LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ivica Zubac scored a season-high 31 points and pulled down a career-best 29 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers pulled away in the second half to beat the Indiana Pacers 114-100 on Sunday.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 points and the Milwaukee Bucks capitalized on Grayson Allen’s sizzling start to beat Dallas 124-115 on Sunday, handing the Mavericks their fourth straight loss.
NEW YORK (AP) — After Ja Morant’s triple-double at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night, his father asked for his jersey.
One problem: The Grizzlies star planned to give it to Knicks veteran Derrick Rose.
BOSTON (AP) — Marcus Smart laughs when he thinks about how far Jaylen Brown has come since he was a rookie.
There were moments during that 2016 season when he remembers a 19-year-old Brown at times recklessly driving 1-on-5 and throwing up wild shots at the rim.
DETROIT (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 32 points, Evan Mobley added 20 and the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied late to beat the Detroit Pistons 102-94 on Sunday.
“He’s really being aggressive,” Mitchell said about Mobley.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Shake Milton had 29 points and seven assists, and the Philadelphia 76ers routed the Orlando Magic 133-103 on Sunday night.
Tobias Harris added 25 points for Philadelphia, which also beat the Magic 107-99 on Friday night.
ATLANTA (AP) — Bam Adebayo scored 14 of his 32 points in the third quarter, Caleb Martin added 20 points and the Miami Heat snapped a seven-game road losing streak with a 106-98 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ivica Zubac had the best game of his six-year NBA career on Sunday afternoon. Yet, the Los Angeles Clippers center was frustrated after picking up his sixth foul late in the fourth quarter.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Stephen Curry had 25 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, Jordan Poole pitched in 24 points off the bench and the Golden State Warriors used a 47-point first quarter to spark a 137-114 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday.
NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 31 points, Seth Curry added a season-high 29 off the bench and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Portland Trail Blazers 111-94 on Sunday.
Curry was 7 for 10 on 3-pointers and had his highest point total with the Nets and the most by a Brooklyn reserve this season.
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Jaylen Murray scored 18 points as Saint Peter's beat Fairleigh Dickinson 77-63 on Sunday.
Murray shot 4 for 8 from beyond the arc and 6 of 6 from the free throw line for the Peacocks (4-2).
Oklahoma City Thunder (8-12, 12th in the Western Conference) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (11-8, third in the Western Conference)
New Orleans; Monday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and the Oklahoma City Thunder play the New Orleans Pelicans.
Phoenix Suns (13-6, first in the Western Conference) vs. Sacramento Kings (10-8, sixth in the Western Conference)
Sacramento, California; Monday, 10 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Phoenix hits the road against Sacramento looking to break its three-game road skid.
Chicago Bulls (8-11, 12th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Utah Jazz (12-10, eighth in the Western Conference)
Salt Lake City; Monday, 9 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Utah will try to break its four-game losing streak when the Jazz take on Chicago.
Dallas Mavericks (9-9, 11th in the Western Conference) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (13-5, second in the Eastern Conference)
Milwaukee; Sunday, 8 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK NBA LINE: Bucks -6; over/under is 214.5
Houston Rockets (5-14, 15th in the Western Conference) vs. Denver Nuggets (12-7, second in the Western Conference)
Denver; Monday, 9 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Jalen Green and the Houston Rockets take on Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets in Western Conference action.
PHOENIX (AP) — There was much debate during the NBA offseason about whether Deandre Ayton was worth a max contract.
On nights like Saturday, the answer is a resounding yes.
Ayton notched season highs with 29 points and 21 rebounds, Devin Booker added 27 points and the Phoenix Suns held on for a hard-fought 113-112 win over the Utah Jazz.
HOUSTON (AP) — Jalen Green had 28 points and a career-high nine assists, Alperen Sengun added 21 points, a career-best 18 rebounds and seven assists, and the Houston Rockets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 118-105 on Saturday night.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — LeBron James picked the perfect time for his best offensive output of the season.
James scored a season-high 39 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers escaped with a 143-138 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — LeBron James scored a season-high 39 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers escaped with a 143-138 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night.
San Antonio has lost eight straight, tied for the fourth-longest skid in franchise history.
TORONTO (AP) — O.G. Anunoby scored 12 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, Fred VanVleet also had 26, and the Toronto Raptors beat Dallas 105-100 Saturday, snapping a four-game losing streak against the Mavericks.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The body of former Gov. John Y. Brown Jr. will lie in state at the Kentucky Capitol.
Indiana Pacers (11-7, fourth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (11-8, eighth in the Western Conference)
Los Angeles; Sunday, 4 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Los Angeles hosts Indiana aiming to prolong its three-game home winning streak.
Memphis Grizzlies (11-8, fourth in the Western Conference) vs. New York Knicks (9-10, ninth in the Eastern Conference)
New York; Sunday, 6 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Memphis hits the road against New York looking to break its three-game road slide.
Los Angeles Lakers (6-11, 13th in the Western Conference) vs. San Antonio Spurs (6-14, 14th in the Western Conference)
San Antonio; Saturday, 8 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK NBA LINE: Spurs -3.5; over/under is 231
Cleveland Cavaliers (12-7, third in the Eastern Conference) vs. Detroit Pistons (5-16, 15th in the Eastern Conference)
Detroit; Sunday, 6 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Donovan Mitchell and the Cleveland Cavaliers face the Detroit Pistons.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Denver coach Michael Malone knew when the schedule came out that his team was going to have to be successful again on the road if it was going to be contend in the Western Conference.
Utah Jazz (12-9, sixth in the Western Conference) vs. Phoenix Suns (12-6, first in the Western Conference)
Phoenix; Saturday, 9 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK NBA LINE: Suns -7; over/under is 230
Philadelphia 76ers (10-9, seventh in the Eastern Conference) vs. Orlando Magic (5-14, 14th in the Eastern Conference)
Orlando, Florida; Sunday, 6 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Orlando will try to break its three-game skid when the Magic play Philadelphia.
Miami Heat (9-11, 10th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Atlanta Hawks (11-8, fifth in the Eastern Conference)
Atlanta; Sunday, 5 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Atlanta takes on the Miami Heat after Trae Young scored 44 points in the Atlanta Hawks' 128-122 loss to the Houston Rockets.
Portland Trail Blazers (11-8, fifth in the Western Conference) vs. Brooklyn Nets (9-11, 11th in the Eastern Conference)
New York; Sunday, 3 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Portland plays the Brooklyn Nets after Jerami Grant scored 44 points in the Trail Blazers' 132-129 overtime victory over the New York Knicks.
Washington Wizards (10-9, sixth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Boston Celtics (15-4, first in the Eastern Conference)
Boston; Sunday, 6 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Jayson Tatum leads Boston into a matchup against Washington.
Golden State Warriors (10-10, 11th in the Western Conference) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (10-9, 10th in the Western Conference)
Minneapolis; Sunday, 3:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Stephen Curry leads Golden State into a matchup against Minnesota.
Oklahoma City Thunder (8-11, 12th in the Western Conference) vs. Houston Rockets (4-14, 15th in the Western Conference)
Houston; Saturday, 8 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK NBA LINE: Rockets -2.5; over/under is 233
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 38 points and the Milwaukee Bucks used a 23-2 run in the first eight-plus minutes of the third quarter to rally past the Cleveland Cavaliers 117-102 on Friday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As Klay Thompson stays patient searching for his shot, the Golden State Warriors' offense starts humming along like days of old.
The snappy ball movement matters for the defending champions as they still strive to find defensive consistency.
PHOENIX (AP) — Cameron Payne drove into the lane with a minute remaining in the game and tossed a short jumper toward the rim. Detroit's Marvin Bagley III immediately swatted the shot back into Payne's face.
HOUSTON (AP) — Jalen Green scored 30 points, Kenyon Martin Jr. and rookie Jabari Smith Jr. added 21 each and the Houston Rockets overcame a 15-point second half deficit to beat the Atlanta Hawks 128-122 on Friday night.
MIAMI (AP) — Bam Adebayo scored a season-high 38 points and the Miami Heat beat the Washington Wizards 110-107 Friday night.
Caleb Martin added 20 points and Kyle Lowry finished with 13 points while Tyler Herro had 11 points and 10 assists for the Heat, who won their second straight at home against Washington after their 113-105 victory Wednesday.
NEW YORK (AP) — Jerami Grant scored a career-high 44 points, Anfernee Simons had 38 and the Portland Trail Blazers outlasted the New York Knicks 132-129 in overtime on Friday night.
Simons' 3-pointer gave Portland an eight-point lead in the extra period and the Blazers held on when Grant made just enough of his 28 free throws, most by an NBA player this season.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks taught the Cleveland Cavaliers a lesson in playoff-type intensity well before the start of December.
Antetokounmpo scored 38 points and the Bucks capitalized on a 23-2 run in the first eight-plus minutes of the third quarter to rally past Cleveland 117-102 on Friday night to snap the Cavaliers' four-game winning streak.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 30 points, including five straight free throws in the final minute of overtime, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Chicago Bulls 123-119 on Friday night.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Dillon Brooks scored 25 points, Ja Morant had 23 points and 11 assists as the Memphis Grizzlies built an early lead on 3-point shooting and routed the New Orleans Pelicans 132-111 on Friday night.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Buddy Hield scored 26 points to lead four Indiana players with 20 or more, and the Pacers beat the Brooklyn Nets 128-117 on Friday night.
BOSTON (AP) — Jayson Tatum scored 30 points and the NBA-best Boston Celtics pulled away from the Sacramento Kings for a 122-104 victory on Friday night.
Jaylen Brown added 25 points and Derrick White had 16 for Boston (15-4), which won for the 11th time in 12 games.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — LeBron James’ return from a five-game absence helped push the Los Angeles Lakers to their first road victory of the season.
James scored 21 points, Anthony Davis had 25 points and 15 rebounds and the Lakers beat the San Antonio Spurs 105-94 on Friday night.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Shake Milton had 24 points, a career-high 10 assists and nine rebounds, and the short-handed Philadelphia 76ers beat the Orlando Magic 107-99 on Friday night.
Tobias Harris added 23 points for Philadelphia, and reserve Georges Niang made five 3-pointers on his way to 18 points.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 28 points, and the Charlotte Hornets stopped Minnesota's five-game win streak with a 110-108 victory over Anthony Edwards and the Timberwolves on Friday night.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — LeBron James will return to the Los Angeles Lakers' lineup Friday night against the San Antonio Spurs after missing five games due to a strained left adductor.
The announcement came 20 minutes after Lakers coach Darvin Ham said the team was unsure of James’ availability.