- Associated Press - Friday, March 19, 2021

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Aaron Gordon scored a season-best 38 points, Evan Fournier added 31 and the Orlando Magic held off Brooklyn’s furious fourth-quarter rally to beat the Nets 121-113 on Friday night.

The Magic overcame Kyrie Irving’s season-best 43 points to end a nine-game losing streak and stop Brooklyn’s winning streak at six games. The Nets also had their franchise-record, eight-game road winning streak halted.

Orlando led 103-84 at the end of the third quarter, but the Nets opened the fourth with a 16-1 run. However, the Nets would get no closer than 104-100 after Gordon and Fournier revived the Magic offense.

Gordon tipped in an airball that gave Orlando a 114-105 lead and his 3-pointer seconds sealed the victory.

Two nights after rallying from 16 points down in a win in Indiana, the Nets were trying to pull off their second-largest comeback in a win this season. However, the Nets couldn’t overcome an off night by superstar guard James Harden and an Orlando team that shot 51.2% from the floor and drilled a season-best 21 3-pointers.

Gordon was 14 of 20 and 7 of 8 on 3s to easily surpass his previous season high of 24 points. Nikola Vucevic added 22 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists for Orlando.


HOUSTON (AP) - Frank Jackson had a season-high 23 points and Detroit handed Houston its franchise-record 19th straight loss.

Winless since Feb. 4, Houston struggled to find answers for Detroit’s ball movement and Jackson’s shooting. Jackson was 5 of 5 from 3-point range and 7 of 10 overall.

Jerami Grant added 18 points, Josh Jackson had 15, and Isaiah Stewart 13.

John Wall had 21 points and seven assists for Houston.


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Donovan Mitchell scored eight of his 31 points in the final minute and a half to lead Utah past Toronto.

Pascal Siakam’s 3-point shot at the final horn spun around and out for the Raptors. They have lost seven straight.

Joe Ingles added 19 points to help Utah avoid losing on consecutive nights for the first time since Jan. 5-6. Rudy Gobert had 15 points and 16 rebounds.

Siakam led Toronto with 27 points and nine assists. With the return of forward OG Anunoby from a six-game absence due to health and safety protocols, the Raptors played for the first time in months with their whole team.


PHOENIX (AP) - Chris Paul scored 20 points, Mikal Bridges had 17 and Phoenix bounced back from a loss to Minnesota the night before to split the series.

Devin Booker had 16 points, and Langston Galloway added 14 to help the Suns improve to 27-13. They have won 16 of their last 20 games.

Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves with 24 points.

Minnesota stunned Phoenix 123-119 on Thursday night, with rookie Anthony Edwards scoring 42 points and Towns 41.


BOSTON (AP) - Richaun Holmes had 25 points, 11 rebounds, three blocked shots and two steals and Sacramento swept the season series with Boston for the first time since 2007.

De’Aaron Fox scored 29 points, Buddy Hield had 22 and Harrison Barnes added 15 points and 13 rebounds for Sacramento. The Kings have won consecutive games for the first time since Feb. 6-7.

Jaylen Brown had 19 points and 11 rebounds for Boston. The Celtics lost for the fourth time in five games to again fall below .500.


CLEVELAND (AP) - Keldon Johnson had 23 points and career-high 21 rebounds, Dejounte Murray added 22 points and San Antonio beat Cleveland.

Tim Duncan was the last Spurs player with a 20-point, 20-rebound game in 2013 and had their last 11-offensive board performance in 2010.

DeMar DeRozan had 20 points and seven assists in his return to the Spurs after missing four games for the funeral of his father.

Darius Garland had a career-high 29 points and added eight assists for Cleveland, and Collin Sexton also scored 29 points. The Cavaliers have lost five of six.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Andrew Wiggins scored a season-high 40 points, Jordan Poole added 25 starting in place of injured Stephen Curry, and short-handed Golden State beat Memphis to open a two-game set.

Damion Lee had 21 points, also a season best, and the arriors won their third in the last four games despite missing several key players. Curry bruised his tailbone Wednesday night against Houston, and James Wiseman and Eric Paschall were unavailable under the NBA’s health and safety protocol.

Ja Morant and Grayson Allen had 14 points each for Memphis.


DENVER (AP) - Jamal Murray scored 34 points, including a tying 3-pointer in the final second of regulation and a crucial jumper in the final seconds of overtime, lifting Denver past Chicago.

Nikola Jokic had 34 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists in helping the Nuggets to their eighth win in nine games. Michael Porter Jr. added 19 points.

Zach LaVine had 32 points for the Bulls. Otto Porter Jr. added 22.


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - CJ McCollum scored 32 points, Damian Lillard had 31 and Portland beat Dallas.

The All-Stars for each team, Lillard and Luka Doncic (38 points, nine rebounds, eight assists) both had big nights. But Lillard had much more help from his co-star, as Kristaps Porzingis finished with just 11 points and didn’t make a field goal until the early third quarter.

The teams will meet again Sunday.

PACERS 137, HEAT 110

MIAMI (AP) - Malcolm Brogdon scored 27 points on 10-of-12 shooting to help Indiana beat Miami.

Domantas Sabonas had 13 points and 15 rebounds, and T.J. McConnell had 16 points and 15 assists. Doug McDermott and Justin Holiday added 17 points each. The Pacers shot 20 of 36 on 3-pointers and Brogdon tied a season high with seven.

Bam Adebayo scored 20 points for Miami. The Heat have lost two straight after winning 11 of 13.

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