Tuesday, September 27, 2022

NBA roundup: Caris LeVert scores 42 but Pacers fall to Chicago Bulls

Nikola Vucevic scored a season-high 36 points and grabbed 17 rebounds as the Chicago Bulls overcame a sizzling performance by Caris LeVert in a 122-115 win over the Indiana Pacers on Friday in Indianapolis.
DeMar DeRozan scored 31 points and Javonte Green added 16 for Chicago, which shot 54.4 percent while playing the second of four games in five nights. The Bulls won for the fifth time in the past seven games.
LeVert shot 19 of 26 and led the Pacers with a season-high 42 points, including 28 in the first half. Terry Taylor tallied 21 points and 14 rebounds.
Indiana trailed by 12 late in the fourth quarter before trimming the deficit to 118-115 on Justin Holiday’s 3-pointer with 36.4 seconds left. However, Chicago’s Ayo Dosumnu dunked with 16.3 seconds to go, and the Bulls added two late free throws to seal the victory.
Mavericks 107, 76ers 98
Luka Doncic had 33 points, a season-high 15 assists and 13 rebounds as host Dallas defeated Philadelphia. Reggie Bullock added 20 points, Jalen Brunson contributed 19 and Dwight Powell had 14 for Dallas. Dorian Finney-Smith also chipped in with 13.
Joel Embiid led the Sixers with 27 points and 13 rebounds, and Tyrese Maxey added 18 points. In a bizarre scene, the game was delayed for 45 minutes in the first quarter when a crooked rim led to an entire basket stanchion being replaced.
Thunder 96, Trail Blazers 93
Luguentz Dort recorded 23 points and seven rebounds to lead Oklahoma City to a victory at Portland. Josh Giddey contributed 16 points and seven rebounds as Oklahoma City won a third straight game for the first time since Dec. 18-22. CJ McCollum and Anfernee Simons scored 19 points apiece as the Trail Blazers lost for the fourth straight time and sixth in their past seven games. Jusuf Nurkic registered 14 points and 16 rebounds for Portland, which saw Simons’ 3-point attempt bounce off the rim as time expired.