NBA roundup


NBA roundup

Wednesday’s games

Spurs 97, Pistons 81

SAN ANTONIO

Kawhi Leonard scored 27 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 23 as San Antonio clinched its 19th straight playoff berth. San Antonio (51-9) won its 29th straight home game to open the season in its first game following a month-long road trip brought on by the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. San Antonio joins Golden State as the only teams to clinch spots in the postseason. Leonard and Aldridge excelled against a Detroit team thinned by injuries to forwards Anthony Tolliver and Stanley Johnson.

Rockets 100, Pelicans 95

HOUSTON

James Harden had 39 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists to help Houston overcome miserable shooting in a victory over New Orleans. The Rockets went 3 of 34 on 3-point attempts and committed 21 turnovers but were able to rally past New Orleans thanks to an off night from Pelicans star Anthony Davis.

Nuggets 117, Lakers 107

DENVER

D.J. Augustin scored 22 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter to lead six Denver players in double figures, and the Nuggets beat Los Angeles in Kobe Bryant’s final game at the Pepsi Center. Emmanuel Mudiay added 22 points and the Nuggets used a 10-0 run midway through the final quarter to gain some separation.

Raptors 104, Jazz 94

TORONTO

Kyle Lowry scored 32 points, DeMar DeRozan added 31 and Toronto beat Utah for a club-record 11th straight home win. Lowry, who had a career-high 43 points in a victory over Cleveland on Friday night before being rested Sunday in a loss at Detroit, added five assists and four rebounds. Toronto (40-19) led the entire second half on the way to its fifth win in six games. The Jazz (28-32) were led by Gordon Hayward, who had 26 points, six assists and three rebounds.

Magic 102, Bulls 89

ORLANDO, FLA.

Nikola Vucevic scored 24 points, rookie Mario Hezonja added a career-high 21, and Orlando beat Chicago. Victor Oladipo scored 17 points and Aaron Gordon had 13 points and 15 rebounds as Orlando coasted to an easy win. Elfrid Payton had nine points and 12 assists. Derrick Rose led Chicago with 16 points, all in the first half. Pau Gasol had 12 points and Doug McDermott was the only other Bulls player in double figures with 11. Both teams were on the second game of back-to-backs and it looked it.

Wizards 104, Timberwolves 98

MINNEAPOLIS

Bradley Beal scored 26 points and Alan Anderson added 18 to lead Washington to a fourth straight victory. John Wall had 14 points and 12 assists, and Beal and Anderson led a Wizards bench that outscored Minnesota’s second unit 64-18. Washington shot 50 percent, hit 11 of 29 3-pointers and scored 50 points in the paint to overcome 17 turnovers. Ricky Rubio had 22 points and six rebounds,

Celtics 116, Trail Blazers 93

BOSTON

Isaiah Thomas had 30 points to lead Boston to a fourth straight win. Avery Bradley added 17 points as the Celtics won their 12th straight at home. The streak ties Boston’s longest since it won 13 straight at the Garden during the 2008-09 season. Six Boston players reached double figures and the Celtics also outscored Portland 60-34 in the paint, while committing just five turnovers.

Grizzlies 104, Kings 98

MEMPHIS, TENN.

Mike Conley scored 24 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, to lead Memphis to a victory over Sacramento. Conley, who also had five assists, shot 9 of 12, including all three attempts from 3-point range as the Grizzlies won their second straight and sixth in the last eight. Zach Randolph finished with 19 points and eight rebounds for Memphis, while JaMychal Green and Mario Chalmers scored 15 apiece. Chris Andersen added 10 points, including the final two free throws with 17 seconds left to seal the victory.

Pacers 104, Bucks 99

MILWAUKEE

Jordan Hill had 19 points and Indiana survived a last-minute rally to defeat Milwaukee and end a three-game losing streak. Paul George and Rodney Stuckey added 15 each for Indiana. Khris Middleton had 23 points to pace the Bucks, who have lost three of four. Giannis Antetokounmpo added 22 and Jabari Parker 18 for Milwaukee.

Hornets 119, 76ers 99

PHILADELPHIA

Kemba Walker scored 30 points and Cody Zeller had 15 to lead Charlotte to a victory over Philadelphia. Marvin Williams and Jeremy Lin each added 14 points for the Hornets as they continue their climb up the Eastern Conference standings. Charlotte won for the second straight night and has won 10 of 13 overall.

Associated Press

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