Devin Booker led his team with 24 points, nine rebounds and seven assists as the Phoenix Suns pulled away from the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.
Booker continued to distance himself from a hamstring injury that cost him seven games, playing 32 minutes and finishing 8 of 16 from the field. This was after being on the pitch for 26 minutes on his return on Sunday during another resounding win over Charlotte.
Deandre Ayton scored 19 points and 11 rebounds and Mikal Bridges scored 14 when the Suns won their fourth straight game.
LeBron James scored 34 points for the Lakers, who lost their third straight game while manager Frank Vogel remained in health and safety protocols for the second in a row. Four Lakers players are also in the protocols, including starting guard Avery Bradley.
Russell Westbrook scored 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who were without star Anthony Davis for the second straight game. Davis is expected to miss at least four weeks with a left knee sprain.
The NBA results for Tuesday night
- Phoenix Suns 108-90 Los Angeles Lakers
- Indiana Pacers 96-125 Miami Heat
- Detroit Pistons 91-105 New York Knicks
- Portland Trail Blazers 97-111 New Orleans Pelicans
- Minnesota Timberwolves 102-114 Dallas Mavericks
Heat blows past Pacers as Herro returns
Tyler Herro scored 26 points on his return from a three-game absence with a thigh bruise, Duncan Robinson also scored 26 points to equal a season record, and the Miami Heat beat the Indiana Pacers 125-96 on Tuesday night.
Miami equaled a franchise record with 22 3-pointers made, the fourth time the Heat have hit so many.
Max Strus scored 18 points and Kyle Lowry finished with eight points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists for Miami. Omer Yurtseven added 13 rebounds for the Heat.
Chris Duarte and Caris LeVert each scored 17 points for the Pacers, who lost Malcolm Brogdon in the first half with more pain in the right Achilles.
It was the first return match for Indiana manager Rick Carlisle, who entered the league’s health and safety protocols on December 9 after testing positive for Covid-19.
The Knicks take their first home win in a month, beating the Pistons
Evan Fournier scored 22 points, while Julius Randle and Kemba Walker each scored 21 when New York won at home for the first time in nearly a month, beating Detroit.
Mitchell Robinson scored 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Knicks, who had lost five in a row at Madison Square Garden since they beat the Los Angeles Lakers on November 23. I’m only 6-10 at home.
Walker was completely out of the rotation but started a second straight game with six players in the health and safety protocols and Derrick Rose back out with ankle pain. Walker had eight rebounds and five assists.
Saben Lee scored 16 points for the Pistons, who had lost 14 in a row before beating Miami on Sunday.
The Knicks have only won for the third time in 11 games overall.
The Pelicans win third consecutive place, beating the Trail Blazers
Brandon Ingram scored 28 points and Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored 22 of his 27 in the second half when New Orleans beat Portland for its first streak of three straight wins of the season.
Josh Hart added 20 points for the Pelicans, who shot 52.5% to win for the eighth time in 13 games after a 3-16 start, all in anticipation of the return of All-Star striker Zion Williamson from an off-season foot injury.
Damian Lillard scored 39 for the Trail Blazers, who have won the previous two games. Jusuf Nurkic added 17 points and Norman Powell 16.
Brunson plays the Mavericks defeating the Timberwolves
Jalen Brunson scored 26 points and Dorian Finney-Smith scored 15 of his 19 in the second half when Dallas defeated Minnesota.
A total of nine players, including three starting players, lost the game because they were within the NBA’s health and safety protocol.
Brunson scored 16 points in the first half. Finney-Smith struck two triples during a 10-0 run in the fourth quarter that wiped out Minnesota’s last lead.
Sterling Brown added 12 points and 11 rebounds in his first start this season.
Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves with 26 points and 14 rebounds. D’Angelo Russell scored 14 points and 12 assists.