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Without James, Los Angeles can’t hang with Morant, Memphis



Ja Morant scored 28 of his 39 points in the third quarter and added 10 assists and 10 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat visiting 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, and Lonnie Walker IV scored 21 points.

Austin Reaves had 17 points and matched his season high with four three-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 9384 advantage entering the fourth.

The Grizzlies have won five in a row at home and are 26-5 at Fedexforum this season.

James, injured in Sunday’s win over Dallas, left the Lakers without their leading scorer at 29.7 points per game. They don’t know how long he will be out.

In addition to James, guard D’angelo Russell missed his second game in a row for Los Angeles with a right ankle sprain.

BUCKS 118, NETS 104: Giannis Antetokoun­mpo had 33 points and 15 rebounds, and Milwaukee extended its winning streak to 15 games by beating Brooklyn in New York.

Jrue Holiday had 14 points and eight assists for the Bucks, who went 10-0 in February and passed the Boston Celtics for the best record in the league.

Milwaukee’s winning streak is the longest in the NBA this season.

Brook Lopez added 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Khris Middleton contribute­d 18 points.


In Houston, Nikola Jokic recorded his 100th career tripledoub­le and Jamal Murray had 32 points as Denver coasted past the Rockets.

Jokic had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his Nba-leading 24th triple-double this season and his 15th in the past 20 games. The Nuggets have won each game in which he’s had a triple-double this season and 28 straight dating back to last season.

Jokic needed just three quarters to become the sixth player in league history with 100 triple-doubles, with the big man sitting out the entire fourth with the game out of hand.

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 win in the past seven games.

Jalen Green and Tari Eason scored 17 points apiece for Houston.


Tyrese Haliburton scored 32 points and won a duel of birthday boys with Luka Doncic, leading Indiana to a victory in 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.

Irving scored 16 points, but missed a three-pointer just before the buzzer.

The 23-year-old Haliburton, born on Feb. 29, 2000, was 9 of 18 from the field and 12 of 15 on free throws.

SPURS 102, JAZZ 94:

Keldon Johnson scored 23 points and San Antonio beat Utah in Salt Lake City to snap a 16-game losing streak.

Doug Mcdermott added 19 points for the Spurs, who won for the first time this season after trailing to start the fourth quarter.

Lauri Markkanen had 28 points and nine rebounds for the Jazz.


Pascal Siakam scored 20 points, Gary Trent Jr. had 19, and Toronto beat visiting Chicago for its eighth victory in 10 games.

O.G. Anunoby added 17 points and Jakob Poeltl had 14 to help the Raptors win their fourth straight at home.

Nikola Vucevic led the Bulls with 23 points, and Zach Lavine had 17. Demar Derozan scored 13 points against his former team as Chicago fell to 10-21 on the road.


Harrison Barnes scored 29 points and Sacramento won in Oklahoma City for its fourth consecutiv­e victory.

Domantas Sabonis had 22 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists and Kevin Huerter added 20 points for the Kings.

Rookie Jalen Williams scored 27 points for the Thunder.

Durant set to debut for Suns

Kevin Durant is expected to make his Phoenix Suns debut Wednesday in Charlotte against the Hornets.

The 13-time all-star came to Phoenix on Feb. 9 in a trade with Brooklyn. Durant, 34, has been recovering from a sprained knee ligament.

PELICANS: New Orleans guard Jose Alvarado will be out at least three weeks and forward Larry Nance Jr. will miss two weeks because of recent injuries, the club announced.

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