Trey Burke scored 23 points and the Utah Jazz beat San Antonio 90-81 at home on Monday night, extending the Spurs’ losing streak to three since returning from the All-Star break.
The Jazz used an energetic defensive effort to turn a season-high 22 Spurs turnovers into 17 points. Forward Gordon Hayward scored 18 despite a poor-shooting night, while Derrick Favors added 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Jazz center Rudy Gobert set the defensive tone early with two first-quarter blocks of Tim Duncan and finished with seven points, 14 rebounds, three blocks and two steals. The Jazz have held their last five opponents under 100 points.
Duncan had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Boris Diaw chipped in 13 points and Cory Joseph had 10.
at Miami 119, Philadelphia 108: Luol Deng made 11 of 14 shots and scored 29 points, Goran Dragic added 23 points and 10 assists, and the Heat set a season high for scoring. Dwyane Wade scored 18 for the Heat, who stayed in the No. 7 spot in the Eastern Conference. Hassan Whiteside added 12 points and 14 rebounds for Miami, which shot 55%. Hollis Thompson scored 22 points for Philadelphia, which got 18 from Nerlens Noel, 16 from Robert Covington, 12 from Henry Sims and 11 from Isaiah Canaan. It was a good-news day all around for Miami.
at Chicago 87, Milwaukee 71: Ian Snell scored 20 points, Nikola Mirotic had 16 points and a career-high 14 rebounds, as the surging Bulls pounded the Bucks on the boards. Pau Gasol added 15 points and 10 rebounds as the Bulls enjoyed a whopping 62-41 advantage on the glass. Joakim Noah had eight points and 16 rebounds on his bobblehead night, and Jimmy Butler finished with 11 points and nine boards. Milwaukee shot 34% (30 for 89) from the field in its second straight loss after a stretch of nine wins in 10 games. Ersan Ilyasova had 15 points and 11 rebounds in his first start since Jan. 27 at Miami. Chicago played without key reserves Taj Gibson and Kirk Hinrich, who were away from the team due to an illness.
at New Orleans 100, Toronto 97: Alexis Ajinca capped a 16-point performance with a go-ahead layup in the final minute, and the Pelicans erased an 18-point deficit en route to a victory over the Raptors. Luke Babbitt scored 18 for New Orleans, including a clutch three-pointer that gave the Pelicans their first lead of the game with 1:55 to go. The clutch outings by the two reserves helped New Orleans overcome the absence of All-Star Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson, who were both injured Saturday night in Miami. Newly acquired Norris Cole scored 15 for New Orleans. Omer Asik added 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Tyreke Evans had 13 points and 12 assists. Kyle Lowry scored 22 for Toronto, which lost its second straight. Jonas Valanciunas had 17 points and 14 rebounds.
at Houston 113, Minnesota 102: James Harden had 31 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his second triple-double this season. Harden got off to a slow start, missing his first seven shots. He got going late in the first quarter, had 13 points at halftime and was a rebound away from wrapping up his fourth career triple-double entering the fourth. The Rockets led by nine at the start of the final period, but Andrew Wiggins led a charge that cut the lead to one point with less than four minutes left. The Rockets took over after that, using a 14-2 run, with five points from Harden, to make it 111-98 with less than a minute to go. Wiggins scored 30 for the Timberwolves, who lost for the third time in four games.
Brooklyn 110, at Denver 82: Brook Lopez led seven Nets players in double figures with 19 points, as they won a second consecutive road game. Deron Williams added 16 points and 12 assists, and Thaddeus Young scored 15 in another solid outing for the Nets since his acquisition last week from Minnesota in a trade for Kevin Garnett. Brooklyn, coming off a 114-105 win at the Lakers last Friday, won back-to-back road games for the first time since mid-January. Danilo Gallinari had 22 points for the struggling Nuggets, who have lost 16 of 18 — including seven in a row at home. It matches their longest losing streak at Pepsi Center since dropping seven straight from Feb. 6 to March 2, 2003.
Boston 115, at Phoenix 110: Avery Bradley scored 23 points, and Isaiah Thomas burned his former team with eight critical points in the last two minutes. Boston made a season-high 14 three-pointers, 10 in the first half as the Celtics ran out to a 19-point lead against the struggling Suns. But Phoenix cut the lead to one on a three from Eric Bledsoe with 2:33 remaining. Thomas, just four days removed from his deadline-day trade to Boston, scored 21 points in his return. Bledsoe had 21 points and 10 assists in the Suns’ eighth loss in the past nine games. Brandon Knight, acquired in another Suns deal last Thursday, had 20 in his first start for his new team.