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Toronto Raptors security guard Norman Powell has got off to a sluggish start this season and after their third consecutive loss swore to his team they would get better. Against the Knicks, Powell looked like the guy who averaged nearly 20 points per game last season.

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Canada did the job to outperform its pool in the Men’s Junior Ice Hockey World Championship and win an advantageous quarter-final match against the Czech Republic.
However, Canada’s head coach Andre Tourigny said the Czechs, who finish fourth in their pool, won’t make them a pushover.
« We have to be humble, » said the coach on Friday.
In the other quarter-finals on Saturday, Slovakia will face the U.. . S.. . Russia is up against Germany and Sweden is fighting against Finland.
The semi-finals will take place on Monday, with the quarter-final team with the highest seeds playing against the team with the lowest seeds. The team with the second starting place plays against the team with the third starting place.
The gold and bronze medal games take place on Tuesday at Rogers Place.
Quarterfinals are tense affairs that drive a country to a medal game and destroy medal hopes.
Canada was ousted from the medal competition two years ago in Vancouver, where the host country fell 2-1 in extra time against eventual champions Finland.
Canada (4-0) are favored against the Czech Republic (2-2), but Tourigny refers to the Czechs’ 2-0 defeat by Russia in the preliminary round and the strong five-on-five game in a tough pool.
« The Czechs did us a favor by beating the Russians and showing how good they can be, » said Tourigny. « There is no way we will take it lightly. «  »
Canada can have up to a dozen strikers on Saturday.
Alex Newhook suffered a shoulder injury in the first phase of Thursday’s 4-1 win against Finland and was absent on Friday.
Tourigny called Newhook’s chances of playing on Saturday « 50-50 ». «  »
« If it was today he wouldn’t be playing, » said the coach.
Connor Zary, who won the tournament as 13th. Canada striker started will get more ice age if Newhook can’t get dressed.
The Calgary Flames prospect spoke to retired NHL veteran Shane Doan during the tournament.
Doan, who co-owns Zarys Kamloops Blazers’ club team, played for Canada in the Winter Olympics and five world championships.
« He said, ‘No matter what you have to do, you have to keep telling yourself that you will be ready. You have to write things down and remember those things. These things are little things that you will do when the opportunity presents itself, « Zary said.
« I took that to heart and knew that I would definitely get the chance to prove myself. «  »
Canada’s speed up front – every striker is a first-round NHL draft pick – and a relentless pre-test has proven to be the host nation’s strength.
Pool A, the easier of the two, Canada only assessed itself correctly against Finland.
The Finns are able to engage Canada in all three zones, but the hosts did not allow it by dominating puck possession.
The opposing teams did not have enough puck to score 20 shots at Canadian starter Devon Levi in ​​one game.
The 19-year-old’s challenge was to stay warm and maintain concentration by running quiet stretches to save if necessary.
« It can be a difficult situation when you have been without a shot for a long time and suddenly have a chance to score, or when you get excited in your zone or when you have to kill a penalty and score a goal. « the difference, » said Tourigny.
« He’s done a really good job so far. «  »
The Czechs have not won the medals since a bronze in 2005 and last won the tournament in 2001 in Moscow.
Nine Czechs returned from the squad that had lost 5-0 to Sweden in the quarter-finals last year in Ostrava, Czech Republic.
The high-minute defender Michael Krutil returns to the Czech line-up on Saturday after serving a one-game suspension for shooting.
Krutil’s defensive partner Radek Kucerik spent the last season with the Saskatoon Blades and was trained by Canadian assistant coach Mitch Love.
The Czechs divided the goalkeeping duties evenly in the preliminary round between Lukas Parik, the draft pick of the Los Angeles Kings, and Nick Malik, the netminder of the second year.
Parik scored a 30 save shutout against Russia.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published in January. 1, 2021.

Donna Spencer, the Canadian press

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. In an earlier version, the possible semi-final games were incorrectly stated.

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SAN ANTONIO – Anthony Davis had 35 points and 11 rebounds and LeBron James added 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied to beat the San Antonio Spurs 109-103 on Friday night. The Lakers closed with a 9-0 run for their second win over Spurs in three days. Keldon Johnson had a career high of 26 points adding 10 rebounds, and DeMar DeRozan had 23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for San Antonio. Johnson blocked James’ layup attempt, but Kyle Kuzma tipped off to give the Lakers a 105-103 lead at 53. 9 seconds left. James followed with a layup and Davis finished scoring with two free throws. SUNS 106, NUGGETS 103DENVER (AP) – Chris Paul hit a clutch sweater when he was 7. 3 seconds after a successful coach challenged on the other end, Phoenix beat Denver, improving to 5-1 for the first time since 2009/10. With Phoenix ahead of 102-100 and 30 seconds remaining, Mikal Bridges was called for a foul that would have set Gary Harris on the line. But Sun’s coach Monty Williams successfully challenged the game. Repetitions showed Bridges slipped under Harris without contact. Phoenix won the jump ball and Paul hit a jumper to send the Suns to victory after being 16 points ahead. Jamal Murray’s shot on the buzzer was canceled. Deandre Ayton had 22 points and 11 rebounds, Devin Booker 22 and Paul 21 for Phoenix, who had won in Utah the night before. The Glowing Suns have won 13 of their last 14 dates for their perfect stay in the NBA bubble. Murray returned from an injured right elbow and found his reach early. He scored 14 of his 31 points in the first quarter. Denver fell to 1-4. BUCKS 128, BILLS 96MILWAUKEE (AP) – Giannis Antetokounmpo had 29 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, and Milwaukee used hot 3-point shooting to blow up short-handed Chicago. Milwaukee shot 22 out of 45 from 3-point range, and Antetokounmpo was two assists from a second straight triple-double. The reigning two-time MVP had 26 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in a 119-108 loss in Miami on Wednesday. The Bucks have beaten the Bulls eleven times in a row, the second-longest winning streak for either team in the history of the series. Chicago played its second straight game without strikers Lauri Markkanen and Chandler Hutchison and guards Ryan Arcidiacono and Tomas Satoransky as part of the NBA’s health and safety protocols related to COVID-19. Markkanen is the Bulls’ second top scorer (17). 3) and upper rebound (6. 8th). Zach LaVine had 16 points for the cops. WIZARDS 130, TIMBERWOLVES 109MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Bradley Beal had 31 points and seven assists, and Washington beat Minnesota without Russell Westbrook for their first win in six games this season. Westbrook faced a tackle in the second game, but the Wizards (1-5) didn’t look like the same team that lost to Chicago at home the night before. Thomas Bryant added 18 points and seven rebounds for Washington. Malik Beasley scored 21 points for Minnesota. The Timberwolves, who have lost three times in a row with star center Karl-Anthony Towns, missed all three games due to a dislocated left wrist. MAVERICKS 93, HEAT 83DALLAS (AP) – Luka Doncic had season highs of 27 points and 14 rebounds for his first double-double of the season to take Dallas past Miami. Tim Hardaway Jr. . Added 18 points to help the Mavericks recover from a 118-99 home defeat to Charlotte Wednesday night. Bam Adebayo scored 19 points for Miami and Avery Bradley 15 for Miami. Jimmy Butler scored two points, both on free throws, while playing 27 minutes in his first appearance since playing the first half against New Orleans that Christmas with a sprained right ankle. JAZZ 106, CLIPPERS 100SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Mike Conley made seven 3-points and hit a season high of 33 points to move Utah past Los Angeles. Conley also had seven assists and Donovan Mitchell added 15 points for the jazz. Derrick Favors was successful with 14 points and 11 rebounds in the first home win of the season in Utah. Paul George had 25 points, eight rebounds and six steals to lead Los Angeles. Kawhi Leonard added 20 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists. The Clippers shot 38. 8% of the field. PISTONS 96, CELTICS 93DETROIT (AP) – Jeremi Grant scored 24 points and Detroit versus Boston for the first time in five games this season. Derrick Rose and rookie Saddiq Bey each added 17 points for that. Jayson Tatum had 28 points for the Celtics. Jaylen Brown scored 25 but missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds. GRIZZLIES 108, HORNETS 93CHARLOTTE, N.. . C.. . (AP) – Dillon Brooks scored 21 points and understaffed Memphis defeated Charlotte. Memphis had excluded seven players for various health reasons and attracted only nine. Kyle Anderson added 18 points and the best 11 rebounds of his career, and Brandon Clarke had 15 points. Bismack Biyombo led Charlotte with 16 points and 12 rebounds. HAWKS 114, NETS 96NEW YORK (AP) – De’Andre Hunter scored 23 points to help Atlanta beat Brooklyn, Trae Young added 21 points, and John Collins had 20 for Atlanta. The Hawks improved to 4-1 and parted ways with Brooklyn at the Barclays Center. Kevin Durant scored 28 points for the nets. You lost three out of four. The Associated Press

DENVER – Chris Paul hit a clutch sweater when he was 7. Still 3 seconds after the challenge of a successful coach on the other end and the Phoenix Suns, who switched to 5-1 for the first time since 2009/10 by holding back the scuffing Denver Nuggets 106-103 on Friday night. With Phoenix in the lead by 102-100 and about 30 seconds left, Mikal Bridges was called for a foul that would have brought Gary Harris to turn. But Sun’s coach Monty Williams successfully challenged the game. Repetitions showed Bridges slipped under Harris without contact. Phoenix won the jump ball and Paul hit a jumper to send the Suns to victory after being 16 points ahead. Jamal Murray’s shot on the buzzer was canceled. Deandre Ayton had 22 points and 11 rebounds, Devin Booker 22 and Paul 21 for Phoenix, who had won in Utah the night before. The Glowing Suns have won 13 of their last 14 dates for their perfect stay in the NBA bubble. Nikola Jokic finished the game with 17 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds despite bad problems. The big Denver man publishes big numbers but his production doesn’t result in wins as the nuggets dropped to 1-4. The Nuggets are struggling to find their rhythm after reaching the Western Conference final last season. Murray returned from an injured right elbow and found his reach early. He scored 14 of his 31 points in the first quarter. The Nuggets missed striker Michael Porter Jr. . conducted in accordance with the league’s health and safety protocols regarding COVID-19. 19 were gone with him. 5 points per game. Phoenix appeared to be on their way to an easy win as Booker extended their lead to 87-71 with a 3-pointer and stayed 2:17 in the third. Monte Morris gave the Nuggets a 98-97 lead on a 3-pointer with 2:41 remaining. But Paul then hit two free throws and Booker a 3-pointer to restore some separation on the track. It was the Sun’s first victory in Mile High City since Jan. . 19, 2018. TIP-INSSuns: F Dario Saric (sore right quad) sat back to back on the second night as a precaution. « We’re just trying to be careful, » Williams explained. . . . Williams said F / C Jalen Smith (sprained left ankle) was “on my way to be back soon. « Nuggets: F JaMychal Green scored eight points on his Nuggets debut. The free agent pickup missed the start of the season with a tense left calf. LEHRMOMENTNuggets trainer Michael Malone uses the situation with Porter to further emphasize the importance of following all security protocols regarding the virus. Porter could miss several games due to contact tracing. “These are real logs. They’re there for a reason, ”Malone said. « Unfortunately, but this is the current situation we are in. PRAISE TO PAUL Count Malone for being a huge fan of Paul who was adopted by the Suns as part of their deal with Oklahoma City. « A Hall of Famer in the first choice, » said Malone. BURGER KINGPaul Millsap recently equated Jokic’s pinpoint passes that lead to simple baskets with receiving free cheeseburgers. « I don’t eat cheeseburgers. But when they’re free and come over to me, I’ll have a few, ”Millsap cracked. UP NEXTSuns: Start a homestand on Sunday with two games against the Los Angeles Clippers. Nuggets: On Sunday in Minnesota. The Nuggets have an eight-game winning streak over the Timberwolves. ___More AP NBA: https: // apnews. com / NBA and https: // twitter. com / AP_SportsPat Graham, The Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO – The Los Angeles Lakers know they don’t always feel or play like the defending champions. Anthony Davis had 35 points and 11 rebounds and LeBron James added 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists as the Lakers defeated the San Antonio Spurs 109-103 on Friday night. The Lakers ended the game on a 9-0 run for their second win over the Spurs in three days. « We survived our fights, » said Frank Vogel, Los Angeles coach. « That will happen from time to time. In a 72-game season, you will get some wins that are uglier than others. We knew there were going to be some ugly nights this season with the rapid turnaround. The key is to find a way to win when you are not at your best. The Lakers found a way to win by attacking the color late against the Spurs’ youthful core. San Antonio striker Keldon Johnson blocked James’s attempt to lie down but Kyle Kuzma tip was off to give the Lakers a 105-103 lead at 53. 9 seconds left. James followed with a layup and Davis finished scoring with two free throws. « Their game plan has been optimized, » said Kuzma. “They added a slightly different element to us. We had to correct the route downwards. Johnson had a career high of 26 points, adding 10 rebounds for his fourth game with more than 20 points in two seasons. Only Hall of Famer Tim Duncan had more than 20-point performances in his first 25 career games with the Spurs and received six in his rookie season. « He’s a competitor, » said San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich of Johnson. « He’s a good young player and he’s going to have a great career. That’s about all I can say. He was wonderful. Johnson was 5 for 9 on 3-pointers, including a 26-foot with 6:30 remaining, which set the Spurs 95-94 up. Unlike the defeat on Wednesday between 121 and 107, the Spurs were able to keep up with the Lakers early on. « We played a damn good basketball team and we were a good basketball team tonight, » said Popovich. “So I was happy with their game. The Lakers resumed their pace at the beginning of the second half, which resulted in a 10-2 lead on fast break points and a 64:57 per minute lead in the third quarter. Los Angeles ended the game with a 12-9 lead on fast break points. Lakers security guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was eliminated in the second half after slightly spraining his left ankle when he awkwardly drove on a layup. Caldwell-Pope stayed down for about a minute before being assisted by the court. He had 11 points before being eliminated at 8:31 in the third quarter. DeMar DeRozan had 23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for San Antonio, who lost three with two wins right after the start of the season. Spurs guard Derrick White made his season debut nine points in 23 minutes after undergoing toe surgery in the off-season. TIP-INSLakers: The Lakers went 3 percent to 3 points, which is second place in the league. They were on Friday 14 for 33. … Wesley Matthews was goalless, going 3 to 0 against 2 after going 3 to 6 against 6 and taking 18 points in Wednesday’s victory over Spurs. … James fell in the field after removing an elbow from Drew Eubanks at the beginning of the fourth. James reached over to his side for a few possessions but seemed fine after that. Spurs: LaMarcus Aldridge missed his second straight game with an unknown illness and a sore left knee. . . . White made his first try of the season, a 26-foot-3 pointer with 53 seconds in the first quarter. UP NEXTLakers: Open a second two-game miniseries against Memphis on Sunday and play again on Tuesday. Spurs: Complete a three-game homestand against Utah on Sunday. Raul Dominguez, The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS – Bradley Beal had 31 points and seven assists, and the Washington Wizards defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 130-109 on Friday night without Russell Westbrook for their first win of the season. Westbrook got out of a tackle in the second game, but the Wizards (1-5) looked like a much better team than the one that had lost to Chicago at home the night before. Washington took the lead early and answered every challenge in Minnesota. “The energy is completely different. It’s just positive, ”said Beal of the team’s first win. “It’s uplifting. It’s like a weight off your shoulders in a way, but it’s even better to know that we played right and the way we know we are able to play. Leading the way with Beal, the Wizards finished the third quarter up 29-7 and scored 40 points for a 100-79 lead over the period. Beal had 14 in the quarter. Malik Beasley scored 21 points and led the Timberwolves (2-3) who lost three times in a row. Star center Karl-Anthony Towns missed all three games because of a dislocated left wrist. D’Angelo Russell had 14 points for Minnesota. « Our energy was low, » said Wolves coach Ryan Saunders about the third quarter. “They were desperate tonight and we should have been that team after our LA trip. We weren’t and it was evident in this third quarter. « Thomas Bryant added 18 points and seven rebounds for Washington, where eight players scored double digits and hit a season high of 55. 1% of the field. Westbrook missed his second game of the season, but Beal got used to playing without a star backcourt buddy. John Wall missed last season and made just 73 appearances in the last three seasons, while Beal became one of the NBA’s top scorers. Beal scored 14 points in the first quarter when the Wizards were led by 12 and had no sales. He didn’t play in the fourth. « We can have seven or eight defeats in a row and we still believe in ourselves, » said rookie Deni Avdija. « Mark my words – we’ll be fine. « Russell, the wolf’s buddy for cities, couldn’t fill the gap without him. He shot 6 of 16 off the field and had five turnovers. Without their captain in the middle, Minnesota allowed more than 120 points for the third game in a row. « We don’t feel like you need to increase your load just because a guy like Karl is out there, » Saunders said. “It’s up to all of us. We need more offensive, more defensive. It’s not just from a single player, it’s from a collective group. So we need more of the boys individually to get out of this rut. TIP-INSWizards: Raul Neto started his second season this season replacing Westbrook and had 12 points including a pair of 3-pointers. … Beal has scored at least 20 points in 29 games in a row, the longest current streak in the NBA. Kawhi Leonard started the second day of the list at 14 in a row. Beal is the first player in team history to score at least 25 points in the first six games of a season. … Davis Bertans was 3 out of 7 out of 3 point territory the day after 0 out of 8. Timberwolves: Minnesota was also without striker Josh Okogie, who missed his second straight game with a left hamstring strain. … no. 1 Overall Anthony Edwards draft had 17 points. Naz Reid scored 17 starts instead of Towns. LEARNING ON THE FLYAvidja, No.. 9 total draft, hit a season high of 11 points, adding seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. His best game of the season was recognized by coach Scott Brooks. « I thought Deni took another step in a young career, » said Brooks. “I thought he could do a few pieces so we might be able to use him better in the future. UP NEXTWizards: Continue your Sunday road trip in Brooklyn, which lost three out of four. Timberwolves: Start a series of two games against the Nuggets, starting at home on Sunday, before playing in Denver on Tuesday. ___More AP NBA: https: // apnews. com / NBA and https: // twitter. com / AP_SportsBrian Hall, The Associated Press

NEW YORK – The Atlanta Hawks are among the youngest, most exciting, and highest-rated teams in the NBA. It turns out that they are pretty adept at learning lessons too. Two nights after the fourth quarter to Brooklyn, the Hawks maintained their discipline and focused on beating the Nets 114-96 on Friday. « I don’t just judge guys when they shoot, » said Atlanta coach Lloyd Pierce. “The ability to compete, not get out of position, be offensively effective and efficient is the most important thing. . . . I think if you play the right games and compete at a high level, that’s how I try to rate our guys. « De’Andre Hunter scored 23 points, leading Atlanta, which scored six players in double digits and improved to 4-1. Trae Young scored 21 points and John Collins 20 for Atlanta. « We have a lot of guns on the ground, » Pierce said. Just like Brooklyn, which coach Steve Nash left in his first year and lamented both his offensive and defensive performances. « Our defense can be much better, » said Nash. “We have to get better offensively. Despite Kevin Durant’s 28 points and Kyrie Irving’s 18 points and 11 rebounds, the Nets lost three out of four. The Nets came back to take down the Hawks in a 145-141 thriller on Wednesday night. The Hawks made sure Brooklyn didn’t gather this time. Atlanta led 61-52 at halftime and extended the lead to 89-73 at the end of the third quarter. The Hawks extended the lead to 100-80 early in the fourth quarter. « Our attention to detail, » said Collins defensively. Atlanta kept Brooklyn at 40. 7% shoot from the field (35 for 86) and 18. 9% (7 for 37) from the 3-point range. « This really helps our growth to see the mistakes we made (in the last game) and play against the same team that is going to do similar things and really learn from them, » he said. « I think that was it. We locked ourselves in the little things. That helped ease their offensive attack. The Hawks finished at 46. 2% shot off the field (43 for 93) and knocked down 41% of their 3s (16 for 39). « We fought, » said Joe Harris, who scored 12 points for the nets. “We know what to clean up. Jeff Green added, “We have deviated from our principles. . . . We have allowed the offensive to dictate the defense. TIP-INSNets: Nash is concerned about his team’s recovery early in the season. The nets are seventh in the league with 37. 2 rebounds per game, but 13th place in the offensive rebound with 10 per game. Reserve Jarrett Allen is Brooklyn’s top rebounder and starts Friday averaging 12 per game. « Gang rebounding has to be a habit for us, » said Nash. « We’ll fight there until I think we’re really good at picking up gangs. « . Hawks: Pierce was happy with the offensive efficiency of his team despite the Wednesday night defeat. « I think 92 out of 99 shots in the last game were either in color or in 3 (s), so that’s huge. If we can keep our sales down and continue to play ball and body movements, we will likely stick to highly efficient strokes, ”Pierce said. UP NEXTHawks: Cleveland hosted on Saturday night. Networks: host Washington on Sunday evening. ___More AP NBA: https: // apnews. com / NBA and https: // twitter. com / AP_SportsDenis P. . Gorman, The Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N. . C.. . – Dillon Brooks scored 21 points and the understaffed Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Charlotte Hornets 108-93 on Friday night. Memphis, where seven players were excluded for various health reasons and only nine were dressed, ended a three-game road trip 2-1. « Losing a few people is the next man’s mentality, » said Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins. Kyle Anderson finished the race with 18 points and the best 11 rebounds of his career, and Brandon Clarke scored 15 for Memphis. « Either way, I’m going to play hard off the bench or when I start, » said Clarke. « I can do either and it’s fun. Jonas Valanciunas had 14 points and 10 rebounds, Gogul Dieng 14 and Desmond Bane 10 for the Grizzlies. Tyus Jones led all players with 12 assists. « I think they are aggressive overall and they were the aggressive team, » said Hornets manager James Borrego. “In (a win on Wednesday in) Dallas, we were the aggressive team. Tonight, Memphis was the more aggressive team. Give them credit. Bane was 2 of 7 from afar, expanding his streak of multiple 3-pointer games to five, the second-highest in NBA history. Bismack Biyombo led Charlotte by 16 points and 12 rebounds, and LaMelo Ball had 15 points and the team’s top six assists. The Hornets received 14 points each from Gordon Hayward and Caleb Martin. P. . J. . Washington finished with 10 points. « A lot of it is offensive, » said Borrego of the hornets’ battle for goal on Friday. « We can’t find an offensive rhythm. We can’t look good or turn it around. So it’s something that we need to address. There are some areas that we need to re-focus on and there is not much practice left here. So we just have to do it through replay and we have another shot tomorrow night (in Philadelphia). Charlotte was slowed by 9-of-31 shots from 3-point range, only 40. 7% off the ground and left up to 24 points behind. « That way you build up your juice and your energy night after night, » said Jenkins of the defensive efforts against Charlotte, which were kept at eight points in transition. “To keep a team that can score below 30 points at a high level in all four quarters. … I thought it was huge. “MELO MAKES CASE FOR THE START OF ROLE After two impressive games, LaMelo Ball looks like it could be a nice addition to Charlotte’s starting line-up. Coach James Borrego said he continues to evaluate the team’s line-up. « I’m looking at everything in the rating right now, » said Borrego. « We’re only five games now. … I have to look further and take a close look at it. Prior to his 15 point and six assists against Memphis, Ball recorded 22 points, eight rebounds and five assists in a win against Dallas. TIP-INS Grizzlies: Striker Grayson Allen, who played for Duke, missed the game with a sprained left ankle. He was one of seven Memphis players marked out for the game. … The Grizzlies didn’t start the same line-up in any of their five games. … Valanciunas has scored a double-double in all five games this season. Hornets: Biyombo reached 4. 000 career recoveries with seven in the first half. … Charlotte will play back-to-back games in Philadelphia on Saturday and Monday to kick off a four-game road trip that includes stops in Atlanta and New Orleans. UP NEXT: Grizzlies: Will play the Lakers at home on Sunday. Hornets: Visit the 76s on Saturday and Monday. ___More AP NBA: https: // apnews. com / NBA and https: // twitter. com / AP_SportsEli Pacheco, The Associated Press

DALLAS – Luka Doncic had season highs of 27 points and 14 rebounds for his first double-double of the season to lead the Dallas Mavericks past Miami Heat 93-83 on Friday night. Tim Hardaway Jr. . The Mavericks bounced back from a 118-99 home defeat to Charlotte on Wednesday, which left them 30 points behind in the second half. Bam Adebayo scored 19 points and Avery Bradley 15 for Miami. The Mavericks scored the last nine points of the second quarter and led at halftime with 46:31. They extended their lead with a 10-2 run to open the third quarter and led with up to 24 before a late heat surge. When Doncic hit a 3-pointer regression at the end of the first half, a personal 12-shot drought from a great distance ended. He finished 3 for 9 behind the arch and added seven assists. The 21-year-old two-time all-star with 29 triple doubles in his career recently admitted he was out of shape earlier this season. « Luka will get there, » said Dallas coach Rick Carlisle. « He’s blowing his tail. He works hard. You saw how he trained after the game (Wednesday). Everything is going in a good direction for him in terms of fitness. « Heat All-Star Jimmy Butler scored two points, both on free throws, and shot 0-6 off the floor for 27 minutes in his first appearance since playing only the first half against New Orleans that Christmas with a sprained right ankle. Miami missed all 12 of their 3-point attempts in the first half, finishing 7 for 33 behind the arch. TIP: INSHeat: Miami used different starting lineups in all five games this season. … G Gabe Vincent, who played 15 minutes on his season debut on Wednesday, was inactive due to a right knee injury. Mavericks: James Johnson was fined 40 by the NBA. $ 000 for triggering a fourth quarter incident Wednesday. We’re Not in Florida anymore.The Heat has played its last 35 games in the Sunshine State – 29 playoff games in the Orlando Bubble, preseason games at home and in Tampa, four games this season at home and in Orlando – since being in Have played in Washington on March 8. Due to pandemic logs, coach Erik Spoelstra did not report any high points upon his arrival in Dallas. « You get on a plane, land, take a bus, drive to your hotel, order room service and that’s it, » said Spoelstra. « It’s a little different than our NBA experience in a typical year. That’s just the deal and we’re grateful that we have the opportunity to keep playing. SECOND EFFORT TAKES WORK Heat and Mavericks entered the game and finished second in the NBA with an average of 7 points. 8 and 7. 5 each. And they couldn’t reach these numbers on Friday. Dallas converted four offensive rebounds into seven points and Miami converted five offensive boards into four points. UP NEXTHeat: On Monday, they’re hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder, which will play its second of five straight on the street. Mavericks: Start your second three-game road trip of the young season on Sunday in Chicago and play in Houston the next night. ___More AP NBA: https: // apnews. com / NBA and https: // twitter. com / AP_SportsThe Associated Press

DETROIT – Jeremi Grant scored 24 points and Derrick Rose added 17 when the Detroit Pistons won for the first time this season, beating the Boston Celtics 96-93 on Friday night. Rookie Saddiq Bey added 17 points and seven rebounds for the Pistons, who lost four straight points earlier in the season. Blake Griffin (concussion log) didn’t play, but Mason Plumlee filled in with 17 rebounds and eight points. « I’ve been a fan of Saddiq since he was at Villanova so I knew we had an advantage when we designed it, » said Rose. “The teams look at him openly and he’s a shooter. When I’m on the floor with him, I always watch when I can bring him the ball. Jayson Tatum had 28 points for the Celtics. Jaylen Brown scored 25 but missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds. Boston scored no goal in the final with 4:15 and missed the last 10 shots. « I thought we had a lot of candid looks on the track but we couldn’t bring anything down, » said Brad Stevens, Celtics coach. “But it’s also a very long, hard-working and well-trained team. You won’t be easy to score. The Pistons led by 21 points in the first half and had a 55-40 lead in the third quarter, but the Celtics defense put them back in the game. Boston dropped nine points in revenue for the quarter to bring the deficit down to 79-73. « I don’t know what happened at the beginning of the game, » said Stevens. “We just didn’t run. However, Bey scored 12 points in the quarter to keep the Pistons in the lead. « We don’t know what we got of Saddiq because he’s not a finished product, but he had another big game for us, » said Pistons manager Dwane Casey. Brown scored the first seven points of the fourth to give Boston the lead for the first time, and Tatum’s 3-pointer took it to 93-88 with 4:15. The Celtics missed their next seven shots and Rose’s layup gave the Pistons a 1:20 lead. « I was so proud of our boys because they finished this game with so much defensive energy, » said Casey. “You’re not going to shut down people like Tatum and Brown every night, but we can make it difficult for them every time. Bey’s free throw made it 95-93 at 25. Five more seconds and Marcus Smart missed a tie with five. 6 seconds left. Plumlee missed the first of two free throws, giving the Celtics one last chance to tie the game, but Brown missed from the right wing. TIP-INSCeltics: Boston missed 11 of their first 13 shots from the ground and fell 3:46 in the first quarter to 23: 5, but for the remainder of the first half they had an advantage over the Pistons 35:32. . . . Robert Williams III left the game in the fourth quarter after breaking legs with Rose. Piston: Grant had 18 points in the first half, including a highlight over Daniel Theis. . . . Killian Hayes started the point guard despite a sore ankle. He had six assists and failed in 23 minutes. ROOKIES IMPACTPiston’s rookie Isaiah Stewart had three offensive rebounds in 18 minutes against Boston, giving him 12 in his first three games. « It’s amazing what he could do without playing big minutes, » said Plumlee. “He’s always working to get to the glass, which is huge for us. UP NEXTThe teams will face each other again on Sunday. ___More AP NBA: https: // apnews. com / NBA and https: // twitter. com / AP_SportsDave Hogg, The Associated Press

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