NBA-leading Suns rally to beat Jazz 111-105 with big 4th

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Devin Booker scored 33 points and the NBA-leading Phoenix Suns overcame a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Utah Jazz 111-105 on Friday night.

Deandre Ayton sealed the victory with a pass from Chris Paul with 18.4 seconds remaining. Ayton had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Paul had 16 points and 16 assists to help the Suns extend their franchise-record 64th win.

Mikal Bridges added 18 points, capping a 14-0 run by Phoenix in the fourth quarter to tie the score at 98. His dunk and three-point game with 46 seconds left gave the Suns a 107-102 lead.

The Jazz didn’t make a field goal (nine straight errors) for nearly seven minutes in the fourth quarter. Utah has lost 16 games in which it led by double figures this season. The Suns outscored the Jazz 36-13 in the fourth quarter.

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 19 points for Utah. Slowed down by Bridges, Donovan Mitchell scored 18 points on 7-of-21 shooting. Rudy Gobert finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

The Suns finished with a franchise-record 32 road wins and became the first NBA team since the 1969-70 New York Knicks to finish with a better winning percentage on the road than the winning percentage on the road. home of all the other teams. The Jazz are currently in fifth place in the Western Conference, but they may drop to sixth place on the final night of the season.


NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 36 points, leading a pair of fourth-quarter runs that moved Brooklyn into a tie with Cleveland for seventh in the Eastern Conference.

The Nets trailed the Cavaliers 43-38 with one game remaining and clinched the tiebreaker. They will finish seventh if they beat Indiana on Sunday in their final game of the regular season. The No. 7 team hosts the No. 8 on Tuesday, advancing to the playoffs with a win.

The loser of the 7-8 game gets a second chance at the postseason by beating the winner of the game between the No. 9 and 10 teams on Friday.

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) pushes past Detroit Pistons forward Kelly Olynyk (13) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Detroit, Friday, April 8, 2022.

Kyrie Irving overcame a poor shooting night to finish with 18 points, eight assists and six rebounds. Bruce Brown had 18 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for the Nets, who won their third straight game. Andre Drummond had 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Darius Garland scored 31 points for the Cavaliers, who lost for the third straight time. He brought back rookie Evan Mobley after a five-game absence with a sprained left ankle, but they are still without All-Star center Jarrett Allen because of a broken finger that has sidelined him for nearly a year. month.


CHICAGO (AP) — LaMelo Ball scored 24 points and Charlotte ran away from Chicago.

The Hornets, 10th in the Eastern Conference and a game behind Brooklyn and Atlanta, barely broke a sweat in this one. They led 79-51 through the first two quarters, the most points allowed in a half this season by Chicago, and handed the listless Bulls their fourth straight loss.

Charlotte shot 60.5% and made 19 of 40 3-pointers, with Ball leading the way. The All-Star point guard scored everything in the first half. He made 8 of 16 shots in the game, including 5 of 9 from 3-point range, and finished with nine assists in 29 minutes.

Miles Bridges scored 20 as the Hornets snapped a five-game losing streak against Chicago. Zach LaVine led the Bulls with 23 points.


DETROIT (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 30 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists to help Milwaukee beat Detroit.

Averaging 29.9 points, Antetokounmpo needs 35 points or more on Sunday in Cleveland’s season finale to join Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only Milwaukee players to average 30 points in a season.

Brook Lopez added 17 points and Khris Middleton had 15. The defending champion Bucks led by 32 points en route to their third straight win. They improved to 51-30.

Rodney McGruder scored a career-high 26 points for Detroit. Saddiq Bey (20) and Cade Cunningham (14) were the only starters to reach double figures.

The Pistons missed 15 of their first 16 field goal attempts, falling behind 23-4. Detroit finished with an NBA season-low eight points in the first quarter, falling behind by 22.

HEAT 113, HAWKS 109

MIAMI (AP) — Bam Adebayo made the go-ahead dunk with 27 seconds remaining and scored 27 points in Miami’s victory over Atlanta.

Jimmy Butler added 20 points, Kyle Lowry finished with 16 points and Tyler Herro had 15 for the Heat. They ended with a 10-2 streak. Danilo Galinari’s 3-point attempt for Atlanta with nine seconds left bounced off the rim and Herro’s two free throws clinched the win.

It was the first of two meaningless games, at least in qualifying, for Miami to finish the regular season. The Heat locked up the No. 1 seed for the Eastern Conference playoffs on Thursday and know they will play Game 1 of a first-round series at home on April 17 against Cleveland, Brooklyn, Charlotte or Atlanta, which fell to a tie for ninth with Charlotte.

Trae Young scored 35 points for Atlanta.


DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic had 39 points, 11 rebounds and his 16th technical foul of the season for Dallas, which opens the playoffs at home for the first time since 2011 after beating Portland.

The Mavericks will play their regular-season finale on Sunday without Doncic unless the technical foul is rescinded by the NBA office. If confirmed, his 16th of the season means an automatic one-game suspension.

Drew Eubanks had 18 points for the Trail Blazers.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stanley Johnson scored a season-high 21 points as Los Angeles beat Oklahoma City to snap an eight-game losing streak.

Wenyen Gabriel added 16 points as the Lakers wrapped up the home portion of their dismal season with their first victory since March 21 despite playing without LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony.

Jaylen Hoard had 27 points and a career-high 17 rebounds for the Thunder.


TORONTO (AP) — Pascal Siakam had 29 points and 10 rebounds, Gary Trent Jr. made the game-winning layup with 4.8 seconds left and Toronto beat Houston.

Trent added 26 points for the Raptors in their home finale. With one game remaining in the regular season, they will be no worse than the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference.

Kevin Porter Jr. had 35 points and 10 rebounds for Houston. The Rockets lost their sixth straight game and finished with the NBA’s worst record of 9-32 on the road.


WASHINGTON (AP) — Obi Toppin scored a career-high 35 points as New York beat Washington.

RJ Barrett scored 14 points for the Knicks before leaving the game with a sprained right knee. Rui Hachimura led Washington with 21 points.

Both teams are eliminated from playoff contention.


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