NBA recap: Donovan Mitchell injured in Jazz comeback win
Donovan Mitchell scored 22 points before leaving early in the third quarter with a sprained right ankle, and the Utah Jazz rallied in his absence to beat the visiting Indiana Pacers 119-111 on Friday afternoon in Salt Lake City.
Bojan Bogdanovic led the jazz with 24 points and Jordan Clarkson returned after his absence from four injuries to support the comeback with 18 points. Rudy Gobert also contributed 13 points, 23 rebounds and four blocked shots when Utah won for the 13th time in 16 games.
Caris LeVert led Indiana by 24 points and Domantas Sabonis added 22 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists, but the Pacers scored just 42 points in the second half on the way to their second loss in three games.
Mitchell should have an MRI scan to determine the severity of the injury. The Jazz also announced that Dwyane Wade had acquired a stake to join majority owner Ryan Smith.
Knicks 117, Mavericks 109
Julius Randle hit his season high of 44 points, contributing 10 rebounds and seven assists to lead New York to a victory in Dallas.
RJ Barrett added 24 points and eight rebounds and Derrick Rose scored 15 points for the Knicks. New York-based Nerlens Noel collected 10 rebounds and blocked three shots.
Dallas’ Kristaps Porzingis recorded 23 points and 12 rebounds. Luka Doncic scored 22 points, had the best career of his career with 19 assists and got eight rebounds for the Mavericks.
76ers 106, Clippers 103
Joel Embiid scored a total of 36 points and 14 rebounds as Philadelphia beat the Los Angeles visit with several regulars.
Furkan Korkmaz finished 5-of-12 shooting from 3-point range with 18 points to give Philadelphia their fourth straight win. Paul George went up and down on 37 points, nine rebounds and six assists, the fifth game in a row with more than 30 points for the reigning Western Conference Player of the Week.
Los Angeles played without Kawhi Leonard, who missed his fourth game in a row due to pain in his right foot. Philadelphia played without former clipper Tobias Harris (right knee pain), Seth Curry (left hip tightness) and Dwight Howard (left knee pain).
Nets 130, hornets 115
Joe Harris scored 26 points and Kevin Durant poured 25 points and added 11 assists when Brooklyn defeated Charlotte in an injury-related team matchup in New York.
Landry Shamet added 20 points from Brooklyn Bank. The result means that Brooklyn, which lost in Philadelphia on Wednesday night, hasn’t lost any games in a row since early February.
Miles Bridges poured 33 points and Terry Rozier had 27 points and 10 assists for the Hornets, while rookie center Vernon Carey Jr. scored 21 points.
Wizard 117, Pelicans 115 (OT)
Russell Westbrook made two free throws one second ahead in overtime and finished on 36 points when hosts Washington defeated New Orleans.
Westbrook, who had 10 of the Wizards’ 12 points in overtime and assisted on the other basket, grabbed 15 rebounds and landed an assist just before his seventh triple-double in a row. Bradley Beal added 30 points despite missing all nine of his 3-point attempts.
Brandon Ingram scored 34, Williamson had 21 and Naji Marshall had 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Pelicans.
Trail Blazer 107, Spurs 106
Norman Powell hit the game-winning shot 22.8 seconds ahead when the shorthanded Portland came from behind and defeated hosts San Antonio.
CJ McCollum scored 29 points while Powell added 22 for Portland, which had lost four of its last five games. Blazers star Damian Lillard had to sit out due to a right Achilles tendon injury.
The Spurs led by 16 points in the middle of the third quarter before Portland rallied to end the competition early in the fourth quarter. DeMar DeRozan led the Spurs with 26 points and added 10 assists. Dejounte Murray had 13 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists (his third triple-double of the season) for San Antonio, who lost two games in a row.
Nuggets 128, Rockets 99
Nikola Jokic scored his 50th double-double of the season while Michael Porter Jr. scored 21 points when Denver scored a win in Houston.
Jokic finished the game on 29 points and 16 rebounds while adding seven assists and two steals to speed up the nuggets. They were victorious in both games as security guard Jamal Murray was lost to a left ACL injury at the end of the season.
Kelly Olynyk scored 23 points while Jae’Sean Tate added 21 for the Rockets, losers out of five in a row and 10 out of 11.
Grizzlies 126, Bulls 115
Dillon Brooks hit a season high of 32 points and the Memphis visit gave Chicago their fifth straight defeat.
Memphis drove a third quarter with 37 points in the closing stages, when the Grizzlies achieved a lead of 20 points 9-0 and 7-0. Six grizzlies achieved double-digit results. Jonas Valanciunas’ franchise-record double-doubles streak ended after 16 games when he racked up just seven rebounds on Friday, but he shot 7 out of 9 for 16 points from the floor.
Coby White led the Bulls with 27 points in defeat. He shot 4-for-8 from 3-point range. Nikola Vucevic went from beyond the arc 3-7 and scored 24 points with 14 rebounds at the game height.
Timberwolves 119, Heat 111
After losing their last two home games with a total of 55 points, Minnesota used a great fourth quarter to upset Miami in Minneapolis.
The Heat ended their road trip in four games with a third straight loss. Minnesota has beaten Miami for the last five and six of their last seven games.
Karl-Anthony Towns, who had missed the previous two home defeats to Brooklyn and Milwaukee for personal reasons, had 24 points – and hit all four attempts from a distance. Miami was led by Jimmy Butler, who almost triple-doubled with 30 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.
Raptors 113, Magic 102
Paul Watson scored 20 of his top 30 points in the third quarter on his first career start, and Toronto beat Orlando in Tampa. Watson was 8v11 out of 3-point range when the Raptors won their eighth straight game against the Magic on April 1, 2019.
Yuta Watanabe also had a career best with 21 points for the Raptors, who have won two in a row. Fred VanVleet, who missed six games with a hip flexor injury and another due to suspension, returned and scored six points with six assists.
Wendell Carter Jr. had 20 points and nine rebounds for the Magic, who lost seven out of eight. Cole Anthony added 19.
Piston 110, thunder 104
Josh Jackson had 29 points, Saddiq Bey and Frank Jackson each had 18 points, and hosts Detroit handed Oklahoma City their ninth straight defeat.
Isaiah Stewart scored 15 points and 21 rebounds, a single game record for a Detroit rookie. Killian Hayes delivered nine points, seven assists, five steals and four rebounds.
Luguentz there led the Thunder with 26 points. Darius Bazley had 19 points and seven rebounds and Moses Brown added 12 points with eight rebounds.
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