Kawhi Leonard and Paul George teamed up for 62 points as the Los Angeles Clippers put an end to the Washington Wizards winning streak, while Nikola Jokic and Denver got the better of Damian Lillard and Portland in a thriller
Tuesday night's NBA results
|Atlanta Hawks 111-112 Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Detroit Pistons 105-93 Orlando Magic|
|Sacramento Kings 118-127 Brooklyn Nets|
|Golden State Warriors 114-106 New York Knicks|
|Philadelphia 76ers 109-102 Toronto Raptors|
|Boston Celtics 107-110 Dallas Mavericks|
|Minnesota Timberwolves 112-139 Milwaukee Bucks|
|Portland Trail Blazers 106-111 Denver Nuggets|
|Washington Wizards 116-135 Los Angeles Clippers|
Washington Wizards 116-135 Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard scored 32 points and Paul George contributed 30 points as the host Los Angeles Clippers ended the Washington Wizards' five-game winning streak with a 135-116 victory.
Leonard connected on 13 of 20 shots and grabbed seven rebounds for the Clippers, who have alternated wins and losses the past five games. George hit 11 of 17 field-goal attempts, including 6 of 7 from three-point range, and pulled down six rebounds.
Reggie Jackson added 17 points for Los Angeles, which also got 12 points apiece from Terance Mann and Ivica Zubac and 11 points from Marcus Morris Sr. Zubac also had 12 rebounds.
Bradley Beal scored 28 points and dished out 10 assists while Russell Westbrook finished with 20 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds for the Wizards. Moritz Wagner added 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists, Raul Neto had 11 points and Rui Hachimura chipped in 10 points and nine boards.
The Wizards, who were playing the second end of back-to-back contests after a 127-124 overtime victory against the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday, fell behind by 24 points early before making a run in the second half.
The Wizards wiped out nearly all of a 17-point halftime deficit to pull within 99-94 heading into the fourth quarter but the Clippers opened the final period with a 17-8 surge for a 116-102 edge after a three-pointer by Jackson with 6:39 left and controlled the contest the rest of the way.
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Minnesota Timberwolves 112-139 Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo flirted with a triple-double on Tuesday night, finishing with 37 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in a 139-112 Milwaukee Bucks victory over the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves.
Antetokounmpo was one of seven Bucks who scored in double figures as Milwaukee won their third consecutive game and left the Timberwolves reflecting on a fifth consecutive defeat in their first game under new coach Chris Finch, who was hired on Sunday night after the team fired Ryan Saunders.
The Bucks played the fifth game of their current eight-game home run and are preparing to face three tough challengers to close it out with New Orleans, L.A. Clippers and Denver all due in Milwaukee.
Milwaukee continued to persevere without Jrue Holiday, who missed his ninth consecutive game due to health and safety protocols but they took control during a prolific first half during scoring 79 points and shooting 62.5 per cent overall and hit 10-of-18 from long range.
Antetokounmpo had 22 points in the first half as the Bucks eventually led by as many as 29 points. Karl-Anthony Towns and Malik Beasley each finished with 26 points. Most of that damage came in the first half as the Bucks poured it on, shooting 53.5 per cent (53-for-99) for the game and 20-for-42 (47.6 per cent) from three-point range.
Towns also had 11 assists and eight rebounds. Jaylen Nowell had 13 points and Ricky Rubio finished with 12.
The Wolves continued to struggle though without D'Angelo Russell, who missed his eighth game in a row after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to remove a loose body in his left knee.
Bryn Forbes came off the bench for Milwaukee and scored 23 points, including 5-of-9 shooting from three-point range, while Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez each finished with 15 points. Middleton also had seven rebounds and four assists.
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Philadelphia 76ers 109-102 Toronto Raptors
Tobias Harris had 12 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter as the visiting Philadelphia 76ers held on to defeat the Toronto Raptors 109-102 in Tampa.
Philadelphia's Joel Embiid added 18 points and 12 rebounds to end a streak of 14 straight games in which he had scored at least 25 points.
Furkan Korkmaz scored 16 of his season-best 19 points in the first quarter for the 76ers, who ended a string of 16 straight regular-season road losses to Toronto.
Ben Simmons added 15 points and Shake Milton and Danny Green each scored 11 while Norman Powell had 24 points for the Raptors. Pascal Siakam added 22, Fred VanVleet had 12 points, Aron Baynes had 11 and Chris Boucher and OG Anunoby each scored 10 points.
The 76ers, who led by as many as 21 points in the second quarter, took a 14-point lead into the fourth quarter which they extended to 16 with Simmons' jumper.
Toronto trimmed the lead to six on Boucher's three-pointer with 5:07 left and fought back again after the 76ers had opened up a 15-point lead with 1:41 remaining
Siakam's dunk with 21.6 to play drew the Raptors within six but they got no closer as Philadelphia stopped the Raptors' winning streak at four games.
Portland Trail Blazers 106-111 Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic scored 41 points, Jamal Murray had 19 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, and the host Denver Nuggets beat the Portland Trail Blazers 111-106.
Portland led most of the third quarter but Jokic did his best to keep the Nuggets close. Down six he hit a jumper and a three-pointer, and after Jones completed a three-point play Monte Morris tied it with another three-pointer.
Lillard's 27-footer put the Blazers ahead 78-73 but Jokic hit short jumper in the lane and Nnaji drained a corner three-pointer to tie it heading into the fourth.
Murray, who seemed bothered by a sore shoulder in the second half, missed seven of his eight shots through the first 36 minutes but started to find his stroke in the fourth, his three-pointer from the wing tied it at 83 and he hit another from just inside the line to give Denver an 87-85 lead, their first since late in the first half.
Lillard and Murray began trading points; Murray hitting two more three-pointers while Lillard had a dunk, a three-pointer and two free throws as the Nuggets grabbed a 95-92 lead with 4:42 left.
After Anthony missed at the other end Jokic found a cutting Murray for a layup and a five-point lead before Lillard missed a 29-footer allowing Jokic to find Murray for a twisting jumper in the lane and a 99-92 lead which the Nuggets closed out.
Michael Porter Jr. had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Zeke Nnaji scored 10 for Denver.
Damian Lillard had 25 points and 13 assists, Enes Kanter finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds, Carmelo Anthony had 24 points and Gary Trent Jr. and Derrick Jones Jr. scored 18 each for the Trail Blazers.