NBA: D’Angelo Russell scores 40 points, Nets rally to beat Magic

Brooklyn at Orlando
The Brooklyn Nets’ Spencer Dinwiddie (8) and D’Angelo Russell (1) celebrate after Russell’s game-winning 3-pointer with seconds left on the clock against the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla.
(Stephen M. Dowell / Tribune News Service)

D’Angelo Russell matched his career high with 40 points and the Brooklyn Nets overcame a 21-point deficit to beat the Orlando Magic 117-115 on Friday night.

Russell’s 3-pointer with 27.1 seconds left put the Nets up for the first time since they led 2-0. After missed free throws by both teams left Brooklyn with a two-point lead, Evan Fournier missed a shot in the lane that would have tied it for Orlando.

Spencer Dinwiddie scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half for Brooklyn. The Nets won for the 16th time in 21 games, making 19 of 46 3-pointers. They also rallied Wednesday night in a 145-142 overtime victory at Houston.

Aaron Gordon scored 23 points for Orlando, and Nikola Vucevic had 16 points and 17 rebounds.


at Celtics 122, Grizzlies 116: Kyrie Irving scored 20 of his 38 points in the third quarter and Boston held off Memphis.

Irving also had 11 assists and seven rebounds to help Boston win ints second straight after dropping three in a row. Marcus Smart added 20 points and Al Horford had 18

Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 26 points. They have lost 10 of 11 overall, and six in a row on the road.

at Pistons 98, Heat 93: Blake Griffin had 32 points and 11 rebounds and Detroit Pistons overcame an early exit by injured Andre Drummond to beat Miami.


Dwyane Wade scored 20 points for the Heat, but missed badly on an off-balance 3-pointer in the final seconds that could have tied it.

Drummond left with a nasal injury after being hit in the face in the first quarter by the arm of Miami’s James Johnson.

Spurs 116, at Timberwolves 113: LaMarcus Aldridge scored 25 points, Rudy Gay added 22 and the San Antonio Spurs held on to give coach Gregg Popovich another milestone victory in a win against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.

The win was the 520th on the road in Popovich’s career, tying him with Pat Riley for the most in NBA history. It also continued San Antonio’s mastery of Minnesota. The Spurs have won 16 of the past 18 games between the teams.

Marco Belinelli added 19 points off the bench for San Antonio, which was playing without leading scorer DeMar DeRozan because of left ankle soreness.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 23 points for the Timberwolves, but was limited to 21 minutes because of foul trouble. Derrick Rose chipped in 23 points and Taj Gibson added 14 points and 11 rebounds. Minnesota lost for the third time in four games.

at Jazz 115, Cavaliers 99: Donovan Mitchell scored 24 points, Rudy Gobert had 19 points and 15 rebounds and the Utah Jazz cruised to a victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.

Royce O’Neale added 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Derrick Favors had 12 points and 10 rebounds in Utah’s sixth straight win and eighth in nine games.


Ante Zizic and Collin Sexton each scored 15 points, while Cameron Payne had 14 to lead the Cavaliers.

Cleveland shot just 21 of 68 (.309) from the field over the first three quarters, allowing the Jazz to pull away early.

at Trail Blazers 128, Pelicans 112: Damian Lillard scored 22 points and eight assists to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night.

CJ McCollum and reserve forward Jake Layman scored 20 points each for the Trail Blazers. Layman got all his points in the second quarter.

Anthony Davis finished with 27 points and seven rebounds for New Orleans. Jrue Holiday had 20 points and Julius Randle pitched in 19.

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