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NBA roundup: Clippers stun Warriors after trailing by 22

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Paul George drained a go-ahead 3-pointer with 9.9 seconds remaining as the host Los Angeles Clippers overcame a 22-point deficit to edge the Golden State Warriors 113-112 on Saturday.

Moses Moody gave Golden State a 111-106 lead with 1:22 to go by sinking two free throws following a clear-path foul by George. James Harden answered with a layup before Moody split a pair of free throws, making it a four-point game with 38.1 seconds left.

Kawhi Leonard's layup made it a one-possession game, and George then delivered, giving Los Angeles its first -- and only -- lead of the contest. Draymond Green came up short on a potential game-winning 3-pointer as time expired.

George finished with a game-high 25 points for the Clippers, who bounced back from a 120-114 loss to the Warriors on Thursday. Stephen Curry led Golden State with 22 points and 11 assists.

Moody opened the third quarter with a 3-pointer to put Golden State up by 22, and the Warriors still held a comfortable lead at 85-68 with 5:28 remaining in the period. Los Angeles still had gas in the tank, though, scoring 17 of the next 19 points to make it a two-point game.

Thunder 126, Mavericks 120

Jalen Williams had 23 points to lead eight scorers in double figures as visiting Oklahoma City withstood a furious 30-0 fourth-quarter rally by short-handed Dallas.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 17 points while Davis Bertans and Cason Wallace scored 15 apiece for Oklahoma City, which won for the eighth time in its past 10 games. Dallas star Luka Doncic returned after missing one game for the birth of his daughter and recorded his third triple-double of the season with 36 points, 15 rebounds and 18 assists.

The Mavericks trailed by 23 at the start of the fourth before going on a remarkable 30-0 run to take the lead at 117-111 with 4:18 remaining. After A.J. Lawson hit a 3-pointer to put Dallas ahead by four, Oklahoma City scored six straight points to move ahead 122-120 with 40.1 seconds left. Doncic committed a turnover on the next possession and Gilgeous-Alexander scored on a layup before Williams made two foul shots for the final margin.

Nets 129, Magic 101

Mikal Bridges scored 26 of his 42 points in the first quarter and Brooklyn ended Orlando's nine-game winning streak in a contest in New York.

The Magic missed a chance at their first 10-game winning streak in franchise history partly because they had trouble stopping Bridges, especially in the opening 12 minutes.

Franz Wagner and Cole Anthony scored 20 points apiece to lead Orlando, which had not lost since Nov. 14 when it fell to Brooklyn. Paolo Banchero added 19 points as the Magic shot 40.2 percent from the floor.

Cavaliers 110, Pistons 101

Darius Garland and Max Strus had 22 points apiece as visiting Cleveland beat Detroit, handing the Pistons their franchise-record 17th consecutive loss.

Donovan Mitchell supplied 20 points and four assists for the Cavaliers, who bounced back from a home loss to Portland. Jarrett Allen contributed 19 points and 11 rebounds and Georges Niang led the reserves with 12 points.

Bojan Bogdanovic, making his season debut, finished with 22 points off the bench for the Pistons. Cade Cunningham finished with a team-high 23 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds for Detroit.

Timberwolves 123, Hornets 117

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 28 points and Rudy Gobert posted 26 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots, and the duo spearheaded a relentless fourth quarter to help Minnesota top host Charlotte.

Naz Reid had 23 points on 9-for-14 shooting off the bench, Mike Conley delivered 14 points and 10 assists and reserve Kyle Anderson added 11 points as the Timberwolves won their fourth consecutive game.

Terry Rozier's 23 points and Miles Bridges' 22 paced the Hornets. P.J. Washington hit four 3-pointers off the bench on the way to 18 points.

Bulls 124, Pelicans 118

Coby White scored a season-high 31 points and led a 3-point barrage by host Chicago in a victory over New Orleans.

White matched his career high of eight 3-pointers (in 13 attempts), and the Bulls made 17 of 40 compared to 8 of 25 for the Pelicans. DeMar DeRozan returned from a one-game absence due to a sprained left ankle to add 24 points and 10 assists.

Zion Williamson scored 27 points, Brandon Ingram had 23 and Herbert Jones had 17 to lead the Pelicans.

Pacers 144, Heat 129

Bruce Brown scored a season-high 30 points to help lead Indiana past host Miami.

Obi Toppin scored 22 points for the Pacers, who split their two games in Miami after losing to the Heat on Thursday. Aaron Nesmith and T.J. McConnell tallied 20 points apiece, Myles Turner added 17 and Bennedict Mathurin had 16.

Jimmy Butler led Miami with 33 points on 12-for-23 shooting from the field. Caleb Martin poured in 18 points, Duncan Robinson scored 17 and Josh Richardson and Orlando Robinson each scored 16.

Bucks 132, Hawks 121

Giannis Antetokounmpo put up his first triple-double of the season with 32 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to lead Milwaukee to a win over visiting Atlanta.

Damian Lillard added 25 points to go along with nine assists for Milwaukee. Five other Bucks scored in double figures, including Cameron Payne, who had a season-high 18 points off the bench.

Trae Young led the way for Atlanta with 32 points, with his backcourt mate Dejounte Murray tallying 30. Young also dished out 12 assists and nabbed two steals. Clint Capela played a big role down low, scoring 10 points and grabbing a game-high 17 boards.

Suns 116, Grizzlies 109

Devin Booker recorded 34 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists to lead Phoenix over visiting Memphis.

Kevin Durant added 27 points for the Suns, but his streak of consecutive 30-point games ended at seven. Jusuf Nurkic added 14 points and nine rebounds before fouling out with 5:34 left as Phoenix snapped a two-game skid.

Jaren Jackson Jr. scored a season-high 37 points on 13-of-21 shooting and collected nine rebounds for the Grizzlies. Desmond Bane scored 20 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter for Memphis, which had a season-best two-game winning streak halted.

Jazz 118, Trail Blazers 113 (OT)

Collin Sexton scored 25 points and Keyonte George had one of the best games of his rookie season with a career-high 21 to help Utah defeat Portland in overtime in Salt Lake City.

John Collins added 17 points and nine rebounds and Omer Yurtseven hauled in 15 rebounds to go along with nine points and a key block in the waning moments of the extra session. The Jazz, who won after blowing a 13-point fourth-quarter lead, were without four regulars: Lauri Markkanen (hamstring), Jordan Clarkson (thigh), Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) and Kris Dunn (personal reasons).

Shaedon Sharpe and Malcolm Brogdon each scored 25 points, but the Blazers ended up falling to the Jazz for the second time in three outings this season. Scoot Henderson scored 17 points, while Deandre Ayton totaled 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Kings 123, Nuggets 117

Malik Monk capped a 26-point performance off the bench with a critical 3-pointer with 1:12 to play, and host Sacramento overcame Nikola Jokic's eighth triple-double of the season for a victory over Denver.

De'Aaron Fox (26 points, game-high 16 assists) and Domantas Sabonis (17 points, game-high 15 rebounds) chipped in with double-doubles for the Kings, who won for the third time in their past four games in their final tune-up before the NBA in-season tournament quarterfinals on Monday night.

Jokic had a game-high 36 points and team highs in rebounds (13) and assists (14) for the Nuggets, who welcomed back Aaron Gordon from a heel injury but were without Jamal Murray for the second straight game due to a sprained right ankle.

Lakers 107, Rockets 97

Anthony Davis recorded his 17th double-double of the season while Austin Reaves scored 18 points off the bench as Los Angeles cruised past visiting Houston.

Davis had 27 points, 14 rebounds and added five blocks. Reaves overcame an 0-for-4 start and finished 6-for-11 from the floor with four rebounds and three steals. That duo combined for 21 points during a 25-2 second-quarter run that enabled the Lakers to seize control.

Alperen Sengun produced 21 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks while Fred VanVleet had 22 points and seven assists for Houston, which remained winless on the road in eight attempts.

Player Notes
Jalen Brunson Sun Mar 3 11:00pm

New York Knicks guard Jalen Brunson (knee) was injured in Sunday night's win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Playing less than one minute, the former Villanova Wildcat exited with what appeared to be a severe left knee injury. However, it seems the Knicks dodged a bullet, with head coach Tom Thibodeau reporting that X-rays were negative. Even more promising, Thibodeau added that Brunson has a knee contusion, which is certainly fantastic news. The 27-year-old has had the best season of his career in 2023-24, averaging 27.7 points, 6.7 assists, and 3.8 rebounds. The Knicks don't play again until Wednesday against the Atlanta Hawks. But based on the update from Thibs, Brunson could be out there. On the other hand, the Knicks need him healthy if the team hopes to advance deep into the postseason, so he could miss a game or two until he's fully healthy. If that's the case, Miles McBride, scoring 16 points on Sunday evening, would make a fine addition to most fantasy rosters.

Khris Middleton Sun Mar 3 10:10pm

Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (ankle) is officially out on Monday against the Clippers. The 32-year-old is nearing a month on the shelf, although he has practiced in a limited capacity of late. However, with Middleton still out of the equation, Jae Crowder should continue to take his place in the lineup. Crowder has averaged only 5.4 points and 4.1 rebounds in 14 starts this season, making him an unattractive fantasy option under normal circumstances. Yet, with Giannis Antetokounmpo (Achilles) in danger of missing Monday's game, Crowder could be much more aggressive on both sides of the floor.

Jordan Clarkson Sun Mar 3 9:50pm

Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson (illness) isn't listed on the NBA's official injury report heading toward Monday's contest against the Washington Wizards. The veteran wasn't feeling well and didn't suit up on Saturday against the Miami Heat, allowing Talen Horton-Tucker to get more involved. Clarkson combined for just nine points in his previous two games, so fantasy managers may have concerns about putting him into their lineups. However, with Lauri Markkanen (hip) ruled out for Monday night, Clarkson could benefit significantly from a production standpoint.

LeBron James Sun Mar 3 9:50pm

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (ankle) has been tagged as questionable for the Monday night contest against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The superstar forward made history during their last game as he surpassed the 40,000 points mark in a loss to the Denver Nuggets. Now, he's back on the injury report as he continues to deal with ankle issues. He's popped up in the injury report many times for the ankle injury but has played in the last five games and clocked over 35 minutes in each of them. If he's unable to play, Cam Reddish or Spencer Dinwiddie could join the starting five, but they've been a bit too inconsistent to be surefire streaming options.

Walker Kessler Sun Mar 3 9:40pm

Utah Jazz center Walker Kessler (foot) won't play in Monday's game against the visiting Wizards. The 22-year-old will now miss his third consecutive contest because of a sprained foot. As a result, Taylor Hendricks should continue to fill the hole in the lineup. The 2023 No. 9 overall pick has shown flashes of promise in five starts this season, averaging 9.4 points and 5.8 rebounds. While Hendricks has a way to go before becoming a universal option for all fantasy lineups, he should remain more productive while Kessler is on the shelf.

Bilal Coulibaly Sun Mar 3 8:40pm

Washington Wizards forward Bilal Coulibaly has been cleared to return on Monday after a three-game absence. According to Josh Robbins of The Athletic, Coulibaly was cleared from the injury report after putting in a full team practice on Sunday. The rookie started in four consecutive outings before getting hurt and he's been getting more consistent minutes over the last month or so. So far this year, Coulibaly is averaging 8.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.4 turnovers across 26.7 minutes per game. His inconsistent output has made him more fantasy-relevant in deeper leagues, so his return doesn't make him an automatic start.

Lauri Markkanen Sun Mar 3 8:20pm

Utah Jazz forward Lauri Markkanen (quad) has been ruled out for Monday against the Washington Wizards. The All-Star wing hasn't missed a game since December 21 and even played a total of 40 minutes in their last contest on Saturday. With Walker Kessler (foot) also ruled out, the frontcourt is going to be very thin, and it's unclear at the moment how much time Markkanen will have to miss with this quad contusion. They'll likely opt for a smaller lineup with John Collins at center and Taylor Hendricks remaining in the starting power forward spot. Talen Horton-Tucker and Brice Sensabaugh are the two that are most likely to move into the starting five while Omer Yurtseven will get the backup center minutes.

Jalen Brunson Sun Mar 3 8:00pm

New York Knicks guard Jalen Brunson (leg) suffered an apparent non-contact injury to his leg in the opening minutes of their Sunday night game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Based on the replays, it looked to be a knee injury, which would make the non-contact part of it even scarier if that's the case. The injury took place in the first minutes of the game and he hasn't returned to the game since. He tried putting weight on his leg to walk back to the locker room but had to be helped off by teammates. Further updates will likely come out after the team can take some X-rays and an MRI, so fantasy managers will want to stay tuned. In the meantime, Miles McBride and Donte DiVincenzo will likely see a lot of the point guard duties.

Jakob Poeltl Sun Mar 3 7:50pm

Toronto Raptors center Jakob Poeltl (finger) left the game against the Charlotte Hornets in the second quarter with a dislocated pinky finger. During his 15 minutes of playing time, Poeltl finished with eight points, three assists, two rebounds, one block, and one turnover while shooting 4-for-6 from the floor. The veteran big man has provided a much-needed inside presence since returning from injury. In the 13-game stretch since then, he's averaged 12.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.9 blocks, and 1.5 turnovers per game. Kelly Olynyk has seen some added opportunities and should move into the starting five if Poeltl has to miss any more time. Jontay Porter would also get some more minutes from the bench.

Ben Simmons Sun Mar 3 7:40pm

Brooklyn Nets forward Ben Simmons (back) remains on the injury report but was at least listed as questionable while he still suffers from nerve impingement in his lower back. Simmons has been out for the last three games after appearing in three consecutive games before that. The 27-year-old has appeared in 15 total games so far this season and he vowed to give the team everything he has whether he's hurt or fully healthy. When he plays, he has some value in deeper fantasy leagues, but his value is very limited since he hasn't been on the court. If he has to miss another game, Jalen Wilson and Dorian Finney-Smith will continue to see more minutes.

Bradley Beal Sun Mar 3 7:30pm

Phoenix Suns guard Bradley Beal (hamstring) is listed as probable for their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The star combo guard played in their last game on Saturday against the Houston Rockets but he was only able to play 20 minutes. In that time, he registered just seven points, two rebounds, two assists, and two turnovers while shooting 3-for-6 from the floor. It's unclear how many minutes he'll receive in this matchup but with Devin Booker (ankle) ruled out, they'll need contributions from Beal to get a win over a very good Thunder team. Grayson Allen and Eric Gordon will likely play big roles if Beal can't put it in a full workload.

Jaren Jackson Jr. Sun Mar 3 6:40pm

Memphis Grizzlies forward/center Jaren Jackson Jr. (quadriceps) isn't expected to play on Monday in Brooklyn. The reigning Defensive Player of the Year has missed the previous two games because of a quadriceps issue. It's unlikely the Grizzlies will rush him back, considering the team is a long shot to make the postseason. At any rate, until Jackson is back on the floor, Lamar Stevens could remain in the starting lineup. However, Stevens isn't a consistent scorer, making him hard to trust for fantasy purposes.

Jerami Grant Sun Mar 3 6:30pm

Portland Trail Blazers forward Jerami Grant (quadriceps) is doubtful ahead of Monday's game in Minnesota. He logged 15 minutes on Saturday night against Memphis before exiting with quadriceps soreness, so an injury designation was expected. The Blazers are hurting on the offensive end, considering Malcolm Brogdon (elbow), Scoot Henderson (adductor), and Shaedon Sharpe (abdomen) aren't available. To make matters worse, Deandre Ayton (hand) may not be ready to return. As a result, Anfernee Simons should be the No. 1 option on the offensive end. At the same time, Toumani Camara and Jabari Walker could see a significant uptick in fantasy production.

Matisse Thybulle Sun Mar 3 6:20pm

Portland Trail Blazers guard Matisse Thybulle (hip) has drawn a questionable tag for Monday's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The defensive specialist has only missed two games all season, but he's dealing with hip soreness right now which could potentially knock him out of a third game. He hasn't been the best fantasy asset despite getting regular minutes on a rebuilding Blazers squad. If he's unable to suit up, there will be more opportunities for Ashton Hagans, Jabari Walker, and Dalano Banton off of the bench. The former two would be the better streaming options after receiving north of 25 minutes each in the last couple of games.

Deandre Ayton Sun Mar 3 6:20pm

Portland Trail Blazers center Deandre Ayton (hand) is questionable for Monday's matchup with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He's missed the last two games because of a sprained wrist, an injury he sustained during a recent loss to the Miami Heat. The 25-year-old hasn't been ruled out, so it seems he's improving. However, if Ayton misses another game, Duop Reath, coming off a 12-point, six-rebound, three-block effort on Saturday versus Minnesota, deserves a spot in every fantasy lineup.

Caris LeVert Sun Mar 3 6:20pm

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Caris LeVert (elbow) won't play in Sunday's contest versus the New York Knicks. After missing Friday's victory over the Detroit Pistons with a sprained right elbow, LeVert is also unavailable on Sunday. Presenting third-round fantasy value in nine-category leagues over the past week, the 29-year-old sixth man is offering 14.3 points on 50.0% shooting from the field, 9.7 assists, 7.7 rebounds, and 1.7 threes per game covering his last three appearances. LeVert aims to return in Tuesday's clash with the first-place Boston Celtics. Isaac Okoro jumped into the Cavs first unit against Detroit, with Sam Merrill taking over as the sixth man. Look for Okoro if in need of a low-end streamer, as he's averaging 11.3 points, 2.6 assists, and 2.0 threes on 44.4% shooting from deep in 25.2 minutes over his latest 10 showings. New York is giving up the third-fewest points per game (109.9).

Donovan Mitchell Sun Mar 3 6:10pm

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell (knee) has been downgraded to out for Sunday's game versus the New York Knicks. Mitchell sat out Friday's win over the Detroit Pistons due to soreness in his left knee, and he's unable to go on Sunday as well. A first-round fantasy asset all year long, the 27-year-old perennial All-Star's last 20 games show averages of 29.0 points, 6.8 assists, 5.6 rebounds, 3.8 three-pointers, and 1.8 steals per contest. Tuesday's showdown with the first-place Boston Celtics is Mitchell's next opportunity to take the court. The Knicks are allowing the second-fewest DraftKings points to opposing point guards, but Darius Garland is the clear fantasy beneficiary of Mitchell's absence after burying a season-high eight treys with the keys to the offense all in his lap on Friday. Garland is averaging 23.9 points, 6.1 assists, 2.8 threes, and 1.4 steals through seven outings sans Mitchell this year.

De'Aaron Fox Sun Mar 3 6:00pm

Sacramento Kings guard De'Aaron Fox (knee) was a full participant during Sunday's practice session. Fox has missed two straight games and is currently considered questionable for Monday's game versus the Chicago Bulls. Davion Mitchell and Keon Ellis each started a game in the absence of Fox. Mitchell did little with his opportunity, but Ellis made the most of it with four steals and seven assists. That being said, Ellis appears to be the better streaming choice between the two if Fox is forced to miss this game.

Giannis Antetokounmpo Sun Mar 3 6:00pm

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (Achilles) is considered questionable ahead of Monday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers. He erupted for 46/16/6/1/1 line during Friday's win, so possibly he suffered an injury during that game. The Bucks will likely wait and see how Antetokounmpo feels closer to tip-off before making a final decision. His absence would probably mean a spot start for Bobby Portis. A move to the starting unit would be good news for the fantasy value of Portis. Fantasy managers will need to check back on Monday for another update.

Alex Caruso Sun Mar 3 5:50pm

Chicago Bulls guard Alex Caruso (hamstring) is listed as questionable ahead of Monday's game against the Sacramento Kings. This is concerning as the Bulls are already thin at the guard spot right now. The absence of Caruso would mean players such as Dalen Terry and Onuralp Bitim would see increased run. Andre Drummond registered 17 points and 26 rebounds when starting for Caruso on Wednesday. Fantasy managers should consider Drummond a strong streaming option with the Bulls banged up.