Orlando capitalizes on off night for Harden
MAGIC 116, ROCKETS 109
Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon each scored 22 points, Evan Fournier had 17, and the host Orlando Magic rallied past the injury-depleted Houston Rockets, 116-109, on Sunday night.
James Harden scored 38 points to push his run of 30-point games to 16, but the Rockets star was just 1 for 17 on three-pointers. He added 12 assists and nine rebounds.
Houston’s Austin Rivers scored 25 points, and Clint Capela had 17 points and 10 rebounds. Terrence Ross had 17 points for Orlando.
WARRIORS 119, MAVERICKS 114: Stephen Curry made 11 three-pointers on his way to 48 points as Golden State held off host Dallas.
Kevin Durant added 28 points for the Warriors. Curry’s 11th three-pointer — tying a season high — gave the Warriors a 117-114 lead in a seesaw fourth quarter.
Luka Doncic scored 26 points for Dallas, and Barnes had 22.
76ERS 108, KNICKS 105: Ben Simmons fell just short of a triple-double with 20 points, 22 rebounds and nine assists as Philadelphia escaped with a win in New York.
New York’s Emmanuel Mudiay missed a three-pointer at the buzzer that could have sent the game to overtime. JJ Reddick had 22 points for the 76ers, who ended a two-game skid.
BUCKS 133, HAWKS 114: Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 33 points, Eric Bledsoe added 24 points and 10 assists, and Milwaukee prevailed in Coach Mike Budenholzer’s return to Atlanta.
Coming off a loss at Washington that Antetokounmpo missed with injuries, Milwaukee is 12-0 following a defeat and remained the NBA’s only team that has not dropped consecutive games.
Budenholzer made his first trip to Atlanta since he left the team after last season. Trae Young scored 26 points for the Hawks.
NUGGETS 116, TRAIL BLAZERS 113: Nikola Jokic’s basket with 1:07 left — the last field goal on his way to 40 points — put Denver ahead for good as it scored a victory against visiting Portland.
Jamal Murray added 24 points for the Nuggets. Damian Lillard had 26 points for the Trail Blazers, and C. J. McCollum added 18.