NBA: DeMar DeRozan shines as Spurs snap Bucks' winning-streak; De'Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield power Kings to victory
Milwaukee defeated the San Antonio Spurs 127-118 on Saturday at home but could not maintain its early momentum in a rare home-and-home set of back-to-back games
DeMar DeRozan had 25 points and the San Antonio Spurs hit a season-high 19 3-pointers to beat Milwaukee 126-104 on Monday night, snapping the Bucks’ five-game winning streak
Joel Embiid scored 18 points while playing with a dislocated left ring finger, Ben Simmons had 17 points and 15 rebounds, and Philadelphia ended a four-game losing streak by beating Oklahoma City
Luka Doncic scored 21 of his 38 points in the third quarter and had his NBA-leading 11th triple-double of the season to lead Dallas past Chicago
De’Aaron Fox had 21 points and seven assists, Buddy Hield also scored 21 and Sacramento thumped Golden State
San Antonio: DeMar DeRozan had 25 points and the San Antonio Spurs hit a season-high 19 3-pointers to beat Milwaukee 126-104 on Monday night, snapping the Bucks’ five-game winning streak.
Patty Mills added 21 points, shooting 6 of 10 on 3-pointers, for San Antonio (15-20). LaMarcus Aldridge and Rudy Gay added 18 points each.
The Spurs finished 19 for 35 on 3s and shot 51% overall.
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) January 7, 2020
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists for Milwaukee. Donte DiVincenzo added 16 points. The Bucks, whose previous loss was on Christmas at Philadelphia, maintain the NBA’s best record at 32-6. Milwaukee defeated San Antonio 127-118 on Saturday at home but could not maintain their early momentum in a rare home-and-home set of back-to-back games.
Philadelphia 76ers 120 — 113 Oklahoma City Thunder
Joel Embiid scored 18 points while playing with a dislocated left ring finger, Ben Simmons had 17 points and 15 rebounds, and Philadelphia ended a four-game losing streak by beating Oklahoma City.
The 76ers lost all four games on a trip that knocked them down the Eastern Conference standings and raised questions about how far this team can go in the playoffs. They usually last in the postseason as long as a healthy Embiid can take them.
The All-Star centre dislocated his left ring finger in the first quarter, an injury so gnarly that the bent finger stretched across his pinkie and the sight induced gag reflexes for those watching at home.
Embiid made a brief stop in the locker room, got the finger taped and returned to start the second period. The Thunder, who had won five straight, closed within two with three minutes left before the Sixers scored nine straight points to put the game away.
Steven Adams had 24 points and 15 rebounds for Oklahoma City, and Chris Paul scored 18. Josh Richardson scored 23 points for the Sixers, and Simmons fell two assists shy of a triple-double.
Utah Jazz 128 — 126 New Orleans Pelicans
Bojan Bogdanovic scored 35 points, Joe Ingles added 22 and Utah extended its winning streak to six games by holding off New Orleans.
Brandon Ingram had 35 points for the Pelicans but could not convert a driving layup attempt at the horn while being defended by Rudy Gobert. The Utah center was chasing Ingram down the right side of the lane and appeared to make body-to-body contact that forced Ingram over the baseline as he attempted to take the final shot. As the horn sounded, Pelicans players leaped off the bench pleading for a foul call while Utah players celebrated Gobert's defensive play and quickly disappeared down the tunnel.
Officials briefly went to the scorer's table to check if there should be any time left and then ruled the game over, eliciting a cascade of boos from the crowd. Gobert had 19 rebounds and Donovan Mitchell capped a 19-point night with a driving floater in the lane that broke a 126-all tie with 1:12 left and wound up being the winning basket in a game that had 18 lead changes and 11 ties.
Washington Wizards 99 — 94 Boston Celtics
Missing star guard Kemba Walker, the Boston Celtics became the latest NBA contender to surprisingly come up short against one of the league's worst teams, losing to the Washington Wizards as Ish Smith scored 27 points to lead a depleted lineup.
Walker sat out his third game in a row with the flu, and while the Celtics won the previous two — against also-rans Atlanta and Chicago — they couldn't overcome poor shooting, a slow start and a whole lot of Smith.
One game after pouring in a career-high 32 points as a reserve, Smith again came off the bench to pace the Wizards. The 31-year-old guard even heard "M-V-P!" chants in the fourth quarter, when he scored 14 points, including 10 straight for the Wizards during one 5-for-5 shooting stretch.
That allowed Washington to regain an edge after an 11-point halftime lead had dwindled to zero when Jaylen Brown's 3-pointer made it 80-all with eight minutes left. Brown scored 23 points but shot 7 for 22. Marcus Smart was 3 for 14, Jayson Tatum went 8 for 20 and Gordon Hayward was 4 for 11, including an air ball on a wide-open 3 attempt with under 90 seconds remaining.
Dallas Mavericks 118 — 110 Chicago Bulls
Luka Doncic scored 21 of his 38 points in the third quarter and had his NBA-leading 11th triple-double of the season to lead Dallas past Chicago. Doncic scored 17 of the Mavericks’ 19 points in the final 5:35 of the third to break open what had been a tie game. His 3-pointer gave Dallas a 72-69 lead it did not relinquish.
The 20-year-old added 11 rebounds and 10 assists for the Mavs, who played without Kristaps Porzingis for the fourth straight game because of right knee soreness.
Dwight Powell added 16 points for Dallas on 6-for-6 shooting from the floor and 4-for-4 from the line.
The Bulls lost forward Wendell Carter Jr to an apparent right ankle injury with 8:25 left in the third quarter. He was taken off the court in a wheelchair.
Lauri Markkanen led the Bulls with 26 points, starting the game despite spraining his left ankle Saturday night against Boston.
Denver Nuggets 123 — 115 Atlanta Hawks
Nikola Jokic scored a career-high 47 points, Will Barton added a season-best 28 and Denver held on to beat Atlanta.
The Nuggets, coming off a surprising loss at Washington two nights earlier, have won four of six to improve to 25-11, second-best in the Western Conference. Atlanta, worst in the NBA at 8-29, has dropped 11 of 13.
Trae Young finished with 29 points and Kevin Huerter had 22 for the Hawks.
Jokic surpassed his previous career high of 41 points with a putback that gave Denver a 114-109 lead with 3:14 remaining.
Orlando Magic 101 — 89 Brooklyn Nets
Markelle Fultz scored a career-high 25 points, including seven straight during a 15-1 run in the fourth quarter that sent Orlando past slumping Brooklyn.
Nikola Vucevic had 24 rebounds and 11 points for his 300th career double-double, and the Magic pulled away in the final seven minutes after going 9:20 without a field goal.
— NBA (@NBA) January 7, 2020
Joe Harris and Spencer Dinwiddie scored 16 apiece for the Nets, who lost their sixth straight game after charging back from a 16-point deficit to take a lead in the fourth quarter. Seven players scored in double figures for the Magic. DJ Augustin came off the bench to contribute 16 points and five assists. Fultz, the top pick in the 2017 NBA draft, shot 11 for 20 with four assists and two steals.
Indiana Pacers 115 — 104 Charlotte Hornets
TJ Warren scored 30 of his season-high 36 points in the second half and Indiana topped Charlotte to halt a two-game skid.
Domantas Sabonis added 18 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists, and Miles Turner had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Pacers, who had lost four of five. The Pacers, who are 15-4 at home, improved to 8-10 on the road.
Indiana outscored Charlotte 37-21 in the third quarter behind 13 points from Warren to open a 14-point lead. Warren finished 15 of 24 from the field.
Terry Rozier had 28 points for the Hornets, whose two-game win streak ended. Devonte Graham added 22 points and six assists.
Sacramento Kings 111 — 98 Golden State Warriors
De’Aaron Fox had 21 points and seven assists, Buddy Hield also scored 21 and Sacramento thumped Golden State.
Trevor Ariza added a season-high 18 points for the Kings, and Harrison Barnes scored 18 as well. Sacramento led by 31 on the way to winning for only the second time in 11 games, allowing coach Luke Walton to rest most of his starters in the fourth quarter.
It was the Kings' second lopsided win over the Warriors this season, having beaten Golden State 100-79 on the road Dec. 15.
Glenn Robinson III had 16 points for Golden State. The Warriors, who played without Draymond Green and D’Angelo Russell, have lost five straight after a season-high four-game winning streak.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr was ejected late in the second quarter after getting hit with consecutive technical fouls by referee Jason Goldenberg.
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