Luka Doncic defeated Stephen Curry head-to-heads for the first time in five careers and Dallas walked a franchise record of 28 consecutive points, bridging the first and second quarters when the Mavericks defeated the Golden State Warriors 133-103 in San Francisco on Tuesday.
Doncic had a game-high 39 points and five other players scored in double digits for the Mavericks, who took their fourth win in five games.
The blowout was Dallas’ third consecutive time in San Francisco’s Chase Center’s two-year history. The Mavericks, who have never lost in the building, blew the Warriors last season by 20 and 27 points.
Curry, who scored 57 points the last time the teams met in Dallas in February, finished with a team-high 27. Mychal Mulder added 26 points for the Warriors, who had won their previous two games.
Nets 116, Raptors 103
Mike James, who recently signed a 10-day contract, rallied in the fourth quarter and a balanced effort helped Brooklyn secure a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a win over Toronto in Tampa.
Kevin Durant was one of seven Nets to score in double digits with 17 points, adding a team-high 10 rebounds. Jeff Green drove Brooklyn with 22 points and Joe Harris added 16 points.
Kyle Lowry shot 6 out of 9 from the outside towards a game-high 24 points for the Raptors, and OG Anunoby shot 3 out of 5 behind the line to finish with 21 points. However, Toronto only went 15 out of 43 as a team and 36 of 91 off the floor overall.
Bucks 114, Hornets 104
Giannis Antetokounmpo amassed 29 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists when Milwaukee held off host Charlotte.
It was the Bucks’ first win in three tries against the Hornets this season.
Brook Lopez brought in 22 points and Khris Middleton finished with 17 points for the Bucks (38-23). Bryn Forbes took 15 points in a reserve roll and Jrue Holiday finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Trail Blazers 133, Pacers 112
Anfernee Simons’ 27 points on 9-of-10 shooting from 3-point range led Portland’s dominant effort in a win over Indiana.
The Blazers broke a five-game loss series when seven players scored in double figures, including Damian Lillard (23 points) and CJ McCollum (20).
The nine triples made were a career-high for Simons and the score was the second-highest ever for the Blazers’ first round in 2018.
Thunder 119, Celtics 115
Luguentz Dort scored 24 points, Darius Bazley had 21 with 10 rebounds, and Oklahoma City avoided a franchise record of 15 games with a win over host Boston.
Ty Jerome and Isaiah Roby each delivered 15 points for the Thunder, which won for the first time since March 31 despite 27 turnovers.
Jaylen Brown had 39 points and 11 rebounds and Payton Pritchard added a career-high 28 points for the Celtics, who lost their third straight series. Boston played without Jayson Tatum (ankle), Kemba Walker (oblique) and Robert Williams III (knee).
Timberwolves 114, Rockets 107
Karl-Anthony Towns posted 31 points, seven rebounds and five assists before coming out, leading Minnesota to a win over host Houston.
Juancho Hernangomez added 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting off the bench when Minnesota increased its winning streak to a season-best three games. The Timberwolves broke a 14-game losing slip in Houston with their first road win in the series since February 17, 2012.
Kelly Olynyk scored 28 points on 12-of-17 shots and also had nine rebounds and five assists to NBA worst Houston, having lost five consecutive games, 10 of the past 11 and 37 of the last 41.