Zach LaVine led the way for the Chicago Bulls as they continued their winning streak, Giannis Antetokounmpo returned to action to play a starring role in the Milwaukee Bucks victory and LeBron James was at the forefront for LA Lakers, plus the rest of Friday NBA Action …
Washington Wizards 122-130 Chicago Bulls
Game-high Zach LaVine’s 27 points led six Chicago Bulls in double digits Friday night as they extended their winning streak to nine games with a loss to the visiting Washington Wizards.
Coby White came off the bench to score 21 points, while Lonzo Ball and Ayo Dosunmu each added 18 points. Nikola Vucevic filled the stat sheet with 16 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists, and DeMar DeRozan contributed 15 points and eight assists.
All five starters scored in double digits for Washington, led by Bradley Beal’s 26 points. Kyle Kuzma added a 21-point, 11-rebound double-double, while Spencer Dinwiddie added 18 points. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Daniel Gafford each scored 14 points.
The difference in a game where both teams scored more than 50 percent of their shots occurred at the three-point line. While the Bulls went 15 of 33 from distance, the Wizards were only 7 of 24, a 24-point difference that was too big to overcome.
Friday’s NBA results
- Washington Wizards 122-130 Chicago Bulls
- San Antonio Spurs 100-119 Philadelphia 76ers
- Milwaukee Bucks 121-109 Brooklyn Nets
- Minnesota Timberwolves 135-105 Oklahoma City Thunder
- Atlanta Hawks 118-134 Los Angeles Lakers
- Sacramento Kings 111-121 Denver Nuggets
- Houston Rockets 106-130 Dallas Mavericks
- Utah Jazz 108-122 Toronto Raptors
- Portland Trail Blazers 101-114 Cleveland Cavaliers
San Antonio Spurs 100-119 Philadelphia 76ers
Joel Embiid had 31 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists to put the hosts of the Philadelphia 76ers past the exhausted San Antonio Spurs.
Embiid, who made it to the locker room ahead of the game’s final, reached at least 30 points for the sixth game in a row. Seth Curry and Tobias Harris contributed 23 points each for the Sixers, who tied the best of the season with their sixth straight victory.
The Spurs were understaffed without Keldon Johnson, Derrick White, Doug McDermott, Thaddeus Young, Devin Vassell and Tre Jones in health and safety protocol.
Dejounte Murray led Spurs with 27 points and nine assists. Jakob Poeltl added 17 points and Lonnie Walker IV had 13 for San Antonio, who have lost five of their last six games.
Milwaukee Bucks 121-109 Brooklyn Nets
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 31 points, nine assists and seven rebounds as Milwaukee Bucks clinched a end-to-end victory over the Brooklyn Nets collapse in New York.
Antetokounmpo returned after missing Wednesday’s loss to Toronto with illness and helped Milwaukee win for the seventh time in nine games.
Bobby Portis helped the Bucks set the tone for their dominant performance by adding 20 of his 25 points in the first half. Khris Middleton contributed 15 of his 20 in the third quarter as the visitors opened up a 24-point lead.
Kevin Durant totaled 29 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, but it wasn’t enough as the Nets lost their fifth straight home game and lost for the fourth time in five games. James Harden added 16, nine rebounds and seven assists.
Minnesota Timberwolves 135-105 Oklahoma City Thunder
D’Angelo Russell scored 27 points and 12 assists to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a victory over hosts Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Timberwolves extended their winning streak to three while the Thunder lost three in a row and five of six. Anthony Edwards set the tone from the start, scoring 17 points in the first quarter, making all six of his shots, including five from three.
Luguentz Dort, returning after missing back-to-back games with a knee injury, led Oklahoma City with 18 points.
Atlanta Hawks 118-134 Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James scored 32 points with nine assists and Malik Monk added a high of 29 points as the Los Angeles Lakers extended their winning streak to four games with a win over the visiting Atlanta Hawks.
Avery Bradley and Talen Horton-Tucker each had 21 points for the Lakers, who have won five of their last six games following a five-game losing streak immediately following the month-long loss of Anthony Davis with a knee injury.
Trae Young scored 25 points with 14 assists and nine rebounds as the Hawks fell to 2-3 on a six-game road trip that ended in Los Angeles on Sunday against the Clippers. Young had his 17th consecutive game of 25 or more points to break Dominique Wilkins’ franchise record.
Sacramento Kings 111-121 Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic racked up 33 points and 10 rebounds and Jeff Green scored 18 points after missing three games while on the Covid-19 roster as hosts Denver Nuggets beat the Sacramento Kings.
Bones Hyland, Monte Morris and JaMychal Green have 13 each and Aaron Gordon and Will Barton each have 10 points for the Nuggets.
De’Aaron Fox led Sacramento with 30 points, Alex Len had 18, Tyrese Haliburton added 14 and Marvin Bagley III scored 12.
Houston Rockets 106-130 Dallas Mavericks
Tim Hardaway Jr. had 19 points and seven assists off the bench, and Reggie Bullock scored five three points as the visiting Dallas Mavericks headed for a victory over the Houston Rockets.
The Mavericks were without Kristaps Porzingis and coach Jason Kidd, both sidelined by league health and safety protocols, and Luka Doncic (sprained right ankle), but won their fifth consecutive victory. Bullock finished with 15 points. Jalen Brunson recorded a double-double of 15 points and 10 assists.
Christian Wood scored 20 points but only took three rebounds, seven less than his average.
Jae’Sean Tate added 15 points and eight boards, while Garrison Mathews scored 15 off the bench for Houston, who trailed up to 31 points in the second half and lost nine of their last 10 games.
Utah Jazz 108-122 Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet scored 24 of his 37 points in the third quarter and added 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his first career triple-double as the Toronto host exhausted Utah Jazz.
OG Anunoby added 22 points to the Raptors, who have won five in a row. Pascal Siakam contributed 17 points for Toronto. Chris Boucher had 13 points, Scottie Barnes had 11 points and nine rebounds and Gary Trent Jr had 10 points for the Raptors.
Eight players were missing in Utah, including stars Donovan Mitchell (back pain) and Rudy Gobert (health and safety protocol). Eric Paschall scored 29 points for the Jazz, who have enjoyed a 10-game winning streak on the road.
Portland Trail Blazers 101-114 Cleveland Cavaliers
Darius Garland recorded 26 points and made five to three points to help the Cleveland Cavaliers secure a long-awaited victory over the Portland hosts.
Evan Mobley had 18 points and eight rebounds and Lauri Markkanen had 15 points. Cedi Osman scored 12 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter and Jarrett Allen contributed 13 points and 13 rebounds for Cleveland.
Rajon Rondo had 11 points in 17 minutes on his team debut as the Cavaliers ended their seven-game losing streak in Portland.
Norman Powell scored 19 points and Robert Covington added 17 points and eight rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who have lost six of their last seven games and 16 of their last 20.