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New York Knicks crush Celtics, Luka Doncic stars in Mavericks defeat: NBA round-up

Elsewhere on Sunday, Zion Williamson scored 31 points in the Pelicans' win over the Kings and the Clippers thrashed the Pacers

New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett drives to the basket against the Boston Celtics. Reuters
New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett drives to the basket against the Boston Celtics. Reuters

Julius Randle and RJ Barrett each posted double-doubles on Sunday afternoon as the visiting New York Knicks snapped a five-game losing streak with their most lopsided win in almost five years, a 105-75 rout of the Boston Celtics.

The Knicks never trailed in producing their biggest margin of victory since March 2016, when they defeated the Phoenix Suns, 128-97. It was also New York's biggest victory over the Celtics since a 102-70 win in 1997.

The Celtics, who had their five-game winning streak snapped, suffered their biggest loss since going down 116-86 to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals in May 2018. Boston's 75 points were their fewest in the regular season since an 83-75 loss to the Miami Heat in January 2015. They scored 72 in a playoff loss to the Atlanta Hawks in 2016.

Randle finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds while Barrett had 19 and 11, respectively. Immanuel Quickley had 17 points and a team-high eight assists off the bench while Obi Toppin (12 points) and Reggie Bullock (11 points) also got into double digits.

Chicago Bulls 117 - Dallas Mavericks 101

Luka Doncic's 36-point trriple-double could not prevent defeat for Dallas Mavericks against Chicago Bulls. Reuters
Luka Doncic's 36-point trriple-double could not prevent defeat for Dallas Mavericks against Chicago Bulls. Reuters

Lauri Markkanen had a season-high 29 points to go with 10 rebounds and Garrett Temple scored 17 of his season-high 21 points in the first half as Chicago snapped a four-game losing streak by beating host Dallas.

Bench scoring and ball movement boosted the Bulls, whose reserves outscored the Mavericks' 61-22. Chicago shot 50.6 per cent behind six scorers in double figures while finishing with 32 assists against 13 turnovers.

Chicago's defence produced a season-best 14 steals to help overcome a triple-double from Dallas' Luka Doncic, who amassed a game-high 36 points, 16 rebounds and 15 assists. Doncic scored 30 points in the first half on 11-of-19 shooting, establishing a new career best for scoring in the first 24 minutes.

Los Angeles Clippers 129 - Indiana Pacers 96

Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George lays up for two of his 20 points for the Los Angeles Clippers against Indiana Pacers. Reuters
Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George lays up for two of his 20 points for the Los Angeles Clippers against Indiana Pacers. Reuters

Marcus Morris Sr and Luke Kennard each scored 20 points to lead seven players in double figures, Los Angeles hammered Indiana.

Paul George also scored 20 for the Clippers, who played without forward Serge Ibaka (undisclosed illness) and guard Lou Williams (hip). Williams sat out his second consecutive contest. Kawhi Leonard finished with 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

Doug McDermott scored 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting – including 5 of 7 from 3-point range – for the Pacers, who were without centre Myles Turner (hand), the NBA's leader in blocks at 4.2 per game. Domantas Sabonis had 19 points, 14 rebounds and six assists.

Utah Jazz 109 - Denver Nuggets 105

Jordan Clarkson top-scored for Utah Jazz in the win over Denver Nuggets. AP
Jordan Clarkson top-scored for Utah Jazz in the win over Denver Nuggets. AP

Jordan Clarkson led Utah with a team-high 23 points off the bench and Donovan Mitchell finished with 18 points to lead visiting Utah past Denver.

Bojan Bogdanovic, who couldn't play against Denver in the playoffs because of a wrist injury, was a bright spot for Utah with 17 points.

Nikola Jokic continued his start to the season with 35 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists, but Denver fell behind early, finally took a lead, but couldn't fend off the Jazz in the second half.

New Orleans Pelicans 128 - Sacramento Kings 123

New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson makes a shot after being fouled against the Sacramento Kings. Reuters
New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson makes a shot after being fouled against the Sacramento Kings. Reuters

Zion Williamson scored 31 points and Brandon Ingram added 22 as New Orleans ended a five-game losing streak by hanging on for a victory over Sacramento.

Eric Bledsoe had a season-high 21 points as the Pelicans won a game for the first time since Jan. 2 against the Toronto Raptors. New Orleans is now 1-2 on a six-game road trip that originally was scheduled for seven games before a matchup at Dallas on Jan. 11 was postponed.

De'Aaron Fox scored a career-high 43 points with 13 assists for the Kings, while Marvin Bagley III added 26 points and 10 rebounds as Sacramento lost for the fifth time in its last six games. The Kings went 2-5 during their just-completed stretch of seven consecutive home games.

Published: January 18, 2021 11:26 AM

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