naz Reid recorded 18 points and 11 rebounds and Jordan McLaughlin added 11 points to help the Timberwolves extend their winning streak into a five-game season.

Brandon Williams had 27 points, eight rebounds and four steals, and Keon Johnson added 14 points off the bench for the Trail Blazers, who lost their fifth straight game.

Misfits 111, Jazz 103

Luka Doncic amassed 35 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists as Dallas celebrated their fifth straight win, beating the visit to Utah.

The Mavericks held Donovan Mitchell, Utah’s top scorer of the season with a 25.8 point average, who came into Monday’s matchup to 17 points on a 5-of-19 shooting from the floor.

Dorian Finney-Smith scored 21 points and shot 4-for-10 from 3-point range for the Mavericks. Spencer Dinwiddie hit 5 of 9 from beyond the arc for 23 points. The fourth time he has scored at least 20 points in eight games since being acquired from Dallas in mid-February.

76ers 121, Bulls 106

Joel Embiid amassed 43 points, 14 rebounds and three blocked shots to put hosts Philadelphia past Chicago and send the Bulls to their fifth straight loss.

Embiid finished the season with at least 40 points and 10 rebounds for the 10th time. James Harden added 16 points, 14 assists and eight rebounds for the 76ers, who won for the sixth time in seven games. Tyrese Maxey scored 17 points, Georges Niang added 14 and Matisse Thybulle had 12.

Zach LaVine led the Bulls with 24 points while DeMar DeRozan added 23 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. Coby White contributed 19 points, Tristan Thompson had 13 points and nine rebounds, and Ayo Dosunmu had 11 points.

Heat 123, Rockets 106

Tyler Herro scored 21 of his 31 points in the second quarter and helped set Miami against Houston. The Heat won for the 12th time in 14 games while the Rockets lost for the 17th time in 19 games.

The game marked the return of Miami’s Victor Oladipo, who was playing his first game since April 2021 after recovering from his second quadriceps surgery. Oladipo, who came on from the bench for 15 minutes, scored 11 points and added four assists.

The Heat also received 21 points from Jimmy Butler and 18 points and 10 rebounds from Bam Adebayo. The Rockets were led by Kevin Porter Jr., who scored 22 points, and rookie Jalen Green, who added 20 points.

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