NBA 2023-24 roundup: Jaden Ivey, Pistons stun Kings

Jaden Ivey’s career-high 37 points lead the Detroit Pistons to a stunning victory over the Sacramento Kings.

Published : Feb 08, 2024 13:37 IST - 4 MINS READ

Detroit Pistons guard Jaden Ivey (23) is fouled by Sacramento Kings guard Kevin Huerter during the second half of an NBA basketball game.
Detroit Pistons guard Jaden Ivey (23) is fouled by Sacramento Kings guard Kevin Huerter during the second half of an NBA basketball game. | Photo Credit: AP

Detroit Pistons guard Jaden Ivey (23) is fouled by Sacramento Kings guard Kevin Huerter during the second half of an NBA basketball game. | Photo Credit: AP

Jaden Ivey scored 19 of his career-high 37 points in a brilliant fourth quarter, Marcus Sasser and Alec Burks each hit key 3-pointers late in the game and the visiting Detroit Pistons stunned the Sacramento Kings 133-120 on Wednesday night.

Ivey shot 13 for 23 from the floor and 5 for 7 on 3-pointers. He added seven assists and six rebounds. Jalen Duren chipped in 20 points and 15 rebounds for the Pistons, who won for just the seventh time this season. The Kings had thumped the Pistons 131-110 in Detroit last month.

Domantas Sabonis had a team-high 30 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for Sacramento, which led 101-97 in the first minute of the fourth quarter before Ivey took over. The second-year guard scored six straight points to draw the Pistons even at 103-all. He then buried a pair of 3-pointers, the second of which gave Detroit a 114-109 lead with 5:54 to go.

Ivey hit another 3-pointer for a 121-113 advantage with 3:14 left. Sasser (25 points) and Burks (18) followed with 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions to halt a potential Sacramento rally.

Heat 116, Spurs 104

Jimmy Butler notched his 16th career triple-double, leading host Miami past San Antonio.

Butler had 17 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists and added a game-high three steals with no turnovers in 34 minutes. Tyler Herro had a game-high 24 points, six rebounds and seven assists for the Heat. Bam Adebayo added 20 points on 10-for-14 shooting.

San Antonio, which has lost five straight games, was led by star rookie Victor Wembanyama, who had 18 points, a game-high 13 rebounds, three assists and one block. He made 7 of 13 shots, including 3 of 5 on 3-pointers, and he produced his 25th double-double of the season.

Celtics 125, Hawks 117

Kristaps Porzingis made 13 of 19 field-goal attempts and scored a game-high 31 points to lead Boston to a victory over visiting Atlanta.

The Celtics’ Derrick White made four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and finished with 21 points. Saddiq Bey led the Hawks with 25 points. Trae Young finished with 20 points and 10 assists and Jalen Johnson added 19 points and 15 rebounds.

Atlanta was within five points, 120-115, after Bogdan Bogdanovic hit a 3-pointer with 1:17 left, but Porzingis sealed the win with a 3-pointer that gave the Celtics an eight-point lead with 19.4 seconds to play.

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Raptors 123, Hornets 117

RJ Barrett poured in 23 points and Toronto went on a 9-0 run down the stretch to send host Charlotte to its ninth straight loss.

Barrett didn’t play Monday night at New Orleans as he has been on load management since returning from a knee injury, but the Raptors needed his offense to snap a three-game skid. Barrett shot 9 for 15 from the floor, part of Toronto’s 53.1 percent shooting overall.

Toronto’s Immanuel Quickley and Scottie Barnes each scored 18 points. Miles Bridges led the Hornets with 45 points, eclipsing the 40-point mark for the second game in a row.

Cavaliers 114, Wizards 106

Donovan Mitchell scored a game-high 40 points while leading Cleveland past host Washington.

Evan Mobley added 22 points on 9-for-10 shooting from the field for Cleveland, which extended the NBA’s longest active winning streak to seven games. Darius Garland scored 13 for the Cavaliers, and Jarrett Allen contributed 12 points and a team-high nine rebounds.

Kyle Kuzma led the Wizards with 28 points, while Corey Kispert scored 23 off the bench. Daniel Gafford collected 14 points and 13 rebounds for Washington, which dropped its fourth straight game.

Warriors 127, 76ers 104

Andrew Wiggins had 21 points and 10 rebounds to carry Golden State past host Philadelphia, which has lost seven of its past eight games.

Klay Thompson and Jonathan Kuminga scored 18 points apiece and Lester Quinones added 13 for the Warriors. Stephen Curry scored just nine points in 25 minutes.

The depleted Sixers played without reigning MVP Joel Embiid (knee) for the fourth straight game. Nicolas Batum (hamstring), Robert Covington (knee) and De’Anthony Melton (back) were also out. Ricky Council IV led Philadelphia with 17 points.

Pelicans 117, Clippers 106

CJ McCollum scored 25 points and Zion Williamson added 21 points and 10 assists as visiting New Orleans extended its winning streak to four games with a victory over Los Angeles.

Brandon Ingram scored 15 points and pulled down eight rebounds as the Pelicans won the opener of a four-game road trip. They have won their past three road contests. Herbert Jones and Trey Murphy III each scored 13 for New Orleans.

James Harden scored 19 points and Norman Powell added 18 as the Clippers saw their four-game winning streak end in their return home from a 6-1 road trip. Los Angeles started the night in a four-way tie for first place in the Western Conference but now sits a half-game behind the Oklahoma City Thunder, Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets.

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