Highlights of Wednesday's NBA games
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[March 16, 2017]
March 15 (The Sports Xchange) -
Highlights of Wednesday's National Basketball Association games:
Celtics 117, Timberwolves 104
The Boston Celtics continued their mastery of the Timberwolves,
overcoming a 10-point first-half deficit and cruising to a 117-104
victory over Minnesota on Wednesday night.
Boston, which defeated Minnesota at TD Garden for the 11th straight
time, used a 21-6 run bridging the halves and rode a great
all-around game by Al Horford and a typical Isaiah Thomas
performance to its 10th win in 11 games.
Horford just missed his second career triple-double (for the second
time this month), with 20 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.
Thomas scored 27 points and Avery Bradley added 18 for the Celtics.
Ricky Rubio led the Timberwolves with 23 points and seven assists.
Andrew Wiggins and Shabazz Muhammad each scored 21 points and
Karl-Anthony Towns posted 17 points and 14 rebounds for Minnesota.
Trail Blazers 110, Spurs 106
Damian Lillard scored 36 points, including four free throws in the
final 5.2 seconds, as Portland stunned San Antonio.
CJ McCollum added 26 points for the Trail Blazers. Nurkic had 16
points and nine rebounds, Noah Vonieh scored 12 points and Allen
Crabbe hit for 10.
Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 34 points while adding nine
rebounds and six assists. LaMarcus Aldridge, who missed the previous
two games because of a minor heart arrhythmia, had 19 points for San
Mavericks 112, Wizards 107
Harrison Barnes scored 22 points and Dallas opened the fourth
quarter with a 24-7 run en route to victory over Washington.
Dirk Nowitzki had 10 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter for the
Mavericks, who swept the season series. Dallas had lost two in a
row, including 100-78 at the Toronto Raptors on Monday. Seth Curry
added 19 points for the Mavericks.
John Wall had 26 points and 11 assists for the Wizards, but he
limped off the court with 1:26 remaining in the first half. Wall
sprained his left foot, but returned to finish off his 44th
double-double of the season.
Rockets 139, Lakers 100
Lou Williams scored 30 points off the bench against his former team
and James Harden recorded his 17th triple-double of the season as
Houston cruised past Los Angeles.
Williams, acquired at the trade deadline, hit his first seven shots
and finished 11-of-17 over 26 minutes. Harden delivered an uneven
performance, posting 18 points, 12 rebounds, 13 assists and nine
Julius Randle paired a career-high 32 points on 13-of-17 shooting,
with eight rebounds, for the Lakers. Rookie Brandon Ingram and
Jordan Clarkson chipped in 18 points apiece.
Jazz 97, Pistons 83
Gordon Hayward piled up 25 points, eight rebounds and six assists
and Utah began a four-game road trip with a convincing victory.
George Hill supplied 17 points for the Jazz, who have won six of
their last seven games. Rudy Gobert added 12 points and nine
rebounds and tied a career high with five assists, while Joe Johnson
and Joe Ingles also tossed in 12 points apiece.
Ish Smith's 16 points led Detroit, which was coming off a 32-point
loss at Cleveland on Tuesday. Aron Baynes posted 12 points and 12
rebounds and Tobias Harris chipped in 12 points.
Heat 120, Pelicans 112
Goran Dragic came back from an eye injury to score 33 points as
Miami defeated New Orleans.
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Dragic missed Sunday's loss at Indiana after he got
elbowed in the right eye by Toronto Raptors guard Cory Joseph in
Miami's previous game. His right eye was swollen shut on Sunday, but
he made a quick recovery.
Hassan Whiteside had 20 points and 17 rebounds while reserve Wayne
Ellington added 19 points. Anthony Davis recorded 27 points and
eight rebounds for the Pelicans.
Pacers 98, Hornets 77
Paul George scored a season-high 39 points, including 27 during the
second half, as Indiana pulled away from Charlotte.
George made 15-of-21 field goal attempts, including 6-of-10 from
three-point range. Monta Ellis added 16 points for the Pacers, who
shot 53.4 percent and outrebounded the Hornets 39-27. Jeff Teague
had 11 assists.
Frank Kaminsky led Charlotte with 20 points, Marco Belinelli added
11 and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 10. Kemba Walker was limited to
seven points on 3-of-11 shooting. The Hornets shot only 40 percent.
Grizzlies 98, Bulls 91
Mike Conley and Marc Gasol scored 27 points apiece, and Memphis
pulled away from Chicago.
Tony Allen added 10 points and six rebounds as the Grizzlies earned
their second consecutive victory. Memphis finished the game on a
Rajon Rondo led the Bulls with 17 points, eight assists and six
rebounds. Jimmy Butler and Nikola Mirotic each contributed 14 points
Kings 107, Suns 101
Rookie Skal Labissiere scored a career-high 32 points, including
Sacramento's first 16 of the fourth quarter, as the Kings won
back-to-back games for the first time since winning four straight
Labissiere, whose career high had been 15 points, scored 21 in the
final period. He added 11 rebounds for his first NBA double-double.
Willie Cauley-Stein had 14 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, four
steals and four blocks for Sacramento.
TJ Warren had 24 points and nine rebounds, and Devin Booker added 19
points for Phoenix, which was without Eric Bledsoe (rest). The Suns
also lost Derrick Jones Jr. to a right hip contusion (X-rays
negative) and Leandro Barbosa to illness.
Bucks 97, Clippers 96
Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 16 points apiece,
and Milwaukee ended an eight-game losing streak at Staples Center.
Greg Monroe and Matthew Dellavedova chipped in 12 points each and
Malcolm Brogdon and Mirza Teletovic both scored 11.
DeAndre Jordan led the Clippers with 22 points and 17 rebounds.
Blake Griffin finished with 18 points, while J.J. Redick scored 16.
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