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DALLAS — Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 20 of his 29 points while Dallas built a big first-half lead without much help from Luka Doncic, and the Mavericks returned from a weather-induced break with a 102-92 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night.
Dallas was playing for the first time in eight days after two postponements because of a wintry weather blast in Texas. Kristaps Porzingis didn’t play after showing up on the injury report the day of the game with back stiffness.
Doncic scored 14 of his 21 points after halftime in his first game since the soon-to-be 22-year-old became the first Dallas player to be voted an All-Star starter in consecutive seasons. The Slovenian star’s franchise record of 14 consecutive games with at least 25 points ended.
Porzingis, Doncic help Mavericks hold off Wolves, 127-122
DALLAS — Kristaps Porzingis had 27 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks, Luka Doncic scored 26 points and the Dallas Mavericks played before home fans for the first time in 11 months and held off the Minnesota Timberwolves 127-122 on Monday night. Tim Hardaway added 24 points off the bench as the Mavericks won their second straight at home after a six-game skid at the American Airlines Center. They led by 25 in the second quarter before the Timberwolves pulled within 123-120 with 50 seconds left. Josh Richardson hit a jumper with 27 seconds to go for a five-point lead and Malik Beasley missed a 3-pointer seconds later.
Two nights after falling behind by 31 at halftime in a 31-point loss to Phoenix, the Grizzlies were down 23 in the second quarter after scoring a season low for any quarter and trailing 26-13 after the first.
Ja Morant had 22 points and nine assists for Memphis. The NBA leaders in field goal percentage coming in shot 39% and went 6 of 31 from 3-point range (19%).
WIZARDS 127, LAKERS 124, OT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bradley Beal scored six of his 33 points on three consecutive possessions late in overtime, and Washington extended its longest winning streak in three years to five straight with a victory over slumping Los Angeles.
Russell Westbrook scored six of his 32 points in overtime for the Wizards, who rallied from a 17-point deficit in the second half. Washington then took advantage of a missed free throw by LeBron James late in regulation and went on to its first win over the Lakers at Staples Center since March 2017.
Porzingis helps Doncic-less Mavs to 87-78 win over Thunder
DALLAS — Kristaps Porzingis had 19 points and 13 rebounds with European sidekick Luka Doncic sidelined by a back issue going into his second All-Star appearance, and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 87-78 on Wednesday night. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 19 points, Josh Richardson added 16 and Dallas cruised most of the second half without the NBA's sixth-leading scorer. Doncic had averaged 31.6 points in the previous nine games, with Dallas winning seven to get above .500 for the first time since Jan. 22. The Mavericks kept that roll going, winning for the 10th time in 13 games going into the All-Star break. Dallas lost six in a row before that.
James had 31 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds for the Lakers, who struggled in the second half of their fourth loss in five games.
Montrezl Harrell had a season-high 26 points and nine rebounds for the defending NBA champions, who have lost three straight for the first time this season — not coincidentally during three consecutive games without Anthony Davis and Dennis Schröder.
After carrying the Lakers back into the game in the fourth quarter, James made a tying layup with 9.8 seconds left in regulation, but missed the ensuing free throw to put LA ahead.
The 36-year-old James played over 43 minutes during the Lakers’ fourth overtime game in 17 days, all of them at home against teams with losing records.
SUNS 132, TRAIL BLAZERS 100
PHOENIX (AP) — Devin Booker scored 34 points, Deandre Ayton added 19 and Phoenix kept rolling with a lopsided win over Portland.
It was the largest margin of victory this season for the Suns, who have won nine of 10.
Grizzlies hand Rockets 11th straight loss, 133-84
HOUSTON — Justise Winslow scored 20 points and the Memphis Grizzles pounded Houston 133-84 on Sunday night for the Rockets’ 11th straight loss. In just his fourth game back after missing more than a year because of a hip injury, Winslow — playing in his hometown — had his best scoring night since October 2019. “I think every day, Justise is feeling more comfortable,” Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins said. “He’s making strides every day. He’s healthy, playing hard and putting in the work. I give him a lot of credit for the journey he’s had to undertake to get back on the floor.” Winslow said he was embraced by Memphis after being traded from Miami last February.
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Portland has lost two straight following a six-game winning streak.
Booker had 17 points in the first quarter and 22 by halftime. He finished 12 of 17 from the field and 8 for 8 at the free throw line.
Damian Lillard led the Trail Blazers with 24 points.
JAZZ 132, HORNETS 110
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell had 23 points and eight assists as Utah enjoyed a record-breaking performance from long range against Charlotte.
The Jazz (25-6) set a franchise mark for 3-pointers with 28, including 19 off the bench — the most by any team’s backups in NBA history, according to STATS.
Joe Ingles and Georges Niang led the way, making a career-high seven 3s apiece. Each player finished with 21 points. Jordan Clarkson added 20.
Charlotte gave up 54 total 3-pointers in two games against Utah this season.
Gordon Hayward and LaMelo Ball scored 21 points apiece to lead the Hornets. Malik Monk added 20.
BULLS 120, ROCKETS 100
HOUSTON (AP) — Coby White scored 24 points and Chicago used a big third quarter to pull away from short-handed Houston.
Williamson strong inside, Pelicans trounce Grizzlies 144-113
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — When Zion Williamson mixes up his game, the New Orleans Pelicans can be tough to stop. Williamson scored 31 points while dominating inside, and the Pelicans finished with a season high in points while ending a three-game skid with a 144-113 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night. “I’m always on the move, so the defence has to not only adjust to me trying to get to a spot, but they also have to adjust to me making a move,” Williamson said. “I feel like I pull the defence in so I can find my teammates a lot easier.” Williamson, who was 13 of 16 from the field, added seven rebounds and six assists. “He’s just tough.
Zach LaVine scored 14 of Chicago’s 46 third-quarter points, finishing with 21, and the Bulls outscored the Rockets by 20 in the period to break open a tight game.
David Nwaba had 22 points off the bench to lead Houston, which has lost eight straight. The Rockets had their previous two games postponed because of a winter storm and subsequent utility outages in the Houston area.
Wendell Carter Jr. added 18 points with 13 rebounds for the Bulls, who have won four of five.
HEAT 108, THUNDER 94
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Duncan Robinson scored 22 points and made six 3-pointers, leading the Miami Heat over Oklahoma City in the finale of their seven-game road trip.
Kendrick Nunn added 20 points and nine assists, Bam Adebayo had 19 points and 13 rebounds, and they hooked up on an alley-oop dunk during Miami’s 15-0 run to start the fourth quarter.
Robinson ended it with a 3 that gave the Heat a 94-77 lead midway through the final period. Miami won the final three games of the trip to finish 4-3.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 27 points for the Thunder, who were outscored 63-40 after halftime.
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