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NBA roundup: Nuggets rally, shock Lakers at buzzer

Tue Apr 23 1:59am ET
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Jamal Murray hit a step-back jumper as time expired and the host Denver Nuggets rallied from a 20-point deficit to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 101-99 on Monday night in Game 2 of a Western Conference first-round playoff series.

Murray, who struggled shooting all game, dribbled to the baseline and launched a 16-footer over the outstretched hand of Anthony Davis to give Denver a 2-0 series lead.

LeBron James had a steal and dunk to put Los Angeles up 95-92 and Michael Porter Jr.'s 3-pointer with 1:15 left tied it before Murray took over. He hit two free throws and a 20-footer to answer buckets by Los Angeles. James then missed a 3-pointer with 16.3 seconds left to set up Murray's heroics.

Nikola Jokic had 27 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists for the Nuggets, who have beaten the Lakers in 10 straight meetings, regular season and postseason combined. Murray finished with 20 points on 9-for-24 shooting.

Davis had 32 points and 11 rebounds but scored just two points in the final 22 minutes. James supplied 26 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds.

Knicks 104, 76ers 101

Donte DiVincenzo hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 13.1 seconds left for host New York, which scored the final eight points in the last 28 seconds to stun Philadelphia and take a 2-0 lead in an Eastern Conference first-round series.

The 76ers overcame an eight-point deficit by mounting a 19-6 run that ended with Kyle Lowry splitting a pair of free throws with 47.3 seconds left for a 101-96 lead. New York's Jalen Brunson, who missed his first five 3-point attempts, got a shooter's roll on a corner 3-pointer with 27.4 seconds left.

Brunson finished with 24 points, eight rebounds and six assists while Josh Hart had 21 points and 15 rebounds for the Knicks. Tyrese Maxey logged 35 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds and Joel Embiid had 34 points and 10 boards in a losing cause.

Cavaliers 96, Magic 86

Donovan Mitchell recorded 23 points and eight rebounds and Jarrett Allen collected a personal-playoff-high 20 boards to pace Cleveland to a victory over visiting Orlando.

The Cavaliers, who never trailed, grabbed a 2-0 lead in a best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round playoff series as Evan Mobley scored 17 points and Allen had 16.

Paolo Banchero scored 21 points and Franz Wagner added 18 points and seven rebounds for the Magic, who committed 17 turnovers.

Player Notes
Josh Hart Mon Apr 22 10:50pm

New York Knicks forward Josh Hart had another big game on Monday night in the postseason win over the 76ers. He played all 48 minutes and finished with a double-double, amassing 21 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. The 29-year-old also got after it defensively by ending the evening with two steals and two blocks. Hart has been one of New York's top contributors, combining for 43 points and 28 rebounds in the series' first two games. With the Knicks now up two games to none, both clubs will meet again on Thursday in Philadelphia. DFS managers should expect the 2017 No. 30 overall pick to get all the work he can handle and remain heavily involved on both sides of the floor.

Mitchell Robinson Mon Apr 22 10:40pm

New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson cooled off in the Game 2 win over the Sixers. The big man logged 30 minutes in Game 1 to finish with eight points, 12 rebounds, four blocks, and one steal. However, he played only 18 minutes on Monday night and wasn't nearly as productive. Robinson could bounce back at some point in this series. Yet, with Isaiah Hartenstein in the equation, Robinson will remain a risky DFS option for Game 3 on Thursday evening.

Jalen Brunson Mon Apr 22 10:40pm

New York Knicks guard Jalen Brunson scored a team-high 24 points in Monday's win over Philly. He added eight rebounds and six assists. While the 27-year-old led the way on the scoring end, he still had trouble shooting the ball, going 8-for-29 from the field and 1-for-6 from deep. He posted similar shooting percentages in Game 1, so it's apparent the Sixers will continue to make him a focal point defensively. However, Brunson can get it done in multiple ways, keeping him on the radar as a top DFS option for any lineup when these clubs meet for Game 3 on Thursday night in Philadelphia.

Joel Embiid Mon Apr 22 10:40pm

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (knee) had a double-double in Monday's loss to the Knicks. He tweaked his surgically repaired left knee in Game 1 on Saturday and was listed as questionable heading into this one. However, the reigning MVP logged 39 minutes and finished with 34 points, 11 rebounds, and six assists. With the Sixers trailing two games, the series will head back to Philadelphia for Game 3. DFS managers should expect Embiid to appear on the injury report, just like he has since returning from his lengthy layoff. With that in mind, Embiid will remain one of the best fantasy options available, even though he's not fully healthy and has had issues shooting the ball in this series.

Tyrese Maxey Mon Apr 22 10:30pm

Philadelphia 76ers guard Tyrese Maxey (illness) shed his questionable designation to suit up for Monday's postseason meeting with the Knicks. After scoring 33 points in Game 1, Maxey played even better in this one, scoring 35 points and adding 10 assists and eight rebounds. The 23-year-old had a lower DFS rostering cost entering Game 2, at least compared to some of the other potent guards on the slate. However, he certainly produced well beyond expectations. With the Sixers down two games to New York, the series will head back to Philly for Game 3 on Thursday night. Expect Maxey to continue to play heavy minutes and get a bulk of the scoring chances.

Jalen Suggs Mon Apr 22 8:50pm

Orlando Magic guard Jalen Suggs (knee) returned to Monday's contest against the Cavs. The 22-year-old suffered a left knee strain in the first quarter and needed assistance to the locker room. It appeared his night was over. However, Suggs managed to return to start the second half. Without question, DFS managers who have him in their lineups are thrilled he's back on the floor. However, Suggs will likely appear on the injury report heading into Game 3.

Kawhi Leonard Mon Apr 22 8:30pm

Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (knee) is questionable for Tuesday's postseason clash with the Mavericks. He has started practicing, although it's unknown how involved he actually was. With that in mind, DFS managers likely won't see him on Tuesday night. However, it appears there's at least a chance Leonard could return during the series with Dallas. Nonetheless, Paul George, Ivica Zubac, and James Harden should lead the way offensively while Leonard is out. At the same time, there's room for Russell Westbrook, Norman Powell, and Terance Mann to benefit on the scoring end.

Miles Bridges Mon Apr 22 8:10pm

According to Michael Scotto of, the Pistons might be interested in signing forward Miles Bridges this summer. After sitting out the 2022-23 campaign because of legal troubles, the 26-year-old amassed a career-high 21.0 points and 7.3 rebounds in 69 games with the Hornets this season. Of course, there will be more than a handful of teams expected to make an offer. However, Detroit will have the cap space during the offseason, although the interest could fade depending on who takes over as the president of basketball operations.

Malik Monk Mon Apr 22 8:00pm

Impending free-agent guard Malik Monk (knee) is expected to test free agency. While the Sixth Man of the Year favorite indicated his love for Sacramento, he could sign elsewhere for more money. Without question, Monk will command plenty of attention in the open market, especially from teams with cash to spend. The 26-year-old is coming off the best season of his career, averaging 15.4 points, 5.1 assists, and 2.9 rebounds in 72 games during the 2023-24 campaign. Unfortunately, he suffered a sprained MCL toward the end of the year and wasn't available for either of Sacramento's Play-In contests. Monk should be fully healthy by the start of the new season, although his fantasy outlook won't be known until he signs his next contract.

Giannis Antetokounmpo Mon Apr 22 7:50pm

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (calf) is doubtful to play in Tuesday's game versus the Pacers. TNT's Jared Greenberg reported on Sunday that the team remains optimistic the multi-time MVP will be back at some point during the series against Indiana. However, he's not expected to play in Game 2 as he continues to work his way back from a left Soleus strain. Of course, Damian Lillard will stay a popular DFS option on Tuesday night, especially after scoring 35 points in Game 1. In addition, Bobby Portis and Khris Middleton, each amassing a double-double on Sunday, will also see more attention from fantasy managers if Antetokounmpo is officially ruled out.

Jalen Suggs Mon Apr 22 7:40pm

Orlando Magic guard Jalen Suggs (leg) exited Monday's postseason matchup with the Cavaliers. The 22-year-old suffered an apparent left knee injury in the first quarter, requiring assistance off the court and to the locker room. Considering he couldn't put weight on his leg, it could mean his evening is over. With that said, there should be more information on his condition soon. But as long as Suggs isn't on the floor, Markelle Fultz and Cole Anthony will see more minutes.

Tyrese Maxey Mon Apr 22 7:10pm

According to TNT's Chris Hayes, Philadelphia 76ers guard Tyrese Maxey (illness) will play on Monday night versus the Knicks. He's under the weather and didn't participate in shootaround on Monday afternoon. While fantasy managers are happy Maxey will be out there, especially after a 33-point performance in Game 1 on Saturday, his DFS potential isn't as high as usual because of the illness.

Joel Embiid Mon Apr 22 7:10pm

According to TNT's Chris Hayes, Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (knee) will suit up for Monday's matchup with the Knicks. Embiid tweaked his surgically repaired left knee in Game 1, forcing him to exit the contest briefly. However, he managed to finish the game, amassing 29 points. The 30-year-old looked tired at times throughout Saturday's loss to the Knicks and also had trouble shooting the ball. There's also a chance of re-injury, meaning he's a risky DFS option despite the obvious upside.

Tyrese Maxey Mon Apr 22 6:30pm

Philadelphia 76ers guard Tyrese Maxey (illness) remains questionable for Monday's meeting with the Knicks. Maxey missed shootaround on Tuesday afternoon because of an illness, with Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reporting he's now considered a game-time decision for Game 2. The 23-year-old is coming off a big performance, amassing 33 points in the Game 1 loss to New York. It would be surprising if he weren't out there for the postseason clash. However, if Maxey isn't available, Buddy Hield, Kelly Oubre Jr., and Nicolas Batum should benefit the most.

Grayson Allen Mon Apr 22 3:00pm

Phoenix Suns guard Grayson Allen (ankle) will be listed as questionable on Tuesday for Game 2 of the Western Conference quarterfinals against the Minnesota Timberwolves. After exiting Saturday's Game 1 defeat to the T-Wolves due to a sprained right ankle, Allen wasn't a full participant in practice on Monday but was still able to get some shots up and has been getting treatment "around the clock," per head coach Frank Vogel. After netting a team-high four three-pointers in the first game of this first-round series against Minnesota, three-and-D wing Royce O'Neale would be a prime candidate to join Phoenix's starting five and a more attractive DFS option if Allen sits out on Tuesday. In eight regular-season games as a starter for the Suns, O'Neale chipped in 11.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.3 steals, and 3.1 threes per contest.

Tyrese Maxey Mon Apr 22 2:50pm

Philadelphia 76ers guard Tyrese Maxey (illness) was not at Monday's morning shootaround, and he's been downgraded to questionable to play in Game 2 against the New York Knicks. After logging a game-high 33 points in 41 minutes in Saturday's Game 1 loss, Maxey is a late addition to the injury report due to an illness. If the All-Star guard doesn't suit up, Philly's offense would rely on Joel Embiid (knee) for the bulk of the scoring and playmaking. Based on his usage in the first game of this first-round series, Nicolas Batum would appear to be the most likely candidate to enter the starting lineup after leading the reserves in minutes (25) on Saturday. If head coach Nick Nurse opts to go small, however, it's worth noting Cameron Payne averaged 13.8 points, 4.3 assists, 3.6 rebounds, 1.1 steals, and 2.3 three-pointers in eight regular-season games for the Sixers without Maxey.

De'Anthony Melton Sun Apr 21 7:30pm

Philadelphia 76ers guard De'Anthony Melton (back) remains out for Monday's game against the Knicks. Melton battled a back injury for most of the 2023-24 campaign. He also wasn't available for the Play-In tournament or Game 1 of the series with New York on Saturday night. Head coach Nick Nurse hasn't closed the door on Melton returning at some point. However, there's a chance he won't be back until at least next season. Nonetheless, it appears Nurse will give the starting lineup more minutes they can handle, so Melton likely wouldn't have done much to benefit fantasy managers even if he were available.

LeBron James Sun Apr 21 7:20pm

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (ankle) is listed as probable for Monday's postseason clash with the Denver Nuggets. By now, most should expect him on the injury report for the remainder of the playoffs. But unless James suffers a significant setback with his nagging ankle injury, DFS managers should expect to see him out there. The 39-year-old continues to produce at a high level, most recently amassing 27 points, eight assists, and six rebounds in the Game 1 loss to the champs. He also had seven turnovers, although that shouldn't keep DFS managers from putting him in their lineups.

Anthony Davis Sun Apr 21 7:20pm

Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (back) is probable heading toward Monday's matchup with the Nuggets. AD was on the injury report ahead of the Game 1 loss to the champs. But as expected, he was on the floor. Davis looked good, too, amassing a 32-point, 14-rebound double-double with four blocks. Head coach Mike Malone will likely make some adjustments, making it unlikely Davis will remain as productive in Game 2.

Giannis Antetokounmpo Sun Apr 21 7:10pm

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (calf) was officially ruled out ahead of Sunday's postseason contest against the Pacers. While the multi-time MVP still hasn't practiced since suffering a left Soleus strain, TNT's Jared Greenberg reported that the team remains optimistic he'll be back at some point during the series with Indiana. Of course, many believe Antetokounmpo won't be back on the floor until the 2024-25 campaign. However, it appears there's still a chance he'll be back. In the meantime, Damian Lillard, Khris Middleton, Brook Lopez, and Bobby Portis will presumably stay the team's top scorers, with Pat Connaughton and Patrick Beverley expected to receive more minutes.