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NBA roundup: Knicks get ref-aided win over Pistons

Tue Feb 27 2:16am ET
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Josh Hart scored the go-ahead layup with 2.8 seconds remaining and the host New York Knicks pulled out a controversial 113-111 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night.

Hart's winning score was set up by a blatant missed call with 8.5 seconds left and Detroit up 111-110. New York's Donte DiVincenzo dove for the ball near half court and plowed into the legs of Ausar Thompson, who had been trying to get control of the ball.

No foul was called, and the ball ended up in the hands of the Knicks' Jalen Brunson, who passed to Hart for the decisive basket. Crew chief James Williams later admitted the referees erred on the non-call.

Brunson racked up 35 points and 12 assists as the Knicks defeated the Pistons for the 14th consecutive time. Cade Cunningham had 32 points and eight assists for Detroit, which has lost six straight.

Heat 121, Kings 110

Bam Adebayo had 28 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, the depleted Miami bench got a combined 34 points from Kevin Love and Haywood Highsmith, and the undermanned Heat held off host Sacramento.

Miami was missing Jimmy Butler, Nikola Jovic and Thomas Bryant, all suspended for their part in a Friday fight at New Orleans, plus Tyler Herro and Terry Rozier, both out with knee injuries. Even so, the Heat earned their fourth win in a row.

Keegan Murray paced the Kings with 28 points, while De'Aaron Fox had 27 to go with eight rebounds. Domantas Sabonis finished with a game-high 14 rebounds and 10 assists but had just 14 points as Sacramento saw its three-game winning streak end.

Nets 111, Grizzlies 86

Dennis Schroder scored 18 points as visiting Brooklyn earned its first win under interim coach Kevin Ollie, a wire-to-wire rout of Memphis.

After being outscored by 93 points in their previous three games, the Nets dominated Ollie's third game since he took over for Jacque Vaughn. Brooklyn ended a four-game losing streak and won for the second time in nine games by allowing its lowest point total of the season. Cam Thomas added 14 points for the Nets but exited with a right ankle injury.

Lamar Stevens led the Grizzlies with 17 points, and Jaren Jackson Jr. had 15 but shot just 2-for-12. Memphis finished with its lowest point total of the season and lost for the 11th time in 13 games.

Raptors 130, Pacers 122

Scottie Barnes recorded 21 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists, RJ Barrett scored nine of his team-high 24 points in the fourth quarter and Toronto weathered a career-high-matching 34 points from Bennedict Mathurin to top Indiana in Indianapolis for its third win in a row.

In a game with 10 ties and 21 lead changes, Toronto used a fourth-quarter surge to take the lead for good. Immanuel Quickley finished with 19 points for the Raptors, and Jakob Poeltl added 15 points and 10 rebounds.

The Pacers' Pascal Siakam posted 27 points and nine rebounds against his former team, while Myles Turner added 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Player Notes
Jakob Poeltl Mon Feb 26 9:40pm

Toronto Raptors center Jakob Poeltl (ankle) was injured in Monday's meeting with the Pacers and didn't return. The 28-year-old lasted only 22 minutes before tweaking his left ankle. However, he was still productive, ending the night with 15 points, 10 boards, and one block. The Raptors' next game is Wednesday, so fantasy managers could be without him. If Poeltl doesn't suit up, which is certainly possible, Kelly Olynyk needs to be featured in all fantasy lineups.

LaMelo Ball Mon Feb 26 9:40pm

Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball (ankle) remains out on Tuesday versus Milwaukee. At this point, it appears there's a realistic chance Ball won't return this season, especially with Charlotte unlikely to make the postseason. Fortunately, Tre Mann has filled in admirably, averaging 11.7 points, 5.5 boards, 5.2 assists, and 1.7 steals in the six games since being acquired from OKC. With this in mind, Mann should remain in all fantasy lineups on Tuesday. At the same time, Vasilije Micic has also shown promise and is worth streaming in deep fantasy setups.

Zion Williamson Mon Feb 26 9:30pm

New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (foot) is questionable for Tuesday's matchup with the New York Knicks. He's back on the injury report because of a left foot contusion, something he's been dealing with for a while. Of course, the 23-year-old should be in all fantasy lineups if he's available, and his fantasy ceiling will increase even more if CJ McCollum (ankle) doesn't suit up. However, with the Pelicans playing back-to-back contests in the next few days, there's a chance Williamson could miss one of them, which would open the door for Naji Marshall and Larry Nance Jr. to get enough action to make them relevant for fantasy purposes.

Corey Kispert Mon Feb 26 9:20pm

Washington Wizards forward Corey Kispert (illness) is questionable for Tuesday's game versus Golden State. He didn't play on Sunday against the Cleveland Cavaliers because of a non-COVID-related illness. But if the 24-year-old returns on Tuesday evening, he has a place in most fantasy lineups. There's also a chance Kispert will start if Deni Avdija (heel) misses a third consecutive game, which will only elevate his fantasy ceiling even more.

Deni Avdija Mon Feb 26 9:10pm

Washington Wizards forward Deni Avdija (heel) is questionable for Tuesday's clash with the Golden State Warriors. He has missed the last two games because of a heel contusion. As a result, Bilal Coulibaly remained in the starting lineup and recorded 11 points, five rebounds, and two steals versus OKC on Friday. Unfortunately, the rookie suffered a pelvic contusion in Sunday's loss to Cleveland and is now out on Tuesday. Nonetheless, if Avdija returns versus the dubs, he should featured in all fantasy lineups. However, if he misses another game, Corey Kispert (illness) could benefit from a production standpoint, assuming he's cleared to suit up.

Bilal Coulibaly Mon Feb 26 9:10pm

Washington Wizards forward Bilal Coulibaly (pelvis) won't play on Tuesday against Golden State. The rookie had been getting some extra minutes of late without Deni Avdija (heel) in the lineup. He had 11 points, five rebounds, and two steals in Friday's meeting with OKC. However, Coulibaly suffered a pelvic contusion in Sunday's loss to Cleveland and left the contest after logging just six minutes. Avdija and Corey Kispert (illness) are questionable heading into Tuesday's game, so there's a chance one of them returns to fill the void. There's also room in fantasy lineups for Jordan Poole, who had a team-high 31 points off the bench on Sunday.

Davis Bertans Mon Feb 26 8:10pm

Charlotte Hornets forward Davis Bertans (knee) has been tagged as questionable for Tuesday due to a hyperextended left knee. The sharpshooting forward has only played in four games for the Hornets since being traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder, and he's played around 10 minutes a night. So, if he does end up playing, it won't affect the lineup all that much and it wouldn't automatically vault him into fantasy relevance. If he can't suit up for a third consecutive game, however, Grant Williams should receive some more minutes off of the bench while Cody Martin would likely continue to receive north of 30 minutes.

Seth Curry Mon Feb 26 8:00pm

Charlotte Hornets guard Seth Curry (hip) has been listed as probable on the injury report for their Tuesday night matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks. Curry was unable to play in their last game on Sunday due to a sore right hip, but it looks like he's healing from that ailment at a faster pace. The 33-year-old sharpshooter has averaged 9.2 points, 1.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 1.0 made threes across 19.9 minutes per game. He hasn't been the most fantasy-relevant player lately, but he's getting more consistent minutes with the Hornets than he was with the Dallas Mavericks. So he could be a somewhat viable option in very deep fantasy leagues.

Dennis Schroder Mon Feb 26 7:50pm

Brooklyn Nets guard Dennis Schroder has moved up into the starting five for just the second time in his Brooklyn tenure so far. Ben Simmons (leg) was upgraded to available for this contest, but he won't be retaining his starting role according to the Nets' official Twitter account. Including his time in Toronto, during the 34 starts that Schroder has received this year, he's averaged 14.7 points, 6.6 assists, 2.7 rebounds, 1.5 made threes, 1.1 steals, and 1.9 turnovers per game. Schroder may be gaining back some of his fantasy value now that Kevin Ollie has taken over as the head coach and he's willing to keep experimenting with the starters.

Isaiah Livers Mon Feb 26 7:40pm

Washington Wizards forward Isaiah Livers (hip) will miss the remainder of the season according to the team's official Twitter account. He's suffering from joint capsule inflammation in his right hip and the team said that it will be treated conservatively. Livers came to Washington along with Marvin Bagley III in the trade that sent Danilo Gallinari and Mike Muscala to Detroit. The 25-year-old has shown some promise in his first two seasons but hasn't been able to take the floor for the Wizards this year. The last game he played was on January 12 when he was still in Detroit. Now, after getting some more information on his injury, he won't play again this year. Depending on the offseason moves that the Wizards make, Livers may have a solid role available for the taking next season.

Ben Simmons Mon Feb 26 7:30pm

Brooklyn Nets forward Ben Simmons (leg) will play in his third consecutive game on Monday against the Memphis Grizzlies. The point forward was originally listed as questionable due to lower leg soreness for this game, but it seems like the pain isn't enough to force him to stay on the sidelines. In the last two games, Simmons played 15 and 21 minutes respectively while joining the starting five. He's likely to remain in the same role but might see fewer minutes if the team desperately needs offense. While he's been able to collect a good amount of stats outside of scoring, his play has been too inconsistent to trust in most fantasy leagues right now.

Jalen Smith Mon Feb 26 6:20pm

Indiana Pacers forward/center Jalen Smith (back) will play on Monday against Toronto. He returned to action from a four-game absence on Sunday versus Dallas and is good to go again against the Raptors, despite being initially regarded as questionable for the game with lower back spasms. Smith is a very effective player but typically doesn't receive a lot of playing time behind Indiana's starting center Myles Turner. He had eight points and five rebounds in 19 minutes in his only previous appearance against the Raptors this season.

Maxi Kleber Mon Feb 26 6:00pm

Dallas Mavericks forward/center Maxi Kleber (nose) is considered probable for Tuesday's clash with the Cavaliers. In a strange coincidence, multiple Mavericks players have had their noses broken in recent times, and Kleber is one of them, but the nasal fracture isn't expected to keep him off the court. Kleber is set to have an important role in slowing down the twin towers of Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen, but his effectiveness on the offensive end is very limited. The 32-year-old averages 8.9 points and 4.1 rebounds in 27.3 minutes for the month.

Josh Green Mon Feb 26 6:00pm

Dallas Mavericks guard/forward Josh Green (elbow) is expected to play on Tuesday versus Cleveland, as the team has listed him as probable for the game. Green hurt his right elbow on Sunday versus Indiana and has landed on the injury report with an elbow strain, but it looks like he will be good to go. The 23-year-old is the glue guy in Dallas' starting unit who does a little bit of everything and has averaged 13.0 points for the month with 4.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.3 steals.

Dante Exum Mon Feb 26 5:50pm

Dallas Mavericks guard Dante Exum (knee) has been listed as doubtful for Tuesday's matchup against Cleveland. He's missed 12 straight games but has been back in practice and doesn't appear to be far away from returning. However, his return on Tuesday still looks unlikely. Exum won't have to wait long for his next chance to return, as Dallas starts a back-to-back and faces Toronto on Wednesday.

Luka Doncic Mon Feb 26 5:40pm

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (nose) continues to carry a probable tag on the injury report ahead of Tuesday's encounter with the Cavaliers. Doncic has played in each of the last nine games, and it's safe to assume he will remain in the lineup on Tuesday. The NBA's leading scorer will enter Tuesday's battle following a 74-point effort across his last two appearances. Doncic remains a regular triple-double treat as well, and he posted a 39-7-6 line in his first meeting with Cleveland this season.

Gary Harris Mon Feb 26 5:40pm

Orlando Magic guard/forward Gary Harris (calf) isn't on the injury report ahead of Tuesday's contest against Brooklyn. The veteran didn't play on Sunday versus Atlanta in the second leg of a back-to-back. He also missed a game in a back-to-back situation in the week prior as the team continues to manage Harris' right calf injury. Harris has started in each of his last two games, but he's not very productive fantasy-wise, with averages of 7.0 points, 1.6 rebounds, and 1.7 assists.

Jonathan Isaac Mon Feb 26 5:30pm

Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac (knee) has been listed as questionable for Tuesday's matchup against the Nets. He hurt his left knee early into Sunday's battle with the Hawks, but MRI results showed no significant injuries, and Isaac might be in the lineup on Tuesday. The 26-year-old could get some extra action on Tuesday if Paolo Banchero (illness) remains out, although Orlando tends to keep his involvement capped at around 20 minutes. Caleb Houstan benefited from Isaac's absence on Sunday, but he has been an unproductive fantasy performer.

Paolo Banchero Mon Feb 26 5:20pm

Orlando Magic forward Paolo Banchero (illness) is listed as questionable for Tuesday's matchup against Brooklyn. He missed his first game of the season on Sunday against Atlanta with an illness and hasn't apparently fully recovered yet. Goga Bitadze started in Banchero's spot at the weekend but didn't do a lot, and he will be a risky streaming choice on Tuesday if Banchero remains out.

Rudy Gobert Mon Feb 26 4:10pm

Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Chris Finch says center Rudy Gobert (ankle) went through practice Monday and expects the big man to participate in Tuesday's session. "[Gobert] looked good", Finch said. Gobert sprained his left ankle in Friday's loss to the Milwaukee Bucks and sat out Saturday's win over the Brooklyn Nets. Minnesota will officially update the three-time Defensive Player of the Year's game status for Tuesday's meeting with the San Antonio Spurs later on Monday.