NBA roundup: Mavericks snap Nets’ eight-game win streak
Luka Doncic scored 27 points and the visiting Dallas Mavericks pulled away in the second half for a 115-98 victory on Saturday night over the Brooklyn Nets, who saw their season-high winning streak snapped at eight games.
The Mavericks won for the eighth time in 11 games and bounced back nicely from Thursday’s 111-97 loss in Philadelphia. Dallas held Brooklyn to 34 points after halftime.
Doncic shot 11 of 21 from the floor, added seven assists and six rebounds and had plenty of help. Kristaps Porzingis returned from missing three games with a back injury and added 18 points.
Jalen Brunson contributed 14, Tim Hardaway Jr. chipped in 13 and Dorian Finney-Smith finished with 12 as the Mavericks shot 52.3 percent and hit 14 3-pointers. The Nets were without Kyrie Irving (right shoulder) and Kevin Durant (left hamstring).
Washington Wizards 128 — Minnesota Timberwolves 112
Backcourt mates Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook continued to terrorize opponents, combining for 53 points, 22 rebounds and 18 assists in Washington’s win over visiting Minnesota.
Beal finished with a game-high 34 points while Westbrook recorded a second straight triple-double with 19 points, a game-high 14 rebounds and a game-high 12 assists as the Wizards won for the seventh time in their last eight games.
Karl-Anthony Towns had a team-high 23 points, with 11 rebounds and a team-high five assists to lead Minnesota, which lost its seventh straight.
Utah Jazz 124 — Orlando Magic 109
Donovan Mitchell led seven Utah players in double figures with 31 points as the visiting Jazz bounced back after a rare loss to beat Orlando.
Jordan Clarkson continued his Sixth Man of the Year quest with 18 points off the bench. All-Star center Rudy Gobert contributed 12 points, 16 rebounds, three assists and two blocks, Joe Ingles added 17 points and seven assists, and Georges Niang fired in 13 points.
All-Star Nikola Vucevic was a one-man wrecking crew for Orlando, scoring 34 points with eight rebounds and four assists. Evan Fournier chipped in 16 points.
San Antonio Spurs 117 – New Orleans Pelicans 114
Isaac Okoro had 15 points and eight rebounds, Jarrett Allen contributed 14 points and 10 rebounds and Damyean Dotson had 10 points for the Cavaliers, who only had nine players available.
Nikola Jokic had 19 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists to lead Denver to a blowout of host Oklahoma City.
Jamal Murray led the Nuggets with 26 points, going 9 of 15 from the field.
Denver poured it on from the start and didn’t look back, scoring the game’s first 13 points en route to sweeping the season series. The Nuggets led by as many as 23 points in the first quarter and were up 38-20 by the end of the quarter.