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NBA roundup: Blazers fall to Heat, lose Damian Lillard to injury

Oct 26, 2022; Portland, Oregon, USA; Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard (0) dribbles the ball while defended by  Miami Heat small forward Caleb Martin (16) during the first half at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Bam Adebayo recorded 18 points and eight rebounds on Wednesday as the Miami Heat handed host Portland its first loss of the season, 119-98, on a night when Blazers star Damian Lillard left the game injured.

Kyle Lowry made five 3-pointers while scoring 17 points and Jimmy Butler also had 17 for the Heat, who were coming off splitting two games against the Toronto Raptors. Miami’s Max Strus had 16 points and nine rebounds off the bench.

Lillard scored 22 points in 26 minutes before leaving with a right calf strain in the third quarter. He had averaged 37.7 points over the previous three games.

The loss was the first in five games for the Trail Blazers, leaving the Milwaukee Bucks as the NBA’s lone unbeaten squad.

Bucks 110, Nets 99

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 34 of his 43 points in the second half as host Milwaukee rallied to beat Brooklyn to improve to 3-0.

Antetokounmpo recorded his second straight 40-point game and 31st of his career, helping Milwaukee outscore the Nets 67-44 after halftime. The star forward shot 16 of 25, grabbed 14 rebounds, added five assists and also hit 10 of 14 free throws.

Kevin Durant scored 33 points for the Nets, who lost for the third time in four games and also picked up five technical fouls. Kyrie Irving added 27 for the Nets.

Raptors 119, 76ers 109

Gary Trent Jr. scored 21 of his 27 points in the second half as Toronto defeated visiting Philadelphia.

Pascal Siakam added 20 points and matched his career best with 13 assists for the Raptors, who never trailed after the opening three minutes en route to their second consecutive win. Scottie Barnes added 16 points.

Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey each scored 31 for the 76ers, who have lost four of their first five games. James Harden added 18 points and nine assists.

Nuggets 110, Lakers 99

Nikola Jokic compiled 31 points, 13 rebounds, nine assists and four steals as host Denver pulled away for a win over Los Angeles.

Bruce Brown scored 18 points, Jamal Murray scored 13 points and Jeff Green scored 10 for the Nuggets. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope also had 13 points before spraining his left ankle on a drive late in the third quarter.

Anthony Davis had 22 points and 14 rebounds while LeBron James finished with 19 points, nine assists and eight turnovers for the Lakers, one of just three winless teams in the NBA. Russell Westbrook sat out due to a left hamstring injury.

Timberwolves 134, Spurs 122

Anthony Edwards scored 34 points and hit seven 3-pointers and Minnesota defeated short-handed San Antonio to split a two-game series between the teams in Minneapolis.

Minnesota did not record an offensive rebound in the contest. However, the Timberwolves didn’t need to crash the boards, as they outshot San Antonio 65 percent to 45.3 percent and nailed 20 of 34 3-point attempts.

Jaylen Nowell scored 21 points for Minnesota, Karl-Anthony Towns had 21 and Jaden McDaniels added 20. Keldon Johnson paced the Spurs with 27 points, sinking five 3-pointers.

Bulls 124, Pacers 109

Zach LaVine scored a season-high 28 points, DeMar DeRozan chipped in 17 and Andre Drummond grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds to boost Chicago past visiting Indiana.

Chicago won its second straight on the strength of a balanced attack, strong ball movement and diligent defense. Six Bulls finished in double figures, with Nikola Vucevic (14 points), Goran Dragic (13), Ayo Dosunmu (12) and Patrick Williams (10) following LaVine and DeRozan.

Buddy Hield paced Indiana with 24 points while connecting on 7 of 12 attempts from 3-point range. Tyrese Haliburton notched 18 points and 11 assists as Indiana fell to 0-2 on a five-game road trip.

Hawks 118, Pistons 113

Trae Young had 35 points and six assists and visiting Atlanta handed Detroit its fourth straight loss.

John Collins supplied 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Hawks while De’Andre Hunter tossed in 17 points before fouling out. Dejounte Murray added 14 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

Bojan Bogdanovic led the Pistons with 33 points. Cade Cunningham had 26 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

Knicks 134, Hornets 131 (OT)

Jalen Brunson scored six of his 27 points in overtime as New York recovered to beat visiting Charlotte after relinquishing a fourth-quarter lead.

The Knicks never trailed after Brunson’s go-ahead 3-pointer with 3:14 to play in the extra session. RJ Barrett notched 22 points and Julius Randle had 17 for the Knicks, who led by 10 early in the fourth quarter.

Gordon Hayward put up 21 points and P.J. Washington, Kelly Oubre Jr. and reserve Jalen McDaniels all added 17 for the Hornets. Hayward missed a potential winning shot, sending the game to overtime.

Cavaliers 103, Magic 92

Evan Mobley scored 22 points and Jarrett Allen collected 18 points and 16 rebounds to fuel host Cleveland to a victory over Orlando, which dropped to 0-5.

Mobley made 9 of 15 shots from the floor and Allen sank 7 of 11 to send the Cavs to their third straight victory.

Orlando’s Paolo Banchero finished with 29 points to become the third No. 1 overall pick in NBA history to score at least 20 points in his first five games. Hall of Famers Elvin Hayes (10 games, 1968-69) and Oscar Robertson (six games, 1960-61) also accomplished the feat.

Utah 109, Rockets 101

Lauri Markkanen scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds and Jordan Clarkson finished with 20 points as Utah held off Houston for a win in Salt Lake City.

Talen Horton-Tucker and Malik Beasley each added 14 points and Mike Conley contributed 13 for the Jazz, who avenged their only loss of the season, a 114-108 setback in Houston on Monday, as the teams completed a home-and-home set.

Kevin Porter Jr. helped make things interesting in the fourth quarter, when he scored 15 of his 24 points as the Rockets rallied from down 19 in the third quarter to pull within two midway through the fourth quarter.

–Field Level Media