Ingles’ first half blitz, Lillard takes over in LA
AUSTRALIAN Joe Ingles has continued his stellar NBA season with another dominant display in Utah's 94-80 win over the Orlando Magic.
Ingles had 18 points (7-15 FG, 4-8 3FG), eight assists, seven rebounds and three steals in a performance that perfectly encapsulated his importance to the Jazz team.
In the thick of everything good for Utah, Ingles had 16 points and seven assists in the first half alone.
Damian Lillard dropped 39 points, including 19 in the fourth quarter, to help the Portland Trail Blazers to a 108-103 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
Down 11 points with just over five minutes to go, Lillard took over as the Blazers consolidated their place as the No.3 seed in the Western Conference.
Elsewhere, LeBron James had 31 points, seven rebounds and seven assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers got back to winning ways in a 112-90 defeat of the Detroit Pistons.
It was an important result for the Cavs, who had lost three of their previous four, with Larry Nance Jr. stepping up in Tristan Thompson's absence; putting up a career-high 22 points and 15 rebounds.
AUSSIES IN ACTION
Aron Baynes started for the Boston Celtics as they cruised to a 105-89 win over the Chicago Bulls.
The Aussie big man had four points, seven rebounds, and an assist in his 17 minutes.
Meanwhile, Thon Maker was scoreless in his 18 minutes off the bench for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Maker finished with four rebounds, three steals and an assists in the Bucks' 92-89 loss to the Indiana Pacers.
Patty Mills had just nine points, a rebound, and assist in his 23 minutes as a starter in San Antonio's 100-98 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.
AROUND THE LEAGUE
DETROIT PISTONS 90 - 112 CLEVELAND CAVALIERS
LeBron James scored 31 points before taking a seat on the bench, Larry Nance Jr. reached career highs with 22 points and 15 rebounds in his first start for Cleveland, and the Cavaliers closed a disappointing five- game homestand on a positive note with a 112-90 win Monday night over the Detroit Pistons, who haven't won on the road in nearly two months. With Cleveland missing three big men - All-Star Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson and Jeff Green - because of injuries, the Cavs needed someone to step up and Nance came through. Wearing the same No. 22 his father had retired by Cleveland, the 25-year-old Nance had the best game of his young career.
MILWAUKEE BUCKS 89 - 92 INDIANA PACERS
Bojan Bogdanovic tied his season high with 29 points and grabbed a key jump ball late to lift the Indiana Pacers over the Milwaukee Bucks 92-89 on Wednesday night.
Milwaukee's Khris Middleton stole Victor Oladipo's pass with 10 seconds left and Indiana leading 90-89. He rushed to the basket, but Cory Joseph chased him down and got a hand on the basketball before Middleton could attempt a shot. The ball rolled out of bounds, and referees called a jump ball after video replay. Bogdanovic came down with the tip off the jump ball and added a pair of free throws with six seconds left.
Thaddeus Young had 10 points and seven rebounds, and Oladipo finished with 14 points, five assists and five rebounds along with 10 turnovers. After Bogdanovic's free throws, Milwaukee had a chance to tie it, but Giannis Antetokounmpo's 3-pointer from the wing hit the front of the rim as time expired.
PHOENIX SUNS 103 - 125 MIAMI HEAT
Hassan Whiteside had 24 points and 14 rebounds, Goran Dragic scored 17 and the Miami Heat moved into the No. 7 spot in the Eastern Conference by topping the Phoenix Suns 125-103 on Monday night.
Whiteside had his highest-scoring game since Jan. 29, making 10 of his 13 shots. He averaged only 12.2 points on 48-percent shooting in his most recent 12 games. Kelly Olynyk scored 15 points for the Heat, who gave four of their starters - Whiteside included - the entire fourth quarter off and beat the Suns for the 18th time in their last 20 meetings.
Dwyane Wade, Josh Richardson, Justise Winslow and Luke Babbitt each had 12 for the Heat, which had seven players in double figures.
Devin Booker scored 31 points for Phoenix.
BOSTON CELTICS 105 - 89 CHICAGO BULLS
Jaylen Brown scored 21 points, and the Boston Celtics pounded the Chicago Bulls 105-89 on Monday night even though Kyrie Irving sat out because of a sore left knee.
Even without their All-Star guard, the Celtics took control right from the start and led by as many as 37 en route to their fifth win in six games. Jayson Tatum added 14 points, while Al Horford and Terry Rozier scored 13 apiece for Boston.
The Bulls lost for the 14th time in 17 games. Denzel Valentine scored 20 points and nailed four 3-pointers for Chicago, but that was about the only positive for the Bulls.
MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES 98 - 100 SAN ANTONIO SPURS
Tony Parker had 23 points, sparking San Antonio to a needed victory over Memphis before embarking on a difficult road trip. Memphis has lost 14 straight, but San Antonio's recent skid has had a greater impact on the Western Conference playoff picture. The Spurs had dropped eight of 10 and fallen from third to sixth in the crowded West, putting them at risk of missing the postseason for the first time in 21 years.
San Antonio moved up a spot to fifth place ahead of Minnesota with the victory. Davis Bertans added 17 points and Danny Green had 14 for the Spurs, who snapped a four-game losing streak at home.
ORLANDO MAGIC 80 - 94 UTAH JAZZ
Rudy Gobert had 21 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Utah Jazz over the Orlando Magic 94-80 on Monday night.
Gobert made 9 of 10 attempts, mixing in a jumper with mostly dunks and one- handers around the rim.
Donovan Mitchell scored 19 points and Joe Ingles added 18 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for the Jazz, who have won three in a row and 15 of 17. Still, the Jazz sit 1 1/2 games outside the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference.
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS 108 - 103 LOS ANGELES LAKERS
Damian Lillard scored 19 of his 39 points in the fourth quarter and the Portland Trail Blazers won their 15th consecutive game over the Los Angeles Lakers, 108-103 on Monday night.
Lillard scored 15 in a row for the Trail Blazers down the stretch, giving them a 104-103 with 1:08 remaining by knowing down 1 of 2 free throws. CJ McCollum had 22 points, and Jusuf Nurkic added 16 points and 16 rebounds. Julius Randle had 21 points and nine rebounds for the Lakers, who had their five-game winning streak ended. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 16 points, and Lonzo Ball had 10 points, two rebounds and two assists.
Lillard was 5 of 7 from the floor and 4 of 5 from 3-point range in the fourth quarter.