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Best of NBA: Late surge lifts Suns over Nets

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Best of NBA: Late surge lifts Suns over Nets

NEW YORK -- Devin Booker scored 32 points, Mike James added 24 and the Phoenix Suns rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Brooklyn Nets 122-114 on Tuesday night.

T.J. Warren scored 14 of his 20 points during the final period for the Suns, who squandered an 18-point lead in the third quarter when Brooklyn went on a 17-0 run. Phoenix seemed out of it after Ronda Hollis-Jefferson's basket gave Brooklyn a 106-98 lead with 6:35 left in the fourth.

But the Suns, who lost a tough one at Portland on Saturday, quickly answered with a 24-8 run for their first win on their five-game road trip.

D'Angelo Russell scored 33 points and Hollis-Jefferson had 21 for the Nets, who've lost three straight after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers last Wednesday at home.

Warren and James combined on a 7-0 run that closed the lead to 106-101 with 6:15, forcing the Nets to call a timeout.

After a miss by the Nets, Warren tipped in Booker's failed layup to initiate a 9-0 run capped by Dragan Bender's 3-pointer that gave the Suns a 116-108 lead with 2:03 left in the game (see full recap).

George, Thunder cruise to win over Bucks
MILWAUKEE -- Paul George scored 20 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder dominated the paint during a 16-0 run to take control early in a 110-91 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night.

Russell Westbrook had 12 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, while Carmelo Anthony scored eight of his 17 points in the pivotal first quarter.

Oklahoma City went from down four to a 20-8 lead on George's jumper with 4:16 left in the first. It was essentially over from there, especially with the way Westbrook kept finding driving lanes.

The reigning MVP dished off to Steven Adams in the paint when he wasn't taking it to the hoop himself. Adams finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Jerami Grant added 17 points off the bench for the Thunder.

Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo had 28 points on 9-of-14 shooting. But the NBA's scoring leader spent much of the first quarter on the bench with two fouls, and the Bucks struggled from the 3-point line, opening 1 of 14.

No other Buck scored in double figures.

The star-laden Thunder taught a lesson to the up-and-coming Bucks, who hope to contend in the Eastern Conference (see full recap).

Balanced Lakers roll over Pistons
LOS ANGELES -- Julius Randle scored 17 points, Lonzo Ball added 13 and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Detroit Pistons 113-93 on Tuesday night.

Larry Nance Jr. had 14 points and 12 rebounds for his third double-double for the Lakers, who had lost the previous three games against the Pistons. Brandon Ingram and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope each had 13 points.

Tobias Harris and Reggie Jackson each had 18 points for the Pistons, who were unable to sweep their three-game California road trip. Andre Drummond had 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy was unsure about how his team might handle the adulation associated with a surprising 5-2 start, and those concerns proved to be well-founded as the Lakers took a 58-45 halftime lead when Brook Lopez hit a 3-pointer as the buzzer expired.

Rookie Kyle Kuzma had 10 points off the bench in the second quarter, making 4 of 5 shots and knocking down both of his 3-pointers as the Lakers pushed their lead to as much as 14 (see full recap).

Sixers send pair of 2nd-rounders to Mavericks, end up with Shake Milton

Sixers send pair of 2nd-rounders to Mavericks, end up with Shake Milton

Updated: Friday, 2:30 a.m.

After all of their wheeling and dealing in the second round of the 2018 NBA draft, the Sixers finally ended up with a player they want (we think).

The Mavericks used the 54th overall selection to take SMU guard Malik "Shake" Milton, who comes to Philadelphia after the Sixers traded picks Nos. 56 and 60 to Dallas.

Ultimately, the Mavs ended up with Louisville center Raymond Spalding (No. 56) and Dayton forward Kostas Antetokounmpo (No. 60).

This was after the Sixers shipped pick No. 38, Khyri Thomas, to the Detroit Pistons and reportedly dealt No. 39 Isaac Bonga to the Lakers (see story).

Milton is a lanky point guard at 6-6, 205 pounds with plenty of scoring ability. He averaged 18.0 points last season to go along with 3.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.1 steals per contest.

Like the Sixers’ other draft picks of the night in Zhaire Smith and Landry Shamet, Milton is dangerous from three-point range. He never shot less than 42.3 percent on three-pointers during his three years at SMU.

“I feel like the trades that we made to acquire future picks and to move up closer to somebody that we really like like Shake Milton, I think that the room was fantastic in organizing and allowing us to do that,” Sixers head coach and interim general manager Brett Brown said.

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Sixers trade No. 38 pick Khyri Thomas to Pistons; No. 39 Isaac Bonga reportedly to Lakers

Sixers trade No. 38 pick Khyri Thomas to Pistons; No. 39 Isaac Bonga reportedly to Lakers

Updated: Friday, 2:30 a.m.

The Sixers opened up their crop of second-round picks by opting for another trade.

The Sixers drafted Creighton guard Khyri Thomas and traded him to the Detroit Pistons for two future second-round picks.

They followed that up by selecting Isaac Bonga, a small forward from Germany, with the No. 39 choice. However, that pick had already agreed to be dealt to the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday in a transaction that netted the Sixers a 2019 second-round pick and cash, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski (see story).

“You go to 38 and we traded it. We got two seconds from Detroit,” Sixers head coach and interim general manager Brett Brown said. “You go to 39 and with Isaac, I can’t really comment on that until the end of the moratorium. You can read into that as you should.”

The Sixers also traded picks Nos. 56 and 60 to the Mavericks for the 54th selection, which ended up being SMU guard Shake Milton (6-6/207) (see story).

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