Kyrie Irving made his first appearance of the season for the Brooklyn Nets, Bojan Bogdanovic produced a best double of the season in a win for the Utah Jazz, and Luka Doncic led the Dallas Mavericks to a dominant win over the Golden State Warriors as they withdrew The number of Dirk Nowitzki.
Brooklyn Nets 129-121 Indiana Pacers
Kyrie Irving scored 10 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter as the Brooklyn Nets made his seasonal debut in a win by overcoming a 19-point deficit for a 129-121 win over hosts the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.
Irving is back as a part-time player due to non-vaccination against Covid-19 and the vaccination mandate in New York City, which prevents him from playing in home games. He was dominant in the fourth quarter when the Nets ended a three-game losing streak, the record of the season.
With his father, Drederick, sitting on the sidelines, Irving shot nine of 17 from the field in 31:59 of play. It was his first action since Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in Milwaukee when he injured his ankle.
Kevin Durant led the Nets with 39 points, eight rebounds and seven assists while Brooklyn shot 56.3 percent and made 13 of 19 shots in the quarter. James Harden added 18 while LaMarcus Aldridge added 13.
The Pacers lost their sixth straight defeat and lost a double-digit lead against the Nets for the second time this season despite scoring great matches from Domantas Sabonis and Lance Stephenson.
The NBA results on Wednesday night
- Detroit Pistons 111-140 Charlotte Hornets
- Philadelphia 76ers 116-106 Orlando Magic
- Houston Rockets 114-111 Washington Wizards
- San Antonio Spurs 99-97 Boston Celtics
- Brooklyn Nets 129-121 Indiana Pacers
- Golden State Warriors 82-99 Dallas Mavericks
- Toronto Raptors 117-111 Milwaukee Bucks
- Oklahoma City Thunder 90-98 Minnesota Timberwolves
- Utah Jazz 115-109 Denver Nuggets
- Miami Heat 115-109 Portland Trail Blazers
- Atlanta Hawks 108-102 Sacramento Kings
Philadelphia 76ers 116-106 Orlando Magic
Joel Embiid scored 31 points and Seth Curry 20 points and 12 assists, helping Philadelphia overtake host Orlando in head coach Doc Rivers’ return to the bench.
After being named NBA Eastern Conference player of the month on Tuesday, Embiid hit 12 of 22 field goals and seven of 10 free throws as Philadelphia extended his winning streak to five games.
Cole Anthony (sprained right ankle), who hadn’t played since December 23 and missed 14 games this season due to injury, scored 26 points and seven assists for the Magic despite briefly leaving in the third quarter with an injury to the left ankle. Wendell Carter Jr. (non-Covid disease) scored 12 points and 10 rebounds for her fifth consecutive double doubles.
Utah Jazz 115-109 Denver Nuggets
Bojan Bogdanovic scored 36 points this season and 13 rebounds, career best Rudy Gay scored 18 points when visiting Utah beat Denver.
Donovan Mitchell scored 17 points, Royce O’Neale scored 13 points and 11 rebounds, Jordan Clarkson also scored 13 and Mike Conley scored 10 for Utah, who have now won 10 consecutive away games.
Nikola Jokic scored his 64th career triple-double with 26 points, 21 rebounds and 11 assists, Monte Morris and Will Barton each scored 20 and Aaron Gordon scored 17 points for Denver.
Miami Heat 115-109 Portland Trail Blazers
Max Strus shot seven of 13 from 3 points and set a record 25 points on his return while Miami used an 18-4 run in the fourth quarter to keep Portland at bay.
Behind the shots of Strus and Duncan Robinson, both of whom have returned from health and safety protocols, Miami scored 19 of 41 from 3 points. Robinson scored all 12 of his points off the bench with four of six shots from depth.
Portland was trailing most of the night and a whopping 19 points in the second quarter. But behind Anfernee Simons, who scored 28 points, the game-high, the Blazers reduced the deficit.
Golden State Warriors 82-99 Dallas Mavericks
Luka Doncic went on 26 points and Dallas dominated the visit to Golden State from both the 3-point line and the free-throw line in a one-night win when the hosts pulled back Dirk Nowitzki’s number.
Dorian Finney-Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. combined 31 points and six triples in the Mavericks’ fourth straight win.
Finney-Smith scored 17 points on four of seven long-range shots, while Jalen Brunson scored 15 points and Hardaway 14 for the Mavericks, who had been 1-11 this season when they had kept under 100 points.
The Dallas defense chained Stephen Curry to a one-for-nine shot from 3 points and Golden State to five of 28 overall from over the arc, beating the hosts 36-15 on three.
Toronto Raptors 117-111 Milwaukee Bucks
Pascal Siakam set a season record of 33 points when on a visit to Toronto he defeated Milwaukee to extend his winning streak to four games.
The 6ft 9in forward shot 13 of 23 and also garnered five rebounds and six assists to lead the Raptors to victory over Milwaukee for the second time this season.
Gary Trent Jr. and OG Anunoby scored 22 points and Fred VanVleet scored 19.
With Giannis Antetokounmpo sidelined due to a non-Covid illness, Khris Middleton led Milwaukee with 25 points on the nine out of 16. Jordan Nwora scored 17 points and DeMarcus Cousins contributed 15 points and 10 rebounds off the bench. Jrue Holiday filled the stats sheet with 15 points, eight rebounds and 12 assists.
San Antonio Spurs 99-97 Boston Celtics
Dejounte Murray scored 22 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds on his return from NBA health and safety protocol to help San Antonio keep the Boston host at bay.
Murray was banned from Covid protocol early and returned after missing five games. Derrick White and Devin Vassell added 17 points each for the Spurs, which ended their four-game losing streak. San Antonio held out after taking a 99-95 lead with 1:32 to play.
Boston’s Jaylen Brown led all the scorers with 30 points but missed a layup when time ran out. Jayson Tatum added 19 points and eight rebounds on his return from Covid protocol in Boston’s 10th defeat in 16 games.
Detroit Pistons 111-140 Charlotte Hornets
Kelly Oubre Jr. set the career record of nine 3-pointers on the road for 32 points as Charlotte beat on a visit to Detroit.
Oubre shot a total of 10 of 16 from the field, attempting 14 3-point shots. Eight of his 3 arrived in the fourth period for the Hornets, who made 24 of the 42 triples of the game. Miles Bridges and Gordon Hayward each scored 19 points to help the Hornets recover from a two-game crush.
Trey Lyles led the Pistons with 17 points. Cade Cunningham added 16 points, Josh Jackson 15 and Saddiq Bey 11. Micah Potter scored eight points but didn’t score in the second half.
Houston Rockets 114-111 Washington Wizards
Kevin Porter Jr. scored a 3-pointer step-back with 0.4 seconds left and Christian Wood recorded his 18th double double as Houston snapped an eight-game skid with an away win over Washington.
Porter and Wood returned from a one-game ban to help the Rockets get through a final Wizards rally, written by Kyle Kuzma (24 points, nine rebounds) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (26 points, five of three). Raul Neto equalized the game at 111-111 on a driving layup with 22.6 seconds left.
But Porter, who only shot three out of 13, claimed his only second-half basket. Wood had 22 points, 11 rebounds and three steals while Jalen Green added 22 points and Eric Gordon 19.
Oklahoma City Thunder 90-98 Minnesota Timberwolves
Anthony Edwards set the 22-point record with the eight-for-17 shot and Minnesota held out to win over Oklahoma City.
Timberwolves long shot Karl-Anthony Towns scored 17 points and 16 rebounds on his return from a six-game absence in the league’s Covid protocol. D’Angelo Russell returned from a five-game absence in protocol and finished with six points on shooting three out of 12.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder with 19 points. Novice Josh Giddey scored a double double with 14 points and 15 rebounds, and Aaron Wiggins finished with 11 points.
Atlanta Hawks 108-102 Sacramento Kings
Kevin Huerter scored the go-ahead layup and contributed 25 points and 11 best rebounds of the season off the bench to lead Atlanta to victory over Sacramento.
Huerter scored 11 points in the fourth quarter on a night the Hawks played without star Trae Young (back), who scored their career-best 56 points during the 136-131 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday.
Cam Reddish scored 18 points, Danilo Gallinari scored 16 and Delon Wright added 15 for Atlanta, which has only won for the fifth time in their last 15 games.
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot scored 14 points and Clint Capela added 11 points and 14 rebounds as the Hawks ended a five-game losing streak in Sacramento.