Durant and Harden help Nets rout Magic for 6th win in 7 games
Kevin Durant scored 30 points and James Harden netted his 59th career triple double in the Brooklyn Nets’ 123-90 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.
Durant, the NBA’s top scorer with 29.5 points per game, made 11 of 12 shots, including his two 3-point attempts, to help Brooklyn win for the sixth time in seven games. Harden had 17 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. The two stars missed the fourth quarter, the Nets led 94-75 after three.
LaMarcus Aldridge came off the bench with a big second quarter to put Brooklyn in charge. He had 21 points and eight rebounds.
Terrence Ross led Orlando with 17 points.
LAKERS 120, HEAT 117, OT
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Malik Monk scored five of his season-high 27 points in overtime, and Los Angeles made up for a big deficit in the dying minutes of regulation before passing Miami in overtime.
Russell Westbrook had 25 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds for the Lakers, who improved to 2-2 while LeBron James is sidelined by a tense abdominal muscle.
Monk scored four 3-pointers and Anthony Davis had 24 points and 13 rebounds for Los Angeles, which went into overtime for the second straight game. The Lakers were nine in the fourth quarter before rallying to beat the Heat, who had won six of eight.
Bam Adebayo scored 28 points before committing a foul and Kyle Lowry had 18 points and 11 assists for the Heat, who lost Jimmy Butler to a sprained right ankle in the first half. Butler scored seven points while playing the entire first quarter, but didn’t come back for the second.
Tyler Herro scored 27 points but missed two 3s in the final nine seconds of overtime in Miami’s third loss in four games.
BUCKS 112, KNICKS 100
NEW YORK (AP) – Pat Connaughton scored 23 points, a season record, making three 3-pointers behind to bring back a wild second half in favor of Milwaukee, and the Bucks lost a 24-point lead before beat New York.
Less than a week after the Knicks went from 21 to win 113-98 at Milwaukee, the Bucks opened a 70-46 cushion midway through the third quarter. But the Knicks’ reserves erased that and the game was tied with five minutes left.
Jrue Holiday scored 18 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo had 15 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists for the Bucks. They won in Philadelphia on Tuesday night.
Derrick Rose had 22 points and seven assists for New York.
WARRIORS 123, WOOD WOLVES 110
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Andrew Wiggins dominated his former Timberwolves teammates with a record 35 points, leading Golden State to Minnesota.
Anthony Edwards scored a career-high 48 points for Minnesota, scoring seven 3-pointers in the Timberwolves’ sixth straight loss.
Stephen Curry scored 25 points after a 50-point masterpiece Monday night against Atlanta. Jordan Poole had 14 points and five rebounds to help Golden State take their record for leading the NBA to 10-1.
SOLEIL 119, TRAIL BLAZER 109
PHOENIX (AP) – Frank Kaminsky scored a career-high 31 points, Chris Paul added 21 and Phoenix beat Portland for their sixth straight victory.
The 7-footer Kaminsky continued a stellar streak of play, making up for the recent absence of injured starter Deandre Ayton. Kaminsky has at least 10 points in four of the last five games and was at his best on Wednesday, making 12 of 18 shots and grabbing seven rebounds.
Damian Lillard led Portland with 28 points.
FRELONS 118, GRIZZLIES 108
MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) – Kelly Oubre Jr. scored a season-best 37 points on 13 of 17 shots and Charlotte beat Memphis to end a five-game losing streak.
Oubre tied his career high with seven 3-points in nine attempts and broke the franchise record for points off the bench.
Gordon Hayward added 25 points for Charlotte. LaMelo Ball, who had just completed a 25-point, 15-rebound and 11-assists triple-double on Monday night in an overtime loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, fell just short of his second consecutive triple-double with 12 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.
Ja Morant led Memphis with 32 points, including 19 in the first quarter, and eight assists.
NUGGETS 101, PACERS 98
DENVER (AP) – Will Barton scored a season-high 30 points, helping to make up for the absence of suspended star Nikola Jokic, and Denver beat Indiana.
Jokic, the reigning NBA MVP, served a one-game suspension for his late-game retaliation push against Markieff Morris on Monday night following the Miami player’s gross misconduct in Jokic’s middle.
Malcolm Brogdon had 25 points for Indiana. Domantas Sabonis added 20 points and 19 rebounds.
CELTICS 104, RAPTORS 88
BOSTON (AP) – Jayson Tatum had 22 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in Boston’s win over Toronto.
Robert Williams III added 16 points and 13 rebounds, with a career-best eight on the offensive glass. Dennis Schroder scored 20 points, Josh Richardson had 15 and Marcus Smart 13.
Scottie Barnes led Toronto with 21 points.
BULLS 117, MAVERICKS 107
CHICAGO (AP) – Zach LaVine scored 23 points and Lonzo Ball scored seven of Chicago’s 15 3 points, helping the Bulls beat Dalla.
Nikola Vucevic added 18 points and 10 rebounds, and DeMar DeRozan finished with 17 points.
Kristaps Porzingis had 22 points and 12 rebounds for Dallas. Luka Doncic finished with 20 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds.
WITCHES 97, RIDERS 94
CLEVELAND (AP) – Kyle Kuzma scored three points with 12 seconds left and Washington scored the last five points to beat Cleveland.
Kuzma scored 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, including two to 3 points in the final 26 seconds. Montrezl Harrell led the Wizards with 24 points and 11 rebounds.
Ricky Rubio had 20 points for Cleveland.
PISTONS 112, ROCKETS 104
HOUSTON (AP) – Jerami Grant scored 35 points, a season record, to help Detroit beat Houston in a clash between two of the NBA’s worst teams.
Detroit improved to 2-8, and Houston fell to 1-10.
The meeting was the first between the top two picks in the July draft. Detroit’s first pick Cade Cunningham had 20 points on 8 of 18 shots. Houston’s Jalen Green, the No. 2 pick, had 23 points on 8 of 20 shots.
SPURS 136, KINGS 117
SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Dejounte Murray had 26 points and San Antonio never lagged, surpassing the season-high De’Aaron Fox’s 37 points in passing Sacramento.
San Antonio peaked at 3-point 18 and snapped a three-game skid at the AT&T Center.
Sacramento has lost three in a row and five of seven.
THUNDER 108, PELICANS 100
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Lu Dort scored 27 points, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 24 points and Oklahoma City beat New Orleans for their third straight victory.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored 33 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 25 points and 15 rebounds for the worst pelicans in the NBA. They fell to 1-11 with their eighth straight loss.