Nuggets 134, Jazz 132 (2OT)
Jamal Murray scored 23 points in his first game of the NBA restart, including the tying and go-ahead baskets, and Denver beat Utah in two overtimes Saturday.
The Nuggets overcame Donovan Mitchell's 35 points for Utah, including a 3-pointer with 4.2 seconds remaining in the second overtime. But he missed a desperation heave from near half-court as the game ended.
Murray, playing his first game since March 11 after missing four games with left hamstring tightness, sank a fallaway jumper for a 123-all tie and then beat the shot clock with a go-ahead 3-pointer. He had 12 rebounds and eight assists, just missing a triple-double.
Murray played 39 minutes and remained in the game despite showing obvious signs of fatigue as Denver gained momentum for the playoffs.
“I was only supposed to play 22,” Murray said when asked about his minutes. “It’s cool. I like challenges and it feels a lot better now that we got the win.”
Murray said the key was “just being on the same page” with his teammates and “getting that chemistry back.”
Michael Porter Jr. had 23 points and 11 rebounds for Denver Jerami Grant had 21 points
Nikola Jokic scored 10 of his 30 points in the first overtime and added 11 rebounds for Denver, which solidified its hold on third place in the Western Conference playoff standings.
Denver coach Michael Malone said his team plays “a different kind of basketball, a different brand of basketball” with Murray on the court.
“When you have Jamal and Nikola playing with each other and off each other and for each other, that’s a difficult duo to guard,” Malone said.
Rudy Gobert had 22 points and 13 rebounds for Utah.
At the start of the day, only one game separated Houston, Utah and Oklahoma City for the fourth through sixth spots in the Western Conference.
An officials review confirmed Jokic drove the baseline for a layup before the remaining 3.4 seconds expired in the first overtime, forcing the second extra period. The clock did not start on the play.
Mitchell drove through Denver's defensive breakdowns for a tying uncontested layup with less than 1 second remaining in regulation.
Mitchell's jumper gave Utah a 119-117 lead with 3.4 seconds remaining in the first overtime. He said he should have not left time on the clock for Jokic's tying basket.
“That’s really the only reason why I’m upset because I should know that,” Mitchell said. “That’s a mental error on my part. I feel like if I do that, hit the same shot, they don’t have an opportunity to do that, so that’s on me.”
Pacers 116, Lakers 111
T.J. Warren scored 39 points, including seven straight to put Indiana ahead in the final two minutes, and the Pacers beat the Lakers.
LeBron James had 31 points, eight rebounds and seven assists after sitting out the first game since the Lakers clinched the top seed in the Western Conference. James was officially listed as out with a sore right groin in a 113-97 loss to Houston.
A week after scoring a career-high 53 points in the restart opener, Warren hit a floater for a 109-108 lead followed by a jumper and a 3-pointer for a six-point edge with 10 seconds to go.
The Pacers improved to 4-1 in the bubble and moved a half-game ahead of Philadelphia for the fifth seed in the East.
Anthony Davis, held to eight points on 3-of-14 shooting, scored inside to give the Lakers their last lead before Warren took over and dropped LA to 2-4 in the restart.
Warren scored 18 in the first quarter, one off the franchise record he tied in a bubble-opening win over Philadelphia a week ago, before getting held without a shot in the second quarter. He heated up again in the fourth with 12 points, hitting five of six shots and finishing 15 of 22. Warren was 5 of 8 from long range.
Malcolm Brogdon scored 24 points for Indiana, and Victor Oladipo added 22.
Quinn Cook scored 21 for the Lakers, going 5 for 9 from 3-point range but missing one that would have pulled LA even in the final minute.
Mavericks 136, Bucks 132
Luka Doncic scored 36 points in his NBA-leading 17th triple-double and the Dallas scored the last seven points of regulation to force overtime, going on to a win over Milwaukee.
Doncic also had a career-high 19 assists and 14 rebounds on the day the 2019 NBA Rookie of the Year was named a finalist for the most improved award.
Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo had 34 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks before fouling out in the final seconds on the day the reigning MVP was named a finalist for the award along with LeBron James and James Harden.
Brook Lopez scored a season-high 34 points for the Bucks, who have already clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
Doncic’s final assist was a between-the-legs pass to Maxi Kleber for a three-point play and a 133-128 lead.
In a matchup that included three of the four players averaging at least 30 points and 10 rebounds in the bubble, Doncic and Antetokounmpo hit those marks again. Dallas’ Kristaps Porzingis fell short, getting 26 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out.
Clippers 122, Trail Blazers 117
Rodney McGruder hit a 3-pointer with 26.5 seconds left, and Los Angeles beat Portland even with Kawhi Leonard resting on the bench.
Portland had a chance to ensure a play-in for the Western Conference’s final playoff berth and eliminate Sacramento with a win. The Trail Blazers led much of the game, but the NBA’s top-scoring team inside the bubble was outscored 12-2 in the final 96 seconds as Paul George also sat the final five minutes. George finished with 21 points. Landry Shamet scored 19 and Reggie Jackson added 17.
CJ McCollum led Portland with 29 points, shooting 6 of 13 from 3-point range. Gary Trent Jr. also made six 3s and finished with 22 points. Damian Lillard had 22, Carmelo Anthony added 21 and Jusuf Nurkic had 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Suns 119, Heat 112
Devin Booker scored 35 points and Jevon Carter added a season-high 20 as Phoenix remained undefeated in the NBA restart, beating Miami.
Carter made six of eight 3-pointers as the Suns improved to 5-0 in the restart.
Miami is currently the No. 4 team in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. Duncan Robinson and Tyler Herro each had 25 points to lead the Heat.
Phoenix began the restart schedule with the second-worst record of the 22 teams in the field and the worst mark in the Western Conference.
The Suns have played like serious playoff contenders. Led by Booker, Phoenix had wins over Washington, Dallas, the Los Angeles Clippers and Indiana before facing Miami. The Suns entered Saturday’s schedule only 2 1/2 games behind eighth-place Memphis.
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