roundup: Wall's 20 assists carry Wizards
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[March 18, 2017]
The Sports Xchange
-- John Wall set a career high with 20 assists and Bradley Beal
scored 24 points as the Washington Wizards rebounded from a rare
home loss with a 112-107 win over the Chicago Bulls 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
Heat 123, Timberwolves 105
MIAMI -- 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.
Pelicans 128, Rockets 112
NEW ORLEANS -- 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
NEW YORK -- 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.
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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- 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
PHILADELPHIA -- 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.
Magic 109, Suns 103
PHOENIX -- Evan Fournier scored 25 points, and Nikola Vucevic added
18 points and 17 rebounds as Orlando used a late 14-4 run to beat
Aaron Gordon added 17 points for Orlando, including a spectacular
alley-oop, one-handed slam during the winning rally. Terrence Ross
had 14 points, and Elfrid Payton contributed 10 points and 11
assists as the Magic ended a four-game winning streak.
Vucevic recorded his 30th double-double of the season. TJ Warren had
26 points and Tyler Ulis added 19 points and eight assists for the
Suns, who had beaten the Magic four straight times.
Bucks 107, Lakers 103
LOS ANGELES --- Khris Middleton scored 30 points and Giannis
Antetokounmpo contributed 26 points, eight rebounds and five
assists, helping Milwaukee defeat Los Angeles 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 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, 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
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.
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