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NBA-leading Suns rally to beat Jazz 111-105 with big 4th


By The Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY, AP — Devin Booker scored 33 points and the NBA-leading Phoenix Suns overcame a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Utah Jazz 111-105 on Friday night.

Deandre Ayton sealed the victory on a pass from Chris Paul with 18.4 seconds left. Ayton had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Paul had 16 points and 16 assists to help the Suns extend their franchise record with their 64th win.

Mikal Bridges added 18 points, capping a 14-0 run at Phoenix in the fourth quarter to tie it at 98. His dunk and three-point play with 46 seconds left gave the Suns a 107-102 lead.

The Jazz didn’t score a field goal — nine straight misses — for nearly seven minutes in the fourth quarter. Utah has lost 16 games where it held double-digit leads this season. The Suns outscored the Jazz 36-13 in the fourth quarter.

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 19 points for Utah. Slowed down by Bridges, Donovan Mitchell had 18 points on 7 of 21 shooting. Rudy Gobert finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

The Suns finished with a franchise-record 32 road wins and became the first NBA team since 1969-70 New York Knicks to finish with a better road winning percentage than the home winning percentage of all other teams. The Jazz currently sit in fifth place in the Western Conference, but could possibly drop to sixth on the final night of the season.

NETS 118, JUMPER 107

NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 36 points, leading a pair of fourth-quarter surges that propelled Brooklyn to a tie for seventh place with Cleveland in the Eastern Conference.

The Nets caught the Cavaliers at 43-38 with one game to go and won the tiebreaker. They’ll finish seventh if they beat Indiana on Sunday in their final regular-season game. The No. 7 team hosts the No. 8 on Tuesday, advancing to the playoffs with a victory.

The loser of the 7-8 game has a second shot in the playoffs by beating the winner of the game between teams No. 9 and 10 on Friday.

Kyrie Irving shrugged off a bad shooting night to finish with 18 points, eight assists and six rebounds. Bruce Brown had 18 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for the Nets, who won their third in a row. Andre Drummond had 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Darius Garland scored 31 points for the Cavaliers, who lost their third in a row. They picked up rookie Evan Mobley after a five-game absence with a sprained left ankle, but he’s still missing All-Star center Jarrett Allen with a broken finger that sidelined him for nearly one month.


CHICAGO (AP) — LaMelo Ball scored 24 points and Charlotte ran away from Chicago.

The Hornets — 10th in the Eastern Conference and a game behind Brooklyn and Atlanta in the finish — barely transpired in this one. They led 79-51 through the first two quarters, the most runs allowed in a half this season by Chicago, and handed the listless Bulls their fourth straight loss.

Charlotte shot 60.5 percent and made 19 of 40 3-pointers, with Ball setting the tone. The All-Star point guard made his mark in the first half. He had 8 of 16 shots in the game, including 5 of 9 from 3-pointers, and finished with nine assists in 29 minutes.

Miles Bridges scored 20 points and the Hornets snapped a five-game losing streak against Chicago. Zach LaVine led the Bulls with 23 points.


DETROIT (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 30 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists to help Milwaukee defeat Detroit.

Averaging 29.9 points, Antetokounmpo needs 35 or more points Sunday in the season finale in Cleveland to join Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only Milwaukee players to average 30 points for a season.

Brook Lopez added 17 points and Khris Middleton had 15. The defending champion Bucks led by 32 points en route to their third straight victory. They improved to 51-30.

Rodney McGruder had a career-high 26 points for Detroit. Saddiq Bey (20) and Cade Cunningham (14) were the only starters to hit double figures.

The Pistons missed 15 of their first 16 field goal attempts, falling behind 23-4. Detroit finished with an NBA season-low eight points in the first quarter, trailing 22.

HEAT 113, HAWKS 109

MIAMI (AP) — Bam Adebayo hit the dunk with 27 seconds left and scored 27 points in Miami’s comeback victory over Atlanta.

Jimmy Butler added 20 points, Kyle Lowry finished with 16 points and Tyler Herro had 15 for the Heat. They finished on a 10-2 series. Danilo Galinari’s 3-point attempt for Atlanta with nine seconds left bounced off the edge and Herro’s two free throws secured the win.

It was the first of two meaningless games, at least in seeding terms, for Miami to end the regular season. The Heat were locked into the No. 1 seed for the Eastern Conference playoffs on Thursday and know they will play Game 1 of a first-round home series on April 17 against Cleveland, Brooklyn, Charlotte or Atlanta, which fell to a tie for ninth with Charlotte.

Trae Young scored 35 points for Atlanta.


DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic had 39 points, 11 rebounds and his 16th technical foul of the season for Dallas, which will open the playoffs on home soil for the first time since 2011 after defeating Portland.

The Mavericks will play their regular season finale on Sunday without Doncic unless the technical foul is waived by the NBA office. If confirmed, his 16th of the season means an automatic one-game suspension.

Drew Eubanks had 18 points for the Trail Blazers.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stanley Johnson scored a season-high 21 points, and Los Angeles beat Oklahoma City to end an eight-game losing streak.

Wenyen Gabriel added 16 points as the Lakers wrapped up the home portion of their dismal season with their first win since March 21 despite playing without LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony.

Jaylen Hoard had a career-high 27 points and 17 rebounds for the Thunder.


TORONTO (AP) — Pascal Siakam had 29 points and 10 rebounds, Gary Trent Jr. had the game-winning layup with 4.8 seconds left and Toronto beat Houston.

Trent added 26 points for the Raptors in their home final. With one game to play in the regular season, they’ll be no worse than the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference.

Kevin Porter Jr. had 35 points and 10 rebounds for Houston. The Rockets lost their sixth in a row and finished with the NBA’s worst road record of 9-32.


WASHINGTON (AP) — Obi Toppin scored a career-high 35 points and New York beat Washington,

RJ Barrett scored 14 points for the Knicks before leaving the game with a sprained right knee. Rui Hachimura led Washington with 21 points.

Both teams are eliminated from the playoffs.