The Mercury News
Ball, Hornets hand Spurs their 14th consecutive loss
LaMelo Ball had 28 points, 10 assists and a season-high 12 rebounds and the Charlotte Hornets beat San Antonio 120-110 on Wednesday night to send the Spurs into the NBA AllStar break with a 14-game losing streak.
Ball had his third tripledouble of the season and franchise-leading ninth overall.
P.J. Washington continued his hot play with 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Mark Williams had 12 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots as Charlotte won its second straight game.
PACERS 117, BULLS 113 >> Buddy Hield made six 3-pointers in the second half and finished with 27 points, helping Indiana overcome a 24-point deficit after the first quarter to beat Chicago. Tyrese Haliburton banked in a 9-foot shot for a 113-112 lead in the final minute, Myles Turner sank two free throws and Hield closed it out with a pair of foul shots with 7.1 seconds remaining as the Pacers snapped a five-game skid.
NETS 116, HEAT 105 >> Mikal Bridges scored a career-high 45 points, including 15 in a row for Brooklyn to break open a game that had been close for 3 1/2 quarters, as the Nets beat Miami. Brideges was plaing in his third game for the Nets since coming from Phoenix in the trade for Kevin Durant. CELTICS 127, PISTONS 109 >> Jayson Tatum scored 38 points, including 24 in the third quarter, and NBA-leading Boston rolled past Detroit. Malcolm Brogdon had 25 points off the bench, and Al Horford added 11 points and seven rebounds for Boston.
76ERS 118, CAVALIERS 112 >> Joel Embiid scored 29 points — including the 10,000th of his career — and Philadelphia beat Cleveland. James Harden added 19 points and 12 assists to help send the 76ers into the All-Star break with their fourth straight victory. Donovan Mitchell had 33 points — including 25 in the second half — for the Cavaliers. They had won seven straight.
KNICKS 122, HAWKS 101 >> Jalen Brunson scored 28 points, Julius Randle added 25 and New York cruised into the All-Star break with its third straight victory, blowing out Atlanta. MAVERICKS' IRVING SITS OUT WITH INJURY >> Dallas Mavericks guard Kyrie Irving was ruled out Wednesday night against the Western Conference-leading Denver Nuggets due to tightness in his lower back. It was the last game for the Mavericks before the All-Star break. FORMER NBA PLAYER FORBES ARRESTED >> Bryn Forbes, an NBA free agent who has played for four teams over seven seasons, was arrested early Wednesday on a family violence charge in San Antonio, police records show. Forbes, who was released last week by the Minnesota Timberwolves, was arrested on suspicion of assault with bodily injury, a misdemeanor, after a verbal argument with a female companion turned physical, according to police records.