Damian Lillard drops season-high 43 points as Portland Trail Blazers beat Charlotte Hornets | NBA News

Damian Lillard scored a season-high of 43 points while Portland beat Charlotte 125-116 to stop a seven-game losing streak.

Lillard shot 12 for 19 from the field and six for 11 from three-pointers, as well as adding eight assists, in one of his best performances of the season.

Ben McLemore added 28 points for Portland, making six of his eight of three in the first half to help the Trail Blazers set a franchise record with 16 of three in the first half. At half-time they led 81-55.

LaMelo Ball led the Hornets with 27 points in his first return game after being in the NBA’s health and safety protocols.

The Blazers were 21 out of 47 three-pointers in total.

The NBA results on Friday night

  • Charlotte Hornets 116-125 Portland Trail Blazers
  • Los Angeles Lakers 92-110 Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Golden State Warriors 111-107 Boston Celtics
  • San Antonio Spurs 128-126 Utah Jazz
  • Milwaukee Bucks 112-116 New Orleans Pelicans (OT)
  • Miami Heat 115-105 Orlando Magic
  • Denver Nuggets 133-115 Atlanta Hawks
  • Memphis Grizzlies 124-105 Sacramento Kings

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Check out the top 10 games on Friday night in the NBA

Towns stars as the Timberwolves blow up the impoverished Lakers

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 28 points and 10 rebounds when the Minnesota Timberwolves knocked out the Los Angeles Lakers for the second time this season, 110-92.

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Highlights of the Los Angeles Lakers against the Minnesota Timberwolves in week 9 of the NBA

Malik Beasley and D’Angelo Russell each scored 17 points and Jarred Vanderbilt scored 16 rebounds, a career record, helping the Timberwolves win their third straight game. They played for the first time without star Anthony Edwards, who was included in the NBA’s health and safety protocols in the afternoon.

LeBron James scored 18 points and 10 easy rebounds for the Lakers, hit even harder by Covid-19 with six players in the protocols. Isaiah Thomas made his seasonal debut with 19 points, Russell Westbrook had 14 points and Kent Bazemore equaled his season record with 11 points. Anthony Davis has left the game twice with multiple injuries.

The Wolves, who beat the Lakers 107-83 in Los Angeles on November 12 with no James in formation, had a 61-36 rebound advantage.

Davis injured his right ankle at the end of the first quarter, came back in the second quarter and then hurt his left knee in the third quarter. He didn’t come back from that. Davis, who missed two games last week with a pain in his left knee, finished with nine points and a rebound in 20 minutes.

Curry leads the Warriors to victory over the Celtics

Stephen Curry scored 30 points, making five three-pointers and adding a scoop shot to one hand in the last minute, when Golden State beat Boston 111-107.

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Highlights of the Golden State Warriors against the Boston Celtics in week 9 of the NBA

In his first game since breaking the NBA’s three-point career record at Madison Square Garden, Curry scored two consecutive three-pointers in his first two shots of the game.

Andrew Wiggins added 27 points to help the Warriors win their third straight game to regain exclusive possession of the NBA lead at 24-5, half a game ahead of Phoenix. It was Steve Kerr’s 400th coaching victory.

Jayson Tatum scored 27 points for the Celtics. They entered five players into the Covid-19 protocol in the 24 hours prior to the game.

Spurs’ victory ends Jazz’s eight-game streak

Lonnie Walker IV cashed in a jumper with 14.9 seconds left as San Antonio finished Utah’s winning streak of eight with a 128-126 win.

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Highlights of the San Antonio Spurs against the Utah Jazz in week 9 of the NBA

Keldon Johnson scored 24 points and took eight rebounds to lead San Antonio. Derrick White added 22 points and Walker scored 19.

Donovan Mitchell scored 27 points for the Jazz. Jordan Clarkson added 21 points and Mike Conley 18. Rudy Gobert had 16 points and 14 rebounds.

Mitchell scored two consecutive baskets to give the Jazz a 126-125 lead with 33 seconds left. Walker responded with the go-ahead jumper. Mitchell had two cracks on an all-clear basket in the final seconds, but missed both shots.

Clutch Graham leads Pels past Bucks in OT

Devonte ‘Graham scored eight three-point shots and added two free throws at the end of extra time to finish with 26 points, and New Orleans survived short-handed Milwaukee, 116-112 after extra time.

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Milwaukee Bucks highlights against the New Orleans Pelicans in week 9 of the NBA

Jonas Valanciunas scored 24 points and Brandon Ingram added 22 for New Orleans, which won its second straight game in the wake of Graham’s 60-foot winner at the Oklahoma City Horn Wednesday night.

Former Pelicans star Jrue Holiday, who received a warm welcome during pre-match introductions, scored 40 points, a career high, helping Milwaukee force away overtime despite being without top scorers Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton. . Grayson Allen hit seven threes and equalized the season record with 25 points for defending champion Bucks.

Strus and Vincent star as the depleted Magic Heat beat

Max Strus scored 23 of his 32 best career points in the first half, Gabe Vincent added 27 and Miami beat Orlando 115-105.

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Miami Heat highlights against the Orlando Magic in week 9 of the NBA

The Heat have made 19 triples to give them 91 in their last five games. This is the highest in the team’s history, easily surpassing 82 achieved in a five-game period from February 24, 2020 to March 4, 2020, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Still without stars Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo and key reserve Tyler Herro, the Heat only had 10 players available. The Magic have signed four players from their G League franchise in nearby Lakeland with difficulty exemptions to meet the NBA’s eight-player minimum rule.

Rookie Franz Wagner led the Magic with 27 points. Orlando has lost seven consecutive games and 13 of 14.

The Nuggets deliver the Hawks to their sixth consecutive home defeat

Bones Hyland scored 24 points and Monte Morris added 21 while Denver beat Atlanta 133-115.

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Highlights of the Denver Nuggets against the Atlanta Hawks in week 9 of the NBA

Nikola Jokic and Jeff Green each finished with 20 points for the Nuggets. The reigning MVP also had 10 rebounds, seven assists and three steals. They have won three out of four.

The Hawks were coming from a fifth straight road win, but have lost six in a row at home. Trae Young scored 34 points and 10 assists in Atlanta’s fifth defeat in seven games overall.

The Grizzlies are back in double figures against the Kings

Desmond Bane scored 24 points and Memphis overcame another double-digit deficit to win, beating Sacramento 124-105.

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Highlights of the Memphis Grizzlies against the Sacramento Kings in week 9 of the NBA

Dillon Brooks scored 23 points and six rebounds, and Jaren Jackson Jr scored 21 points to help the Grizzlies to their sixth consecutive away win, the biggest since 2016.

Memphis was down 50-35 at the start of the second quarter, then beat Sacramento 68-27 in the next 20 minutes. It is the seventh time this season that the Grizzlies have won after remaining in double figures.

Tyrese Haliburton scored 21 points and 10 assists for the Kings.

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