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NBA roundup: Scores, top performances from March 18

Mar 18, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) shoots the ball as Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) defends in the third quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Bradley Beal scored 43 points on 16-of-24 shooting to lead the Washington Wizards to a 131-122 victory over the visiting Utah Jazz on Thursday night.

Russell Westbrook tallied 35 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists for the Wizards, earning his 13th triple-double of the season. Rui Hachimura chipped in 12 points and seven rebounds and Robin Lopez scored 11 points as Washington snapped a five-game losing streak.

The Wizards forced 17 turnovers and turned them into 24 points.

Donovan Mitchell scored 42 points and Joe Ingles added a career-high 34 points for the Jazz. Ingles matched a franchise record with eight made 3-pointers. Rudy Gobert chipped in 10 points and 13 rebounds.

Minnesota Timberwolves 123 – Phoenix Suns 119

Rookie Anthony Edwards scored a season-high 42 points and Karl-Anthony Towns added a season-best 41 to lead Minnesota to a victory at Phoenix.

Towns made five 3-pointers and also contributed 10 rebounds and eight assists as the NBA-worst Timberwolves won for the third time in their past five games. Edwards knocked down four 3-pointers and collected seven rebounds as Minnesota improved to 5-17 on the road.

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Devin Booker recorded 35 points and six assists for Phoenix, which lost for just the fifth time in the past 23 games. Mikal Bridges notched 17 points and eight assists, and Chris Paul added 17 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals.

Los Angeles Lakers 116 – Charlotte Hornets 105

LeBron James welcomed LaMelo Ball back to town with a 37-point performance, lifting Los Angeles to its fourth straight win at the expense of Charlotte.

Shooting for a third straight and 100th career triple-double, James contributed eight rebounds and six assists to the Lakers’ fourth consecutive win. Ball, the former standout at Chino Hills High in the Los Angeles suburbs, put on a nice show in his Staples Center NBA debut. He led the Hornets with 26 points while also finding time for five rebounds and seven assists.

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Schroder backed James with 22 points and a team-high seven assists for the Lakers, who were facing the Hornets for the first time this season. Terry Rozier added 20 points for Charlotte.

Portland Trail Blazers 101 – New Orleans Pelicans 93

Damian Lillard scored 36 points as host Portland beat New Orleans for the second time in three days and a sweep of their three-game season series.

Lillard also had 50 points and 10 assists in a 125-124 home victory two nights earlier and 43 points and a career-high-tying 16 assists in a 126-124 victory on Feb. 17 in New Orleans. Enes Kanter added 16 points and 13 rebounds and Carmelo Anthony netted 15 for the Blazers.

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Zion Williamson had 26 points and 10 rebounds, Brandon Ingram scored 19 and Lonzo Ball put up 15 to lead the Pelicans.

Atlanta Hawks 116 – Oklahoma City Thunder 93

Bogdan Bogdanovic came off the bench to score a season-high 23 points and help Atlanta rout visiting Oklahoma City.

The Hawks own a seven-game winning streak for the first time since 2016-17 as they kept Nate McMillan’s record perfect since he became head coach on March 1.

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Atlanta also got 23 points and nine assists from Trae Young, who was rested during the fourth quarter, and 19 points and three blocks from John Collins. The Thunder got 19 points from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Reserve Ty Jerome made a career-high six 3-pointers to finish with a career-best 18 points.

New York Knicks 94 – Orlando Magic 93

Reggie Bullock scored 20 points and came up with a big steal with 5.9 seconds left as host New York held on for a victory over Orlando.

Alec Burks led the Knicks with 21 points and added 10 assists. Julius Randle posted his third triple-double of the season with 18 points, a career-high 17 assists and 10 rebounds.

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Evan Fournier scored 23 points for the Magic, who lost their ninth straight game. Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic added 17 apiece.

–Field Level Media