By The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — Devin Booker scored 30 points, Deandre Ayton had 23 points and 16 rebounds, and the NBA-leading Phoenix Suns beat the Los Angeles Lakers 140-111 on Sunday night.
LeBron James led the Lakers, who have lost 10 straight road games, with 31 points, seven rebounds and six assists. He didn’t play in the fourth quarter.
James reached a milestone with his 10,000th career assist in the second quarter on Carmelo Anthony’s 3-pointer. James is the only player in NBA history with at least 30,000 points, 10,000 rebounds and 10,000 assists.
Booker also had 10 assists and four steals. Mikal Bridges added 18 points to help Phoenix go 40 games over .500 at 54-14.
The Suns opened it up in the first five minutes. They went on a 14-0 run – punctuated by consecutive 3-pointers from 27 feet by Booker – to take a 16-6 lead, and continued to pour it out.
Phoenix led 48-22 after the first quarter, the Suns’ highest production in a quarter this season and the most the Lakers have given up in a quarter in the stopwatch era.
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NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Durant scored a season-high 53 points, making the 3-point tiebreaker in a sensational spectacle for a crowd that included Kyrie Irving and Brooklyn beat New York.
Durant’s 3-pointer broke a tie at 103 with 56 seconds left. He added four more free throws to keep the Nets ahead, finishing one point off his career high. Durant also had nine assists and six rebounds in his 60th career 40-point performance.
Irving had a great view attending his first Nets home game this season, although he still couldn’t play in New York. There is no longer an obligation to vaccinate spectators against the coronavirus, but there is still one that requires it for someone who works there. Irving has not been vaccinated.
So the star guard had a seat in the stands, just like he did the night before to watch his college team, Duke, lose in the ACC championship game. He left arm in arm with Durant towards the Nets locker room after the game was over.
Andre Drummond had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Nets,
Julius Randle scored 26 points for New York and Evan Fournier 25.
BOSTON (AP) — Luka Doncic came back from a hamstring scare to hit a 3-point draw with 1:21 left, Spencer Dinwiddie won the game with nine seconds left and Dallas beat Boston to spoil Kevin Garnett’s special day.
As Garnett awaits the postgame ceremony to retire his No. 5 uniform, the Mavericks won for the seventh time in eight games and ended Boston’s five-game winning streak.
Doncic, who started in the first half rubbing his left leg, finished with 26 points and eight rebounds.
Boston’s Jayson Tatum missed a lopsided 3-pointer at the buzzer. Tatum had 21 points and 11 rebounds, but only made a pair of field goals in the second half.
ATLANTA (AP) — Trae Young scored 33 of his 47 points in the first half and Atlanta beat the Indiana Pacers 131-128 on Sunday night.
Danilo Gallinari and De’Andre Hunter had 15 points apiece for Atlanta, 10th in the Eastern Conference. The Hawks shot 54.8%.
The Hawks have won 13 of 15 at home and two straight overall. They had a season-high 77 points in the first half.
Tyrese Halliburton and Buddy Hield each scored 25 points for Indiana.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Joel Embiid had 35 points and 16 rebounds and Philadelphia continued to rally, eventually beating Orlando in overtime.
Down 17 points in the first half and trailing 10 in the fourth quarter, the Sixers were trailing 113-109 with 1:25 left in OT.
James Harden hit one of two free throws with 6.7 seconds left in overtime to give Philadelphia a two-point lead. Cole Anthony missed a 3-pointer on the horn for Orlando.
Harden finished with 26 points and Tobias Harris added 25 for the 76ers. Wendell Carter Jr. led Orlando with 23 points and 12 rebounds.
GRIZZLY 125, TONNER 118
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Desmond Bane scored 21 points and Memphis fended off a late Oklahoma City push.
Jaren Jackson Jr. added 18 points and Ja Morant had 17 for the Grizzlies.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder with 31 points and seven assists. Darius Bazley had a season-high 29 points and finished with 10 rebounds.
CLIPPERS 106, PISTONS 102
DETROIT (AP) — Marcus Morris scored 31 points and Luke Kennard had 16 against their former team, helping Los Angeles overcome an 18-point deficit to beat Detroit.
Reggie Jackson, another former Piston, had 15 points, nine assists and eight rebounds.
Jeremi Grant scored 21 points for Detroit. Cade Cunningham had 19 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds.
PELICANS 130, ROCKETS 105
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Jonas Valanciunas had 32 points and 10 rebounds as New Orleans beat Houston to snap a four-game skid.
Jaxson Hayes added 21 points for New Orleans.
Jalen Green led Houston with 17 points.
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