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Ja Morant has career-high 46 points, Grizzlies beat Bulls

Ja Morant scored a career-high 46 points and the Memphis Grizzlies hung on to beat DeMar DeRozan and the Chicago Bulls 116-110 on Saturday night.

The Grizzlies hung on after letting a 17-point lead shrink to one and came away with the win after losing two in a row. They also stopped Chicago’s six-game winning streak.

Morant surpassed his previous high of 44 points. He scored 20 points in the third quarter and made 15 of 28 shots.

Steven Adams added 12 points and a season-high 21 rebounds, and the Grizzlies frustrated DeRozan even though the five-time All-Star scored 31 points.

That gave DeRozan 10 straight 30-point games, the longest such streak by a Bulls player since Michael Jordan did it in 10 straight from Dec. 25, 1990, to Jan. 14, 1991. But he was 10 of 29 from the field, ending his NBA-record run of eight games of scoring at least 35 while shooting 50% or better. Zach LaVine scored 28 points in his second game back after missing the final three prior to the All-Star break because of his ailing left knee.


ATLANTA (AP) — Trae Young returned to his All-Star form by scoring 41 points and Atlanta rode a dominant third quarter to route Toronto.

Young was 17 of 24 from the field, 6 of 6 from the line and had 11 assists in his strong bounce-back game. He shot only 3 of 17 from the field in Atlanta’s 112-108 loss at Chicago on Thursday night, his first game after starting in the All-Star Game.

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Young rebounded by making his first four shots against the Raptors in his fifth game of the season scoring more than 40 points. He set a career high with 56 points at Portland on Jan. 3.

Fred VanVleet led Toronto with 24 points and nine assists after being listed as questionable with right knee soreness. Precious Achiuwa added a season-high 21 points.

HEAT 133, SPURS 129

MIAMI (AP) — Bam Adebayo scored a season-high 36 points, Tyler Herro added 27 off the bench and Miami overcame an early 16-point deficit to beat San Antonio.

Jimmy Butler scored 27 points in 30 minutes to help Eastern Conference-leading Miami improve to 40-21. Butler didn’t play in the fourth quarter.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich remained at 1,334 regular-season wins, one victory behind Don Nelson — one of his former bosses — on the NBA’s career list.

Devin Vassell had a career-high 22 points for the Spurs.


CLEVELAND (AP) — Lauri Markkanen scored 23 points, and All-Star center Jarrett Allen had 18 points and 14 rebounds and Cleveland beat Washington.

Washington matched the largest lead of the game at 84-75 on Daniel Gafford’s follow shot with 6:39 remaining, but Cleveland answered with 12 straight points, capped by two free throws by Allen to pull in front for good.

Kyle Kuzma made a career-high eight 3-pointers and scored 34 points for Washington.


DETROIT (AP) — Jaylen Brown scored 27 points, and Jayson Tatum had 26 points and 11 rebounds and Boston beat Detroit.

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The Celtics have won 11 of 12 games, the blemish a 112-111 home loss to Detroit on Feb. 16.

Cade Cunningham led Detroit with 25 points. Pistons guard Hamadou Diallo was ejected in the second quarter for pushing official Suyash Mehta when they nearly collided in transition.

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