NBA roundup: Lakers pull of shock win against Golden State
LOS ANGELES >> Jordan Clarkson scored 25 points, D'Angelo Russell added 21 and the Los Angeles Lakers stunned the Golden State Warriors 112-95 on Sunday, handing the defending NBA champions just their sixth loss of the season, all on the road.
Kobe Bryant added 12 points in helping the Lakers earn one of the biggest upsets in NBA history and their biggest victory in a downtrodden farewell season for Bryant, who spent the fourth quarter on the bench resting his aching right shoulder.
Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 18 points on a day when they were awful offensively. Klay Thompson added 15 points, but the Splash Brothers were a combined 1 of 18 from 3-point range. In all, the Warriors missed 26 of 30 attempts from long range.
Golden State fell to 55-6 and the Lakers improved to 13-51.
The loss snapped Golden State's seven-game winning streak and was their first since a 32-point blowout defeat at Portland on Feb. 19.
THUNDER 104, BUCKS 96
MILWAUKEE >> Kevin Durant had 32 points and 12 rebounds, Russell Westbrook posted his 10th triple-double of the season and Oklahoma City built a big early lead and held off Milwaukee.
Westbrook finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists for the Thunder, who led by 21 with 6 minutes left in the third quarter before nearly getting overrun by the Bucks.
Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo picked up his third triple-double of the season with 26 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.
Khris Middleton scored 18 points, including 10 straight during a 24-5 run between the third and fourth quarters that drew the Bucks within 84-82 with 11:23 left.
But the Thunder withstood the Bucks from there, holding Milwaukee without a field goal for about a 7-minute stretch of the fourth quarter.
PISTONS 123, TRAIL BLAZERS 103
AUBURN HILLS, MICH. >> Reggie Jackson scored 30 points in another big game against Portland, and Detroit beat the Trail Blazers.
Jackson scored 40 points when Detroit beat Portland on Nov. 8, including 26 in the fourth quarter. He picked up right where he left off in Sunday's rematch, scoring 11 points in the first quarter as the Pistons took a 30-16 lead.
Andre Drummond had 14 points and 18 rebounds for Detroit, and Marcus Morris added 19 points. Jackson had nine assists along with all of his scoring.
Damian Lillard led the Blazers with 26 points but shot 8 of 22 from the field.
Detroit led 58-51 at halftime, then scored the first nine points of the third quarter, taking a 16-point lead on Jackson's driving layup.
NUGGETS 116, MAVERICKS 114, OT
DENVER >> D.J. Augustin scored Denver's last eight points of overtime, including two free throws with 0.9 seconds left, and the Nuggets beat Dallas.
Augustin finished with 12 points to help the Nuggets get payback after an overtime loss in Dallas on Feb. 26.
Kenneth Faried had 25 points and a season-high 20 rebounds for the Nuggets, who rallied from four down in the last 10 seconds of regulation. Will Barton added 20 points.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 30 points and Deron Williams had 17 for the Mavericks, who have lost two straight.
The game was tied when Williams missed a layup with 16.8 seconds left in overtime. After a timeout, Augustin drove the lane and was fouled by Raymond Felton. He calmly sank both free throws, and Emmanuel Mudiay blocked Wesley Matthews' 3-pointer at the buzzer.
SUNS 109, GRIZZLIES 100
MEMPHIS, TENN. >> Devin Booker had 27 points and nine assists, Alex Len added 19 points and 16 rebounds, and Phoenix beat Memphis.
Mirza Teletovic added 18 points for the Suns, who won their second straight. Tyson Chandler finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds as Phoenix won for only the third time in the last 18 games. Two of those wins have come against the Grizzlies.
Mike Conley led Memphis with 22 points, while Matt Barnes and JaMychal Green each had 17 points. Mario Chalmers scored 14 points and Lance Stephenson finished with 13.
The Suns connected on 52 percent of their shots, including 12 of 28 from outside the arc. Memphis, meanwhile, was limited to 40 percent and stayed close by going 10 of 22 from 3-point range.
HEAT 103, 76ERS 98
MIAMI >> Hassan Whiteside had seven blocked shots, including a pivotal one late as Miami won its fifth in a row, beating Philadelphia.
The Sixers were short-handed and endured their 12th consecutive loss, but they were a handful for the Heat. Ish Smith had 21 points and five assists to lead Philadelphia.
Goran Dragic had 23 points, eight rebounds and five assists, and Dwyane Wade also had 23 points for the Heat. Whiteside had 14 points and 13 rebounds off the bench.
The Heat missed 10 consecutive shots in the second half and went nearly 8 minutes without a basket as the 76ers took a 72-69 lead, and the margin reached 79-73 before Miami rallied.
ROCKETS 113, RAPTORS 107
TORONTO >> James Harden had 40 points and 14 assists, and the Houston Rockets beat Toronto 113-107 on Sunday night to end the Raptors' franchise-record, 12-game home winning streak.
The Raptors lost at home for the first time since Jan. 3 against the Chicago Bulls.
The Rockets also snapped their eight-game losing streak north of the border, winning in Toronto for the first time since the 2006-07 season.
Corey Brewer had 23 points off the bench for the Rockets, who trailed by as many as 18 points in the second quarter. Dwight Howard added 21 points and 11 rebounds.
Luis Scola led the Raptors with 21 points, while DeMar DeRozan had 19.
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