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NBA ROUNDUP | Murray leads Spurs to bounce-back win over Pistons

March 16, 2021 at 2:49 a.m. | Updated March 16, 2021 at 2:51 a.m.
San Antonio Spurs guard Devin Vassell (24) drives between Detroit Pistons guard Josh Jackson (20) and guard Frank Jackson (5) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 15, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

DETROIT - Dejounte Murray had 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead a balanced attack as the San Antonio Spurs beat the Detroit Pistons 109-99 on Monday night.

Detroit's leading scorer, Jeremi Grant, left the game in the third quarter after falling hard on his hip while trying to drive between Drew Eubanks and Rudy Gay.

Jakob Poeltl had 14 points and 12 rebounds for San Antonio, which had six players in double figures. The Spurs had lost three of four, including a 35-point loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday.

Josh Jackson had 15 points for the Pistons, who have lost four straight, while Grant scored 14.

The Spurs shot 58.7% in the first half to build a 60-50 lead, then pulled away by as many as 14 early in the third quarter. Dejounte Murray finished off a 35-point quarter for the Spurs with a long 3-pointer at the buzzer, giving San Antonio a 95-75 lead.


WASHINGTON - Giannis Antetokounmpo had 31 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists for his third consecutive triple-double to lead the Milwaukee Bucks past the Washington Wizards, 133-122, for their fourth consecutive victory.

The Bucks pulled away late after letting a 26-point, third-quarter lead slip to five midway through the fourth. When the Wizards got within seven in the final minutes, Antetokounmpo scored the next four points to make it a double-digit game again.

"I'm not Kobe," Antetokounmpo said. "I just try to be a basketball player. I don't look at the clock and say, 'Oh now we are up two or we're down two, let me take over the game.' No, I just make the right decision at the right moment. Sometimes it's going to be score, sometimes it's going to be pass."

Antetokounmpo combined for 64 points, 26 rebounds and 21 assists in the two-game series at Washington that Milwaukee swept. The back-to-back NBA MVP also had 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in the first triple-double of this run against the New York Knicks last week.

Antetokounmpo became the third player this season with a triple-double in three games in a row, joining Washington's Russell Westbrook, who did it twice, and Miami's Jimmy Butler. His seventh career 30-point triple-double passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most in team history, and he's the first Bucks player to have three triple-doubles in a row.


CHARLOTTE, N.C.  - Terry Rozier scored 26 points, Gordon Hayward added 25 and the Charlotte Hornets overcame a 15-point deficit in the second half to beat the Sacramento Kings, 122-116, for their fourth straight win.

De'Aaron Fox led the Kings with 29 points, while Richaun Holmes had 17 points and 15 rebounds.

The Hornets (20-18) trailed the entire way until Hayward came up with the play of the game with 1:33 left.

Hayward forced a steal, took a lookahead pass from Rozier and delivered a powerful two-hand dunk over Fox, bringing the pandemic-restricted crowd of about 3,000 to its feet. He was fouled on the play and made the free throw to give Charlotte its first lead at 113-111.

Hield quickly tied the game at the other end, but Rozier answered with a huge 3-pointer from the left wing to put the Hornets ahead for good with 54 seconds left.

Down three, the Kings (15-24) fouled Bismack Biyombo and he missed both free throws. But the reserve center quickly redeemed himself at the other end of the court by blocking Fox on a drive to the basket with 34 seconds left.

Rozier and Hayward iced the game with each making two free throws.


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