NBA recap: Pacers hit file highs within the router
The result was the biggest home team defeat in NBA history. The Pacers’ 152 points were the highest in franchise history since the team moved to the NBA in 1976-77. The margin of 57 points was the biggest loss in the history of the Thunder franchise.
Indiana flirted with the biggest lead in NBA history – Cleveland’s 68-point win over Miami in December 1991 – and the Pacers led by 67 points in the fourth quarter.
The Pacers’ Doug McDermott finished his career with 31 points and scored 16 with four 3-pointers in the first quarter. Moses Brown led the thunder with 16 points.
Jazz 106, Raptors 102
Bojan Bogdanovic scored 34 points, Rudy Gobert had doubles and a couple of important late buckets, and the short-handed Utah Jazz regained the top spot in the NBA with a win over Toronto in Salt Lake City.
Gobert grabbed 16 rebounds for 13 points, including a driving layup followed by a tip-in with a 24.3 second lead that helped Jazz win again without injuring all-star guards Donovan Mitchell (ankle ) and Mike Conley (thigh).
Fred VanVleet scored 30 points and led Toronto, where all five starters finished in double digits. Khem Birch contributed 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Mavericks 125, Wizards 124
Dorian Finney-Smith was able to intercept the decisive 3-pointer 9.3 seconds ahead and Luka Doncic collected his first triple-double since March 15, when Dallas overtook the visit to Washington.
Dallas led after a 12-point and half-five-point period before the Wizards jumped forward with a surge at the end of the third quarter.
Bradley Beal gave Washington the lead with two free throws. 26.1 seconds left before Doncic found Finney-Smith in the corner for his huge 3-point shot. Beal then missed the potential game-winning 3-pointer with 2.6 seconds of play time.
Hornets 107, cob 94
A 13-0 run in the fourth quarter, 29 points from Terry Rozier and the return of LaMelo Ball to line-up-driven host Charlotte past Detroit.
Ball played a solid all-round game on his return from a wrist injury that had sidelined him since March 20. He finished the game with 11 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.
The pistons ended 13 of 37 from the outside, but only shot 22 of 54 from the inside from the 3-point arc. Killian Hayes, who had 10 points, six rebounds and six assists, shot 4-of-11 off the floor.
Pelicans 140, Timberwolves 136 (OT)
Zion Williamson scored 37 points and Lonzo Ball had a career-best game when he was late in New Orleans to defeat Minnesota.
Williamson scored 14 of 17 field goals, added nine rebounds and set a career high with eight assists. Ball hit a career high of 33 points while hitting the best career with eight 3-pointers, adding 11 rebounds.
Rookie Anthony Edwards scored 29 points and Karl-Anthony Towns had 28 points and 14 rebounds before falling out when the Timberwolves saw their best streak come to an end in four games.
Nuggets 110, Clippers 104
Nikola Jokic made another statement in his MVP candidacy, leading Denver to a street win over Los Angeles.
Jokic finished the game with 30 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists. Michael Porter Jr. contributed 25 points, seven rebounds and five assists, and PJ Dozier added 16 points. With the win, the Nuggets overtook the Clippers for third place in the Western Conference by half a game.
Kawhi Leonard returned to the Clippers’ starting line-up after five absenteeism. Leonard, who had only played one game in the past three weeks with a sore right foot, finished the game with 16 points and six assists. Paul George led Los Angeles with 20 points.
Warriors 113, Missiles 87
Stephen Curry exploded for 23 of his 30 points in the third quarter when Golden State turned a lengthy run into a road win over Houston.
Curry added six rebounds and five assists to his ledger. Andrew Wiggins added 20 points while Mychal Mulder and Jordan Poole combined scored 34 points from the Golden State Bank. Draymond Green flirted with a triple-double, scoring nine points, eleven rebounds and eight assists for the Warriors.
Kevin Porter Jr. scored 14 of his 16 points in the first half and added six assists for Houston. Jae’Sean Tate had 14 points, three assists and three steals, while Christian Wood combined 10 points with seven boards for the Rockets.
Heat 124, Cavaliers 107
Kendrick Nunn scored 22 points and led Miami to a win over hosts Cleveland.
Miami, which has won six out of eight games, also received 20 points from Duncan Robinson. Trevor Ariza added 18 points and Max Strus had 17, including 14 in the first half. Bam Adebayo added 13 points and 10 rebounds when Miami played four games over 500 for the second time this season.
Kevin Love and Collin Sexton led Cleveland by 25 points each, but the Cavaliers still lost their sixth straight game.
Hawks 108, Bulls 97
Trae Young scored 33 points while Clint Capela and John Collins each posted double-doubles to lead hosts Atlanta to a win over Chicago.
The Hawks lost three times and finished fifth in the Eastern Conference, half a game ahead of the idle Boston Celtics. Capela scored 20 points and got 11 rebounds, while Collins finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Chicago’s Thaddeus Young, who started instead of the injured striker Nikola Vucevic (tightness of the right kidnapper), finished the race with 20 points, seven rebounds and nine assists.
Magic 112, Grizzlies 111
Rookie Cole Anthony swung a deep 3-pointer 0.1 seconds ahead to take his season best of 26 points and give Orlando a comeback win over the Memphis visit.
Anthony’s dramatic shot over Memphis’ Kyle Anderson was the final touch when the Magic overcame a 20 point deficit to share the duel with the Grizzlies. Moritz Wagner hit a season high of 24 points and Dwayne Bacon added 23 when Orlando won a third time in 16 games.
Dillon Brooks scored 23 points for Memphis, and he knocked down an 18-footer seven seconds ahead to give the Grizzlies a 111-109 lead. Ja Morant recorded 22 points and seven assists, Anderson scored 21 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 11 points and 16 rebounds for Memphis.
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