Portland Trail Blazers' Josh Hart (11) gestures after making a basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Monday, Feb. 14, 2022, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)
MILWAUKEE — Anfernee Simons scored 31 points and the Portland Trail Blazers capitalized on Giannis Antetokounmpo’s absence, beating the Milwaukee Bucks 122-107 on Monday night for their third straight victory.
Simons has averaged 30 points and has shot 18 of 39 from 3-point range during Portland’s winning streak.
Antetokounmpo didn’t play for the Bucks due to a sore left ankle. Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer said before the game he believes it’s a short-term issue.
Josh Hart scored 27 points and Jusuf Nurkic had 23 points and 16 rebounds as the Trail Blazers continued to thrive after reshaping their roster at the trade deadline. Portland outrebounded Milwaukee 58-43.
BULLS 120, SPURS 109
CHICAGO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 19 of his 40 points in the fourth quarter and Chicago beat San Antonio for its fourth straight victory.
It was DeRozan’s seventh consecutive game with at least 30 points, extending his career high. The All-Star is the first player with such a streak for the Bulls since Michael Jordan during the 1996-97 season.
Nikola Vucevic had 25 points and 16 rebounds for Chicago, which lost 131-122 at San Antonio on Jan. 28. Coby White made five 3-pointers and finished with 24 points.
The Bulls played without All-Star Zach LaVine, who missed his second straight game due to periodic soreness in his surgically repaired left knee. Coach Billy Donovan said LaVine also will miss Wednesday night’s matchup with Sacramento.
San Antonio had won three of four. Lonnie Walker IV scored 21 points for the Spurs, and All-Star Dejounte Murray had 19 points and 11 assists.
NETS 109, KINGS 85
NEW YORK (AP) — Seth Curry scored 23 points in his Brooklyn debut and the Nets downed Sacramento to snap their 11-game losing streak.
Curry was one of five players who finished in double figures for Brooklyn. Bruce Brown set season highs with 19 points, six assists and five steals. LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 19 points, Cam Thomas added 14 off the bench and Andre Drummond contributed 11.
De’Aaron Fox had 26 points for the Kings.
The new-look Nets debuted two of the three players acquired from Philadelphia in last Thursday’s star-laden deal with the 76ers. Curry and Drummond started at off guard and center, respectively. Ben Simmons, the centerpiece of the trade for the Nets, sat on the bench, wearing a sweater and pants.
JAZZ 135, ROCKETS 101
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 30 points, Bojan Bogdanovic added 22 and Rudy Gobert returned for streaking Utah in a win over Houston.
Before he was ejected for picking up his second technical foul with 6:33 to play, Gobert had 14 points and seven rebounds. The Jazz were plus-19 in his 22 minutes on the court.
Jordan Clarkson scored 16 and Hassan Whiteside contributed 11 points and 14 rebounds in Utah’s third wire-to-wire victory of the season.
The Jazz have won six straight, and Whiteside has grabbed 49 rebounds in the last three games, all in a reserve role.
Eric Gordon, Jae’Sean Tate and Kevin Porter Jr. each scored 14 for the Rockets, who have lost five in a row.
CLIPPERS 119, WARRIORS 104
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Terance Mann scored a season-high 25 points, including 14 in the decisive third quarter, and Los Angeles defeated Golden State.
Mann was 6 of 7 from the field in the third as the Clippers outscored the Warriors 33-19. The third-year guard also had seven rebounds and six assists.
All of the Clippers’ starters scored in double figures. Reggie Jackson added 19 points and Ivica Zubac had 18 points and eight rebounds.
Stephen Curry scored 33 for the Warriors. The All-Star guard hit his first six shots and had 26 points in the first half on 9-of-11 shooting before going cold in the second. Curry was 2 of 7 from the field after halftime.
PELICANS 120, RAPTORS 90
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — CJ McCollum scored 23 points and New Orleans shot a season-best 58.4% to defeat Toronto.
Brandon Ingram had 10 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, leaving him two short of his first triple-double when he was pulled after playing 29 minutes because the game was not close — and because New Orleans plays again Tuesday night.
Jonas Valanciunas had 18 points and nine rebounds in 28 minutes, and reserve big man Jackson Hayes added 14 points for the Pelicans, who never trailed.
The Pelicans had a season-high 36 assists on 45 field goals and tied a season best with 16 3-pointers on 36 attempts (44.4%).
Fred VanVleet scored 20 points and Pascal Siakam added 18 for the Raptors, who have lost two straight following an eight-game winning streak.
WIZARDS 103, PISTONS 94
WASHINGTON (AP) — Kyle Kuzma scored 17 of his 23 points in the third quarter and Deni Avdija had 12 points and a career-high 15 rebounds as Washington handed Detroit its eighth straight loss.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 16 points for the Wizards.
Saddiq Bey led the Pistons (12-45) with 24 points. Cade Cunningham, who leads NBA rookies in scoring, was in foul trouble much of the game and finished with 12.
Washington (26-30) won for the third time in 12 games. Detroit, held scoreless for more than four minutes late in the fourth quarter, is 4-25 on the road.
THUNDER 127, KNICKS 123, OT
NEW YORK (AP) — Josh Giddey had a triple-double of 28 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds, and Oklahoma City rallied from an 11-point deficit in the second half to beat New York in overtime.
Giddey, the sixth overall pick in the 2021 draft, shot 11 for 22 from the field for the Thunder, who snapped a five-game losing streak. Tre Mann scored 30 points and Darius Bazley added 23.
Julius Randle had a triple-double of 30 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for the struggling Knicks, who have lost nine of 11.
NUGGETS 121, MAGIC 111
DENVER (AP) — Nikola Jokic scored 26 points to lead six Denver players in double figures as the Nuggets topped Orlando.
Jeff Green and Will Barton added 17 points apiece and Bryn Forbes had 16 for the Nuggets, who have won four of five since losing three in a row. Bones Hyland had 14 points and Aaron Gordon scored 10.
Franz Wagner had 26 points to lead the Magic, who have lost three straight — all by double digits. Wendell Carter Jr. scored 25.
PHILADELPHIA – The Federation of Hellenic Societies of Philadelphia and Greater Delaware Valley announced that the Evzones, the Presidential Guard of Greece will be participating in the Philadelphia Greek Independence Day Parade on March 20.
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