New-look Philadelphia 76ers beat Denver Nuggets 117-110
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — JJ Redick scored a season-high 34 points, Jimmy Butler had 22 and the new-look Philadelphia 76ers beat the Denver Nuggets 117-110 on Friday night.
Tobias Harris had 14 points and eight rebounds in his first game for Philadelphia and Joel Embiid added 15 points and 12 rebounds despite playing with stomach flu.
Nikola Jokic led Denver with 27 points and Jamal Murray had 23. The Nuggets were missing Gary Harris and Paul Millsap.
The Sixers made a flurry of moves before Thursday’s trade deadline, acquiring Harris, Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott from the Clippers, James Ennis from Houston and Jonathon Simmons from Orlando.
DETROIT (AP) — Andre Drummond had 29 points and 20 rebounds and Detroit handed New York its 15th straight loss.
Blake Griffin scored 26 points for the Pistons, who traded Reggie Bullock and Stanley Johnson in deadline deals but kept enough of their top players to make a postseason berth still plausible.
Dennis Smith Jr. scored 31 points for the Knicks. They have lost 28 of their last 30.
DALLAS (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 29 points and 17 rebounds and Milwaukee rolled to its sixth straight victory, beating retooling Dallas.
Antetokounmpo was 13 of 19 from the field and got the upper hand again in his second meeting with fellow Euro star Luka Doncic, the Dallas rookie sensation who scored 20 points. He’s the only original starter remaining because of two trades that were more about the future than the present.
Brook Lopez added 20 points for the Bucks. Trey Burke, one of four players to join Dallas from New York in a deal that also brought Kristaps Porzingis and sent three Dallas starters to the Knicks, scored 18 points.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bobby Portis scored 30 points in his Washington debut, Bradley Beal added 25 points and 12 assists, and the Wizards beat Cleveland.
Portis was acquired along with Jabari Parker on Thursday in a trade that sent Otto Porter Jr. to Chicago.
Collin Sexton led Cleveland with 27 points. Kevin Love returned after missing 50 games following left foot surgery. He started and played the first six minutes, scoring four points. Cleveland has lost 21 of 24.
BULLS 125, NETS 106
NEW YORK (AP) — Otto Porter Jr. had a strong debut for the Chicago Bulls — even without a practice or walkthrough with his new teammates.
Two days after being acquired from Washington, Porter scored 18 points to help lift the Bulls to a 125-106 rout of the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night.
Lauri Markkanen wasn’t bad, either. He led all players with 31 points and 18 rebounds, and has at least 30 points in three straight games for Chicago. He knocked down 11 of 18 shots from the field, including 4 of 7 from 3-point range. And in the final minutes, the second-year pro finished the game at center after starting at power forward.
“He’s smart,” Bulls coach Jim Boylen said. “He knows if he rebounds, it gets him into the game. So he’s trying to get every rebound he can and then he’s suddenly driving the ball more.”
Porter Jr. and Markkanen were hardly a two-man operation for Chicago, which has scored more than 100 points in 17 consecutive games.
Zach LaVine added 23 points, Robin Lopez and Kris Dunn each had 12, and Wayne Selden Jr. finished with 11. The win snapped a two-game skid for the Bulls.
Chicago has still lost three of five, seven of nine, and 16 of 19 dating to Dec. 30.
While the Bulls were reveling in a job well done, the Nets left feeling as if they gifted a win to one of the worst teams in the league.
D’Angelo Russell, named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team earlier in the week, led the Nets with 23 points but Brooklyn dropped to 29-28 with its third loss in five games.