NBA roundup: Kevin Porter Jr. career-high leads Houston Rockets to victory

Mar 21, 2021; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard Kevin Porter Jr. (3) passes the ball under pressure from Oklahoma City Thunder guard Theo Maledon (11) and Oklahoma City Thunder center Moses Brown (9) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 21, 2021, in Houston. Mandatory Credit: Michael Wyke/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Porter Jr. scored a career-high 50 points and was one of three Houston players to post double-doubles as the Rockets upset the visiting Milwaukee Bucks 143-136 on Thursday.

Milwaukee lost two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo to a right ankle sprain early in the first quarter.

Porter added 11 assists, Christian Wood finished with 31 points and nine rebounds and Kelly Olynyk paired 24 points with 13 rebounds for Houston. D.J. Wilson, acquired from Milwaukee in the deal that sent P.J. Tucker to the Bucks at the trade deadline, added 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Rockets.

Khris Middleton led the Bucks with 33 points, and Bryn Forbes added 30 on 6-of-10 3-point shooting off the bench. Jrue Holiday tallied 29 points and 10 assists for the Bucks.

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Mavericks 115, Pistons 105

Tim Hardaway Jr. poured in a career-high 42 points and Dallas edged away from host Detroit. Hardaway shot 13-for-23 from the field, including six 3-point makes, and knocked down all 10 of his free throws.

Trey Burke scored 15 points off the bench for the Mavericks. Dallas star guard Luka Doncic sat out with a left elbow contusion, while the Pistons held out several regulars, including starters Jerami Grant and Mason Plumlee. Mavs big man Kristaps Porzingis left the game in the third quarter with right knee soreness after scoring 11 points.

Rookie Isaiah Stewart scored a career-high 20 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for Detroit. Frank Jackson had 20 points off the bench.

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Nuggets 121, Raptors 111

Michael Porter Jr. scored 23 points, Nikola Jokic had 19 points and 11 rebounds and host Denver beat Toronto.

The Nuggets, who had seven players score in double figures, earned their fourth win in a row.

OG Anunoby scored 25 points while Kyle Lowry and Khem Birch added 20 apiece for Toronto. The Raptors played without guard Fred VanVleet due to a hip injury.

Nets 130, Pacers 113

Kevin Durant shot 16 of 24 from the floor en route to matching his season-high of 42 points, Alize Johnson recorded 20 points and a career-high 21 rebounds, and Brooklyn completed a season sweep of Indiana in Indianapolis.

All five Nets starters scored in double-figures, with Jeff Green, Joe Harris and Landry Shamet all hitting for 14 points and Tyler Johnson adding 11. Kyrie Irving sat out due to a groin ailment.

The Pacers got 36 points from Caris LeVert, who produced a 5-of-9 performance from 3-point range.

Timberwolves 126, Warriors 114

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 22 points and came through during a crucial fourth-quarter stretch, propelling Minnesota over visiting Golden State in Minneapolis.

Ricky Rubio scored 26 points and Anthony Edwards added 25, helping Minnesota build a four-game win streak for the first time since November 2018.

Stephen Curry finished with a game-high 37 points and a team-high eight assists for the Warriors.

Pelicans 109, Thunder 95

Zion Williamson scored 27 points to lead New Orleans to a road victory over Oklahoma City.

The Pelicans, who won for the third time in five games, moved within three games of the No. 10 spot in the Western Conference with the win and Golden State’s loss at Minnesota. The Thunder lost for the 15th time in 16 games.

Brandon Ingram added 24 points for the Pelicans, who were just 5 of 29 on 3-point attempts but scored 64 points in the paint. Luguentz Dort led the Thunder with 17 points.

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