Nets down Spurs; Pelicans, Blazers win

    HARD TO STOP: Nets star James Harden shoots over the Spurs defense in second half action. REUTERS PHOTO

    JAMES Harden scored 30 points, dished out 15 assists and pulled down 14 rebounds as the Brooklyn Nets earned a 124-113 overtime win over the host San Antonio Spurs on Monday (Tuesday in Manila).

    Brooklyn scored the first eight points of the extra period and never looked back, winning its ninth game in its past 10 contests. The Nets won in San Antonio for the first time since Jan. 22, 2002, ending a 17-game skid.

    Kyrie Irving added 27 points for the Nets with Bruce Brown scoring 23 and Nicolas Claxton hitting a season-best 17 points off the bench. Brooklyn’s Kevin Durant (hamstring) missed his eighth straight game.

    DeMar DeRozan led San Antonio with 22 points and 11 assists while Dejounte Murray and Lonnie Walker IV scored 19 each.

    In other games, it was the Pelicans 129, Jazz 124; Blazers 123, Hornets 111; Mavs 130, Magic 124; Cavs 101, Rockets 90; Sixers 130, Pacers 114; and Nuggets 118, Bulls 114.

    Pelicans 129, Jazz 124

    Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram scored 26 points each as host New Orleans held on to defeat Utah.

    Lonzo Ball added 23 points as the Pelicans cooled off the team with the NBA’s best record. New Orleans had a 53-39 rebounding advantage, led by Steven Adams’ 11 boards.

    Bojan Bogdanovic scored 31, Rudy Gobert had 22, Donovan Mitchell added 21 and Jordan Clarkson had 20 for the Jazz.

    Blazers 123, Hornets 111

    Carmelo Anthony established season highs of 29 points, six 3-pointers and five steals and Portland halted a season-worst, four-game losing streak with a victory over visiting Charlotte.

    Damian Lillard also had six 3-pointers and recorded 23 points and 10 assists for the Trail Blazers, who set a franchise record with 24 3-pointers (on 46 attempts). Robert Covington scored a season-best 21 points, matched his season high of five 3-pointers and collected 10 rebounds.

    LaMelo Ball had 30 points, eight assists, six rebounds and four steals for the Hornets, who dropped to 2-3 on a six-game road trip. Terry Rozier scored 20 points and Malik Monk added 19. – Field Level Media