Miller’s late 3s res­cue Pel­i­cans in 106-105 win over Hawks

The Garden Island - - Morning Briefing -

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.

STEVE DYKES / ASSOCIATED PRESS

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.

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