THURSDAY’S OTHER NBA GAMES
Pacers 126, Warriors 106
Bojan Bogdanovic had 28 points, Victor Oladipo scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half and the playoff-bound Indiana Pacers beat the Golden State Warriors. The Pacers have won six of seven, including twice against the short-handed defending NBA champions. Kevin Durant had 27 points, five rebounds and seven assists, but Golden State’s three-game winning streak ended. Klay Thompson had 16 points before being shut out in the second half. After rallying from a double-digit deficit and pulling away for an 11-point victory last week, the Pacers led for the final 33:46 and by double digits the entire second half Thursday. The Pacers took an 18-11 lead in the first quarter and started pulling away after Lance Stephenson erased a 30-28 deficit with a 3-pointer with 9:46 left in the second quarter.
Nets 119, Bucks 111
Allen Crabbe scored 25 points and hit two 3-pointers in the closing minutes of a tight game, and the Brooklyn Nets shot 48 percent from behind the arc to beat the Milwaukee Bucks. The sharpshooting Nets were 19 of 39 from 3-point range, dealing a blow to the Bucks’ hopes of moving up from the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race. With the 53-loss Nets in town, Milwaukee had a prime opportunity to keep pace with Miami and Washington in the chase for the sixth and seventh seeds in the East. Khris Middleton scored 31 points, while Giannis Antetokounmpo had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Milwaukee. Joe Harris was 3 of 5 and finished with 17 points.
Rockets 96, Trail Blazers 94
Chris Paul hit an off-balance layup with 0.8 seconds left to lift the Houston Rockets to a win over the Portland Trail Blazers, who were without start Damian Lillard. Paul scored 27 points to help Houston get its second straight victory since a loss to San Antonio. The Rockets led by 24 in the second quarter and still had a big lead with about five minutes left before the Trail Blazers went on a 19-2 run to tie it at 94-all with 6.1 seconds left. James Harden, who finished with 24 points, missed two free throws with 13.3 seconds left before Pat Connaughton tied it with a short basket. Portland had a chance to win it at the buzzer, but C.J. McCollum’s 3-point attempt was off. Lillard sat out after spraining his left ankle Tuesday against Dallas. McCollum led the Trail Blazers with 16 points, and Jusuf Nurkic had 14 points and 11 rebounds.