Antelope Valley Press

National Basketball Associatio­n results | Wednesday


Hornets 122, Hawks 99

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Brandon Miller scored 26 points, Tre Mann added 21 points, eight rebounds and six assists and Charlotte beat Atlanta for its first three-game winning streak of the season.

Charlotte is 3-0 since adding Mann, Grant Williams, Vasilije Macic, Seth Curry and Davis Bertans at the trade deadline.

De’Andre Hunter had 21 points for Atlanta.

Heat 109, 76ers 104

PHILADELPH­IA — Bam Adebayo had 23 points and 14 rebounds to help Miami beat Philadelph­ia.

Adbebayo’s thundering dunk capped a 10-2 run in the fourth quarter that gave Miami a lead it never relinquish­ed.

Tyler Herro also had 23 points, and Duncan Robinson added 20 in the Heat’s fourth victory in five games. Tyrese Maxey scored 30 points for Philadelph­ia. Buddy Heild had 22 points and 10 assists, and Paul Reed, filling in for the injured Joel Embiid (left knee meniscus procedure), added 18 points and 12 rebounds.

Magic 118, Knicks 100

ORLANDO, Fla. — Paolo Banchero scored 36 points, Franz Wagner added 21 and Orlando beat injury-riddled New York.

Jalen Brunson led the Knicks with 33 points and six assists. Precious Achiuwa added 23 points and 14 rebounds, and Alec Burks had 13 points in his first start since coming back to the Knicks in a deadline trade last week.

Brunson scored 20 points in the first quarter, and the Knicks led 39-27 when Burks opened the second quarter with a 3-pointer. But with Brunson on the bench, the Magic ran off 17 straight points — 12 of them by Franz and Moritz Wagner — and moved ahead for the rest of the game.

Celtics 136, Nets 86

BOSTON — Payton Pritchard scored 28 points and the NBA-leading Boston Celtics routed the Brooklyn Nets 136-86 on Wednesday night to give Joe Mazzulla his 100th victory as head coach.

Derrick White finished with 27 points. Jayson Tatum added 20 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Celtics, who beat the Nets on back-toback nights and for the fourth time this season in both teams’ final game before the All-Star break.

Boston is 43-12. The Celtics went 57-25 in Mazzulla’s first season as coach. Wednesday marked the fifth 50-point win in team history.

Cavaliers 108, Bulls 105

CLEVELAND — All-Star Donovan Mitchell scored 30 points, including the go-ahead free throw with 44 seconds left, and Cleveland overcame a 17-point deficit to beat Chicago.

Coby White had a chance to force overtime as time expired, but his 3-pointer from the top of the key rimmed out.

Isaac Okoro scored 16 points and Jarrett Allen had 13 points and 10 rebounds for Cleveland, which has won 18 of its last 20 and is an NBA-best 23-5 since Dec. 16.

White scored 23 of his 32 points in the second half. DeMar DeRozan added 24 points for Chicago.

Pacers 127, Raptors 125

TORONTO — Tyrese Haliburton had 21 points and 12 assists, Pascal Siakam scored 23 against his former team and Indiana beat Toronto.

Isaiah Jackson added 15 points and 11 rebounds, Obi Toppin had 15 and Andrew Nembhard 14 to help Indiana rebound from a loss at Charlotte on Monday night.

Scottie Barnes had 29 points and 12 rebounds for Toronto.

Grizzlies 121, Rockets 113

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — GG Jackson scored 20 points, Jaren Jackson Jr. had 18 and Memphis beat Houston to end a ninegame losing streak.

Luke Kennard finished with 17 points, including a pair of free throws in the closing minuteLama­r Stevens finished with 14 points.

Dillon Brooks, Alperen Sengun, Amen Thompson and Aaron Holiday each scored 19 points in Houston’s fifth loss in six games.

Pelicans 133, Wizards 126

NEW ORLEANS — Zion Williamson scored 36 points, C.J. McCollum added 26 and New Orleans beat Washington, overcoming Deni Avdija’s career-best 43 points for the Wizards.

Avdija, a fourth-year player from Israel, blew past his previous high of 25 points before the midpoint of the third quarter, finishing with 20 points in that period. He also matched a season high with 14 rebounds.

Mavericks 116, Spurs 93

DALLAS — Kyrie Irving scored 34 points, Luka Doncic had 27 before leaving early in the fourth period and Dallas overcame an early 15-point deficit to beat San Antonio.

Doncic left three minutes into the fourth quarter holding his neck. He also had nine rebounds and eight assists in 31 minutes.

The game was the last for both teams before the NBA All-Star break, with the Mavericks winning a season-best sixth straight and Spurs falling for the eighth time in nine contests.

Spurs rookie Victor Wembanyama had 26 points — 20 in the first half — and nine rebounds in his belated Dallas debut.

Suns 116, Pistons 100

PHOENIX — Kevin Durant scored 25 points and Phoenix overcame fellow AllStar Devin Booker’s early ejection to rout Detroit in Pistons coach Monty Williams first game in Phoenix since being fired by the Suns.

Williams coached the Suns from 2019 through last season, leading them to the NBA Finals in 2021. He received a video tribute and a loud ovation from the sellout crowd before the game.

Booker was ejected 5:24 into the game after his second technical foul. He received the first technical for arguing with officials about a foul call against him. During a subsequent timeout and, after the Pistons’ Cade Cunningham shot free throws, Booker received the second one and an automatic ejection. Booker finished with seven points on 2-of-5 shooting.

Kings 102, Nuggets 98

DENVER — De’Aaron Fox had 30 points, eight assists and eight rebounds, Domantas Sabonis had 20 points and 13 rebounds and Sacramento overcame a 16-point, second-half deficit to beat Denver.

The win was the Kings’ second in a five-day stretch against the Nuggets, who they defeated 135-106 on Friday night in Sacramento.

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