NBA Roundup: Anfernee Simons, Blazers stick to beating Jazz

Dec. 4 (Reuters) – Anfernee Simons posted a career-high 45 points and Jerami Grant scored 33 points as the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Utah Jazz 116-111 in Salt Lake City on Saturday night.

Simons and Grant hit key free throws in the waning moments, and the Jazz committed four costly turnovers in the last minute to help Portland win after squandering a 15-point lead early on. Jusuf Nurkic contributed 15 points and 14 rebounds.

Jordan Clarkson had a chance to level the game but the ball was knocked out of his hands and went off his foot with 4.6 seconds left. Grant sealed the win at the free-throw line, where he scored four points in the final 6.4 seconds.

Clarkson finished with 24 points, Lauri Markkanen had 21 with six rebounds and Collin Sexton added 19 points, but Utah fell to 2-2 in their current six-game home streak. Despite giving up their huge lead, Portland responded to Utah every time the home team made a push in the dying minutes.

Mavericks 121, Knicks 100

Luka Doncic and Tim Hardaway Jr. combined for 36 points in a dominant third quarter and led Dallas to a win over hosts New York.

The Mavericks beat the Knicks 41-15 in the third half and 69-41 in the second half. Doncic, who competed Saturday at the top of the NBA with 33.6 points per game, scored 19 of his 30 points in the third before sitting out the fourth. Spencer Dinwiddie (17 points, nine rebounds, nine assists) toyed with a triple-double for the Mavericks, who won just the second time in seven games.

Julius Randle scored 24 points and Immanuel Quickley added 23 from the bench. RJ Barrett had 13 points, as did ex-Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson. Hardaway and Doncic started the crucial surge by grabbing four 3-pointers in heat three on a 12-3 run that gave the Mavericks a 68-65 lead — their first lead since going 3-2.

Kings 123, clippers 96

Domantas Sabonis led seven scorers in double digits with 24 points, while Sacramento almost led wire to wire in a smash against host Los Angeles.

The Kings attacked the undermanned Clippers on the inside, beating Los Angeles 62-44 in the paint. All five starters from Sacramento scored in double digits. Keegan Murray broke out in the fourth quarter to effectively end any hope of a comeback in Los Angeles, scoring five field goals — including three 3-pointers — during that period. Murray finished with 23 points.

The Clippers, again without All-Stars Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, 3-point specialist Luke Kennard and spark-plug Norman Powell, were offensively out of form throughout the competition. Los Angeles shot just 33 of 93 off the floor and committed 17 turnovers. No clipper scored more than 18 points, which came off the bench from Brandon Boston Jr. with his season-high.

Dollars 105, Hornets 96

Bobby Portis scored 20 points and Milwaukee used some provisional lineups in an away win against Charlotte.

Jordan Nwora’s 17 points went with 14 points each for Brook Lopez and Jevon Carter for the Bucks, who were without Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday. The Bucks had to fend off a challenge after taking a 93-82 lead with six minutes left. Lopez’s three-point game by 3:09 was a key moment.

Terry Rozier led the Hornets, who have won their three home games so far, with 26 points. Jalen McDaniels had 21 points, Kelly Oubre Jr. had 15 of his 20 second-half points, and Mason Plumlee had 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Thunder 135, Timberwolves 128

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 33 points to lead Oklahoma City past Minnesota in Minneapolis.

The Thunder have won consecutive games while the Timberwolves have lost four of their last five. Gilgeous-Alexander was 10 of 17 off the floor and made all 12 of his free throws. Josh Giddey had 21 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists.

D’Angelo Russell, ejected in the final minute of a sometimes contentious game, led the Timberwolves with 27 points while Anthony Edwards added 26 points and six steals. Jaylen Nowell scored 21 points off the bench. Minnesota’s Rudy Gobert was thrown by Thunder earlier in the game after an incident with Kenrich Williams.

Raptors 121, magic 118

OG Anunoby equaled his season-high with 32 points and hosts Toronto defeated Orlando in the teams’ first meeting of the season.

Pascal Siakam added 26 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists for the Raptors that gave the Magic their eighth straight loss. Both teams had losses from the road on Friday night. Scottie Barnes had 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Raptors, who were returning from a two-game winless road trip.

Bol Bol and Terrence Ross each scored 18 points for the Magic, which went on a two-game road trip. Admiral Schofield scored 13 points and Cole Anthony contributed 12.

Warrior 120, Missile 101

Andrew Wiggins buried a career-high with eight 3-pointers, Stephen Curry and Jordan Poole combined for 13 more and Golden State wore down the Houston visit from afar.

Wiggins finished 8-of-10 from Deep, Curry 8-of-17 and Poole 5-of-8, making up 21 of Golden State’s long-haul hits in a night they hit 25-of-52. Moses Moody piloted one on a 3-for-3 performance en route to 11 points.

Kevin Porter Jr. led Houston on pace by 20 points but missed eight of his nine 3-point attempts. The visitors went 3-for-28 from long range and were outplayed 75-9 from beyond the arc. Tari Eason had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds while Jalen Green and KJ Martin each had 13 points and Alperen Sengun delivered 12.

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