NBA recap: Russell Westbrook goes wild in 154-141 Wizards win
Russell Westbrook recorded his 32nd triple-double of the season with 14 points, 21 rebounds and 24 assists to lead hosts Washington Wizards to a 154-141 win over the Indiana Pacers on Monday night.
Westbrooks Assist Total hit a franchise record and career high. The Wizards, who occupy 10th place on the grid and last place in the warm-up round of the Eastern Conference, won for the 13th time in 16 games and reached ninth place within half a game of the Pacers and secured the head-to-head fight Tiebreaker between the teams.
Domantas Sabonis scored 32 points and led a total of 19 rebounds and nine assists to lead the Pacers, while Caris LeVert had 33 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
Nine wizards posted double-digit results, including five reserves, and Washington prevailed over Indiana by an astonishing 96-60 lead. Rui Hachimura finished on 27 points and seven rebounds and Bradley Beal scored 26 points, six assists and five rebounds for the Wizards.
Warriors 123, Pelicans 108
Steph Curry had his best ninth 40-point game in the NBA, ending at 41 when Golden State improved its box office chances by beating hosts New Orleans.
Curry made 14 of 26 field goal attempts, including 8 of 18 from 3-point range. Draymond Green added 10 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds, and Andrew Wiggins scored 26 points. The win held Golden State ahead of 10th place in San Antonio in the Western Conference.
Zion Williamson scored 32 points and Brandon Ingram added 19 for the Pelicans, who were pushed closer to the elimination. They follow the Spurs by three games, seven of which are still to be played.
Knicks 118, Grizzlies 104
Julius Randle scored 28 points, Derrick Rose added eight of their 25 points for the season in the fourth quarter and New York posted a double-digit win over hosts Memphis.
Randle sank five 3-point points, including two in the last four minutes, after Memphis dropped 17 points to five. New York won for the 12th time in 13 games. That stretch began by breaking a 15-point deficit and taking a 4-point win in overtime against Memphis on April 9th.
Dillon Brooks led Memphis on 25 points but went 0-5 in a goalless fourth quarter. Desmond Bane added 22 for the Grizzlies, who fell to ninth in the Western Conference by losing for the fourth time in five games.
Hawks 123, Trail Blazer 114
Danilo Gallinari and Bogdan Bogdanovic combined scored 53 points and 14 3-point points to help Atlanta defeat Portland.
Gallinari came off the bench scoring 28 points, hitting 7 out of 10 from the 3 point range, adding eight rebounds and two steals. Bogdanovic scored 25 points, including seven 3-point points – all in the first half. The Hawks have won six home games in a row and are 14-2 in their last 16 home games.
Portland received 33 points from Damian Lillard, who had six 3-pointers and eight assists. Carmelo Anthony scored 14 points and moved up to 10th in the NBA’s all-time rankings. Anthony has 27,318 points, passing Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes who had 27,313.
Lakers 93, Nuggets 89
Anthony Davis had his best game since returning from a strain on his right calf a week ago when hosts Los Angeles, who played without LeBron James, scored a win over Denver. Davis ended up with 25 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots.
Davis also came up with a key pad at the end of the game on a Facundo Campazzo attempting 3-pointer to seal the win. Alex Caruso, who started instead of Dennis Schroder, added 11 points. Lakers trainer Frank Vogel said Schroder will be missing out on the next 10 to 14 days due to the NBA’s health and safety protocols.
Nikola Jokic went up and down the nuggets with 32 points and nine rebounds. Michael Porter Jr. contributed 19 points. JaVale McGee scored 10 points the night he received his NBA championship ring for playing with the Lakers last season.
76ers 106, Bulls 94
Tobias Harris posted 21 points and nine rebounds while Seth Curry scored 20 points to lead Philadelphia over hosts Chicago for the fifth straight year.
The 76ers also extended their lead in the Eastern Conference to a game over the Brooklyn Nets. Ben Simmons recorded 15 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals for Philadelphia, who beat Chicago 3-0 that season and extended their winning streak to seven.
Coby White recorded 23 points and five assists for the Bulls, who have lost four straight games and five out of six. The cops were without Zach LaVine for the eleventh consecutive year based on health and safety protocols. Nikola Vucevic (adductor) missed his second game in a row.
Jazz 110, Spurs 99
Bojan Bogdanovic scored 25 points and Rudy Gobert scored 24 points, 15 rebounds and three blocked shots when Utah beat San Antonio in Salt Lake City. Utah regained the number 1 in the NBA, half a game ahead of the idle Phoenix Suns.
Jordan Clarkson added 16 points, Joe Ingles added 13 with nine assists, and Georges Niang added 11 points to once again help Utah overcome the absence of injured All-Star Guards Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley.
DeMar DeRozan returned after taking a day off to rest and score 22 points for the Spurs, who lost in overtime to Philadelphia at home on Sunday night. The Spurs will revisit jazz on Wednesday.
Magic 119, piston 112
Mo Bamba made career highs of 22 points and 15 rebounds from the bench when Orlando beat hosts Detroit.
Chasson Randle provided 18 points while RJ Hampton contributed 16 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds. Ignas Brazdeikis threw 14 points when Orlando’s bench scored 70 points. The Magic was two games ahead of Detroit, the last-placed team in the Eastern Conference.
Saddiq Bey’s 26 points and nine rebounds exceeded the pistons. Frank Jackson had 19 points from the bank.
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