AROUND THE NBA SATURDAY


Pelicans 123, Cavaliers 101

NEW ORLEANS

DeMarcus Cousins had 29 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, and the New Orleans Pelicans pulled away for a convincing victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Anthony Davis added 30 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks to help New Orleans win for the third time in four games. New Orleans’ All-Star frontcourt tandem had help from the backcourt, too, with Jrue Holiday scoring 29 points and E’Twaun Moore 24 as the Pelicans made better than 53 percent off their shots. Kevin Love had 26 points and 11 rebounds for the Cavs, who were without Derrick Rose and trailed for most of the game. LeBron James had 18 points and Dwyane Wade 15 for Cleveland, which has lost three of four.

Celtics 96, Heat 90

MIAMI

Kyrie Irving scored nine of his 24 points in the final 2:03, and the Boston Celtics extended their winning streak to four games after holding on late to beat the Miami Heat. Jayson Tatum scored 20 and Marcus Smart added 16 for the Celtics, who beat Miami for the eighth consecutive time. Goran Dragic scored 22 points for Miami, which got 16 apiece from Josh Richardson and James Johnson. Former Boston forward Kelly Olynyk had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Heat, who were 7 for 31 from 3-point range. Boston outscored Miami 53-37 in the middle two quarters — holding the Heat to 39 percent shooting from the field and 19 percent from 3-point range during that 24-minute span — and took an 11-point lead into the fourth, looking very much in control. That is, until the Celtics went cold and the Heat showed some signs of life. A 7-0 Heat run got Miami within two, and that’s when Irving took over.

Thunder 101, Bulls 69

CHICAGO

Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points and Paul George had 20 to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a victory over the Chicago Bulls. Russell Westbrook added 12 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists for his third triple-double of the season. He has now recorded a triple-double against every league opponent in his career. Steven Adams and Raymond Felton had 12 points apiece for the Thunder, who won their first road game in three attempts after losing three of their last four games overall. Lauri Markkanen scored 15 points to lead the rebuilding Bulls, who were coming off their first win in four games this season after beating the Atlanta Hawks 91-86 on Thursday. Justin Holiday added 11 points and Robin Lopez had 10 for Chicago, which shot 28.6 percent from the field.

Grizzlies 103, Rockets 89

MEMPHIS, TENN.

Chandler Parsons finally gave Memphis fans what they’ve waited for, scoring 24 points on accurate shooting to lead the Grizzlies to a victory over the Houston Rockets. Parsons, who has struggled and battled injuries since signing with the Grizzlies last season, was part of a Memphis bench effort that dominated the Rockets’ reserves. By the time Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni cleared his bench with just under 4 minutes left and Memphis leading by 19, the Grizzlies held a 62-15 advantage in bench points. That wasn’t the only shortcoming for the Rockets, who shot 38 percent for the game, were 14 of 38 from outside the arc (37 percent) and committed 19 turnovers, leading to 24 points. Ryan Anderson led the Rockets with 22 points, while James Harden added 20 points and eight assists, but was 6 of 19 from the field, including 2 of 9 from 3-point range. Clint Capela had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Rockets. Mario Chalmers scored 15 points, while Tyreke Evans finished with 14 for Memphis, which won its second straight. The victory marked the second time in six days the Grizzlies have defeated Houston, the only team with a victory over the Rockets thus far this season. Memphis won at Houston 98-90 on Monday. Parsons’ 3-point shooting fueled Memphis through the first three quarters. He made nine of his first 10 shots, going 6 of 7 from outside the arc. His 3-pointer in the waning seconds of the third quarter gave Memphis an 81-72 lead. Parsons led Memphis with 10 points in the first half, missing only one of his five shots in the half as the Grizzlies carried a 54-49 lead into the locker room.

76ers 112, Mavericks 110

DALLAS

Ben Simmons had 23 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds as the Philadelphia 76ers outlasted the Dallas Mavericks for their second win of the season. Joel Embiid added 23 points and nine rebounds as the 76ers won in Dallas for the first time since Jan. 29, 2005. Dallas had a chance to tie the game and force overtime with 0.2 seconds remaining with Yogi Ferrell at the free throw line, but the guard missed the first attempt and Dallas couldn’t score on a rebound after he intentionally missed the second. Simmons won the battle of rookie point guards with Dallas’ Dennis Smith Jr, who countered with 12 points and eight assists, but struggled with six turnovers. T.J. McConnell added 15 points off the bench and Robert Covington had 11 points for the 76ers. Harrison Barnes led Dallas with 25 points. Wesley Matthews had 19, Ferrell 17, and J.J. Barea 15. Embiid got the best of former teammate and friend Nerlens Noel, who had four points and four rebounds. Noel spent three and a half seasons with the 76ers before being traded to Dallas last February. Both teams relied heavily on 3-pointers as Philadelphia went 16-for-35 from beyond the arc, while Dallas made 19 of 40 3-point attempts. Philadelphia seemingly took control and closed the third quarter with a 13-4 run after Dallas took a 76-74 lead with 5:06 remaining in the period. The Mavericks opened the fourth quarter with a 9-0 run and kept the game close, but couldn’t regain the lead in their final outing before road trip.

Associated Press

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