AROUND THE NBA | Wednesday’s games
76ers 115, Bulls 101
Ben Simmons had 19 points, 17 rebounds and 14 assists for his fifth triple-double of the season to lead Philadelphia. Dario Saric added 21 points and 10 rebounds and Joel Embiid had 22 points for the 76ers, who have won seven of 10. Bobby Portis scored 22 points and Zach LaVine had 21 for the Bulls. The rookie was just two assists away from a triple-double in the first half when he helped the 76ers to a 55-41 halftime lead with 11 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists. His slam dunk with 7:40 left in the third quarter was part of a dominating period for Philadelphia.
Rockets 104, Mavericks 97
James Harden scored 25 points after getting named to his sixth straight Western Conference All-Star team and Houston beat Dallas. Trevor Ariza had 23 points as the Rockets beat their Texas rivals for the sixth straight time, a streak that started with a four-game sweep last season. Houston won its fourth straight game and seventh in the past nine. Eric Gordon scored 17 points on 4-of-7 shooting from 3-point range. Southwest Division-leading Houston was up and down from beyond the arc, going 10 of 14 in the first quarter and 2 of 15 in the second. The Rockets finished two shy of their season high in 3s, going 21 of 51. Wesley Matthews matched his season high with 29 points for the Mavericks, who lost for the seventh time in 10 games since a season-best four-game winning streak that helped lift them out of last place in the West.
Spurs 108, Grizzlies 85
Pau Gasol finished an assist short of a triple-double, Patty Mills scored 15 points and San Antonio beat Memphis. Gasol had 14 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists, and Bryn Forbes and Danny Green also finished with 14 points each. Davis Bertans and Dejounte Murray each had 11 points. Marc Gasol led the Grizzlies with 18 points and seven rebounds, while Deyonta Davis added 12 points as the Grizzlies were hampered by 43 percent shooting, including 2 of 18 from outside the arc, and 17 turnovers.
Pelicans 101, Hornets 96
Jrue Holiday and Anthony Davis each scored 19 points, DeMarcus Cousins had 16 points and 13 rebounds and New Orleans defeated Charlotte for its sixth win in the last seven games. Cousins had 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Pelicans. Dwight Howard had 22 points and 16 rebounds in his 1,000th career game to lead the Hornets, who fell to 2-2 on the five-game homestand.
Pacers 116, Suns 101
Thaddeus Young scored 22 points, Victor Oladipo had 21 points and nine assists and Indiana pulled away from Phoenix. The Pacers have won five of six, blowing out the Suns for the second time in 10 days. Josh Jackson had 20 points, while Greg Monroe had 16 points and a season-high 17 rebounds to lead Phoenix, which never led and didn’t get closer than 10 over the final three quarters. The Suns have lost two straight and five of six. Devin Booker and Troy Daniels each scored 19 points.
Jazz 98, Pistons 95, OT
Joe Ingles made a tying layup in the final seconds of regulation, then added two straight 3-pointers in overtime to lift Utah over Detroit. The Pistons lost their sixth straight by blowing a nine-point lead late in the fourth quarter. Detroit had a chance to tie at the end of overtime, but Tobias Harris missed from the left corner, and the rebound went out of bounds off the Pistons. Andre Drummond had 30 points and 24 rebounds for Detroit, and he fueled a 10-0 run that put the Pistons ahead 88-79, but Utah closed strong in the fourth quarter. Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell each had 15 points for Utah.
Raptors 108, Hawks 93
Jonas Valanciunas had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and rested Toronto used strong 3-point shooting to beat Atlanta. Dennis Schroder led Atlanta with 20 points, and John Collins had 13 points and career-high 16 rebounds.