December 8, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Pelicans center back Jonas Valanciunas (17) shoots past Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) during the first half at Smoothie King Center. Required credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports
December 9, 2021
Nikola Jokic had a brace and scored 11 of his game-high 39 points in stoppage time as the Denver Nuggets beat hosts New Orleans Pelicans 120-114 on Wednesday.
Jokic added 11 rebounds and 11 assists and Will Barton scored 20 points as the Nuggets won for the third time in 11 games.
Jonas Valanciunas led the Pelicans with 27 points and 11 rebounds. Herbert Jones Jr scored the highest season 19 for New Orleans.
Pelicans backup defender Kira Lewis Jr sprained his right knee early in the second half, had to receive help from the court and failed to return.
Warriors 104, Trail Blazers 94
Stephen Curry moved within ninety-five of Ray Allen’s record with a six-three on his way to a team-high 22 to help Golden State beat short-handled Portland in San Francisco.
With the home audience hoping to see him break the 2,973-point mark in Allen’s career, Curry missed the first four 3-pointers and never challenged the 15 he needed to hit the record.
The Trail Blazers, absent Damian Lillard (lower abdominal tendon disease) and CJ McCollum (right lung collapse), earned a game-high 26 points from Norman Powell. Portland lost its fourth game in a row and lost 1-11.
Clippers 114, Celtics 111
The short-armed Los Angeles used its own Boston to elevate the visiting Celtics.
With Paul George sidelined with a bruised right elbow, rookie Brandon Boston Jr scored a career-high 27 points as the Clippers held on to their third win in four games. Marcus Morris Sr. added 20 points for Los Angeles, and Reggie Jackson had 17.
Jayson Tatum scored 29 points and won 10 rebounds for the Celtics, while Dennis Schroder added 19 points as Boston lost head-to-head games in Los Angeles. The Celtics, who fell 117-102 to the Lakers on Tuesday, have beaten them three-quarters to open up a five-game trip.
Heat 113, Bucks 104
Caleb Martin – playing on a two-way contract – bolstered the short-term squad by scoring a career-high 28 points to lead the Miami hosts against Milwaukee.
Miami set a franchise record with 22 3-pointers, on 47 tries (46.8%). Kyle Lowry added 22 points and 13 assists in the game for the Heat. Miami’s sub Max Strus contributed 16 points – all in the fourth quarter – while connecting with 4/7 trying for 3 points.
Jrue Holiday leads Milwaukee with 27 points. Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo had a pretty quiet night with 15 points, six rebounds and four assists. He made only 4 of his 13 shots from the floor.
Wizards 119, Piston 116 (OT)
Kyle Kuzma picked up three points with 0.6 seconds left in extra time while visiting Washington to lose to Detroit for the 10th time in a row.
Kuzma had 26 points, seven rebounds and four assists and teammate Bradley Beal provided 25. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 13 points and Spencer Dinwiddie recorded 12 points and 7 assists.
Jerami Grant’s 28 points lead the Pistons, while Cade Cunningham has 21 points and Frank Jackson contributes 19 points.
Mavericks 104, Grizzlies 96
Luka Doncic hit five 3-pointers and scored 26 while visiting Dallas, ending Memphis’ five-game winning streak.
Kristaps Porzingis added 19 points and Reggie Bullock had 15 for Dallas.
Jaren Jackson Jr had 26 points and seven rebounds to lead the Grizzlies while Dillon Brooks scored 15 before being eliminated at the last minute of the game.
Thunder 110, Raptors 109
Mike Muscala made a 3-point shot in 9.4 seconds to give Oklahoma City a comeback against host Toronto.
Justin Champagnie performed a little trick that would have given the Raptors a win, but a video review determined that his fingers were still on the ball when the timer ran out.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 16 of his 26 points in the third round and added nine assists for Oklahoma City. Luguentz Dort added 22 points.
76ers 110, Hornet 106
Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid had his second big game of three nights against host Charlotte, finishing with 32 points and eight rebounds.
Seth Curry has 23 points and Tobias Harris has 18 for the 76ers, who have won four of their past five games. Embiid took 15 of the 19 free throws.
The teams played twice in three nights in the same arena, with Philadelphia dominating 127-124 in extra time, following Embiid’s season-high 43 points on Monday night. On Wednesday, Gordon Hayward picked up 31 points to overtake Charlotte.
Cavaliers 115, Bulls 92
Darius Garland scored 24 points and made six assists as hosts Cleveland overwhelmed short-handed Chicago with a persistent defensive effort.
Bulls, whose four-game winning streak ended, without DeMar DeRozan, Coby White and Javonte Green due to health and safety protocols. Alex Caruso is also sidelined with a hamstring injury.
The Cavaliers capitalized on the Bulls’ lack of depth, scoring 39 points from the bench compared to just 16 from Chicago’s reserves. Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love scored on the bench in Cleveland with 11 points each. Zach LaVine leads Chicago with 23 points and 9 assists.
Jazz 136, Timberwolves 104
Donovan Mitchell scored 36 points as Utah extended its winning streak to five games with a win over Minnesota in Minneapolis.
Bojan Bogdanovic added 21 points, Jordan Clarkson scored 18 from the bench and Rudy Gobert contributed 13 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Mitchell scored 30 plus points in four straight games, marking his longest record.
Karl-Anthony Towns led Minnesota with 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists, while Anthony Edwards scored 18 and Patrick Beverley scored at 16. The Jazz overcame the Timberwolves 76-45 in the second half to let Minnesota lose its third game. 4 in a row.
Speed 122, Knicks 102
Domantas Sabonis scored his fifth straight brace, taking 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead Indiana past New York at Indianapolis.
Chris Duarte scored a game-high 23 for the Pacers, who went on to win two in a row after a four-game losing streak. Sabonis has his 20th double this season.
RJ Barrett scored 19 points for the Knicks, who lost 4/5. Julius Randle has 18 points and Alec Burks has 15 points.
Missile 114, Nets 104
Garrison Mathews scored 12 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, and Josh Christopher enjoyed a memorable 20th birthday as Houston beat Brooklyn to extend his winning streak to seven games.
Christopher finished with 18 points in the 7/7 shot with 4 points 3. Christian Wood had 12 points and 15 rebounds for the Rockets.
The Nets rested Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge in the second half of a confrontation. James Harden led Brooklyn with 25 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, while rookie Cam Thomas scored 18 points from the bench.
Kings 142, Magic 130
De’Aaron Fox scored 33 points in the 12/18 game to lift hosts Sacramento past Orlando.
Tyrese Haliburton has scored 18 points, surpassing his season-high of 5–3 and also has the best 11 assists of his career for the Kings, who have won three consecutive games. for the first time this season.
Cole Anthony is his career-best record with six 3-pointers and finished his top season with 33 points for Orlando, who dropped three consecutive competitions and 10 of the past 11 games.
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