El Dorado News-Times
Fultz, Magic rally in 4th quarter, outlast Clippers 113-108
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Markelle Fultz scored 12 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter, Wendell Carter Jr. had 27 points and 12 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic snapped their two-game skid with a 113-108 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.
Franz Wagner scored 20 points and hit a gutsy 3-pointer with 40 seconds to play for the Magic, who had lost five of six before taking the lead in the fourth quarter and holding on for this tenacious win on the road.
Fultz put together another impressive game in his late-season surge, going 10 for 17 from the field and grabbing six rebounds.
Paul George scored 30 points for the Clippers, whose four-game winning streak ended on the last contest of a five-game homestand.
Kawhi Leonard skipped the game to rest his right knee, sitting out for the 29th time in the Clippers' 71 contests this season. Los Angeles couldn't keep up its unbeaten surge since a five-game losing streak and missed a chance to move within a half-game of Phoenix in fourth place in the Western Conference standings.
Ivica Zubac had 16 points and 16 rebounds for LA on his 26th birthday, grabbing his 3,000th career rebound in the first half.
Orlando took the lead midway through the fourth quarter with an 11-2 run and nursed it down the stretch, going up 104-99 with 1:49 to play on Carter's difficult layup off an alley-oop pass from Fultz. Carter then dramatically blocked a layup attempt by Russell Westbrook, leading to a layup by Fultz.
KNICKS 116, NUGGETS 110
NEW YORK (AP) — Jalen Brunson scored 24 points in his return from a left foot injury, leading the New York Knicks to a 116-110 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday.
Brunson had 16 points in the first quarter to get the Knicks off to a quick start, then finished strong to help them come back after trailing by 13 in the second half. New York was protecting a two-point lead when he made two free throws with 43 seconds remaining, then pushed the ball up the court and threw a lob that Mitchell Robinson slammed down to make it 116-110 with 24 seconds to go.
Nikola Jokic had 24 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for the Nuggets, who lost for the fifth time in six games. Jamal Murray scored 25 points.