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NBA roundup: Kyrie Irving scores 40, James Harden hurt in Nets’ win
- Updated: April 6, 2021
Kyrie Irving scored 40 points, including a critical 3-pointer in the final minute, and Jeff Green made a pair of free throws with 3.7 seconds left to seal the host Brooklyn Nets’ 114-112 comeback win over the New York Knicks on Monday.
The Nets, playing the second leg of a back-to-back, carried over some of the struggles from their 115-107 loss Sunday in Chicago. Brooklyn fell behind by 10 points at halftime and lost James Harden after just four minutes due to hamstring tightness.
Green finished with 23 points for the Nets, who hold a half-game lead over the Philadelphia 76ers for first place in the Eastern Conference. Harris scored 16 points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds, and Alize Johnson added 12 points and seven rebounds off the bench.
Julius Randle recorded a triple-double with 19 points, 15 rebounds and 12 assists for the Knicks. RJ Barrett shot 4 of 6 from 3-point range en route to a team-high 22 points.
Mavericks 111, Jazz 103
Luka Doncic tallied 31 points, nine rebounds and eight assists to lead host Dallas past Utah for its fifth straight win.
Doncic shot 6 of 11 from 3-point range to help the Mavericks pull away. Dorian Finney-Smith added 23 points and Jalen Brunson chipped in 20 off the bench. Josh Richardson added 17 while making all five of his shots from 3-point range.
Mike Conley scored 28 points and went 6 of 10 from 3-point range to lead Utah. Donovan Mitchell, Jordan Clarkson, and Bojan Bogdanovic scored 16 apiece, although Mitchell missed 17 of 23 shots from the field. Rudy Gobert added 14 points and 15 rebounds.
Suns 133, Rockets 130
Devin Booker scored a game-high 36 points, Deandre Ayton and Chris Paul recorded double-doubles and Phoenix extended its winning streak to six games by edging host Houston.
Booker sank four free throws in the final 37.8 seconds left and picked off a Jae’Sean Tate pass to seal the win. Booker finished 6 of 8 from 3-point range and added six rebounds and six assists. Ayton finished with 27 points and 11 rebounds, and Paul had 19 points and 11 assists.
Christian Wood led the Rockets with 23 points while Kelly Olynyk added 21. Kevin Porter Jr. finished with 20 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.