(REUTERS) – DeMar DeRozan scored 19 of his game-high 38 factors within the fourth quarter and Nikola Vucevic registered a double-double of 19 factors and 13 rebounds to spice up the host Chicago Bulls to a 115-110 win in opposition to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday (Dec 19).
Missing a number of gamers in Covid-19 protocols, the Bulls prevailed of their first motion since a loss at Miami on Dec 11. The crew had two postponements through the previous week. Lonzo Ball added 19 factors for the Bulls, whereas Alex Caruso had 17 factors and 9 rebounds.
LeBron James saved the Lakers afloat with 31 factors and 14 rebounds. Russell Westbrook narrowly missed a triple-double, accumulating 20 factors, 9 rebounds and eight assists, whereas Carmelo Anthony (21 factors) and Isaiah Thomas (13) additionally completed in double figures.
Los Angeles performed its first sport with out Anthony Davis, who’s slated to overlook 4 weeks after struggling a sprained MCL in his left knee throughout Friday’s loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
In Detroit, Saddiq Bey poured in 26 factors and hosts Detroit Pistons ended their franchise record-tying 14-game shedding streak with a 100-90 victory over visiting Miami.
Hamidou Diallo contributed 15 factors and 7 rebounds for Detroit, which recorded its first victory since a 97-89 choice over Indiana on Nov. 17.
The Heat’s Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, Tyler Herro, Markieff Morris and Victor Oladipo all missed the sport as a result of accidents. Forward P.J. Tucker left the sport within the third quarter with a left knee ailment. Max Strus led the Heat with 24 factors off the bench, whereas Kyle Lowry tallied 19 factors, 10 rebounds and 5 assists.
Damian Lillard scored 32 factors and Norman Powell contributed seven of his 28 factors on essential photographs down the stretch as visiting Portland snapped Memphis’ five-game profitable streak to win 105-100.
Robert Covington got here off the bench so as to add 13 factors for Portland, which has earned consecutive wins for the primary time since a four-game win streak from Nov 15-23. Covington additionally grabbed eight rebounds and blocked 4 photographs to contribute to a essential defensive effort.
The Blazers held Memphis to only 35 of 91 taking pictures from the ground (38.5 p.c), together with 9 of 34 (26.5 p.c) from three-point vary. Dillon Brooks led the Grizzlies with a career-high 37 factors.
The sport between the Phoenix Suns and Charlotte Hornets noticed JaVale McGee scoring 19 factors to steer 9 Suns in double figures as Phoenix cruised to a 137-106 win over visiting Charlotte.
Devin Booker returned from a seven-game absence and scored 16 factors for Phoenix, which led by as many as 29 within the first half and set season highs in factors scored, assists (35) and made 3-pointers (20). Mikal Bridges scored 16 factors and Landry Shamet had 15, whereas Deandre Ayton tallied 15 factors and 15 rebounds.
Miles Bridges scored 26 factors and Kelly Oubre Jr. had 18 to steer Charlotte.
P.J. Washington added 13, Jalen McDaniels had 10 and LaMelo Ball recorded 9 factors, 10 rebounds and 7 assists.
Over in Sacremento, Buddy Hield poured in 29 factors, 18 of them within the fourth quarter, as Covid-ravaged Sacramento defeated visiting San Antonio 121-114.
The Kings have been with out six gamers – together with Marvin Bagley III, De’Aaron Fox, Davion Mitchell and Alex Len – in addition to interim coach Alvin Gentry and a number of other employees members due to Covid-19. The Kings additionally bought 27 factors and a career-high-tying 11 assists from Tyrese Haliburton and a career-best 23 factors by Damian Jones. Harrison Barnes added 14 factors within the win.
Dejounte Murray paced the Spurs with 25 factors within the loss, with Lonnie Walker IV scoring 19 factors, Bryn Forbes hitting for 18, Keldon Johnson racking up 16 factors and 11 rebounds, and Devin Vassell tallying 11.
In Minneapolis, Karl-Anthony Towns scored 24 factors, D’Angelo Russell added 22 and Minnesota held on for a 111-105 win over Dallas.
Jaylen Nowell completed with 16 factors off the bench for the Timberwolves, who’ve gained 4 video games in a row. The rating was tied at 91 with 10 minutes remaining earlier than Minnesota then went on decisive a 12-6 run, capped by a Jaden McDaniels 3-pointer.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 28 factors on 10-for-19 taking pictures for the Mavericks.
Dorian Finney-Smith completed with 23 factors on 9-for-13 taking pictures, and Jalen Brunson registered 18 factors and 11 assists.