Embiid pours in 32 points to lead 76ers over Nets
Devin Booker scored 22 of his 26 points after halftime and tallied eight assists for the Suns. Eric Gordon added 20 points and six assists. Jusuf Nurkic chipped in 18 points and 12 rebounds. Grayson Allen finished with 14 points, including the game-winning basket.
Phoenix won its third straight game overall and beat the Jazz for the second time in three days.
Utah lost despite finishing with a 27-18 advantage in second-chance points and 26-12 edge in fastbreak points.
76ERS 121, NETS 99
NEW YORK (AP) — Joel Embiid had 32 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists as Philadelphia beat Brooklyn.
Tyrese Maxey finished with 25 points and 10 assists, and De’Anthony Melton scored 21 points on 8-for-10 shooting for his fifth straight double-figure scoring game.
The 76ers shot 45.7% from 3-point range in their ninth straight victory over Brooklyn, including a four-game sweep in last season’s Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
CAVALIERS 121, NUGGETS 109
CLEVELAND (AP) — Darius Garland scored 26 points and rookie Craig Porter Jr. added a career-high 21, powering Cleveland to their third straight victory, a 121-109 victory over defending NBA champion Denver.
Nuggets center Nikola Jokic battled foul trouble and finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in 28 minutes. Michael Porter Jr. scored 21 points and Christian Braun had 13 points off the bench for Denver.
Cleveland, which did not trail in the final three quarters, outrebounded the Nuggets 47-33.
CELTICS 102, GRIZZLIES 100
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Kristaps Porzingis scored 26 points, including the winning dunk with 1:01 left, as Boston held on for the victory over Memphis.
Porzingis’ dunk was followed by a flurry of missed shots including a missed 3-pointer by Santi Aldama with 4 seconds left as Boston held on to win its sixth straight.
LAKERS 105, ROCKETS 104
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James scored a season-high 37 points, including the go-ahead free throw with 1.9 seconds remaining, and Los Angeles held off Houston.
It was James’ fifth 30-point game this season and his fourth in his last seven as the Lakers have won five of their last six.
Earlier in the game, James became the fourth player in NBA history with at least 10,500 assists. He also tied Vince Carter for seventh on the 3-pointers list with 2,290, and moved past Clyde Drexler for eighth on the steals list at 2,208.
Brooks led the Rockets with 24 points, including a season-high six 3-pointers.
KINGS 129, MAVERICKS 113
DALLAS (AP) — Domantas Sabonis had 32 points and 13 rebounds, De’Aaron Fox scored 30 and Sacramento won its sixth consecutive game with a victory over Dallas.
Keegan Murray added 17 points as all five starters scored in double figures for the Kings, who improved to 3-0 on a six-game road trip.
Sabonis recorded a season high in points, and the three-time All-Star has 10 double-doubles in 12 games this season.
Luka Doncic scored 25 for the Mavericks, who faded in the fourth quarter on the second night of a back-to-back and have lost three of four since an 8-2 start.
THUNDER 134, TRAIL BLAZERS 91
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 28 points before heading to the bench in the third quarter and Oklahoma City won its fifth straight game with a rout of Portland.
Thunder coach Mark Daigneault started sending his starters to the bench with about five minutes left in the third quarter and they did not return.
Jerami Grant had 14 points to lead the short-handed Blazers, who have lost seven straight games.
RAPTORS 142, PISTONS 113
Barnes led Toronto with nine assists as the Raptors recorded a franchise-record 44. Toronto finished with more assists than Detroit had made baskets (39).
Toronto’s previous record for assists in a game was 40, set Nov. 18, 2019 against Charlotte.
Stanley Umude scored 19 points and Cade Cunningham had 18 for the Pistons.
MAGIC 128, PACERS 116
Orlando had a 42-21 lead after the first quarter and were ahead by as much as 38 in the second quarter.
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