NBA roundup: Washington Wizards beats 76ers to end skid

Kyle Kuzma scores 24 points and Spencer Dinwiddie registers his first career triple-double as Washington Wizards beats Philadelphia 76ers to snap a six-game losing streak.

Washington Wizards’ Spencer Dinwiddie (left) drives to the basket against Philadelphia 76ers’ Matisse Thybulle (right) during the first half of the NBA contest in Philadelphia on Wednesday.   -  AP

Kyle Kuzma scored 24 points, Montrezl Harrell added 14 and Washington Wizards defeated host Philadelphia 76ers 106-103 on Wednesday to snap a six-game losing streak. The Wizards’ Spencer Dinwiddie added 14 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for his first career triple-double.

Harrell’s clutch runner in the lane with 52.5 seconds remaining gave the Wizards a 102-98 lead. After the 76ers trimmed the margin to a single point, Dinwiddie hit two free throws in the final second to seal it.

Washington played without three-time All-Star Bradley Beal (wrist) and Thomas Bryant (ankle). Joel Embiid had 27 points, 14 rebounds and six assists for the Sixers, whose five-game winning streak was snapped.

Magic 119, Pacers 118

Franz Wagner’s three-point play with 1:17 remaining put Orlando ahead for good as the Magic posted their largest comeback of the season, overcoming a 17-point, second-half deficit to win at Indianapolis.

Gary Harris’ sixth trey of the game tied the score at 108 with 1:51 remaining, part of an 11-0 Orlando run. Wagner’s three-point play made it 113-110, and the Magic stayed ahead as Cole Anthony sank four free throws inside the final 10.9 seconds.

Harris finished with a team-high 22 points off the bench. Indiana got 26 points from Caris LeVert, 24 points and 16 rebounds from Terry Taylor (both career highs) and 22 from Torrey Craig.

Lakers 99, Trail Blazers 94

Anthony Davis scored 30 points and grabbed 15 rebounds and Carmelo Anthony added 24 points as Los Angeles ended a three-game losing streak with a victory over visiting Portland.

Russell Westbrook amassed nine points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds as the Lakers won after going 2-4 on their just-concluded road trip.

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Norman Powell scored 30 points and Anfernee Simons added 19 as the TrailBlazers lost their third consecutive game and fell for the fifth time in six contests.

Celtics 113, Hornets 107

Josh Richardson scored 23 points off the bench to propel host Boston past Charlotte. The Celtics moved three games above the .500 mark for the first time this season following their third straight win and fifth in the past six. The loss was Charlotte’s second straight.

Six Celtics had double-figure scoring nights. Marcus Smart posted 22, Jayson Tatum added 19 and handed out a team-high nine assists, and Jaylen Brown had 15.

LaMelo Ball finished with a career-high 38 points and nine assists for the Hornets. Terry Rozier added 23 points.

Rockets 115, Cavaliers 104

Christian Wood scored 21 points and Kevin Porter Jr. added a late 3-pointer plus an alley-oop against his former team as Houston snapped an 11-game home losing skid with a win over Cleveland.

With the Rockets’ lead having been cut to three, Wood sank a 10-footer and a 3-pointer to key a 10-2 closing run. Porter, who totalled 16 points and seven assists, helped seal the Rockets’ first home win since December 8.

Houston rookie Jalen Green, picked second overall in the 2021 NBA Draft and one spot ahead of Cleveland’s Evan Mobley, tallied 21 points, five rebounds and five assists to emerge from a slump. Mobley paced the Cavaliers with a career-high 29 points.

Grizzlies 120, Knicks 108

Ja Morant totalled 23 points and nine assists as visiting Memphis fended off several comeback attempts by New York to record a victory. The Grizzlies won for the 17th time in 21 games on a night when Morant’s shot was not consistently falling. Morant shot 9 of 27 from the field and missed 12 straight shots at one point but hit two clutch baskets down the stretch.

 

Jaren Jackson Jr. led Memphis with 26 points and added 10 rebounds while rookie Ziaire Williams added a career-best 21. Evan Fournier hit eight 3-pointers and led all scorers with 30 points, but the Knicks lost for the seventh time in nine games.

Thunder 120, Mavericks 114 (OT)

Luguentz Dort scored 14 of his 30 points in overtime to lift visiting Oklahoma City to a win over Dallas.

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Rookie Tre Mann added a season-high 29 points for the Thunder, who have won back-to-back games for the first time since late December. Dort took over in the extra period, scoring 14 consecutive Oklahoma City points to help the Thunder overcome a big night by Luka Doncic, who logged 40 points and 10 assists.

The Mavericks also got 23 points from Reggie Bullock and 20 from Jalen Brunson.

Kings 112, Nets 101

Buddy Hield and Tyrese Haliburton combined for the first nine points of the fourth quarter, allowing Sacramento to overtake visiting Brooklyn en route to a victory in a duel of two teams on losing streaks.

Harrison Barnes had a team-high 19 points, while Hield and Davion Mitchell chipped in 18 apiece for the Kings, who snapped a seven-game skid. Sacramento was playing at home for the first time since getting swept on a five-game Eastern trip.

Nic Claxton paced the Nets, losers of six straight, with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Kyrie Irving and James Harden combined to shoot 7-for-26 and totalled just 18 points.

Jazz 108, Nuggets 104

Trent Forrest scored 18 points and dished out eight assists to help Utah snap a five-game losing streak with a win over visiting Denver in Salt Lake City. Six Jazz players scored in double figures as they held off a Nuggets team that shot 53.2 percent on the second night of a back-to-back set. Mike Conley scored 17 points with five assists and four steals as Utah won for just the third time in 14 games.

Bryn Forbes came off the bench to lead the Nuggets with 26 points.

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