San Francisco Chronicle
Bagley’s big night lifts Kings to victory
Marvin Bagley III kept Sacramento’s slim playoff hopes alive Wednesday night with a breakthrough performance — scoring a seasonhigh 31 points and grabbing 12 rebounds to lead the the Kings past the Pacers 10493 in Indianapolis.
It has been a long time coming for the No. 2 overall draft pick in 2018, but Bagley started fast, finished strong and appears to be finding his groove, finally.
“This is two of the last three games where he’s put up bigtime performances,” head coach Luke Walton said. “I was happy for him, happy for his teammates. But that’s part of the fun of the sport.”
The Kings sit 2½ games behind San Antonio in the chase for the West’s final playin spot.
After missing 85 games over the past two seasons, Bagley finally delivered with 24 points, eight rebounds and going 12for17 from the field in the first half as Sacramento grabbed a 5647 lead.
Grizzlies 139, Timberwolves 135: Ja Morant had 37 points and 10 assists and Memphis held off host Minnesota. Desmond Bane scored 22 points off the bench, including a few key 3pointers late, and Kyle Anderson added 20 points for the Grizzlies.
Jazz 126, Spurs 94: Jordan Clarkson scored 30 points, Bojan Bogdanovic added 24 and host Utah coasted past San Antonio. With Atlanta’s win over Phoenix, the Jazz reclaimed the No. 1 spot in the NBA and Western Conference playoff race despite the All-Star backcourt of Donovan Mitchell (ankle) and Mike Conley (hamstring) missing another game.
Nuggets 113, Knicks 97: Nikola Jokic scored 24 of his 32 points in a dominant first quarter as host Denver beat New York. Denver, which led by as many as 31, moved back into a tie with the Clippers for third place in the Western Conference.
Bucks 135, Wizards 134: Milwaukee withstood a triple-double from Russell Westbrook and edged visiting Washington behind Jrue Holiday’s 29 points. Westbrook had 29 points, 17 assists and 12 rebounds for his 179th career triple-double, but the Wizards still lost for just the fourth time in their past 17 games.
Celtics 132, Magic 96: Kemba Walker tied a season high with 32 points in his
return from a four-game injury absence and visiting Boston routed Orlando. Jayson Tatum shook off a slow start and finished with 27 points for Boston, which swept the three-game series with the Magic.
Hawks 135, Suns 103: Clint Capela scored 18 points to lead seven scorers in double figures and host Atlanta pulled away late to overcome Devin Booker’s 30 points and rout Phoenix. The Suns faded badly in the fourth quarter of the back-to-back following Tuesday night’s 134-118 overtime win at Cleveland.
76ers 135, Rockets 115: Joel Embiid had 34 points in just 25 minutes and visiting Philadelphia extended its winning streak to six games with a victory over shorthanded Houston. The Eastern Conference leaders were up by double figures for most of the night and their starters barely had to play in the fourth quarter to keep the NBA’s longest active winning streak going.
Trail Blazers 141, Cavaliers 105: Damian Lillard had 32 points and nine assists to lead visiting Portland to its highest point total of the season and a rout of Cleveland. The Blazers moved a half game back of the Mavericks and Lakers for fifth place in the West.