Stephen Curry scored 41 points, including 30 in the second half, and the Golden State Warriors found the energetic effort they were looking for, rallying late for a 122-121 victory Tuesday over the Milwaukee Bucks in San Francisco.
Milwaukee Bucks 121 – 122 Golden State Warriors
Kelly Oubre Jr. had 19 points and Kent Bazemore added 18 as the Warriors ended a three-game losing streak in the opener of a stretch of four home games. Oubre gave the Warriors the lead on two free throws with 7.7 seconds remaining.
Golden State had lost seven of its previous eight games and is clinging to the No. 10 spot in the Western Conference, the last spot to be eligible for the play-in tournament for the postseason.
Jrue Holiday scored 29 points and Khris Middleton added 28 as Milwaukee saw its three-game winning streak end. The Bucks were playing without leading scorer and rebounder Giannis Antetokounmpo for the second consecutive game because of left knee soreness.
James Wiseman had 13 points and 10 rebounds for Golden State, which rallied from a 13-point deficit in the third quarter and multiple 10-point deficits in the fourth quarter. The Warriors trailed 116-106 with four minutes remaining before going on their late rally.
Portland Trail Blazers 116 – 133 Los Angeles Clippers
Powered by the hot shooting of talented swingman Paul George, the Los Angeles Clippers outlasted the visiting Portland Trail Blazers 133-116 at the Staples Center.
George scored 24 of his game-high 36 points in the first half, as the Clippers led by as many as 26 points in the opening half.
Kawhi Leonard had a solid, all-around game, finishing with 29 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. Reggie Jackson added 23 points off the bench.
Recently released by the Houston Rockets, the Clippers signed versatile big man DeMarcus Cousins to a 10-day contract, giving L.A. some size up front with Serge Ibaka still nursing a lower back injury. Cousins finished with seven points and four rebounds on his debut.
Norman Powell paced the Blazers with 32 points. C.J. McCollum added 24 points, while Robert Covington finished with 15 points and nine rebounds for Portland.
However, the Clippers did a good job defensively of keeping Damian Lillard from getting to the basket. Lillard shot just 2 for 14 from the field and finished with just 11 points.
Philadelphia 76ers 96 – 106 Boston Celtics
Joel Embiid returned to the Philadelphia 76ers’ line-up on Tuesday night and finished with 35 points and six rebounds to lead them to a 106-96 victory over the Celtics in Boston.
The Sixers swept the three-game season series with the victory and have won seven of their past eight meetings with the Celtics.
Embiid, who sat out Philadelphia’s Sunday loss to Memphis, played for the second time in the team’s past three games after sitting out the previous 10 due to a bone bruise in his left knee.
Jayson Tatum was held scoreless in the first quarter but finished with 20 points, four rebounds and four assists to lead the Celtics.
Embiid played just under 33 minutes and continued to dominate the Celtics, as he is averaging 38.3 points and nine rebounds in their three meetings this season.
New Orleans Pelicans 107 – 123 Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta’s Trae Young scored 30 points and sparked a 3-point shooting barrage as the Hawks defeated the visiting New Orleans Pelicans 123-107 for their fourth straight win.
Young was 10-for-21 from the field and 6-for-7 on 3-pointers and added 12 assists. It was his 14th game of 30-plus points.
The Hawks were 20-for-31 for a season-high 64.5 percent on 3-pointers, including an NBA-record 11-for-11 from distance in the third quarter. Atlanta began the night ranked last in the league in 3-point shooting (33.3 percent).
They fell short of the franchise record of 70.6 percent of 3-pointers set in 1996 against Dallas.
Atlanta also got 21 points from Bogdan Bogdanovic, 17 points from Kevin Huerter and 14 points from Danilo Gallinari.
The win gave Atlanta a sweep of the two-game season series against the Pelicans.
New Orleans got Zion Williamson back in the line-up after he missed three games with a sprained right thumb. He scored 34 and extended his streak of 20-plus point games to 25 straight.
The Pelicans got 14 points from Eric Bledsoe and 12 points and 11 assists from Lonzo Ball.
Detroit Pistons 119 – 134 Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic scored 27 points on 13-of-16 shooting from the floor and dished out 11 assists to lead the Denver Nuggets to their sixth straight win, a 134-119 rout of the visiting Detroit Pistons.
Denver remained one of the NBA’s hottest teams, earning its 15th victory in the past 18 games.
Michael Porter Jr. and Will Barton scored 25 and 24 points, respectively, for Denver. Paul Millsap added 12 points, and Monte Morris chipped in 10 points. Jokic grabbed eight rebounds and Porter had seven to contribute to the Nuggets’ 44-30 advantage on the glass. Barton pulled in six rebounds, handed out four assists and made two steals.
Jerami Grant led Detroit in his return to Denver, where he played in the 2019-20 season, posting 29 points, five rebounds and four assists. Saddiq Bey, who finished with 25 points, shot 6 of 12 from 3-point range to lead Detroit’s 15-of-35 shooting from outside.
Chicago Bulls 113 – 97 Indiana Pacers
Nikola Vucevic had his most productive game since joining Chicago on Tuesday night, contributing 32 points and 17 rebounds in the Bulls’ 113-97 road win over the injury-riddled Indiana Pacers.
Zach LaVine chipped in with 19 points for the Bulls, who were opening a five-game trip.
Caris LeVert had a team-high 20 points for the Pacers, who began the night without Domantas Sabonis (sprained ankle) and Malcolm Brogdon (strained hip) and ended it without Myles Turner, who suffered a sprained ankle in the third quarter.
Lauri Markkanen added 15 points, Thaddeus Young 14, White 13 and Williams 10 for Chicago, which had lost six in a row before beating Brooklyn 115-107 on Sunday.
Memphis Grizzlies 124 – 112 Miami Heat
The Memphis Grizzlies snapped yet another Miami Heat winning streak on Tuesday night as Dillon Brooks had a season-high 28 points and six scored in double-figures in a 124-112 victory at American Airlines Arena in Miami.
The Heat had a five-game winning streak stopped in Memphis last month and came into the contest winners of its past four. This one was not as close, as Memphis held a lead on the Heat for much of the night and really opened things up in the fourth.
Aside from Brooks’ 28 points, the Grizzlies also had Jonas Valanciunas (20 points), Kyle Anderson (19), Desmond Bane (15), Xavier Tillman (11) and Morant score in double-figures.
The Heat were led by Bam Adebayo, who ended with a triple-double with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Jimmy Butler led Miami in scoring with 28 points.
Los Angeles Lakers 110 – 101 Toronto Raptors
Talen Horton-Tucker scored 17 points off the bench and the visiting Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Toronto Raptors 110-101 Tuesday night in Tampa.
Markieff Morris added 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Lakers, who had lost their 11 previous games with the Raptors.
The Lakers opened up a 34-point lead in the second quarter in a game between two teams depleted by injuries and the ejections of OG Anunoby and Montrezl Harrell after a scuffle late in the first quarter.
Anunoby was fouled by Schroder as he went up for a layup. Schroder was holding Anunoby to prevent him from falling. Anunoby slammed Schroder to the court. Harrell then became involved.
Former Raptor Marc Gasol scored nine of his 13 points in the first quarter and had nine rebounds, five assists and four blocks for the Lakers. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Alex Caruso each had 13 points, Dennis Schroder had 12 points and nine assists and Devontae Cacok scored 10 and eight rebounds.
Pascal Siakam scored 27 points for the Raptors, who had won their two previous games. Chris Boucher added 19 points, DeAndre’ Bembry scored 12 points and Gary Trent Jr. and Malachi Flynn each scored 11.