The Los Angeles Clippers took their home record to 20-8 this season, overtaking the Phoenix Suns 113-103 in a battle between the second and third place teams in the Western Conference standings.
Thursday night NBA results
|Phoenix Suns 103-113 Los Angeles Clippers|
|Portland Trail Blazers 103-122 Utah Jazz|
|Los Angeles Lakers 104-110 Miami Heat|
|Milwaukee Bucks 101 – 116 Dallas Mavericks|
|Chicago Bulls 122-113 Toronto Raptors|
|Detroit Pistons 113-101 Sacramento Kings|
|Cleveland Cavaliers 102-1129 Oklahoma City Thunder|
Phoenix Suns 103-113 Los Angeles Clippers
For the second game in a row, Clippers star Paul George had a hot hand. Two nights after racking up 36 points in a win over the Portland Trail Blazers, George scored 33. His 12 of 19 shot included a 7 of 9 3-point hit.
Patrick Beverley stalked Phoenix’s top scorer Devin Booker for most of the night, but the two-time All-Star still finished with 24 points. Mikal Bridges added 20 points and Deandre Ayton had 18 points and 10 rebounds. Chris Paul totaled 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists.
With George starting early, Los Angeles’ Kawhi Leonard took over in the second half, scoring 14 of his 27 points in the third quarter. New addition Rajon Rondo did a good job setting the table for the Clippers on the bench, finishing with 15 points, nine assists and no turnover.
The back-and-forth affair had 15 lead changes and was tied 10 times. The game also included an ejection when Beverley’s foul on Paul with just over seven minutes to go was deemed unnecessary and excessive after video review.
Beverley was on the one-minute restriction, and he finished scoreless with two assists in 17 minutes.
The loss broke Phoenix’s seven-game winning streak and dropped the Suns’ best road record in the NBA to 17-7. The Clippers have won three in a row and nine of their last 11 games.
Portland Trail Blazers 103-122 Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell scored 37 points and Rudy Gobert compiled an 18-point, 20-rebound double-double to take the Utah Jazz to a big 122-103 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers in Salt Lake City.
The victory ended a two-game losing streak – the Jazz stumbled on the road in Dallas and Phoenix – and secured the 23rd straight win at the Vivint Arena for NBA leaders Utah.
Four other jazz players scored in double digits – Joe Ingles (13), Mike Conley and Bojan Bogdanovic (11) and Georges Niang (10) – as Utah rebounded 24 hours from a tough overtime loss to the Suns.
Damian Lillard led Portland with 23 points and CJ McCollum scored 19, but the Blazers fell for the third time in four games after a disastrous seven-minute surge midway through the second period.
He was tied, 68-68, halfway through the third before Jazz’s offense went wild. Mitchell hit a jumper to give the Jazz a lead, and Utah scored 25 points in the final six and a half minutes of the quarter while keeping the Blazers to just four points until Carmelo Anthony hit a late 3.
The fact that Conley played was a boon to Jazz. He hadn’t prepared for the second end of straight sets in months, but Utah was desperately desperate for a win over a potential Western Conference playoff foe and the Jazz were without a sixth man candidate. of the year Jordan Clarkson (sprained ankle) so he played.
Los Angeles Lakers 104-110 Miami Heat
Jimmy Butler scored 28 points to lead host Miami Heat to a 110-104 victory over the shorthanded Los Angeles Lakers.
Miami also got 18 points from Victor Oladipo, who grabbed his right knee after a dunk with 5:35 left in the game. He immediately went to the locker room and did not return.
Heat goalie Tyler Herro, playing on an injured left foot, had 15 points. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the Lakers with 28 points, a season-high, but Miami won in part because the Heat had more than 8 points on turnover.
Andre Drummond returned for the Lakers after missing the last three games with a toe injury. He had 15 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Dennis Schroder added 10 points and 14 assists for the Lakers.
But the Lakers were once again starless LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Additionally, Kyle Kuzma was sidelined with a calf strain, and Talen Horton-Tucker served a one-game suspension for his role in Tuesday’s altercation with the Toronto Raptors.
Additionally, Lakers forward Markieff Morris was sent off with 2:14 left in the fourth quarter. Morris thought he had been fouled on his shot, and he got the technique after arguing with a referee. Guard Ben McLemore, abandoned by the Houston Rockets on Saturday, made his Lakers debut and had six points.
Milwaukee Bucks 101 – 116 Dallas Mavericks
Luka Doncic recorded 27 points, nine rebounds and eight assists to help the Dallas Mavericks secure a 116-101 home win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Kristaps Porzingis added 26 points and 17 rebounds as the Mavericks won for the sixth time in the last seven games.
The Bucks have played without reigning MVP twice, Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) for the third game in a row and the fifth time in the last 10 games.
Milwaukee has lost two straight games and five of the last eight games. Donte DiVincenzo made a career best six at 3 points and scored 22 points while Bobby Portis recorded 20 points and a season-high 14 rebounds for the Bucks.
Brook Lopez added 16 points, and Khris Middleton had 14 points and eight rebounds despite shooting just 6 of 27 off the field.
Jason Richardson scored 14 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. and Maxi Kleber added 12 each for the Mavericks, who had 44.3% of their shots, including 17 of 45 (37.8%) at 3 points. Porzingis scored 11 points in the fourth quarter. He drained three straight points to give Dallas a 95-93 advantage with 6:43 left.
Chicago Bulls 122-113 Toronto Raptors
Lauri Markkanen, Coby White and Daniel Theis came off the bench to provide double-digit performances Thursday night as the Chicago Bulls used greater depth to crush the shorthanded 122-113 Toronto Raptors in Tampa.
Starters Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic led seven Bulls in double digits with 22 points apiece as Chicago won its third in a row overall and second in a row to open a five-game trip.
With their second win over Toronto, the Bulls won the three-game series of the season despite a career Raptors game Chris Boucher, who almost single-handedly kept the hosts in the game with 38 points and 19 rebounds.
LaVine completed a double-double with 13 assists for the Bulls, who started their journey with a 113-97 victory at Indiana.
Markkanen contributed 18 points, White 15 and Theis 14, helping Chicago take a 47-20 advantage off the bench.
Pascal Siakam had 27 points and OG Anunoby 13 for Toronto, who played without injured guards Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet. The loss was the Raptors’ second in a row after opening a four-game homestand with wins over Golden State and Washington.
Detroit Pistons 113-101 Sacramento Kings
Cory Joseph scored 24 points and distributed seven assists as the visiting Detroit Pistons withstood a push from the Sacramento Kings to win 113-101 on Thursday. Isaiah Stewart recorded a game-high 16 points and 13 rebounds for Detroit, which has alternated losses and wins in the past eight games. Sacramento took its fifth straight loss.
The Pistons took advantage of a poor shooting night for the Kings, who finished 7 of 30 (23.3%) beyond the 3-point arc. Detroit built a big first-half lead that gave it a cushion down the home stretch.
Seven Pistons scored in double digits, including three off the bench. Reserve rookie Killian Hayes posted a career-high 11 points. Jahlil Okafor scored 11 points and hit all four of his foul shots, helping Detroit’s 17 of 20 success on the line as a team.
De’Aaron Fox finished with 23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for Sacramento, but he shot 0 of 5 to 3 points. Buddy Hield scored his 15 points from beyond the arc, or 5 of 12 from long distance. Richaun Holmes scored 15 points and took nine rebounds, Harrison Barnes finished with 13 points and Hassan Whiteside added 10.
Rookie Tyrese Haliburton, who came off the bench for the first time since March 15, scored nine points and distributed seven assists.
Cleveland Cavaliers 102 – 129 Oklahoma City Thunder
Collin Sexton scored 27 points to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 129-102 victory over host Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Cavaliers have won back-to-back games for the first time since a four-game winning streak that ended on March 1.
The Thunder lost their fifth in a row, their longest skid since a six-game losing streak at the start of the 2014-15 season.
Taurean Prince added 22 points off the bench for the Cavaliers, while Garland finished with 21 points and five assists. Kevin Love had 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Isaiah Hartenstein pulled 12 boards off the bench.
Cleveland shot 51.1 percent from the field and had 24 points on 18 Oklahoma City turnovers.
Ty Jerome led the Thunder with a career-high 23 points, 9 of 16 from the field with five 3-pointers. Theo Maledon had 14 points but was only 6 of 17 off the floor. Moses Brown had 13 points and 11 rebounds.