NBA roundup: Jalen Green, Rockets end 13-game skid


Jan. 24 — Jalen Green scored 11 of his 42 career points in the fourth quarter, and the Houston Rockets held on to a 119-114 home win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday, conceding one loss in 13 games had to.

After missing 10 of 13 shots and committing six turnovers in a loss Saturday in Minnesota, Green was electric in the rematch. The Timberwolves were 11 behind early in the fourth quarter, but Anthony Edwards pulled them to 100-99 with a 5:06 left with a 3-pointer.

Green responded with a driving layup, a 3-pointer, an elbow jumper, and a blocked shot in succession. He answered another Edwards-Trey with a 3-pointer of his own for a 112-103 lead by 41 seconds. Green added a free throw with 10.7 seconds remaining.

Green shot 15 of 25 from the floor, including 6 of 12 from behind the arc. Alperen Sengun added 21 points, seven rebounds and seven assists as Houston ended a 10-game home field slip.

Dollars 150, butts 130

Milwaukee scored 49 points in the first quarter and set a season-high in points while overwhelming host Detroit.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, who missed the last five games with a left knee pain, scored 20 points in the first quarter and finished the tournament with 29 points and 12 rebounds. Brook Lopez had 21 points, Bobby Portis had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Jevon Carter also had 18 points for the Bucks.

Bojan Bogdanovic led the Pistons with 33 points. Rookie Jalen Duren delivered a career-best 23 points and 15 rebounds, and Saddiq Bey had 21 points. Bogdanovic scored 20 points in the third quarter, but Milwaukee still led 115-92 at the end of the quarter. The Bucks have won 16 of their last 17 regular-season encounters with Detroit, dating back to the 2018-19 season.

Trailblazer 147, Spurs 127

Damian Lillard recorded 37 points and 12 assists to move up to seventh on the all-time 3-point list while leading Portland past the San Antonio visit.

Lillard’s seventh and final three of the night was the 2,283. of his career and put him past Jason Terry. Lillard is just seven triples behind sixth-place Vince Carter. Anfernee Simons had 26 points and Jusuf Nurkic added 25 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists and three steals as the Trail Blazers went on a three-game losing streak.

Keldon Johnson had 20 points and Jeremy Sochan had 18 for Spurs, who have lost for the 10th time in their last 12 games.

Kings 133, Grizzlies 100

Domantas Sabonis recorded a triple-double and his Sacramento took advantage of Ja Morant’s absence to pull away from Memphis.

In a matchup with defensive ace Jaren Jackson Jr., Sabonis had 14 points to supplement his game bests in rebounds (10) and assists (11). His sixth triple-double of the season and his second in the last three games helped the Kings win their seventh in their last eight games.

After three games – including back-to-back losses – decided by a total of four points over the previous five days, the Grizzlies decided to give Morant a night off, citing a sore left ankle. Veteran Steven Adams was also seated with a sore right knee, leaving the Grizzlies shorthanded as they attempted to end a two-game losing streak.

Magic 113, Celtic’s 98

Paolo Banchero posted a team-high with 23 points and Wendell Carter Jr. finished the tournament with 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead Orlando to a home win over Boston.

It was the Magic’s third win over the Celtics in four attempts this season. It also ended Boston’s nine-game winning streak. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown each scored 26 points for the Celtics, who committed 18 turnovers.

Orlando’s 2017 NBA draft pick Jonathan Isaac returned to action after missing the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. The injury happened in the 2020 NBA restart against the Sacramento Kings.

Bulls 111, Hawks 100

DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points, Zach LaVine added 20 and Nikola Vucevic hit a double-double of 14 points and 17 rebounds as host Chicago beat Atlanta.

Chicago extended its winning streak to three games, a season high, while sending the Hawks to their second straight loss. The Bulls led by as much as 13 points and overcame their worst first quarter of the season by 17 points.

Patrick Williams had a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Alex Caruso (12 points) and Coby White (10) also finished in double figures for Chicago. Trae Young advanced Atlanta with 21 points and 13 assists and joined Clint Capela (16 points, 12 rebounds) with a double-double.

Jazz 120, Hornets 102

Lauri Markkanen scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Utah to a win over Charlotte in Salt Lake City.

Jordan Clarkson added 18 points for Utah, who have won three of their last four. Mike Conley added 14 points and Walker Kessler contributed 13 points and nine boards.

Terry Rozier scored 23 points and Mason Plumlee scored 18 for the Hornets, who had back-to-back wins on their current four-game road trip. LaMelo Ball (left ankle sprain) missed his second straight game.

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