Wednesday’s other games
Pistons 103, Magic 96
Andre Drummond had 23 points and 19 rebounds and the Detroit Pistons beat the Orlando Magic to snap a five-game losing streak. Blake Griffin added 20 points, Reggie Jackson had 15, and Stanley Johnson 13. Evan Fournier led Orlando with 27 points, and D.J. Augustin had 16. Fournier hit three straight shots and Gordon added a dunk to pull Orlando to 94-93 with 2:58 left. Griffin made a pair of free throws to start a 9-0 run. Jackson finished off the spree with a 3-pointer and layup to give the Pistons a 103-93 lead. The Magic opened the third period with three straight 3-pointers and a 27-9 run to take a 78-67 lead, Detroit, as it did the first two periods, rallied in the final minute to get control. Griffin hit a 3-pointer and a layup and Ish Smith had a block and breakaway layup at the buzzer that made it 80-78.
Heat 95, Spurs 88
Hassan Whiteside had 29 points, 20 rebounds and an NBA season-high nine blocked shots, and the Miami Heat snapped a four-year drought against San Antonio by beating the Spurs. Wayne Ellington scored 20 points and Justise Winslow added 16 for the Heat. Josh Richardson added 14 for the Heat. Patty Mills came off the bench to score 20 for San Antonio. Davis Bertans scored 19 and DeMar DeRozan added 18 for the Spurs, who had a 50-12 edge in bench scoring. The Spurs’ starters shot 13 for 45 from the floor and finished with 38 points. LaMarcus Aldridge was limited to six points on 2-for-14 shooting. Bryn Forbes had a chance to get San Antonio within two with about 30 seconds left, but his 3-pointer missed, Whiteside grabbed his 20th rebound and the Heat held on.
Pelicans 107, Bulls 98
Anthony Davis had 32 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks in his best game since spraining his right elbow nearly two weeks ago, and the New Orleans Pelicans ended a six-game skid with a victory over the Chicago Bulls. Jrue Holiday had 17 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists while being guarded primarily by brother Justin. Julius Randle and Wesley Johnson each scored 12 points for New Orleans. Zach LaVine scored 22 and Jabari Parker had 20 points and 13 rebounds for Chicago, which has dropped five of six games. Justin Holiday and Wendell Carter Jr. each scored 17 points, and Carter also grabbed 11 rebounds.
Knicks 112, Hawks 107
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 27 of his 34 points in the second half, reserve Enes Kanter added 17 points and 11 rebounds, and the New York Knicks beat the Atlanta Hawks. Allonzo Trier finished with 16 points and Noah Vonleh had 11 points and 13 rebounds to help New York snap a two-game skid. Omari Spellman scored 18 points for the Hawks, who have lost two straight and six of seven. Alex Poythress’ basket cut the lead to four with 22.8 seconds remaining, but the Hawks blew their next two possessions when Poythress dropped an inbound pass and Taurean Prince missed two free throws. Trae Young finished with 15 points and eight assists for Atlanta, but the NBA’s fifth-overall draft pick missed 13 of 19 shots and went just 1 for 7 on 3-point attempts. Hardaway, who had career highs of 16 free throws made and 20 attempted, was 5 for 8 from the field and had 15 points, two steals and one blocked shot. The Knicks never trailed after Emmanuel Mudiay’s 3 made it 65-63 midway through the third. Kanter got tangled up with Hawks reserve center Miles Plumlee on a rebound attempt early in the fourth. He flipped over and landed on his head after both players fell to the floor. Kanter stayed in the game.
76ers 100, Pacers 94
Joel Embiid scored 20 points and Ben Simmons nearly posted a triple double to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a win over the Indiana Pacers for their first road win this season. Simmons had 16 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists as Philadelphia ended a five-game losing streak on the road. Victor Oladipo finished with a season-high 36 points for the Pacers. Domantas Sabonis had 16 points and 11 rebounds. The 76ers started fast, jumping to a 19-9 lead, and closed it out by starting the fourth quarter on a 14-4 run that made it 92-75 with 7:32 left. Ben Simmons scored 16 points.