Johnson, Payne help Phoenix past Detroit for franchise-record 18th consecutive win; DeRozan's 34 sees Bulls beat Knicks; Raptors shock Giannis-less Bucks to end Milwaukee streak; Spurs beat shorthanded Portland to win three in a row for first time this season
Friday 3 December 2021 07:48, UK
DeMar DeRozan scored 34 points, Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic each added 27, and the Bulls held on for a 119-115 victory over the New York Knicks on Thursday night.
Those three were the only Bulls players to score in the fourth quarter, but it was just enough after the Knicks had erased a 21-point deficit to take the lead.
DeRozan scored 18 points in the fourth, including the Bulls' final six. LaVine had given Chicago the lead by making two free throws with 53 seconds left after the game was tied at 111.
Julius Randle had 30 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, but missed two free throws and had a turnover that led to LaVine's free throws. The Knicks (11-11) fell to .500 for the first time this season after starting 5-1.
New York was without starting forward RJ Barrett because of illness along with center Nerlens Noel because of a sore right knee. Then the Knicks lost another center when Taj Gibson was ejected in the first quarter.
Cam Johnson and Cameron Payne both scored 19 points to lead Phoenix past Detroit for its franchise-record 18th consecutive victory.
Johnson and Payne sparked a stellar effort from the Suns bench, which finished with 48 points. Deandre Ayton had 17 points and 12 rebounds as Phoenix improved to 19-3 this season.
Phoenix won despite not having leading scorer Devin Booker for the first time this season. The two-time All-Star injured his left hamstring in the second quarter of Tuesday's game against Golden State.
Jerami Grant had 34 points for the Pistons, who fell to 2-10 on the road.
The Memphis Grizzlies broke the NBA record for margin of victory Thursday night, beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 152-79.
The 73-point spread easily topped the previous mark, which was Cleveland's 68-point win over Miami. The Cavaliers beat the Heat 148-80 on December 17, 1991.
Memphis used 12 players and nine of them reached double figures in scoring, with Jaren Jackson Jr.'s 27 points leading the way for the Grizzlies. Memphis was without its best player, injured guard Ja Morant.
It was 72-36 at half-time and the Grizzlies just kept adding to the lead, eventually pulling ahead by as many as 78 points.
The Grizzlies set a franchise record for shooting, making 62.5 per cent of their shots. De'Anthony Melton scored 19 points, Santi Aldama had 18 and John Konchar added 17 for the Grizzlies - and none of those three players even started.
Fred VanVleet scored 29 points, Pascal Siakam had 20 and Toronto took advantage of Giannis Antetokounmpo's absence to stop Milwaukee's eight-game winning streak.
Antetokounmpo was out because of soreness in his right calf, a day after he scored 40 points as the Bucks beat Charlotte 127-125. The two-time NBA MVP sat out for the first time since November 12, when he missed an overtime loss at Boston because of a sprained right ankle.
Scottie Barnes scored 13 points as the Raptors won for the first time in four games and snapped a five-game home losing streak, their longest since January 2011.
Jrue Holiday scored 26 points and Khris Middleton had 22 for the Bucks, who lost for the first time since a November 14 defeat at Atlanta.
Bryn Forbes had 18 points off the bench and San Antonio extended its winning streak to a season-high three games with a victory over shorthanded Portland.
Doug McDermott added 16 points and Dejounte Murray had 15 points and 13 assists for the Spurs.
The loss snapped a 10-game home winning streak for the Blazers. Portland was led by CJ McCollum and Norman Powell with 16 points each. Powell had missed the last two games with a bruised right quadriceps.
The Blazers were without All-Star guard Damian Lillard, who is out with lower abdominal tendinopathy. Portland announced on Wednesday Lillard will miss 10 days before being re-evaluated.
Anfernee Simons started in Lillard's place but left in the first quarter after rolling his right ankle and did not return.