The Washington Post
Irving’s late run helps push Dallas past Utah
Kyrie Irving hit a clutch threepointer and scored 17 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter, and Luka Doncic added 29 points as the host Dallas Mavericks beat the shorthanded Utah Jazz, 120116, on Tuesday night.
Utah trailed 118-115 with 3.7 seconds to play when Talen Horton-tucker was fouled and sent to the line for two shots. After sinking the first, his intentional miss slammed directly off the backboard and didn’t hit the rim, giving Dallas possession.
Lauri Markkanen returned to the lineup after missing a game with a lower-back strain and scored 33 points to lead the Jazz.
HORNETS 112, KNICKS 105: Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 27 points, Terry Rozier added 25, and visiting Charlotte snapped New York’s nine-game winning streak.
Gordon Hayward had 23 points, nine rebounds and eight assists and made the tiebreaking basket with 1:50 remaining as the Hornets won for the first time in four games since point guard Lamelo Ball’s broken ankle that required surgery.
They trailed by 16 at halftime and were still down nine midway through the fourth quarter before surging past a Knicks team that appeared to lack energy two nights after needing two overtimes to win in Boston.
THUNDER 137, WARRIORS 128: Shai Gilgeous-alexander scored 33 points, Josh Giddey had his third triple-double of the season and seventh in his career, and Oklahoma City beat visiting Golden State.
Giddey finished with 17 points, a career-high 17 assists and 11 rebounds as the Thunder won its third straight.
76ERS 117, TIMBERWOLVES 94: Joel Embiid scored 39 points, Tyrese Maxey added 27 and Philadelphia notched a road win against Minnesota despite playing without star James Harden.
Harden, the team’s secondleading scorer and the NBA’S assist leader, was held out with left foot soreness. Embiid made up for Harden’s absence, scoring 22 points in the third quarter as Philadelphia pulled away and wrapped up its five-game road trip with a 4-1 mark.
De’anthony Melton scored 11 for the 76ers, who recovered from a slow start on the second night of a back-to-back.
NETS 118, ROCKETS 96:
Mikal Bridges scored 30 points, Spencer Dinwiddie added 23, and Brooklyn had a big third quarter to beat Houston on the road for its third straight victory.
Bridges has scored 30 or more points in three straight games and five times overall since coming over from Phoenix on Feb. 9 in the deal that sent Kevin Durant to the Suns.
Brooklyn has its longest winning streak since a season-high 12-game run from Dec. 7 to Jan. 8.
BUCKS 134, MAGIC 123:
Brook Lopez scored 26 points, Kris Middleton and Jevon Carter each added 24, and Milwaukee earned a road victory against Orlando for its 18th win in 19 games.
Bobby Portis Jr. had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Jae Crowder added 15 points for the Bucks, who shot 59 percent and ran their winning streak against the Magic to 14 games.
The Bucks played without allstars Giannis Antetokounmpo (non-covid-19 illness) and Jrue Holiday (sore neck).