Miller’s late 3s rescue Pelicans in 106-105 win over Hawks
NEW ORLEANS — Darius Miller hit four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, when he scored 14 of his 21 points, and New Orleans overcame a sloppy performance to beat struggling Atlanta.
DeMarcus Cousins had 22 points and 16 rebounds, and Anthony Davis added 13 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots for the Pelicans, who have won five of six. E’Twaun Moore tied a career high with 24 points for New Orleans.
Kent Bazemore scored 22 points for the Hawks, who led by 14 before fading to lose their fourth straight.
Bazemore also missed a critical free throw with 37.1 seconds left. Atlanta still had a chance to take a late lead, but Dennis Schroder’s errant pass toward Tyler Cavanaugh sailed out of bounds with 3.2 seconds to go.
Blazers 99, Nuggets 82
PORTLAND, Ore. — CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic had 17 points apiece and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Denver Nuggets 99-82 on Monday night to snap a twogame losing streak.
The Blazers built an 86-66 lead early in the fourth quarter on Noah Vonleh’s dunk and cruised the rest of the way. Damian Lillard had 15 points and seven assists and the Blazers led by as many as 23 points.
Paul Millsap led the Nuggets with 18 points, including a season-high five 3-pointers.
The win was a boost for the Blazers, who were coming off consecutive close losses at home. They fell to Memphis 98-97 before losing to Brooklyn 101-97 on Friday night.
The Nuggets were coming off a successful six-game home stand during which they went 5-1, including a 125-107 victory over Orlando on Saturday night.
But they were cold against the Blazers, shooting just 35 percent for the game to snap a three-game winning streak.
Denver was without starter Gary Harris because of right shoulder soreness. Will Barton got his second straight start in his place and had 12 points.
Nikola Jokic, who has had double-doubles in eight of the last 10 games, finished with six points and seven rebounds.
Nurkic, who played just one minute in the fourth quarter of Friday night’s loss to Brooklyn, played for the Nuggets for three seasons before he was traded to Portland in February. The Blazers were 14-6 with Nurkic in the lineup, a spark that helped propel the team into the playoffs.
Nurkic, who was obviously energized against his former team, went into the game averaging 15.6 points and 7.3 rebounds this season.
Blazers coach Terry Stotts tinkered with his starting lineup, giving rookie forward Caleb Swanigan his first career start, but he got into foul trouble early in the third quarter.
Portland went on a 10-2 run for an early 35-25 lead. The Blazers went on to lead by as many as 14 points in the first half, led by Nurkic and Evan Turner with 10 points apiece. Portland’s bench outscored Denver’s 25-10.
Trailing 54-59 at the break, the Nuggets closed within 54-51 on a pair of free throws from Wilson Chandler. But CJ McCollum answered with a 3-pointer for the Blazers.
Portland pushed the lead to 82-66 on Vonleh’s tip shot and Lillard added free throws to end the third quarter.
It was Portland’s ninth straight win at home over the Nuggets.
Bucks 110, Grizzlies 103
MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 27 points and nine rebounds to lead Milwaukee over Memphis.
Khris Middleton and John Henson had 17 points apiece as the Bucks won their third straight.
Tyreke Evans scored 14 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter for the Grizzlies, and Dillon Brooks added 19 points. Evans scored nine consecutive points to pull Memphis into an 84-all tie early in the fourth quarter.
Lakers 100, Suns 93
PHOENIX — Jordan Clarkson scored a season-high 25 points and Los Angeles pulled away late to beat Phoenix.
Devin Booker had 36 points, his second consecutive game of at least 35, for the Suns.
Brook Lopez and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 15 apiece for the Lakers, who snapped a three-game losing streak and won in Phoenix for the second time this season.
Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, coming off his first career triple-double on Saturday night, did not play in the fourth quarter, when the Lakers pulled out the victory. He had seven points on 3-of-10 shooting, five rebounds, five assists and four turnovers in 28 minutes.
Wizards 110, Kings 92
WASHINGTON — John Wall had 21 points and nine assists, Marcin Gortat scored 18 and Washington defeated Sacramento for its third straight win.
Otto Porter Jr. and reserve Mike Scott chipped in 15 points apiece as six Wizards scored in double figures.
After losing to the Mavericks 113-99 in the opener of a four-game homestand, the Wizards outscored the Lakers, Hawks and Kings by an average of 111-94.
George Hill led Sacramento with 16 points.
Wall was 8 of 9 from the field, including 4 for 4 from 3-point range. In two games against the Kings, he has 40 points and is 9 for 10 from long distance. In his other 10 games, he is 5 for 32.
Timberwolves 109, Jazz 98
SALT LAKE CITY — Karl-Anthony Towns had 24 points and 13 rebounds, and Jimmy Butler added 21 points and 10 assists to help Minnesota get past Utah.
Jeff Teague scored 22 points for the Timber- wolves, and Taj Gibson had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Minnesota (8-5) snapped a two-game skid after shooting 52.1 percent (37 of 71) from the field.
Donovan Mitchell scored 24 points to lead the Jazz (68), who lost for the fourth time in their last five home games. Utah fell behind 3314 heading into the second quarter.
Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap and Portland Trail Blazers forward Caleb Swanigan and center Jusuf Nurkic reach for a rebound during the first half of in Portland, Ore., Monday.