AROUND THE NBA
Rockets 110, Bucks 99
James Harden scored 26 points, Eric Gordon had 18 points and two momentum-swinging 3-pointers in the third quarter, and the Houston Rockets beat the Milwaukee Bucks for their 17th straight win. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 points. Khris Middleton finished with 18 points for Milwaukee, while Sterling Brown had 15. Chris Paul had 16 points and 11 assists for Houston.
Bulls 119, Grizzlies 110
Lauri Markkanen scored 22 points, Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn added 21 apiece, and the Chicago Bulls hung on to hand the Memphis Grizzlies their 15th straight loss. The Bulls had a 21-point lead whittle to one but came away with their fourth win in 18 games. Dunn scored 11 in the fourth quarter and made four free throws in the final 33.7 seconds to help Chicago come out on top. Justin Holiday added 14 points. Memphis’ Dillon Brooks scored 20 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter. Marc Gasol and Ben McLemore added 17 apiece, but the Grizzlies couldn’t snap the NBA’s longest skid this season.
Jazz 104, Pacers 84
Rudy Gobert had 23 points and 14 rebounds, Donovan Mitchell finished with 20 points and six assists, and the Utah Jazz snapped the Indiana Pacers’ four-game winning streak with a victory. Ricky Rubio finished with 18 points and seven assists for Utah, and reserve Jae Crowder added 16 points. Joe Ingles had 11 points and 10 assists. The lone bright spot for Indiana on offense was Myles Turner, who finished with 24 points. Bojan Bogdanovic and Victor Oladipo each scored 13 points, and Cory Joseph had 12 points and six rebounds.
Raptors 121, Pistons 119, OT
DeMar DeRozan scored 42 points, then fed Fred VanVleet for the tiebreaking jumper from the left corner with 1.1 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Toronto Raptors to a victory over the Detroit Pistons. The Raptors became the first NBA team to clinch a playoff berth this season. Toronto trailed by 17 in the second quarter but was able to outlast Blake Griffin and the Pistons in a back-and-forth thriller. Toronto’s Serge Ibaka was ejected in the second quarter.