DECEMBER 29 – Zion Williamson scored his team’s final 14 points Wednesday night as part of a career-high 43-point night as the hosts New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 119-118. did.
The Timberwolves led by five points before Williamson took over play with 2:44. His 3-pointer and hook shot on back-to-back possession tied the score at 112-112 with 1:49 remaining.
After Anthony Edwards tied the game with a dunk with 29.2 seconds left, Williamson got fouled and made one of two free throws to give the Pelicans a 119-118 lead with 4 seconds left. rice field. As time expired, Edwards missed the baseline his jumper.
Williamson made 14 of 21 field goals and 14 of 19 free throws in his return from a three-game absence due to health and safety protocols. With Trey Murphy III scoring 21 points, CJ McCollum scoring 20, Jonas Valanciunas scoring his 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Naj Marshall scoring his 12, New Orleans took his fourth straight win.
Nets 108, Hawks 107
Kyrie Irving scored 20 of 28 points in the second half as the visiting team to Brooklyn defeated short-handed Atlanta to extend their winning streak to 10 games.
The Nets have the longest winning streak in the NBA and are the first team to complete a 10-game winning streak this season. Brooklyn also equaled the third-longest winning streak in franchise history, improving that record to his league-best 11-1 in December.
Brooklyn started the fourth quarter with a 12-2 win over Atlanta, leading by up to 13 points, but couldn’t pull away from the Hawks. The Hawks had a chance to tie with 29.9 seconds remaining, but Dejounte Murray made just one of two free throws. Murray then missed the game-winning shot at the buzzer.
Warriors 112, Jazz 107
Ty Jerome came off the bench to score 17 points and back-to-back 3-pointers with Donte DiVincenzo to pull Golden State away from a fourth-quarter tie and let the Warriors pass Utah in San Francisco.
Playing the second night of the back-to-back without Stephen Curry, Andrew Wiggins and Klay Thompson, the Warriors own the NBA’s best home record at 15-2, limiting the Jazz to just 6 points over. had enough energy to A final 7:21 enabled a rally that produced four consecutive home wins.
Despite missing 8 of 10 3-point attempts, Jordan Poole made 26, including a 1:27 short jumper after Jordan Clarkson’s 3-pointer saw the Jazz finish within 107-106. Leading the Warriors in points.
Bulls 119, Bucks 113 (OT)
DeMar DeRozan scored a team-high 42 points and had 10 rebounds, while Nikola Vucevic added 15 points and 14 rebounds as hosts Chicago beat a struggling Milwaukee despite Giannis Antetokounmpo’s monster night was helpful.
The Bucks star had a game-high 45 points and a career-high 22 rebounds, while Bobby Portis added 20 points and 11 boards for Milwaukee. Milwaukee recorded his 22 offensive rebounds, but the Bulls earned his fourth win in five games.
The Bulls closed regulation with a 13-2 run to force overtime before outscoring Milwaukee 13-7 in overtime. Zach LaVine scored 24 points for Chicago and Goran Dragic scored 12.
Kings 127, Nuggets 126
Malik Monk scored 33 points, including a free throw with 0.7 seconds remaining, as Sacramento stormed from 11 down and visited Denver to start fourth from the top.
Domantas Sabonis had 31 points and 10 rebounds despite a broken thumb, while De’Aaron Fox also had 31 points.
Nikola Jokic scored 40 for the Nuggets, Bones Hyland scored 20, Michael Porter Jr. scored 19, and Sieg Nagy scored 14. Denver played without Jamal Murray (sore knee), Aaron Gordon (strained right shoulder) and Bruce Brown (strained right ankle).
Pistons 121, Magic 101
Alec Burks scored 32 points as hosts Detroit extended their sixth straight loss with a win over Orlando.
The game was marred by a skirmish that resulted in three ejections. Orlando’s Moritz Wagner and Detroit’s Killian Hayes and Hamidou Diallo were thrown for an altercation in the final minute of the first half, with Wagner chasing his ball loose and the Pistons pushing Hayes into his bench. By doing so, Fragrant committed two of his fouls. Diallo and Hayes were thrown for retaliating by hitting Wagner in the back.
Burks went 10-for-11 from the field and also included six 3-pointer successes. Sadikvey tallied his 28 points, eight rebounds and four assists, while Bojan Bogdanovic scored his 14 with his five assists. Franz Wagner leads the Magic with 19 points. Wendell Carter Jr. added his 16 points and Paolo Banchero his 15.
Wizards 127, Suns 102
Rui Hachimura matched a career high with 30 points off the bench to give hosts Washington a big win over Phoenix.
Hachimura made 11 of 13 shots from the floor and 7 of 8 from the free-throw line for the Wizards, who have won three straight and four in their last five games. Washington’s Kristaps Porzingis and Kyle Kuzma each added 22 points.
DeAndre Ayton had a season-high 31 points and seven rebounds, while Chris Paul added 20 points and seven assists. Before the game, Phoenix confirmed that three-time All-Star Devin Booker will miss at least four weeks with a left groin strain.
Heat 112, Lakers 98
Jimmy Butler had 27 points and Bam Adebayo had 23 points and 14 rebounds as Miami suffered its fifth loss in six games.
Butler and Adebayo returned to the lineup after missing Miami’s win over Minnesota on Monday, with Butler recovering from a sprained ankle and Adebayo from an illness. The effort saw all five Heat starters score in double figures, with Tyler Herro scoring 18, Caleb Martin scoring 13, and Gabe Vincent scoring 12.
LeBron James scored a game-high 27 points for Butler, along with nine rebounds and six assists, but had six turnovers. Dennis Schroeder and Russell Westbrook each scored 15 points, with Westbrook recording his team-high eight assists. Miami led most of the contest, and that advantage ballooned to 22 points for him in the third quarter.
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