Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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Lowly Suns start fast, surge late to beat Magic

ORLANDO — With another late lead slipping away, Goran Dragic asserted himself.

Dragic scored the Suns' final seven in a decisive burst that helped Phoenix hold off the Magic 104-96 Sunday night.

"We had an answer every time they got close, but past games we didn't," Dragic said. "I'm happy we responded like that. The ball circled around nicely, everyone got touches and everyone was dangerous to score, and that was the key to the game."

Dragic had 23 points and Gerald Green 20 to lead a balanced attack as the Suns became the first team since 1977 to win while making one free throw. Phoenix went 1-of-3 from the line.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Jared Dudley scored a season-high 21, Chris Paul had 17 assists and the host Clippers routed the Bulls in Derrick Rose's absence 121-82. … The visiting Pistons dropped the Nets into last place in the Atlantic Division with a 109-97 victory.

ROSE SURGERY SET: Derrick Rose will have surgery today to repair torn cartilage in his right knee, and the Bulls don't know how long they'll be without their star guard.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Bobcats owner Michael Jordan said his team will use purple and teal as its primary colors when it changes its name to the Hornets next season, just as the Hornets did when they were in Charlotte before moving to New Orleans. … Kings forward Travis Outlaw was fined $15,000 by the league for pulling down Clippers guard J.J. Redick on a fastbreak.

Suns 104, Magic 96

PHOENIX (104): Tucker 3-7 0-0 7, Frye 6-15 0-1 14, Plumlee 4-10 0-0 8, Dragic 10-17 1-2 23, Green 8-15 0-0 20, Mark.Morris 6-11 0-0 12, Marc.Morris 7-13 0-0 16, Smith 2-6 0-0 4, Goodwin 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 46-95 1-3 104.

ORLANDO (96): Afflalo 6-14 4-4 16, Harkless 2-4 0-0 5, Vucevic 10-16 0-0 20, Nelson 6-13 2-2 15, Oladipo 3-12 0-2 6, Nicholson 5-8 6-6 19, Davis 3-7 0-0 6, Moore 1-2 0-0 3, Harris 3-8 0-0 6. Totals 39-84 12-14 96.

Phoenix 31 22 27 24— 104

Orlando 21 23 28 24— 96

3-Point GoalsPhoenix 11-29 (Green 4-9, Marc.Morris 2-2, Dragic 2-5, Frye 2-9, Tucker 1-1, Smith 0-1, Mark.Morris 0-2), Orlando 6-21 (Nicholson 3-4, Moore 1-2, Harkless 1-2, Nelson 1-4, Afflalo 0-2, Harris 0-3, Oladipo 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsPhoenix 49 (Green 8), Orlando 49 (Vucevic 10). AssistsPhoenix 25 (Dragic 13), Orlando 24 (Nelson 9). Total FoulsPhoenix 14, Orlando 15. TechnicalsMark.Morris. A15,785 (18,500).

Clippers 121, Bulls 82

CHICAGO (82): Deng 6-11 9-13 22, Boozer 6-13 2-4 14, Noah 4-6 0-2 8, Hinrich 3-7 2-3 9, Dunleavy 6-9 0-0 14, Gibson 3-13 0-0 6, Snell 2-4 1-1 5, Teague 0-7 0-0 0, Mohammed 2-6 0-0 4, Murphy 0-2 0-0 0, James 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 32-81 14-23 82.

L.A. CLIPPERS (121): Dudley 8-10 1-1 21, Griffin 6-10 3-4 15, Jordan 1-1 0-0 2, Paul 6-10 3-4 16, Redick 8-11 2-2 19, Bullock 3-6 0-0 6, Crawford 4-11 0-0 8, Hollins 1-3 0-0 2, Collison 4-6 6-6 14, Jamison 4-8 2-2 11, Green 1-2 0-0 2, Mullens 2-4 0-0 5. Totals 48-82 17-19 121.

Chicago 24 28 21 9— 82

L.A. Clippers 31 34 31 25— 121

3-Point GoalsChicago 4-12 (Dunleavy 2-4, Deng 1-2, Hinrich 1-3, James 0-1, Teague 0-1, Snell 0-1), L.A. Clippers 8-21 (Dudley 4-5, Jamison 1-1, Mullens 1-3, Redick 1-3, Paul 1-4, Collison 0-1, Crawford 0-2, Bullock 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsChicago 46 (Mohammed 11), L.A. Clippers 48 (Griffin 12). AssistsChicago 24 (Hinrich 7), L.A. Clippers 32 (Paul 17). Total FoulsChicago 18, L.A. Clippers 23. TechnicalsHollins, L.A. Clippers defensive three second. A19,245 (19,060).

Pistons 109, Nets 97

DETROIT (109): Smith 4-9 4-8 13, Monroe 8-12 2-4 18, Drummond 4-6 1-4 9, Jennings 2-10 10-10 14, Caldwell-Pope 2-10 0-0 5, Singler 3-7 4-6 11, Stuckey 10-16 7-8 27, Harrellson 2-4 0-0 4, Villanueva 3-6 0-0 8, Siva 0-0 0-0 0, Mitchell 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 38-80 28-40 109.

BROOKLYN (97): Pierce 5-13 7-7 19, Garnett 2-9 0-0 4, Blatche 5-12 0-0 10, Livingston 2-6 0-0 4, Johnson 12-18 2-3 34, Plumlee 1-1 3-6 5, Anderson 3-8 0-0 7, Taylor 2-5 0-0 4, Evans 0-0 1-2 1, Shengelia 0-0 0-0 0, Teletovic 3-5 0-0 9. Totals 35-77 13-18 97.

Detroit 23 21 34 31— 109

Brooklyn 19 32 15 31— 97

3-Point GoalsDetroit 5-17 (Villanueva 2-4, Singler 1-2, Caldwell-Pope 1-3, Smith 1-3, Stuckey 0-1, Harrellson 0-2, Jennings 0-2), Brooklyn 14-26 (Johnson 8-10, Teletovic 3-4, Pierce 2-4, Anderson 1-4, Blatche 0-1, Garnett 0-1, Taylor 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDetroit 55 (Monroe 11), Brooklyn 46 (Garnett 9). AssistsDetroit 20 (Jennings 10), Brooklyn 23 (Livingston 7). Total FoulsDetroit 19, Brooklyn 28. TechnicalsBrooklyn delay of game, Brooklyn defensive three second. A17,732 (17,732).

Thunder 95, Jazz 73

UTAH (73): Jefferson 3-6 0-0 8, Williams 2-8 0-0 4, Favors 3-7 2-4 8, Burke 2-9 0-0 4, Hayward 2-9 0-0 5, Lucas III 0-1 0-1 0, Kanter 3-5 4-8 10, Burks 3-8 2-5 8, Evans 1-2 0-0 2, Garrett 3-6 0-0 7, Clark 2-5 1-2 5, Gobert 3-3 4-9 10, Harris 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 28-71 13-29 73.

OKLAHOMA CITY (95): Durant 3-9 12-13 19, Ibaka 8-13 1-2 17, Perkins 2-4 0-0 4, Jackson 5-8 0-0 10, Sefolosha 3-6 2-2 9, Fisher 1-2 0-0 2, Adams 1-5 1-2 3, Lamb 7-13 1-1 15, Jones 5-7 0-0 13, Collison 0-0 0-0 0, Roberson 0-0 1-2 1, Gomes 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 36-71 18-22 95.

Utah 13 17 13 30— 73

Oklahoma City 22 25 28 20— 95

3-Point GoalsUtah 4-18 (Jefferson 2-4, Hayward 1-2, Garrett 1-3, Lucas III 0-1, Burks 0-1, Burke 0-2, Clark 0-2, Williams 0-3), Oklahoma City 5-12 (Jones 3-3, Durant 1-1, Sefolosha 1-3, Jackson 0-1, Lamb 0-2, Gomes 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsUtah 47 (Favors 9), Oklahoma City 51 (Ibaka 11). AssistsUtah 17 (Burke, Burks 4), Oklahoma City 24 (Jackson 7). Total FoulsUtah 19, Oklahoma City 24. TechnicalsOklahoma City defensive three second. A18,203 (18,203).

Lakers 100, Kings 86

SACRAMENTO (86): Mbah a Moute 2-5 0-2 4, Thompson 2-4 0-0 4, Cousins 6-14 5-7 17, Vasquez 9-18 0-0 20, McLemore 5-14 2-3 15, Outlaw 3-6 0-0 6, Thomas 4-11 0-1 9, Patterson 0-3 1-2 1, Salmons 2-4 0-0 5, Fredette 2-5 0-0 5, Ndiaye 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 35-84 8-15 86.

L.A. LAKERS (100): Johnson 3-4 0-0 7, Hill 5-12 0-0 10, Gasol 8-16 4-6 20, Blake 4-9 0-0 9, Meeks 6-10 1-1 14, Young 3-11 0-0 7, Williams 1-6 0-0 3, Henry 7-11 5-6 21, Farmar 3-8 2-2 9. Totals 40-87 12-15 100.

Sacramento 24 24 13 25— 86

L.A. Lakers 29 26 18 27— 100

3-Point GoalsSacramento 8-24 (McLemore 3-6, Vasquez 2-6, Salmons 1-2, Thomas 1-3, Fredette 1-3, Outlaw 0-2, Patterson 0-2), L.A. Lakers 8-26 (Henry 2-4, Johnson 1-2, Farmar 1-4, Meeks 1-4, Young 1-4, Blake 1-4, Williams 1-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsSacramento 55 (Cousins 8), L.A. Lakers 51 (Hill 13). AssistsSacramento 24 (Vasquez, Cousins 7), L.A. Lakers 20 (Blake 12). Total FoulsSacramento 17, L.A. Lakers 17. TechnicalsCousins, Sacramento defensive three second, Williams, L.A. Lakers defensive three second. A18,997 (18,997).

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