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NBA Roundup: Kyle Kuzma carries Washington Wizards 113-105 to victory against Dallas Mavericks

NBA Roundup: Kyle Kuzma takes Washington Wizards 113-105 to victory against Dallas Mavericks without Bradley Beal and Kristaps Porzingis as the Hawks cling to vs 76ers

Kyle Kuzma scored 36 points and the Washington Wizards overcame the absence of Bradley Beal and Kristaps Porzingis by beating the Dallas Mavericks 113-105 on Thursday night.

Rui Hachimura added 23 points for Washington, which Beal missed due to health and safety protocols and Porzingis due to a left groin injury. The Wizards trailed 22-8, but rallied quickly and eventually pulled away thanks to a trio of three-pointers from Kuzma early in the fourth.

Spencer Dinwiddie, who went to Dallas in the trade Porzingis sent to Washington, led the Mavericks by 33 points, and Luka Doncic contributed 22. The Mavericks have lost twice in a row after a four-game streak.

Washington Wizards forward Kyle Kuzma drives the ball in the first half of one against the Dallas Mavericks – his team won 113-105


Jimmy Butler scored 35 points and Miami forfeited a 15-point lead before rallying and losing Charlotte for the seventh straight.

Butler also had 10 rebounds and eight assists for Miami. Bam Adebayo scored 18 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, while Max Strus and Gabe Vincent each had 12 points for the Heat.

Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 29 points for Charlotte, who got 22 points from Terry Rozier and 16 from Jaden McDaniels.

Butler scored Miami’s last eight regulatory points, and the Heat played their sixth straight game decided by single digits – their longest such run since an eight-game run in January 2020.

Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat dunks the ball against the Charlotte Hornets

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HAWKS 104, 76ERS 95

Trae Young scored 26 points, Clint Capela added 18 points and 20 rebounds, and Atlanta pulled out late in the third period to beat Philadelphia.

Joel Embiid led Philadelphia with 26 points and 13 rebounds for his second consecutive double-double after missing three games with the flu.

Young and Capela each had two baskets in Atlanta’s 12-0 run to finish the third quarter. The Hawks led by just two runs before taking an 80-66 lead in the final period.

The 76ers’ backups, captained by Montrezl Harrell, took Atlanta’s lead to seven points with about two minutes left. Hawks coach Nate McMillan had to send all five starters back in the last minute.

Trae Young #11 of the Atlanta Hawks goes for a shot while Joel Embiid defends #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers


Jerami Grant scored 27 points and Portland overcame the absence of observatory Damian Lillard to beat New Orleans.

Anfernee Simmons hit five 3s and scored 23 points for Portland, improving to 6-1 down the road. Former Pelican Josh Hart added 17 points for the Blazers.

The Blazers, who won Charlotte the night before, rested Lillard, who had recently missed four games with a right calf strain.

Zion Williamson scored 29 points and Trey Murphy III added 16 for New Orleans. Brandon Ingram scored 14, but was eliminated with 3:32 to go. McCollum finished with 13 points, but missed 11 of 17 shots and went 1 of 7 from 3-point range.

Portland Trail Blazers’ Jerami Grant shoots a three-point basket against the New Orleans Pelicans


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