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.© Reuters/Brad Mills NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves at Washington Wizards
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San Antonio Spurs 117 -- New Orleans Pelicans 114
DeMar DeRozan had 32 points and 11 assists to lead a balanced attack as short-handed San Antonio, playing its first home game in 18 days, held off visiting New Orleans.
LaMarcus Aldridge added 21 points off the bench for San Antonio, which has won three of its past four games and won its first game since it had four games postponed because of COVID. Dejounte Murray scored 18, Lonnie Walker IV had 17, and Patty Mills added 13 for the Spurs.© Reuters/Mary Holt NBA: Utah Jazz at Orlando Magic
San Antonio's Keldon Johnson, Derrick White, Rudy Gay, Devin Vassell, and Quinndary Witherspoon were held out because of health and safety protocols. Brandon Ingram led the Pelicans with 29 points, and Zion Williamson added 23 points and 14 rebounds.
Cleveland Cavaliers 112 -- Philadelphia 76ers 109
Collin Sexton scored 28 points, Darius Garland added 25 points and nine assists and depleted Cleveland defeated host Philadelphia in overtime.
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.
Joel Embiid led the Sixers with 42 points and 13 rebounds. Ben Simmons added 24 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, and Shake Milton had 11 points.
New York Knicks 110 -- Indiana Pacers 107
Julius Randle collected 28 points and 10 rebounds to lift host New York over Indiana for its sixth win in eight games.
RJ Barrett scored 24 points and Derrick Rose had 17 points and a season-high 11 assists for the Knicks, who overcame an early 16-point deficit to snap a four-game home losing skid to Indiana.© Reuters/Daniel Dunn NBA: New Orleans Pelicans at San Antonio Spurs
Doug McDermott scored 20 points and T.J. McConnell added 17 points and 12 assists for the Pacers, who have lost eight of their last 11 games. McConnell drew his second start of the season in place of Malcolm Brogdon, who missed his first game of the campaign due to a sore right knee.© Reuters/Bill Streicher NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers at Philadelphia 76ers
Denver Nuggets 126 -- Oklahoma City Thunder 96
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.
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Kevin Durant has not suited up for the Brooklyn Nets since Feb. 13 against the Golden State Warriors, and will be sidelined through at least the All-Star break due to a hamstring injury. However, even though he won't play in the game, he'll still serve as one of the captains, per Rachel Nichols of ESPN.
Durant and Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James were named as captains for the 2021 All-Star Game by virtue of getting the most fan votes in their respective conferences. As is the new tradition for the event, teams are no longer based on conference affiliation, but are chosen pick-up style by two captains. This year's draft is set for March 4 ahead of the game on March 7 in Atlanta.
The 2021 All-Star Game was originally set to be held in Indianapolis, but ahead of the season the league announced it would not be happening due to COVID-19 and conflicts with the Men's NCAA Tournament which is being held, in its entirety, in and around Indianapolis. It didn't take long for them to change course, though, and the league and players eventually came to an agreement to hold a one-night event in Atlanta that will incorporate both the game and the All-Star Saturday Night events. The Skills Challenge and 3-Point Contest will take place pre-game, while the Slam Dunk Contest will serve as the halftime entertainment.
But while the show will go on, not everyone is thrilled about it. A number of players have criticized the idea, including James, who called it a "slap in the face" earlier this month. "I don't even know why we're having an All-Star game," he said. "I'll be there physically but not mentally." Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has also expressed concern about playing host during a pandemic, saying this is a "made for TV" event and urging people not to travel or hold events around the game.
NEW YORK -- The Brooklyn Nets' Kevin Durant will still serve as an NBA All-Star Game captain despite a hamstring injury that will keep him from playing.
Durant and fellow All-Star Game captain LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers will each draft a roster out of the pool of selected All-Stars. The All-Star draft will air on TNT on March 4.
It remained unclear whether Durant will travel to Atlanta for the game on March 7.
Durant has missed the Nets' past seven games with a hamstring strain and has been ruled out through the All-Star break. NBA commissioner Adam Silver named Domantas Sabonis as Durant's replacement in the game, and Jayson Tatum was elevated to be an All-Star starter in Durant's absence.
An 11-time All-Star, Durant is averaging 29 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists for Brooklyn this season.