WEDNESDAY’S OTHER NBA GALMES
76ers 119, Grizzlies 105
Robert Covington, J.J. Redick and Dario Saric each had 15 points to pace all five Philadelphia starters in double-figures, and the 76ers continued their push for home-court advantage in the playoffs with a victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. Joel Embiid added 14 points and Ben Simmons had 13 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the 76ers (40-30). Wayne Selden Jr. had 18 points to lead Memphis (19-52). Philadelphia is closing in on its first playoff berth since 2012.
Heat 119, Knicks 98
Kelly Olynyk scored 22 points and handed out a career-high 10 assists, Tyler Johnson added 22 points and the Miami Heat had little trouble on the way to beating the New York Knicks. Wayne Ellington scored 16, Justise Winslow added 15, Goran Dragic had 14 and Josh Richardson finished with 12 for the Heat. Olynyk’s previous high for assists was eight, done twice. Enes Kanter scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for the Knicks. Michael Beasley added 22 points on 10 for 15 shooting for New York, and Trey Burke scored 16 off the bench. Miami held a 27-8 edge in points off turnovers.
Nuggets 135, Bulls 102
Nikola Jokic had 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists on “Serbian Heritage Night,” and the Denver Nuggets routed the Chicago Bulls. Denver shot 61.4 percent (51 for 83) from the field and had seven players score in double figures. Paul Millsap had 22 points and eight rebounds in 27 minutes, and Wilson Chandler made five of the Nuggets’ 20 3-pointers on his way to 19 points. The Nuggets (39-33) improved to 1-2 on a seven-game trip and pulled within 1 1/2 games of idle Utah for eighth in the Western Conference playoff race. Cristiano Felicio scored 16 points for the Bulls (24-47), who have dropped four of five. Bobby Portis had 15 points and eight rebounds, and Noah Vonleh finished with 14 points.
Hornets 111, Nets 105
Dwight Howard had 32 points and 30 rebounds, becoming the first player with a 30-30 game against the Nets since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1978, and the Charlotte Hornets stormed back to beat Brooklyn. Kemba Walker scored 10 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter for the Hornets. D’Angelo Russell scored 19 points and LeVert added 11 for the Nets, whose two-game winning streak was cut short. They have yet to have won three consecutive this season. Brooklyn used a stellar defensive effort to take a 62-43 lead into halftime before everything fell apart in the last 18 minutes of the game.
Clippers 127, Bucks 120
DeAndre Jordan had 25 points and 22 rebounds to lead the Lost Angeles Clippers past the Milwaukee Bucks. Austin Rivers added 22 points and Lou Williams scored 19 for Los Angeles. The Bucks lost All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo to a right ankle sprain late in the first half. Antetokounmpo appeared to get hurt when he tripped over teammate Shabazz Muhammad under Milwaukee’s basket. Khris Middleton paced Milwaukee with 23 points. Jabari Parker added 20. Antetokounmpo had 12 points before departing.
Pelicans 96, Pacers 92
Anthony Davis capped a 28-point, 13-rebound, five-block performance with a 15-foot baseline fade, a gritty put-back and two free throws in the final minute, and the New Orleans Pelicans outlasted the Indiana Pacers. E’Twaun Moore scored 23 for New Orleans. The Pelicans, who average nearly 112 points per game, were limited to 43 percent (34 of 79) accuracy by the Pacers, who also turned 20 New Orleans turnovers into 15 points. Jrue Holiday returned from a one-game absence caused by flu symptoms and scored 10 points. Victor Oladipo led Indiana with 21 points. Myles Turner added 13 points and 10 rebounds.