Cousins’ historic triple-double lifts Pelicans over Bulls
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins had 44 points, 24 rebounds and 10 assists, Anthony Davis scored 34 points, and the All-Star pair led a 17-point New Orleans comeback in the final five minutes of regulation before the Pelicans pulled out a 132-128 victory over the Chicago Bulls in double overtime Monday night.
Cousins scored seven points in the second overtime on a 3-pointer, a turnaround jumper and two free throws with 8.2 seconds left. He became the first NBA player since Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain in 1968 to have as many as 40 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists in a game.
E’Twaun Moore scored 15 points, including a 3 in the second overtime to help the Pelicans win for the fifth time in six games.
Jerian Grant had 22 points and 13 assists, and Robin Lopez also scored 22 for the Bulls, who appeared well on their way to their fifth victory in six games when they opened the fourth quarter with a 23-5 run to take their largest lead at 104-86.
BUCKS 109, SUNS 105
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Khris Middleton scored 35 points and hit two long jumpers in the final minute, Malcolm Brogdon added 32 points and Milwaukee beat Phoenix hours after firing coach Jason Kidd.
Brogdon added a steal with 40 seconds left after the Bucks double-teamed guard Devin Booker in the backcourt. Brogdon lobbed a cross-court pass to Middleton, who hit a jumper from the left corner with 24 seconds left for a 105-100 lead.
T.J. Warren had 23 points for Phoenix, which has lost four of five.
Kidd was fired hours before the game, ending a three-plus season tenure that included two playoff appearances but stretches of inconsistency on both ends of the floor. Other than a 33-win season in 2015-16, the Bucks hovered around .500 under Kidd as a young core of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Middleton and Brogdon blossomed into top-flight players.
ROCKETS 99, HEAT 90
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored 28 points and Houston overcame a big early deficit to beat Miami.
Miami led by double digits before halftime, but the game stayed close throughout most of the second half. It was tied with about three minutes left when Harden hit a 3-pointer just before the shot clock expired. That was the start of a 7-2 run that made it 95-90 with 38 seconds left.
James Johnson missed a 3-pointer on the other end, but Miami’s Hassan Whiteside grabbed the rebound. Harden blocked his layup, and Houston added a dunk by Clint Capela with 18 seconds left.
Whiteside led the Heat with 22 points and 13 rebounds. The team was missing Goran Dragic for the second straight game because of a bruised left knee.
GRIZZLIES 105, 76ERS 101
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Marc Gasol scored 19 points, Tyreke Evans added 18 points and eight assists, and the pair led a fourth-quarter rally that lifted Memphis over Philadelphia.
Mario Chalmers added 17 points, including a pair of free throws with 6.2 seconds remaining, to help the Grizzlies overcome a 15-point deficit. Myke Henry, signed to a two-way contract with Memphis earlier this month, had 12 points.
Dario Saric led the Sixers with 22 points and added 10 rebounds, and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarott finished with a season-high 20 points. Robert Covington added 18 points and Joel Embiid had 15 points and 14 rebounds.
MAVERICKS 98, WIZARDS 75
DALLAS (AP) — Harrison Barnes had 20 points and 10 rebounds, rookie Dennis Smith Jr. scored 17 and Dallas finished a season sweep of playoff-contending Washington.
The Mavericks slowed a recent slide that had them headed back to the bottom of the Western Conference, ending their second three-game losing streak since the start of January.
The Mavericks held the high-scoring backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal to 28 percent shooting. Beal scored 18 and Wall had 11 — the only double-digit scorers for the Wizards — as the guards combined to go 8 of 29 from the field.
HAWKS 104, JAZZ 90
ATLANTA (AP) — Dennis Schroder scored 20 points, Taurean Prince added 17 and Atlanta kept up its improving play with a victory over Utah.
The Hawks began to pull away late in the third quarter, closing with a 13-3 run for a 74-63 lead that was their largest to that point. Dewayne Dedmon knocked down a 3-pointer, Malcolm Delaney converted a four-point play and Schroder scored off a couple of drives.
Alec Burks came off the bench to lead the Jazz with 17 points. Utah’s starters combined for just 40 points, led by Donovan Mitchell with 13.
HORNETS 112, KINGS 107
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kemba Walker had 26 points, Jeremy Lamb added 18 and Charlotte bounced back from a tough loss to beat Sacramento.
Nic Batum and Marvin Williams each had 14 points and Dwight Howard added 14 points and 16 rebounds for the Hornets, who have won six of their last nine.
Skai Labissiere had 23 points and Buddy Hield added 18 for the Kings, who have lost eight straight games and 11 of their last 12.
NUGGETS 104, TRAIL BLAZERS 101
DENVER (AP) — Jamal Murray scored a career-high 38 points, including a three-point play in the final minute of Denver’s victory over Portland.
Nikola Jokic had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Nuggets. Will Barton hit four free throws in the final 10 seconds to secure the win and spoil Jusuf Nurkic’s return to Denver.
Nurkic had 19 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks in his first game back at Pepsi Center. Damian Lillard had 25 points and seven assists for the Trail Blazers, but they couldn’t hold a late lead.
TIMBERWOLVES 126, CLIPPERS 118
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Andrew Wiggins scored a season-high 40 points and Minnesota hung on to beat Los Angeles, snapping a four-game road skid.
Jeff Teague added 30 points, making 16 of 17 free throws, to help the Wolves win for the seventh time in nine games — and second in a row without Jimmy Butler, sidelined by a sore right knee.
Clippers coach Doc Rivers and assistant Mike Woodson were ejected with seven seconds left.
Blake Griffin had a triple-double with 32 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high 12 assists for the Clippers. But he committed two big turnovers in the closing seconds.
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