PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Anthony Edwards had 25 points, D’Angelo Russell had 19 and the Minnesota Timberwolves survived a late scare from the undermanned Philadelphia 76ers to win their third straight game 112-109 on Saturday.
The 76ers played two weeks without James Harden with a tendon strain in his right foot and put starting man Tyrese Maxey on the injury list with a broken left foot. PJ Tucker suffered an unspecified injury against the Timberwolves and Joel Embiid injured his left ankle/foot after colliding with a teammate late in the game.
Embiid, the reigning NBA scoring champion, said long after the last buzzer that he was still in pain.
Embiid carried the load on Saturday in a lineup that at one time included him, Danuel House Jr., De’Anthony Melton, Shake Milton and Georges Niang. Embiid had 32 points and nine rebounds. Milton had 27 points and Melton had 19.
JAZZ 118, SIGNPOSTS 113
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Jordan Clarkson scored 28 points, including eight straight in the last 1:48, to help Utah over Portland.
Malik Beasley had 29 points off the bench. Utah leads 12-6 in the Western Conference.
Anfernee Simons led Portland with 23 points.
Both teams lost their starting points in the second half. After colliding into a screen, Utah’s Mike Conley left with a left knee injury at 10:22 in the third quarter. Not long after, Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard went to the locker room and didn’t return due to a tightness in his right calf. Lillard has missed five games with the calf strain so far this season.
HAWKS 124, RAPTORS 122, OT
ATLANTA (AP) — Trae Young tossed AJ Griffin a long pass for a wide-open layup on the overtime buzzer to give Atlanta a win over an undermanned Toronto team.
Young had 29 points and 10 assists, De’Andre Hunter added 21 points, and Clint Capela had 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Hawks.
The Raptors led 108-101 in the fourth quarter with 2:36 left. The Hawks went on a 10-point run within 90 seconds and went 111-109 ahead with 59 seconds to go on Young’s two free throws.
Toronto’s Scottie Barnes missed a layup and putback attempt on the buzzer to send the game into overtime. Hunter missed two free throws at the 7-second mark of overtime that would have iced it for Atlanta. OG Anunoby followed by two free throws to set up Griffin’s game winner.
Barnes had a season-high 26 points and Anunoby added 23 for the Raptors.
PACER 114, MAGIC 113
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Aaron Nesmith made two free throws with 9.6 seconds left and Indiana came up with a last defensive stop to beat Orlando.
The teams meet again on Monday evening in Indianapolis.
In the final seconds, Magic’s Franz Wagner drove to the basket, but his layup attempt went wide and Mo Bamba couldn’t tip the rebound.
Tyrese Haliburton had 22 points and 14 assists for the Pacers.
Myles Turner had 20 points and 11 rebounds. Indiana is 7-0 if Turner plays at least 26 minutes.
SCISSORS 119, SPURS 97
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paul George scored 21 points and hit five of the Clippers season-bests of 21 3-pointers, and Los Angeles defeated a collapsing San Antonio team.
Norman Powell added a season-high 26 points from the bench and Reggie Jackson had 20 points as six Clippers scored in double figures.
Kawhi Leonard had 11 points in 22 minutes of his second straight start after missing 12 games with a right knee stiffness. John Wall had 15 assists, becoming the first Clippers player since Chris Paul in 2017 to have at least that many.
Jakob Poeltl led the Spurs with 20 points while Doug McDermott added 13 points and Tre Jones had 10 assists.
The Clippers took an 18-point lead in the first quarter as they shot 61% from the floor.
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