The Memphis Grizzlies beat golden state Warriors 133-119 while the Chicago Bulls beat the Miami Heat 113-99 and the Orlando Magic beat the Los Angeles Clippers.
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A foot injury has limited point guard Brunson to just one appearance in the Knicks’ last six games, but he’s been instrumental in handing over NBA MVP double Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets their fifth defeat in their last six games.
Brunson scored 24 points and delivered the assist, with a go-oop pass, to Mitchell Robinson who secured the triumph with 24 seconds left.
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“I feel good, I’m happy to be back and happy that we got the win. Everything feels good when you win,” Brunson said.
“I was a bit worried at first, but I mean, everything went as planned. I didn’t feel anything, so I carried on and kept playing.
“We kept fighting. It’s a racing game, and they’re the number one seed in the Western Conference for a reason and Jokic is a two-time MVP for a reason. We kept our blood- cold all the way.”
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Serbian Jokic finished with 24 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists but also gave up six turnovers.
Markelle Fultz scored a career-high 28 points and Wendell Carter Jr. produced 27 points and 12 rebounds as the Orlando Magic beat the Los Angeles Clippers 113-108.
The Clippers, who were without an injured Kawhi Leonard, got off to a slow start and were eight points behind in two minutes.
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The Clippers, who snapped a four-game winning streak, paid the price with 15 turnovers.
In the final three minutes, Fultz drove to put the Magic ahead 111-106 before Eric Gordon scored to make it a three-point game only for Fultz to drain two free throws.
Magic Head Coach Jamahl Mosley was full of praise for Fultz, who overcame serious injuries in his career, and the way he plays.
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“The kid, I’m so proud of this young man, just for the fact of everything he’s been through constantly, he never walks into the building without a smile on his face,” Mosley said.
Fultz was 10 for 17 from the field and also grabbed six rebounds.
“You see such a level of joy in his heart to play basketball and it shows,” Mosley said.
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“You can pull off the numbers, just the way he plays the game, the passion he has for his teammates. Whatever it takes to win, he’s going to try and do it and I think that’s what who is so special about him and how his teammates feel about him.”
Paul George led the Clippers with 30 points.
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Saturday’s home game against defending champions Golden State was the final game of Ja Morant’s suspension after he released video of himself brandishing a gun at a strip club.
Jaren Jackson Jr stepped up with 31 points while Desmond Bane contributed 26 points in a game Memphis dominated from the start.
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Golden State got possession twice in the fourth quarter, but Memphis went on a 21-3 run to secure its fourth victory in the past five games.
It was the 11th straight loss on the road for Golden State.
Morant is eligible to replay Monday’s game against Dallas but the Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins indicated that Wednesday’s game with the Rockets is a more realistic return date.
“There’s a good chance he’ll be out for Monday’s game as it will be his first day back with the team,” he said.
“It’s an ongoing dialogue. We’ll see when he comes back into the team environment on Monday, but we expect him to be at least out on Monday, and then we’ll cross the bridge on Wednesday when we get a bit closer,” he said.
The Bulls, who had picked up a double-overtime win the night before, held off a late Heat rally with DeMar DeRozan scoring 24 points.
Miami’s loss secured playoff qualification for the Boston Celtics before they even entered court and lost 118-117 to the Utah Jazz.
The Celtics had a 19-point lead at one point in the second quarter and fall to third in the East with the loss.
(With contributions from agencies)