NBA Roundup: Joel Embiid, Sixers sink Jazz in dying seconds | WKZO | Everything Kalamazoo

Joel Embiid hit a game-winning shot five seconds from time and James Harden shot 18 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 118-117 win over the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City on Saturday.

Embiid finished with 30 points and seven rebounds, Tyrese Maxey had 21 points and Shake Milton contributed 17 as the 76ers started a five-game Western Conference road trip on the right note.

Jordan Clarkson led the shorthanded Jazz with 38 points, nine rebounds and five assists. He briefly gave Utah a 13-second lead with a go-ahead bucket after the Jazz recovered from a 20-point deficit in the first half. Talen Horton-Tucker scored 20 points off the bench for Utah, who were without four regulars, including top scorer Lauri Markkanen, who was sidelined with a left hip injury.

Clarkson held the Jazz in with 17 points in the fourth quarter. After Embiid shared two free throws, Walker tipped Kessler into a Clarkson miss to give the Jazz their first lead of the game, 115-114, with 33.9 seconds left. The teams traded leads in the waning moments, with Harden making a short jump followed by Clarkson, who hit his starting shot ahead of Embiid’s game-winner.

Trailblazer 136, Maverick’s 119

Damian Lillard recorded 36 points and 10 assists while outplaying Luka Doncic to lead Portland to a convincing win over Dallas.

NBA leading scorer Doncic had his worst 15 points of the season — 19 below his average — with 10 assists and six rebounds. He was only 7 of 19 out of the field and missed all five 3-point attempts. Lillard shot 11 of 20, including 4 of 11 from behind the arc, as the Trail Blazers ended a run of six straight losses to Dallas. A second round Lillard vs. Luka will also take place in Portland on Sunday night.

Reggie Bullock hit two straight 3-pointers to put Dallas 85-74 with a 6:14 at halftime. Back-to-back Treys from Jerami Grant and Gary Payton II gave Portland a 106-88 lead in the last minute before Doncic’s basket left the Mavericks with 16 points in the fourth quarter. Lillard scored four straight points and Anfernee Simons hit a three during a 7-0 run that made it 125-101 with 6-41 points remaining and Portland drove to the finish.

Heat 111, dollars 95

Gabe Vincent scored 27 points as Miami secured a win over the Milwaukee visit.

Bam Adebayo led the charge down and finished the season with his 21st double-double by amassing 20 points and 13 rebounds. Victor Oladipo scored 20 points and Jimmy Butler added 16. Milwaukee had six players who scored in double digits, including all five starters. Bobby Portis led the team with 15 points while Jrue Holiday had 12 points and 10 assists.

The Heat led by as much as 15 points in the second quarter, but the Bucks were able to reduce the deficit to one in the third. However, Miami prevailed just under halfway through the final third and went on a 13-0 run to play 7-13 with a commanding 97-79 lead.

Grizzlies 130, Pacers 112

Desmond Bane scored 25 points, Ja Morant added 23 points and 10 assists, and Memphis extended their winning streak to a season-high nine games with a resounding victory over Indiana in Indianapolis.

Santi Aldama had 17 points, Ziaire Williams had 13, and Steven Adams had 10 points and nine rebounds for the Grizzlies, who led by as many as 34. Memphis improved to a season high of 16 games over .500 when Jaren Jackson Jr. finished with two blocks and extended his multi-block streak to a franchise-record 13 games

Chris Duarte scored 25 points to lead Indiana while Bennedict Mathurin added 16, TJ McConnell had 13 points and 11 assists, and Isaiah Jackson added 12 points. Indiana lost its third series while shooting 36.9 percent from the field and 11 of 47 (23.4 percent) from 3-point range.

Celtics 122, Hornets 106

Jayson Tatum accumulated 33 points and Malcolm Brogdon had a season-high 30 as Boston clinched a second-half road win over Charlotte.

Tatum shot 12 to 27 from the field (4 to 14 from 3-point range) and Brogdon came off the bench to make 11 of 17 shots from the ground (4 to 6 on 3-point attempts). Al Horford had 16 points and Marcus Smart added 13 and 12 assists for the Celtics, who made 19 baskets from 3-point range to win their sixth straight game.

Charlotte only scored 40 points in the second half after taking the lead at the break. LaMelo Ball led the Hornets with 31 points while Terry Rozier had 21 points and PJ Washington had 14 points. Mason Plumlee added nine points and 16 rebounds.

Falcons 114, birds of prey 103

Trae Young had 29 points and nine assists, and the Atlanta visit ran wire to wire to defeat Toronto.

Dejounte Murray added 27 points and eight rebounds for Hawks, who won the season series between the teams 2-1. Scottie Barnes had 27 points and 12 rebounds for the Raptors, who finished a 3-3 homestand. Pascal Siakam added 15 points before fouling.

The Raptors scored the first four points of the fourth quarter. Chris Boucher’s 3-pointer cut the lead to nine at 8:24. De’Andre Hunter responded with a 3-pointer with 8:03 left. Barnes had four straight points and cut the lead to eight at 5:47. Murray came back with four straight points. Boucher hit a 3-pointer to cut the 3:14 lead to seven, but Toronto never managed to make a comeback.

Timberwolves 110, Cavaliers 102

Anthony Edwards scored 26 points, gave out seven assists and snatched six rebounds, and Minnesota’s bench contributed 56 points en route to a win over Cleveland in Minneapolis.

Minnesota’s backups helped carry much of the offensive load on a night when Edwards was the only Timberwolves starter to hit double digits. Edwards shot 10 of 18 off the floor en route to his game high, including 3 of 6 from 3-point range.

Naz Reid’s 17 points and Jaylen Nowell’s 16 points advanced the Minnesota reserves, who combined overtook the Cleveland bench by a 29-point lead. Rudy Gobert was limited to six points and four rebounds due to a groin injury. Gobert’s former Utah Jazz teammate and current Cleveland leading scorer Donovan Mitchell came into play on Saturday averaging 29.2 points per game. Minnesota held him to less than half with 14 points on 5-of-16 shots from the floor.

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