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NBA roundup: Zion Williamson's profession night time propels Pelicans – Reuters


December 29 – Zion Williamson scored his staff’s ultimate 14 factors as a part of a career-high 43-point night time because the host New Orleans Pelicans got here from behind to defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves 119-118 on Wednesday night time.

The Timberwolves led by 5 factors earlier than Williamson took over with 2:44 to play. His 3-pointer and hook shot on back-to-back possessions tied the rating at 112-112 with 1:49 left.

After Anthony Edwards tied the sport with a dunk with 29.2 seconds to play, Williamson was fouled and made certainly one of two free throws to provide the Pelicans a 119-118 lead with 4 seconds left. Edwards missed a baseline jumper as time expired.

Williamson made 14 of 21 subject objectives and 14 of 19 free throws in his return from a three-game absence on account of well being and security protocol. Trey Murphy III added 21 factors, CJ McCollum scored 20, Jonas Valanciunas had 12 factors and 11 rebounds, and Naji Marshall scored 12 factors as New Orleans gained its fourth straight.

Nets 108, Hawks 107

Kyrie Irving scored 20 of his 28 factors within the second half to assist visiting Brooklyn maintain on to defeat short-handed Atlanta and prolong its profitable streak to 10 video games.

The Nets have the longest energetic profitable streak within the NBA and are the primary staff this season to win 10 consecutive video games. Brooklyn has additionally matched its third-longest profitable streak in franchise historical past and improved its document in December to a league-best 11-1.

Brooklyn outscored Atlanta 12-2 to begin the fourth quarter and led by as many as 13 factors however could not put the Hawks away. The Hawks had an opportunity to tie with 29.9 seconds remaining, however Dejounte Murray made solely certainly one of two free throws. Murray then missed a would-be game-winning shot on the buzzer.

Warriors 112, Jazz 107

Ty Jerome got here off the bench to attain 17 factors and staff with Donte DiVincenzo on back-to-back 3-pointers that pulled Golden State from a fourth-quarter tie and propelled the Warriors previous Utah in San Francisco.

Taking part in the second night time of a back-to-back with out Stephen Curry, Andrew Wiggins and Klay Thompson, the Warriors — who personal the NBA’s finest residence document at 15-2 — had sufficient power to restrict the Jazz to simply six factors over the ultimate 7:21, enabling a rally that produced a fourth straight residence win.

Regardless of lacking eight of his 10 3-point makes an attempt, Jordan Poole led the way in which for the Warriors with 26 factors, together with a brief jumper with 1:27 to play after the Jazz closed inside 107-106 on a 3-pointer by Jordan Clarkson.

Bulls 119, Bucks 113 (OT)

DeMar DeRozan scored a team-high 42 factors to go together with 10 rebounds and Nikola Vucevic added 15 factors and 14 rebounds to assist host Chicago defeat struggling Milwaukee, regardless of Giannis Antetokounmpo’s monster night time.

The Bucks star had a game-high 45 factors and a career-best 22 rebounds, and Bobby Portis added 20 factors and 11 boards for Milwaukee, whose season-high dropping streak reached 4 video games. Milwaukee snagged 22 offensive rebounds, however the Bulls persevered to win for the fourth time in 5 video games.

The Bulls closed regulation on a 13-2 run to drive extra time earlier than outscoring Milwaukee 13-7 within the further interval. Zach LaVine scored 24 factors and Goran Dragic added 12 for Chicago.

Kings 127, Nuggets 126

Malik Monk scored 33 factors, together with a free throw with 0.7 seconds left, as Sacramento stormed again from down 11 to begin the fourth to high visiting Denver.

Domantas Sabonis had 31 factors and 10 rebounds regardless of enjoying with a fractured thumb, and De’Aaron Fox additionally scored 31 for the Kings, who cut up the 2 residence video games towards Denver on back-to-back days.

Nikola Jokic had 40 factors, Bones Hyland scored 20, Michael Porter Jr. 19 and Zeke Nnaji 14 for the Nuggets. Denver performed with out Jamal Murray (knee soreness), Aaron Gordon (proper shoulder pressure) and Bruce Brown (proper ankle sprain).

Pistons 121, Magic 101

Alec Burks scored 32 factors and host Detroit snapped a six-game dropping streak with a win over Orlando.

The sport was marred by a skirmish that resulted in three ejections. Orlando’s Moritz Wagner and Detroit’s Killian Hayes and Hamidou Diallo have been tossed for an altercation within the ultimate minute of the primary half. Chasing after a free ball, Wagner dedicated a Flagrant Foul 2 by shoving Hayes into the Pistons bench. Diallo and Hayes have been tossed for retaliating by putting Wagner from behind.

Burks went 10-for-11 from the sector, together with six made 3-pointers. Saddiq Bey poured in 28 factors and added eight rebounds and 4 assists, whereas Bojan Bogdanovic had 14 factors with 5 assists. Franz Wagner led the Magic with 19 factors. Wendell Carter Jr. had 16 factors and Paolo Banchero added 15.

Wizards 127, Suns 102

Rui Hachimura matched a profession excessive with 30 factors off the bench to gasoline host Washington to a blowout victory over Phoenix.

Hachimura made 11 of 13 photographs from the ground and seven of 8 from the free-throw line for Wizards, who’ve gained three in a row and 4 of their final 5 video games. They started the latter streak with a 113-110 victory in Phoenix on Dec. 20. Washington’s Kristaps Porzingis and Kyle Kuzma every added 22 factors.

Deandre Ayton had a season-high 31 factors together with seven rebounds, and Chris Paul added 20 factors and 7 assists for the Suns, who’ve misplaced 4 of their final 5 video games. Previous to the sport, Phoenix confirmed that three-time All-Star Devin Booker will probably be sidelined no less than 4 weeks with a left groin pressure.

Warmth 112, Lakers 98

Jimmy Butler scored 27 factors, Bam Adebayo added 23 factors and 14 rebounds and Miami handed visiting Los Angeles its fifth loss within the final six video games.

Butler and Adebayo each returned to the lineup after lacking Miami’s win over Minnesota on Monday — Butler from a sprained ankle and Adebayo from an sickness — to shoot a mixed 21 of 34 from the ground. Their efforts paced all 5 Warmth starters to double-figure scoring, becoming a member of Tyler Herro with 18 factors, Caleb Martin with 13 and Gabe Vincent with 12.

LeBron James matched Butler for a game-high of 27 factors, and likewise added 9 rebounds with six assists, however dedicated six turnovers. Dennis Schroder and Russell Westbrook every scored 15 factors, with Westbrook dishing a team-high eight assists. Miami led for many of the contest, its benefit swelling to as many as 22 factors within the third quarter.

–Subject Degree Media

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