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Best of NBA: Lakers rally late for OT win over Wizards

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Best of NBA: Lakers rally late for OT win over Wizards

LOS ANGELES -- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit a 3-pointer with 58 seconds remaining and the Los Angeles Lakers handed the Washington Wizards their first loss of the season, 102-99 in overtime on Wednesday night.

Brandon Ingram scored 19 points for the Lakers, who had dropped their first two home games. Lonzo Ball had six points, eight rebounds and 10 assists in an anticipated matchup against Washington's John Wall. Larry Nance Jr. added 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Bradley Beal had 28 points for the Wizards, who were looking to match their best start since the 1978-79 season by winning four in a row.

Wall was stuffed by Julius Randle driving to the basket with less than 15 seconds left. After officials initially ruled the ball hit Randle last, a video review gave the Lakers possession, and they broke through pressure to set up a dunk by Randle.

Wall missed an off-balance 3-pointer while being defended by Ball as time expired.

Wall finished with 18 points and nine rebounds (see full recap).

George limited to 10 points vs. former team in OKC win
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Paul George was held to 10 points against his former team, but Russell Westbrook's triple-double picked up the slack and helped the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Indiana Pacers 114-96 on Wednesday night.

The Pacers traded George to Oklahoma City after it became public knowledge that he didn't plan on staying with the team long-term. He fouled out with 6:15 remaining after playing just 19 minutes.

Westbrook finished with 28 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony had 28 points and 10 rebounds, and Steven Adams added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Thunder, who snapped a two-game skid.

Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis, who were sent from Oklahoma City to Indiana as part of the George deal, both started against their former team. Oladipo scored 35 points. Darren Collison added 18 points for the Pacers (see full recap).

Mavericks top Grizzlies for 1st victory of season
DALLAS -- Dennis Smith Jr. had 19 points and five assists and the Dallas Mavericks got their first win of the season, 103-94 over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.

Dallas snapped a four-game losing streak, while Memphis had a season-opening three-game win streak come to an end in the opener of a home-and-home back-to-back between the teams.

Marc Gasol had 26 points for Memphis. Mike Conley scored 21 points and Tyreke Evans had 13 off the bench for the Grizzlies.

Wesley Matthews added 16, Harrison Barnes had 15, J.J. Barea scored 14, and Dirk Nowitzki scored 13 points for Dallas.

The Mavericks went ahead 8-7 with 8:30 remaining in the first quarter on a hook shot by Nerlens Noel and never surrendered the lead. Memphis pulled within three in the fourth quarter before Dallas went on a 9-0 run to regain control (see full recap).

Jrue Holiday explodes in 2nd half of Pelicans' OT win over Bucks

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Jrue Holiday explodes in 2nd half of Pelicans' OT win over Bucks

MILWAUKEE — Jrue Holiday scored 28 of his season-high 36 points after halftime to lead the New Orleans Pelicans to a 123-121 overtime victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday.

Holiday added nine rebounds and six assists for New Orleans, which held on for its season-high fifth win in a row when Jason Terry's 3-pointer was ruled after the buzzer.

Anthony Davis, who entered the game as the league's third-leading scorer (27.7 ppg), added 27 points and 13 rebounds.

The Pelicans trailed by 18 early in the second half but outscored Milwaukee 38-19 in the third quarter.

Khris Middleton scored 25 points for the Bucks. Giannis Antetokounmpo, the No. 2 scorer in the NBA (27.8) and Eric Bledsoe each added 20, but the Bucks lost for only the fourth time in the last 14 games and fell to 9-26 all-time against New Orleans.

Rajon Rondo came up with the play of the game by draining a 3-pointer from the right wing as the 24-second clock was about to expire to give the Pelicans a 123-119 lead with 1:25 remaining in overtime (see full recap.)

Spurs top Cavs to end losing streak
CLEVELAND — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27 points, Danny Green added 22 and the San Antonio Spurs ended their annual "rodeo" road trip by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 110-94 on Sunday to snap a four-game losing streak.

Green, who missed Friday's loss at Denver with food poisoning, came off the bench for the first time in 49 games this season. He made five 3-pointers to provide a perfect outside complement to Aldridge's dynamic inside game. Dejounte Murray added 13 points and nine rebounds for San Antonio, a team not accustomed to any turmoil.

But the Spurs have not been themselves lately while playing without star Kawhi Leonard. They had dropped six of seven and four in a row on a trip (their arena hosts a rodeo every year) that coach Gregg Popovich's squad typically uses as a spring board into the playoffs.

LeBron James had 33 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists for the Cavs, who fell to 3-2 since overhauling their roster with three trades (see full recap.)

Howard leads Hornets over Pistons 
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Something has changed for the Hornets' bench in the last three game. Cody Zeller calls it "rhythm." Frank Kaminsky calls it "flow."

No matter what name this newfound chemistry goes by, it has added up to the best play of the season from Charlotte reserves. And Sunday, it meant the difference as the Hornets beat the Detroit Pistons 114-98 for a season-best fourth straight win.

Dwight Howard led the Hornets with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Kemba Walker also recorded 17 points for Charlotte. But it was the Hornets' bench outscoring Detroit's reserves 51-28 that gave Charlotte the biggest edge.

"This is maybe the best 3-4 games we've played all season just because we're starting to put it together, especially on the defensive end," Zeller said. "Everyone is tied together."

The Hornets improved to 27-33 while making a push toward the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference for the playoffs. The Pistons have 28 wins, and there are eight teams in the conference with at least 31 victories (see full recap.)

Sixers to add familiar face via buyout market, per report

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Sixers to add familiar face via buyout market, per report

The Sixers may soon poach a second veteran from the Hawks to boost their bench.

After signing Marco Belinelli on Feb. 12, the Sixers are reportedly poised to sign forward Ersan Ilyasova once his buyout with the Hawks is complete, per Yahoo! Sports’ Shams Charania. 

The 30-year-old Turkish forward is averaging 10.9 points and 5.5 rebounds in 25.5 minutes per game this season for Atlanta.

Ilyasova has a history in Philadelphia. He was acquired on Nov. 21, 2016 in a trade with the Thunder in exchange for Jerami Grant.

Ilyasova played 53 games for the Sixers and had one of the best individual stretches of his career, posting 14.8 points and 5.9 rebounds per game on a team where he was one of the primary scoring options. Ilyasova was traded to Atlanta early in 2017 for Tiago Splitter and a 2017 second-round pick.

This time around, Ilyasova would be part of a very different Sixers team. He’d be a valuable asset for Brett Brown to turn to for scoring off the bench. A career 36.6 percent three-point shooter, the 6-10 Ilyasova is capable of stretching the floor.

With the active roster currently at the 15-player maximum, the Sixers would have to make a corresponding move to free up a spot for Ilyasova.