Daily Local News (West Chester, PA)

Morant, Grizzlies beat Lakers with James sidelined

- By The Associated Press

Ja Morant scored 28 of his 39 points in the third quarter, had 10 assists and 10 rebounds and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Los Angeles 121-109 on Tuesday night in the Lakers’ first game since LeBron James injured his right foot.

Xavier Tillman finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds for Memphis, while Jaren Jackson Jr. and Desmond Bane scored 16 points apiece.

Anthony Davis led the Lakers with 28 points and 19 rebounds. Lonnie Walker IV scored 21 points. Austin Reaves had 17, while matching his season high with four 3-pointers.

Morant took over in the third quarter, connecting on 10 of 12 shots. That broke open a close game and gave the Grizzlies a 93-84 advantage entering the fourth.

Bucks 118, Nets 104

NEW YORK >> Giannis Antetokoun­mpo had 33 points and 15 rebounds and Milwaukee beat Brooklyn for its 15th straight victory.

Jrue Holiday had 14 points and eight assists for the Bucks, who went 10-0 in February and have passed Boston for the best record in the NBA. They got Antetokoun­mpo back after he missed their home victory over Phoenix on Sunday with a bruised right quadriceps.

Mikal Bridges led Brooklyn with 31 points. Spencer Dinwiddie had 26 points and eight assists.

Nuggets 133, Rockets 112

Nikola Jokic had his 100th career triple-double and Jamal Murray scored 32 points in Denver’s victory over Houston.

Jokic had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his NBA-leading 24th triple-double this season and 15th in the last 20 games.

Michael Porter Jr. added 17 points and Bruce Brown had 15 off the bench to help the Nuggets to their second consecutiv­e victory and sixth in the last seven games.


Jalen Green and Tari Eason each scored 17 points for Houston. The Rockets dropped their 10th in a row.

Spurs 102, Jazz 94

SALT LAKE CITY >> Keldon Johnson scored 23 points and San Antonio beat Utah to snap a 16-game losing streak.

Doug McDermott added 19 points for the Spurs, Jeremy Sochan had 13 and Devonte Graham 12. San Antonio improved to 15-47, winning for the first time this season after trailing to start the fourth quarter.

Pacers 124, Mavericks 122

DALLAS >> Tyrese Haliburton scored 32 points and won a duel of birthday boys with Luka Doncic, leading Indiana past Dallas.

Doncic had 39 points and nine rebounds on his 24th birthday but fell to 1-4 in games with Kyrie Irving since the superstars were paired in a deal with Brooklyn before the trade deadline.

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