Defensive ace Matisse Thybulle harassed Stephen Curry into 3-for-14 shooting on 3-pointers and Joel Embiid stole the show with a game-high 26 points as the Philadelphia 76ers rolled past the visiting Golden State Warriors, 102-93.
Needing nine 3-pointers to tie Ray Allen’s all-time NBA career record, Curry came up six short and now takes his pursuit to Indiana on Monday night, where the Warriors will continue a five-game trip against the Pacers.
Shooting 6-for-20 overall, Curry finished with 18 points, five fewer than Jordan Poole, the team leader with 23.
Thybulle, who played the entire second half in foul trouble, blocked two of Curry’s 3-point attempts to spur a defensive effort that saw the 76ers limit the Warriors to 12-for-48 on 3-pointers. Embiid’s 26 points were boosted by 11-for-11 accuracy at the free throw line, where the 76ers outscored the Warriors 23-13.
Clippers 106, Magic 104
Reggie Jackson scored 25 points, including the game-winning basket with 2.2 seconds left, to lead host Los Angeles over Orlando.
The Clippers made it three straight wins despite leading scorer Paul George missing his second consecutive game with a sprained right elbow. Nicolas Batum (ankle) was also out of the lineup for Los Angeles, which defeated Orlando for the 17th time in 20 meetings dating back to the 2011-12 season.
Luke Kennard scored a season-high 23 points and his 3-pointer gave the Clippers a 103-98 lead with 59.3 seconds left. An Ivica Zubac free throw put Los Angeles ahead 104-101, but Cole Anthony sank a 3-pointer over Zubac with 23.6 seconds remaining to tie the score. The Clippers then put the ball in Jackson’s hands and he made a step-back jumper from the right side.
Jazz 123, Wizards 98
Donovan Mitchell scored 28 points to lead visiting Utah to victory over Washington. Utah won its seventh straight game and went undefeated on a four-game Eastern Conference road trip.
Rudy Gobert added 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Jazz. Hassan Whiteside tallied 18 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks off the bench. Mike Conley chipped in 11 points and a team-high eight assists.
Bradley Beal scored 21 points to lead the Wizards. Daniel Gafford added 14 points and 11 rebounds. Raul Neto chipped in 13 points off the bench. Washington lost for the fourth time in five games.
Cavaliers 117, Kings 103
Isaac Okoro scored 20 points, Jarrett Allen, Darius Garland and Evan Mobley all recorded double-doubles, and host Cleveland never trailed en route to a win over Sacramento.
Cleveland scored 81 first-half points and took a 29-point advantage into the locker room, but Sacramento chipped away at the deficit in the second half.
Buddy Hield and Davion Mitchell helped key Sacramento’s comeback coming off the bench for 21 and 14 points.
Grizzlies 113, Rockets 106
Dillon Brooks scored a game-high 25 points and Desmond Bane added 19 points as host Memphis built an early advantage and held on late to beat Houston. The Grizzlies, playing without Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr., have won 7 of 8 since Morant was sidelined.
They shot 50 percent from the floor, turned 16 Houston turnovers into 21 points and overcame woeful free-throw shooting to keep the short-handed Rockets at bay. Memphis shot 22 of 36 from the charity stripe but made enough down the stretch.
Christian Wood paired 22 points with 11 rebounds for the Rockets, who were without guards Eric Gordon, Kevin Porter Jr. and Jalen Green.
Heat 118, Bulls 92
Duncan Robinson scored a season-high 26 points and Kyle Lowry added a game-high 14 assists to lead host Miami past Chicago.
Chicago’s Zach LaVine scored a game-high 33 points, making 11-for-20 from the floor, including 7-for-11 on 3-pointers.
Lowry scored 16 points and committed just two turnovers to go along with his 14 assists. Heat center Dewayne Dedmon, starting for the injured Bam Adebayo, had a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds.
Nuggets 127, Spurs 112
Nikola Jokic scored 35 points and took 17 rebounds as Denver built a huge lead right after halftime and cruised to a 127-112 win over host San Antonio. It was the second of two games in three nights between the teams in the Alamo City.
The Nuggets scored the final nine points of the second quarter and then 15 of the first 16 in the third period to build a 30-point lead and waltzed to the finish line. Markus Howard added 21 points for Denver while Monte Morris scored 19. Aaron Gordon and Bones Hyland hit for 16 each.
Lonnie Walker IV led the Spurs with 16 points, with Devin Vassell scoring 15, Bryn Forbes and Keldon Johnson hitting for 14 apiece, Tre Jones adding 12 points, and Derrick White and Keita Bates-Diop tallying 10 each.