Highlights of Friday's
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[March 18, 2017]
March 18 (The Sports Xchange) -
of Friday's National Basketball Association games:
Bucks 107, Lakers 103
Khris Middleton scored 30 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo
contributed 26 points, eight rebounds and five assists, helping
Milwaukee defeat the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night at Staples
Center in a game that featured a scuffle between both clubs.
Antetokounmpo made 11 of 16 shots from the floor as the Bucks
(34-34) won for the eighth time in the last nine games.
Jordan Clarkson had 21 points and Ivica Zubac added 18 points and
eight rebounds for the Lakers (20-49), who lost their fourth in a
row. Nick Young had 16 points and D'Angelo Russell finished with 14
before both were ejected late in the third quarter along with Bucks
center Greg Monroe.
Tempers flared with 36 seconds remaining in the third quarter with
the Bucks leading 83-73. Bucks rookie guard Malcolm Brogdon fouled
Young on a drive to the bucket.
Young took exception and pushed Brogdon. Monroe, who had 12 points
and six boards before being sent to the locker room, shoved Young as
players from both teams became involved in the scrum.
Wizards 112, Bulls 107
John Wall set a career high with 20 assists and Bradley Beal scored
24 points as Washington rebounded from a rare home loss with a win
over Chicago on Friday night.
The Wizards (42-26) let most of a 19-point halftime lead slip away
thanks to their latest suspect defensive performance but ultimately
held on to snap a two-game losing streak.
Otto Porter and Wall each made two free throws inside the final 19
seconds after Jimmy Butler's 3-pointer made the score 108-107 with
39.7 seconds left.
The Wizards (42-26) let most of a 19-point halftime lead slip away,
but ultimately held on to snap a two-game losing streak.
Otto Porter and Wall each sank two free throws inside the final 19
seconds remaining after Jimmy Butler's 3-pointer made the score
108-107 with 39.7 seconds.
Heat 123, Timberwolves 105
Miami, which started the season 11-30, continued its amazing
turnaround, drawing to within one game of .500 with a victory over
Minnesota at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Miami, which is 23-5 in its past 28 games, was led by reserve guard
Tyler Johnson, who had 23 points, and center Hassan Whiteside, who
had 23 points and 14 rebounds.
Heat point guard Goran Dragic had 12 of his 19 points in the fourth
quarter and finished with 10 assists. Miami shot a season-best 58.8
percent from the floor.
The Heat win was marred by an injury to Dion Waiters' left ankle.
Waiters, Miami's starting shooting guard, left the game with 3:24
left in the second quarter and did not return, although the Heat
said X-rays were negative.
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128, Rockets 112
Forward Solomon Hill scored a career-high 30 points, including 6 of
9 from 3-point range, and Anthony Davis added 24 points and 14
rebounds to lift New Orleans to a victory over Houston at the
Smoothie King Center.
Hill entered the game averaging 6.5 points per game, but he exploded
for 16 first-quarter points as New Orleans took a 36-23 lead. The
Pelicans played without center DeMarcus Cousins, who was rested with
a sore left knee and bruised right rib.
The Rockets got a game-high 41 points from James Harden, but even
though they cut a 23-point deficit to 114-103 with 5:27 left, they
got no closer.
Celtics 98, Nets 95
Jae Crowder collected a season-high 24 points and 12 rebounds and
Boston overcame the absence of star point guard Isaiah Thomas and
held on for a victory over Brooklyn.
The Celtics played without Thomas, who sat out due to a bone bruise
in his right knee. With Thomas missing his fifth game of the season,
it was a struggle at times for the Celtics.
Avery Bradley added 16 for the Celtics, who shot 40 percent from the
field. Al Horford contributed 14 despite shooting 6 of 16 while
Marcus Smart added 12 in place of Thomas.
Raptors 87, Pistons 75
Serge Ibaka had 17 points and nine rebounds and Toronto rallied from
a nine-point fourth-quarter deficit to down Detroit at The Palace.
The Raptors finished the game on a 24-3 run. The Pistons scored just
three points in the final 9:20.
Toronto shooting guard DeMar DeRozan, who entered the game as the
NBA's fifth-leading scorer at 27.1 points per game, supplied all of
his 14 points in the second half. DeMarre Carroll contributed 12
points, Norman Powell had 11 and Jonas Valanciunas added 10 for the
76ers 116, Mavericks 74
Justin Anderson matched his career high of 19 points against his
former team as Philadelphia routed Dallas, the 76ers' most lopsided
victory in nine years.
It was the third time in 11 games with Philadelphia that Anderson
matched his career high. He was acquired in a Feb. 23 trade
involving center/forward Nerlens Noel.
Noel, who spent two and a half seasons with the Sixers, had nine
points and five rebounds off the bench for Dallas.
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