Tempers flare as Pelicans beat LA
Anthony Davis had 42 points and 15 rebounds, and the Pelicans beat the Los Angeles Lakers, 139117, last night in a feisty game in New Orleans.
Davis went 15-for-18 from the field with three assists, three steals and two blocks. Jrue Holiday had 24 points and 11 assists, and reserve Darius Miller scored 19 points.
It was the highest scoring game of the season for New Orleans, which has won three in a row heading into the All-Star break.
Kyle Kuzma scored 23 points and Brandon Ingram had 21, but Los Angeles surrendered its most points in a regulation game this season. Julius Randle scored 20 points for the Lakers, and Josh Hart had 15.
Los Angeles guard Isaiah Thomas and coach Luke Walton were ejected in the first half. Thomas was involved in a minor altercation with Rajon Rondo late in the first quarter, also resulting in the ejection of the New Orleans guard. Walton was ejected in the second after protesting a technical foul on Kuzma.
76ers 104, Heat 102 — Ben Simmons had a triple-double, J.J. Redick hit a crucial 19-foot, offbalanced jumper from the baseline with 19.4 seconds left and shorthanded Philadelphia came back from a 24-point second-half deficit to defeat visiting Miami.
Dario Saric added 19 points and Marco Belinelli scored 17 in his first game with the 76ers, who won their fifth straight and 11th in a row on their home court. Philadelphia played without All-Star center Joel Embiid, who sat because of soreness in his right ankle.
James Johnson had 22 points and Goran Dragic added 18 for the Heat, who have lost seven of eight.
Raptors 122, Bulls 98 — Kyle Lowry had 20 points and 10 assists, Serge Ibaka also scored 20 points and Toronto won in Chicago to cruise into the All-Star break with its seventh straight victory.
Lowry made four 3-pointers, and he and Ibaka each grabbed seven rebounds. Jonas Valanciunas added 14 points and nine rebounds to help the Raptors complete a fourgame sweep against Chicago even though they only got seven points from four-time All-Star DeMar DeRozan.
Bobby Portis scored 18 points for Chicago, and Lauri Markkanen had 14.
Pistons 104, Hawks 98 — Ish Smith had 22 points and nine
assists, Blake Griffin narrowly missed a triple-double and host Detroit ended a three-game losing streak by beating Atlanta.
Griffin finished with 13 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists, while Andre Drummond added 13 points and 15 rebounds for Detroit, which had seven players in double figures.
Andrew White III had 15 points for the Hawks in his NBA debut, while John Collins had 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Wizards 118, Knicks 113 — Bradley Beal had 36 points and Washington overcame a 27-point deficit to win in New York.
Otto Porter Jr. added 22 points and Ian Mahinmi had 17 for the Wizards, who trailed 68-41 late in the second quarter. Washington then went on a 42-15 run to tie it at 83 with 3:32 left in the third.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 37 points (32 in the first half) to lead the Knicks, who have lost a seasonworst eight straight and are 0-4 since losing All-Star forward Kristaps Porzingis to season-ending knee injury.
Hornets 104, Magic 102 — Dwight Howard had 22 points and 13 rebounds, and Charlotte stopped a four-game slide in Orlando.
Kemba Walker had 20 points for Charlotte on 6-for-19 shooting. Nicolas Batum added 14 points and seven assists in the Hornets’ 10th straight win against the Magic.
Mario Hezonja led Orlando with 21 points and 10 rebounds, but the Magic lost their third straight going into the All-Star break.
Pacers 108, Nets 103 — Victor Oladipo scored 25 points, Corey Joseph added 15 points and 11 assists, and Indiana beat host Brooklyn.
Myles Turner had 11 points and 14 boards, and former Net Bojan Bogdanovic chipped in 14 points for the Pacers, who won their third straight game as they head into the All-Star break.
Allen Crabbe scored 23 points for the Nets, who went into the break with their seventh straight loss.
Thunder 121, Grizzlies 114 — Paul George scored 28 points, Russell Westbrook added 23 points in his 17th triple-double of the season, and Oklahoma City survived a second-half rally by the hosts to beat Memphis.
Rockets 100, Kings 91 — James Harden had 28 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, and host Houston fought off a late rally to beat Sacramento for its 10th straight win.
Jazz 107, Suns 97 — In Salt Lake City, Donovan Mitchell scored 24 points, Royce O’Neale had a career-high 19 and Utah won its 11th straight game, beating Phoenix.
TEMPERS FLARE: Rajon Rondo jaws at Isaiah Thomas during last night’s game in New Orleans. Both were ejected.