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James Harden scored 49 factors, Russell Westbrook added 31 factors and 11 rebounds, and the Houston Rockets erased a 14-point deficit and rallied for a 153-149 time beyond regulation win over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday on the ESPN Extensive World of Sports activities Complicated close to Orlando.

The Rockets claimed the season collection with Dallas two video games to at least one by lastly mustering some defensive would possibly down the stretch of the fourth quarter.

Trailing 139-137, Houston acquired a tip-in of a Harden missed free throw from Robert Covington with 3.Three seconds left to power time beyond regulation. Covington, following an 0-for-Eight begin from behind the arc, added a 3-pointer with 1:22 left in time beyond regulation to increase the Houston result in 150-146.

Luka Doncic recorded his league-leading 15th triple-double with 28 factors, 13 rebounds and 10 assists whereas Kristaps Porzingis paced the Mavericks with 39 factors and 16 rebounds. Trey Burke added 31 factors on 8-of-10 3-point capturing off the bench whereas Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 24 factors for Dallas.

Portland Path Blazers 140 – Memphis Grizzlies 135 (OT)

CJ McCollum scored 33 factors, Damian Lillard added 29, and Portland overwhelmed Memphis in time beyond regulation.

The Path Blazers constructed a first-half lead then surged forward 75-62 within the third quarter earlier than a 22-6 run pushed the Grizzlies forward. The sport was back-and-forth from there till the Blazers took management within the additional body.

Rookie Ja Morant, the Grizzlies’ main scorer on the season at just below 18 factors per recreation, completed with 22 factors Friday. He had solely two factors on 1-of-5 capturing at halftime however got here to life to steer the third-quarter run. Morant additionally handed out 11 assists.

Orlando Magic 128 – Brooklyn Nets 118

Orlando turned an in depth recreation right into a rout by scoring 9 consecutive factors late within the second quarter en path to a win over Brooklyn in what might be a key battle for playoff seeding.

Evan Fournier had 24 factors whereas Aaron Gordon posted a double-double (10 factors, 11 rebounds) for the Magic (31-35), who moved previous the Nets (30-35) into seventh place within the Japanese Convention. The highest seven groups are assured a playoff spot. The eighth-place crew advances to the postseason as the ultimate seed whether it is at the very least 4 video games higher than the ninth-place crew on the finish of the common season. In any other case, a play-in collection will decide the eighth seed.

Nikola Vucevic had 22 factors for the Magic. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot led the Nets with 24 factors, and Caris LeVert had 17.

Phoenix Suns 125 – Washington Wizards 112

Cameron Johnson and Devin Booker mixed for 18 first-quarter factors, serving to Phoenix construct a giant lead en path to a victory over Washington.

Booker completed with a game-high 27 factors and Deandre Ayton registered a 24-point, 12-rebound double-double for the Suns, who entered the resumption of play with the worst report among the many 13 Western Convention groups nonetheless alive.

Rui Hachimura paced the Wizards with 21 factors.

Milwaukee Bucks 119 – Boston Celtics 112

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 36 factors and 15 rebounds to carry Milwaukee previous Boston within the groups’ first recreation of the NBA restart.

Antetokounmpo’s double-double was his 19th straight, matching the longest streak within the NBA this season — set by the reigning league MVP himself from Oct. 24 to Nov. 29.

Khris Middleton had 18 factors and Brook Lopez added 14 factors and 6 blocks for the Bucks, who bolted out to a 17-2 lead earlier than requiring a late push to seal the win. Marcus Sensible scored 23 factors off the bench and Jaylen Brown added 22 for the Celtics.

San Antonio Spurs 129 – Sacramento Kings 120

DeMar DeRozan scored 27 factors — all however two within the second half — and added 10 assists as San Antonio completed with a flurry to beat Sacramento within the groups’ first recreation again in motion after the league’s stoppage for COVID-19.

Derrick White added 26 factors for San Antonio, with Rudy Homosexual scoring 19 off the bench, Lonnie Walker IV hitting for 16, and Dejounte Murray contributing 11.

The Kings’ De’Aaron Fox led all scorers with 39 factors. Bogdan Bogdanovic hit for 24, Nemanja Bjelica added 12, and Harrison Barnes and Richaun Holmes contributed 10 factors every for Sacramento.

–Area Degree Media

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