Friday, April 20, 2018
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Magic's surge sinks Pistons

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — J.J. Redick scored 23, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 42.8 seconds left, and the Magic rallied to beat the Pistons 110-106 Friday night.

Arron Afflalo scored 19 and Jameer Nelson added 13 points and 10 assists for Orlando, which had each of its starters score in double figures. Glen Davis had 17 points and 13 rebounds, and Nikola Vucevic finished with 11 points and 13 boards.

The Magic (3-5) began the day averaging just 88 points a game, but it scored 66 in the second half after trailing by as many as 13.

Greg Monroe had 23 points for Detroit, which has dropped nine of its first 10 games. The Pistons were coming off a 94-76 victory at Philadelphia on Wednesday that ended a franchise-worst 0-8 start.

Detroit had six players score in double figures, including each of its starters. Tayshaun Prince had 18 points, Kyle Singler scored 14 and Brandon Knight contributed 10 points and 12 assists.

The teams traded baskets and the lead for most of the fourth quarter, but the Magic kept getting to the offensive boards and built a 101-97 advantage with 1:25 to go. Jason Maxiell's three-point play made it a one-point game, and Singler hit two free throws to put Detroit up 102-101 with 47.7 seconds to go.

Redick then came off a screen to hit a 3, and Afflalo tied up Monroe to force a turnover at the other end. Davis made it a four-point game with a baby hook in the lane, and Redick clinched the game from the line.

Detroit led 50-44 at halftime, then expanded the advantage early in the third by exploiting Prince's matchup with Afflalo. Prince dominated his former teammate in the post, scoring 10 in the first four minutes of the half.

The Pistons built a 13-point lead, but Orlando rallied after Nelson gave a spirited pep talk during a timeout.

The Magic closed to 75-71 at the end of the third and tied it at 85 on Redick's 3-pointer with 8:16 to play.

Game highlights: Kevin Durant and Kevin Martin each scored 27, and the Thunder rolled to its sixth victory in seven games, 110-95 over the host Hornets. Oklahoma City shot 54 percent (40 of 74) and built leads as big as 30 in the first half and 34 in the second. Oklahoma City made 14 3-pointers, with Martin hitting six. … Jrue Holiday scored 26 as the 76ers beat the Jazz 99-93 to end a three-game home losing streak. … David West and George Hill each scored 15 as the host Pacers beat the Mavericks 103-83. … Former Gator David Lee had 18 points and 13 rebounds and the Warriors dominated inside during a 106-98 victory over the host Timberwolves.

Statue for Abdul-Jabbar: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's skyhook has been captured in bronze for future generations to see outside Staples Center in Los Angeles. The nearly 16-foot-tall statue of the top scorer in NBA history was unveiled alongside statues of fellow Lakers greats Magic Johnson and Jerry West. Abdul-Jabbar is depicted in his signature goggles and the 1980s short-shorts. "Having lived my life and had the experiences I've had, I can understand now what a man like Lou Gehrig means when he considers himself the luckiest man on the face of the earth," the 65-year-old Abdul-Jabbar said after revealing the statue under threatening clouds. "I'm glad we got here before the pigeons got to it."

Absent Rocket: Houston first-round pick Royce White wrote on Twitter that properly treating his mental-health condition is more important than his NBA career. White has been absent from Houston's practices for almost a week and called the team "inconsistent" in how it was helping him deal with his anxiety issues and obsessive compulsive disorder. According to an ESPN report, he will meet with the Rockets on Monday to discuss his future. White posted on Twitter: "I'm not PLANNING to quit, but if its between my HEALTH and BASKETBALL, health takes precedence." The team has not commented beyond White is "not available" and the Rockets will continue to support him.

Around the league: 76ers center Andrew Bynum said he suffered a "setback" in his return from a knee injury and a planned Dec. 10 return is now in question. He has a bone bruise on the right knee but now says his left knee has swelling. Bynum, who has yet to practice with the 76ers since being acquired in August, said: "I kind of have a mirror thing going on with my left knee. I don't know what's going on, but the doctors are saying pretty much that it's a weakened cartilage state." … Hornets GM Dell Demps agreed to a new multiyear contract extension but no details were released.

Magic 110, Pistons 106

ORLANDO (110): Afflalo 7-14 3-3 19, Davis 8-14 1-2 17, Vucevic 5-12 1-2 11, Nelson 4-11 4-4 13, Redick 7-13 6-6 23, Nicholson 3-8 0-0 6, Moore 3-6 0-0 6, McRoberts 3-4 0-0 7, Ayon 3-5 0-0 6, Harkless 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 44-89 15-17 110.

DETROIT (106): Prince 7-11 4-4 18, Maxiell 5-10 1-1 11, Monroe 9-12 5-5 23, Knight 4-12 1-2 10, Singler 5-10 3-4 14, Stuckey 4-7 1-2 9, Drummond 5-6 0-0 10, Bynum 1-5 0-0 2, Maggette 3-8 1-2 7, Jerebko 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 44-82 16-20 106.

Orlando 22 22 27 39— 110

Detroit 25 25 25 31— 106

3-Point GoalsOrlando 7-17 (Redick 3-7, Afflalo 2-4, McRoberts 1-1, Nelson 1-4, Moore 0-1), Detroit 2-8 (Singler 1-1, Knight 1-4, Bynum 0-1, Maggette 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOrlando 49 (Vucevic, Davis 13), Detroit 40 (Monroe 7). AssistsOrlando 27 (Nelson 10), Detroit 21 (Knight 12). Total FoulsOrlando 17, Detroit 18. TechnicalsDetroit defensive three second. A11,594.

Pacers 103, Mavericks 83

DALLAS (83): Marion 1-5 0-0 2, Brand 3-8 1-1 7, Kaman 4-12 0-0 8, Collison 3-10 4-4 10, Mayo 6-13 5-6 19, Carter 3-8 4-6 10, Beaubois 0-4 2-2 2, James 2-4 5-6 9, Murphy 2-5 0-0 4, Da.Jones 1-4 0-0 2, Crowder 2-3 0-0 4, Wright 3-5 0-0 6. Totals 30-81 21-25 83.

INDIANA (103): George 4-11 2-2 11, West 5-9 5-8 15, Hibbert 5-15 4-7 14, Hill 5-7 4-6 15, Stephenson 5-9 0-0 12, Green 2-6 1-1 5, T.Hansbrough 3-7 2-5 8, Mahinmi 3-6 1-2 7, Young 6-11 0-0 14, Augustin 0-0 0-0 0, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Pendergraph 1-1 0-0 2, Plumlee 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 39-83 19-31 103.

Dallas 24 25 18 16— 83

Indiana 24 24 28 27— 103

3-Point GoalsDallas 2-13 (Mayo 2-3, Beaubois 0-1, Murphy 0-1, Da.Jones 0-1, Crowder 0-1, Carter 0-3, Collison 0-3), Indiana 6-16 (Stephenson 2-3, Young 2-7, Hill 1-1, George 1-3, Green 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDallas 56 (Kaman 10), Indiana 55 (Hibbert 8). AssistsDallas 16 (Collison 4), Indiana 23 (Hill 7). Total FoulsDallas 23, Indiana 15. TechnicalsCarter. A15,110.

76ers 99, Jazz 93

UTAH (93): Ma.Williams 1-4 0-0 2, Millsap 9-15 2-2 22, Jefferson 5-14 5-7 15, M. Williams 5-14 0-0 12, Hayward 3-6 1-2 8, Favors 3-8 2-3 8, Foye 2-7 0-0 5, Kanter 2-5 0-0 4, Tinsley 0-2 0-0 0, Carroll 6-6 4-4 17. Totals 36-81 14-18 93.

PHILADELPHIA (99): Turner 5-11 0-0 11, T.Young 7-14 0-0 14, Brown 1-5 0-0 2, Holiday 10-21 4-4 26, Richardson 7-12 1-2 20, Allen 5-11 0-0 10, Hawes 2-5 0-0 4, Wright 0-2 0-0 0, Ivey 0-1 0-0 0, N.Young 3-5 4-4 12. Totals 40-87 9-10 99.

Utah 20 23 21 29— 93

Philadelphia 30 22 19 28— 99

3-Point GoalsUtah 7-22 (Millsap 2-4, M. Williams 2-7, Carroll 1-1, Foye 1-3, Hayward 1-4, Ma.Williams 0-1, Tinsley 0-2), Philadelphia 10-18 (Richardson 5-7, N.Young 2-3, Holiday 2-4, Turner 1-3, Wright 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsUtah 43 (Jefferson 9), Philadelphia 54 (Richardson, T.Young, Allen 8). AssistsUtah 23 (Tinsley 6), Philadelphia 20 (Holiday 7). Total FoulsUtah 15, Philadelphia 19. A15,851.

Thunder 110, Hornets 95

OKLAHOMA CITY (110): Durant 9-12 5-6 27, Ibaka 7-9 1-1 15, Perkins 2-4 0-0 4, Westbrook 3-11 4-6 10, Sefolosha 3-6 2-2 11, Martin 9-17 3-3 27, Collison 1-1 0-0 2, Maynor 1-3 0-0 3, Thabeet 1-2 1-2 3, Jones 2-4 0-0 4, Jackson 1-1 0-0 2, Lamb 1-4 0-0 2, Liggins 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 40-74 16-20 110.

NEW ORLEANS (95): Aminu 3-7 3-4 9, Davis 4-14 0-0 8, Lopez 3-8 6-7 12, Vasquez 2-6 3-4 7, Rivers 4-8 0-0 9, Miller 1-2 1-1 4, Anderson 6-11 0-0 15, Mason 4-7 2-2 11, Smith 2-3 4-6 8, Roberts 3-9 2-2 9, Thomas 1-3 1-2 3. Totals 33-78 22-28 95.

Oklahoma City 36 30 28 16— 110

New Orleans 18 19 30 28— 95

3-Point GoalsOklahoma City 14-29 (Martin 6-11, Durant 4-5, Sefolosha 3-6, Maynor 1-2, Lamb 0-1, Westbrook 0-4), New Orleans 7-12 (Anderson 3-3, Mason 1-1, Miller 1-1, Roberts 1-2, Rivers 1-2, Davis 0-1, Vasquez 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOklahoma City 43 (Thabeet, Durant 9), New Orleans 46 (Davis 11). AssistsOklahoma City 31 (Westbrook 12), New Orleans 23 (Vasquez, Roberts 7). Total FoulsOklahoma City 24, New Orleans 20. TechnicalsWestbrook, Vasquez. A15,458.

Warriors 106, Wolves 98

GOLDEN STATE (106): Barnes 8-15 2-2 18, D.Lee 8-15 2-3 18, Ezeli 2-2 0-0 4, Curry 7-12 3-3 17, Thompson 5-14 1-2 12, Biedrins 0-0 0-0 0, Landry 6-8 3-5 15, Jack 5-9 2-2 13, Jefferson 1-6 0-1 2, Green 0-1 3-4 3, Jenkins 1-3 2-4 4. Totals 43-85 18-26 106.

MINNESOTA (98): Kirilenko 5-9 6-8 18, Williams 8-16 6-6 23, Stiemsma 1-3 3-4 5, Ridnour 3-11 2-3 9, M.Lee 0-2 0-0 0, Shved 8-17 3-4 22, Amundson 0-2 1-2 1, Howard 3-10 0-0 6, Cunningham 6-9 2-2 14. Totals 34-79 23-29 98.

Golden State 22 31 29 24— 106

Minnesota 27 23 19 29— 98

3-Point GoalsGolden St. 2-15 (Jack 1-1, Thompson 1-6, Green 0-1, Jefferson 0-2, Barnes 0-2, Curry 0-3), Minnesota 7-18 (Shved 3-8, Kirilenko 2-3, Williams 1-2, Ridnour 1-4, Howard 0-1). Fouled OutCurry. ReboundsGolden St. 57 (D.Lee 13), Min. 44 (Williams 7). AssistsGolden St. 21 (Curry 6), Min. 19 (Shved 7). Total FoulsGolden St. 26, Minnesota 23. TechnicalsGolden St. defensive three second, Shved. A16,013.

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