Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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Wizards spoil Durant's homecoming

WASHINGTON — John Wall scored 15 of his 17 in the second half, and the Wizards took advantage of a rare off game from hometown star Kevin Durant in a 96-81 win over the Thunder on Saturday that stopped Oklahoma City's 10-game winning streak.

Two days after being selected to the All-Star Game for the first time, Wall also had 15 assists and six steals and went 7-of-11 from the field after halftime, more than making up for an 0-for-7 first half. Trevor Ariza added 18 points and did a solid job defending D.C. native Durant, whose 26 points came on 8-for-21 shooting, including 0-for-6 from 3-point range, along with five turnovers.

The win moved the Wizards to .500 for the seventh time this season. A win Monday against the Blazers would give Washington a winning record for the first time since October 2009.

A night after going 12-for-12 from the field, Serge Ibaka went 6-for-12 and scored 14 for the Thunder, which had a collective slump one night after shooting a league season-high 63.6 percent from the field in a 25-point win over the Nets.

The Thunder's only lead was 2-0. Oklahoma City committed 21 turnovers, 10 in the first quarter. The Thunder, which averaged 110.2 points during the win streak and had at least 100 in every game, matched its season low. It did have a chance to tie in the second half when Derek Fisher was fouled while making a 3-pointer, but he missed the free throw that would have evened it at 58.

From there, Wall and the Wizards pulled away. A Durant turnover became a Wall dunk. Durant made three free throws after an embellishment that made the officials believe he was shooting while getting fouled by Garrett Temple, but Wall answered with a floater that gave Washington a 78-64 lead after three quarters.

The Thunder didn't challenge the rest of the way, failing to get within single digits in the fourth.

PACERS NIP NETS: Paul George and Roy Hibbert both had 20, and the host Pacers overcame an early deficit to beat the Nets 97-96.

Lance Stephenson, left out of the All-Star Game despite leading the league in triple-doubles, added 14 points for the Pacers, who improved the league's best home record to 22-2. David West had 17 points and George Hill scored 10.

Shaun Livingston had a season-high 24 points for the Nets, who couldn't hold an early seven-point lead against the Eastern Conference leaders.

Joe Johnson, an All-Star selection, spent much of the night dueling with Stephenson and scored 16 for the Nets, who have lost three straight since starting January with 11 wins in 12 games.

Paul Pierce scored 15, Deron Williams 13 and Kevin Garnett 12 for the Nets.

Brooklyn tied the score at 76 on Livingston's two free throws with 10 minutes left, but Hibbert converted a three-point play and Indiana never trailed again.

PACERS SIGN BYNUM: The Pacers signed free agent center Andrew Bynum for $1 million for the remainder of the season, ESPN reported.

"We are obviously happy to have him join our team," Pacers executive Larry Bird said. "He gives us added size, he is a skilled big man and he has championship experience. With the minutes he gets, he should be a valuable addition."

The move prevents the Heat from signing the 7-foot-1, 285-pound center as had been widely speculated.

"It really wasn't a hard decision, I think it's the right fit for me and, in all honesty, I think we've got the best chance of winning," Bynum said. "It will be great to back up Roy (Hibbert) and I'll do whatever I can to help this team."

Bynum played with the Lakers from 2005-12 until being traded to the 76ers. After missing a season with knee injuries, Bynum signed with the Cavs as a free agent before being suspended indefinitely. Bynum was traded to the Bulls, who released him to avoid paying the remaining $6 million owed this season.

Bynum has career averages of 11.5 points per game and 7.7 rebounds, and his best season was 2011-12 when he averaged 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Kyle Korver scored 24, including three 3-pointers in a third-quarter stretch that gave the host Hawks the lead, and Atlanta overcame Kevin Love's 43 points to beat the Timberwolves 120-113. Paul Millsap had 20 points and 13 rebounds before fouling out late. A dunk by Minnesota's Corey Brewer with 2:55 left cut Atlanta's lead to 107-104. … Andre Drummond had 22 points and 14 rebounds, and the host Pistons frontcourt overwhelmed the short-handed 76ers for a 113-96 victory. Greg Monroe added 21 points and 12 rebounds. Philadelphia was without Michael Carter-Williams, out with a sore right shoulder. The Pistons have won back-to-back games at the Palace for the first time since their first two home games of the season.

LATE FRIDAY: Stephen Curry scored a season-high 44, including eight 3-pointers, to lead the Warriors past Utah 95-90 on a night the Jazz honored former coach Jerry Sloan. A banner featuring the number "1223" was raised representing the combined number of Sloan's regular-season (1,127) and playoff (96) victories with the Jazz.

Pacers 97, Nets 96

BROOKLYN (96): J.Johnson 6-14 2-2 16, Pierce 3-9 7-7 15, Garnett 6-9 0-0 12, Williams 3-12 5-5 13, Livingston 10-18 4-4 24, Plumlee 2-4 2-3 6, Anderson 3-5 0-0 7, Teletovic 1-2 0-0 2, Terry 0-4 1-2 1, Evans 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-77 21-23 96.

INDIANA (97): George 7-19 4-4 20, West 5-7 7-8 17, Hibbert 7-13 6-6 20, G.Hill 3-8 3-4 10, Stephenson 5-8 4-4 14, Granger 1-7 6-7 8, Scola 1-3 0-0 2, Watson 1-4 1-2 3, Mahinmi 1-4 1-2 3. Totals 31-73 32-37 97.

Brooklyn 24 21 25 26— 96

Indiana 25 21 26 25— 97

3-Point GoalsBrooklyn 7-23 (J.Johnson 2-5, Williams 2-6, Pierce 2-6, Anderson 1-3, Teletovic 0-1, Terry 0-2), Indiana 3-15 (George 2-6, G.Hill 1-5, Granger 0-2, Watson 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBrooklyn 32 (Garnett 10), Indiana 60 (George 8). AssistsBrooklyn 15 (Williams 6), Indiana 17 (West 7). Total FoulsBrooklyn 28, Indiana 20. TechnicalsIndiana Coach Vogel. A18,165 (18,165).

Wizards 96, Thunder 81

OKLAHOMA CITY (81): Durant 8-21 10-10 26, Ibaka 6-12 2-2 14, Perkins 0-3 0-0 0, Jackson 6-17 0-0 12, Sefolosha 3-5 0-0 8, Collison 1-1 0-0 2, Jones 1-5 3-4 5, Fisher 2-5 0-1 6, Adams 1-2 0-0 2, Lamb 3-7 0-0 6. Totals 31-78 15-17 81.

WASHINGTON (96): Ariza 7-15 1-1 18, Nene 8-12 0-2 17, Gortat 7-13 0-0 14, Wall 7-18 3-4 17, Beal 3-12 0-0 7, Webster 3-9 2-2 10, Seraphin 2-2 0-0 4, Booker 1-4 0-0 2, Temple 3-4 0-0 7. Totals 41-89 6-9 96.

Okla. City 13 25 26 17— 81

Washington 25 17 36 18— 96

3-Point GoalsOklahoma City 4-24 (Sefolosha 2-2, Fisher 2-5, Ibaka 0-2, Jones 0-2, Lamb 0-3, Jackson 0-4, Durant 0-6), Washington 8-24 (Ariza 3-7, Webster 2-7, Nene 1-1, Temple 1-1, Beal 1-6, Wall 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOklahoma City 51 (Jackson, Ibaka 8), Washington 49 (Gortat 14). AssistsOklahoma City 19 (Durant 7), Washington 28 (Wall 15). Total FoulsOklahoma City 18, Washington 18. A20,356 (20,308).

Hawks 120, Timberwolves 113

MINNESOTA (113): Brewer 5-7 0-0 10, Love 12-22 17-18 43, Turiaf 2-4 1-2 5, Rubio 1-3 3-4 5, K.Martin 5-14 6-7 17, D.Cunningham 2-5 2-2 6, Barea 5-11 0-0 12, Shved 3-9 2-4 9, Price 0-3 0-0 0, Mbah a Moute 1-3 2-2 4, Budinger 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 37-84 33-39 113.

ATLANTA (120): Carroll 6-15 5-6 19, Millsap 9-18 2-3 20, Ayon 1-4 0-0 2, Teague 6-15 6-6 19, Korver 7-9 7-8 24, Brand 4-10 0-1 8, Williams 2-5 2-2 7, Mack 3-7 0-0 7, Schroder 0-0 0-0 0, Scott 5-9 3-4 14. Totals 43-92 25-30 120.

Minnesota 24 30 21 38— 113

Atlanta 25 23 38 34— 120

3-Point GoalsMinnesota 6-16 (Love 2-3, Barea 2-4, K.Martin 1-3, Shved 1-4, Rubio 0-1, Price 0-1), Atlanta 9-23 (Korver 3-5, Carroll 2-6, Mack 1-2, Williams 1-2, Scott 1-2, Teague 1-3, Brand 0-1, Millsap 0-2). Fouled OutRubio, Millsap. ReboundsMinnesota 53 (Love 19), Atlanta 54 (Millsap 13). AssistsMinnesota 25 (Rubio 11), Atlanta 30 (Teague 8). Total FoulsMinnesota 24, Atlanta 27. TechnicalsBarea 2, Minnesota Bench. Ejected—Barea. A13,018 (18,729).

Pistons 113, 76ers 96

PHILADELPHIA (96): Turner 5-13 5-6 15, Young 7-14 0-3 14, Hawes 2-8 0-0 4, Wroten 8-19 2-2 18, Anderson 5-11 1-2 12, Thompson 3-7 0-1 7, Allen 1-4 2-2 4, Williams 5-9 2-3 15, Dedmon 2-4 3-4 7. Totals 38-89 15-23 96.

DETROIT (113): Smith 4-10 1-5 9, Monroe 8-10 5-9 21, Drummond 10-11 2-5 22, Jennings 6-17 6-7 20, Caldwell-Pope 4-11 2-2 12, Stuckey 0-4 1-2 1, Singler 6-12 5-6 20, Bynum 2-5 2-4 6, Harrellson 0-4 0-0 0, Datome 0-4 0-0 0, Jerebko 0-1 0-0 0, Villanueva 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 41-92 24-40 113.

Philadelphia 22 27 21 26— 96

Detroit 32 25 36 20— 113

3-Point GoalsPhiladelphia 5-21 (Williams 3-4, Thompson 1-2, Anderson 1-4, Allen 0-1, Turner 0-1, Wroten 0-3, Hawes 0-3, Young 0-3), Detroit 7-25 (Singler 3-5, Caldwell-Pope 2-5, Jennings 2-7, Bynum 0-1, Stuckey 0-1, Villanueva 0-2, Datome 0-2, Smith 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsPhiladelphia 55 (Hawes 8), Detroit 71 (Drummond 14). AssistsPhiladelphia 17 (Wroten 5), Detroit 23 (Smith 7). Total FoulsPhiladelphia 28, Detroit 20. TechnicalsTurner, Jennings. A16,649 (22,076).

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