NBA roundup: Spurs overcome 24-point deficit, down Hawks
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[March 20, 2023]
Keldon Johnson had 29 points and 12 rebounds and Devin
Vassell added 29 points as the San Antonio Spurs came back from 24
points down to beat the visiting Atlanta Hawks 126-118 on Sunday
Atlanta led by 22 points at halftime but gave most of it back in a
ragged third quarter, heading to the final period up just 103-100.
The Hawks were still ahead at 114-108 until San Antonio forged a
16-0 run behind six points from Zach Collins and five from Blake
Wesley to move to the front at 124-114 with 1:54 to play.
Dejounte Murray led the Hawks with 22 points in his return to San
Antonio after being traded by the Spurs in the offseason. Onyeka
Okongwu added 17 points, with Clint Capela racking up 15 points and
12 rebounds. Trae Young had just nine points on 4-of-15 shooting
from the floor for Atlanta.
Atlanta went into the break with a commanding 83-61 lead, but the
Spurs roared back in the third quarter behind Vassell (14 points in
the period) and Johnson (12) to pull within three.
Lakers 111, Magic 105
Austin Reaves set a career high with 35 points and D'Angelo Russell
added 18 as Los Angeles ended a two-game losing streak and helped
its playoff chances with a victory over visiting Orlando.
Anthony Davis finished with 15 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks
as the Lakers pulled even with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Utah
Jazz at the bottom of the play-in tournament chase in the Western
Paolo Banchero and Franz Wagner each scored 21 points and Cole
Anthony added 17 as the Magic were unable to pull off a weekend
sweep at Los Angeles after defeating the Clippers 113-108 on
Thunder 124, Suns 120
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 40 points to lead host Oklahoma City
to a victory over Phoenix.
Gilgeous-Alexander's performance and the Thunder's comeback
overshadowed Devin Booker's 46-point game. Chris Paul added 14
points and 13 assists in the loss. Phoenix led by 10 in the early
moments of the fourth quarter before the Thunder turned up the heat
defensively and converted at the other end.
The Thunder ripped off an 18-2 run to grab control, turning a 100-90
deficit into a 108-102 lead with 5:46 left to play. Luguentz Dort
gave Oklahoma City its first lead since the game's opening moments
with his 3-pointer with just under seven minutes remaining, then
Gilgeous-Alexander found Josh Giddey for an alley-oop on the next
possession to keep the run going.
Nuggets 108, Nets 102
Nikola Jokic totaled 22 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists for his
league-leading 28th triple-double as Denver took control in the
first quarter and led virtually the entire way in a victory over
Brooklyn in New York.
Michael Porter Jr. led all scorers with 28 points to go along with
nine boards, while Jamal Murray supplied 25 points for the Nuggets.
Mikal Bridges scored a team-high 23 points for the Nets, who dropped
their third straight and fell 2 1/2 games behind the fifth-place
Knicks in the Eastern Conference.
After the Nets ripped off a 17-2 run to get within 100-93, Murray
found Porter, who hit a corner 3-pointer when Cameron Johnson left
him uncovered with 3:23 remaining. The Nets missed another chance at
inching closer when Johnson missed an open triple with 2:16 to go,
and Denver iced it when Aaron Gordon made a layup and Kentavious
Caldwell-Pope hit a trey.
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Mar 19, 2023; Los Angeles, California,
USA; Orlando Magic forward Franz Wagner (22) shoots the ball against
the Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3), guard Dennis
Schroder (17) and forward Jarred Vanderbilt (2) in the second half
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Heat 112, Pistons 100
Jimmy Butler had 26 points and 10 assists, and visiting Miami used a
late 12-0 run to down Detroit.
Bam Adebayo supplied 22 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and three
blocks for Miami. Tyler Herro had 19 points and six rebounds, Caleb
Martin tossed in 13 points and Kevin Love added 12 points and eight
James Wiseman led Detroit with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Cory
Joseph had 16 points, Rodney McGruder contributed 15 points and nine
rebounds and Marvin Bagley III added 14 points after missing three
games due to a sore ankle. Killian Hayes chipped in a double-double
with 13 points and 11 assists.
Pelicans 117, Rockets 107
CJ McCollum and Brandon Ingram combined for 52 points as visiting
New Orleans earned a much-needed victory over Houston.
McCollum finished with 26 points, six rebounds and five assists
while making 4 of 7 3-pointers. Ingram paired 26 points with a
team-high nine assists as the Pelicans snapped a skid of three
losses in four games to remain in the chase for a spot in the West
The Rockets' starting backcourt of Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr.
combined for 65 points on 18-of-37 shooting from the floor and
22-of-22 shooting from the free-throw line. Green had 40 points, his
fourth 40-point game this season, but the Rockets did not have a
third double-digit scorer until Tari Eason sank two free throws with
Bucks 118, Raptors 111
Giannis Antetokounmpo shot a perfect 9-for-9 from the floor and
recorded a triple-double of 22 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists as
Milwaukee dominated the fourth quarter en route to a
come-from-behind victory over visiting Toronto.
Milwaukee's defense proved overwhelming in the closing 12 minutes.
The Bucks outscored the Raptors 29-16, regrouping from a third
quarter in which they surrendered 39 points.
Brook Lopez scored a game-high 26 points for the Bucks. Fred
VanVleet's 23 points led four Raptors scoring at least 18. VanVleet
also dished a game-high 11 assists.
Clippers 117, Trail Blazers 102
Paul George recorded 29 points, nine rebounds and four steals and
Kawhi Leonard added 24 points to lead Los Angeles past host
Eric Gordon had 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting off the bench and Ivica
Zubac added 14 points and 10 rebounds as the Clippers won for the
fifth time in six games. Los Angeles moved within a half-game of the
fourth-place Phoenix Suns in the Western Conference.
Jusuf Nurkic registered 23 points and 11 rebounds for Portland, and
Damian Lillard scored 21 points to top 20 for the 31st consecutive
regular-season contest. Lillard also had nine assists and seven
rebounds but was just 4 of 17 from the field.
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