NBA: Jerami Grant helps Detroit Pistons beat Phoenix Suns; Milwaukee Bucks suffer first home loss against Utah Jazz

LeBron James had 28 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, and Los Angeles overcame the absence of two injured starters to beat Chicago.

The Associated Press January 09, 2021 12:48:02 IST
NBA: Jerami Grant helps Detroit Pistons beat Phoenix Suns; Milwaukee Bucks suffer first home loss against Utah Jazz

Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant (9) shoots over the defense of Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Detroit. AP

Detroit: Jerami Grant had 31 points, 10 rebounds and a crucial assist near the end of regulation, and the Detroit Pistons beat the Phoenix Suns 110-105 in overtime after rallying from a 23-point deficit.

Detroit scored the first nine points of the extra session after barely leading at all during regulation. Grant had only two assists on the night, but one of them was to Mason Plumlee for a dunk that tied it at 93 with 9.6 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Then Devin Booker missed a jumper that could have won it for the Suns.

Booker scored 23 points for Phoenix, including a 3-pointer with 40.7 seconds left in overtime that brought the Suns within three. Grant answered with a 3-pointer in front of the Detroit bench to double the lead.

Phoenix entered the game with the best record in the Western Conference. Detroit came in with the worst mark in the NBA.

Los Angeles Lakers 117, Chicago Bulls 115

LeBron James had 28 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, and Los Angeles overcame the absence of two injured starters to beat Chicago.

Zach LaVine scored 38 points, but the UCLA product missed a 17-foot jumper with 4.7 seconds left that would have put Bulls ahead.

Montrezl Harrell had 17 points and 14 rebounds for the defending NBA champions, who have won five of six. James and Harrell led the way as Los Angeles held off the Bulls down the stretch without injured starters Anthony Davis and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

LaVine scored 19 points in the first quarter for the Bulls, who have lost two straight in California following an impressive win at Portland.

Golden State Warriors 115, Los Angeles Clippers 105

Stephen Curry scored 38 points and Golden State erased a big second-half deficit Friday night to beat Los Angeles.

The Warriors trailed by 21 late in the third quarter but Curry scored 19 in that period and pulled Golden State within six entering the fourth.

Golden State then outscored Los Angeles 34-18 over the final 12 minutes and snapped a four-game losing streak against the Clippers.

Paul George had 25 points for the Clippers and Kawhi Leonard added 24, but Golden State turned up the defense after the Clippers scored 65 in the first half.

Utah Jazz 131, Milwaukee Bucks 118

Donovan Mitchell scored 32 points and Utah made a franchise-record 25 3-pointers to hand Milwaukee its first home loss.

Utah shot 25 of 53 from 3-point range to snap a two-game skid after double-digit losses at Brooklyn and New York.

Jordan Clarkson had 23 of his 26 points off the bench in the first half. Bojan Bogdanovic and Royce O’Neale each scored 18, with O’Neale going 6 of 8 on 3-point attempts.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 35 points and eight rebounds for the Bucks, while Khris Middleton had 31 points and 10 rebounds.

Toronto Raptors 144, Sacramento Kings 123

Pascal Siakam had 17 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds, Toronto made 20 3-pointers and the Raptors set a franchise record for scoring while beating Sacramento for its second win of the season.

Fred VanVleet scored 34 points to help the Raptors snap a three-game losing streak.

Chris Boucher added 23 points and 10 rebounds for Toronto. Terence Davis had 18 points.

De’Aaron Fox scored 23 points and rookie Tyrese Haliburton had 15 point and eight assists for Sacramento.

Charlotte Hornets 118, New Orleans Pelicans 110

Gordon Hayward scored 26 points and Charlotte methodically came back from an 18-point, second-quarter deficit to beat New Orleans.

Miles Bridges scored 20 points and Devonte Graham had 17 for the Hornets, who didn’t take their first lead until the fourth quarter.

Zion Williamson scored 26 points and Josh Hart had 19 for the Pelicans, who’ve lost three straight, all at home.

The game marked the first time brothers Lonzo and LaMelo Ball played against one another. Charlotte's LaMelo Ball had the better night, with 12 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists.

Memphis Grizzlies 115, Brooklyn Nets 110

Dillon Brooks scored 24 points and Memphis held on to beat Brooklyn after Grizzlies center Jonas Valanciunas left midway through the game due to health and safety protocols.

Brandon Clarke added 21 for Memphis, which got its first home win of the season.

The Nets got 43 points from Caris LeVert, including 25 in the second half as they overcame a 22-point, first-half deficit.

Brooklyn was without Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, while Memphis was missing reigning Rookie of the Year Ja Morant and forward Jaren Jackson Jr.

Boston Celtics 116, Washington Wizards 107

Jayson Tatum had 32 points, Jaylen Brown had 27 points and 13 rebounds, and Boston held off Bradley Beal and Washington for its fourth straight win.

Beal had 41 points and eight rebounds a game after tying the franchise record with 60 points against the 76ers.

NBA Jerami Grant helps Detroit Pistons beat Phoenix Suns Milwaukee Bucks suffer first home loss against Utah Jazz

Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook (4) passes the ball under pressure from Boston Celtics center Daniel Theis (27) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game. AP

Tatum hit 14 of 27 shots to power the Celtics, who were without Tristan Thompson, Grant Williams and Robert Williams because of COVID-19 protocols.

Rui Hachimura had 17 points for the Wizards.

Oklahoma City Thunder 101, New York Knicks 89

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 25 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, Hamidou Diallo scored a season-high 23 points, and Oklahoma City overcame an ugly start to beat New York.

Al Horford added 15 points and was practically the only offense early for the Thunder, who got better as the game went along and improved to 4-1 on the road.

RJ Barrett scored 19 points for the Knicks, who had their three-game winning streak snapped. Julius Randle, scoreless in the first half, finished with 18 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists.

Houston Rockets 132, Orlando Magic 90

Christian Wood scored 22 points and tied a career-high with 15 rebounds to lead Houston past short-handed Orlando.

Houston was up by 29 at halftime and had extended the lead to 81-43 after consecutive 3-pointers by John Wall and PJ Tucker with about five minutes left in the third.

Nikola Vucevic had 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Magic. James Harden had 15 points and 13 assists for Houston.

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