nba roundup Friday’s games
Hornets 116 Wizards 110
Kemba Walker scored 28 points and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Washington Wizards in a matchup of teams chasing the final Eastern Conference playoff berth. Jeremy Lamb added 18 points and eight rebounds, and Nicolas Batum and Tony Parker had 16 points apiece for Charlotte. Bradley Beal had 23 by halftime and finished with 40 points on 15-of-29 shooting. Jabari Parker had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Washington. Jeff Green scored 20 points on seven-of-10 shooting.
Pistons 111, Lakers 97
Andre Drummond had 19 points and 23 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons took advantage of LeBron James’ absence, beating the Los Angeles Lakers. Langston Galloway scored 23 points and Jackson had 20 for the Pistons.
76ers 123, Kings 114
Joel Embiid had 21 points and 17 rebounds and made some big plays on both ends of the court late in the fourth quarter, Jimmy Butler scored 22 points and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Sacramento Kings. Tobias Harris and JJ Redick each added 19 points and Ben Simmons contributed 18 for the 76ers, who won their third in a row to pull even with idle Indiana for the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. Harrison Barnes and De’Aaron Fox had 16 points apiece for Sacramento, which lost its third in a row and seventh in the last nine to further hurt its playoff push.
Bucks 113, Heat 98
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 33 points, and the Milwaukee Bucks rallied from a 20-point halftime deficit to beat the Miami Heat. Antetokounmpo also had 16 rebounds and nine assists for the Bucks, who became the first team in NBA history to trail by at least 20 points at the half and win by more than 11. Khris Middleton scored 21 and Eric Bledsoe had 17 for the NBA-best Bucks, who improved to 52-17. Justise Winslow had all of his 20 points in the first half for Miami. Hassan Whiteside had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Heat, Josh Richardson scored 11 points and Dwyane Wade was one of four players with 10 for Miami.
Rockets 108, Suns 102
James Harden had 41 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds, and the Houston Rockets outlasted the Phoenix Suns. Devin Booker had 29 points for the Suns, who lost their second in a row. Eric Gordon added 19 points and Danuel House had 18 for the Rockets.
Spurs 109, Knicks 83
LaMarcus Aldridge had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the New York Knicks to extend their season-best winning streak to seven games. DeMar DeRozan and Bryn Forbes each had 13 points for San Antonio, whose previous season high was five straight victories. Knicks guard Damyean Dotson had 21 points and DeAndre Jordan added 11 points, 13 rebounds and matched a career high with nine assists.
Trail Blazers 122, Pelicans 110
Damian Lillard scored 24 points and became the second-leading scorer in Trail Blazers history as Portland defeated the New Orleans Pelicans. C.J. McCollum added 23 points, and Enes Kanter and Rodney Hood each had 17 points for the Trail Blazers, who improved to 8-3 since the All-Star break. Zach Collins scored 12 points and Jusuf Nurkic had 11 points and 12 rebounds as Portland handed New Orleans its fifth consecutive loss despite impressive performances by a couple of Pelicans. New Orleans’ Julius Randle had a career-high 45 points and 11 rebounds.