Basketball Court: The Phoenix Suns pulled away from the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night, with Devin Booker leading the way with 24 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists.
Booker played 32 minutes and went 8 of 16 from the field as he continues to distance himself from a hamstring ailment that cost him seven games. That follows his return to the floor on Sunday when he played 26 minutes in another rout of Charlotte.
The Suns won their fourth straight game thanks to Deandre Ayton’s 19 points and 11 rebounds, as well as Mikal Bridges’ 14 points.
Coach Frank Vogel remained in health and safety protocols for the second consecutive game as the Lakers lost their third game in a row. LeBron James scored 34 points for the Lakers, who lost their third game in a row. Four other Lakers players, including starting guard Avery Bradley, are undergoing testing.
The Lakers, who were without ace Anthony Davis for the second straight game, were led by Russell Westbrook, who had 22 points and 10 rebounds. Davis’ left knee MCL sprain will keep him out for at least four weeks.
As Herro returns, the Heat thrash the Pacers
The Miami Heat beat the Indiana Pacers 125-96 on Tuesday night, with Tyler Herro scoring 26 points in his return from a three-game absence due to an injured thigh, and Duncan Robinson matching his season-high of 26 points.
Miami hit 22 3-pointers for the fourth time in franchise history, tying a franchise record.
Miami’s Max Strus had 18 points and Kyle Lowry had eight points, 11 rebounds, and 12 assists. For the Heat, Omer Yurtseven contributed 13 rebounds.
The Pacers were without Malcolm Brogdon in the first half due to increased pain in his right Achilles. Chris Duarte and Caris LeVert each scored 17 points for the Pacers.
The Knicks win their first game at Madison Square Garden in over a month, defeating the Pistons
New York beat Detroit for the first time in over a month, with Evan Fournier scoring 22 points and Julius Randle and Kemba Walker both scoring 21.
The Knicks have lost five consecutive at Madison Square Garden since upsetting the Los Angeles Lakers on November 23. Mitchell Robinson scored 17 points and 14 rebounds. At home, they are just 6-10 years old.
Walker was out of the rotation entirely, but the team started a second consecutive game with six players on the shelf due to health and safety concerns, and Derrick Rose out again due to ankle pain. Walker pulled down eight rebounds and dished out five assists.
The Pistons, who had lost 14 in a straight before upsetting Miami on Sunday, were led by Saben Lee, who scored 16 points.
The Pelicans defeated the Trail Blazers for the third time in a row
New Orleans trounced Portland for its first three-game winning streak of the season, with Brandon Ingram scoring 28 points and Nickeil Alexander-Walker scoring 22 of his 27 points in the second half.
Brunson leads the Mavericks to a victory over the Timberwolves
Dallas defeated Minnesota with Jalen Brunson’s 26 points and Dorian Finney-19 Smith’s points in the second half.
Nine players, including three starters, were forced to sit out the game according to the NBA’s health and safety regulations.
In the first half, Brunson had 16 points. During a 10-0 run in the fourth quarter, Finney-Smith hit two 3-pointers, wiping out Minnesota’s last lead.
In his first start of the season, Sterling Brown had 12 points and 11 rebounds.
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