Los Angeles: Joe Harris scored a team high 28 points as the Brooklyn Nets shook off the absence of two stars to snap the Philadelphia 76ers’ five-game winning streak with a 122-109 victory on Thursday.
Caris LeVert scored 22 points and had 10 assists as the Nets cooled off the NBA’s hottest team despite missing their two top players Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
“We are a totally different team when those guys are out here,” guard LeVert said. “But I think we’ve done a great job of having a next-man-up mentality, guys stepping into those roles and fulfilling what we need as a team.” Durant sat out due to Covid-19 protocols and Irving missed the game due to “personal reasons”.
Elsewhere, Damian Lillard delivered 39 points, seven rebounds and seven assists as the Portland Trail Blazers breezed past the slumping Minnesota Timberwolves 135-117.
C.J. McCollum tallied 20 points and Jusuf Nurkic finished with 17 points and seven rebounds for Portland, who snapped a two-game skid and posted its highest-scoring effort of the season.
D’Angelo Russell and Anthony Edwards scored 26 points apiece for the Timberwolves.
In Memphis, Andre Drummond posted game-highs of 22 points and 15 rebounds, while Larry Nance Jr. added 18 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the host Memphis Grizzlies 94-90.
Jonas Valanciunas finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead Memphis, which dropped its third straight. Brandon Clarke added 14 points and nine rebounds, Dillon Brooks tallied 11 points and Kyle Anderson scored 10.
Just before tipoff, both teams knelt at the sidelines in response to Wednesday’s riot by a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters on the US Capitol Hill which resulted in five deaths, including one police officer who succumbed to his injuries on Thursday night.
In Los Angeles, LaMarcus Aldridge had 28 points to lead the San Antonio Spurs past the Los Angeles Lakers 118-109.
DeMar DeRozan had 19 points and eight assists, Dejounte Murray contributed 18 points and eight boards and Rudy Gay had 15 points for the Spurs, who snapped the Lakers’ four-game winning streak.
LeBron James had 27 points, 12 assists and Anthony Davis finished with 23 points in the loss.