December 13 – Josh Richardson scored 24 points off the bench and Keldon Johnson blocked the potential game-winning shot in the ultimate seconds because the San Antonio Spurs held on for a wild 112-111 victory over the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday.
The Spurs led by 16 points at intermission and by 92-78 after three quarters, but Cleveland clawed back to inside 110-106 on two free throws by Jarrett Allen with 3:04 to play. A basket by Devin Vassell was answered by a pair of foul shots by Darius Garland with 1:38 left.
Donovan Mitchell’s putback layup with 53 seconds remaining brought Cleveland to inside two points, and a free throw by Evan Mobley with 37.9 seconds left made it 112-111. After Tre Jones missed a reverse layup with 12.6 seconds left, the Cavaliers had a probability to win, but Mitchell’s layup with 6.7 seconds to go was blocked by Johnson.
Garland then missed a 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds remaining, and Vassell stole the rebound from Mitchell to secure the win. Mitchell’s 28 points led all scorers while Caris LeVert added 23 off the bench.
Heat 87, Pacers 82
Jimmy Butler scored seven of his 20 points during a pivotal fourth-quarter run to steer Miami to a defeat of Indiana in Indianapolis.
Bam Adebayo joined Butler as Miami’s only other scorer in double figures. He finished with 22 points, 15 of which got here in the primary half. Adebayo also grabbed 12 of his game-high 17 rebounds before intermission.
Buddy Hield, who scored a team-high 19 points, made a 3-pointer in the ultimate minute to tug Indiana to inside 4 points, however the host Pacers could come no closer after Butler’s decisive flurry. Andrew Nembhard scored 18 points for the Pacers. Myles Turner recorded a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds.
Trail Blazers 133, Timberwolves 112
Damian Lillard matched his profession high of 11 3-pointers and scored 38 points in three quarters of motion to steer Portland to a straightforward wire-to-wire victory over visiting Minnesota.
Lillard missed just six of his 17 3-point attempts to achieve his franchise-record total of 11 for the third time. Jerami Grant added 24 points and Jusuf Nurkic had 14 points and 16 rebounds. Shaedon Sharpe had 14 points and Anfernee Simons added 12 for the Trail Blazers.
D’Angelo Russell recorded 23 points and eight assists for the Timberwolves, who’re 1-2 on their five-game road trip. Anthony Edwards and Jaylen Nowell scored 17 points apiece and Rudy Gobert contributed 16 points and 20 rebounds for Minnesota.
Clippers 113, Celtics 93
Paul George scored 26 points and Kawhi Leonard had a season-high 25 points with nine rebounds as Los Angeles returned from an East Coast road trip to earn a victory over visiting Boston.
Marcus Morris Sr. scored 13 points because the Clippers took the lead for good within the second quarter and led by double digits for a lot of the second half while earning the victory over the team with the highest record within the NBA.
Jaylen Brown scored 21 points and Jayson Tatum had 20 points with 11 rebounds because the Celtics lost consecutive games for just the second time this season.
Nets 112, Wizards 100
Kevin Durant scored a game-high 30 points, leading a cadre of returning players in double figures as visiting Brooklyn continued surging with a win over Washington.
The Nets won for the eighth time in nine games as Durant, Kyrie Irving, Ben Simmons, Joe Harris, Seth Curry, T.J. Warren and Nic Claxton all returned after missing Brooklyn’s win over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night. Irving added 24 points, including nine during a second-quarter run by which the Nets took the lead for good.
Will Barton scored 22 points off the bench for the skidding Wizards, who’ve lost seven straight and 10 of 11. Kyle Kuzma had 20 points and Kristaps Porzingis also scored 20 points before exiting with lower back tightness. Washington got no closer than eight within the fourth, when Brooklyn led by as many as 16.
Grizzlies 128, Hawks 103
Tyus Jones had 22 points and a season-high 11 assists and host Memphis won its sixth straight game, earning a victory over short-handed Atlanta.
Jones was 8-for-14 from the sector, including 4 3-pointers, to go together with three steals. Dillon Brooks added 18 points, Santi Aldama had 16 and Jaren Jackson Jr. had 15 points, seven rebounds and a career-high eight blocked shots. The Grizzlies had seven players rating in double figures.
The Hawks were playing without 4 starters — Trae Young (back), Clint Capela (left Achilles), John Collins (left ankle) and Dejounte Murray (left ankle) — in addition to top reserve Bogdan Bogdanovic (injury management). De’Andre Hunter, the lone regular starter within the lineup, led with 19 points.
Mavericks 121, Thunder 114
Luka Doncic scored 38 points, narrowly missing a triple-double, to steer host Dallas to a win over Oklahoma City.
Doncic added 11 rebounds and eight assists. Spencer Dinwiddie also was near a triple-double, ending with 20 points, 10 assists and 7 rebounds. The Mavericks needed an enormous offensive performance, as Oklahoma City’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander tied a profession high with 42 points.
Gilgeous-Alexander finished with a flurry, with six points and an assist in the ultimate 2:03 to chop the Dallas result in five with 28.1 seconds remaining. But Reggie Bullock hit a pair of free throws and Maxi Kleber had a steal late to clinch the sport for the Mavericks. Dallas hit 22 3-pointers, their second a lot of the season, with Tim Hardaway Jr. leading the Mavericks with six.
–Field Level Media
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