Alexei Bukosevsky scored 17 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists in his first treble career, as the humble Oklahoma City Thunder sent the Phoenix Suns to one of their worst losses of the season, 117-96 Sunday night.
The win tied the biggest margin of victory this season for hosts Thunder and was just the Suns’ fourth loss with 20 points or more. The Phoenix’s worst loss of the season came with 29 against Portland in October.
The Suns have lost consecutive games for only the fourth time this season. Playing without Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton – both of whom were comfortable – the Suns didn’t have enough firepower to beat the team with the fourth-worst record in the NBA.
Suns star Chris Paul has made his first game in Oklahoma City with fans since the Thunder traded him for Phoenix prior to last season, and he’s been given a standing ovation during the introductions. He finished with 11 points and nine assists.
Nuggets 129, Lakers 118
Nikola Jokic scored 38 points and had 18 rebounds, Will Barton scored 25 points, and visiting Denver beat Los Angeles that was without LeBron James due to an ankle injury. The Lakers lost six consecutive games.
Aaron Gordon scored 24 points, DeMarcus Cousins scored 14, and Bones Hyland and Davon Reed added 10 points each. Denver moved up to #1 in the Northwest Division with a half game over Utah and is currently seeded 5th in the Western Conference.
Anthony Davis scored 28 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, Russell Westbrook added 27 points and 10 rebounds, Carmelo Anthony scored 17 points, Malik Monk scored 11 points and Avery Bradley scored 10 Lakers, who are 11th in the West and are in danger of losing a playing round.
Warriors 109, Kings of 90
Andrew Wiggins scored a game-high 25 points, and Golden State retained the third place in the Western Conference playoffs with a victory that officially eliminated host Sacramento from their post-season competition.
Elected to rest veterans Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala and Otto Porter Jr on the second night of a straight game, the Warriors also picked up 22 points from Jordan Ball, 19 from Nemanja Bellica and 17 from Jonathan Kominga in their second straight win. . Bjelica grabbed 12 rebounds for a double hit and added six high team passes from the bench.
Former Warriors Harrison Barnes and Damian Jones scored 18 and 17 points respectively to lead the Kings, who needed to win their last four games to have a chance of ending a 16-year drought.
Timberwolves 139, Rockets 132
Anthony Edwards scored his first 30-point game in seven weeks, and Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell combined 50 points to give Minnesota a win over Houston, completing a sweep of the season’s streak.
Edwards finished with 33 points from 12-for-21 off the field while Towns had a 38-double double with 28 points and 11 rebounds.
Galen Green and Josh Christopher scored 31 and 30 points, respectively, for the Rockets, who lost every home game of their four.
Mavericks 118, Pax 112
Luka Doncic scored his third brace in his last four games as Dallas secured victory over Milwaukee and avoided drifting in the two-game season series.
Doncic scored 32 points, equaling a season-high of 15 assists and eight rebounds in a 9 of 22 shot to lead the Mavericks. Dwight Powell provided 22 points and 13 rebounds while Reggie Bullock scored 16 points.
Giannis Antikonmo clocked Milwaukee’s pace with 28 points and 10 rebounds in a 12-of-22 shot to score his double-double in a row. Junior Holiday scored 20 points and nine assists, reserve Bobby Portez finished with 17 points.
Celtics 144, Wizards 102
Jaylen Brown scored 32 points, Jason Tatum added 22 points, and Boston led up to 43 points in their victory over Washington.
Derek White scored 17 points for the Celtics at the end of the regular season at home. Grant Williams scored 16 points, Payton Pritchard added 14 and Aaron Nesmith 11 for Boston, who overtook the Milwaukee Bucks for second in the Eastern Conference.
Kristaps Porzingis and Kentavius Caldwell-Pope led the Wizards with 17 points each.
Pistons 121, Pacers 117
Seddik Bey scored 31 points in 23 minutes, and six other Detroit players reached double-digits in their scoring, as the visiting Pistons beat relegated Indiana.
Bay hit 7 of 9 3-point attempts as the Pistons, who won the third in a row, hit 21 of 41 from deep. Frank Jackson scored 19 points and four assists, and Rodney McGruder scored 13 points.
Oshi Brisset scored 20 points, had 10 rebounds and five assists to lead the Pacers, who lost seven consecutive points.
76ers 112, Cavaliers 108
Joel Embiid scored 44 points, had 17 rebounds and five savings to lead Philadelphia to its host Cleveland.
It was the eleventh time this season that Embiid scored at least 40 points and 10 rebounds. James Harden added 21 points, 10 assists, and 10 rebounds while Therese Maxi and Tobias Harris contributed 11 points each for the Sixers.
Darius Garland led the Cavaliers team with 23 points, Lamar Stevens and Karis Levert added 18 points each, and Moses Brown scored 12 rebounds.
Knicks 118, Magic 88
Emmanuel Quikley came off the bench to score his first career hat-trick, RJ Barrett scored 27 points, and New York halted their two-game losing streak with a win over host Orlando.
New York, which won the road for the fourth consecutive time, played its second straight game without Julius Randle. The All-Star striker was left out with a painful right quadriceps tendon, but the Knicks handily sent the magic to a sixth straight loss.
Quickly scored 20 points, 13 in the first half, in an 8-for-19 shot to go with 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Mo Wagner (nine rebounds) scored 18 points to get close to five double-digits for Orlando, who trailed by as much as 35 points.
Heat 114, Raptors 109
Kyle Lowry scored 16 points and 10 assists on his return to Toronto, and led the visiting Miami team beyond the Raptors. Laurie, a nine-year-old Raptor, was greeted in a video of a long standing ovation, returning to play for Toronto for the first time since joining the Heat in the off-season.
Max Strauss scored all 23 of his second-half points for the Heat, who won four consecutive points.
Fred Vanfleet scored 29 points and set a team record with three throws in a season for the Raptors, who had finished five in a row. VanVleet’s third pointer in the first quarter gave him a team record of 239 for a season, surpassing the 238 Laurie set in 2017-18. VanVleet finished with four three-pointers.
Tottenham 113, Trail Blazers 92
Keldon Johnson scored 28 points and Zach Collins produced his first double of his career, as San Antonio put it all together in the third quarter and surpassed visiting Portland in the second of two games in three days between the two teams.
The win reduced Tottenham’s magic number to seal a place in play to two games over the Los Angeles Lakers. Tottenham are 10th in the Western Conference with four games remaining and can still beat New Orleans in ninth place athletically.
Keon Johnson and Ben McLemore have led the Trail Blazers with 19 points each, with Spurs winning six of their past seven matches.
Clippers 119, Pelicans 100
Marcus Morris Sr. scored 22 points, renewing Los Angeles’ victory over New Orleans to finish eighth at West Conference heading into the championship.
Morris (knee) was one of four Novices in the Clippers to return after their 153-119 win over Milwaukee on Friday. Others include Paul George (elbow), who scored 15 points, and Reggie Jackson (rest), who had 11 points and 10 assists, as the Clippers started at the end of the season with four games.
CJ McCollum scored 19 points, Brandon Ingram added 15 points and Jackson Hayes 12 points and 10 rebounds to lead the ninth-place Pelicans who missed an opportunity to grab the berth.
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