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James Harden has triple-double, Nets roll past Pistons

Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) passes the ball as Detroit Pistons forward Saddiq Bey (41), guard Rodney McGruder (17) and center Isaiah Stewart (28) defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 13, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

By The Associated Press undefined

NEW YORK (AP) — James Harden scored 12 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and had his ninth triple-double with the Nets to help Brooklyn beat the Detroit Pistons 100-95 on Saturday night.

Harden also had 10 rebounds and 10 assists in his 55th triple-double as Brooklyn improved to 26-13 with its 12th win in its last 16 games.

Kyrie Irving added 18 points, and Landry Shamet had 15 off the bench. DeAndre Jordan chipped in with 14, and Joe Harris contributed 10 points.

Jerami Grant scored 22 points as Detroit fell to 10-28. Saddiq Bey and Delon Wright each finished with 13.

BUCKS 125, WIZARDS 119

WASHINGTON (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 33 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds for his sixth triple-double of the season in Milwaukee’s victory over short-handed Washington.

Jrue Holiday added 10 of his 18 points during the fourth quarter for the third-place Bucks. They have won eight of nine.

Russell Westbrook scored 42 points — including 15 of Washington’s last 18 — and added 10 rebounds and 12 assists for his NBA-leading 11th triple-double.

PACERS 122, SUNS 111

PHOENIX (AP) — Malcolm Brogden scored 25 points and Domantas Sabonis had a triple-double with 22 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists to lead Indiana past Phoenix.

Doug McDermott also had 22 points for Indiana. Caris LeVert made his much-anticipated Indiana debut following surgery to remove a mass on his kidney. He started and had 13 points in 27 minutes.

Devin Booker had 20 points for the Suns. They had their five-game winning streak snapped and fell to 25-12.

KNICKS 119, THUNDER 97

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — RJ Barrett scored a career-high 32 points, and Julius Randle had a triple-double to lead New York past the Oklahoma City.

Randle had 26 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists to became the first Knicks player with two triple-doubles in a same season since Mark Jackson in 1988-89.

Al Horford had 16 points for Oklahoma City.

HORNETS 114, RAPTORS 104

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — LaMelo Ball had 23 points and nine rebounds and Charlotte beat short-handed Toronto in the Hornets’ first game of the seasons with the general public allowed to attend.

Devonte Graham and Terry Rozier each added 17 points for the Hornets, who seemed to feed off having fans — about 3,000 of them — in attendance for the first time in more than a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Kyle Lowry finished with 19 points and eight assists for Toronto.

MAVERICKS 116, NUGGETS 103

DENVER (AP) — Luka Doncic had 21 points and 12 assists, and Kristaps Porzingis scored 25 points in Dallas’ victory over Denver.

Nikola Jokic had 26 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds for the Nuggets. They had won five straight.

The Mavericks led by seven early in the third and pulled away from long range. Dallas was 9 of 18 on 3-pointers in the period and took just six shots from inside the arc. Josh Richardson hit all three of his 3-point attempts and Maxi Kleber made both of his, including one at the end of the period that made it 93-73.

TRAIL BLAZERS 125, TIMBERWOLVES 121

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Carmelo Anthony scored 26 points and Damian Lillard added 25 points and 10 assists in Portland’s victory over Minnesota.

Karl-Anthony Towns led Minnesota with 34 points and 10 rebounds. The Timberwolves have lost 14 of 16 and are 1-6 under new coach Chris Finch.

HAWKS 121, KINGS 106

ATLANTA (AP) — Trae Young scored 17 of 28 points in the third quarter, Clint Capela had 18 of his 24 in the first half and Atlanta beat Sacramento for its fourth straight victory.

Capela also had 14 rebounds to help the Hawks improve to 4-0 under interim coach Nate McMillan. De’Aaron Fox led the Kings with 32 points.