NBA roundup: Lakers’ huge rally stuns Clippers

By Thomson Reuters Feb 29, 2024 | 1:19 AM

LeBron James scored 19 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter and Anthony Davis finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds as the visiting Los Angeles Lakers overcame a 21-point deficit in the final period to pull off a 116-112 victory over the short-handed Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.

D’Angelo Russell scored 18 points and Rui Hachimura added 17 as the Lakers defeated the Clippers for the third time in four games and won the season series between the teams for the first time since 2011-12. The Clippers had won 11 consecutive meetings entering this season.

The comeback came as the teams played the final regular-season game against each other as co-tenants of Crypto.com Arena, formerly Staples Center. The teams have shared the building since 1999-2000. The Clippers are set to move to the new Intuit Dome in nearby Inglewood, Calif., next season.

Kawhi Leonard scored 26 points and James Harden added 23 as the Clippers lost for the fifth time in their past eight games. Leonard had the chance to tie the score with seven seconds remaining, but his shot over James was short.

Bulls 132, Cavaliers 123 (2OT)

DeMar DeRozan had 35 points and 10 rebounds, Nikola Vucevic added 24 points and 13 rebounds, and Chicago outlasted visiting Cleveland in double overtime.

Ayo Dosunmu scored 21 points and Andre Drummond had 17 points and a season-high 26 rebounds for Chicago, which scored the first eight points in double overtime. Coby White had 14 points and 12 assists, and rookie Onuralp Bitim chipped in a career-high 10 points. Chicago outrebounded Cleveland 74-39 and snapped a seven-game losing streak against the Cavaliers.

Evan Mobley led Cleveland with 25 points and 13 rebounds, while Darius Garland made a season-high seven 3-pointers and scored 23 points. Donovan Mitchell added 19 points, Caris LeVert chipped in 14 points and a career-high 15 assists, Isaac Okoro scored 13, and Jarrett Allen and Max Strus each had 11.

Timberwolves 110, Grizzlies 101

Anthony Edwards scored 34 points on 11-for-21 shooting, and Minnesota overcame a slow start to earn a win over Memphis in Minneapolis.

Naz Reid added 19 points on 6-for-11 shooting off the bench for the Timberwolves, who won their third game in a row and their second in as many nights. Karl-Anthony Towns posted a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 33 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to lead Memphis, which lost its third consecutive contest. Ziaire Williams scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds, and GG Jackson scored 14 points off the bench.

Pacers 123, Pelicans 114

Pascal Siakam, Tyrese Haliburton and Myles Turner had double-doubles and host Indiana never trailed in defeating New Orleans.

Siakam had 24 points and 11 rebounds, Haliburton had 17 points and 13 assists and Turner had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Bennedict Mathurin and Obi Toppin added 16 points each and Ben Sheppard scored 11.

Brandon Ingram scored 30 points, Zion Williamson and CJ McCollum had 23 each, Herbert Jones had 14 and Trey Murphy III added 11 for the Pelicans.

Mavericks 136, Raptors 125

Luka Doncic had 30 points, 11 rebounds and 16 assists, and visiting Dallas defeated Toronto.

It was the 11th triple-double of the season and the 67th of his career for Doncic, who turned 25 on Wednesday.

Scottie Barnes had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Raptors, who had their three-game winning streak end. Immanuel Quickley scored 28 points and RJ Barrett added 26 points. Jakob Poeltl had 16 points, Kelly Olynyk chipped in 13 and Gary Trent Jr. scored 11.

Nuggets 117, Kings 96

Nikola Jokic put up 14 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists, and host Denver cruised past Sacramento.

Jokic, who sat out the fourth quarter of the blowout, has logged triple-doubles in each of his past four games, giving him 19 this season. He helped the Nuggets avoid getting swept in the four-game season series against the Kings.

Keegan Murray scored 21 points, Chris Duarte added 18 points, Malik Monk contributed 14 points and Domantas Sabonis finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for Sacramento.

–Field Level Media