Sunday, August 19, 2018
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Another nadir for Magic

ORLANDO — Alex Len had a career-high 31 points and grabbed 15 rebounds Friday night as the Suns held the Magic scoreless for a 71/2-minute stretch to snap a 17-game road losing streak with a 102-84 victory Friday night.

Devin Booker and Ronnie Price added 14 points each for Phoenix, which got its first road victory since Dec. 7 at Chicago. The streak tied a franchise record.

Elfrid Payton had 19 pints and 11 assists for Orlando, which shot 35 percent against the NBA's bottom-ranked team in defensive field-goal percentage.

Mirza Teletovic hit two 3-pointers late in the first half to help the Suns take an eight-point lead, the largest of the half for either team.

When Phoenix got the first nine points of the second half, Magic coach Scott Skiles replaced all of his starters, but it didn't help. Phoenix scored seven more before Payton scored on a layup with 5:24 left in the third quarter, ending a stretch of 14 straight missed shots by Orlando.

By then the Suns led by 24.

Rookie Mario Hezonja sparked a brief Magic rally, but Orlando got no closer than 13.

Orlando was missing staring shooting guard Victor Oladipo, who has a lower-back contusion. The Suns didn't have their starting backcourt tandem of Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight.

The Magic entered the day 31/2 games out of eighth place in the Eastern Conference. A loss to the Suns, who had lost 15 of their previous 16, hurt Orlando's already slim playoff hopes.

Up next for the Magic: at Golden State on Monday.

Game highlights: Hassan Whiteside had 19 points and 19 rebounds and Dwyane Wade scored 21 as the visiting Heat beat the 76ers 112-102 for its fourth straight win. Miami improved to 7-2 since losing Chris Bosh to a blood clot in his calf and is 4-0 since signing Joe Johnson (12 points) after the seven-time All-Star agreed to a buyout with the Nets. Elton Brand made his first appearance this season after coming out of retirement to sign with the Sixers on Jan. 4. He played for the first time since May 20, 2015, when he was with the Hawks. The 36-year-old forward and former No. 1 overall draft pick had eight points and four rebounds in 13 minutes. … Kemba Walker had 33 points and 10 assists and Nicolas Batum scored 31 as the host Hornets defeated the Pacers 108-101 for their ninth win in 11 games.

Around the league: Free agent forward Michael Beasley signed with the Rockets. Beasley, 27, the second overall pick by the Heat in the 2008 draft, spent this season in the Chinese Basketball Association, where he averaged 31.9 points and 13.2 rebounds. He last played in the NBA in 2014-15.

Warriors tie mark

OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry and the Warriors matched one record set by Michael Jordan's Bulls as they close in on the bigger mark.

Curry had 33 points in his return from an ankle injury and the Warriors tied Chicago's NBA record by winning their 44th straight regular-season home game, 121-106 over the Thunder on Thursday night.

"That's an amazing accomplishment," Curry said. "It's a compliment to us as a team, our coaching staff and obviously our fans who bring that atmosphere every night to give us the ultimate home-court advantage."

Five days after tying the record with 12 3-pointers in an overtime win at Oklahoma City, Curry went 5 of 15 from long range in the rematch. But he got more than enough help from his bench to help the Warriors (55-5) move 50 games above .500 in their quest to break the Bulls' single-season mark for victories.

The Bulls won 44 consecutive home games from March 30, 1995, until April 4, 1996. That helped them set the record with 72 wins in 1995-96, a mark the Warriors remained on pace to surpass after beating the Thunder for the third time in as many tries this season.

"You can't even dream that stuff up," said Golden State coach Steve Kerr, who played on those Chicago teams. "It's been that kind of season for us."

Kevin Durant had 32 points, Russell Westbrook scored 22 and Serge Ibaka added 20 for the Thunder, which has lost six of eight since the All-Star break.

"We've definitely got to get it under control," Durant said. "I'm not happy with the way we're playing. Obviously we want to win, but this is where you see what you're made of."

Curry had missed Tuesday's overtime victory against Atlanta with an injured left ankle.

Suns 102, Magic 84

PHOENIX (102): Tucker 2-5 2-4 7, Len 10-22 11-14 31, Chandler 4-8 2-5 10, Price 6-10 0-0 14, Booker 4-11 6-8 14, Jenkins 1-2 0-0 2, Teletovic 2-10 2-2 8, Leuer 2-4 2-2 6, Goodwin 4-6 2-4 10. Totals 35-78 27-39 102.

ORLANDO (84): Fournier 4-9 2-4 12, Gordon 1-3 2-2 4, Vucevic 7-19 1-2 15, Payton 9-17 0-2 19, Hezonja 5-9 0-0 12, Ilyasova 2-14 1-2 5, Smith 3-7 0-0 6, Watson 2-7 0-0 5, Marble 0-6 0-0 0, Jennings 0-6 0-0 0, Dedmon 1-2 1-2 3, Nicholson 0-0 0-0 0, Napier 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 35-101 7-14 84.

Phoenix 29 29 26 18— 102

Orlando 29 21 16 18— 84

3-Point GoalsPhoenix 5-14 (Price 2-4, Teletovic 2-7, Tucker 1-1, Len 0-1, Leuer 0-1), Orlando 7-27 (Hezonja 2-5, Fournier 2-5, Napier 1-1, Watson 1-3, Payton 1-3, Gordon 0-2, Jennings 0-2, Ilyasova 0-3, Marble 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsPhoenix 70 (Len 15), Orlando 58 (Vucevic, Ilyasova 12). AssistsPhoenix 18 (Booker 6), Orlando 20 (Payton 11). Total FoulsPhoenix 16, Orlando 31. Flagrant Fouls—Chandler. A17,546 (18,500).

Heat 112, 76ers 102

MIAMI (112): J.Johnson 5-7 1-1 12, Deng 3-8 7-7 13, Stoudemire 4-5 4-5 12, Dragic 6-16 3-4 15, Wade 7-16 7-9 21, Whiteside 6-11 7-8 19, Richardson 2-7 0-0 6, Winslow 1-3 0-2 2, Green 5-14 0-0 12, Haslem 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 39-88 29-36 112.

PHILADELPHIA (102): Thompson 5-17 2-2 14, Grant 2-9 2-3 6, Landry 0-4 3-4 3, Smith 11-21 2-4 26, Covington 8-18 5-6 25, Holmes 5-7 2-2 13, Canaan 1-9 2-2 4, McConnell 1-4 1-2 3, Brand 3-6 2-2 8. Totals 36-95 21-27 102.

Miami 40 19 25 28— 112

Philadelphia 29 20 28 25— 102

3-Point GoalsMiami 5-16 (Richardson 2-2, Green 2-6, J.Johnson 1-2, Haslem 0-1, Dragic 0-2, Deng 0-3), Philadelphia 9-31 (Covington 4-11, Smith 2-4, Thompson 2-8, Holmes 1-1, Grant 0-2, Canaan 0-5). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMiami 69 (Whiteside 19), Philadelphia 52 (Holmes, Smith 8). AssistsMiami 24 (Dragic 11), Philadelphia 21 (Smith 5). Total FoulsMiami 19, Philadelphia 27. TechnicalsMiami defensive three second. A17,610 (20,318).

Hornets 108, Pacers 101

INDIANA (101): George 11-23 9-10 35, S.Hill 3-4 0-0 8, Mahinmi 5-10 0-1 10, G.Hill 5-16 0-0 12, Ellis 5-15 4-5 15, Stuckey 3-8 1-1 7, Turner 0-4 4-4 4, J.Hill 4-7 0-0 8, Budinger 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 37-90 18-21 101.

CHARLOTTE (108): Batum 12-22 3-4 31, Williams 2-4 0-0 5, Zeller 2-7 0-0 4, Walker 9-17 11-11 33, Lee 1-4 1-2 4, Jefferson 6-10 1-2 13, Lin 3-9 0-0 7, Kaminsky 2-4 2-2 8, Lamb 1-2 1-2 3. Totals 38-79 19-23 108.

Indiana 30 20 32 19— 101

Charlotte 31 24 25 28— 108

3-Point GoalsIndiana 9-28 (George 4-9, S.Hill 2-3, G.Hill 2-7, Ellis 1-5, Stuckey 0-1, Turner 0-1, Budinger 0-2), Charlotte 13-31 (Batum 4-10, Walker 4-10, Kaminsky 2-3, Lin 1-2, Lee 1-2, Williams 1-3, Lamb 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsIndiana 51 (Mahinmi 14), Charlotte 50 (Zeller 11). AssistsIndiana 23 (George 7), Charlotte 20 (Walker 10). Total FoulsIndiana 24, Charlotte 19. A19,099 (19,077).

Celtics 105, Knicks 104

NEW YORK (104): Anthony 13-27 2-2 30, Porzingis 6-14 2-4 15, Lopez 4-10 4-5 12, Calderon 5-10 1-1 13, Afflalo 7-11 0-0 17, L.Thomas 1-5 0-0 2, Galloway 1-7 2-2 4, O'Quinn 3-4 0-0 6, Williams 1-3 0-0 3, Grant 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 42-92 11-14 104.

BOSTON (105): Crowder 9-19 1-4 20, Johnson 0-2 0-0 0, Sullinger 4-8 1-2 9, I.Thomas 9-15 12-13 32, Bradley 4-10 0-0 9, Turner 10-19 1-2 21, Smart 0-3 2-2 2, Zeller 5-10 2-2 12, Jerebko 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 41-90 19-25 105.

New York 31 27 29 17— 104

Boston 27 26 28 24— 105

3-Point GoalsNew York 9-23 (Afflalo 3-6, Calderon 2-2, Anthony 2-8, Williams 1-1, Porzingis 1-3, L.Thomas 0-1, Galloway 0-2), Boston 4-20 (I.Thomas 2-5, Bradley 1-3, Crowder 1-6, Johnson 0-1, Jerebko 0-2, Smart 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsNew York 47 (Lopez 12), Boston 61 (Sullinger 11). AssistsNew York 22 (Calderon 5), Boston 20 (I.Thomas 8). Total FoulsNew York 18, Boston 14. TechnicalsCalderon, Smart. A18,624 (18,624).

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