Embiid helps 76ers beat Pacers 106-89
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Devin Booker scored 13 straight Phoenix points during a decisive fourth-quarter stretch and finished with 37, and the Suns snapped the NBA’s longest active losing streak to one opponent at 18 games by beating the Golden State Warriors 115-111 on Sunday night.
The Suns beat Golden State for the first time since a 107-95 victory on Nov. 9, 2014, and earned their first road win in 20 tries against the Western Conference this season.
Klay Thompson’s two free throws with 1:04 to go made it 111-108. Andre Iguodala secured a rebound after two missed Suns shots but Stephen Curry missed on a 3 with 23 seconds left. Booker then converted two free throws.
Golden State star Kevin Durant had 25 points before leaving with a bruised right ankle midway through the fourth on a night his teammates struggled from near and far. The cold-shooting Warriors couldn’t overcome Booker’s late onslaught in losing to lowly Phoenix.
Embiid returned to the lineup after being sidelined by a sore left knee. The Sixers went 4-4 without the All-Star center.
With Embiid back, the Sixers (42-25) moved into a tie with Indiana for third in the East, and they hold the tiebreaker over the Pacers by virtue of their 3-1 record in the season series.
The Pacers missed 17 of 20 shots in the third quarter and scored only 11 points while falling behind 72-70 after holding a 14-point lead.
Bojan Bogdanovic led the Pacers with 18 points.
Dallas lost for the 10th time in 11 games.
Doncic appeared to hurt his left knee in the fourth quarter and limped off the court for a timeout with 4:17 to play, but he stayed in the game.
Toronto’s only other game with 21 3s was against Philadelphia in 2005.
San Antonio has beaten the top three teams in the East at home after topping Philadelphia in December and Toronto in January.
Milwaukee’s lead atop the Eastern Conference was cut to two games ahead of Toronto.
The Bulls have lost four of five, including twice to Detroit in three days.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Taj Gibson scored a season-high 25 points, powering short-handed Minnesota to the win.
New Orleans star Anthony Davis had 15 points and eight rebounds in about 21 minutes after missing Friday night’s loss to Toronto with back spasms.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Mike Conley scored 14 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, helping Memphis to its third straight win.
Nikola Vucevic led the Magic with 26 points and 10 rebounds, and Terrence Ross added 15 points. Orlando has lost three of its last four, again failing to work its way into the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot.
- Dallas Mavericks
- Detroit Pistons
- Golden State Warriors
- Houston Rockets
- Joel Embiid
- Memphis Grizzlies
- Minnesota Timberwolves
- New Orleans Pelicans
- Philadelphia 76ers
- Phoenix Suns
- San Antonio Spurs
- Toronto Raptors