Jackson leads Grizzlies past Rockets, 130-125
MEMPHIS, TENN. >> Ja Morant had 17 points and five assists in his return from an NBA suspension, and Jaren Jackson Jr. finished with a season-high 37 points and 10 rebounds as the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Houston Rockets 130-125 on Wednesday night.
Desmond Bane had 20 points and Tyus Jones scored 14 for Memphis, with each adding seven assists.
WARRIORS 127, MAVERICKS 125 >> Stephen Curry scored 20 points and assisted on Draymond Green’s tiebreaking three-point play late, and Golden State beat Dallas in a game with considerable playoff implications.
Luka Doncic had 30 points after missing five games with a left thigh strain, but the Mavericks dropped below .500 as they try to stay out of the Western Conference play-in tournament a year after losing to the Warriors in the West finals.
HEAT 127, KNICKS 120 >> Jimmy Butler had 35 points, Tyler Herro scored 14 of his 22 in the fourth quarter and Miami moved closer to avoiding the play-in tournament by beating New York.
Herro made four 3-pointers in the fourth for the Heat, who led by 11 in the third, lost the lead briefly, then took it back for good with a 16-2 run midway through the final quarter.
BUCKS 130, SPURS 94 >> Giannis
Antetokounmpo had 31 points and 14 rebounds in just 24 minutes as NBA- leading Milwaukee rolled against San Antonio.
The Bucks extended their Eastern Conference advantage to 2½ games over Boston as they prepare for a four-game road swing that includes a matchup Satur- day with the Western Conference-leading Denver Nuggets.
76ERS 116, BULLS 91 >> Tyrese Maxey scored 16 of his 21 points during Philadel- phia’s dominant first half against Chicago.
De’Anthony Melton had 25 points and Tobias Harris finished with 20 as the 76ers earned a split of the four-game season series. Joel Embiid added 12 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in just more than 16 minutes of playing time.
NUGGETS 118, WIZARDS 104>>
Nikola Jokic had 31 points and 12 rebounds as Denver shook off a slow start and beat short-handed Washington.
TIMBERWOLVES 125, HAWKS 124>>
Karl-Anthony Towns scored 22 points in his long-awaited return from a strained right calf and Minnesota rallied past Atlanta. PACERS 118, RAPTORS 114>> Rookie guard Andrew Nembhard had 25 points and 10 assists in his first NBA game back home in Canada, and Indiana beat Toronto to snap its home winning streak at seven.