Kevin Durant returns, lifts the Nets after Kavis
Kevin Durant scored 27 points, including a green-light basket late in the fourth quarter, as the visiting Brooklyn Nets rallied for a 117-112 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers Monday night.
Durant returned from his absence on Friday for a two-point win over the visiting Orlando Magic on Friday with a slight right shoulder sprain and struggled at times one night as the Nets overcame 12 points.
Durant also collected nine assists and six rebounds. Reserve LaMarcus Aldridge added 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Brooklyn. James Harden hit 14 assists per season and 14 assists.
Darius Garland scored 24 points and provided 11 assists, causing Cleveland to lose its fourth straight. Lauri Markkanen added 22 points in his first game after missing nine games driven by NBA health and safety protocols.
Grizzlies 119, Jazz 118
Ja Morant scored a game-high 32 points and helped teammate Garen Jackson Jr. to the basket win the game 6.7 seconds before, as Memphis scored a surprise victory over Utah in Salt Lake City.
Jackson finished with 26 points and eight rebounds, winning a crucial last-minute jump reel as Memphis bounced back from an embarrassing 43-point loss in Minnesota on Saturday night.
Utah’s Donovan Mitchell scored 18 points, but only had 5 out of 20 shots. The most obvious mistake was trying to win the game in the last seconds. Rudy Gobert contributed 23 points, 13 rebounds and five restricted shots but couldn’t get the tipping advantage at a late deciding moment.
76ers 102, Kings 94
Andre Drummond had 23 match-high rebounds and contributed a decisive kick in a late round as a visit to Philadelphia marred Alvin Gentry’s debut as interim coach for Sacramento.
The loss was the fourth in a row and the eighth in the past nine games for Kings, who fired Luke Walton on Sunday and replaced him with his assistant Gentry.
The Kings squandered their lead in the last quarter by nine points despite taking 23 points from Dearon Fox. Therese Maxi scored 24 points for the 76-man race without Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris, Seth Curry and Ben Simmons.
Suns 115, Tottenham 111
Devin Booker scored 23 points and Dendry Eaton has 21 points and 14 rebounds because Visiting Phoenix had enough in its tank to overtake San Antonio and win its 13th game in a row.
The Suns’ streak is the longest since the 2006-07 season, when they won 17 consecutive franchises.
Cameron Payne added 20 points for the Suns, Gavel McGee scored 14 points, Chris Paul 12 and Andre Schmitt 11. Derek White topped five Tottenham Hotspurs with 19 points.
Hornets 109, Wizards 103
Terry Roser scored 32 points in his second big game against Washington in less than a week, as Charlotte’s visit achieved a simple victory.
Rozier drained eight three-pointers as part of a 10-for-18 payout overall. He got big help from backcourt teammate Lamelo Paul, who scored 27 points and 13 rebounds.
Montrezel poured Harrell 24 points in 10 for 13 shots off the bench for the Wizards, who made 18 spins and fired 9 of only 36 from a 3-point range.
Celtics 108, Rockets 90
Jason Tatum scored 30 points and Jaylen Brown added 19 on his comeback from injury, while Boston overcame a visit to Houston for its third straight win.
Brown has been sidelined in the Celtics’ previous eight games due to a first-class right hamstring strain. Dennis Schroeder finished with 18 points, and Alhorford contributed 11 points with 11 rebounds for Boston.
Armone Brooks had 17 points off the bench to lead the Rockets, whose streak of defeats swelled to a top 15 game in the league.
Hawks 113, Thunder 101
Tre Young scored 28 points and made six assists to help Atlanta extend its winning streak to five games by defeating its guest, Oklahoma City.
Atlanta coach Nate McMillan took his 697th win and overtook Reed Holzmann for 19th on the all-time winning list. The win made the Hawks 8-1 at home and enabled the team to reach the .500 mark for the first time since November 3.
The Hawks produced a balanced attack, with six players scoring double goals. Oklahoma City received 15 points each from Lugantes Durt, Josh Gedi and T. Jerome.
109 Pacers, Bulls 77
Domantas Sabonis and Miles Turner both scored doubles and were among five Indiana players with double digits as the visiting Pacers defeated Chicago.
Sabonis collected 21 points and 11 rebounds. Turner had 12 points and 10 planks in addition to four of the Pacers’ 12 blocks.
And the duo of DeMar DeRozan (18 points) and Zach Lavigne (17) headed to Chicago.
Pax 123, Magic 92
Milwaukee scored its biggest first-half lead in franchise history – 41 points – and scored seven double-digits players in a dominant win over guest house Orlando.
Jrue Holiday scored for Milwaukee 18 points, added six rebounds and four assists in an 8-for-14 shot from the field. The Bucks grabbed their fourth straight win.
Moritz Wagner scored 18 points for Magic, who lost for the sixth time in seven matches.
110 – Birds of Paradise 96
Karl-Anthony Towns scored 28 points and 10 rebounds to lead visiting Minnesota to victory over New Orleans for their fourth consecutive victory.
Anthony Edwards added 18 points, while Jared Vanderbilt scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who won every game by double digits.
Willie Hernangomez scored 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Pelicans. The New Orleans seat outperformed both teams’ players 51-45.
–Field Media Level